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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.

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.

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