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How the National Board of Review can pave the way to Oscar

The National Board of Review is the traditional kick-off of awards season. It starts to put to rest all of the early (and super early) predictions we’ve been making since, well, the day after the last Oscars ceremony. But the NBR isn’t some great bellwether for Best Picture, be it winner or nominees. Quite often the barely match up. What ...

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2017 Oscars: 10 Animated Shorts Advance to Oscar Contention

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards®.  Sixty-nine pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “Blind Vaysha,” Theodore Ushev, director (National Film Board of Canada) “Borrowed ...

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2017 Oscars: 10 Live Action Shorts Advance to Oscar Contention

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards®.  One hundred thirty-seven pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “Bon Voyage,” Marc Wilkins, director, and Joël Jent, ...

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2017 Oscars: 27 Films Submitted for Animated Feature Oscar Race

LOS ANGELES, CA — A record 27 features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 89th Academy Awards®. Here’s what the Gold Rush Gang thinks is making it to Oscar nomination morning. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are: “The Angry Birds Movie” “April and the Extraordinary World” “Bilal” “Finding Dory” “Ice Age: ...

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New Trailer and Poster for Iran’s Oscar Entry ‘The Salesman’

From award-winning writer/director Asghar Farhadi (The Oscar-winning A SEPARATION, THE PAST, ABOUT ELLY, FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY) comes a masterful, intimate and suspenseful new drama, THE SALESMAN, Iran’s official Oscar® entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Winner of the Best Actor (Shahab Hosseini) and Best Screenplay (Farhadi) awards at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the film also screened as a Special Presentation during the ...

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Fences Screens; Denzel Washington and Viola Davis Soar Up Oscar Charts

The response to this weekend’s first official screening of Fences, starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis (and directed by Washington), was one of great anticipation. As one of the very few films left to be seen by critics, pundits and/or guild and Academy members, it’s been a source of conversation within the Oscar pundit community since it’s announcement earlier this ...

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Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd to Produce 2017 Oscars

After the longest period before an announcement in recent history, it was confirmed this morning (after Variety reported negotiations yesterday) that Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd have officially signed on to produce the 89th Academy Awards. De Luca and Todd are co-chairs for the Producers Guild Awards and had earlier said the commitment to the PGA would not give ...

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