Tag: 85th academy awards

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [32] A Royal Affair – One Nomination

A ROYAL AFFAIR If I were picking the official winners, “A Royal Affair” would be my pick for Best Foreign Language Feature. As much as everyone is talking up “Amour”, there was no foreign film this year that held my attention more, produced more A-list performances, and brought a maturity and spectacular form to a period piece like that of “A Royal Affair”. Everything … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [32] A Royal Affair – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [31] Life Of Pi – Eleven Nominations

LIFE OF PI BEST PICTURE As strong of a film as “Life Of Pi” is, I do not see it winning Best Picture. In my opinion it’s down to “Argo” and “Lincoln”, with one of them taking the major award. But that doesn’t mean “Life Of Pi” won’t clean up. It’s going to win several awards out of its eleven nominations and it will … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [31] Life Of Pi – Eleven Nominations

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85th Academy Award Winners

Since most of my votes went with “Lincoln”, my final tally was a little off, but I still got 17 categories right, which I choose to believe is rather good for such an unpredictable year. Although I don’t feel “Argo” was the obvious choice for Best Picture, especially without any acting or directing nominations, I refuse to be bitter about it and will simply … Read More 85th Academy Award Winners

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [30] No – One Nomination

NO As much as I enjoyed “No”, it never quite felt like an Academy Award worthy film, with its strange film quality. The story, however, did come off very Oscar friendly, bring a social injustice to light in a unique and humorous way. Gael Garcia Bernal also carries the film, adding a flair and familiar face to the Chilean film. Will it win? Not … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [30] No – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [29] Skyfall – Five Nominations

SKYFALL BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY All I have to say is that this better be Roger Deakins’ year. He’s been nominated ten times now (complete list) and has never won a single Academy Award. Now, he has another shot this year with one of my favorite films of 2012, “Skyfall”, made immensely more enjoyable by the amazing cinematography. With a grandness and epic sense to the … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [29] Skyfall – Five Nominations

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Oscars Watch: 85th Academy Award Predictions

This being one of the most unpredictable years at the Oscars, I can’t say that I am very confident in any of my picks. I am not done with the Oscar Challenge as of yet, but I am far enough along to make my picks. Most years I go with popular consensus, but with this year being up in the air, I decided to … Read More Oscars Watch: 85th Academy Award Predictions

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2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #5: Maggie Simpson in the Longest Daycare

MAGGIE SIMPSON IN THE LONGEST DAYCARE “The Longest Daycare” is a nice, wholesome, and complete story fit into a short. Depicting the character of Maggie Simpson, from the long running television series, as she faces a butterfly killing bully at daycare, this short also covers the range of emotions needed for connection. The main problem I have with this short and its chances of … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #5: Maggie Simpson in the Longest Daycare

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2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #4: Fresh Guacamole

FRESH GUACAMOLE The shortest animated film of the category, “Fresh Guacamole” uses stop animation to depict two hands making a dip out of the most random of objects like a bomb, dice, and Christmas lights. What is lacking from “Fresh Guacamole” is any sort of connection or emotions. Sure, these aren’t required to produce a successful short, but this short lacks ingenuity or originality, … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #4: Fresh Guacamole

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2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #3: Adam And Dog

ADAM AND DOG Next to “Paperman”, this is my second favorite animated short of the year, depicting a curious dog roaming around a new world filled with dinosaurs and open fields, when he happens upon the first man, presumably Adam. They share their time together, keeping each other (silently) company until the first female (can we assume Eve) shows up. There are strong Biblical … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #3: Adam And Dog

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2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #2: Head Over Heels

HEAD OVER HEELS Reminiscent of Pixar’s “Up”, “Head Over Heels” delivers a short animated film about an aging couple forced to live upside from one another. The love is dwindling in their relationship as they hurdle through space, but it takes some innovative thinking and a lot of heart to bring these two together. There were really too many parallels between this short and … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #2: Head Over Heels

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [28] Django Unchained – Five Nominations

DJANGO UNCHAINED BEST PICTURE Despite Roger Ebert placing this film high on the films to win Best Picture, “Django Unchained” doesn’t have much of a chance. If we think “Argo” is a tough call due to the lack of a Best Directing nomination, “Django” must be placed below that. Meaning it will have defy even more than “Argo” to win. That being said, it … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [28] Django Unchained – Five Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [27] The Sessions – One Nomination

THE SESSIONS Nominated Role: Helen Hunt plays Cheryl, a sex surrogate who is hired by a polio survivor to help him lose his virginity. Oddly enough, Helen Hunt received the only nomination from the film “The Sessions” despite John Hawkes, the real star of the film, missing out on his nomination. Granted the competition was tough this year in the Best Actor category, and … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [27] The Sessions – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [26] Zero Dark Thirty – Five Nominations

