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'The Artist' Sweeps Spirit Awards Taking Best Picture, Director, Actor & Cinematography

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2012 7:44 PM
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The awards season train continues for "The Artist," and while in years past the Spirit Awards have tended to honor edgier or more decidedly independent fare, this year it looks like even they have the fever for the silent movie sensation. Taking home the big prizes for Best Picture, Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Best Cinematography (Guillaume Schiffman) it looks like the stage has been set for the film to repeat these honors, and maybe more, tomorrow night at the venue formerly known as the Kodak Theater.

The Amazing Race: Final Predictions For The 2012 Academy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 24, 2012 3:49 PM
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We've written, by vague estimates, something close to 80,000 words on the Academy Awards in the last six months. That's novel length. And in two days time, it'll all be done, with the ceremony finally taking place at the no-longer-Kodak Theater at around 5pm PST.

The Amazing Race: Our Predictions For The 2012 Spirit Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 24, 2012 2:30 PM
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This weekend isn't just about the Oscars, for the record. Saturday night, as is traditional, sees the warm-up for the big show with the 2012 Spirit Awards, Film Independent's antidote to the Academy Awards, intended to honor the best of independent cinema. With recent winners of the top prize including "Juno," "The Wrestler," "Precious" and "Black Swan," they've provided the opportunity for films that are perhaps a little too dark, small or offbeat to win Best Picture from the Academy the chance to grab some gold.

Dan Aykroyd Was Nominated For An Academy Award? The Oscar Nominations That Time Forgot

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 22, 2012 2:47 PM
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You would think that an Oscar nomination would be a total career-changer once you get it. The top prize from your peers, even just a nomination can see you offered all kinds of new opportunities. But sometimes, that can be a short-term effect: looking over lists of past winners in the major categories, all but the most comprehensive film nerd or awards buffs will find more than a few films and performances that they never knew existed, let alone gone anywhere near the Academy Awards.

5 Actresses That Are Overdue For An Oscar Nomination

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 21, 2012 4:41 PM
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Well, we've taken a look at the leading men, now it's time to look at the actresses who have also fallen outside of the Academy Award radar. While there is no Gary Oldman-esque story of recognition this year at the Oscars for the ladies, these five names will hopefully be a reminder that there are more women out there other than Meryl Streep who deserve to put that funny gold statue on their mantle.

The 5 Worst Best Picture Oscar Line-Ups Of All Time

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 20, 2012 2:57 PM
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Alright, you've already seen our picks for the five best BEST Picture years, the Oscar years that you can actually look back on and not wince if you're a fan of movies and just-deserved prizes. So let's keep it simple: here are the five worst years below, the ones that make fans of cinema rather crazy and that have had people bitching about it ever since.

The 5 Best Best Picture Oscar Line-Ups Of All Time

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 20, 2012 2:39 PM
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Given that 2011 was one of the better years for English-language cinema in recent memory, it's disappointing that this year's Best Picture line up feels more anaemic. Sure, you'll find few who'll quibble with the inclusion of " Moneyball" -- it's the kind of fearsomely smart, grown-up entertainment than in an ideal world, would make up the majority of nominees. And even those who weren't totally won over by "The Tree of Life" surely can't find much to complain about when it comes to its inclusion.

'The Descendants' & 'Midnight In Paris' Win Top Prizes At WGA Awards, 'Caesar Must Die' Takes Golden Bear At Berlin

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 20, 2012 9:02 AM
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A week from now, the Oscars will be done and dusted for another year, and the movie conversation will drift away from prestige pictures to the "John Carter" and "Wrath of the Titans" of the world. And as of this weekend, the last of the major precursor awards have wrapped up. Did we see, as has been the overwhelming trend of the season, more success for the juggernaut that is "The Artist?"

The Amazing Race: Does Box Office Still Matter To The Oscars, And Do The Oscars Still Matter To Box Office?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 17, 2012 3:31 PM
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Let's be honest, the are about money. Not entirely about money: there's also the potential for executives and directors to win bragging rights over the colleagues. And there's a degree of back-patting celebration of the industry in there as well. But if the studios didn't think they could wring a few extra dimes from their product by giving them awards, there's no way that the Oscars would have the massive place in film culture that they maintain.

'The Artist' Sweeps The BAFTAs With Wins For Picture, Actor, Director & Screenplay, Meryl Streep Takes Best Actress

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 12, 2012 2:18 PM
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We're coming into the last gasp of the awards season now, and while most eyes tonight will be on the Grammys, in the aftermath of the death of Whitney Houston yesterday, the Orange British Academy Film Awards are being given out at the Royal Opera House in London. It's one of the last major ceremonies of the calendar, two weeks before the Oscars, and whereas few surprises are expected there, BAFTA has the potential to make things a little more interesting.
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