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Oscars: 'Gravity' Has Visual Effects Sewn Up, But What About The Other Tech Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 9, 2013 4:51 PM
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Gravity, Sandra Bullock
ast week, the Academy announced the longlist for their visual effects awards, from which five nominees will be picked. The list is made up of "Elysium," "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug," "Iron Man 3," "The Lone Ranger," "Oblivion," "Pacific Rim," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Thor" The Dark World" and "World War Z." Oh, and one more, which overshadows all of the others: "Gravity," which bar some immense shock is certain to take the prize. It's a solid front-runner in cinematography too bu does it have the rest of the technical awards—editing, sound design and sound mixing—sewn up in the same way?

'Metro Manila' Wins Best Film British Independent Film Awards; Paul Greengrass, James McAvoy & More Honored

Another day and more trophies handed out as 2013 tumbles toward a close. Over the weekend, the British Independent Film Awards provided some dinner and statues to a wide range of movies, and given their mandate, it shines a light on a different batch of movies than the ones that are dominating critics charts stateside. Read More »

'12 Years A Slave' Tops Boston & Washington Critics List; 'Gravity' & Her' Tie For Best Film In L.A.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2013 9:03 AM
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12 Years A Slave
As the critics' lists keep rolling in, the consensus this year is that there's no real consensus. Unlike 2010 where "The Social Network" seemed unstoppable and 2012 when "Zero Dark Thirty" looked like the one to beat, in 2013, at least among critics, it seems to be anyone's game. And again, while critics and Academy voter tastes tend to differ, if there is anything to be gleaned from the wide variety of winners, it's that no one can claim frontrunner status at this point.

'The Great Beauty' Wins Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor & More At European Film Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2013 6:07 PM
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While it has pretty much no bearing on the Oscars, winning a few key categories at the European Film Awards does serve to raise the profile of some movies that are in contention. Now, we can certainly bet that more Academy voters will be popping in their screeners of "The Great Beauty."

For Your Consideration: 10 Overlooked Actresses Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 4, 2013 3:05 PM
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Received wisdom says that most years, including this one, the Best Actress field of contenders for the Oscars is "weaker" than their male counterparts, with a fairly limited group of possibilities who are plausible nominees. To which we can only say: horseshit. Every year, but this one in particular, we watch scores of fine female performances be overlooked because they're in small indie movies or because they were overshadowed in reviews by male co-stars or because they're not Meryl Streep.

Spike Jonze's 'Her' Wins Best Film & Best Director From National Board Of Review

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 1:42 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
So how influential are the National Board Of Review winners? Well, last year "Zero Dark Thirty" won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress and went on to be shut out in all three categories when the Oscars rolled out. Basically, just remember that there is a gulf between critics and Academy voters (remember the year when "The Social Network" cleaned up in the all early awards?) so just take a breath. That said, it's nice to see the love.

'American Hustle' Tops New York Film Critics Circle Awards, David O. Russell & Jennifer Lawrence Win Big

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2013 3:08 PM
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First! Once again, the New York Film Critics Circle made filmmakers and studios sweat to get their films screened in time as they position themselves to be the first (official) word on the awards race and augur of things to come ... at least until the National Board Of Review weighs in tomorrow. But for now, it looks like David O. Russell's "American Hustle" is the one to beat over the next couple of months.

'Act Of Killing,' 'The Armstrong Lie,' 'Stories We Tell' & More Make Oscar Documentary Shortlist

So the countdown continues toward the Oscars, with the potential nominees in the Documentary category now narrowed from 147 films to a slim 15. From here, only 5 will eventually make it to the Dolby Theater. Read More »

'Inside Llewyn Davis' & 'Fruitvale Station' Big Winners At Gotham Awards, '12 Years A Slave' Shut Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 11:08 PM
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Inside Llewyn Davis Justin Timberlake Oscar Isaac
To the prognosti-box! The first statues have been handed out and the Oscar race has changed! (At least for his evening until the next batch of trophies roll around). The Gotham Awards were handed out tonight in New York City and one highly touted film and another indie upstart led the pack of those taking home statues to fill up their mantle.

Oscars: It's 'Hobbit' Vs. "Hustle' Vs. 'Slave' Vs. 'Gatsby' In Production & Costume Design Races

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 2, 2013 3:06 PM
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Oscars, Production & Costume Design Races, 2013, American Hustle, 12 Years A Slave, Great Gatsbya
The Coen Brothers' glorious "Inside Llewyn Davis" hits theaters at long last this week and while its award prospects in general are somewhat on the tightrope, some of its better chances lie in the design categories: the beautifully realized world of early 1960s New York has a good chance of nominations in the Production Design and Costume Design categories. As such, we're going to spotlight these areas this week, along with their less-loved little brother, Make-Up and Hairstyling.

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