ZERO DARK THIRTY BEST PICTURE Before the Oscar nominations were announced, “Zero Dark Thirty” was the strong leader for Best Picture per general consensus in the critics circles, topping the ranks of over half the countries critics. But then the nominations were announced and the slander campaign began for Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film, bringing the question of authenticity to the table. Despite these remarks, … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [26] Zero Dark Thirty – Five Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [25] The Gatekeepers – One Nomination

THE GATEKEEPERS With two foreign documentaries making the cut this year, “The Gatekeepers” is probably the strongest of the two as far as the Academy is concerned. Both have a strong political front, with “5 Broken Cameras” shot guerrilla style while “The Gatekeepers” stays grounded in interviews and format, even breaking the film into chapters. Perhaps I related more with “5 Broken Cameras”, because … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [25] The Gatekeepers – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [24] The Master – Three Nominations

THE MASTER BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Nominated Role: Joaquin Phoenix plays Freddie Quell, an alcoholic World War II veteran who turns for help to the founder of a controversial group known as The Cause. As much as Joaquin Phoenix has fallen off the deep end as of late, with the whole mock-umentary debacle that hovered over our lives for almost a year, … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [24] The Master – Three Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [23] Flight – Two Nominations

FLIGHT BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Nominated Role: As Whip Whitaker, Denzel Washington plays a pilot with a substance abuse problem whose life changes after he performs a daring maneuver during an airliner crash. Denzel Washington delivers a tortured performance worthy of an Academy Award. Unfortunately, there’s not going to be a third win for Denzel this year, the first two being “Glory” … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [23] Flight – Two Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [22] Hitchcock – One Nomination

HITCHCOCK The best part of the Oscar season is when a film like “Hitchcock” gets nominated for an Academy Award. One of the only surprising nominations of the year, the film really does have great use of Makeup and Hairstyling. Immersing Anthony Hopkins into the visage of Alfred Hitchcock is no simple task, but on-screen, you tend to forget you are watching an actor … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [22] Hitchcock – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [21] Kon-Tiki – One Nomination

KON-TIKI One of the strongest and most elaborate Foreign Languages I can ever remember, I cannot believe “Kon-Tiki” is not being talked about more. If “Amour” hadn’t acquired 4 nominations including Best Foreign Language Film, Best Directing, Best Screenplay, and Best Picture, I would have to argue that “Kon-Tiki” could rival it. Being Norway’s highest grossing film this year and becoming the first Norwegian … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [21] Kon-Tiki – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [20] Silver Linings Playbook – Eight Nominations

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK BEST PICTURE The Oscars are never easy to predict. Sure, some categories are easier than others. There are locks, safe bets, and poor choices in all categories, but it always come down to a hand full of nominees that makes predicting hard. Following the Toronto International Film Festival and the People’s Choice Award win for “Silver Linings Playbook”, Roger Ebert predicted … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [20] Silver Linings Playbook – Eight Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [19] War Witch – One Nomination

WAR WITCH One foreign language film in and already I’m blown away. The seventh Canadian film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, it would be the second to actually win, behind 2003’s “The Barbarian Invasions” from director Denys Arcand. This year director Kim Nguyen takes the nomination, with the film “War Witch” headed by Rachel Mwanza, another … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [19] War Witch – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [18] Searching For Sugar Man – One Nomination

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN Of all the films up for Best Documentary Feature, “Searching For Sugar Man” appears to be the favorite among Oscar experts. With winning producer Simon Chinn (“Man On Wire” (2008)) at the helm, this heartfelt, hybrid documentary takes you on a journey through the life of singer/songwriter Rodriguez, starting with him recording his first album, to being forgotten, to reemerging … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [18] Searching For Sugar Man – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [17] Prometheus – One Nomination

PROMETHEUS If the Visual Effects award was given to the film with the most use of visual effects (quantity), “Prometheus” would be the odds-on favorite. But since they must also (and should also) take into consideration is quality and creativity, the nominees earn themselves an equal playing field. However, as with any science fiction film, it’s hard to separate the film from the visual … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [17] Prometheus – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [16] Les Misérables – Eight Nominations

LES MISÉRABLES BEST PICTURE Sadly, despite early buzzing, “Les Misérables” lost its chance of winning Best Picture when it failed to garner both a directing nomination for Tom Hooper and an Adapted Screenplay nomination, both of which are almost a prerequisite for winning the ultimate prize for Best Picture. Since “Les Misérables” failed to reel those nominations in, it will have to settle for … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [16] Les Misérables – Eight Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [15] Beasts Of The Southern Wild – Four Nominations

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD BEST PICTURE On the morning of Oscar nomination announcements, it didn’t come as a complete surprise that “Beasts of the Southern Wild” was nominated for Best Picture. Although I was not entirely sure it would make the cut, I had a feeling that if the Best Picture nominations went to 9 or 10, that it would make it and … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [15] Beasts Of The Southern Wild – Four Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [14] Moonrise Kingdom – One Nomination

