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A Brief and Glitzy History of the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 3, 2013 7:19 PM
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Art Directors Guild Awards Honor 'Anna Karenina,' 'Life of Pi,' 'Skyfall,' Snub 'Lincoln' and 'Argo'

The 17th annual Art Directors Guild Awards, presented at a lively if long ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, honored "Anna Karenina," "Life of Pi" and "Skyfall" in the period, fantasy and contemporary feature film categories, respectively.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 3, 2013 2:47 AM
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Directors Guild Continues the Awards Surge for Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

Ben Affleck bookended the night at the Directors Guild of America Awards. Half-hour TV show winner Lena Dunham ("Girls") accepted her award by saying, "Steven Spielberg, I'm coming for you. Ben Affleck, I already came for you." She forecast the heat that attended Affleck's "Argo," which by evening's end, continued its awards surge by taking home the DGA's top honor for best feature. It's the third time a director has won the DGA without an Oscar nom. Affleck joins other actor-directors who have won the DGA: Woody Allen, Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, Ron Howard, Kevin Costner, and Clint Eastwood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2013 1:42 AM
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'Wreck It Ralph' Dominates Annie Animation Awards

Disney's animated comedy hit "Wreck-It-Ralph" dominated Saturday's Annies with five awards, winning best animated feature Saturday night at UCLA's Royce Hall. It is considered the frontrunner for the animated feature Oscar. Director Rich Moore also won best director; Alan Tudyk (King Candy) won voice acting; Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee won for writing and Henry Jackman, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Jamie Houston and Yasushi Akimoto won for music.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2013 1:34 AM
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'Lincoln' Oscar Frontrunner Daniel Day-Lewis Opens Up in Santa Barbara (VIDEOS)

Daniel Day-Lewis may not appear to be a marquee movie star. But audiences are starting to get the idea that when he does a movie--and he picks them carefully, willing to wait years between roles--they should check it out. At a time when many actors risk overexposure, grabbing all the roles they can while interest is hot, Day-Lewis steps back and keeps himself grounded in his family and waits for the muse to hit him.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2013 7:51 PM
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Oscar Watch: Nominees Lunch Abandons Seating Plan

It was too good to last. As the Academy continues on the path of making changes, it has abandoned one of its best practices. At Monday's annual Nominees Luncheon, instead of having all the Oscar nominees sit with a smattering of Academy governors, execs and press randomly assigned on the day by lottery, there will be a seating plan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2013 6:51 PM
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Oscar Talk: 'Argo' vs. 'Lincoln,' PGA, SAG, and DGA; Affleck and Day-Lewis Hit Santa Barbara

On this week's Oscar Talk podcast, Kris Tapley and I discuss the recent PGA and SAG wins for Ben Affleck's "Argo," which is now mounting a formidable challenge to Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." And we cover last weekend's Affleck and Daniel Day-Lewis tributes in Santa Barbara.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2013 12:00 PM
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Academy Celebrates Oscar Week with Special Public Events

The Academy will celebrate the week leading up to the Oscars with five public events celebrating this year's nominees. The events are as follows:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 31, 2013 3:05 PM
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Oscar Watch: West Bank Man with '5 Broken Cameras' UPDATED

"I film to heal," says Emad Burnat, a Palestinian filmmaker and activist living in the West Bank, towards the end of "5 Broken Cameras," the disturbing and intricately layered documentary composed predominantly of Burnat's footage, which he crafted into a film along with Israeli director Guy Davidi. To forget, Burnat says, is to allow the wounds to fester in some hidden place; it is memory—and documentation—that are necessary to experience true recovery.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 31, 2013 2:52 PM
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Cristian Mungiu Talks Not Cutting Cannes Winner 'Beyond the Hills,' New Poster, EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The rare and glorious 35 mm "Beyond the Hills," which won the best actress prize at Cannes for its two non-pro leads, plays too long for many who expect conventional pacing and don't accept Mungiu's rigorous aesthetic, which requires that he not cut within a scene. He can trim the front or the back, but not the middle.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2013 1:49 PM
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