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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.

Oscars: Can Anything Beat Ben Affleck's 'Argo' To Best Picture?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 4, 2013 12:05 PM
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After one of the most unprecditable Oscar seasons in memory, we're less than two weeks out, and things are finally starting to look more like an anointment than a contest; Ben Affleck's "Argo," counted out by many after the director missed out on an Oscar nomination, has won the top prizes from the Directors Guild, the Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild, all reliable Oscar precursors, as well as the Best Drama prize from the Critics Choice and Golden Globe awards, on top of many other critics' prizes.

Disney Dominates At 40th Annual Annie Awards, Winning Big With ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ And ‘Paperman’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 3, 2013 11:39 AM
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While it’s certainly far from the sexiest show in awards season, the Annie Awards, which honors the very best in television and feature animation, was held last night in Hollywood, and it could offer a glimpse at who could take home the Best Animated Feature Oscar in a couple of weeks. And if we’re going by what the Annies have to say – it’s going to be Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph." It positively wrecked the awards last night, winning Best Feature, Directing, Music, Voice Acting, and Writing. What’s more – the animated short that was attached to “Wreck-It Ralph” theatrically, the cutting-edge “Paperman,” won for Best Short. Right now, in some dark part of Hollywood, Jeffrey Katzenberg is fuming.

'Argo' Continues Its Guild Award Sweep As Ben Affleck Wins The DGA Prize, Rian Johnson & Lena Dunham Also Take Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2013 5:49 AM
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It's been one of the most exciting and unpredictable award seasons in memory; a rich, diverse field of contenders, almost all of which are very good, and for the longest time it seemed like almost any of them could have taken the Best Picture award at the Oscars. But in the last couple of weeks, the narrative's starting to become a little narrower, with one film dominating the guild awards, which are traditionally the best precursors to the Academy Awards – Ben Affleck's terrific "Argo."

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