MOONRISE KINGDOM One of my favorite screenplays of the year, Wes Anderson has a way about writing that brings out the comedic in the most mundane of ways. Set around two runaway children and the search party of family, friends, and khaki scouts, you never quite know where a Wes Anderson comedy is going to take you, but you love the adventure it takes … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [14] Moonrise Kingdom – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [13] 5 Broken Cameras – One Nomination

5 BROKEN CAMERAS I believe my review says everything needed to be said about this amazing documentary. Out of the three documentaries I have viewed thus far, this is my personal pick to win, although I have a feeling the more talked about “The Invisible War” could have a better shot. REVIEW Any human being willing to put their life on the line to … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [13] 5 Broken Cameras – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #1: Paperman

PAPERMAN Granted I have not seen any of the other animated shorts so far this year, it will definitely take a lot to beat out my current favorite, Disney’s short entitled “Paperman” which is playing before screenings of the feature “Wreck-It Ralph”. Telling the silent, black-and-white (for the most part) love story of two strangers passing by and eventually being led to find one … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: Short Film #1: Paperman

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [12] Wreck-It Ralph – One Nomination

WRECK-IT RALPH As far as I’m concerned, “Wreck-It Ralph” breaks the mold of your run-of-the-mill animated features, delivering on all accounts, not only with impressive, well-known talent voice acting, but with a heartfelt, yet always comical story involving characters both that we know from our childhood like Pac-Man and Sonic the Hedgehog, along with new characters that still resemble familiar characters. Also, as far … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [12] Wreck-It Ralph – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [11] Snow White and the Huntsman – Two Nominations

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN BEST VISUAL EFFECTS The visual effects category could be a tough egg to crack this year. With such amazing films falling into the category this year, it could be a tough call for all the films involved. Creating something from nothing is an art in itself and any film that can do so effectively and throughout an entire film, … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [11] Snow White and the Huntsman – Two Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [10] Marvel’s The Avengers – One Nomination

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS As far as visual effects go, if superhero films didn’t at least invent them, they sure as hell reinvented them. And “Marvel’s The Avengers” is no different. Creating an Incredible Hulk that resembles Mark Ruffalo, an alien race that invades Manhattan, countless sets and set pieces, including a hovering carrier ship, the Stark tower, and the Tesseract; all of these make … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [10] Marvel’s The Avengers – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [9] How To Survive A Plague – One Nomination

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE “How To Survive A Plague” appears to be the little documentary that could, with no real connection to any awards in the past, yet a spot in the final five competing for Best Documentary Feature. Comparable to “The Invisible War” in that it currently has a 100% rating on the movie reviews site Rotten Tomatoes, what the film doesn’t … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [9] How To Survive A Plague – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [8] Ted – One Nomination

TED Whether you believe Seth MacFarlane’s buddy comedy about a talking bear was nominated because Seth is hosting the Oscars this year is irrelevant, as the Best Original Song category has recently been in shambles anyhow. So, “Ted” getting nominated in this category is equal to “The Muppets” winning last year, and at least there are five nominees this year. That being said, “Ted” … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [8] Ted – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [7] The Impossible – One Nomination

THE IMPOSSIBLE Nominated Role: As Maria, Naomi Watts portrays a wife and mother struggling to survive in the aftermath of a terrifying tsunami. There are two cases to be made for Naomi Watts’ performance in “The Impossible” and whether she deserves her first Academy Awards win (nominated only once in 2003 for her leading role in “21 Grams”). The first case is that she … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [7] The Impossible – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [6] The Invisible War – One Nomination

THE INVISIBLE WAR You know Kirby Dick from the documentary “This Film Is Not Yet Rated”, but he was once nominated for Best Documentary Feature for his film “Twist Of Faith” in 2005, about a man who confronts the Catholic church regarding his childhood abuse. Needless to say, “Born Into Brothels” won that year (“Super Size Me” was that year as well), which left … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [6] The Invisible War – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [5] Brave – One Nomination

BRAVE If you look at the statistics of Pixar winning awards, the results are staggering. Pixar has earned 26 Academy Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, and eleven Grammy Awards, including six Best Animated Feature Awards (“Finding Nemo”, “The Incredibles”, “Ratatouille”, “WALL-E”, “Up”, and “Toy Story 3”). So to say “Brave” shouldn’t be at the top of your list for Best Animated Feature is ill-advised. … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [5] Brave – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [4] Frankenweenie – One Nomination

FRANKENWEENIE “Frankenweenie” cleaned up at the critics awards this year, alongside “ParaNorman” as the overall favorite of the year. But will this translate into an Oscar or will Pixar’s “Brave” take the top prize like we know it should. Whatever ends up taking Best Animated Feature, no one can take away Tim Burton’s passion project about a boy’s best friend, Sparky, the dog, which … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [4] Frankenweenie – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [3] Mirror Mirror – One Nomination

