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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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Oscar Watch: Japan Picks Foreign Entry 'Our Homeland'

Japan has picked its Academy Award foreign-language submission: Berlin entry "Our Homeland." A panel of seven chose the film from 22 nominations. The film opened in Japan in August; here's THR's review.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 5, 2012 4:28 PM
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New Stills and TV Spot for Ben Affleck's Oscar-Bound Telluride Hit 'Argo'

Buzz is building around Ben Affleck's "Argo," a thriller set in 1980 based on a "declassified true story" about a CIA mission-- with a Hollywood twist.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 5, 2012 1:58 PM
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European Film Academy Opens Vote for People's Choice Awards 2012

European Film Academy opened the vote for the 2012 People's Choice Awards and announced the roster of final films for the 2012 contest - including "The Artist," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "The Iron Lady," and "In Darkness." The EFA invites audiences to weigh in, and if you're so inclined you can visit their site here to cast your ballot, and enter to win a trip to the 25th European Film Awards in Malta.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 1, 2012 11:15 AM
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Oscar Watch: Hopes High for Five Animated Feature Nominations; GKIDS To Qualify Four Films

In many ways the fate of the Oscar animation race rests on a little distribution company called GKIDS. Why? Because whether there will be more than 13 or more than 16 feature films qualifying in 2012 determines how many nominees there will be.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2012 4:29 PM
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