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'The Artist' Tops The 84th Annual Academy Awards Winning Best Picture, Director, Actor & More

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  • February 26, 2012 8:29 PM
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While it was supposed to be the evening of the French-made silent film "The Artist" -- and don't worry, eventually it was -- the narrative of the 84th Annual Academy Awards was certainly, for at least two-thirds of the show, all about Martin Scorsese's "Hugo." Both nostalgic, celebratory love letters to cinema, Scorsese's "Hugo," starring Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz and Sir Ben Kingsley, broke out early in the technical categories, leading all the films in wins throughout most of the ceremony leaving Oscar pundits a little nervous that their 'Artist' guesses might have been wrong.

In Theaters: 'A Separation' Comes Between 'Pariah' & 'The Iron Lady'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • December 30, 2011 3:49 PM
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Happy almost 2012 to you! It seems studios don't expect many moviegoers at the theaters this weekend, knowing that we'll all be out partying it up with friends, rather than hitting up the multiplex with family like last week. Only a few new releases this week, so you'll be able to catch up on "We Bought a Zoo," "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and other big Christmas releases that may have missed your favor last week. That's if you're heading out to the theater at all this weekend. There are a couple of high-profile pics worth checking out if you're looking for something fresh: Sundance hit "Pariah" opened on Wednesday and Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady" is in select theaters today.

Director Phyllida Lloyd Says She Thought Of 'The Iron Lady' As 'King Lear' For Girls

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 29, 2011 10:03 AM
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Meryl Streep's latest film "The Iron Lady" -- in which she portrays Margaret Thatcher -- isn't without controversy, not least of which because she's playing one of the most polarizing figures of the 20th century.

Review: 'The Iron Lady' Is A Shabby & Tin-Eared Standard-Issue Biopic

  • By James Rocchi
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  • December 26, 2011 11:22 AM
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Starring two time winner and multiple-Oscar nominee Meryl Streep as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, "The Iron Lady" will be watched across broad ideological divides; Thatcher was (and is) an icon to the Right, while she was (and is) demonized and disparaged by the Left. The film's also being watched along polarized axes in Hollywood, as well, where awards-season gurus hover to see if Thatcher will get Streep her 17th Oscar nomination or even her 3rd win, and more innocent consumers merely wonder if Streep and the script will provide a quality night out at the movies. And yet these polarized groups will surely all come together to recognize that "The Iron Lady" is the comedy of the year. It's not meant to be.

'The Help' & 'The Artist' Lead The Field At Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 9:36 AM
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In the seventeen years that they've been running for, the annual Screen Actors' Guild Awards have proven to be a pretty reliable precursor for the acting categories at the Academy Awards. And why shouldn't they? With the actors who nominate their peers for the Oscars overwhelmingly being SAG members, there's always going to be a natural link, and certainly by the time the guild award their prizes, it's a good time to make a bet. In the last few years, they've only missed Penelope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," Marion Cotillard in "La Vie En Rose" and Alan Arkin in "Little Miss Sunshine" as winners, while the nominees tend to match up heavily -- last year, seventeen out of twenty in the acting categories were the same, while all five nominees in the Outstanding Cast category won Oscar nominations. 

Awards Mania As 'The Artist,' 'The Tree Of Life' & 'The Descendants' Earn Top Critic Organization Honors

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 12, 2011 8:59 AM
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Sunday was a major day for Oscar prognosticators, as a number of critics organizations went live with their end-of-2011 honors. Some films gained support, and some lost quite a bit of steam, but for those of you who look at the whole thing like a horse race, there was a lot of movement amongst a thick group of thoroughbreds.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Iron Lady' Gives Margaret Thatcher The Epic Cinematic Treatment

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2011 2:46 PM
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The one thing that has always bothered this writer about the whole idea of "The Iron Lady" is that Margaret Thatcher isn't exactly the most sympathetic of politicians. In fact, in the eyes of many, she's one of the worst Prime Ministers Britain has ever had (unless you're a hardline conversative, in which case she's a wet dream). So, we're still not quite what to make to "The Iron Lady," and this new trailer doesn't help.

A Slew Of New Oscar-Bait Pics Hit The Web (And ‘One For The Money’ Sneaks In There Too)

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 16, 2011 1:02 PM
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As the Oscar season heats up, studios always get stills of their contenders up onto the web, creating buzz, allowing readers to say, “Oh, so that’s what it’ll look like,” and this year is no exception.

Watch: Meryl Streep Gets Prime Ministerial In Full Trailer For 'The Iron Lady'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2011 5:19 AM
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Of everything this Oscar season, the biggest question mark has been "The Iron Lady." While most of the films in play made festival bows months ago, or have started screening for long-lead press by now, Phyllida Lloyd's biopic of legendary British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, starring the equally legendary Meryl Streep, has been kept tightly under wraps, with only a brief teaser trailer showing how the film might turn out.

'The Iron Lady' Sneaks In For Oscar Qualification With December 30th Limited Release, While Star Alexandra Roach Joins 'Girls Night Out'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 7, 2011 9:04 AM
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Now that latecomers like "Hugo," "Young Adult," "J. Edgar" and "War Horse" have started screening for the press, there's only a handful of Oscar hopefuls that remain unknown quantities. Along with Angelina Jolie's directorial debut "In The Land of Blood and Honey," which won't hit theaters until Christmas, the most high-profile is "The Iron Lady," the biopic of legendary British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, which reteams Meryl Streep and her "Mamma Mia" director Phyllida Lloyd. Acquired by The Weinstein Company during Cannes, the film's raised eyebrows by skipping the festival circuit entirely, in part, we're told, because Lloyd went back to make tweaks to the film at the last minute.

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