MIRROR MIRROR Posthumously nominated, Eiko Ishioka is up for an Oscar for Best Costume Design for her work on Tarsem Singh’s Snow White adaptation, “Mirror Mirror”. Although I completely agree with the nomination, with some of the strongest costumes of 2012, the film itself is disastrous. But the brilliance of the costumes helps to at least accentuate the beauty of the film, if nothing … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [3] Mirror Mirror – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [2] ParaNorman – One Nomination

PARANORMAN Consider 2012 the year of stop animated films, with three of the five nominations for Best Animated Feature going to that genre of animation. With overlapping techniques and themes, including the horror genre in both “ParaNorman” and “Frankenweenie”, and the strong influence of the subject of science in both the “Frankenweenie” and “The Pirates! Band Of Misfits”, it might be a tough call … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [2] ParaNorman – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [1] The Pirates! Band Of Misfits – One Nomination

THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS Peter Lord is no stranger to the Academy Awards. Known for directing the stop animated clay creations “Wallace & Gromit”, Lord has won three Academy Award nominations for his short films including two wins (“The Wrong Trousers” and “A Close Shave”), and one Academy Award for his feature film, “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”. To count … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [1] The Pirates! Band Of Misfits – One Nomination

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Oscars Watch: 85th Academy Awards Nominations

2013 Academy Award Nominees Best Picture “Amour” “Argo “Beasts Of The Southern Wild” “Django Unchained” “Les Misérables” “Life Of Pi” “Lincoln” “Silver Linings Playbook” “Zero Dark Thirty” Actor in a Leading Role Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook” Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” Denzel Washington, “Flight” Hugh Jackman, “Les Misérables” Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master” Actor in a Supporting Role Alan Arkin, “Argo” Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained” Philip … Read More Oscars Watch: 85th Academy Awards Nominations

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Oscars Watch: 85th Academy Awards Nomination Predictions

2013 Academy Award Nominee Predictions Normally I have these predictions posted a good month before the nominations, but with vacation and a tremendous work schedule, I let it slip until the night before. But here goes nothing: In six hours, the nominations will be presented by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone, from that point on I will have 46 days to successfully watch every … Read More Oscars Watch: 85th Academy Awards Nomination Predictions

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Nevada Film Critics Society Awards

Best Film Argo Best Director Ben Affleck (Argo) Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) Best Actor John Hawkes (The Sessions) Best Actress Helen Hunt (The Sessions) Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) Best Supporting Actor Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln) Best Supporting Actress Sally Field (Lincoln) Best Cinematography Life of Pi Best Production Design Les Misérables Best Visual Effects Life of Pi Best Ensemble Cast Lincoln Best … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Nevada Film Critics Society Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards

Best Film Argo         Zero Dark Thirty         Moonrise Kingdom         Django Unchained         Silver Linings Playbook         Beasts of the Southern Wild         The Master         Lincoln         Looper         Les Misérables Best Director Ben Affleck (Argo) Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) Best Actress Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) Best Supporting Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway (Les … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

BEST PICTURE “The Master” (eOne) Runners-up: “Amour” (Mongrel Media) “Zero Dark Thirty” (Alliance Films) BEST ACTOR Denis Lavant, “Holy Motors” Runners-up: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master” BEST ACTRESS Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea” Runners-up: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty” Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour” BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master” Runners-up: Javier Bardem, “Skyfall” Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln” BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

Best Picture ”Argo” Top Ten Films “Argo” “The Avengers” “Beasts of the Southern Wild” “Les Misérables” “Life of Pi” “Lincoln” “Moonrise Kingdom” “Silver Linings Playbook” “Skyfall” “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Director Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Actor in a Leading Role Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln” Best Actress in a Leading Role Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Actor in a Supporting … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards

Best Film Safety Not Guaranteed Beasts of the Southern Wild (Runner-up) Best Director Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty (Runner-up) Best Actor Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook and Daniel Day Lewis – Lincoln (Tie) Best Actress Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook (Runner-up) Best Supporting Actor Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln Christoph … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards

BEST FILM     Winner: Silver Linings Playbook Argo The Impossible Take This Waltz Zero Dark Thirty BEST DIRECTOR     Winner: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook Ben Affleck, Argo Juan Antonio Bayona, The Impossible Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty Sarah Polley, Take This Waltz BEST ACTOR     Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook John Hawkes, The Sessions Bill Murray, Hyde Park … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Utah Film Critics Association Awards

Best Picture Winner: Zero Dark Thirty (runner-up: Looper) Best Achievement in Directing Winner: Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom (runner-up: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty) Best Lead Performance by an Actor Winner: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master (runner-ups: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln, & John Hawkes, The Sessions) Best Lead Performance by an Actress Winners: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty  & Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook (Tie) Best Supporting … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Utah Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Austin Film Critics Association Awards

Best Film: Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow) Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, Looper Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo Best Cinematography: Mihai Malaimare, Jr., The Master Best Score: Reinhold Heil, … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Austin Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Florida Film Critics Circle Awards

