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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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DGA Picks Top Five, All Studio Releases; Will Oscars Go Same Way? Russell, Tarantino Don't Make Cut

The Directors Guild of America's five feature film nominations often indicate the frontrunners in the Oscar race. Very rarely (six times since 1948) has the DGA winner not gone on to accept the gold statue. Left out of this list are David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook") and Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained"). The winners will accept their award at the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The nominees are (in alphabetical order):
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 8, 2013 1:15 PM
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'Zero Dark Thirty' Leads Women Film Journalists' EDA Awards; Lawrence Recognized for Kicking Ass, Dench for Defying Ageism

The Alliance of Women and Film Journalists EDA Awards have been announced, with "Zero Dark Thirty" winning Best Picture, Director (Kathryn Bigelow), Original Screenplay (Mark Boal) and Actress (Jessica Chastain). The EDAs also have a colorful list of "Special Mention Awards," with categories ranging from...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 8, 2013 12:58 PM
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Cinema Audio Society's Sound Mixing Nominations Include 'Les Miserables,' 'Lincoln,' and 'Skyfall'

The Cinema Audio Society has announced the nominees for its 49th annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing in 2012. Included in the live-action motion picture category are "The Hobbit," "Les Miserables," "Lincoln," "Skyfall" and "Zero Dark Thirty." Full list of nominations in all six categories below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 8, 2013 11:05 AM
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Visual Effects Society Recognize 'Hobbit,' 'Avengers,' 'Life of Pi,' 'Prometheus' and More with Award Nominations

The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominations for its 11th annual VES Awards, recognizing outstanding VFX in film, animation, television, commercials and video games. "The Hobbit," "Prometheus," "Life of Pi" and two films on opposite ends of the box office spectrum...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 7, 2013 1:59 PM
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Awards Schedule Heats Up: Oscar and BAFTA Nominations, Critics Choice and Golden Globes Awards, Parties Galore

Friday afternoon, the day the Oscar ballots were due, I checked out the Academy lobby on Wilshire to see if long lines of voters were queuing up at the three kiosks in the lobby. One lonely voter sat down to enter his ballot--which took ages, with an attendant hovering over his shoulder. So apparently most of the Academy folks eventually figured out how to either mail their Oscar ballots or file online.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 7, 2013 1:29 PM
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National Society of Film Critics Goes with 'Amour'

Always the last of the major film critics groups to weigh in, usually after the new year, the National Society of Film Critics has made its picks for 2012, led by much-lauded multiple winner "Amour."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2013 4:15 PM
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Oscar Watch: 'Skyfall' Builds Academy Support, Composer Thomas Newman Overdue for Oscar

"Skyfall" could land a surprising number of Oscar nominations when they are announced on January 10. James Bond films, while they have been popular over the decades with Academy voters as popcorn entertainment, have not been Oscar contenders except for the occasional technical or song nomination. (The Oscarcast is tributing Bond on its 50th anniversary, in any case.) But Bond 23 is directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes ("American Beauty") and brings a certain class and patina missing from many other Bond films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2013 4:03 PM
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