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'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.

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.

Golden Globe Winners: '12 Years A Slave' Wins Best Drama, But 'American Hustle' Dominates With 3 Top Prizes

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 12, 2014 11:20 PM
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American Hustle
Well, that's a wrap. "12 Years a Slave" won Best Drama, but "American Hustle" took three of the top prizes including Best Comedy/Musical, Best Actress Comedy/Musical and Best Supporting Actress. Probably the biggest surprise of the night, though not a shock if you've been reading the tea leaves of late, Matthew McConaughey scoring the Best Actor (Drama) prize for "Dallas Buyers Club" over Robert Redford, Chiwetel Ejiofor and that crowded field. More analysis tomorrow and in the meantime, check out to see how we did with our Globes predictions.

ACE Eddie Awards Nominees Include 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Her,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Gravity' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2014 12:58 PM
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The Wolf Of Wall Street
The awards season train continues to roll full steam towards the Oscar nominations next week, and January sees all the individual guilds weigh in first with who they're honoring in their respective fields. And today brings us the editors, who highlight the year in cutting with the nominees for the 64th Annual ACE Eddie Awards.

'The Grandmaster,' 'Gravity, '12 Years A Slave' & More Earn ASC Nominations, No 'Wolf' Or 'Hustle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2014 11:47 AM
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Emmanuel Lubezki
With just over a week to go until the Oscar nominations, the guilds continue to honor their colleagues with the PGA, WGA and DGA nominations all handed out over the last seven days or so. And now another groups has revealed their honorees.

'Gravity' And '12 Years A Slave' Lead 2014 BAFTA Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 8, 2014 2:57 AM
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Gravity
Awards season ticks along and the wee hours of this morning have brought an announcement from the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts, or BAFTA, that as ever, is full of surprises. "Gravity" leads the field with eleven nominations, with "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" just behind with ten, and "Captain Phillips" with nine. "Saving Mr. Banks" also did well with five, as did (surprisingly enough) "Behind the Candelabra," which got a theatrical release in the U.K., and was therefore eligible. Brit favorite "Philomena" also had a strong showing with four nods, joining "Gravity" in picking up nominations for Best Film and Best British Film.

Watch: Excellent 5-Minute 'Gravity: From Script To Screen' Featurette Before The Film Returns To Theaters Jan. 17th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2014 4:55 PM
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Gravity
We may be a full seven days into the New Year, but right now at a theater near you, it's like time is standing still. Last week, the big wide release was "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones." This week? "The Legend Of Hercules" with Kellan Lutz. Ooof. But next week, prospects will be looking much brighter with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube trading barbs in "Ride Along," while Chris Pine becomes "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit." But if you want to give one of 2013's best movies one more round at the multiplex, you'll have a shot at that too.

Directors Guild Award Nominations Include Alfonso Cuaron, David O. Russell & Martin Scorsese But No Coens

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2014 1:16 PM
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American Hustle
The Coens might want to hold on putting down that deposit for a tuxedo, as it seems their wonderful "Inside Llewyn Davis" is not registering with voters. After being shut out of the Producers Guild and Writers Guild awards nominations, the directorial duo have once again been left in the cold, this time by the DGA.

Oscars: The State Of The Best Picture Race With 10 Days To Go Before Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 6, 2014 3:30 PM
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Oscars: The State Of The Best Picture Race
After a few restorative weeks (mostly spent watching Scott Adkins movies, in case you were wondering), we're back on the awards beat. We're now only ten days from the announcement of the Oscar nominations, with one of the busiest weeks of the season before that (DGA and BAFTA nominations are still to come this week, along with the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday).

The Best & Worst Trends Of 2013

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 3, 2014 2:33 PM
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Best & Worst Trends Of 2013
We’ve just wrapped up the highest grossing year in history with the movie industry capturing $11 billion in domestic receipts. Lost within the field of hits and flops were common re-occurrences, ideas and motifs that resurfaced consistently throughout the year to make 2013 its own beast, labeling our shared cinematic experience as a moment in time.

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