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'Captain Phillips' Star & Oscar Nominee Barkhad Abdi Is Reportedly Broke

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 3, 2014 11:23 AM
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While Jonah Hill revealed that he worked for peanuts ($60,000) on Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street," the reality is that he can easily afford the pay cut. But for real people, sixty thousand dollars is real money, and for a fellow Oscar nominee, it may not be enough.

2014 Oscar Winners: 'Gravity' Wins 7, '12 Years A Slave' Takes Best Picture, 'American Hustle' Shut Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2014 10:37 PM
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2014 Oscar Winners
...And that's it on another year. As always, the Oscars were both exciting, (mostly) sleep inducing, surprising and left us with lots to talk about. But it's late, we're tired and filled with nacho cheese, so we're going to be a bit brief for now.

Watch: The Final Scene in ‘Captain Phillips’ That Should’ve Earned Tom Hanks An Oscar Nomination

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 28, 2014 9:22 AM
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Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks
A great deal in a film can be forgiven if it entirely sticks the ending, and this past year has had no better example of this than “Captain Philips." Though a capably tense and well-rendered experience for two-thirds of the narrative, Paul Greengrass’ drama still hits another level as it sends its sea-bound hostage tale toward its conclusion — and now we’ve got a spoilery reminder of why Tom Hanks deserved an Oscar nomination in a packed Best Actor lineup.

Watch: Kids Reenact The 2014 Best Picture Oscar Nominees

Kids Reenact Oscar Nominees
There's been lots of interviews, speeches, industry back-patting, speculation and more over the past few months. And as Hollywood gets ready to hand out the Oscars next weekend, here's something to lighten the mood a bit and take the edge off the awards season. Read More »

'Gravity' Wins 6 At 2014 BAFTAs But '12 Years A Slave' Takes Best Film & Actor

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 16, 2014 4:35 PM
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Gravity and 12 Years A Slave
After a few weeks off from awards ceremonies, the two-week homestretch of the season, ahead of the Oscars two weeks from now, gets underway tonight with the 2014 BAFTA Awards. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have, in recent years, become an increasingly convincing predictor of which way the Academy will go, though as ever, there's always some differences (last year, for instance, saw "Amour" star Emmanuelle Riva take Best Actress).

Oscars: Could A Movie Other Than 'Gravity,' '12 Years A Slave' Or 'American Hustle' Win Best Picture?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 12, 2014 3:01 PM
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Oscars: Could A Movie Other Than 'Gravity,' '12 Years A Slave' Or 'American Hustle' Win Best Picture?
The awards season is in a bit of a lull, or an armistice if you will. With a few weeks passing since the most recent precursor awards, those up for the Oscars have been able to sit back and enjoy their status, most notably at this week's nominees luncheon. But the Cold War is about to end: voting for the Oscar winners gets underway on Friday, with the BAFTAs following on Sunday, and after that, it's going to be a fairly frantic couple of weeks ahead of the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday March 2nd.

'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.

'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.

2014 Oscar Nominations: The Biggest Shocks, Snubs & Surprises

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2014 11:07 AM
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Oscar Snubs, Surprises: 2014
Well, the Oscar nominations are in and Twitter has exploded with the usual flurry of WTF?s, OMG!s and TOLDJA!s (perhaps we follow the wrong people). And while in general it seems like a lot of the last-minute trend predictions went in the right direction (Redford went very cool for “All is Lost,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” too, though perhaps not quite icy enough to predict a near-total shut-out), in amongst the various entirely expected nominations, there were a fair number of films and performances we didn’t expect to see, and a few we had to double check we didn’t (you can read our full predictions here to see how right and wrong we were).

2014 Oscar Nominations: 'American Hustle' & 'Gravity' Nab 10 Nods Each, '12 Years A Slave' Close Second With 9

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2014 10:36 AM
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2014 Oscar Nominations: 'American Hustle' Leads The Pack With 10 Nominations, 'Gravity' & '12 Years A Slave' Get 9 Each
As the tradition goes, Hollywood is waking up bleary-eyed this morning to see if after months of campaigning, handshakes, personal appearances, interviews and more, their efforts will be rewarded with an Oscar nomination. For many actors, directors, screenwriters and more, it will mean being woken up by their excited agents and managers who will share with them the good news. For others, it will mean sleeping in and waking up in a few hours from, realizing they have sadly missed out. And so, with a fresh pot of coffee, we're here to let you know how this is all shaping up.

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