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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?

AFI's Movies Of 2013 Include 'Gravity,' 'Her' & 'American Hustle'; TV Shows Of 2013 Include 'Breaking Bad,' 'Game Of Thrones' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2013 3:15 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
The holidays are fast approaching which means after the presents are unwrapped and the allocated family time is complete you're going to have some free time and grandma's Christmas money to spend. Thus, it's the perfect opportunity to catch up with all the acclaimed movies and TV you've been missing out on in 2013.

'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.

Time Magazine Names 'Her,' 'American Hustle,' 'Fast & Furious 6' And 'Desolation Of Smaug' In Top Ten Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 11:23 AM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
Ah, Time magazine... the once venerable publication that might actually name Miley Cyrus as their Person Of The Year (she's currently leading online voting). Last year, the mag angered certain corners of the internet by declaring "Cloud Atlas" as their worst film of 2012, while their mostly decent top ten also included "Frankenweenie." And this year, critic Richard Corliss has increased the oddball choices.

'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.

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.

'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.

James Franco Thinks Being A Sex Addict In 'Shame' Wasn't So Bad, Criticizes Gay Club Sequence

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2013 2:10 PM
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Shame James Franco
So, James Franco has seen "12 Years A Slave" three times already. And after the second viewing, he penned a review for Vice because that's what he does sometimes these days, and leave it to Franco to reference Alexis de Tocqueville and two of his own movies ("Homefront," "This Is The End") in the process. But he also talks about "12 Years A Slave," the book versus the movie and the previous movies of director Steve McQueen, notably "Shame," which Franco has some problems with. Mostly, he thinks being a sex addict probably isn't so bad, and more crucially, he thinks the downward spiral culminating in a gay sex club visit during the third act was a bit offensive.

Box Office: 'Bad Grandpa' Knocks Down 'Gravity,' '12 Years A Slave' Makes The Top Ten

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • October 27, 2013 1:38 PM
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Jackass: Bad Grandpa
After three weeks, "Gravity" has been taken down a peg by none other than "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa." Although it could read disheartening (Oscar-buzzed original sci-fi knocked down by lowbrow comedy third sequel), there's hope yet that we can still have nice things as a few limited release, independent films make their way onto the leader board.

'12 Years A Slave' Leads Gotham Award Nominees; 'Inside Llewyn Davis, 'Upstream Color' & More Earn Nods

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2013 10:44 AM
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12 Years A Slave
... and here we go. Even though we're not even in November, and with two more months of movies and awards season contenders to come, the Gotham Independent Film Awards have announced their nominees for 2013. While this may be "the first major awards ceremony of the film season," the real accomplishment here is shining a light on the kind of well-made, acclaimed movies that will unfortunately be forgotten as the heavier hitters with more money behind them elbow their way to the Dolby Theater in February.

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