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Jennifer Lawrence Talks 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Russell, 'Hunger Games' and Prepping for that Money Scene (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

As soon as "Silver Linings Playbook" played in Toronto it became the front runner for the Oscar. This is something its Oscar handlers were seeking to avoid, but the film then went on to win the coveted TIFF audience award nabbed by such past crowd-pleasers as Oscar-winner "Slumdog Millionaire." Yes, "Argo" and "Amour" and "The Sessions" and the Weinsteins' other TIFF entries "The Master" and "Quartet" are also in the Oscar hunt. But right now it's "The Silver Linings Playbook"'s to lose.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 17, 2012 4:26 PM
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Fest Buyer Sony Pictures Classics Heads to the Middle East (VIDEO)

Sony Pictures Classics has always leaned heavily on foreign acquisitions in advance of the awards season. Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are often betting on the likely submissions for the best foreign film entry, and can be counted upon to wind up with more than one in the final five. At the same time they can't handle too many movies at once, so they must pick well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 16, 2012 5:02 PM
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Oscar Talk: Toronto and Telluride Update, from 'The Master' and 'Cloud Atlas' to 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Kris Tapley and I go over the Oscar race post-Toronto and Telluride, from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder" to the fate of "Anna Karenina" and "Cloud Atlas." Neither of us liked "Hyde Park on Hudson" very much.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 15, 2012 4:40 PM
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Fox Searchlight Moves Up Oscar Contender 'The Sessions' to October 19

Fox Searchlight has moved up the limited release date of Ben Lewin's Sundance hit-turned-Oscar contender "The Sessions" to October 19, a week earlier than originally announced. The film recently screened at TIFF.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 14, 2012 4:10 PM
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Oscar Watch: South Korea's 'Pieta,' Belgium's 'Our Children' and Norway's 'Kon-Tiki' Join Growing List of Foreign Oscar Contenders

In advance of the October 1 Oscar deadline, the official foreign language submissions are coming fast and furious from around the world.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 14, 2012 2:56 PM
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European Film Academy Names 47 Contenders for EFA Awards, From 'In Darkness' & 'Tinker Tailor' to 'Rust and Bone"& 'Amour'

The European Film Academy announces the forty-seven films recommended for a nomination for the 2012 European Film Awards. Hailing from thirty-one countries, the films are listed below. Among them are some of last year's Oscar contenders, including "In Darkness" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," plus some of the 2012 festival favorites...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 11, 2012 12:36 PM
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Knightley Talks 'Anna Karenina,' and How Cronenberg Set Her Free (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Keira Knightley has done her best work with director Joe Wright and producers Working Title--she earned an Oscar nomination as Elizabeth Bennett in "Pride and Prejudice" and more kudos for the wartime romance "Atonement."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 10, 2012 5:15 PM
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Venice Winners: Golden Lion to 'Pieta,' Director to Paul Thomas Anderson

South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta" won the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival, while the Silver Lion went to American director Paul Thomas Anderson for "The Master"; both his stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix shared the best male actor award. Israel's Hadas Yaron won best actress nod for "Fill The Void" by Rama Burshtein. Austrian Ulrich Seidl won the Special Jury prize for "Paradise: Faith." French director Olivier Assayas took home best screenplay for "Something in the Air."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 8, 2012 5:48 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Revisiting 'The Avengers' and Handicapping the VFX Oscar Race

Unlike the Oscar race for best animated feature, there's already a clear front-runner for VFX: "The Avengers," with its dazzling work from Industrial Light & Magic (especially the Hulk). Of course, there's still quite a heated race ahead when Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" hits theaters December 14...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 6, 2012 3:08 PM
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Academy Governors Pick November Award Winners: Katzenberg, Needham, Pennebaker and Stevens, Jr.

Wednesday night the Academy board of governors convened to pick this year's winners of the Academy's Governors Awards. DreamWorks animation czar Jeffrey Katzenberg will take home the coveted Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award on December 1.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 6, 2012 2:17 AM
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