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Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to Announce 2014 Oscar Nominations

Cheryl Boone Isaacs will be joined by Thor -- er, Chris Hemsworth -- to announce the 86th Oscar nominations on Thursday, January 16. The noms will be rolled out bright and early at 5:38am PST (we'll be live streaming the event).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 10, 2014 12:56 PM
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Reading the Oscar Tea Leaves via Guilds; Art Director & Costume Guild Votes

To get the most accurate lay of the land as PriceWaterhouseCoopers starts to tabulate filed Oscar ballots and nominations approach January 16, it helps to look at what the guilds are doing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2014 4:08 PM
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Crafts Roundup: Disco, Flappers and Old Men Dominate the Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar Race

The Oscar race for makeup and hairstyling has been very contentious. Making the shortlist were "American Hustle," "Dallas Buyers Club," "The Great Gatsby," "Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa," and "The Lone Ranger." However, the list of snubs include "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Rush," "12 Years a Slave," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Oz the Great and Powerful," and "Star Trek Into Darkness," and "Man of Steel."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 9, 2014 2:05 PM
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USC Scripters Awards Go to '12 Years a Slave,' 'Philomena,' 'Captain Phillips' and Some Offbeat Surprises

Sssssshhhhhhhhh!!… the librarians are deliberating… and the winner will be the recipient of the 26th annual Scripters Award, bestowed by the USC Libraries, a group that seems to have its own Dewey Decimal System of prognostication. At a time of year when every half-baked assemblage of film nerds is declared to have its own crystal ball of Oscar glory, the Libraries has a fairly envious track record (especially if Oscars are your business): They’ve picked five of the last six Best Adapted Screenplay winners and when they’ve been of the Aacdemy track, frankly, some of their picks have been better.
  • By John Anderson
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  • January 9, 2014 1:14 PM
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Cinema Eye Awards Name 'The Act of Killing' Best Doc, Sarah Polley Best Director and More

“That’s all the twerking you’re going to get tonight,” Michael Moore cracked after shuffling to the stage at Tuesday’s night’s Cinema Eye Awards and offering his audience an image that summed up a lot of the films in competition: Startling. Amusing. Profoundly disturbing.
  • By John Anderson
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  • January 9, 2014 11:35 AM
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Peter Berg Fought to Keep Brutal War Survival Thriller 'Lone Survivor' Real UPDATE

I have long been a Peter Berg believer. He is a gifted director who can now be forgiven for "Battleship," a misbegotten Hasbro/Universal concoction that he agreed to direct so that he could make his passion project "Lone Survivor." The indie-financed Universal release is a tough, unremitting, authentic, and intimate Afghan war film starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch and Eric Bana.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 8, 2014 9:59 PM
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Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth and More Set to Present at 2014 Golden Globes UPDATED

UPDATE: More presenters have been announced for the upcoming Golden Globe Awards on January 12.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 8, 2014 3:00 PM
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Going Inside the Production Design Secrets of 'Walter Mitty'

Designing the "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" was a new experience for Jeff Mann, known for working on such "blunt instruments" as "Tropic Thunder" with Ben Stiller and "Transformers" with Michael Bay. But Stiller definitely had a different mind set for the daydreaming Everyman, full of whimsy and wistfulness, and Mann visualized that world in a graphic and poetic way that's certainly worthy of Oscar consideration.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 8, 2014 2:05 PM
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Meryl Streep Disses Walt Disney, Emma Thompson Disses Perms at National Board of Review Dinner

The National Board of Review dinner on January 7 reportedly took a nine-minute detour from its regularly scheduled programming when presenter Meryl Streep launched into a lengthy introduction of her pal, "Saving Mr. Banks" star Emma Thompson, which covered everything from Walt Disney's not so spotless track record, to Mozart, Van Gogh and Quentin Tarantino. Oh yeah, and Streep also wore a baseball cap with "Prize Winner" emblazoned on it; she started the speech with "Oh, I'm not the prize winner?"
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 8, 2014 12:26 PM
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Cinematographers Pick Seven Feature Nominees; Which Will Make Final Oscar Five?

For my money, the sequence that lands "Inside Llewyn Davis" a cinematography Oscar nomination is on the Number One train, shot from the POV of the cat as subway stops flash by. Bruno Delbonnel is one of seven directors of photography selected by the American Society of Cinematographers to compete for their top motion picture honor.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 8, 2014 12:23 PM
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