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The Early Gems: Notable Films From 2013's Best Director Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 15, 2013 1:08 PM
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To send you into the long weekend, we're gonna take a break from the on-screen talent momentarily, and focus on the early work of the 2013 nominated directors. The five nominees (particularly controversial, thanks to the exclusion of Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow) are a mixed batch; from one of the most beloved (and most nominated) directors in history, to a 70-year-old European veteran with his first nod, to a debut filmmaker less than half their age. But all have something in common -- they showed promise at the beginning of their careers with films that we've highlighted below. Let us know your own thoughts, and who you think will win out in one of the toughest Oscar categories this year.

The Early Gems: Notable Performances From 2013's Best Supporting Actress Nominees

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 14, 2013 2:58 PM
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Yesterday, we began our coverage counting down to the 85th Academy Awards next Sunday, by taking a look at some of the best early performances of the Best Supporting Actor nominees. So today, the only natural place to go was across the gender divide, to the Best Supporting Actress contenders. And as with their male counterparts, it's a mostly established bunch of names.

The Early Gems: Notable Performances From 2013's Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 13, 2013 3:21 PM
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After a long, punishing Oscar season that started about 50 weeks ago (although we suppose it only really kicked in in August or September), we're now about a week-and-a-half out from the 2013 ceremony. And for all our grumbling, it's always a key fixture in the cinephile calendar, and as such, we're going to be commemorating the approaching ceremony in various ways over the next ten days or so.

Campaigning To Be Remembered: Colleagues & Family Fight For Spots On The Oscars 'In Memoriam' Segment

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 12, 2013 10:18 AM
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Few aspects of the Oscars ceremony every year are so attentively watched as the “In Memoriam” segment, which pays a stripped-down tribute to the notable entertainment figures who passed away. It's an extensive list -- filled with well-known losses along with the more underplayed names -- but as it turns out, a placement on that list involves as much background campaigning as any of the ten Best Picture nominees.
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'Midnight In Paris,' 'The Hunger Games' & 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Pick Up Grammy Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2013 11:19 AM
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If you wanted awards coverage, this past weekend was a goldmine. Not only were the BAFTAs handed out, so too were the ASC awards. And last night, there was this little thing called Grammys. Yes, the annual celebration of all things in mainstream music was celebrated, but in among the winners were a few items of note to movie fans.

Has It Come To This? Jessica Chastain Responds To Reports Of Alleged Beef With Jennifer Lawrence

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 11, 2013 9:01 AM
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Every awards season, there are really only two moments of true suspense during the ceremonies: The reading of the names of the winning film or actor in each category, and the views of the hopeful, pensive faces of those who represent them. Two Best Actress nominees this year will be extra scrutinized as a result of reported “insider squabbling,” but really the occasion has led one of the leading ladies to respond with a level-headed fury.

Roger Deakins Wins ASC Award For 'Skyfall' Cinematography

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2013 7:58 AM
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Back in November we asked if "Skyfall" would be the picture that finally nets Roger Deakins an Oscar for Best Cinematography. Nominated nine times ("The Shawshank Redemption," "Fargo," "Kundun," "O Brother Where Art Thou," "The Man Who Wasn't There," "No Country For Old Men," "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford," "The Reader" and "True Grit") Deakins has never actually taken home a statue from the Academy, but that could change for his tenth nomination for "Skyfall." And earning an award from his fellow colleagues over the weekend could potentially boost his chances.

'Argo' Wins Best Film & Best Director At The 2013 BAFTAs, Emmanuelle Riva Wins Best Actress

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 10, 2013 2:01 PM
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Over the weekend, Hollywood's A-list have been flying into London, to be greeted by the traditional British February welcome of rain-that-sometimes-turns-into-snow, in order to brave tonight's British Academy of Film and Television Awards (or BAFTA Awards), the U.K. equivalent to the Oscars.
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Predicting The Winners Of The 2013 BAFTAs

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 8, 2013 3:03 PM
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We're two weeks out from the Academy Awards, but this weekend brings the last of the major precursor ceremonies (excluding the WGAs) before Oscars -- the British Academy Of Film and Television Arts Awards, or the BAFTAs. Historically leaning more towards celebrating homegrown fare than following the award season narratives, things have changed in the last few years with BAFTA moving the ceremony before the Oscars, and with a significant proportion of AMPAS members being British, it can be a good indicator of how things will go with the Academy.

The Oscar Best Picture Nominees By The Numbers

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 8, 2013 11:48 AM
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We are a little over two weeks out from Oscar night, and today sees the opening of the second phase of voting. Right now, and over the next ten days, Academy members will be filling out ballots and deciding who's actually going to be taking home the statues on Sunday, February 24th.

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