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Stream This: Five Films Critics and Audiences Should Pay Attention to This Awards Season

Here are five films now streaming that critics and audiences should take a second look at as awards season gets underway.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 3, 2013 7:25 PM
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New York Film Critics Circle Sets Awards Vote Before National Board of Review

The tony New York Film Critics Circle has set its annual awards voting for Tuesday, December 3, 2013; they'll announce the time and place for their annual awards ceremony later on. The NYFCC awards are seen as predictive of the Oscar nominations. Last year the NYFCC went heavily for "Zero Dark Thirty," as well as eventual Oscar winners Daniel Day Lewis ("Lincoln") and foreign film "Amour."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 16, 2013 1:26 PM
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Critics on Parade in Seattle: Curating, Writing Long vs. Short and Inviting Snark

At the recent Seattle Film Festival, Eric Kohn of Indiewire (@erickohn) moderated a panel discussion of the current state of film criticism and coverage today. I joined Seattle critics Robert Horton (@citizenhorton), Sean Axmaker (@seanaxmaker), Keith Simanton of IMDb (@IMDbKeith) and Lindy West of Jezebel (@thelindywest). We dig into long vs. shortform criticism, print vs. online, the social media conversation and how to communicate with audiences, what our role should be in promoting films, and where things are going.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2013 7:13 AM
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London Critics’ Circle Film Awards: 'Amour', Phoenix, Hathaway the big winners; Phoenix's Weird Statement

On a snowy night in the city, in a ceremony held at the Mayfair Hotel, the London Critics' Circle expressed their admiration for Michael Haneke's "Amour" by awarding it three prizes: Film of the Year, Actress of the Year for Emmanuelle Riva and Screenwriter of the Year for Haneke. The victories add a nice head of steam to "Amour"'s awards-season campaign, with Riva in particular getting a boost in the run-up to the BAFTAs and Oscars.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • January 20, 2013 8:04 PM
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Things I Learned at the Critics Choice Awards

What a week! Thursday morning started early at the Academy with the Oscar nominations and ended late with the Critics Choice Awards, held at a chilly hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. Some 250 broadcast and online pros vote for these awards, and they often match up with the Oscars. With a changed calendar this year, this first broadcast awards show of the Oscar season--days ahead of the Golden Globes--went live on the CW the afternoon of the Oscar nominations, so that was the hot topic of the night.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2013 10:18 PM
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National Society of Film Critics Goes with 'Amour'

Always the last of the major film critics groups to weigh in, usually after the new year, the National Society of Film Critics has made its picks for 2012, led by much-lauded multiple winner "Amour."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2013 4:15 PM
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Judd Apatow To Receive 'Critics' Choice Louis XIII Genius Award'

Things are looking up for the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony which airs live at 8:00 PM ET/PT on The CW Network Thursday, January 10. That's because the Broadcast Film Critics Association will award writer-producer-director Judd Apatow the “Critics' Choice Louis XIII Genius Award” that night (named after a cognac) which he will be obliged to accept in person.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2012 7:44 PM
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'The Master,' 'Amour,' 'Sightseers' Lead London Critics Circle Nominations

Michael Haneke's "Amour" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" led the London Critics' Circle Award nominations. Each film earned seven nods apiece. Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers" also nabbed an impressive four nominations, including Breakthrough British Filmmaker and Best British Actress and British Actor. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 18, 2012 12:25 PM
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PTA's 'Master' Leads Chicago Film Critics Nominations, UPDATED: Houston and Indiana Critics Nominations

UPDATE: The Indiana Film Journalists Association and the Houston Film Critics Circle have announced their nominations, with "The Master" again making a strong showing with nine nominations in Indiana, and six nods in Houston. "Lincoln" earned the most nominations in Houston, with eight nods. Full lists below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 17, 2012 8:55 AM
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'Lincoln' Leads Critics' Choice Movie Awards Nominations with Record 13: UPDATED ANALYSIS

The Broadcast Film Critics Association nominations for the 18th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards are led by Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" with a record-setting 13 nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Supporting Actress (Sally Field) and Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones). "Les Miserables" and "Silver Linings Playbook" aren't far behind, with 11 and 10 nominations, respectively. Full list and analysis below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 11, 2012 1:08 PM
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