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Oscars: Could Critical Favorites 'Act Of Killing' & 'Stories We Tell' Miss Out On Documentary Nominations?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 17, 2013 6:07 PM
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Over the past weeks and months, we've used this space to take a close look at almost every Oscar category (bar the shorts: we'll focus on those once the nominations are out and we've seen the films), and making our rolling predictions in the process. Just in time for Christmas, we've reached the end, with just one category left: Documentary.

M83, Lana Del Rey, Jay Z, Karen O & More Among 75 Eligible Submissions For Best Original Song Oscar

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 17, 2013 10:37 AM
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Unlike last year, which due to a convoluted voting system only produced two nominees, this year’s Best Original Song Oscar looks to showcase a number of stunners from 2013. We’ve already taken a stab at predicting which tunes are likely to succeed on the big night, but now the list of eligible songs in contention for final nominations at the 86th Oscars has been released so you can forecast the results yourself.

Download Over 30 Oscar-Contending Screenplays Including ‘Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘Gravity’ ‘12 Years A Slave’ & More

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • December 16, 2013 2:27 PM
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The Wolf Of Wall Street
You might be an aspiring screenwriter or filmmaker and want to see how the professionals and the current masters do it on the page. Or maybe you're curious to see how the finished product differs from the original script or perhaps you just enjoy reading the work from your favorite directors and writers.

Check Out The 114 Movie Longlist For Oscar Best Original Score Category

To those voting for the nominees for Best Original Score for this year's Oscars, they've got a lot of listening to do. A longlist of 114 eligible scores has been released, running the gamut of indies to blockbusters and everything in between. So what makes a score able to contend? Here's the official Academy rules: Read More »

Oscars: 'Gravity' Has Visual Effects Sewn Up, But What About The Other Tech Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 9, 2013 4:51 PM
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Gravity, Sandra Bullock
ast week, the Academy announced the longlist for their visual effects awards, from which five nominees will be picked. The list is made up of "Elysium," "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug," "Iron Man 3," "The Lone Ranger," "Oblivion," "Pacific Rim," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Thor" The Dark World" and "World War Z." Oh, and one more, which overshadows all of the others: "Gravity," which bar some immense shock is certain to take the prize. It's a solid front-runner in cinematography too bu does it have the rest of the technical awards—editing, sound design and sound mixing—sewn up in the same way?

For Your Consideration: 10 Overlooked Actresses Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 4, 2013 3:05 PM
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Received wisdom says that most years, including this one, the Best Actress field of contenders for the Oscars is "weaker" than their male counterparts, with a fairly limited group of possibilities who are plausible nominees. To which we can only say: horseshit. Every year, but this one in particular, we watch scores of fine female performances be overlooked because they're in small indie movies or because they were overshadowed in reviews by male co-stars or because they're not Meryl Streep.

'Act Of Killing,' 'The Armstrong Lie,' 'Stories We Tell' & More Make Oscar Documentary Shortlist

So the countdown continues toward the Oscars, with the potential nominees in the Documentary category now narrowed from 147 films to a slim 15. From here, only 5 will eventually make it to the Dolby Theater. Read More »

Oscars: It's 'Hobbit' Vs. "Hustle' Vs. 'Slave' Vs. 'Gatsby' In Production & Costume Design Races

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 2, 2013 3:06 PM
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Oscars, Production & Costume Design Races, 2013, American Hustle, 12 Years A Slave, Great Gatsbya
The Coen Brothers' glorious "Inside Llewyn Davis" hits theaters at long last this week and while its award prospects in general are somewhat on the tightrope, some of its better chances lie in the design categories: the beautifully realized world of early 1960s New York has a good chance of nominations in the Production Design and Costume Design categories. As such, we're going to spotlight these areas this week, along with their less-loved little brother, Make-Up and Hairstyling.

For Your Consideration: 10 Overlooked Actors Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 26, 2013 4:17 PM
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Oscars: 10 Overlooked Actors
In the few weeks since we put a spotlight on the Best Actor race, a competitive field has only tightened further. Robert Redford, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Hanks have only firmed up their status as near-certain nominees, and if there was any doubt that Bruce Dern would pick up a nod, the actor's fierce campaigning makes it more and more likely that it'll come to pass. Short of a real shock, or a swell of momentum for late entrants Christian Bale ("American Hustle") or Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf Of Wall Street"), those will likely be your five nominees come January.

Oscars: Can Karen O & 'Short Term 12' Beat Disney's 'Frozen' In The Music Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 25, 2013 2:31 PM
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Oscars, Score, 2013
This week sees the arrival of Disney's "Frozen," the studio's most acclaimed film in years. It's also a serious throwback to the studio's animated musicals of the late 1980s and 1990s, a full-on songfest with multiple numbers of Broadway quality, and that's useful for our purposes, because this week we're going to focus on the musical categories of the Academy Awards.

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