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Oscar Watch: 10 Possible Hosts For The Next Academy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 15, 2012 12:03 PM
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For a while, it looked like we had the 2013 Oscar host locked down. After a disappointing few years (Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin felt constrained, Anne Hathaway and James Franco were a flat out disaster, and Billy Crystal was kind of creaky last year), it seemed like we'd be getting some fresh blood, and that did seem to have been the case: "Saturday Night Live" mastermind Lorne Michaels was said to have been approached, and was planning on bringing on one of his former stars, "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon.

The Amazing Race: How Will The 'The Great Gatsby's Release Date Move Impact The 2012 & 2013 Oscar Race?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 8, 2012 12:03 PM
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The biggest news Oscar-wise of the past week has involved a film that, as it turns out, won't play into the season at all, Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," which Warner Bros announced on Monday was being delayed, with the studio shifting the movie from its Christmas Day release to summer 2013. A spokesman for the studio said: "Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. It truly brings Fitzgerald’s American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exciting way. We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.”

The Amazing Race: 15 Potential Awards Dark Horses To Keep An Eye On In The Coming Months

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2012 12:34 PM
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Almost every year, it's possible to guess at a good number of the Oscar nominees at least twelve months ahead. Only a fool would look at the release slate and suggest that a film like Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" won't be among the nominees. But that said, each year also brings a movie that looks from afar like a heavyweight and turns out to disappoint. Take "J.Edgar" last year, for instance, or "Carnage" or "The Ides of March."

The Amazing Race: Is 'The Dark Knight Rises' A Serious Best Picture Contender?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 25, 2012 1:05 PM
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With the first wave of the TIFF line-up announced, and Venice unveiling their slate tomorrow, the promise of films not about explosions is getting ever-closer, even if we have to get through the likes of "Total Recall" first. So with the awards season just around the corner, it seemed like a good time to get The Amazing Race, our weekly Oscar coverage, going again. We popped our heads into awards season briefly after Cannes, but we'll be taking a look at things each week from here on out, as the journey begins to the Dolby Theater.

The Amazing Race: Which Films Came Out Of Cannes As Potential Oscar Contenders?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 1, 2012 1:09 PM
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Gosh, it feels like only yesterday we were talking about the 2011 Oscar season, with films like "The Artist," "Hugo," "The Descendants," "The Help" and "Moneyball" jostling for position in the chase for little gold statues. And that's because, well, it basically was yesterday: we're only a little over three months since Oscar season wrapped up. But time marches on, and with the arrival of the Cannes Film Festival, we've got some of the first indications of what might come into play in the awards season by the end of this year.

Now THIS Is How It Should Be Done: Seth Rogen's Independent Spirit Awards Opening Monologue (In Case You Missed It)

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 27, 2012 6:39 PM
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To paraphrase host Seth Rogen, there was this show on Saturday that you didn't watch and barely knew even existed, taking place in a tent for some fucking reason. It was the Spirit Awards, aka the Independent Spirit Awards as they used to call it (we posted the winners on Saturday) and if you want to watch the antithesis of Billy Crystal's pretty tame, often anemic, and self-congratulatory Oscar monologue and jokes, this is surely it (and it's NSFW, btw).

The Amazing Race: 5 Suggestions On How To Make Next Year's Oscars Better Than The 2012 Ceremony

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 27, 2012 4:24 PM
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So the general consensus on last night's Oscars is in, and no one's particularly happy. Well, ABC might be, with ratings slightly up on last year (although still a fraction of years gone by), but few seem to have been wowed by the show, even if it managed not to be the trainwreck of the 2011 ceremony. Like the nominees themselves, there was a familiar warmth to it, but nothing even close to exceptional about it.

'The Artist' Tops The 84th Annual Academy Awards Winning Best Picture, Director, Actor & More

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 26, 2012 8:29 PM
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While it was supposed to be the evening of the French-made silent film "The Artist" -- and don't worry, eventually it was -- the narrative of the 84th Annual Academy Awards was certainly, for at least two-thirds of the show, all about Martin Scorsese's "Hugo." Both nostalgic, celebratory love letters to cinema, Scorsese's "Hugo," starring Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz and Sir Ben Kingsley, broke out early in the technical categories, leading all the films in wins throughout most of the ceremony leaving Oscar pundits a little nervous that their 'Artist' guesses might have been wrong.

Live Blogging The 84th Annual Oscar Awards: The Winners, The Losers & Who Wore It Well

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 26, 2012 6:35 PM
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Hey y'all! Are you ready for some OS-CARS?? This year, Billy Crystal hosts, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Nick Nolte, Christopher Plummer and Martin Scorsese number among the celebrate nominees.... WTF is it 1985?? Yes, the Academy is going retro, celebrating the history of movies, and not just by lauding "The Artist" and "Hugo." Yeah, there are some newbies and left-field pics, but those kinda feel like shots in the dark at attempting to stay relevant (Rooney Mara, so edgy right now). Who could forget the breaking news from this week that the Academy is only old white men? TOTAL SHOCKER.

Adam Sandler Earns Record Breaking 11 Razzie Nominations; 'The Hangover Part II' Nominated For Worst Sequel & Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2012 11:43 AM
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Usually held one day before the Academy Awards, this year the Razzies are changing the game a bit, choosing instead to unveil their nominations this weekend, with the ceremony to take place on April 1st -- that's right, April Fools Day. So who earned the distinction in 2011 of the best at being the worst? Adam Sandler.

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