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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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  • 8 Comments
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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'Tyrannosaur' Tops Winners At British Independent Film Awards, 'Shame,' 'Kevin' And 'Weekend' Also Triumph

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2011 7:08 AM
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Last year, the awards sweep of "The King's Speech" was, in a way, begun by the British Independent Film Awards, an organisation that's been running for a decade-and-a-half, of increasingly prominent stature, who anointed Tom Hooper's period drama their Best British Film Award, beginning a string of glory that took it all the way to Best Picture at the Oscars. However, it led to many accusing the body, by giving their top-prize to a solid, but safe seemingly made to pick up BAFTAs, of losing their edge.

'Melancholia' Wins Best Film At European Film Awards; Ties 'The King's Speech' For Most Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2011 8:03 PM
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While it has pretty much zero influence on the awards season stateside, the European Film Awards, which are essentially the Euro version of the Oscars, presented their winners tonight and it looks like Lars Von Trier's brief moment as a pariah is over.

The Amazing Race: 'Hugo' Gets A Boost In First Official Week Of The Awards Season, Can It Go All The Way?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 2, 2011 2:20 PM
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Considering we've been writing about most weeks since August, it's odd to think that the awards season really only got underway this week. Everything up to now has been foreplay, but with the Gotham Awards on Sunday night, the Spirit Awards nominations and New York Film Critics' Circle Awards on Tuesday, and the National Board of Review yesterday, we're entering the underwear-removal phase of the season. To extend the metaphor. Probably too far.

National Board Of Review Gives Best Picture & Director To 'Hugo'; Tilda Swinton & George Clooney Take Acting Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2011 4:14 PM
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'The Artist' Wins Best Film & Best Director, While 'The Tree Of Life' Wins 3 From The New York Film Critics Circle

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2011 1:18 PM
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You know what's a really good idea? Drawing out your award winners on Twitter all day. In what seems like the final act in a disastrous public relations year for the New York Film Critics Circle, they made the ridiculous decision to tweet their winners, one-by-one, as they vote today, turning the simple act of compiling a press release into a drawn-out social media exercise by people who clearly don't understand how to use it (case in point: Roger Friedman tweeted out the Best Director win before NYFCC could). Couple that with new president John Anderson's embarrassing whining that Warner Bros. wouldn't screen "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close" in order to meet their arbitrary and way too early voting date (so they can be first out, and consequently first forgotten), which they had to move anyway for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," and you have a 2011 the members are likely glad is over. Politics and infighting aside, the group, having got their Fincher on last night, finally met to pick their winners, and while their standing has certainly been diminished by recent controversies (there goes our invite), the results are always a strong barometer for Oscar.

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