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Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Announced As Austria's Oscar Entry, Plus Details For Alexandre Tharaud's Score

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 5, 2012 9:42 AM
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Director Michael Haneke has never been a director to particularly invite an audience in with his films, even though works such as “Funny Games” and “Cache” reward the invested viewer, but recently it seems Haneke has been lifted to a status that has exuberantly credited his skills behind the camera. Along with winning acclaim in 2009 with “The White Ribbon” -- earning the Palme d'Or at Cannes as well as a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film -- he now looks to poised to pull off a similar coup with his latest Palme d'Or-winning film, “Amour.”

Oscars Change Rules For Best Original Song Nominees, Category Will Now Feature Minimum Of 5 Nominees

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 31, 2012 1:55 PM
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Last year the Best Original Song Oscar category reached an all-time low with only two nominees. It was a forgettable song from “Rio” facing off against a slightly less forgettable song by Bret McKenzie from “The Muppets.” (“The Muppets” song won and Figwit got his Oscar.) Mercifully, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is changing the rules for how the Best Original Song category is voted on. According to an Associated Press report (via EW), “The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says that the five nominated songs receiving the highest number of votes from music branch members will be up for the final award.” This is significant given that the voting process previously only allowed for songs that earned an average score to be nominated (which should put an end to things like two songs from “The Princess and the Frog” being nominated in the same year). At next year’s Oscar telecast, there will be a minimum of five nominees.

Can Daniel Day-Lewis Break The Spielberg Acting Awards Oscar Losing Streak For 'Lincoln?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 24, 2012 12:22 PM
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With festival season getting underway in only a few short days, we're about to see which actors will gain traction for the awards season ahead of us. But there's at least one major performance that we won't know about for a few months yet (or until we see a trailer), and it's one that's probably been the presumptive front-runner ever since the film was announced: Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," the director's biopic of Civil War-winning President Abraham Lincoln, focusing on the last few months of his life before his assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth.

Academy Picks Guys Behind 'The Bucket List' & 'Hairspray' To Produce Oscars, Ensuring Another Dull Awards Show

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 3:26 PM
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So after producer Lorne Michaels and host Jimmy Fallon were courted and before it all fell apart largely it seems over network rivalries between Oscar broadcaster ABC and NBC, it seems the folks at the Academy has chosen the safe and dull route for next year's ceremonies. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have been selected to produce the show. Wait...who?
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Oscar Watch: 10 Possible Hosts For The Next Academy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 15, 2012 12:03 PM
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For a while, it looked like we had the 2013 Oscar host locked down. After a disappointing few years (Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin felt constrained, Anne Hathaway and James Franco were a flat out disaster, and Billy Crystal was kind of creaky last year), it seemed like we'd be getting some fresh blood, and that did seem to have been the case: "Saturday Night Live" mastermind Lorne Michaels was said to have been approached, and was planning on bringing on one of his former stars, "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon.

Sorry, Jimmy Fallon Won't Be Hosting The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2012 1:16 PM
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It was already a longshot, we suppose, given how much turmoil the choice seemed to be causing behind the scenes, but for what it's worth, Jimmy Fallon won't be hosting the Oscars in February.

The Amazing Race: How Will The 'The Great Gatsby's Release Date Move Impact The 2012 & 2013 Oscar Race?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 8, 2012 12:03 PM
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The biggest news Oscar-wise of the past week has involved a film that, as it turns out, won't play into the season at all, Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," which Warner Bros announced on Monday was being delayed, with the studio shifting the movie from its Christmas Day release to summer 2013. A spokesman for the studio said: "Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. It truly brings Fitzgerald’s American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exciting way. We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.”

Yay Or Nay? Jimmy Fallon In Talks To Host The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2012 11:05 PM
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With Billy Crystal wheezing through a pretty uninspired encore gig last year at the Oscars (replacing Eddie Murphy who departed after Brett Ratner stepped down from producing the show after his "Tower Heist" press tour meltdown), and a pretty lethargic James Franco and hyper Anne Hathaway flopping twelve months before, it's no surprise that the Academy is looking for fresh blood. And it appears they're hoping their answer can be found in channeling some of the talent originating from "Saturday Night Live."

The Amazing Race: 15 Potential Awards Dark Horses To Keep An Eye On In The Coming Months

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2012 12:34 PM
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Almost every year, it's possible to guess at a good number of the Oscar nominees at least twelve months ahead. Only a fool would look at the release slate and suggest that a film like Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" won't be among the nominees. But that said, each year also brings a movie that looks from afar like a heavyweight and turns out to disappoint. Take "J.Edgar" last year, for instance, or "Carnage" or "The Ides of March."

The Amazing Race: Is 'The Dark Knight Rises' A Serious Best Picture Contender?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 25, 2012 1:05 PM
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With the first wave of the TIFF line-up announced, and Venice unveiling their slate tomorrow, the promise of films not about explosions is getting ever-closer, even if we have to get through the likes of "Total Recall" first. So with the awards season just around the corner, it seemed like a good time to get The Amazing Race, our weekly Oscar coverage, going again. We popped our heads into awards season briefly after Cannes, but we'll be taking a look at things each week from here on out, as the journey begins to the Dolby Theater.

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