Picture: Argo Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables Director: Ben Affleck, Argo Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, Looper Cinematography: Roger Deakins, Skyfall Visual Effects: Life Of Pi Art Direction/Production Design: Thomas Brown, et. Al, and Sarah Greenwood, Anna Karenina Foreign Language: The Intouchables … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Florida Film Critics Circle Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

We’re down to 9 foreign language films vying for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Feature, which originally had seventy-one films. No surprises, seeing the two frontrunners, “Amour” and “The Intouchables”, making the final cut. It is just too bad “Rust and Bone” isn’t competing, as it was my favorite foreign film so far this year. Here’s the official list that will eventually … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards

Best Film: “Lincoln” “Argo” “Zero Dark Thirty” “Life of Pi” “Les Miserables” “Moonrise Kingdom” “Silver Linings Playbook” “Skyfall” “The Master” “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” Runners-up: Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master” John Hawkes, “The Sessions” Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables” Denzel Washington, “Flight” Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty Runners-up: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook” Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock” Emmanuelle Riva, … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 San Diego Film Critic’s Society Awards

BEST FILM – WINNER: ARGO DJANGO UNCHAINED SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK THE MASTER ZERO DARK THIRTY BEST DIRECTOR – WINNER: Ben Affleck, ARGO Ang Lee, LIFE OF PI David O. Russell, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY Paul Thomas Anderson, THE MASTER BEST ACTRESS – WINNER: Michelle Williams, TAKE THIS WALTZ Helen Hunt, THE SESSIONS Jennifer Lawrence, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Jessica Chastain, ZERO … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 San Diego Film Critic’s Society Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 St. Louis Film Critics Association Awards

Best Film: “Argo “ (runners-up: “Life of Pi” and “Lincoln”) Best Director: Ben Affleck (“Argo”) (runner-up): Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”) and Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”) (runner-up): John Hawkes (“The Sessions”) Best Actress: Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) (runners-up): Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”) (runner-up): Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”) Best … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 St. Louis Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards

BEST FILM Winner:    Argo Runner-up:    Zero Dark Thirty & Lincoln BEST ACTOR Winner:    Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Runner-up:    Joaquin Phoenix, The Master BEST ACTRESS Winner:    Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook Runner-up:    Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Winner:    Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master Runner-up:    Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Winner:    Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables Runner-up:    Sally Field, Lincoln BEST ENSEMBLE Winner:    … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 17th Annual Golden Satellite Awards

Motion Picture: Silver Linings Playbook Actress in a Motion Picture: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook Actor in a Motion Picture: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables Actor in a Supporting Role: Javier Bardem, Skyfall Director: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook Motion Picture, International Film: The Intouchables, Pieta (tie) Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media: Rise … Read More Oscars Watch: 17th Annual Golden Satellite Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

Best Film: Zero Dark Thirty (last year: Tree of Life) Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty (last year: Terrence Malick, Tree of Life) Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty (Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn) Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln (last year: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter) Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master (last year: Albert Brooks, Drive) Best Supporting Actress: … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 African American Film Critics Association Awards

Best Film – Zero Dark Thirty Best Actor  – Denzel Washington, “Flight” (Paramount) Best Actress – Emayatzy Corinealdi, “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM) Best Supporting Actress  – Sally Field, “Lincoln” (Touchstone) Best Supporting Actor  – Nate Parker, “Arbitrage” (Roadside Attractions) Best Foreign Film – Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, “The Intouchables” (Weinstein Company) Breakout Performance – Quvenzhané Wallis for “Beast of the Southern Wild”(Fox Searchlight) … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 African American Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards

Best Picture – The Master Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty Best Foreign Film – Amour Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix, The Master. Best Actress – Emmanuelle Riva, Amour. Best Supporting Actor – Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln. Best Supporting Actress – Helen Hunt, The Sessions. Best Original Screenplay – Zero Dark Thirty. Best Adapted Screenplay – Lincoln. Best Film Editing – Argo … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards

Best Film “The Master” Robert Altman Award for Best Director Ang Lee “Life of Pi” Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence “Silver Linings Playbook” Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis “Lincoln” Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway “Les Miserables” Best Supporting Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman “The Master” Best Adapted Screenplay Chris Terrio “Argo” Best Original Screenplay Paul Thomas Anderson “The Master” Best Foreign Language Film “Amour” (Austria/France) Vince Koehler … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 7 Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

With Best Makeup and Hairstyling down to just seven, there are several front-runners that stick out immediately for the three nomination spots. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is almost guaranteed a spot, with both “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” winning their respected years. I would also hazard a … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 7 Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 282 Films Eligible Best Pictures for 85th Academy Awards

Here’s the enormous list of 282 feature films are eligible to be considered for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Act Of Valor Adventures In Zambezia After The Wizard Alex Cross Already Famous The Amazing Spider-Man American Reunion Amour Anna Karenina Any Day Now The Apparition Arbitrage Argo Atlas Shrugged Part II Bachelorette Barbara Barrymore Battleship The Bay Beasts … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 282 Films Eligible Best Pictures for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

