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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.

Review: Lorde – Pure Heroine

Pop music is built on extremes so it’s only fitting that in the year of Miley Cyrus, of twerking, foam finger excess, hanging naked on a wrecking ball fame, the world also discovered Ella Yelich-O’Conor, a 16 year old Kiwi singer-songwriter, known by her stage name Lorde. On “Royals,” her massive alternative crossover hit, she skewers the type of behavior ...

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Breaking Bad and the increasing tyranny of the drama pantheon

On Sunday, the Breaking Bad finale aired. I mostly liked it a hell of a lot, though I thought Walt’s revenge gambit was too heavily weighted in his favor, rendering the episode more morally simplistic than I had come to expect from the show. Opinions! The internet also had Breaking Bad opinions, and opinions on the very nature and expression of Breaking Bad opinions, and opinions ...

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Another One Bites the Dust…Foxcatcher moved to 2014

In yet another shocking move of the 2013 Oscar film season, Sony Pictures Classics has decided to take Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher out the running for this year to “support the decision of the film makers to allow for more time to finish the film.” This news came hot off the heels of the erroneously released teaser trailer that burned up ...

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The Race for the Foreign Language Film Oscar

In the race for the Foreign Language Film Oscar the countries and films submitted look to break records, barriers and history. Major players like Chile’s award-winning Gloria, Italy’s The Great Beauty and France’s surprise pick Renoir are definitely in the conversation. But the announcement that Saudi Arabia would have its first submission ever has really captured the spotlight. In a ...

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The Grammy Gods’ predictions

One very quick thing to note for those of you unfamiliar with the Grammys: – Record of the Year is an award that goes to the performer. – Song of the Year is an award that goes to the songwriter. Before the actual submissions for the Grammys, a crack team of us here at AwardsWatch decided to make early predictions for the ...

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Oscar podcast #4: September 23, 2013

In this podcast, recorded September 23, Erik, Kenneth and Dave talk about TIFF, 12 Years a Slave, Grace of Monaco‘s screening and move to 2014. There’s also a very special AwardsWatch announcement so stick around to the end to hear it! [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

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Grace of Monaco Moves to 2014

In a sudden move this week, Grace of Monaco, the Nicole Kidman-starrer about the tumultuous life of actress Grace Kelly and her ascension to royalty was abruptly pulled from The Weinstein Company’s fall slate and shuttled to a Spring 2014 release. This news comes after a recent test screening in New York City last week (attended by members of AwardWatch) ...

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The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-wai, 2013)

Most famous and renowned for his passionate tales of romance, Wong Kar-Wai still seems like an inspired fit for Chinese martial arts moviemaking. The beloved director has a lyrical control of tone and atmosphere, can precisely pace a picture, and has exhibited careful control of the camera. The challenge of melding artful storytelling with thrillingly executed fight sequences, a daunting ...

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Mud is the first screener to hit AMPAS

 Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate dug their heels deep into the Mud, making it the first official screener for AMPAS, marking the beginning of the long trek to the Dolby Theater next March. The Jeff  Nichols-directed film, co-starring Matthew McConaughey, made $21 million dollars earlier this spring, making it one of the biggest breakout indie hits of the year. Not to ...

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