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Oscars: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Isn't The Frontrunner Yet & More Observations After The NYFCC & NBR Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 6, 2012 9:59 AM
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Are you a fan of hearing that people have won things? Then you're in luck, because between now and the end of February, you'll struggle to go 24 hours without some kind of awards news. After the Gothams and the Independent Spirit nominations last week, the first major salvos of the awards season were fired this week, with the New York Film Critics' Circle giving out their prizes on Monday, and the National Board of Review awarding theirs yesterday.

New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Picture & Best Director To Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 3, 2012 3:12 PM
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This morning saw the New York Film Critic's Circle fumble all day with Twitter, but finally announce their awards for 2012's best, marking the first critics' group to bestow their honors. Sometimes bucking against the tide ("The Accidental Tourist" and "Far From Heaven" are among past Best Feature winners), sometimes proving good precursors to the Academy (they matched Best Picture, Director, Actress and Foreign Language feature last year), it's generally deemed to be the first major precursor of awards season.

Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Tops Sight & Sound's Best Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2012 11:04 AM
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It's December 1st, which means we're just weeks away from 2013, and critics will be compiling their 'Best of 2012' lists over the next few weeks. The Cahiers Du Cinema already got the ball rolling with their selection of the best films of the year, and now another venerated cinema magazine has unveiled their choices.

Oscars: In A Field Of Epics Who Has The Best Chance To Win Best Editing?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 30, 2012 12:29 PM
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This week's "Killing Them Softly" is something of an outlier this season, in that it runs at a brisk 97 minutes. As has been noted by many -- not least a seemingly ADD-afflicted senior Variety staffer -- many of the big movies in awards contention have come with epic running times.

Oscars: Taking The Temperature Of The Race As 'Les Miserables' & 'Zero Dark Thirty' Screen

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 26, 2012 10:57 AM
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With Thanksgiving over and done with, we've arguably reached the mid-point of the awards season. Things will be kicking off with the Independent Spirit nominations arriving tomorrow, and the New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review following next week. And with Oscar ballots going out not long after, almost every film has been screened, with "Les Miserables" and "Zero Dark Thirty" making their debuts over the weekend to press and industry types, leaving "Django Unchained" the last major contender to be seen by critics. And many of the big movies, including "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Life Of Pi" most recently, have now been seen by audiences too.

Watch: 1-Hour Q&A With Paul Thomas Anderson About 'The Master' At The Astor Theater In Melbourne, Australia

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2012 3:50 PM
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Looking for a break from the family, or maybe something a bit more cerebral than the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade (that thing seems to go on forever, doesn't it?)? Well, here's a little treat from down under.

Joaquin Phoenix Backtracks On His Damaging Oscar Comments, Says He Owes Career To His Nomination

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 13, 2012 10:17 AM
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For every year-end darling labeled by audiences and critics as an Oscar contender, there likewise exists an awards season campaign fully brought to its knees by an actor's derisive remarks. No matter the veracity of their statements, it's long been established that any unfavorable opinion not left until post-February remains a strike against everyone involved in their movie, and such is the case with “The Master” heavyweight Joaquin Phoenix's gradual backtrack from his damaging comments last month surrounding his potential nomination.

20 Minutes Of Deleted Scenes Coming To 'The Master' DVD Plus Watch The John Huston Docs That Inspired The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 3, 2012 12:41 PM
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Even if "The Master" isn't quite the breakout hit that "There Will Be Blood" was, it is undeniably one of the most talked about movies of the year. Paul Thomas Anderson's film continues to spur discussions and debates, and conversations are nothing less than passionate. The picture is one whose enigmas last long after the viewing is over, encouraging and demanding a second or third viewing, and luckily for fans, there will be even more to dive into on the forthcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of the film.

'Punch-Drunk Love' Coming To Blu-Ray Next Year; PTA Explains Why Jeremy Renner Wasn't Cast In 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2012 3:29 PM
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"The Master" is still rolling out around the world, which means Paul Thomas Anderson is still doing press, which means there are still morsels from the filmmaker to ponder, turn over and get excited about.

James Franco Says PTA Courted Him For Joaquin Phoenix's Role In 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2012 8:56 AM
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Coming to theaters this fall...the new film from Paul Thomas Anderson starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeremy Renner, Reese Witherspoon and Emma Stone. Yep, had the cards been dealt differently for PTA, "The Master" would have been quite another picture. Now we can add another actor to the trivia list for the version of "The Master" that didn't get made.

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