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Watch: Christopher Nolan Accepts Academy Award Of Merit Dedicated To Film Lab Technicians

Christopher Nolan Oscar
Well, it doesn't get any nerdier than this. Over the weekend, the Academy's Scientific & Technical Awards were handed out—aka the Nerd Oscars—honoring the technicians behind the scenes who make movie magic happen. And on hand to help honor those folks was none other than analog advocate Christopher Nolan. Read More »

10 Great Documentaries That Weren't Nominated For An Oscar

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 18, 2014 2:50 PM
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Best Documentaries Not Nominated For Oscars
With "The Act Of Killing," "Cutie And The Boxer" and "The Square" among the nominees, this year's Best Documentary Feature category is one of the strongest we can remember. But that doesn't mean that the Academy got everything right. Many of the year's most notable non-fiction films were ignored, most notably Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell," a movie which managed to top many critical lists and was widely acclaimed as not just as one of the best documentaries of 2013, but as one of the best movies of any kind.

5 Things To Expect At The Oscars After Last Night's BAFTA Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 17, 2014 12:05 PM
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Less than two weeks remain until the Academy Awards, and Sunday night brought the last major ceremony (excluding the Spirit Awards, which plays in a slightly different sandbox) before then: Oscar's cousin from across the Atlantic, the BAFTAs. As you might have seen, "Gravity" won the most trophies, with six BAFTAs including Best Director and Best British Film, but it was "12 Years A Slave" that came away with the big prize of Best Film, while also picking up Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor. The winners, losers, and everyone else in the British film industry are currently struggling to get over their hangovers, but for everyone else, the question lingers -- how, if at all, does it affect the Oscar race?

'Gravity' Wins 6 At 2014 BAFTAs But '12 Years A Slave' Takes Best Film & Actor

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 16, 2014 4:35 PM
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Gravity and 12 Years A Slave
After a few weeks off from awards ceremonies, the two-week homestretch of the season, ahead of the Oscars two weeks from now, gets underway tonight with the 2014 BAFTA Awards. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have, in recent years, become an increasingly convincing predictor of which way the Academy will go, though as ever, there's always some differences (last year, for instance, saw "Amour" star Emmanuelle Riva take Best Actress).

Berlin: 'Black Coal, Thin Ice' Wins Golden Bear, 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Takes Jury Prize & Richard Linklater Best Director

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2014 10:07 AM
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Grand Budapest Hotel
The curtain has been drawn on another year at the Berlin Film Festival, and in 2014, it looks like Hollywood made a bigger impression than usual when it came to the awards. While the big prize went to one of the three Chinese films in competition, elsewhere American indie faves took home some major trophies.

Oscars: Could A Movie Other Than 'Gravity,' '12 Years A Slave' Or 'American Hustle' Win Best Picture?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 12, 2014 3:01 PM
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Oscars: Could A Movie Other Than 'Gravity,' '12 Years A Slave' Or 'American Hustle' Win Best Picture?
The awards season is in a bit of a lull, or an armistice if you will. With a few weeks passing since the most recent precursor awards, those up for the Oscars have been able to sit back and enjoy their status, most notably at this week's nominees luncheon. But the Cold War is about to end: voting for the Oscar winners gets underway on Friday, with the BAFTAs following on Sunday, and after that, it's going to be a fairly frantic couple of weeks ahead of the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday March 2nd.

10 Oscar Winners Who Won For The Wrong Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 11, 2014 3:40 PM
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Oscar winners who won for wrong movie
There are many reasons you can win an Oscar. You can win an Oscar because your peers decided you gave the best performance or directed the best film of the year. You can win because everyone liked your movie the most, and you're being carried along by the momentum. You can win because Oscar bloggers decided you were going to win back in September, and wishing made it so. You can win because your distributor placed the most ads and threw you a bunch of parties. Or sometimes, you can win because you should have won years ago, and they want to make it up to you before it's too late.

'Captain Phillips' Gains New Steam With Win At ACE Eddie Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2014 10:57 AM
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Captain Phillips
Well, this shakes things up. With "American Hustle," "12 Years A Slave" and "Gravity" perceived as the frontrunners headed into the Oscars, which are in just a few short weeks, "Captain Phillips" is uh, rocking the boat, in the precursor awards. With a win at the WGA Awards last week, "Captain Phillips" made it clear it was in the mix—and after the ACE Eddie Awards, it could be a bona fide contender come Oscar night.

Watch: Martin Freeman Talks To God In Clip From Oscar Nominated Short 'The Voorman Problem'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 4, 2014 10:44 AM
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The shorts categories at the Oscars can sometimes be a breeding ground for future talented feature-length filmmakers with past winners including “Fish Tank” director Andrea Arnold and “In Bruges” helmer Martin McDonagh. Over the weekend, this year’s nominees for Best Live-Action Short Film hit selected theaters and a clip from one of the starrier efforts — via USA Today — has arrived to whet your appetite.

Oscars: The Best Underrated Performances Of The 2014 Actor & Actress Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2014 1:47 PM
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Underrated Performances, 2014 Actor & Actress Nominees
The trouble with awards season, especially when it comes to actors who often attract nominations, is that there's a risk that it delegitimizes their work if it doesn't get recognized. If Meryl Streep, say, has countless nominations, than there could be a temptation to think of her performances in less awards-friendly fare as "lesser" work, whereas in fact, the opposite can be true—even in films that are of otherwise questionable quality, the actors can still give remarkable performances.

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