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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Deakins Talks 'Skyfall'

With the record-breaking "Skyfall" (perhaps even the first billion dollar Bond) generating lots of Oscar buzz, is there any doubt that acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins will receive his 10th nomination? Not after turning in the most stunning-looking Bond movie in its illustrious 50-year history.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 28, 2012 2:16 PM
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Producers Guild TV Award Nominees: 'Homeland,' 'Downton Abbey,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Mad Men' & More

The Producers Guild of America announces the nominees for its Television Series/Specials and Digital Series award categories. The winners will be announced at the PGA Awards on January 26 at the Beverly Hilton...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 28, 2012 1:18 PM
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Oscar Watch: Makeup and Hair Contenders

Who's in the running for the 2013 Oscar for Best Makeup and (newly added) Hairstyling? This year's films present a range of transformations, from Daniel Day-Lewis's uncanny resemblance to the 16th president in "Lincoln" and the onscreen makeup changes of berserk chameleon Denis Levant in "Holy Motors" to the endless plethora of disguises (some good, some awful) in "Cloud Atlas." How will the Academy choose just three nomination slots? Check out our round-up, which includes some admittedly wishful thinking.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 28, 2012 1:04 PM
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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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