Best Picture “Life of Pi” Best Actor Daniel Day Lewis, “Lincoln” Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook” Best Supporting Actor Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln” Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables” Best Director Ang Lee, “Life of Pi” Best Screenplay Rian Johnson, “Looper” Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda, “Life of Pi” Best Film Editing William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor, “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Costume … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 75 Original Songs Shortisted for 85th Academy Awards

From Awards Daily: “During the nominations process, all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a Reminder List of works submitted in the category and a DVD copy of the song clips. Members will be asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements in the category. The five achievements receiving the … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 75 Original Songs Shortisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards

Best Film Zero Dark Thirty Best Director Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) Best Actress Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) Best Supporting Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) Best Original Screenplay Rian Johnson (Looper) Best Adapted Screenplay David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi) Best Art Direction … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 104 Original Scores Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

More of a list of every film that was released this year, which contained music (all of them), Best Original Score is hardly narrowed down. However, it is always fun getting new Oscar announcements, drawing us closer and closer to the day of the nominations. It is definitely anyone’s game in the music world. In a proverbial list of who’s who in the composing … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 104 Original Scores Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 New York Film Critics Online Awards

Best Picture: Zero Dark Thirty Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty Best Debut Director: Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva – Amour Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln Best Ensemble Cast: Argo Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables Best Cinematography: Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda Best … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 New York Film Critics Online Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

Best Film: Zero Dark Thirty (tied for 2nd: Moonrise Kingdom and Amour) Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty (2nd: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master) Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln (2nd: Denis Lavant, Holy Motors) Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva , Amour (2nd: Deanie Yip, A Simple Life) Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln (2nd: Emma Watson, Perks of Being a Wallflower) Best Supporting Actor: Ezra Miller, … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

Best Film: Amour (runner-up:  The Master ) Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master (runner-up: Kathryn Bigelow) Best Actress, tie: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour and Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook  Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master (runner-up: Denis Lavant, Holy Motors Best Supporting Actor: Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild (runner-up: Christof Waltz, Django Unchained) Best Supporting Actress:  Amy Adams, The Master (runner-up: Anne … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards

First Annual BOFCA Awards BEST PICTURE: ZERO DARK THIRTY BEST DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY BEST ACTOR: Daniel Day-Lewis, LINCOLN BEST ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain, ZERO DARK THIRTY BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Tommy Lee Jones, LINCOLN BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Anne Hathaway, LES MISERABLES BEST SCREENPLAY: Tony Kushner, LINCOLN BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: OSLO, AUGUST 31ST BEST DOCUMENTARY: HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE BEST ANIMATED FILM: … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 National Board of Review Awards

Best Film:  ZERO DARK THIRTY Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, ZERO DARK THIRTY Best Supporting Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, DJANGO UNCHAINED Best Supporting Actress: Ann Dowd, COMPLIANCE Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, LOOPER Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Best Animated Feature: WRECK-IT RALPH Special Achievement in Filmmaking: Ben Affleck, ARGO Breakthrough Actor: Tom Holland, THE IMPOSSIBLE Breakthrough Actress: Quvenzhané Wallis,  BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Best Directorial Debut: Benh Zeitlin, BEASTS OF THE … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 National Board of Review Awards

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For Your Consideration 2012: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Per IMDB: “A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government.” For your consideration in Best Documentary Feature Produced by Andy Cohen Michael Frahm Nicolai Frahm Julie Goldman Colin Jones Karl Katz Alison Klayman Cathy Price Adam Schlesinger

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Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

A strange calm as blown over the documentary branch of the Academy as they release their oddly thrown together list of the “best” documentaries from this year, as the preliminary, word-of-mouth frontrunners are no where to be seen, including the NYFC’s pick this afternoon, “The Central Park Five”. Peter Jackson produced “West of Memphis” about the Memphis Three also misses it’s mar, as does … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 New York Film Critics Awards

Early indicators in New York reveal that “Zero Dark Thirty” may be a heavier hitter than everyone is giving it credit for. With “Lincoln”, “Les Miserables” and even “Silver Linings Playbook” being discussed in the Best Picture category consistently, “Zero Dark Thirty” is rarely mentioned. Well that changed today when it was given the three most prestigious awards a film could receive in Best … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 New York Film Critics Awards

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Oscars Watch: 40th Annual Annie Award Nominees

The Annie Awards Nominations were announced today, to no real surprises. Pixar’s “Brave” is almost guaranteed a hail of awards this year, already a major frontrunner in the Oscar Race, as with the Annie Awards, too. A notable nominee is “The Rabbi’s Cat”, which is also on the shortlist for the Best Animated Feature category for the Academy Awards, and is the only distinct … Read More Oscars Watch: 40th Annual Annie Award Nominees

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For Your Consideration 2012: Argo

Not only did Roger Ebert name “Argo” the frontrunner for Best Picture at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, but tons of critics are following suit, also stating that Ben Affleck could be in the standings to win Best Director. Now, as I’m inclined to side with films I really like over films I casually like, I want to agree, but up against the … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Argo

