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'Gravity' And '12 Years A Slave' Lead 2014 BAFTA Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 8, 2014 2:57 AM
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Gravity
Awards season ticks along and the wee hours of this morning have brought an announcement from the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts, or BAFTA, that as ever, is full of surprises. "Gravity" leads the field with eleven nominations, with "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" just behind with ten, and "Captain Phillips" with nine. "Saving Mr. Banks" also did well with five, as did (surprisingly enough) "Behind the Candelabra," which got a theatrical release in the U.K., and was therefore eligible. Brit favorite "Philomena" also had a strong showing with four nods, joining "Gravity" in picking up nominations for Best Film and Best British Film.

Directors Guild Award Nominations Include Alfonso Cuaron, David O. Russell & Martin Scorsese But No Coens

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2014 1:16 PM
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American Hustle
The Coens might want to hold on putting down that deposit for a tuxedo, as it seems their wonderful "Inside Llewyn Davis" is not registering with voters. After being shut out of the Producers Guild and Writers Guild awards nominations, the directorial duo have once again been left in the cold, this time by the DGA.

Oscars: The State Of The Best Picture Race With 10 Days To Go Before Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 6, 2014 3:30 PM
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Oscars: The State Of The Best Picture Race
After a few restorative weeks (mostly spent watching Scott Adkins movies, in case you were wondering), we're back on the awards beat. We're now only ten days from the announcement of the Oscar nominations, with one of the busiest weeks of the season before that (DGA and BAFTA nominations are still to come this week, along with the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday).

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Dominates National Society Of Film Critics Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2014 8:48 PM
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Inside Llweyn Davis
Could "Inside Llewyn Davis" have a few more songs left in its awards season campaign? After a week that left its Oscar prospects in serious question, after being shut out by both the PGA and WGA nominations, the latest from the Coens has scored some big honors at the National Society Of Film Critics Awards.

'American Hustle,' 'Wolf Of Wall Street,' 'Before Midnight' & More Earn WGA Nominations But Not Coens

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2014 1:35 PM
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David O. Russell, American Hustle, Playlist exclusive
Are awards season voters no longer entranced by the magic of the Coen Brothers? Even with "Inside Llewyn Davis" earning no shortage of acclaim, that has not translated into very much love from awards types, with the film getting completely shut out of the Producers Guild Award nominations yesterday. And today, the Writer's Guild have also shunned the sibling duo.

'American Hustle,' 'Gravity,' 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' & More Lead PGA Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2014 1:02 PM
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The Wolf Of Wall Street Martin Scorsese Leonardo DiCaprio
For the past couple weeks, one of the running threads about Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" was that it was just too hardcore and raunchy for the (generally older) awards season voters. But don't tell that to the Producer's Guild—one of the best augurs of future Oscar glory—as they have nominated the movie along with a batch of others that have long been seen as surefire Best Picture contenders.

'Wadjda,''The Past' & 'Gloria' Snubbed In Oscar Foreign-Language Shortlist; 'Grandmaster' & 'The Hunt' Make Cut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2013 1:24 PM
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While it might be Christmas for everyone else, for those hustling the awards season campaigns, the maneuvering keeps going. And we're sure there will be no shortage of publicists, agents and studio head making calls this afternoon now that the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film has been tightened up.

Oscars: Could Critical Favorites 'Act Of Killing' & 'Stories We Tell' Miss Out On Documentary Nominations?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 17, 2013 6:07 PM
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Over the past weeks and months, we've used this space to take a close look at almost every Oscar category (bar the shorts: we'll focus on those once the nominations are out and we've seen the films), and making our rolling predictions in the process. Just in time for Christmas, we've reached the end, with just one category left: Documentary.

M83, Lana Del Rey, Jay Z, Karen O & More Among 75 Eligible Submissions For Best Original Song Oscar

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 17, 2013 10:37 AM
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Unlike last year, which due to a convoluted voting system only produced two nominees, this year’s Best Original Song Oscar looks to showcase a number of stunners from 2013. We’ve already taken a stab at predicting which tunes are likely to succeed on the big night, but now the list of eligible songs in contention for final nominations at the 86th Oscars has been released so you can forecast the results yourself.

'Inside Llewyn Davis' Wins Best Picture & Best Actor From Toronto Film Critics Association

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2013 12:01 AM
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Inside Llewyn Davis
Such is the awards season that just as your getting ready to wind things down on the west coast, or already in bed on the east coast, the honors keep coming. And the latest is from north of the border, with critics in Toronto weighing in on their faves of the year.

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