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'Captain Phillips' Gains New Steam With Win At ACE Eddie Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2014 10:57 AM
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Captain Phillips
Well, this shakes things up. With "American Hustle," "12 Years A Slave" and "Gravity" perceived as the frontrunners headed into the Oscars, which are in just a few short weeks, "Captain Phillips" is uh, rocking the boat, in the precursor awards. With a win at the WGA Awards last week, "Captain Phillips" made it clear it was in the mix—and after the ACE Eddie Awards, it could be a bona fide contender come Oscar night.

Watch: Martin Freeman Talks To God In Clip From Oscar Nominated Short 'The Voorman Problem'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 4, 2014 10:44 AM
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The shorts categories at the Oscars can sometimes be a breeding ground for future talented feature-length filmmakers with past winners including “Fish Tank” director Andrea Arnold and “In Bruges” helmer Martin McDonagh. Over the weekend, this year’s nominees for Best Live-Action Short Film hit selected theaters and a clip from one of the starrier efforts — via USA Today — has arrived to whet your appetite.

'Her' & 'Captain Phillips' Surprise At WGA Awards, 'Gravity' Takes Cinematographer Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2014 9:22 AM
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Her, Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix
We're a month away from the Oscars—aka the Cinephile Super Bowl—and the crystal ball continues to get a bit clearer with precursor awards. And last night, both the writers and cinematographers of the industry honored their own.

Oscar Best Song Nominee "Alone Yet Not Alone" Disqualified, Category Will Remain With 4 Contenders

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 12:24 PM
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Alone Yet Not Alone
The list of nominees who had their Oscar chances revoked is a small field, with the best known case perhaps being Nino Rota getting disqualified in 1972 for Best Original Score for "The Godfather" when it was discovered that part of his composition was previously used in the 1958 film "Fortunella." (Though while he technically was never officially nominated, the music branch held a revote for the Oscar nominations and he missed out). And, despite the sad turn of events, out-of-nowhere nominee "Alone Yet Not Alone" will be a part of history.

Watch: Supercut Of Every Oscar Winner For Best Visual Effects Since The Award Was Introduced In 1977

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 29, 2014 11:23 AM
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Star Wars
The Best Visual Effects category in its current form has only existed at the Oscars since 1977, with different names used for the award over most of the Academy’s existence. With the 86th edition of the Academy Awards drawing closer, Nelson Carvajal has created a tribute reel to the past winners of the Best Visual Effects award.

Podcast: The Playlist Talks Oscar Nominations & 'Batman Vs. Superman' Moving To 2016

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • January 20, 2014 2:47 PM
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2014 Oscar Nominations: 'American Hustle' Leads The Pack With 10 Nominations, 'Gravity' & '12 Years A Slave' Get 9 Each
With much of The Playlist crew in Sundance, on our first episode of 2014, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and Features Editor Oli Lyttelton teamed up for an hour to chat about the recent Oscar nominations, discussing who might win, the surprises and snubs and more. In the final 15 minutes, they also make time to discuss the recent news about the release of the highly anticipated "Batman vs. Superman" being pushed to 2016.

'Gravity' & '12 Years A Slave' Tie For Best Motion Picture At PGA Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2014 8:42 AM
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Gravity 12 Years A Slave
The PGA Awards have been viewed as the most reliable predictor of the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner, and with good reason. Over the last 24 years, the Academy and PGA winner for Best Picture have matched 17 times, and more crucially, the last 6 times in a row. But what went down last night at the PGA Awards certainly won't be duplicated in March at the Dolby Theater.

'American Hustle' & 'Dallas Buyers Club' Win Big At SAG Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2014 8:08 AM
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Dallas Buyers Club
Hollywood is certainly keeping us on our toes. In the span of a few days, we've seen the Oscar nominations, the kickoff of Sundance, the Critics Choice Awards, and last night, the Screen Actors Guild Awards. And as the winners often presage future Oscar winners, it's one that prognosticators were watching closely.

'12 Years A Slave' Wins Best Picture At 2014 Critics Choice Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2014 9:05 AM
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12 Years A Slave
In a trifecta of perfect timing, yesterday saw the Oscar nominations, first day of the Sundance Film Festival and the Critics Choice Awards all coincide. So grab a cup of coffee and get ready to peruse the latest list of movies honored with statues.

“We Had No Campaign": Robert Redford Explains His Oscar Snub For 'All Is Lost'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2014 5:41 PM
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All Is Lost
All season the long, many prognosticators were calling a nomination for Robert Redford for his turn in "All Is Lost" a slam dunk. Not only is hea beloved, veteran actor and the man behind the Sundance Film Festival, the survival picture found him delivering a near wordless performance in a movie that featured only one character: himself. It all seemed so inevitable...until this morning. Among the Biggest Shocks, Snubs & Surprises was Redford getting shut out of the Best Actor field, despite certainty from nearly every corner of the awards blogosphere all season long. So, why did he miss out? Well, that's what journalists asked Redford this morning.

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