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Independent Spirit Award Nominations: Fruit Fails, All is Lost Sails

  The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations have been announced and with them came expected nominations and some shocking snubs. Oscar favorite 12 Years a Slave leads the pack this morning with seven nominations. Fruitvale Station, an expected favorite here, failed to make the grade with just a handful of nominations. Interestingly, while Fruitvale‘s Octavia Spencer was on hand …

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A Look Back: What AwardsWatch Was Predicting a Year Ago

As we about to embark on the nonstop train that is the awards season, I took a look back at where AwardsWatch (then still AwardsDaily Forums) was in their predictions prowess. This was before any industry nominations or critics’ bodies had bestowed their awards and everything we had was based on buzz and intuition. What you’ll find are some spot …

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The Rise Of Matthew McConaughey

How a Former Punchline Became One of the Most Reliable American Film Actors Working Today Some actors seem to be born great, fully gestated, out of the womb. The likes of Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Daniel Day Lewis and Gary Oldman seemed to first appear to us as essentially, the finished article. From day one, there was little doubt that …

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2013 Governor’s Awards: Let the Games Begin and May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

The 2013 Governor’s Awards were last night, with Angelina Jolie receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, the multi-Oscar and Emmy nominated legend Angela Lansbury receiving an Honorary Oscar for her body of work and a former Oscar host, multi-nominated Emmy and Golden Globe comedian Steve Martin. It’s unfortunate that the academy decided …

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58 Films Eligible for Golden Globe Foreign Film

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (aka the Golden Globes) add another feather in their cap (along with an open bar awards show) by revealing their eligible selections for the Foreign Film Globe. Since the HPFA don’t follow the ridiculous restriction of allowing only a single film from each country to be submitted, what we have are films that didn’t get …

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