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Palm Springs Bestowing 'Flight''s Robert Zemeckis with Director of the Year Award

Robert Zemeckis will receive the Palm Springs International Film Festival's Director of the Year Award for "Flight."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 28, 2012 12:35 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence to Receive Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at Santa Barbara International Film Fest

The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24 - February 3) will honor Jennifer Lawrence with its Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on February 2. The fest's myriad high-profile tributes typically act as Oscar pushes for likely contenders; Lawrence is considered a frontrunner for Best Actress for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 28, 2012 11:08 AM
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Weinsteins Face Challenging Oscar 'Playbook'

The Weinsteins have long followed the same Oscar playbook: line up a thick stack of Oscar-worthy potential contenders, give them a shot and see what sticks. They're usually pretty sharp about what's going to play with Academy voters. Nobody does it better. But this year things may not be panning out as they had planned. The studios have mounted an arsenal of powerful players for the fourth quarter that have been eating into the indie share of the adult audience.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 28, 2012 6:00 AM
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Indie Spirit Award Nominations Analysis- 'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' Lead Noms (UPDATED)

The Indie Spirit Award Nominations came rolling in this morning, with "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Bernie," "Keep the Lights On," "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Silver Linings Playbook" all securing Best Feature nominations. Full list below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 27, 2012 1:30 PM
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Gotham Gets It Right: Award Winners include 'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'Your Sister's Sister' [UPDATED]

On the sprawling floor of the restaurant Cipriani, on Wall Street, four lanky women wearing stilettos and Shopska hats stood smiling with trays of Russian Standard Gotham Yule, a vodka mix that included Ginger Beer and lime juice.
  • By Charles Lyons
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  • November 27, 2012 12:15 PM
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Watch Live Stream of Gotham Awards November 26: Nominations Led By 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'Middle of Nowhere,' 'Moonrise Kingdom'

The Gotham Independent Film Awards are one early bellwether of the strongest indie contenders in the awards race. These nominations have some impact on momentum and raise awareness for critics and the west coast Film Independent voting for the higher profile Independent Spirit nominations, and encourage distributors...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 26, 2012 5:04 PM
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New York Times' Carpetbagger Blog Returns for Oscar Season

With the Thanksgiving weekend's positively received press screenings of "Les Miserables" and "Zero Dark Thirty," Oscar season is humming along. The New York Times' awards blog "The Carpetbagger" is back as of Monday, and ready to zap you out of post-election letdown. Melena Ryzik asks, "In withdrawal of all those close reads of campaign tactics?"
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 26, 2012 1:46 PM
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'Les Miserables' Screens, EW's Interview with Hathaway and Jackman [Video]

Reviews are embargoed for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," but some tweets have hit the internet, promising some spectacular performances and indicating a likelihood of audience tears. IndieWire has gathered several tweets, including our own, here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 26, 2012 7:26 AM
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Foreign Oscar Watch: Nicolaj Arcel Talks Denmark's 'A Royal Affair'

One of the front runners in the current foreign film Oscar race is Nicolaj Arcel's "A Royal Affair," starring Danish star Mads Mikkelsen and newcomer Alicia Vikander in a true romantic royal triangle. The film won screenwriting and actor prizes (for rookie Mikkel Boe Følsgaard as King Christian VII) at Berlin and is in current stateside release from Magnolia.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 26, 2012 6:47 AM
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Immersed in Movies: A CG Tiger to Die for in 'Life of Pi' (VIDEO)

Don't be surprised if Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" is right up there competing for the VFX Oscar with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and all the other prestigious front runners. It's that good. In fact, Richard Parker, the integral tiger, is arguably the best photorealistic CG animal ever created. What a performance: the way he interacts with Suraj Sharma's Pi in such close proximity on a lifeboat. The tiger exhibits such believable expression and nuance; he uses the space underneath the tarp first as shelter and then to observe and control his turf. It's truly an amazing character arc, bolstered by the most spiritual and dimensional use of 3-D yet, which only enhances its Oscar chances.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 23, 2012 1:58 PM
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