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Podcast: The Playlist Talks Oscar Nominations & 'Batman Vs. Superman' Moving To 2016

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • January 20, 2014 2:47 PM
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2014 Oscar Nominations: 'American Hustle' Leads The Pack With 10 Nominations, 'Gravity' & '12 Years A Slave' Get 9 Each
With much of The Playlist crew in Sundance, on our first episode of 2014, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and Features Editor Oli Lyttelton teamed up for an hour to chat about the recent Oscar nominations, discussing who might win, the surprises and snubs and more. In the final 15 minutes, they also make time to discuss the recent news about the release of the highly anticipated "Batman vs. Superman" being pushed to 2016.

“We Had No Campaign": Robert Redford Explains His Oscar Snub For 'All Is Lost'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2014 5:41 PM
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All Is Lost
All season the long, many prognosticators were calling a nomination for Robert Redford for his turn in "All Is Lost" a slam dunk. Not only is hea beloved, veteran actor and the man behind the Sundance Film Festival, the survival picture found him delivering a near wordless performance in a movie that featured only one character: himself. It all seemed so inevitable...until this morning. Among the Biggest Shocks, Snubs & Surprises was Redford getting shut out of the Best Actor field, despite certainty from nearly every corner of the awards blogosphere all season long. So, why did he miss out? Well, that's what journalists asked Redford this morning.

By The Numbers: The 2014 Oscar Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2014 12:41 PM
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By The Numbers: The 2014 Oscar Nominations
You might have thought we were done with coverage of today's Oscar announcements, but you were wrong (although, actually, this should be for it the moment after this one). You've seen the nominations themselves, and you've read our piece about the surprises and snubs, but what you might be missing out on are the stats.

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.

Oscars: The Playlist's Final Predictions For The 2014 Academy Award Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 14, 2014 2:22 PM
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Oscars: Final predix, 2014
After almost six months of debate, backbiting, speculation and guesswork (and yeah, it is close to six months—awards season got underway officially with the debut of "Gravity" in Venice in August, though some could trace it back even earlier to the arrival of "Blue Jasmine in the summer), we're almost there: we're less than 48 hours from the announcement of the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards.

Oscars: What The Academy Members Are Voting For, Plus Golden Globe Predictions

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 10, 2014 12:09 PM
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Oscars: Who's Voting For What, Plus Golden Globe Predictions
We're at T-minus 6 days before the announcement of Oscar nominations, and various prognosticators are busy trying to get their final ducks in a row, reading tea leaves and chicken intestine (or whatever) to try and get a sense of how one of the most fiercely competitive awards season in memory is going to play out in the next phase. The DGA nominations this week brought few surprises, and the Golden Globes on Sunday will be too late to affect anything (Oscar voting has closed, and counting is underway), so now it's just a question of waiting and second-guessing yourself.

2013: The Year In Quotes

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 9, 2014 2:23 PM
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The Best Quotes of 2013
2013, we’re not quite done with you yet. To close off our coverage of the year gone by, we wanted to hand over the mic to the actors, directors and other film professionals who made waves, headlines, faux pas, announcements, pronouncements or funny gags throughout the year. And we’re changing up the format this time out, scouring the whole internet and not just our own archives for these little nuggets, mainly because we’re fairly sure you’ve all avidly consumed, and committed to memory every word of each of the 200-odd interviews we ran in 2013, and we’d be preaching to the choir.

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).

'Wadjda,''The Past' & 'Gloria' Snubbed In Oscar Foreign-Language Shortlist; 'Grandmaster' & 'The Hunt' Make Cut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2013 1:24 PM
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While it might be Christmas for everyone else, for those hustling the awards season campaigns, the maneuvering keeps going. And we're sure there will be no shortage of publicists, agents and studio head making calls this afternoon now that the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film has been tightened up.

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