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Oscar Watch: Long Shots 'End of Watch,' 'Middle of Nowhere,' 'The Grey' Return to Theaters UPDATED

Open Road is reopening David Ayer's powerful must-see LA cop drama "End of Watch" for awards consideration nationally on December 7. The IFC Center is also bringing back November 30 Ava DuVernay's smart, elegantly shot and well-acted "Middle of Nowhere."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2012 5:05 PM
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Academy Reveals Best Documentary Shortlist -- 'Invisible War,' 'House I Live In,' 'Sugar Man,' 'The Imposter' & More

The Academy has named 15 films advancing to the voting process for Best Documentary Feature. They were chosen from 126 films that qualified for the award, under new rules that required branch members to screen and vote on all the films. This method would seem to favor the most high-profile films, and most of the shortlist films are well-known at this point, but I am happy to see "The Waiting Room" among the nominees.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2012 4:16 PM
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New York Film Critics Circle Awards: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Dominates - Best Picture, Director, Cinematography UPDATE

Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" dominates the New York Film Critics Circle 2012 awards with Best Director, Best Picture and Best Cinematographer.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • December 3, 2012 3:12 PM
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Disney Leads Annie Award Best Picture Nominees with 'Brave,' 'Frankenweenie' & 'Wreck-It Ralph'

Nominees for the 40th Annie Awards, recognizing the best in animation, have been announced. Between Pixar and the Walt Disney Studio branches, Disney secured three Best Picture nods for "Brave," "Frankenweenie" and "Wreck-It Ralph." Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 3, 2012 2:04 PM
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Film Critics Start to Weigh In

As we await the final New York Film Critics Circle results and anticipate the National Board of Review December 5 and LA Film Critics Association December 9, a few top ten lists are coming out. These votes will start to push momentum toward certain winners.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2012 12:57 PM
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Things I Learned on the Oscar Party Circuit

It's been quite a week. Oscar parties are in full swing. This is the period when Oscar campaigners are trying to get their films seen, circulate their talent. Quentin Tarantino showed his final cut of "Django Unchained" to the Directors Guild Saturday to two standing ovations, while Peter Jackson finally unveiled "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" over the weekend in both super-sharp 48 fps and 24 fps (which is how I saw it Sunday). He'll be making appearances this week.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2012 6:26 AM
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Haneke's 'Amour' Leads European Film Awards, Wins Film, Director, Actor and Actress

The European Film Award winners have been announced, with Michael Haneke's "Amour" cleaning up in the four main categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Best Actress (Emmanuelle Riva). Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 1, 2012 5:03 PM
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Producers Promise Changes for 2013 Oscar Show, as Host Seth Macfarlane Announces 'Oscar Experience College Search' at mtvU 'Stand In' Series

The producers of this year's Oscar show, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, actively pursued TV writer/producer/comedian Seth Macfarlane as the host, they told me. "Of course we wanted Tina Fey," they said, but they knew she was already committed to doing the far less stressful Golden Globes. And they are changing up the Oscarcast considerably. They've been studying shows of Oscar past to see what worked--and didn't.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2012 4:21 PM
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Producers Guild Doc Nominees Include Oscar Frontrunners 'Gatekeepers' & 'Searching for Sugar Man'

The Producers Guild of America has nominated five documentaries in their Documentary Motion Picture category. The documentary field is large and competitive this year, so any spotlight will help Oscar voters make tough choices. Never have so many worthy docs been produced and released into the indie marketplace. The Academy doc branch has already submitted their Oscar short list of 15 which should be announced shortly. The IDA awards will be announced on December 7 (stay tuned for our report).
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2012 3:54 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Composer Patrick Doyle Talks Pixar's 'Brave'

Patrick Doyle isn't new to animation but his first taste of working with Pixar on "Brave" brought him even closer to his Scottish roots. Doyle, in fact, was in Scotland when he was first approached to compose the quintessentially ethnic score accentuated by the Highland bagpipes.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 30, 2012 2:25 PM
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