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Oscars: A Look At The Supporting Actress Contenders, Including Oprah Winfrey, Cameron Diaz & Lupita Nyong'o

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 2, 2013 1:02 PM
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It's been a busy week or so in Oscar Land: rumors have swirled around the release, or not, of "The Wolf Of Wall Street," previously thought a potential frontrunner, while Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" stormed into the race with an excellent teaser trailer, only for it to be announced almost immediately that the film wouldn't make its release date or AFI premiere, and would instead be released in 2014.

Oscars: A Look At The Supporting Actor Field, Including Michael Fassbender, Jared Leto & James Gandolfini

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 23, 2013 2:32 PM
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So far, for the most part, a good chunk of the 2013 awards contenders have been seen, but only by those high falutin' critical types at film festivals -- as we saw last week. But that started to change last week with the release of two legit Best Picture contenders: Ron Howard's "Rush," and Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners." So even those trying to stick their head in the sand and avoid Oscar season aren't going to have much of a choice from here on out.

Oscars: What Films Are Looking Good Coming Out Of Venice, Telluride & TIFF?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2013 4:36 PM
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With Venice and Telluride in the rear-view mirror, and TIFF starting to wind down (we've still coverage to come, but very few films remain that haven't been screened to press), it feels like the perfect time to kick off, for real, our annual awards coverage. There's a part of you that groans, and that's fair enough -- it does feel like only yesterday that we were talking "Argo" vs. "Life of Pi" and so on, but even with five months to go until the ceremony itself, over half of the film that'll be in play have been unveiled. And you can bet your bottom dollar that Oscar campaigns have been underway for weeks, if not months.

10 Awards Season Movies That Could Be Surprise Contenders

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 27, 2013 1:02 PM
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Awards season gets underway this week. We're sorry. We know it's August. But it's a fact—the premiere of "Gravity" on Wednesday at Venice is only the first in a veritable tsunami of Oscar contenders that will be unveiled on the Lido, with more unspooling at Telluride, TIFF and NYFF over the next six weeks or so. By the beginning of October, we'll have a much better sense of how the season will be looking (although some of these films have started screening already—we've seen a couple, though are embargoed for the moment).

Ellen DeGeneres Returns To Host The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2013 11:21 AM
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Seth MacFarlane hosted the Oscars this year, and despite a patchy performance, and whether or not you care for his smarmy sense of humor, ratings went up. And so the word was that the Academy asked him to do it again. However, MacFarlane declined and this speculation on who it would be began to circulate, and we offered up our own suggestions for who should get the gig. But it looks like producers of the telecast are going with someone who's already proven they can do the job, and whose profile has only gone up in recent years.

Cannes Hit 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Sets Fall Release Date, Academy Won't Bend Rules To Allow Oscar Consideration

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2013 4:23 PM
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Abdellatif Kechiche's 'Blue is the Warmest Color', Lea Seydoux
Ever since the Cannes Film Festival, it has been equal doses of praise and controversy for the Palme d'Or winning, lesbian romance epic "Blue Is The Warmest Color." A movie we've called one of the best of the year so far, it has seen author Julie Maroh raise concerns about the graphic sex in the film, which she equated to porn, while some of the folks who worked on Abdellatif Kechiche's film claim they were bullied and the production was "anarchic" and over-budget. And yet through all of that no one can doubt the quality of the movie, but despite best efforts, one of the year's finest films won't get a chance at winning an Oscar. Ironic.

Cannes Palme D'Or Winner 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Not Likely To Enter The Oscar Race, Says French Distributor

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 1, 2013 9:23 AM
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Abdellatif Kechiche's 'Blue is the Warmest Color', Lea Seydoux
In the months following Cannes and its Palme D'Or shared by both director and lead actresses, director Abdellatif Kechiche's romance “Blue Is The Warmest Color” has weathered a host of controversial interjections, from allegations of crew exploitation to author Julie Maroh's opinions on the adaptation of her graphic novel. Still, talk of awards season love has never left the conversation (our review here), but now the film's French distributor has pointed to just the opposite result, at least in terms of Oscar gold.

How Will Cannes Films Like 'Inside Llewyn Davis' & 'Only God Forgives' Fare During Oscar Season?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 30, 2013 2:40 PM
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While it's a more diverse celebration of film of all kinds, few could argue that Cannes hasn't provided a major launching pad for awards movies over the years. From "No Country For Old Men" and "Inglourious Basterds" to "The Artist," "Midnight In Paris," "Amour" and "Beasts Of The Southern Wild," barely a year passes without something popping up at Cannes which makes a big splash with the Oscars come the following February.

Seth MacFarlane Confirms He Won't Be Hosting The 2014 Oscars

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 20, 2013 2:17 PM
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Ever since the end of February, fans of jokes about boobs, lazy pop culture references and dinner theater crooning have had one question: would Seth MacFarlane return to host the Oscars? The "Family Guy" creator and "Ted" director was a divisive choice for this year's ceremony, some finding him a breath of fresh air, some finding him laugh-less and not that much more modern than Billy Crystal the year before (guess which camp we're in...)

Seth MacFarlane Asked To Return To Host The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2013 8:59 AM
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Not longer after his gig hosting the Oscars this year -- an effort which produced mixed results, at best -- Seth MacFarlane was asked on Twitter if he would like to do it again, to which he replied, "No way. Lotta fun to have done it, though." But regardless, it looks like the Academy want him back.

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