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40 Becomes 8 for the Documentary Short Subject Oscar

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 86th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations. Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 40 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers …

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Could Universal’s Oscar History Save or Sink Rush?

Between its middling domestic box office and complete overshadowing by more critically and commercial successful Gravity and Captain Phillips, Rush has almost completely disappeared from people’s minds. It’s not like people didn’t like the film. It currently holds a 75 on Metacritic with five perfect scores, an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes (with nearly 200 reviews in), and on IMDB it …

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151 Documentaries Qualify for Oscar

In an astounding increase of 20% from last year, the eligibility for the Documentary Feature Film Oscar has risen to 151 year. Screeners for all 151 films are in the hands of voters, including frontrunners Blackfish, The Art of Killing, Stories We Tell and 20 Feet From Stardom. Although we’ve seen year after year many frontrunners and even expected winners …

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Hot Trailer: The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)

The first trailer for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has arrived and in classic Anderson fashion, it’s filled with color, humor, fabulous costuming and production design and a vast cast of Anderson regulars (Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jason Schwartzman) as well as first-timers Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Lea Seydoux, Mathieu Amalric, F. Murray Abraham, Jude …

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8 Doc Shorts On Oscar’s 2013 Shortlist

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 86th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations. Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 40 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers …

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Record 76 Countries Officially Submitted for Foreign Language Film Oscar

A record 76 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards®. Moldova and Saudi Arabia are first-time entrants; Montenegro is submitting for the first time as an independent country. The 2013 submissions are: Afghanistan, “Wajma – An Afghan Love Story,” Barmak Akram, director; Albania, “Agon,” Robert Budina, director; Argentina, “The German …

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Oscar at 2013’s Box Office

Since the Best Picture lineup was expanded to include more than 5 films four years ago, we have seen a couple of different scenarios: in 2010 and 2012, films rode awards buzz and their general good word-of-mouth to achieve some of the most impressive box office runs in the past decade, while for 2009 and 2011, the race generated relatively …

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Sony Pictures’ Oscar Problem (UPDATE)

Looking at a studio’s Oscar history is nothing new, and has often been done when looking at smaller films that can be made or broken by the studio behind them. Think of how a movie like say, the upcoming Blue is the Warmest Color, might be considered a stronger contender if it had an Oscar-savvy studio behind it like Sony …

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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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