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Watch: War Horse Clips Offer Glimpse into Tear-Jerking Oscar Contender

While the trailer hints at the scope and scale of Steven Spielberg's epic "War Horse," the clips below give a better taste of what's in store with the "unabashedly manipulative movie," which is spoon-feeding itself into the Oscar race. We agree that the film has multiple nominations in store, including best picture and director, not to mention technical categories.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 5, 2011 11:26 AM
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Now and Then: With Recent Controversies, Maybe Critics Matter?

Something changed this week. As the days passed, each became part of a snowballing narrative about critics that seemed to me to portend a future less than bright. The New York Critics pandered to the Oscar horse race and ended up muffing the whole deal, losing their one chance a year to go out on a limb. AT’s criticism of the latest incarnation of “At the Movies” ignited the usual mixed bag of fury. And now David Denby’s gone and broken Sony’s review embargo on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • December 5, 2011 11:22 AM
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Sony, Rudin Fight Back Against The New Yorker for Breaking The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Review Embargo

Scott Rudin is pissed. And so is Sony. They feel strongly that the New York Film Critics Circle made a deal with them to honor a worldwide December 13 review embargo on David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," which opens December 21. The studio and the filmmakers went out of their way to screen the movie for the NYFCC on November 28; the critics delayed their voting by one day in order to see the film. Every member agreed in writing to honor the embargo. During their vote, the critics did not give the film any awards. But critic David Denby (who fought against moving the voting earlier this year) went ahead and filed a review for The New Yorker for the issue that hits the stands on Monday, December 5, a week ahead of the embargo deadline.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2011 8:36 PM
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Tyrannosaur Tops British Independent Film Awards, Fassbender Wins Best Actor

The 14th British Independent Film Awards, created by Raindance in 1998 to celebrate and promote merit and achievement in British independent films, gave three awards to "Tyrannosaur": for Best British Independent Film, Best Debut Director Paddy Considine, and Best Actress Olivia Colman, who beat Tilda Swinton for "We Need to Talk About Kevin"; Lynne Ramsay won Best Director. Michael Fassbender continues to strengthen his position in the Oscar race, by winning Best Actor for "Shame."   Previous winners include "The King’s Speech," "Moon," "Control," "Slumdog Millionaire," "The Constant Gardener" and "This Is England." Nominees and winners (bold) are listed below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2011 6:00 PM
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Weekend Box Office: Twilight and Muppets Hold Top Spots, Hugo Moves Into Third Place

A post-Thanksgiving hangover held sway at the sluggish weekend box office as most films saw steep percentage drops. The total gross for all films was an estimated $82 million, down some 5% from the comparable frame last year, when Disney’s “Tangled” topped the charts with $21.6 million in its second week. Summit’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” clung to the top slot for the third consecutive weekend, taking in an estimated $16.9 million, down 59%, bringing the total to date for the vampire-romancer to an impressive $247.3 million. It's the first time a "Twilight" pic held onto number one for three weeks. 
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • December 4, 2011 1:15 PM
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Sony Tries To Keep Review Lid on Fincher's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Sony is trying to contain critics who are itching to review David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," which has an official review embargo date of December 13 in advance of its December 21 release. Studios use reviews as marketing fodder, and figure if they screen a film in advance for press, they have the right to demand that the media hold off on tweets, posts and publishing until closer to release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2011 12:29 PM
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Melancholia Wins European Film Award, Trier Sends Friendly Wave

The European Film Awards don't have that much impact on awards races stateside beyond adding some momentum to the winners, in this case, Feature winner, "Melancholia," which led the field with eight nominations, also winning production design and cinematography, Tilda Swinton ("We Need to Talk About Kevin"), who won Best Actress over "Melancholia"'s Kirsten Dunst, and Documentary, Wim Wenders ("Pina"). Director Lars von Trier refused to transmit an acceptance statement, as he has stopped making them, sending instead "a friendly wave." At the Berlin award ceremony streamed live, the European Film Academy (2,500 filmmakers from across Europe) presented winners in 17 categories, including European Film ("Melancholia"), Director (Susanne Bier, for last year's "In a Better World"), Actress (Swinton) and Actor Colin Firth, for last year's Oscar-winner "The King's Speech," which also won best editing and the European People's Choice Award. Terry Gilliam, commenting that his career was going backwards, accepted best short for "The Wholly Family" (below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2011 4:59 PM
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More: Awards, Awards

Weekly Wrap: Box Office, Trailers, Interviews, Early Oscar Buzz, Awards

  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 3, 2011 11:43 AM
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London Film Critics' Circle Honors Nicolas Roeg

London Film Critics' Circle Honors Nicolas Roeg
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 3, 2011 11:39 AM
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IDA Documentary Awards: Best Feature Doc Goes to Nostalgia for the Light UPDATED

There are so many well-made, well-lauded documentaries this year, that the finalists for the International Documentary Association awards aren't even on the Oscar shortlist of fifteen. Thus Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman's "Nostalgia for the Light" won Best Feature at the 2011 IDA Documentary Awards Friday night, beating out terrorist thriller "Better This World," end-of-life drama "How to Die in Oregon," "The Redemption of General Butt Naked," and "Tiniest Place."
  • By Anne Thompson and Justin Lowe
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  • December 3, 2011 1:17 AM
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