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Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

46th NAACP Image Award Winners: Selma, How to Get Away With Murder, black-ish and Beyoncé

The winners of the 46th NAACP Image Awards were announced last night and Selma dominated the motion picture categories winning Outstanding Motion Picture and three acting trophies for its cast (David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo and Common). Strangely though, its director, Ava DuVernay lost out to Antoine Fuqua for the Denzel Washington TV-to-film version of The Equalizer. Belle, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, …

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Watch Madonna’s Music Video for ‘Living for Love’ Video HERE

After weeks of leaks and drama galore surrounding Madonna’s 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, we have the official video for the lead single, “Living for Love.” It’s a rich and sexy tapestry of matadors, masks and a Moulin Rouge! sensibility that looks tour-ready. The video was directed by Julien Choquart and Camille Hirigoyen aka J.A.C.K., edited by by Danny B. …

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Apes and Big Hero 6 Top Visual Effects Society (VES) Winners

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the animated Big Hero 6 dominated the Visual Effects Society awards, winning three apiece. X-Men: Days of Future Past won two and Interstellar took home one award. All three are nominated for the Best Visual Effects Oscar. In the last two years, the film that has won the top award with the …

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Stranger by the Lake and Mommy Lead 2015 ICS Award Nominees

The International Cinephile Society (of which I am a voting member) have revealed the nominations for their 12th annual awards and, as is usual for this group, the nominees are eclectic, exciting and sometimes baffling. The nomination tally is led by two Cannes winners (Stranger By the Lake in 2013, Mommy in 2014) and both French-language films. Oscar and critic …

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Oscar Podcast #22: Michael Keaton or Eddie Redmayne? Birdman or Boyhood?

Living in a post-SAG, post-PGA world our Oscar race has been turned upside down. In this podcast Gold Rush Gang member Peter Cioth, For Your Speculation’s Rachel Schwartz and myself, Erik Anderson, embark on a prediction path of uncertainty and excitement as two industry guilds threw two major categories into a whirlwind of possibilities. Can Birdman overtake Boyhood in Best Picture? Does Eddie Redmayne’s …

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‘Birdman,’ Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Win Art Directors Guild Awards

Birdman, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Grand Budapest Hotel won their respective categories with the Art Directors Guild on Saturday evening, with Guardians being a bit of a surprise champion. Competing in the Fantasy category, it bested Interstellar and Into the Woods (both Oscar nominated) for the award. Birdman and The Grand Budapest, winning Contemporary and Period were expected …

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