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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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HBO Announces Documentary Film Lineup for 2013, including 'Mea Maxima Culpa' and 'Life and Times of Tim Hetherington'

HBO announces their documentary lineup for the first half of 2013, including Alex Gibney's "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," Sebastian Junger's "Which Way is the Front Line from Here?: The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington" and Steven Pressman's "50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 4, 2013 3:58 PM
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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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