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Warner Bros. Launches Oscar Campaigns For 'The Dark Knight Rises' & 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2012 1:26 PM
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It's that time of year, and the studios are getting ready to wine and dine Oscar voters in the hopes of giving their prestige pictures, success stories and, hell, even the long shots, a bit of love in the awards season. And Warner Bros. is getting in on the act. They've launched their awards site, and alongside the obvious contenders like "Magic Mike," "Argo" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" are the bigger long shots: Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" and The Wachowskis' and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas."

Joaquin Phoenix Backtracks On His Damaging Oscar Comments, Says He Owes Career To His Nomination

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 13, 2012 10:17 AM
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For every year-end darling labeled by audiences and critics as an Oscar contender, there likewise exists an awards season campaign fully brought to its knees by an actor's derisive remarks. No matter the veracity of their statements, it's long been established that any unfavorable opinion not left until post-February remains a strike against everyone involved in their movie, and such is the case with “The Master” heavyweight Joaquin Phoenix's gradual backtrack from his damaging comments last month surrounding his potential nomination.

Will 'Skyfall' Finally Win Cinematography Legend Roger Deakins An Oscar?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 9, 2012 11:01 AM
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If there's one thing that even "Skyfall" naysayers agree on, it's that the film's cinematography looks absolutely stunning. More than anything else, Sam Mendes' master-stroke may have been bringing his "Jarhead" and "Revolutionary Road" DoP (and Coen Brothers veteran) Roger Deakins along on the adventure. And the result is an action film where every frame could hang in a gallery (the Shanghai sequence and the final set-piece in particular). It's certainly one of the best looking films of 2012.

Oscars: Can 'Flight' & 'Hitchcock' Earn More Than Just Acting Nominations?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 6, 2012 9:58 AM
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Now that we're into November, things are really starting to get underway and we're about to see an onslaught of Oscar contenders. Last month had a couple of hopefuls with "Argo" and "The Sessions," but from the release of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" this Friday, awards bait comes thick and fast, with virtually every week seeing at least one film heading into release.

'Broken,' 'Sightseers' & 'Berberian Sound Studio' Lead 2012 British Independent Film Awards Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 5, 2012 8:51 AM
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After something of a banner year in 2011, with "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Shame," "Tyrannosaur," "We Need To Talk About Kevin," "Kill List," "Attack The Block," "Senna," "Weekend," "Jane Eyre," "Wuthering Heights" and "The Guard" among the output, 2012 has been a little disappointing for British cinema. Following a year like the last one was always going to be a tricky, but there's certainly hasn't been much with the same kind of cultural cache as last year's crop, with only a few festival favorites shining a light for UK talent.

Oscars: Could 'Wreck-It Ralph' Lead A Disney Sweep Of The Animated Feature Category?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 2, 2012 12:02 PM
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It's a big week for animated feature films. Not only does today see the release of "Wreck-It Ralph," the highly-acclaimed new feature from Walt Disney Studios, but it's also the deadline for new films to register for the Best Animated Feature Oscar race. Barring a shock, we're looking at a list of about 17 films, which means that, as with 2009 and 2011, there are enough films for the category to hold five nominees (more than 16 are required). It won't necessarily happen, but it probably will.

Oscars: Are Paul Thomas Anderson & David O. Russell Frontrunners For Original & Adapted Screenplay?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 25, 2012 12:07 PM
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Earlier in the week, Universal got their Academy Awards campaign moving by launching their For Your Consideration site, which included uploading a selection of screenplays for their major movies online. Some feel optimistic at best ("The Lorax," "Snow White and the Huntsman," "Ted"), some are a little more viable ("This Is 40," "Les Misérables"). But fresh off reading the Judd Apatow script (which is kind of terrific, and has the potential to be the director's best film yet), and having covered the acting categories in previous weeks, we thought we'd turn our eye to the screenplay races.

Oscars: Why 'Skyfall' Isn't Going To Be A Best Picture Nominee

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 24, 2012 12:05 PM
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This week sees the 23rd James Bond film, "Skyfall," hit theaters in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe, ahead of the film's U.S. release on November 9th. About ten days ago, it screened to critics, this writer included, to probably the most wildly positive reaction ever seen to a film in the franchise. It's been hard to find a naysayer, with a three star review from Little White Lies deemed the only "rotten" review so far (and as usual, bringing out the mouth-breathers who can't deal with the slightest criticism of a movie they haven't seen).

Will It Impact Oscars? 'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'Bernie,' 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' Lead Gotham Award Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 19, 2012 10:36 AM
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You might feel at this stage like the awards season's been going on for months, but that's not quite the case -- the nominees for the first precursor awards of the season were only announced today. As has become traditional, it's for the Independent Filmmaker Project's Gotham Independent Film Awards, a sort of East Coast answer to the Independent Spirit Awards.

Oscars: Can Mary Elizabeth Winstead Sneak Into The Best Actress Field For 'Smashed'?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 15, 2012 11:59 AM
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We've been looking in detail at the acting categories in recent weeks, and this week, we figured it made sense to examine Best Actress, given that one potential contender has her film arriving in theaters. Today sees the release of "Smashed," which sees "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" star Mary Elizabeth Winstead play a schoolteacher who comes to realize that she has a serious drinking problem, and sets about kicking the habit, even as it puts her marriage to her equally sozzled husband (Aaron Paul) at risk.

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