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Oscars: Can Anyone Beat Philip Seymour Hoffman To Best Supporting Actor?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 5, 2012 11:00 AM
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Last week in our category spotlight, we took a look at the relatively thin Supporting Actress field, so it feels only natural to head over to the Supporting Actor boys this time around. And of all the acting categories, it might be the most interesting: it's not as locked-up as the leading men (which has six or seven heavy hitters battling it out for five slots), and not as sparse as the actress categories, with multiple contenders any of whom could win, or fall out altogether.

Oscars: Could Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi' Go All The Way?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 2, 2012 12:57 PM
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There's been some significantly sesmic shifts in the Oscar field in the last few days, and not just the surprise announcement that "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane will be hosting the ceremony itself (for the record, this writer dislikes pretty much everything he's ever done, but based on his 'SNL' appearance a few weeks ago, he's a pretty savvy choice by the Academy). But last Friday, one of the most anticipated movies of the season was unveiled, as Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi" opened the New York Film Festival (read our review here). And what was already looking like a busy field got a little more crowded.

Oscars: Taking A Look At The Wide Open Best Supporting Actress Field

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 28, 2012 1:04 PM
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Our Oscars coverage has, over the last few months, principally focused on the Best Picture race, which makes sense as what films look like possibilities continues to come into focus. But with the dust now settled on the festival season (well, except for the New York Film Festival getting underway today), we want to come in a little tighter, as it were, and start to think about the individual categories.

'Mad Men' Shut Out As 'Homeland' & 'Modern Family' Dominate Emmy Award Winners

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2012 8:03 AM
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Television's most meta night -- where TV stars gather on TV to give each other TV awards -- went down on Sunday evening, and the biggest story of the Emmys wasn't who won, but who didn't win. AMC's "Mad Men," which went into the show with 17 nominations -- the most of any show -- walked away with nothing, while a familiar awards powerhouse and a newcomer dominated the prizes.

Oscars: How Does Fox Searchlight's Surprise 'Hitchcock' Shake Up The Award Season?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 21, 2012 12:04 PM
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Surprisingly, the Toronto International Film Festival, which in years past has seen previously unregarded pictures like "The King's Speech" and "Slumdog Millionaire" break out into Oscar front-runners, didn't really provide an out-of-nowhere shocker this year. Sure, there were "Argo" and "Silver Linings Playbook," as we discussed on Monday, but they were both mostly considered to be strong candidates even before they screened, as was Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master."

Predicting The Winners Of The 2012 Emmy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 20, 2012 12:04 PM
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Awards season is just getting ready to gear up in the movie world, but awards show fanatics (if there are such creatures) don't have to wait for the new year to sit through a three hour-plus session of people winning things, because this Sunday brings the Emmy Awards, the annual celebration of the best/most popular/however you want to define it in television.

Oscars: 'The Master,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' & 'Argo' Lead Wide Open Awards Season Field

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 17, 2012 12:01 PM
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Having covered the Oscar race in quite a bit of detail last year, it's fair to say that it wasn't the most exciting race in history. It became clear from early September onward that "The Artist" was set to be a juggernaut, and as the film swept the precursors in the run-up, it was clear that nothing else -- not "Hugo," not "The Descendants" had a chance at beating it out. And indeed, most of the acting races felt like foregone conclusions from the off. It was clear in the weeks before that Jean Dujardin was going to edge out George Clooney, while Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer had their awards locked up for months, making the Meryl Streep/Viola Davis head to head the only major race that felt up in the air.

Kim Ki-Duk's 'Pieta' Wins Golden Lion At Venice, 'The Master' Wins Best Actor & Director Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 8, 2012 1:51 PM
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Update: Well, now it's a little clearer what Mann was talking about -- according to The Hollywood Reporter's sources, the jury wanted to give "The Master" the Golden Lion as well, but were told that they couldn't give one film more than two major awards. After some deliberation, it was decided to give "Pieta" the top prize, and "The Master" the two others. It all sounds like a bit of a clusterfuck, frankly, but it's not going to hurt the film's Oscar chances one bit...

Oscars: Which Contenders Got Heat Coming Out Of Venice And Telluride?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2012 11:58 AM
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As we write this, we're somewhere over the Alps, flying back to London after an exhausting, rewarding week at the Venice Film Festival. Meanwhile, our editor-in-chief just returned from the mountains after an equally busy weekend at the Telluride Film Festival. Festival season is only just getting underway, with TIFF kicking off as we speak, and Venice doesn't wrap up til Saturday. But even so, it's true that the first salvo of the awards race have been fired in both Italy and Colorado, so it seems like a good time to run down which films have found themselves in a promising position after the last ten days or so, and which fizzled as soon as they arrived.

Can Daniel Day-Lewis Break The Spielberg Acting Awards Oscar Losing Streak For 'Lincoln?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 24, 2012 12:22 PM
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With festival season getting underway in only a few short days, we're about to see which actors will gain traction for the awards season ahead of us. But there's at least one major performance that we won't know about for a few months yet (or until we see a trailer), and it's one that's probably been the presumptive front-runner ever since the film was announced: Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," the director's biopic of Civil War-winning President Abraham Lincoln, focusing on the last few months of his life before his assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth.

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