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Oscars: James Franco Will Compete For Supporting Actor With 'Spring Breakers' & Anne Hathaway For Best Actress In 'Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2012 9:21 AM
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Get our your crystal ball Oscar prognosticators, because it's time to shake it up again. The weekend brought with it a couple more bits and bobs and changes to the Oscar race, with a couple more folks chasing the statue in some unlikely films.

Oscars: Can Anyone Beat Philip Seymour Hoffman To Best Supporting Actor?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 5, 2012 11:00 AM
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Last week in our category spotlight, we took a look at the relatively thin Supporting Actress field, so it feels only natural to head over to the Supporting Actor boys this time around. And of all the acting categories, it might be the most interesting: it's not as locked-up as the leading men (which has six or seven heavy hitters battling it out for five slots), and not as sparse as the actress categories, with multiple contenders any of whom could win, or fall out altogether.

Oscars: Could Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi' Go All The Way?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 2, 2012 12:57 PM
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There's been some significantly sesmic shifts in the Oscar field in the last few days, and not just the surprise announcement that "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane will be hosting the ceremony itself (for the record, this writer dislikes pretty much everything he's ever done, but based on his 'SNL' appearance a few weeks ago, he's a pretty savvy choice by the Academy). But last Friday, one of the most anticipated movies of the season was unveiled, as Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi" opened the New York Film Festival (read our review here). And what was already looking like a busy field got a little more crowded.

Surprise: Seth MacFarlane Selected To Host The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 12:19 PM
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Wow, we didn't expect this. After a brief flirtation with Jimmy Fallon, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences seem to have found the sweet spot with a presenter who will skew to younger crowds, while keeping ABC happy in getting someone who isn't a direct rival to their late-night talent. And that man is Seth MacFarlane.

Oscars: Taking A Look At The Wide Open Best Supporting Actress Field

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 28, 2012 1:04 PM
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Our Oscars coverage has, over the last few months, principally focused on the Best Picture race, which makes sense as what films look like possibilities continues to come into focus. But with the dust now settled on the festival season (well, except for the New York Film Festival getting underway today), we want to come in a little tighter, as it were, and start to think about the individual categories.

Oscars: How Does Fox Searchlight's Surprise 'Hitchcock' Shake Up The Award Season?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 21, 2012 12:04 PM
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Surprisingly, the Toronto International Film Festival, which in years past has seen previously unregarded pictures like "The King's Speech" and "Slumdog Millionaire" break out into Oscar front-runners, didn't really provide an out-of-nowhere shocker this year. Sure, there were "Argo" and "Silver Linings Playbook," as we discussed on Monday, but they were both mostly considered to be strong candidates even before they screened, as was Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master."

France Chooses Smash Hit 'Intouchables' As Official Oscar Entry

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2012 10:25 AM
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It's a good year to be Harvey Weinstein. With the awards season in full swing, the master producer and distributor has more than one major horse in the race. He's got Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," which opened to record-breaking numbers in limited release this weekend, along with this year's TIFF Audience Award winner, David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook." One can't count out Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" just yet either. And now another movie sporting his fingerprint is going for Oscar gold.

Oscars: 'The Master,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' & 'Argo' Lead Wide Open Awards Season Field

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 17, 2012 12:01 PM
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Having covered the Oscar race in quite a bit of detail last year, it's fair to say that it wasn't the most exciting race in history. It became clear from early September onward that "The Artist" was set to be a juggernaut, and as the film swept the precursors in the run-up, it was clear that nothing else -- not "Hugo," not "The Descendants" had a chance at beating it out. And indeed, most of the acting races felt like foregone conclusions from the off. It was clear in the weeks before that Jean Dujardin was going to edge out George Clooney, while Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer had their awards locked up for months, making the Meryl Streep/Viola Davis head to head the only major race that felt up in the air.

Oscars: Which Contenders Got Heat Coming Out Of Venice And Telluride?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2012 11:58 AM
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As we write this, we're somewhere over the Alps, flying back to London after an exhausting, rewarding week at the Venice Film Festival. Meanwhile, our editor-in-chief just returned from the mountains after an equally busy weekend at the Telluride Film Festival. Festival season is only just getting underway, with TIFF kicking off as we speak, and Venice doesn't wrap up til Saturday. But even so, it's true that the first salvo of the awards race have been fired in both Italy and Colorado, so it seems like a good time to run down which films have found themselves in a promising position after the last ten days or so, and which fizzled as soon as they arrived.

2013 Honorary Oscars Go To Documentarian D.A. Pennebaker, Stuntman/Director Hal Needham & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2012 11:38 AM
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In a press release (via Awards Daily), the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced who would be receiving the honorary Oscars at next year's awards ceremony, for both the Governors Awards and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. On the Governors Awards side of things, Hal Needham, the legendary stunt performer, coordinator and director; documentarian D.A. Pennebaker; and George Stevens Jr., founding director of the American Film Institute, are set to pick up prizes, while executive and philanthropist Jeffrey Katzenberg will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
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