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'Les Mis' Director Tom Hooper and 'Life of Pi' Composer Mychael Danna Honored at Palm Springs Fest

The Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival continues to announce awards leading up to its 24th edition, running January 3-14. Director Top Hooper will be honored with their Sonny Bono Visionary Award, while Mychael Danna will receive the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 18, 2012 1:21 PM
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Daniel Day-Lewis to be Celebrated with Montecito Award at Santa Barbara International Film Fest

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24 - February 3) will honor Daniel Day-Lewis with the Montecito Award at a ceremony on January 26.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 18, 2012 12:48 PM
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'The Master,' 'Amour,' 'Sightseers' Lead London Critics Circle Nominations

Michael Haneke's "Amour" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" led the London Critics' Circle Award nominations. Each film earned seven nods apiece. Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers" also nabbed an impressive four nominations, including Breakthrough British Filmmaker and Best British Actress and British Actor. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 18, 2012 12:25 PM
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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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