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M83, Lana Del Rey, Jay Z, Karen O & More Among 75 Eligible Submissions For Best Original Song Oscar

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 17, 2013 10:37 AM
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Unlike last year, which due to a convoluted voting system only produced two nominees, this year’s Best Original Song Oscar looks to showcase a number of stunners from 2013. We’ve already taken a stab at predicting which tunes are likely to succeed on the big night, but now the list of eligible songs in contention for final nominations at the 86th Oscars has been released so you can forecast the results yourself.

'Inside Llewyn Davis' Wins Best Picture & Best Actor From Toronto Film Critics Association

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2013 12:01 AM
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Inside Llewyn Davis
Such is the awards season that just as your getting ready to wind things down on the west coast, or already in bed on the east coast, the honors keep coming. And the latest is from north of the border, with critics in Toronto weighing in on their faves of the year.

'12 Years A Slave' Dominates Online Film Critics Society Winners

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2013 12:29 PM
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12 Years A Slave
Yep, it seems everyone has their own critics group and organization... So today, the Online Film Critics Society logged on with the winners for 2013, with one movie to lead them all.

'12 Years A Slave' & 'American Hustle' Lead Critics' Choice Movie Awards Nominees

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2013 12:17 PM
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American Hustle
And so begins another week of the awards season, with yet another organization shaking up the race or least mildly altering the dominoes. This time around it's the Broadcast Film Critics Association who have revealed their nominees for 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. And the generally mainstream leading group has again gone mostly mainstream.

Check Out The 114 Movie Longlist For Oscar Best Original Score Category

To those voting for the nominees for Best Original Score for this year's Oscars, they've got a lot of listening to do. A longlist of 114 eligible scores has been released, running the gamut of indies to blockbusters and everything in between. So what makes a score able to contend? Here's the official Academy rules: Read More »

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."

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.

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