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Writers Guild Nominations 2013: Who's on the Road to Oscar?

The trick with parsing the Writers Guild nominees is to remember which of the ones in contention for the Oscar are not WGA eligible: that includes Brit productions "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and Working Title's "Les Miserables" and "Anna Karenina," Weinstein Co.'s "Django Unchained" (Quentin Tarantino has never joined the guild), foreign imports "Amour," "Rust and Bone," and "The Impossible," and Fox Searchlight's "Beasts of the Southern Wild" among others. Animated players are usually not guild signatories. Oscar nominations are due today, so the majority of ballots have already been submitted; the announcement comes January 10.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2013 1:44 PM
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Watch: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Tout the Golden Globes -- "a sloppy, loud party"

Sparkling hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have released another funny promo for the 2013 Golden Globes (January 13), in which they expound on all things awards. A great thing about the Globes? "The beautiful people of film get to rub shoulders with the horrible, disgusting people of television," Poehler says. The women also have a unique Best Dramatic Actor favorite: "Daniel Day-Lewis for 'Avatar'!"
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 4, 2013 12:11 PM
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Oscar Talk: Nomination Ballots Due, PGA and ADG Nods, Best Picture Predictions

On this week's Oscar Talk podcast, Kris Tapley and I discuss where we are right now with Oscar nominations ballots due January 4 and the impact of this week's Producers Guild and Art Directors Guild nominations. Which films will be on the Best Picture list-will it be seven, eight or even ten? We assess what's sure of a spot, what's not, and long-shot possibilities.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2013 11:43 AM
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85th Oscars to Include a Tribute to James Bond Franchise

The 85th Oscars ceremony (February 26) will include a tribute to the James Bond franchise, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. 007 may have more of a presence at the Academy Awards than initially predicted, with the recent Producers Guild Award nominations -- often a bellwether for Oscar Best Picture nods -- including "Skyfall" in its ten Picture selections.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 4, 2013 10:58 AM
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'Zero Dark Thirty' Review and Torture Debate - Senate Committee Probing Bigelow and Boal's CIA Contact [UPDATED]

UPDATE: The Senate Intelligence Committee has begun a review of the contacts between "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal and CIA officials, following the committee chairwoman's "outrage" over the film's scenes that imply "enhanced interrogations."
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2013 3:31 PM
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Santa Barbara Festival to Open with 'Disconnect'; Honors DiCaprio with American Riviera Award

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24 - February 3) will open the 2013 fest with the U.S. premiere of "Disconnect," directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton and Alexander Skarsgard. Additionally, Leonardo DiCaprio will receive the American Riviera Award on February 1, which recognizes an artist with a strong influence on American cinema.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 3, 2013 12:47 PM
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Art Directors Guild Nominations: from 'Anna Karenina' to 'Life of Pi' and Surging 'Skyfall'

The Art Directors Guild nominations in nine categories of production design for theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos include: period film nominees "Anna Karenina," "Argo," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," and "Lincoln," while the fantasy film category recognizes such diverse selections as "Life of Pi" and "The Dark Knight Rises." Contemporary entry "Skyfall" is also looking strong after Wednesday's PGA nominations. Will a Bond film actually land in he Best Picture race?
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 3, 2013 11:24 AM
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Producers Guild Award Nominations 2012 Include Indies 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'Moonrise Kingdom,' and 'Django Unchained'

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has selected its motion picture and long-form television nominations for the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The 2013 Chair is Michael De Luca. All 2013 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on January 26th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2013 6:29 PM
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Writing 'Life of Pi': David Magee Talks the Mother of Adaptations

After ten long years of painstaking development, "Life of Pi" finally made it to the screen. And there were many times that Fox 2000 chief Elizabeth Gabler, who optioned it right after it was published, did not think that it would happen. Only when Ang Lee came along four years ago did it become possible. The device of using the older Pi (Irfann Khan) as the window into the story came from screenwriter David Magee, who was hired on the basis of his moving Oscar-nominated screenplay for the J. M. Barry biopic "Finding Neverland."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2013 2:49 PM
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Academy Extends Voting Period Amid Balloting Snafus

Even while it was officially closed for the holiday until January 2, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, recognizing the continuing problems many of its members have been having with the new online voting procedures, has extended the deadline for members to vote for Oscar nominations by one day to Friday, January 4, 2013, 5.p.m. PT. (The original date was Thursday, January 3, 5 p.m. PT).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 31, 2012 5:36 PM
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