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'Two Lives,' Starring Liv Ullmann, Selected as Germany's Foreign-Language Oscar Submission (TRAILER)

Georg Mattas' "Two Lives" has been selected as Germany's official Foreign-Language submission for the 86th Academy Awards. The film stars Juliane Kohler and Liv Ullmann as a daughter and mother confronting their dark pasts when the Berlin Wall goes down.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 27, 2013 1:19 PM
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Best of the Week: Ben Affleck Is Batman, This Year's NC-17 Film, Ranking Best Picture Contenders and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 24, 2013 4:05 PM
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Ranking the Top 15 Best Picture Oscar Contenders Before the Fall Festivals

I was happy to give MovieCityNews webmaster David Poland my top 15 picks for the Best Picture Field. I didn't have to rank them, and while I haven't seen most of them, I could certainly take a stab at where the For Your Consideration ads are likely to go. So now he's assembled a ranking of the Top 15 based on his 15 Gurus. I am in perfect sync on the top six films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 23, 2013 3:25 PM
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Should There Be a Best Casting Oscar?

Just because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has added a new, 17th branch for Casting Directors doesn't mean there will be a Best Casting Oscar anytime soon.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 19, 2013 3:31 PM
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Oscar Watch: 'Lone Survivor' Is Peter Berg's Bid to Redeem Himself After 'Battleship'

Peter Berg directed "Battleship" for Universal Pictures so that he could direct the movie he cared about, "Lone Survivor," which he has been working on for five years. Universal is giving "Lone Survivor" an Oscar qualifying run on December 27 in advance of a January 14 wide release. Like "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty," it is based on a true story.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2013 3:46 PM
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Oscar Talk Season Five Episode One: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

On this week's Oscar Talk Podcast, the first of our fifth season, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I round up the movies that have already screened, from Sundance hits "Fruitvale Station," "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and "Before Midnight" to the Cannes titles ("All is Lost," "Blue is the Warmest Color," "The Immigrants," "Nebraska," "The Past") that are likely to show up at Venice, Telluride, Toronto or New York.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2013 11:59 AM
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Hungary Announces Karlovy Vary Winner 'The Notebook' as 2014 Foreign Oscar Entry (TRAILER)

Hungary has chosen "Le Grand Cahier" ("The Notebook"), winner of top prizes at Karlovy Vary earlier this year, as its official entry for the 2014 Foreign-Language Oscar category. Watch the compelling trailer below.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 7, 2013 1:48 PM
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BAFTA LA's Britannia Awards to Honor Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Kingsley

BAFTA Los Angeles has announced it will honor Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Kingsley, both of whom have won Oscars and BAFTAs, at the 2013 Britannia Awards, to be held in the Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 9.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 5, 2013 12:38 PM
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Oscar Producer Meron Tells Ellen DeGeneres Host Story on Twitter

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2013 5:10 AM
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Inside the TCA Awards 2013: 'Breaking Bad' and Louis C.K. Accept "shitty piece of plastic"

At this year's Television Critics Association Awards, AMC's "Breaking Bad" and Louis C.K. of FX's "Louie" once again proved to be the favorites, but newcomers such as Tatiana Maslany of "Orphan Black" received prizes as well.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 4, 2013 4:15 PM
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