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Erik Anderson

Erik blames 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.

AwardsWatch’s Top 25 Horror Films of All Time

One thing a horror film director will never be accused of: directing Oscarbait. While the genre isn’t completely unrepresented in the history of the Academy Awards, it would probably be fair to say that it is underrepresented. But who can blame AMPAS, really? Even devoted fans of the genre and defenders of pulp probably shrug or cringe at the subpar ...

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The International Documentary Association nominations

In what’s often a precursor the Oscar nominations, the International Documentary Association (IDA) nominations for the 2013 IDA Documentary Awards have landed. The IDA will honor Oscar and Emmy-winner Alex Gibney with its Career Achievement Award; he has two films in the feature Oscar hunt this year, “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” and “The Armstrong Lie.” Geralyn Dreyfous, producer ...

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Lady Gaga: Behind the Aura, the Artifice, and the ARTPOP

    I think time will be kind to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. Critical favor has a tendency to wax and wane, and after initially quite strong and promising reviews, it seemed that all you heard about the album was negative. It seemed all you heard about Lady Gaga herself was negative. I think the pendulum will swing back, and ...

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup: Week of October 28, 2013

What Zac Nuccio is listening to this week… –Planningtorock vs. The Knife / “Let’s Talk About Gender Baby, Let’s Talk About You + Me”  I confess, I’ve yet to give Shaking the Habitual a true, thorough listen, but I’m pretty confident I’ve heard the full thing at some point, and admittedly just wasn’t in the mood for such a challenging album. Their previous ...

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40 Becomes 8 for the Documentary Short Subject Oscar

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 86th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations. Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 40 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers ...

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup: Week of October 21

What Michael Ward is listening to this week… Songs for Halloween As a couple of my contributions to our roundtable have already attested, I’m a big fan of Halloween and horror movies. So it was inevitable that I’d eventually devote a whole entry to this. And lately, as I’ve been gorging myself on horror movies, I’ve also found myself indulging ...

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Oscar podcast #5: October 20, 2013

It’s Sunday, October 20th and Richard, Long and Erik talk about the current state of the Oscar race including Cate vs. Sandra, has Oscar passed by Rush and we slap Ruby Dee around a bit. [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

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Could Universal’s Oscar History Save or Sink Rush?

Between its middling domestic box office and complete overshadowing by more critically and commercial successful Gravity and Captain Phillips, Rush has almost completely disappeared from people’s minds. It’s not like people didn’t like the film. It currently holds a 75 on Metacritic with five perfect scores, an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes (with nearly 200 reviews in), and on IMDB it ...

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151 Documentaries Qualify for Oscar

In an astounding increase of 20% from last year, the eligibility for the Documentary Feature Film Oscar has risen to 151 year. Screeners for all 151 films are in the hands of voters, including frontrunners Blackfish, The Art of Killing, Stories We Tell and 20 Feet From Stardom. Although we’ve seen year after year many frontrunners and even expected winners ...

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Review: Katy Perry – Prism

Katy Perry is riding high at the top of the pop game right now. She’s coming off the monumental Teenage Dream album campaign and has shown no signs of slowing down. She’s inescapable on the radio, having just snagged her eighth Hot 100 number 1 with “Roar,” a song that’s already pushed more than 3 million copies. Even her promotional ...

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