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Damon, Foxx, Washington, Gere, Arkin & Hawkes Talk Hollywood, Fame & Craft in THR's Actors Roundtable

It's that time of year again for The Hollywood Reporter's roundtable discussions, with the actors installment debuting November 8. The six leading and supporting men featured are Matt Damon (who stars in the upcoming "Promised Land"), Jamie Foxx ("Django Unchained"), Denzel Washington ("Flight"), Richard Gere ("Arbitrage"), Alan Arkin ("Argo") and John Hawkes ("The Sessions"). Full video roundtable plus quote highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 9, 2012 11:53 AM
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Britannias 2012: Oscar Pushes for 'Skyfall,' 'Lincoln' & 'Django Unchained'; Day-Lewis Accepts Award Next to Empty Chair

BAFTA-LA Britannia Awards celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Beverly Hilton Wednesday evening, where pre-selected achievement awards were handed out to Daniel Craig, Quentin Tarrantino, Daniel Day-Lewis, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and Will Wright. The Britannias serve as a good platform for BAFTA to make an Oscar push for its Brits in Hollywood, and this year the most recent and much-acclaimed 007 installment “Skyfall,” and Day-Lewis’ uncanny performance as the 16th president in “Lincoln,” were at the forefront.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 8, 2012 1:44 PM
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Oscar Producers Add Rob Ashford to Choreograph Academy Award Show

Many questions remain about the 2013 Oscar show, which producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are in the process of putting together. New host Seth Macfarlane, who is a writer and comedian who can sing, is presumably changing things up a bit. Will there be an opening montage? Who knows?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 8, 2012 1:07 PM
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Arguing with Breznican's EW Oscar Predicts

In the wake of the departure of Dave Karger to Fandango, EW editor Jess Cagle passed the awards baton to staffer Anthony Breznican. So he jumped into Oscar Predictions in EW's Holiday Movie Preview issue. He changed up the format just a tad...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2012 3:53 PM
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J.J. Abrams to Receive Producers Guild's 2013 Norman Lear Award [Abrams Clips]

The Producers Guild of America will honor J.J. Abrams with the 2013 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, which will be presented to the writer-director-producer at their 24th annual awards ceremony on January 26.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 5, 2012 2:18 PM
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European Film Award Nominations Boost Foreign Oscar Entries 'Amour,' 'Barbara,' 'Intouchables,' 'Caesar Must Die'

Every little bit helps turn a small indie title into something a critic decides to watch ahead of something else. So the European Film Award nominations, while seemingly distant, do have impact on the awards race here, more in best picture, director, writer and actor/actress categories than foreign because that group watches films in screening rooms only.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 5, 2012 11:46 AM
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'Broken,' 'Sightseers,' Berberian Sound Studio' Lead 15th British Independent Film Award Nominations

The nominations for the 15th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced today and leading the pack with nine nominations is "Broken," which scored nods for Best Film, Best Director and Best Debut Director for Rufus Norris, Best Actor for Tim Roth and two Best Supporting Actor nominations for Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • November 5, 2012 8:02 AM
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Oscar Talk: from 'Skyfall' to AFI FEST's 'Hitchcock'

In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I review the new Bond film, "Skyfall," which could yield a few technical nominations, as well as Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock," which opened the AFI FEST Thurday night. We preview what's coming up at the fall fest, including the foreign films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 2, 2012 6:16 PM
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Academy Accepts 21 Animated Oscar Submissions

Twenty-one features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 85th Academy Awards. This means that there will likely be five nominations announced on January 10, although several films listed below have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying runs, the Academy points out. Presumably they will fulfill all the requirements. Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category may also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, but I doubt that any of these will chase that down. I bold the five front-runners for Oscar noms.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 2, 2012 5:31 PM
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American Society of Cinematographers to Honor Dean Semler with Lifetime Achievement Award; Plus Charters, Müller & Clark

The 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards will recognize cinematographers Dean Semler, Rodney Charters, Robby Müller and Curtis Clark at their February 10 event. Semler will be honored with the 2012 ASC Lifetime Achievement Award...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 2, 2012 1:26 PM
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