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Oscars: Can Anything Beat Ben Affleck's 'Argo' To Best Picture?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 4, 2013 12:05 PM
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After one of the most unprecditable Oscar seasons in memory, we're less than two weeks out, and things are finally starting to look more like an anointment than a contest; Ben Affleck's "Argo," counted out by many after the director missed out on an Oscar nomination, has won the top prizes from the Directors Guild, the Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild, all reliable Oscar precursors, as well as the Best Drama prize from the Critics Choice and Golden Globe awards, on top of many other critics' prizes.

Oscars: 5 Things Learned From The SAG & PGA Results This Weekend

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 28, 2013 12:44 PM
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We're now less than a month until Oscar night, and the next few weeks will feature a steady drip of guild awards and other precursors, leading up to big shindig on February 24th. And the crystal ball is staring to get a bit more clear on who will walk away with some statues on Oscar night.

Predicting The Winners Of The 2013 Golden Globes

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 11, 2013 12:00 PM
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Thought that we'd be having a bit of a breather from awards season stuff now that the Oscar nominations are out? Ha ha, think again. Sunday brings the Golden Globes, and though they are given out by the fairly discredited Hollywood Foreign Press Association, they are probably the most high-profile awards ceremony bar the Oscars. And this year, they have a slightly different role; the move up of the nomination announcements means that the Globes winners will be timed nicely for the start of phase two of Academy voting.

Oscars: 5 Things We Learned From The 2013 Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 10, 2013 2:28 PM
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We're starting to come to the close of Oscar nominations day, and we don't know about you, but we're regretting our decision to give up drinking for January; it's a day full of hysteria, overreaction, and inexplicable anger, and it's pretty tiring, especially for those who have to get up at 4.30 in the morning to cover it (luckily, not ourselves).

Surprises & Snubs Of The 2013 Oscar Nominations: Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Affleck, 'Dark Knight Rises' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 10, 2013 11:47 AM
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The announcement of the Academy Award nominations are many things, but rarely are they dull. Every time it looks like the precursors are pointing to a predictable line-up, the Academy find a way to throw a spanner in the works, and skip over those who seemed like sure-fire locks, while nominating those who might have otherwise been overlooked by prognosticators and predictors.

Oscar Nominations 2013: 'Lincoln,' 'Life Of Pi' & 'Silver Linings Playbook' Lead Academy Awards Field

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 10, 2013 8:51 AM
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So here we are. The moment that basically every film fan (even if some are openly hostile to the idea) sees as their Superbowl; the announcement of the Academy Award nominations, for the 85th time, in this case. Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone took to the stage at 5.30 PST to deliver the news, after months of the usual feverish speculation. So how did things turn out?

American Society Of Cinematographers Nominate 'Anna Karenina,' 'Les Miserables,' 'Life Of Pi,' 'Lincoln' & 'Skyfall'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 9, 2013 12:27 PM
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We're about 18 hours until Oscar nominations time, but even after the DGAs yesterday and the BAFTAs at stupid o'clock this morning, there's still time for one more precursor to sneak in under the wire, and this time, it's the American Society of Cinematographers, the major equivalent to a guild award (although it's not a guild, or a union) for the directors of photography of the movie world.

'Lincoln,' 'Les Miserables' & 'Life Of Pi' Lead BAFTA Nominations, Haneke & Tarantino On Best Director List

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 9, 2013 2:53 AM
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This week is so awards-heavy that the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts (or BAFTA, to their mum) had to squeeze their announcement in at 7.30 GMT, a time when it's dark in the U.K, New York and Los Angeles. And while BAFTA can often back British fare over the films that have otherwise dominated the awards conversation, this year saw them stick fairly closely to the awards narrative in general, with "Skyfall," "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "Anna Karenina" all failing to sweep the board in the way that some had suggested (though all made the 'Best British Film' nominees).

Oscars: Final Nomination Predictions For The 2013 Academy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 8, 2013 2:00 PM
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After months of rumor, speculation and second-guessing, Thursday morning will see Seth MacFarlane (who is, of course, hosting the ceremony itself) and Emma Stone unveil the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards, the biggest and most prestigious moment of the film awards season.

'The Master,' 'Looper,' 'Perks Of Being A Wallflower' All Pick Up WGA Award Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 4, 2013 1:26 PM
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We're now less than a week away from the announcement of the Oscar nominations, and in the last major guild announcement to arrive, the Writers Guild of America have announced their nominees for the best screenplays of the year.

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