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'A Separation,' 'Pina,' 'In Darkness,' 'Footnote' & 5 More Survive To The Oscar Foreign Film Shortlist

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2012 2:40 PM
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...and then there were nine. After sixty-three submissions, we're down to the last batch hoping to make it the final five when the Oscar nominations are announced next Tuesday. The process is an odd one, with L.A.-based Academy members voting in the top six, and three more films added by the branch committee headed by chief Mark Johnson. Now, invite-only members in New York and Los Angeles will vote and weigh in with the final five. But before we get to those, let's see who got left out.

BAFTA Nominations Buck The Trend With Strong Showings For 'Drive,' 'Tinker Tailor' & 'My Week With Marilyn'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 17, 2012 3:09 AM
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BAFTA nominations were announced early/late/unreasonably late this morning by Daniel Radcliffe and Holliday Grainger, and after a pretty shoddy longlist, which serves mainly to drain the suspense from the nominations list and to let Emma Watson tell her friends "I was this close to a BAFTA nomination!," the organization redeemed itself to a degree.

'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,' 'Moneyball,' 'War Horse' Win Nominations For ACE Editing Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2012 12:00 PM
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Far more so than critics' groups and things like the Golden Globes, the guild awards are far more accurate at showing how Oscar nominations will play out. That's because when it comes to the Academy's nomination process, each category is voted on specifially by their own branch -- the actors pick the actors, the writer pick the writers, the cinematographers pick the cinematographers, and so on. Once the nominations have been decided, most categories are then opened up to voting by the Academy at large.

The Amazing Race: Jean Dujardin, Martin Scorsese & Octavia Spencer Get Boosts From The Golden Globes

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2012 9:01 AM
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The third Monday in January is popularly known in Hollywood circles as "hungover-as-shit Monday," as it immediately follows the Golden Globes, the award season's drunker, more badly-behaved little cousin. Among all the questions raised by the Golden Globes last night (What was the point of asking a defanged Ricky Gervais back? How did we get to the point where "W.E" can legitimately be described as an award-winning film? Is Johnny Depp Irish now or something? What is "Episodes"?), the one we come back to here is whether or not the Globes are really a force when it comes to predicting how the Oscars will turn out.

69th Annual Golden Globe Winners: 'The Artist' & 'The Descendants' Lead The Way

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2012 8:11 PM
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Okay, a few comments until our deeper analysis tomorrow. First thing, "The Descendants" -- while taking two awards -- dosen't jump to immediate frontrunner status. "The Help," with its civil rights theme, was never a movie that was going to connect in a big way with the HFPA so it can't be counted out yet. That said, "The Descendants" is undoubtedly going to be player at the Oscars, with Clooney looking more and more like Best Actor material. But if anything, the Globes tonight proved Harvey Weinstein is always a force to be reckoned with. His films took home six awards -- including 3 for "The Artist" -- more than any other studio. And he knows exactly how this game is played, so watch The Weinstein Company work hard over the next few weeks.

What's Ricky Gervais Saying Now? The Playlist's 2012 Golden Globe Awards Liveblog

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 15, 2012 6:31 PM
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Yes, indeed we are in the thick of awards season, kicking things off with one of our favorite awards shows, the wild and woolly Golden Globes. What's not to love about the Globes? Everyone's drunk, wandering from table to table, in a festive and jovial mood, Ricky Gervais is offending everyone, the Hollywood Foreign Press always nominates someone insane, and everyone's fresh and excited and no longer beaten down by E! reporters. For film nerds, this is our playoffs, which I have gleaned from Facebook newsfeed is a football thing that is happening now. Is that what is happening now? Confused. Here's hoping someone Tebows at the Globes tonight. I wish it would be Ryan Gosling, but I have a feeling George Clooney is the more likely character.

The Amazing Race: It's Not Over Yet, 5 Reasons 'The Artist' Might Not Win Best Picture

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 13, 2012 1:50 PM
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Oscar ballots are due today, meaning that the tardier Academy members are currently flipping coins and scrabbling to make their last minute picks (this means you, Marcia Gay Harden!). So, with the announcement of nominations about ten days away, that we're finally close to thinning the field, and starting to talk about who's actually going to win the little golden men.

'The Artist' Continues Awards Sweep With Four Wins At The Critic's Choice Awards; George Clooney & Viola Davis Take Best Actor/Actress

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 13, 2012 9:10 AM
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We've still got about six weeks to go in the awards season, but we're all but done with the nomination process (bar the Oscars, of course), and moving into the stage where people actually get to start filling up their trophy cabinet. The Golden Globes are on Sunday, but last night saw the first televised ceremonies of 2012, the Broadcast Film Critic's Association Critic's Choice Awards.

DGA Doc Nominees Give Some Love To 'The Interrupters'; Martin Scorsese, James Marsh & More Tipped

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2012 2:04 PM
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Every year, it seems the documentary branch of the Academy goes out of their way to embarass themselves, and this year is no exception. When the shortlist for the Oscar nominees landed back in November, it was arguably more notable for what was left off the list than what was included. A number of high profile, well reviewed films -- Errol Morris' "Tabloid," "Being Elmo: A Pupeteer's Journey," Werner Hezog's "Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life," "Page One: Inside the New York Times," "Senna" -- didn't make the cut, but luckily the DGA have righted some of those wrongs.

'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Gets Some Love In ASC Nominations, 'War Horse' Once Again Left In The Barn

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 11:47 AM
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The most interesting thing about watching the awards season is how the narratives slowly take shape and change over the dense, fast-moving months leading up to the Oscars. Back in the fall, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" was being tipped as the movie to beat, with Gary Oldman said to be locked in for a Best Actor nomination, if not the win. But now in January, with the Oscar nominations just a couple weeks away from being announced, 'TTSS' has effectievely been shut out, only earning a nod from the Art Directors Guild, while otherwise remaining absent.

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