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For Your Consideration 2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

What is it about Peter Jackson’s latest venture into the world of Middle Earth that doesn’t have critics and awards season followers expecting any major wins from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”? All three of “The Lord Of The Rings” films were nominated for Best Picture and “The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King” even won the prestigious award, along with 11 … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Oscars Shortlist: 21 Animated Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

The semi-official list of animated features submitted for the 2012-2013 Oscar Season has been released, nailing the potential Best Animated Feature at 21 films: “Adventures in Zambezia” “Brave” “Delhi Safari” “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” “Frankenweenie” “From Up on Poppy Hill” “Hey Krishna” “Hotel Transylvania” “Ice Age Continental Drift” “A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman” “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 21 Animated Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 11 Live Action Shorts Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

A necessity in any well-rounded Academy Awards is the Shorts categories. The live action shorts were narrowed down from a staggering 125 entries to a much more respectable 11 (barring a tie). “A Fábrica (The Factory),” Aly Muritiba, director (Grafo Audiovisual) “Asad,” Bryan Buckley, director, and Mino Jarjoura, producer (Hungry Man) “Buzkashi Boys,” Sam French, director, and Ariel Nasr, producer (Afghan Film Project) “Curfew,” … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 11 Live Action Shorts Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

The big news today is that the huge list of films with visual effects has been narrowed down to just 10: “The Amazing Spider-Man” “Cloud Atlas” “The Dark Knight Rises” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” “John Carter” “Life of Pi” “Marvel’s The Avengers” “Prometheus” “Skyfall” “Snow White and the Huntsman” The next step includes the Visual Effects Branch of the Academy sitting down on … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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For Your Consideration 2012: Cloud Atlas

“Cloud Atlas” is quite the ambitious undertaking, but I’m afraid most of these categories will be overlooked when thinking of the film. However, some strong chances of nominations that it does have are in the Best Original Score and Best Visual Effects categories, bringing some of the best of the year for each of those categories. Never count out Best Film Editing, Best Makeup, … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Cloud Atlas

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For Your Consideration 2012: Magic Mike

Not your everyday film about strippers, “Magic Mike” is kept in-line by director Steven Soderbergh. Now, I really do not see any Academy Awards nominations coming from this film, but the Golden Globes could easily eat this film up. For your consideration in all categories Best Picture of the Year Produced by NICK WECHSLER GREGORY JACOBS CHANNING TATUM REID CAROLIN Best Director STEVEN SODERBERGH … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Magic Mike

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For Your Consideration 2012: The Dark Knight Rises

Considering that the Best Picture rules were changed because of the backlash towards “The Dark Knight” not being recognized at the 2009 Academy Awards, it would be pressing to say that “The Dark Knight Rises” doesn’t at least have a chance of making the final cut. Regardless, the film should at least grab most of the technical nominations like both Sound Editing and Sound … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: The Dark Knight Rises

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For Your Consideration 2012: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

With “Brave”, “Wreck-It Ralph”, and “Rise of the Guardians” pegged as the clear front-runners, almost no one has Madagascar 3 on the top of their list for Best Animated Feature. As we saw with “Rio” last year, Best Original Song is always a possibility, but with none of the previous installments of the “Madagascar” franchise ever even being nominated at the Academy Awards, it … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

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For Your Consideration 2012: Jeff Who Lives At Home

With the continued, never say never attitude that comes along with the Academy Awards, it is very hard to count out “Jeff Who Lives At Home” or The Duplass Brothers in the Original Screenplay category, with the down-home writing and rich, natural characters, there would be little surprise from me if it snagged a nomination. For your consideration in the following categories Best Original … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Jeff Who Lives At Home

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For Your Consideration 2012: Katy Perry: Part of Me

Katy Perry sneaks into consideration with her original song “Wide Awake”, which was written specifically for her film and which plays during the credits. Although I would assume this will go no further than the consideration stage, who knows what the Best Original Song category will hold this year with new rules and poor showing last year. For your consideration in Best Original Song … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Katy Perry: Part of Me

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For Your Consideration 2012: Not Fade Away

Although I have not yet seen this film, I am fairly certain it will not gain enough traction by awards season. Small films like this should, however, not be taken for granted, since even the smallest performances or screenplays can get enough rallied support to push them through for nominations. Look at Demian Bichir in “A Better Life”, nominated for Best Actor last year. … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Not Fade Away

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For Your Consideration 2012: Flight

With a big name like Robert Zemeckis behind it and the thrill of his return to the live action, “Flight” has a great shot of getting some Oscar recognition this year, especially with Denzel Washington’s high caliber performance and an excellent script from John Gatins. Zemeckis has been nominated for an Academy Award an astounding 32 times, with 1/3 of those wins. Here’s his … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Flight

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For Your Consideration 2012: Skyfall

