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Oscar Nominations 2013: 'Lincoln,' 'Life Of Pi' & 'Silver Linings Playbook' Lead Academy Awards Field

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 10, 2013 8:51 AM
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So here we are. The moment that basically every film fan (even if some are openly hostile to the idea) sees as their Superbowl; the announcement of the Academy Award nominations, for the 85th time, in this case. Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone took to the stage at 5.30 PST to deliver the news, after months of the usual feverish speculation. So how did things turn out?

American Society Of Cinematographers Nominate 'Anna Karenina,' 'Les Miserables,' 'Life Of Pi,' 'Lincoln' & 'Skyfall'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 9, 2013 12:27 PM
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We're about 18 hours until Oscar nominations time, but even after the DGAs yesterday and the BAFTAs at stupid o'clock this morning, there's still time for one more precursor to sneak in under the wire, and this time, it's the American Society of Cinematographers, the major equivalent to a guild award (although it's not a guild, or a union) for the directors of photography of the movie world.

'Lincoln,' 'Les Miserables' & 'Life Of Pi' Lead BAFTA Nominations, Haneke & Tarantino On Best Director List

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 9, 2013 2:53 AM
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This week is so awards-heavy that the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts (or BAFTA, to their mum) had to squeeze their announcement in at 7.30 GMT, a time when it's dark in the U.K, New York and Los Angeles. And while BAFTA can often back British fare over the films that have otherwise dominated the awards conversation, this year saw them stick fairly closely to the awards narrative in general, with "Skyfall," "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "Anna Karenina" all failing to sweep the board in the way that some had suggested (though all made the 'Best British Film' nominees).

Roger Ebert Names 'Argo' As The Best Movie Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 27, 2012 6:16 PM
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While there have been many, many 2012 lists and recaps, the year isn't over until Roger Ebert weighs in with his favorites, and today he's done so, dropping his list of the best movies he saw in 2012. And as usual, it's a mix of more popular choices, with some love shown to smaller, foreign films that might not get the shine otherwise.

Oscars: Where Do The Best Picture Contenders Stand After The SAG & Golden Globe Nominations?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 13, 2012 2:24 PM
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It's the end of a busy-ass awards week, and a pretty crucial one as far as the Oscar season goes. Within the space of a few days, we've had the LA Film Critics Circle announcements, the Critics Choice Award nods, the SAG nominations and, this morning, the Golden Globe nominees being revealed.

Time Magazine Names Michael Haneke's 'Amour' The Best Film Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2012 4:35 PM
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While "Zero Dark Thirty" seems to be the movie to beat at the moment, another picture is slowly gaining momentum. The punishing yet beautiful "Amour" is not only poised to be a major player in the Foreign Language category at the Oscars, but many think it could sneak into the Best Picture race as well. And indeed, Time magazine seems to be in love in with it.

Basically Every Movie Nominated In BFCA Critics Choice Awards Lineup; 'Lincoln' Leads Field

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 11, 2012 12:34 PM
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Another day, another set of awards nominations, and while the rest of the week brings the SAG and Golden Globes announcements, today is the turn of the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (generally known as the Critics Choice Awards), a mainstream-leaning group now in their 18th year. A little more high-profile than some, thanks to having their ceremony televised of late, they've embraced stardom even more this year, with the introduction of various A-list-attracting categories like Best Actor/Actress in a Comedy.

'The Dark Knight Rises' Makes AFI's Top 10 Of The Year, But No Sign Of 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2012 3:36 PM
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More rankings! As Oscar prognosticators puzzle, fret and worry over each top ten list that drops, a few patterns are becoming clear -- firstly, everyone loves "Zero Dark Thirty." And secondly, it looks like outside of a couple of categories, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" won't be making much of a mark on the Oscar race. And indeed, the AFI shut it out entirely.

'Zero Dark Thirty' Continues Critical Stampede Topping Peter Travers, David Edelstein & Huffington Post Best Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2012 11:03 AM
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With each passing day, it's looking more and more like Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" is going to be the one to beat this awards season. As we cautioned earlier this week, this trajectory right now reminds us of David Fincher's "The Social Network," which got all kinds of critical and industry love, only to lose out to Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" in the end. Granted, "Les Miserables" is no longer looking like a slam dunk with early reviews decidedly mixed (read ours here) but all this to say, there is still a lot the game to be played.

Oscars: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Isn't The Frontrunner Yet & More Observations After The NYFCC & NBR Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 6, 2012 9:59 AM
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Are you a fan of hearing that people have won things? Then you're in luck, because between now and the end of February, you'll struggle to go 24 hours without some kind of awards news. After the Gothams and the Independent Spirit nominations last week, the first major salvos of the awards season were fired this week, with the New York Film Critics' Circle giving out their prizes on Monday, and the National Board of Review awarding theirs yesterday.

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