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'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.

'12 Years A Slave' Dominates Online Film Critics Society Winners

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2013 12:29 PM
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12 Years A Slave
Yep, it seems everyone has their own critics group and organization... So today, the Online Film Critics Society logged on with the winners for 2013, with one movie to lead them all.

'12 Years A Slave' & 'American Hustle' Lead Critics' Choice Movie Awards Nominees

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2013 12:17 PM
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American Hustle
And so begins another week of the awards season, with yet another organization shaking up the race or least mildly altering the dominoes. This time around it's the Broadcast Film Critics Association who have revealed their nominees for 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. And the generally mainstream leading group has again gone mostly mainstream.

Check Out The 114 Movie Longlist For Oscar Best Original Score Category

To those voting for the nominees for Best Original Score for this year's Oscars, they've got a lot of listening to do. A longlist of 114 eligible scores has been released, running the gamut of indies to blockbusters and everything in between. So what makes a score able to contend? Here's the official Academy rules: Read More »

Oscars: How Did The Golden Globe And SAG Nominations Affect The Acting Races?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 13, 2013 11:47 AM
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Oscars: How Did The Golden Globe And SAG Nominations Effect The Acting Races?
Given that we looked at some of the acting categories right at the start of the season, a lot's changed since then. Many of the initial predictions were on the money, of course, but plenty weren't (*cough* Cameron Diaz in "The Counselor"). If anything, though, the races have only got tighter, adding up to one of the toughest and most competitive years we can remember for awards-contending performances. In the last few weeks, things have started to crystalize a little, thanks to the beginning of awards season proper with the critics' groups last week, and the SAG and Golden Globe nominations in the last couple of days. So, with it being so long since we cast a light on these races, we thought we'd go back and see how they're shaping up. Which categories are locking up, and which remain very much in play?

'12 Years A Slave' Leads Golden Globe Nominations As 'American Hustle,' 'Nebraska' Also Perform Strongly

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 12, 2013 8:49 AM
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12 Years A Slave
Another morning, another awards nominations announcement: this time, it's the turn of the oft-derided Golden Globes. Will "12 Years A Slave" carry on its success from the SAGs yesterday? Or will the Hollywood Foreign Press Association throw a spanner in the works? Most importantly, which nomination will be the most obvious 'please come to our ceremony, famous person' nod of 2013?

'12 Years A Slave' Leads SAG Nominations As Robert Redford Misses Best Actor Nod

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 11, 2013 9:19 AM
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We're now deep in the heart of awards season, and after the critics' groups began to have their say last week, today brings the first of the guild nominations, with the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The leading actor categories have begun to lock up, but there's room for plenty of surprises, while the supporting categories are still in flux, could start to crystalize from now—the SAG is normally a fairly reliable Academy precursor—in 2010, they matched up 19 of the eventual 20 Oscar nominations, though last year saw only 14 nominations coincide.

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