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'Her' & 'Captain Phillips' Surprise At WGA Awards, 'Gravity' Takes Cinematographer Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2014 9:22 AM
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Her, Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix
We're a month away from the Oscars—aka the Cinephile Super Bowl—and the crystal ball continues to get a bit clearer with precursor awards. And last night, both the writers and cinematographers of the industry honored their own.

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).

'Zero Dark Thirty' & Yes, 'Argo,' Win WGA Screenplay Awards, 'Life Of Pi' Tops Golden Reel Awards For Sound Editing

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 18, 2013 5:55 AM
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We're now in the final seven days of the 2012/2013 awards season. This time next week we'll be bleary eyed, a little hungover, and probably quite ready to never see Seth MacFarlane tell another joke about "Django Unchained" for the rest of our lives. But there's still been some time to squeeze in some precursor awards, and after the Eddies on Saturday, last night saw the last major pre-Oscars ceremony, in the shape of the final of the four big guilds, the Writers' Guild of America.

'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.

'The Descendants' & 'Midnight In Paris' Win Top Prizes At WGA Awards, 'Caesar Must Die' Takes Golden Bear At Berlin

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 20, 2012 9:02 AM
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A week from now, the Oscars will be done and dusted for another year, and the movie conversation will drift away from prestige pictures to the "John Carter" and "Wrath of the Titans" of the world. And as of this weekend, the last of the major precursor awards have wrapped up. Did we see, as has been the overwhelming trend of the season, more success for the juggernaut that is "The Artist?"

The Amazing Race: Can 'Bridesmaids' Convert Guild Nominations Into A Best Picture Nod?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 6, 2012 2:07 PM
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Gosh, wasn't it nice to have a break from all this awards malarkey over the Christmas break? It's three weeks since our last column, and until the start of this week, the guilds and critics awards had been quiet, with holiday season box office and the actual Oscar ballots going out had been the only real happenings. But things geared up again this week, with Tuesday's announcement of the Producers' Guild Awards nominations, yesterday's Writer's Guild nods, and the BAFTA longlist being announced today, and so here we are again. So how does all this week's news effect the races?

Steve Zaillian Earns 2 WGA Nominations; Woody Allen, Diablo Cody & Alexander Payne Also In The Race

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 1:45 PM
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Scorecards will be adjusted and awards prognosticator types will have to adjust their bets, as the WGA have revealed their nominees for their annual awards. Why do we care? The guilds have traditionally been the best augurs for how the Oscar nominees will take shape, mostly because these are the same folks who will be sending in ballots to the Academy. Let's start with the surprises.

'Inception' & 'The Social Network' Take Home WGA Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2011 2:32 AM
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Of all the guild awards this year, the WGA had the most intriguing list of nominees largely due to the number of high profile films -- “Another Year,” “Biutiful,” “Blue Valentine,” “The Ghost Writer,” “The King’s Speech,” “Made in Dagenham,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Toy Story 3” and “Winter’s Bone” among them -- that were disqualified for not being formally submitted and/or created under the aegis of the organization. Regardless, the guild handed out its awards last night and winners are still representative of some of the year's best work.

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