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London Critics Circle Give 'The Artist' and 'A Separation' Three Film Awards Each UPDATED

Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
"The Artist" and "A Separation" were the big winners at the London Critics Circle Film Awards, with the former sweeping Best Film, Best Actor for Jean Dujardin and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius while the latter walked off with Best Supporting Actress for Sareh Bayat (triumphing over Vanessa Redgrave for "Coriolanus" and Jessica Chastain for "The Help"), Foreign Language Film and Screenwriter of the Year for filmmaker Asghar Farhadi.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • January 19, 2012 10:39 PM
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Two Texas Distributors Go Indie with Foreign Oscar Fare

Two lesser known niche Texas-based distributors found their films on the Oscar foreign language film short list Wednesday morning, leaving films from better known companies like Music Box, IFC, Strand and Fox behind.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 19, 2012 6:42 PM
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Octavia Spencer: From the Golden Globes to Sundance's 'Smashed'

On Oscar night last year, L.A. resident Octavia Spencer was plopped on her living room couch, running the pool at her Oscar party, $5 a shot. Running the gauntlet of awards events, from her breakthrough award at Palm Springs and supporting actress win at the Critics Choice Movie Awards, she's trying to keep her head on straight.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 19, 2012 4:15 PM
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Oscar Watch: Cinema Audio Society and Costume Designers Guild Select Nominees, Skip 'War Horse'

The Costume Designers Guild and The Cinema Audio Society (CAS) have announced their 2011 nominees.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 19, 2012 12:16 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Production Designer Anne Seibel Talks 'Midnight in Paris' and Woody Allen

The great charm and allure of Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" is obviously being nostalgically transported back in time to the City of Lights during the glam 1920s and the even more romantic turn-of-the-century Belle Époque.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 18, 2012 4:13 PM
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Oscar Watch: Profiles of the Nine Shortlisted Foreign Language Oscar Contenders UPDATED

Nine films out of 63 qualified submissions are moving on in the race for the Oscar for Foreign Language Film. The Phase I foreign language committee of several hundred L.A.-based Academy voters screened the films between mid-October and January 13.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 18, 2012 1:38 PM
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BAFTA Nominations Lead by 'The Artist' and 'Tinker Tailor'; 'Drive' Gets Best Film Nod, 'Tree of Life' Shut Out

Ryan Gosling in Drive
The  2012 BAFTA nominations are led by "The Artist" (twelve nominations), "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (eleven), "Hugo" (nine), "My Week With Marilyn" (six), "The Help" and "War Horse" (five each), "Drive," "The Iron Lady," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" (four each), "Moneyball," "The Descendants," "We Need to Talk About Kevin," and "Senna" (three each) and two nominations each for "Shame," "The Ides of March", "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "Bridesmaids" and "The Adventures of Tintin."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2012 12:23 PM
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Golden Globes Party Whirl: Plotting Assaults on "The Punisher," In the Clinch with Mr. Big

After my stint in the backstage press room at the Golden Globes, I headed into the night for a round of Beverly Hilton parties. First I crossed the forlorn red carpet to the tented Fox party in the parking lot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 16, 2012 6:27 PM
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Golden Globes 2012: Watch Best Moments, Winners, Jokes

Recap some of the best moments from Sunday night's Golden Globe awards below, from George Clooney's Michael Fassbender joke to Michelle Williams talking to the press and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on the red carpet. Ricky Gervais (reviewed here by Caryn James) was his usual charming self, picking up right where he left off at the 2011 show. "So, where was I,.."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 16, 2012 1:03 PM
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Oscar Watch: Editors Guild Film Nominees Skip 'The Help,' 'Tree of Life'

Forget any hope of "The Help" winning best picture on Oscar night. The American Cinema Editors (ACE) nominations in nine categories in film, television and documentaries for the ACE Eddie Awards do not include the film. (Nominees are listed below. )
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 16, 2012 1:00 PM
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