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Watch: A24 Drops For Your Consideration Sizzle Reel For James Franco's Turn In 'Spring Breakers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 12:06 PM
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While prognosticators like to think they can predict the awards season race weeks and even months away from when the dust settles, there is always a surprise or two that no one would have seen coming. (For example, who would've thought Benh Zeitlin would get a Best Director nomination over Ben Affleck last year?) And so, A24 is hoping a bit of hustling can do some wonders for James Franco.

‘Frozen’ & ‘Monsters University’ Dominate Annie Awards Nominations With 10 Each

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 11:25 AM
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With the Thanksgiving break now officially over, and only three short weeks until Christmas, it seems Hollywood isn't wasting one hot second when it comes to nominations and awards. And so it continues with yet another branch of industry types getting to together to honor the best of the best, and this time, it's the folks in animation.

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

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 26, 2013 4:17 PM
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Oscars: 10 Overlooked Actors
In the few weeks since we put a spotlight on the Best Actor race, a competitive field has only tightened further. Robert Redford, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Hanks have only firmed up their status as near-certain nominees, and if there was any doubt that Bruce Dern would pick up a nod, the actor's fierce campaigning makes it more and more likely that it'll come to pass. Short of a real shock, or a swell of momentum for late entrants Christian Bale ("American Hustle") or Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf Of Wall Street"), those will likely be your five nominees come January.

The Snubs & Surprises Of The 2014 Spirit Award Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2013 3:07 PM
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Ain't Them Bodies Saints Rooney Mara
Strap in, because it's all downhill from here. Or uphill. Either way, the road to the Dolby Theater is now officially open as Film Independent's Spirit Awards have unveiled their nominations for this year (yes, they call it 2014 even though it's for 2013's movies because they'll hand out the hardware in March—yes, it's a bit confusing). But it should be noted: the Spirit Awards has a budget barrier which keeps bigger movies out and obviously their mandate excludes studio pictures so this don't consider this a definitive augur for Oscars.

'12 Years A Slave' & 'Nebraska' Come Out Ahead In 2014 Spirit Award Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 26, 2013 1:34 PM
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2013 Spirit Nominations
Ready for awards season to really get underway? No? Well, it's too late, because ahead of the start of the critics' awards next week, Film Independent's Spirit Awards have just unveiled their nominations for their annual awards, the biggest in the indie world.

Oscars: Can Karen O & 'Short Term 12' Beat Disney's 'Frozen' In The Music Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 25, 2013 2:31 PM
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Oscars, Score, 2013
This week sees the arrival of Disney's "Frozen," the studio's most acclaimed film in years. It's also a serious throwback to the studio's animated musicals of the late 1980s and 1990s, a full-on songfest with multiple numbers of Broadway quality, and that's useful for our purposes, because this week we're going to focus on the musical categories of the Academy Awards.

For Your Consideration: 5 Overlooked Supporting Actresses Who Deserve Some Oscar Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 20, 2013 3:08 PM
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FYC - 5 Overlooked Supporting Actresses
Last week, we began our For Your Consideration series, with five Supporting Actor should-be-contenders, highlighting performances that deserve awards recognition, but have been otherwise overlooked by prognosticators and predictors. So this week, we're moving onto the Supporting Actresses.

Oscars: Will Saudi Arabia's 'Wadjda' Win The Best Foreign Language Film Award?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 18, 2013 3:18 PM
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Oscars 2013, Foreign Language Best Film
Of all the Academy award categories the Foreign Language one has probably been the most mystifying, arcane and hard to predict. Traditionally, and unlike in most other categories, nominees have been decided by a committee rather than by a wider voting branch and it's often led to controversy, with some of the most acclaimed international films of a given year missing out. Recent years have seen some changes for the better—films like "Dogtooth" or "Bullhead" would never have been nominated a decade ago—but controversy still circulates around this category.

Watch: Angelina Jolie's Emotional Honorary Oscar Acceptance Speech

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie has had a year that most of us couldn't even conceive, from undergoing a double mastectomy, to starting work on her next directorial effort with "Unbroken" (now shooting in Australia), that seems like more than humanly possible for one person to take on. But on Saturday night at the Governors Awards, the actress/writer/director had yet another reason to mark 2013 as one she'll never forget. Read More »

Rome Film Festival Awards: Scarlett Johansson Wins For Voice Role In 'Her,' Matthew McConaughey For ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ & More

Dallas Buyer's Club Matthew McConaughey
While the bearing it has on the stateside awards season race is fairly minimal at the end of the day, you can bet the folks over at Warner Bros. and Focus Features are very happy with the news they received over the weekend and will be adjusting their campaigns accordingly. Read More »

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