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Palm Springs Fest Honors Richard Gere with Chairman's Award

Continuing their pre-Oscar fanfare, the Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 3-14) will honor veteran Richard Gere, who nabbed a Golden Globe nomination last week for "Arbitrage," with the Chairman's Award on January 5 at the awards gala.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 17, 2012 2:41 PM
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Writers Guild Ballot Reveals Ineligible Oscar Contenders That Won't Get WGA Boost; 'Les Miserables' Key Omission

January 3 marks the day that Writers Guild nominations will be announced--and Academy ballots are due. It's not surprising that scruffy indie "Beasts of the Southern Wild" should be left off the Writers Guild ballot. The WGA always leaves off films that were deemed ineligible, often foreign ("A Separation"), indie ("Pulp Fiction") or animated players ("Up") who either aren't guild signatories or didn't pony up to get qualified.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 17, 2012 2:27 PM
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Critics' Vote Roundup UPDATED

UPDATE: A new batch of critics' winners have come in, with Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" receiving Best Picture from both the San Francisco and Kansas City film critics' circles. The African-American Film Critics Association picked Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" as Best Picture, and Ben Affleck ("Argo") for Best Director, with Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere" getting wins across multiple categories. Full list of winners below, plus links to all critics' voting thus far.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 17, 2012 2:02 PM
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PTA's 'Master' Leads Chicago Film Critics Nominations, UPDATED: Houston and Indiana Critics Nominations

UPDATE: The Indiana Film Journalists Association and the Houston Film Critics Circle have announced their nominations, with "The Master" again making a strong showing with nine nominations in Indiana, and six nods in Houston. "Lincoln" earned the most nominations in Houston, with eight nods. Full lists below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 17, 2012 8:55 AM
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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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