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What Does Oscar Host Seth MacFarlane's 'Incredible Day' Presage for Oscar Night? [Nominations Video]

Early Thursday morning Oscar host and nominee announcer Seth MacFarlane made it clear that "the only people up now are either flying or having surgery." Or eagerly awaiting the Oscar nominations, of course. While announcing the nominees with Emma Stone, MacFarlane, the first Oscar host to announce the nominees since Charlton Heston in 1972, came across his own name for writing the lyrics to "Ted" original song "Everybody Needs A Best Friend," sung by Norah Jones. His reaction: "First an Oscar nomination, then I find a basically brand-new queen mattress on my drive home. This is an incredible day."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • January 11, 2013 12:31 PM
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ACE Eddie Award Nominations

The American Cinema Editors' (ACE) have picked their nominations for the 63rd annual Eddie Awards, recognizing outstanding editing across nine categories. This group is often revealing of where the Academy is going in the final Oscar stretch. Thus "Argo," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Skyfall" and "Zero Dark Thirty" received nods for Best Edited Feature Film (Drama). Of that group only "Skyfall" did not earn a best picture Oscar nomination. Also on the Oscar best picture as well as the ACE comedy/musical list are "Les Miserables" and "Silver Linings Playbook."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2013 11:43 AM
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New York Film Fest is Big Oscar Nom Winner; Sundance, Cannes, Toronto All Shine

The New York Film Festival - showing a more selective line-up than any other major one except Telluride - was the big winner when the Oscar nominations were announce this morning. The two films with the most nominations - "Lincoln" (12) and "The Life of Pi" (11) both world premiered at their event...
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 10, 2013 1:50 PM
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Cinema Eye Honors 2013: '5 Broken Cameras' Wins Outstanding Feature, 'Detropia' for Outstanding Direction, and 'The War Room' Honored with Legacy Award

The Cinema Eye Honors is a cozy event, packed with documentary filmmakers who go way back. Held at the sleek Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the group attending the sixth annual Honors ceremony is jovial, encouraging, and accepting -- exemplified by the range of attire. Co-chair Esther Robinson recounted the numerous phone calls from people asking what to wear and summarized the evening’s garb: “Well, Michael Moore wears a sweatshirt, and I wear a gown, so anything in between.”
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 10, 2013 11:49 AM
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Oscar Nominations 2013: Indies Score, Nine Best Pics Led by 'Lincoln' with 12, Plus 'Beasts,' 'Amour' UPDATED

Oscar nominations morning brought some welcome presents to independents "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (four nominations) and "Amour" (five) especially, as each film landed on the best picture list of nine and earned writing and directing nominations for Benh Zeitlin and Michael Haneke. Left off the directors list: Ben Affleck, Tom Hooper and Kathryn Bigelow, although their films were included in the top nine. The directors branch is known for making idiosyncratic choices, but rarely have the DGA and Academy lists been so different.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 10, 2013 9:12 AM
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Irish Film & Television Nominations Include 'Seven Psychopaths,' 'What Richard Did,' 'Death of a Superhero'

The Irish Film and Television Academy has announced the nominations for its tenth annual awards ceremony (February 9). Leading the pack are Lenny Abrahamson's "What Richard Did" and Ian Fitzgibbon's "Death of a Superhero," with Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths"...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 9, 2013 3:27 PM
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DGA Nominees for Outstanding TV Direction in 2012 Include 'Girls,' 'Homeland,' 'Hemingway & Gelhorn,' 'Hatfields & McCoys'

The Directors Guild of America announces the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in TV and commercials for 2012. Guild president Taylor Hackford says that TV is in "one of the most creative and fruitful periods in its history, and television directors are a critical element of that success."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2013 3:13 PM
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Final Oscar Nominations Predictions 2013

Some 5700 Academy members filed their ballots by the extended nominations deadline of January 4. And Thursday morning we will all know the final nominations tally. Sure to nab ten to fourteen nominations in the most competitive Oscar race in years is popular hit "Lincoln," which has dominated every awards sector to date and led the Golden Globes pack with seven nominations and the BAFTAs with ten, followed by "Argo" and "Life of Pi," festival hit "Silver Linings Playbook," which has yet to expand nationally, and controversial late-breaker "Zero Dark Thirty."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2013 12:59 PM
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Oscar Watch: American Society of Cinematographers Nominate Best of 2012

The American Society of Cinematographers has spoken--and their nominations exactly match those of the BAFTAs.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2013 12:49 PM
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Oscar Watch: Parsing the BAFTA Nominations and Spielberg/Hooper Snub; Could 'Skyfall' Land a Best Picture Slot?

The BAFTAs are yet another awards group, about the same size as the Academy, that represents a portion of about 300 voting Brits who can have an impact on the Oscar race. The Brits explain why a film like "Atonement," for example, could do better than expected. Thus BAFTA giving American productions "Lincoln" ten nominations, "Life of Pi" nine, "Argo" seven, and "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Django Unchained" five each is significant. It was to be expected that Brit films "Les Misérables" (nine), "Skyfall (eight) and "Anna Karenina" (six) would do well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2013 12:29 PM
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