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Contender or Pretender Series: Get On Up

Welcome to the second installment of Contender or Pretender 2014, an Awardswatch series where, in each entry, we profile a different 2014 film and try to determine whether or not it is bound for Oscar glory next winter. The Hopeful: Get On Up Directed by: Tate Taylor Written by: Tate Taylor Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, ...

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Gold Rush Gang Predictions: March 2014

The first batch of predictions from the newly inducted Gold Rush Gang are ready for perusing! 2014 looks to be a fantastic and fascinating year for predictions and the list of Best Picture candidates shows that. While most of the films seem to be on the indie side there are some clear blockbusters (Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, starring the newly Oscar-ed ...

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‘Get On Up’ Gets Down in First Trailer

Get On Up, director Tate Taylor’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning The Help, finds Chadwick Boseman (42) as the Godfather of Soul, a chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. Surrounded by Oscar winners (Octavia Spencer, The Help) and Oscar nominees (Viola Davis, Doubt and The Help) and Dan Aykroyd (Driving ...

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Contender or Pretender Series: Unbroken

Welcome to Contender or Pretender 2014, a new Awardswatch series where, in each entry, we profile a different 2014 film and try to determine whether or not it is bound for Oscar glory next winter.  The subject of our inaugural entry is perhaps the most high-profile early contender for the 2014 inaugural season, thanks to the presence of one of ...

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AwardsWatch’s 50 Favorite Performances of 2013

Yeah, it’s March but AwardsWatch has another 2013 list! It’s our Favorite Performances of 2013 and it was a hard fought, nail-biter with Oscar nominees, a shocking Oscar-winning snub, great non-English language film performances and a few other surprises. Special thanks to Vincent Teo for organizing the tournament and tabulation of the ballots and Matthew Kelley Rand for the graphics. ...

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Looking Ahead to the Next Oscar Race

With the body of the 86th Academy Awards just lowered into the ground and topped off with fresh dirt, there’s no time like the present to look forward to the 87th. Voting and predicting is already underway in the AwardsWatch Forums (as we do) for the 2014/2015 season. Foxcatcher, delayed from Winter 2013 to Fall 2014 looks to be a ...

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12 Years a Slave, McConaughey, Blanchett Win Spirit Awards

The Film Independent Spirit Awards, famous for giving out their trophies the day before the Oscars, looked an awful lot like an Oscar preview today. After a season of minimal awards totals and eeked out Best Picture wins, 12 Years a Slave dominated today, winning Best Feature, Director, Screenplay, Supporting Actress and Cinematography. The film is up for all of ...

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Gold Rush Gang: FINAL Oscar Predictions

The time has come, for you to lip sy…wait, wrong show. This is it, the final stretch before the Oscars on Sunday and with it the FINAL winner predictions from the Gold Rush Gang. What a tumultuous season it’s been. While most of our pundints agree that 12 Years a Slave will prevail in Best Picture as it did with ...

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