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Seven Features Advance in Hair and Makeup Oscar Race

Seven films will compete for three Hair and Makeup nomination slots for the 85th Academy Awards. On Saturday, January 5, members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will view ten-minutes of footage from seven shortlisted films and then vote for three Oscar finalists to be announced on January 10.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2012 5:50 PM
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Digital Era Dawns in Voting for the Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is poised to deal with whatever glitches arise as their 5,856 voting members deal with the new voting procedures. They are supposed to have registered by now in order to vote for the first time online or ask for paper ballots, but of course many have not done so and are patiently waiting for their ballots to arrive.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2012 7:43 PM
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Academy Lists 282 Feature Films Eligible for Best Picture Oscar, From 'Battleship' to 'Zero Dark Thirty'

The Academy names 282 films eligible for the Best Picture Oscar. Guidelines for eligibility include a commericial motion picture release in Los Angeles by midnight of December 31, and a minimum seven-day theatrical run. Per Academy rules, a motion picture must also have a runtime of more than 40 minutes...
  • By Beth Hanna and Sophia Savage
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  • December 14, 2012 2:01 PM
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Oscar Talk: Ten Best Lists, Impact of SAG and Globes on Race, Kidman's Chances

On this week's Oscar Talk podcast, Kris Tapley and I count down, extoll and defend our Ten Best Movies of 2012---after we explain what the impact of the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Gobes nominations are on the Oscar race. We think.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2012 12:00 PM
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Post-Golden Globe Nominations: What Do We Know? Weinsteins Score 15, But Will That Translate at Oscars? Kidman Lands 10th Globe Nom

Advantage: Leonardo DiCaprio over "Django Unchained" costar Christoph Waltz in the best supporting actor race, even if Waltz gets the German vote. And SAG "Silver Linings" nominee Robert De Niro, who dissed the HFPA last time he accepted an award, has not been invited back. On the other hand, Globe fave Nicole Kidman scored two 2013 nominations, for both "Paperboy" and HBO's "Hemingway and Gellhorn." While she has three Oscar nominations and one win thus far, the HFPA has nominated her eight times.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2012 2:39 PM
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'Life of Pi' Dominates Las Vegas Critics: Best Picture, Director & Cinematography

The Las Vegas Film Critics Society has shown some love for Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," which has been otherwise shut out from this season's critics' awards (yet earned Best Picture and Director Golden Globe nominations). The film received Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography, while Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence were recognized in the lead acting categories for "Lincoln" and "Silver Linings Playbook," respectively. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 13, 2012 12:11 PM
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Golden Globe Nominations Led By 'Lincoln,' 'Argo' and 'Django Unchained'

Nominations for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced early this morning, with Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" leading the pack with seven nods including Best Picture (Drama), Director, Screenplay, Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Supporting Actress (Sally Field) and Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones). "Argo" followed with five, for Best Picture (Drama) Director, Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Alan Arkin) and Score (Alexandre Desplat). In a surprise turn, Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" also landed five nominations -- Best Picture (Drama), Tarantino for Director and Screenplay and two Supporting Actor nods for Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 13, 2012 11:07 AM
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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Rory Kennedy Talks Growing Up with and Filming 'Ethel'

Rory Kennedy, 43, is a Sundance and HBO documentary veteran who needed all her accumulated experience to navigate HBO Doc czar Sheila Nevins' challenge to her: make a film about her mother, Ethel Kennedy. First the filmmaker was shocked when her mother agreed to her request to do the doc profile. Then she asked her eight surviving siblings to participate--without any control over how their interviews would be used.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2012 3:58 PM
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Palm Springs Fest Honors Helen Mirren with International Star Award

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 3-14) will present Helen Mirren with the International Star Award on January 5 at their Awards gala.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 12, 2012 2:53 PM
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NAACP Image Awards Nominees Include 'Beasts,' 'Django' & 'Flight' -- 'Middle of Nowhere' Shut Out of Best Picture Race

The NAACP Image Award nominations were announced December 11, with Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" and Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere" nabbing recognition across multiple categories.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 12, 2012 2:28 PM
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