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Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2014 Best Director Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 1, 2013 12:23 PM
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In recent years, trying to predict the Oscar nominees in the Best Director category has been especially tricky. In the past, you could just translate over your Best Picture nominees, maybe swap one out for a better-known or showier filmmaker, and you were relatively likely to be correct. But ever since the Academy made the switch to having more than five nominees in the top category it's become more unpredictable, especially if you're trying to make your predictions a year in advance.

Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2014 Best Actor Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 27, 2013 2:45 PM
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As part of our steady quest to go cold turkey from the Oscar season over the next few days, we've been running down some of our possibilities for the films that will be elbowing each other for awards in 2014. Yesterday, we looked at Best Picture, and today, we turn to Best Actor, won this year by Daniel Day-Lewis.

Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2014 Best Picture Contenders

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 26, 2013 2:34 PM
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After 6-9 months of fevered speculation and prognostication, the 2012/2013 awards season climaxed on Sunday night with the 85th Academy Awards, as Ben Affleck's "Argo" took Best Picture, Ang Lee won his second Best Director Oscar, Daniel Day-Lewis became the first person to win three Best Actor awards, Christoph Waltz took his second Supporting trophy in four years, and Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence won their first awards.

Analyze This: Why 'Argo' Won Best Picture, Ang Lee Won Best Director & More 2013 Oscar Fallout

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 26, 2013 12:42 PM
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One could suggest that we and other pundits have exhausted the conversation around the 85th Academy Awards. We might not argue with that, but while we've had plenty of opportunities to examine the surprises, the snubs, the show itself, both its best/worst moments and how it can improve, we personally haven't looked closely at why the outcomes landed where they did (you can see the full list of winners here). And now that the dust has settled, we wanted to analyze why "Argo" won Best Picture and take a general deeper dive into some of the winners.

The Idiot's Guide To Oscar Frustration: 5 Reasons To Shut Up & Stop Complaining About The Academy Awards

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 25, 2013 1:30 PM
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“ ‘I'm not watching the Oscars next year’ says everyone who will watch the Oscars next year,” one of us joked on Twitter this morning, but it’s a pretty apt summation to the perplexing perpetual love/hate relationship many have with the Academy Awards. “We’re relieved to hear that everyone says ‘The Oscars Don’t Matter’ aren’t watching the Oscars tonight,” was another quip we made yesterday evening before the awards and again, it echoes the same sentiment. And we don’t really get the fustration that comes from the audience, those in the industry, those who cover movies and hell, even some of our own team members.

The Most Embarrassing Roles Of The 2013 Oscar-Nominated Actors & Actresses

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 22, 2013 2:38 PM
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Yesterday, we talked (with some controversy) about the unwise choices that actors have made after winning an Oscar. Whether out of a desire to cash in, or an ego-driven chase for further acclaim, none were exactly fitting follow-ups. But questionable picks are hardly the sole territory of those who've already won Oscars; almost every actor, at some point, whether out of desire to put food on the table or hope in a project that turned out to be misplaced, has appeared in a film that they probably came to regret.

The Halle Berry Effect: 10 Terrible Films Made By Actors After They Won Their Oscar

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 21, 2013 3:09 PM
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Winning an Oscar has many wonderful benefits. You get the acknowledgement of your peers, worldwide fame, the pick of some of the best roles around, and crucially, you get to up your asking price. Because yes, for every actor or actress that uses their newfound place in the history books to take their time and seek out another role worthy of their talents, there's another who take the opportunity to sell out as quickly as possible.

Oscars: The Playlist Final Predictions For The 2013 Academy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 21, 2013 10:58 AM
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As of Tuesday evening, voting for the 85th Academy Awards is closed. Tardy Academy members still filling out the ballots -- sorry, but counting is underway. The results will be announced at the Oscar ceremony on Sunday night, and the nominees now have a few days off from campaigning to catch up on beauty sleep before they head to the Dolby Theater.

Predicting The Winners Of The 2013 BAFTAs

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 8, 2013 3:03 PM
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We're two weeks out from the Academy Awards, but this weekend brings the last of the major precursor ceremonies (excluding the WGAs) before Oscars -- the British Academy Of Film and Television Arts Awards, or the BAFTAs. Historically leaning more towards celebrating homegrown fare than following the award season narratives, things have changed in the last few years with BAFTA moving the ceremony before the Oscars, and with a significant proportion of AMPAS members being British, it can be a good indicator of how things will go with the Academy.

The Oscar Best Picture Nominees By The Numbers

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 8, 2013 11:48 AM
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We are a little over two weeks out from Oscar night, and today sees the opening of the second phase of voting. Right now, and over the next ten days, Academy members will be filling out ballots and deciding who's actually going to be taking home the statues on Sunday, February 24th.

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