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'The Imitation Game' Takes the Toronto People's Choice Award, Forerunner to Oscars (INTERVIEW VIDEO)

The audience award-winner at the Toronto International Film Festival is often the best Picture Oscar winner as well. This year, "The Imitation Game" won the People's Choice Award won last year by "12 Years a Slave," and in prior years by several films directed by Brits, "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "American Beauty."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 14, 2014 2:18 PM
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Oscar Predictions 2015 UPDATE

Oscar Predicts Chart 2014
As the fall festivals unwind, here are some possibilities for Oscar consideration for 2015.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 14, 2014 1:05 PM
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Oscar Watch: Three Movies Will Dominate the Crafts Awards

The crafts buzz has already started with Emmanuel (Chivo) Lubezki's extraordinary "continuous take" in Alejandro Iñárritu's "Birdman." Will the experimental cinematographer snag his second Academy Award in a row after "Gravity"? Or will 11-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins (just as digitally cutting edge) finally win his elusive prize for "Unbroken," the epic biopic directed by Angelina Jolie about the late Olympian war hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell)? That's probably the biggest mini-drama that will play out in this year's below-the-line awards competition.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 12, 2014 11:26 AM
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Screen Talk: What Happened at Toronto? Hits, Misses, Oscar Contenders

For the first time, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I got together in person to record Screen Talk, to share our experience at theToronto International Film Festival. We argue the merits and demerits of many of the upcoming fall films and Oscar contenders--and inevitably, we didn't see all the same films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 12, 2014 11:10 AM
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Updated: Foreign Language Oscar Contenders

More Foreign Language Oscar contenders are shaking out, and with the submissions comes controversy.
  • By TOH!
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  • September 11, 2014 1:54 PM
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Eight Reasons Why 'The Imitation Game' and 'The Theory of Everything' Are Oscar Rivals

How many British biopics will fit into this year's Oscar race? The Toronto Film Festival revealed not only Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II codebreaker Alan Turing in "The Imitation Game," but Eddie Redmayne as cosmologist Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything." (Oddly, Cumberbatch played Hawking in rather similar 2004 BBC flick "Hawking." Full movie below.) Who's going to win this particular match-up? It's close, and will depend on the usual factors: reviews, box office and year-end support from critics groups and guilds. Both are exquisitely crafted period pieces, which the Academy crafts branches tend to admire.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 10, 2014 6:32 AM
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Will Jake Gyllenhaal Creepout 'Nightcrawler' Wow Crowds Outside Toronto as Well as Oscar Voters? (VIDEO)

The one dark horse Oscar candidate is Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle "Nightcrawler," which allows the pale, gaunt actor to transform himself physically into a dangerous sociopathic creep in the vein of Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle in "Taxi Driver." Chasing after the right video footage of fires, car crashes, and murder victims, Gyllenhaal's nightcrawler is magnetic and charming, a loser who wants to be a winner and doesn't care what he does to get there.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 7, 2014 5:49 PM
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Golden Lion: ‘Pigeon’ Airs It Out in Venice, ‘Birdman’ Left Standing On a Branch Reflecting

Throughout the 71st Venice Film Festival, which wrapped on Friday, the expectation was that the Golden Lion for best film would go to Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance,” starring Michael Keaton. But the jury headed by Alexandre Desplat did the unexpected and gave the Lion to another bird with a lofty title, Swedish director Roy Andersson’s wildly funny “Pigeon On a Branch Reflecting On Experience.” “Birdman” received no awards.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • September 7, 2014 6:38 AM
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Screen Talk: Telluride and the Oscars, from 'Birdman' to 'The Imitation Game'

On this week's Screen Talk, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I debate new movies "Wild," "Imitation Game" and "Birdman"--and which ones will have an impact on this year's Oscar race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 1, 2014 11:38 AM
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'Wild' Screens For the First Time on Telluride Opening Day (REVIEW)

The Telluride Film Festival opened with Reese Witherspoon hiking adventure "Wild," from the director of "Dallas Buyer's Club."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 29, 2014 7:57 PM
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