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Oscars: A Look At The Supporting Actor Field, Including Michael Fassbender, Jared Leto & James Gandolfini

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 23, 2013 2:32 PM
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So far, for the most part, a good chunk of the 2013 awards contenders have been seen, but only by those high falutin' critical types at film festivals -- as we saw last week. But that started to change last week with the release of two legit Best Picture contenders: Ron Howard's "Rush," and Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners." So even those trying to stick their head in the sand and avoid Oscar season aren't going to have much of a choice from here on out.

'Breaking Bad,' 'House Of Cards' & 'Behind The Candelabra' Among Big Emmy Winners

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2013 8:56 AM
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Last night TV's finest -- which these days tends to include some of movie's finest too -- gathered for the Emmy Awards, while the the rest of us stayed glued to "Breaking Bad" and to some extent, the series finale of "Dexter." Either way, both options were better than that dubstep dance routine to "Breaking Bad" on the awards show. And once the jokes were over, and tributes were finished, some statues were handed out honoring some fine folks.

Oscars: What Films Are Looking Good Coming Out Of Venice, Telluride & TIFF?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2013 4:36 PM
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With Venice and Telluride in the rear-view mirror, and TIFF starting to wind down (we've still coverage to come, but very few films remain that haven't been screened to press), it feels like the perfect time to kick off, for real, our annual awards coverage. There's a part of you that groans, and that's fair enough -- it does feel like only yesterday that we were talking "Argo" vs. "Life of Pi" and so on, but even with five months to go until the ceremony itself, over half of the film that'll be in play have been unveiled. And you can bet your bottom dollar that Oscar campaigns have been underway for weeks, if not months.

10 Awards Season Movies That Could Be Surprise Contenders

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 27, 2013 1:02 PM
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Awards season gets underway this week. We're sorry. We know it's August. But it's a fact—the premiere of "Gravity" on Wednesday at Venice is only the first in a veritable tsunami of Oscar contenders that will be unveiled on the Lido, with more unspooling at Telluride, TIFF and NYFF over the next six weeks or so. By the beginning of October, we'll have a much better sense of how the season will be looking (although some of these films have started screening already—we've seen a couple, though are embargoed for the moment).

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler May Return To Host The Golden Globes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 11:01 AM
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Will this be the awards season where women are ruling the roost when it comes to handing out trophies? With Ellen Degeneres already slated to hand out the Oscars, it looks like two more funny women are being eyed to work their magic once again.

You Will Have To Wait One Month Longer For Spike Jonze's 'Her' As Warner Bros. Moves Film For Awards Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2013 7:40 PM
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There is no doubt that last week's arrival of the trailer for Spike Jonze's "Her" made major waves. Not only was a surprisingly heartfelt and charming spot for a movie that was a question mark for many, it was also buoyed by news that it will be powered by a score from Montreal's Arcade Fire. And Warner Bros. has certainly heard the early buzz and now they're hoping it can turn into some award seasons hardware.

Ellen DeGeneres Returns To Host The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2013 11:21 AM
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Seth MacFarlane hosted the Oscars this year, and despite a patchy performance, and whether or not you care for his smarmy sense of humor, ratings went up. And so the word was that the Academy asked him to do it again. However, MacFarlane declined and this speculation on who it would be began to circulate, and we offered up our own suggestions for who should get the gig. But it looks like producers of the telecast are going with someone who's already proven they can do the job, and whose profile has only gone up in recent years.

'American Horror Story: Asylum' Dominates Emmy Award Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2013 9:30 AM
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It looks like we really need to finally catch up with this show. Only two seasons old, "American Horror Story" is becoming a titan. Last year, the show earned 17 Emmy nominations (going on to win 2) and this year, it has matched that figure once again.

Cannes Hit 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Sets Fall Release Date, Academy Won't Bend Rules To Allow Oscar Consideration

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2013 4:23 PM
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Abdellatif Kechiche's 'Blue is the Warmest Color', Lea Seydoux
Ever since the Cannes Film Festival, it has been equal doses of praise and controversy for the Palme d'Or winning, lesbian romance epic "Blue Is The Warmest Color." A movie we've called one of the best of the year so far, it has seen author Julie Maroh raise concerns about the graphic sex in the film, which she equated to porn, while some of the folks who worked on Abdellatif Kechiche's film claim they were bullied and the production was "anarchic" and over-budget. And yet through all of that no one can doubt the quality of the movie, but despite best efforts, one of the year's finest films won't get a chance at winning an Oscar. Ironic.

Karlovy Vary Awards: Ben Wheatley's 'A Field In England' & 'Bluebird' Among Winners

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 6, 2013 4:25 PM
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...and so our short sojourn to the 2013 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival draws to a close. Our time here this year was so brief that we feel guilty in not having seen more of the films In Competition, and across the various diverse and always thoughtfully-stocked sidebars, but now that the awards have been announced, we know we’ll have a starting point for all the catching up we’ve got to do.

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