James Bond is no stranger to the Academy Awards, usually with nominations for Visual Effects, Sound Design, or Original Songs, but “Skyfall” will take on several other potential nominations this year, including the highly sought after Best Cinematography category with veteran Roger Deakins landing some incredible visuals. Roger Deakins has been nominated for Best Cinematography a record nine times, and this year will probably … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Skyfall

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For Your Consideration 2012: Zero Dark Thirty

Kathryn Bigelow surprised everyone when she won the 2009 Academy Award for both Best Director and Best Picture for her war related film “The Hurt Locker”. Fast forward three years, to 2012, and she hasn’t done a film since. Now, this December, her latest film “Zero Dark Thirty” is causing everyone to hold their breath, seeing if this will grab any nominations. With her … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Zero Dark Thirty

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For Your Consideration 2012: Les Misérables

Considered one of the strongest competitors at this year’s Oscars, even before it’s release, “Les Misérables” will easily snag certain nominations, including a return to the Best Director category for Tom Hooper, after his win in 2010 for directing “The King’s Speech”. Expect “Les Misérables” to get Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction, and Best Original Song nominations as well. Don’t … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Les Misérables

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For Your Consideration 2012: This Is 40

Another release focusing mainly on garnering Golden Globes attention, Judd Apatow has only ever witnessed Academy Awards glory last year with a nomination for writing on “Bridesmaids”. Not to say this couldn’t be his year, but “This Is 40” just doesn’t appear strong enough to hack up against the competition. I’d be very surprised to see this film come up with any Oscar nominations. … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: This Is 40

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For Your Consideration 2012: Ted

More of a Golden Globes nominee than Academy Awards, the only categories I could see even the slightest potential is Best Original Song, with the “anything goes” mentality that lives in the that current category, and Best Visual Effects, as CGI-ing a stuffed bear as believable as in “Ted” is award-worthy in my book. There are three potential ways this film could break through … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Ted

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For Your Consideration 2012: Snow White and the Huntsman

The best shot “Snow White and the Huntsman” has of getting nominated for an Academy Award is through its technical aspects, specifically Costume Design, Production Design, and Visual Effects. With some of the best visual effects of the year, including Charlize Theron’s milk bath, the swarms of crows, and a liquid gold mirror mirror, there’s a fairly strong chance this film breaks into that … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Snow White and the Huntsman

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For Your Consideration 2012: The Lorax

Chris Renaud is no stranger to Dr. Seuss adaptations, with “Horton Hears A Who” also under his belt, and he’s no stranger to the Academy Awards, with a nomination in 2007 for an Animated Short by the name, “No Time For Nuts”, starring the “Ice Age” character, Scrat. With an ever expanding pool of animated films, “The Lorax” teeters on the top tier of … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: The Lorax

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For Your Consideration 2012: Rise Of The Guardians

“Rise Of The Guardians” fights an uphill battle against the Pixar giants and their summer release, “Brave”, along with Disney’s box office hit “Wreck-It Ralph”. What helps this Dreamworks labor of love is a score from composer extraordinaire, Alexandre Desplat, and a visual consultant in one of the best cinematographers in the world, Roger Deakins. For your consideration in all categories Best Picture of … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Rise Of The Guardians

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

The list of the ten films in contention for Best Animated Short was released today, one of which is already a favorite of mine, “Paperman”, which played in front of “Wreck-It Ralph” last weekend. Here is the complete list: “Adam and Dog,” Minkyu Lee, director (Lodge Films) “Combustible,” Katsuhiro Otomo, director (Sunrise Inc.) “Dripped,” Léo Verrier, director (ChezEddy) “The Eagleman Stag,” Mikey Please, director, … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: Seth MacFarlane to Host 85th Academy Awards

For those of you that missed the news, the creator of “Family Guy”, Seth MacFarlane will be hosting the 85th Annual Academy Awards this year under the telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Taking over where Billy Crystal left off last year and topping the initial announcement, last year, of host Eddie Murphy prior to producer Brett Ratner’s offensive comments, MacFarlane is as … Read More Oscars Watch: Seth MacFarlane to Host 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 71 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Below is the initial list of Foreign Language films up for consideration for this year’s Academy Awards. There’s four I’ve actually heard of including “Amour”, from Austria, which appears to be a shoe-in for making the final cut, “Sister”, from Switzerland, which just hit theaters this past weekend, and “The Intouchables”, from France, which received favorable reviews … Read More Oscars Watch: 71 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

Oscars Watch: Ebert Picks Argo to Win Best Picture at 85th Academy Awards

“The winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture will be Ben Affleck’s tense new thriller “Argo.” How do I know this? Because it is the audience favorite coming out of the top-loaded opening weekend of the Toronto Film Festival. Success at Toronto has an uncanny way of predicting Academy winners; I point you to the Best Pictures of the last five years in … Read More Oscars Watch: Ebert Picks Argo to Win Best Picture at 85th Academy Awards