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USC Scripter nominations: Who Maisie Surprised

Well, us. And you as well, probably. The University of Southern California chose its annual five for the USC Scripter award, honoring both the original authors and the screenwriters who adapted them. What’s interesting to note is, and this is in part due to the WGA’s myriad of exclusions, is that the nomination today makes Captain Phillips the only film ...

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18th Art Directors Guild (ADG) 2014 Nominations

The Art Directors Guild announced their film nominations this morning in three categories; Period, Fantasy and Contemporary. Filled with the usual suspects that we’ve been seeing and expecting, although Spike Jonze’s semi-sci fi Her was nominated in Contemporary and not Fantasy. The Guild’s prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award will be Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese, whose film The Wolf of Wall ...

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No Televised Precursor But, Hello Oscar Nod!

One of our more intrepid forum members, Nicole Latayan (aka klariso) has done some digging on performances that received Oscar nominations despite zero attention at the major precursors that help us do our awards predicting jobs so well (or not so well, as the case may be). In the last ten years, nine performances managed to sneak in at the ...

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CDG Nominations: Spandex and Cowboy Hats

One more set of nominations today, this time from the guild that designs pretty clothes, the Costume Designers Guild. These folks always have three categories for film, Period, Fantasy, and Contemporary. It’s the first category that usually does best when it comes to the actual Oscar nominations, so expect at least three or four of those to show up on ...

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ASC nominations, all seven of them. Wait, seven?

We are still working our way through interpreting today’s BAFTA nominations a bit, but there are more guilds announcing their nominations today, one of them being the American Society of Cinematographers. For some reason, they chose seven nomination this year. An odd number, but it does accommodate for all films that were expected here. Perhaps not expected, but nonetheless very ...

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BAFTA nominations: Hustle, Wolf soar. Her and Dallas biggest losers

We are still trying to let these sink in, but the BAFTA nominations have sure shaken things up a bit. Just some short observations right now (expect much more discussion about these in an upcoming podcast): American Hustle and The Wolf Of Wall Street did excellent here, especially the former, which grabbed nominations in all four acting categories. Meanwhile, DiCaprio ...

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DGA nominations: Wolf rises, Nebraska left out in the cold

The Directors Guild of America announced their nominations today, and made the battle for those final spots interesting again. The expected four were all there: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity, Steve McQueen for 12 Years A Slave, David O. Russell for American Hustle, and Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips. Nabbing the fifth and final spot was veteran Martin Scorsese for The ...

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Critics Societies roundup 6

It has been a while, but we finally have some results from a batch of film critics organizations again. In this roundup, we have Georgia, North Carolina, and Denver (who apparently represent the whole state of Colorado; by the way, design a proper logo, guys). Now, these mostly feature the regular suspects, though it's interesting to note that Leonardo DiCaprio's ...

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National Society of Film Critics: Inside Llewyn Davis Sweeps

After a rough few weeks of also-rans, runners-up and flat out snubs, the Coen Brothers’ ode to 60s folk music not only won Best Picture with the National Society of Film Critics it swept. Picking up Best Picture, Director, Actor and Cinematography, it led in total wins. ILD’s win here, with the last major critics group, was a small ding ...

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Mid-Season Emmy Predictions 2014 – Part I: Drama

As we enter the halfway point of the broadcast TV season, it’s probably a good time to look at the status of the Emmy race. The summer and fall cable series have already gone through their seasons (Breaking Bad, Homeland), we’re at a point with the series on broadcast TV where we have a pretty good idea of where their ...

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