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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).

ACE Eddie Awards Nominees Include 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Her,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Gravity' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2014 12:58 PM
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The Wolf Of Wall Street
The awards season train continues to roll full steam towards the Oscar nominations next week, and January sees all the individual guilds weigh in first with who they're honoring in their respective fields. And today brings us the editors, who highlight the year in cutting with the nominees for the 64th Annual ACE Eddie Awards.

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).

'American Hustle,' 'Gravity,' 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' & More Lead PGA Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2014 1:02 PM
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The Wolf Of Wall Street Martin Scorsese Leonardo DiCaprio
For the past couple weeks, one of the running threads about Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" was that it was just too hardcore and raunchy for the (generally older) awards season voters. But don't tell that to the Producer's Guild—one of the best augurs of future Oscar glory—as they have nominated the movie along with a batch of others that have long been seen as surefire Best Picture contenders.

The 10 Best Child Performances Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 16, 2013 2:48 PM
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The 10 Best "Child" Performances Of 2013
The legendary W.C. Fields once said "never work with animals or children," but that advice thankfully has been broken time and time again, and especially in 2013, when younger thespians were able to truly show their chops (not to mention the cat performances from "Inside Llewyn Davis”). We wanted to highlight their contributions in a stand-alone feature, since so many of our favorite movies this year were enhanced and made real by younger performers.

5 Favorite Disney Memories From 'Saving Mr. Banks' Star Jason Schwartzman

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 12, 2013 1:08 PM
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Saving Mr. Banks Jason Schwartzman
John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks" dramatizes the creative struggle to get "Mary Poppins" adapted for the big screen. And while much of film is devoted to the contentious relationship between Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks) and 'Poppins' author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), there were people at the periphery who were just as important to the process. Chief amongst these people were the Sherman brothers, the crack songwriting duo behind the movie's unforgettable songs. Jason Schwartzman plays Richard Sherman while B. J. Novak plays Robert Sherman.

Review: Decent & Well-Acted 'Saving Mr. Banks' With Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 10, 2013 7:07 PM
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Saving Mr. Banks
Though the general public doesn't always share their enthusiasm, Hollywood loves making movies about itself. Whether fictional or based in reality, it's rare for a year to pass without some kind of film about filmmaking, from classics like "Sunset Boulevard" and "Mulholland Drive" to, uh, not-classics like "Hitchcock." In recent years, "The Artist" and "Argo" have both been critical and commercial successes (and not coincidentally, Best Picture Oscar winners), and Disney are clearly hoping that the same kind of success follows for "Saving Mr. Banks," which examines one of the family friendly company's most beloved films, 1964's "Mary Poppins," and their own founder and figurehead, Walt Disney, here played by megastar Tom Hanks.

Spike Jonze's 'Her' Wins Best Film & Best Director From National Board Of Review

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 1:42 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
So how influential are the National Board Of Review winners? Well, last year "Zero Dark Thirty" won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress and went on to be shut out in all three categories when the Oscars rolled out. Basically, just remember that there is a gulf between critics and Academy voters (remember the year when "The Social Network" cleaned up in the all early awards?) so just take a breath. That said, it's nice to see the love.

12 Films To See In December

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • December 2, 2013 12:26 PM
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12 Films To See In December
Christmas is coming, which means annoying family members giving you an excuse to hit the movie theater if only to escape from their incessant babbling. Or maybe that’s just how I settle things in my family? Regardless, in honor of the twelfth month, this month’s Must-See List is celebrating its own twelve days of Christmas with two additional movies worth seeing. What do you have planned for your Christmas movie watching list? Check our list (twice) below.

Watch: New Clip, 2 Featurettes & Complete Details On 2-Disc Soundtrack For 'Saving Mr. Banks'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2013 2:45 PM
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Saving Mr. Banks
An oooey-gooey love letter by Disney to themselves, or an actual movie with real drama and emotion? That's question surrounding the upcoming "Saving Mr. Banks," the movie about the journey to get "Mary Poppins" on the big screen. And the good news is: the movie works. Our review out of the BFI London Film Festival notes, the film is "moving, and nicely captures the creative process in a way that some movies-about-movies struggle with." And now you can check out a whole lot more of what's in store from the film.

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