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'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.

DGA Nomination For David Fincher Continues 'Dragon Tattoo' Awards Season Run

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 1:35 PM
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While it may not have seemed like it right away, it turns out the sleeper Oscar contender this year might just be "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." Initially regarded as a pulp thriller and a bit of holiday season counterprogramming, the film has quietly been building steam, with some strong critical buzz, a steady pace at the box office which will likely see it take $100 million domestically, and Sony is already eyeing getting the sequels underway by the end of the year (though, Fincher will likely be moving on).

The Amazing Race: Can 'Bridesmaids' Convert Guild Nominations Into A Best Picture Nod?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 6, 2012 2:07 PM
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Gosh, wasn't it nice to have a break from all this awards malarkey over the Christmas break? It's three weeks since our last column, and until the start of this week, the guilds and critics awards had been quiet, with holiday season box office and the actual Oscar ballots going out had been the only real happenings. But things geared up again this week, with Tuesday's announcement of the Producers' Guild Awards nominations, yesterday's Writer's Guild nods, and the BAFTA longlist being announced today, and so here we are again. So how does all this week's news effect the races?

Steve Zaillian Earns 2 WGA Nominations; Woody Allen, Diablo Cody & Alexander Payne Also In The Race

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 1:45 PM
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Scorecards will be adjusted and awards prognosticator types will have to adjust their bets, as the WGA have revealed their nominees for their annual awards. Why do we care? The guilds have traditionally been the best augurs for how the Oscar nominees will take shape, mostly because these are the same folks who will be sending in ballots to the Academy. Let's start with the surprises.

'Bridesmaids,' 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' & 'The Ides Of March' Surprise With PGA Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2012 12:42 PM
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Let's get the other stuff out of the way first. Yes, the Best Picture frontrunners you've expected all during the awards season -- "The Artist," "The Descendants," "The Help," "Midnight In Paris" -- have all earned PGA Award nominations for the top movie prize, the Darry F. Zanuck Producer Of The Year Award. But as always, it's the surprises that are the most fun, and this year, the PGA has a quite a few up their sleeve.

The Amazing Race: At The Mid-Point Of The Season, Who's Locked In And Who's Shut Out?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 16, 2011 6:32 PM
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So here we are; the mid-point, roughly speaking, of the awards season. There's a long slog to go, it should be said, with a bit more than two months until the Academy Awards themselves.

Golden Globe Nominations Announced: 'The Artist' Leads, 'The Ides Of March' Surprises, 'Extremely Loud' Snubbed

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 15, 2011 8:35 AM
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We've only just recovered from yesterday's SAG award nominations, where "The Artist" continued to lock down its frontrunner status, and "The Help" picked up a strong haul of nods, while the likes of "Shame" and "Hugo" were shut out completely (among the many snubs detailed here). A mere 24 hours later, and we're back on the awards beat, with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announcing the annual Golden Globe nominations this morning.

The Amazing Race: Who Got Snubbed In The SAG Nominations & What Does It Mean For Their Oscar Hopes?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 1:02 PM
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After a few weeks where the critics got to have the limelight, the awards barometer swung back to the practicioners this morning, as the Screen Actors Guild revealed their nominations for their annual awards, making them the first major guild out the gate. And, true to form, for the most part they played it safe with a firmly middlebrow selection of nominees.

'The Help' & 'The Artist' Lead The Field At Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 9:36 AM
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In the seventeen years that they've been running for, the annual Screen Actors' Guild Awards have proven to be a pretty reliable precursor for the acting categories at the Academy Awards. And why shouldn't they? With the actors who nominate their peers for the Oscars overwhelmingly being SAG members, there's always going to be a natural link, and certainly by the time the guild award their prizes, it's a good time to make a bet. In the last few years, they've only missed Penelope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," Marion Cotillard in "La Vie En Rose" and Alan Arkin in "Little Miss Sunshine" as winners, while the nominees tend to match up heavily -- last year, seventeen out of twenty in the acting categories were the same, while all five nominees in the Outstanding Cast category won Oscar nominations. 

The Amazing Race: Who Will Win Golden Globes Nominations, And Why Do We Care?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 9, 2011 12:40 PM
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