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For Your Consideration: 5 Supporting Performances That Deserve Oscar Nods

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 19, 2012 1:01 PM
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As of Monday, Oscar ballots have been sent out, online voting (for the first time ever) is underway, and the endgame of the 2012 awards season approaches. And thanks to the cottage industry of awards predictions and precursors, the narrative is already in place. If you've been talked up as an Oscar contender for the last several months, if you've already been anointed by critics groups or the Golden Globes, then you're seriously in the race. If not, then you should probably make other plans for that Sunday in February.

The Playlist's Woman Of The Year 2012: Jennifer Lawrence

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 19, 2012 11:02 AM
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Last year, picking the woman of the year was a no-brainer. We chose Jessica Chastain, who started 2011 as a virtual unknown, and ended it as the star of critical favorites like "The Tree Of Life" and "Take Shelter," box office hits like "The Help" (for which she earned an Oscar nod), all while impressing with diverse roles across a slate of films including "The Debt," "Coriolanus," and "Texas Killing Fields." And this year, we went with another young actress who also showed tremendous range, with acumen both at the multiplex and arthouse.

The Playlist's Men Of The Year 2012: Channing Tatum & Matthew McConaughey

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 18, 2012 2:52 PM
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Last year, when the time came to pick our man of the year, we had a tough choice. Ryan Gosling, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and George Clooney all had excellent, diverse and busy 2011s, and after hours of furious debate, we ended up settling on Michael Fassbender. This year, the choice seemed to us a simple one, albeit shared between two actors who both turned around their image and perception with a string of roles across the last year, culminating in a film that teamed them up to great effect. Yes, it's Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum.

The Worst Films Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 18, 2012 1:34 PM
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We're not alone in thinking that 2012 was a pretty great year for film. Maybe not one for the ages like 1939, 1975 or 1999, but one that, after a slowish start, has seen something worth checking out hit theaters almost every week, with the last few months of the year becoming positively overstuffed with goodness. You'll already have seen various highlights in our year-end coverage to date, and we'll be rolling out individual staff Top 10s in the coming weeks. But it hasn't been all been sunshine and daisies on cinema screens this year.

The Black List: Where Are The Top Scripts Of Previous Years Now?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 17, 2012 4:01 PM
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One of the cannier inventions of the movie world in the last decade or so is The Black List, set up by Franklin Leonard, at the time an junior executive at Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way company. Appropriating one of Hollywood's greatest shames (the banning from work of professionals -- mostly screenwriters -- with communist leanings) for good, with the intention of highlighting the best unmade scripts from Hollywood, Leonard polled executives for the best things they'd read that year, launching the first list in 2005.

The Overrated And Underrated Films Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 17, 2012 2:15 PM
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We understand that to many, underrated and overrated are potentially noxious terms. At the very least it’s deeply subjective and relative. What’s underrated to one person is fussed over to someone else. Essentially, it’s all about one’s perception of the narrative that forms around any given film. Some pictures are often undervalued or underepresented by certain sections of the critical cognoscenti and other pictures are lauded as the greatest thing sliced bread and writer’s often feel like they need to make some sort of corrective to that that narrative.

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey': What Worked & What Didn't

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 17, 2012 12:15 PM
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For a long time, it seemed as though "The Hobbit" would never get made. Despite the multi-billion dollar success of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films, the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's earlier novel were tangled up, and Jackson didn't even seem to be sure he wanted to go back to Middle Earth. Even once the film got underway, MGM's bankruptcy delayed the film for years, losing original director Guillermo Del Toro in the process.

Quentin Tarantino Says He Could Release An Expanded Edition Of 'Django Unchained'; Says Harvey Weinstein Suggested Breaking The Movie Into 2 Parts

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 16, 2012 1:54 PM
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They were all there this morning. Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Walton Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson and even Jonah Hill, who only has a brief cameo in the film. The eclectic, A-list cast of Tarantino's "Django Unchained" all made it out for the press day which is impressive considering at some press days it's even difficult to get the star to appear (see Tom Cruise's latest). "I've always wanted to deal with America's horrific past with slavery. But I didn't want to do a straight historical movie with a capital H. I wanted to wrap it up in genre," Tarantino explained this a.m. about why he wanted to deal with the brutal and horrific subject matter of his latest film.

The Best Film Soundtracks & Scores Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 14, 2012 2:16 PM
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We're continuing our best of 2012 coverage by diving into scores and soundtracks that caught our ear over the past twelve months. As anyone who's ever watched one of those YouTube videos where someone puts a video of their favorite Evanescence song over an ill-fitting movie scene, music, whether score or a song, can be crucial to a film's success, or otherwise. And yet all too often, it's reduced to a footnote in the appreciation of a film. And that goes double for when films that don't necessarily work and otherwise have a great score or soundtrack.

Listen: 'Girls' Soundtrack Features New Music From Santigold, fun & Grouplove, Plus Cuts From Robyn, Belle & Sebastian And More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 12, 2012 5:38 PM
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After a few months of relative quiet, Lena Dunham, much to the rage of her various detractors, is seemingly everywhere again. Her multi-million dollar book proposal leaked earlier in the week, she features in Judd Apatow's "This Is 40" next week, and the first season of "Girls" landed on DVD today, with the second season set to start up in about a month's time (and we can't bloody wait).

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