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Broken Circle Breakdown, La Grande Bellezza lead EFA nominations

  Over the weekend, the European Film Academy announced the nominations for their European Film Awards in the most important categories. While these usually don’t have much bearing on the race to Oscar, it’s still interesting to see how these pan out for some of the hopefuls in the Best Foreign Language category. Leading with five nominations for instance is ...

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Ten Animated Shorts move on

The Best Animated Short category is one of those categories that will make most people go, “Right, we’ve also got that one”, before they take a break from the Oscar ceremony. A shame, because this category often contains beautiful little gems that deserve their place in the spotlight. Today, the Academy announced the following ten titles that will advance to ...

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19 Films Eligible for the Animated Feature Oscar

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” “The Croods” “Despicable Me 2” “Epic” “Ernest and Celestine” “The Fake” “Free Birds“ “Frozen” “Khumba” “The Legend of Sarila” “A Letter to Momo” “Monsters University” “O Apóstolo” “Planes” “Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion” “Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury” “The Smurfs 2” “Turbo” “The Wind Rises”

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Not one, but two Labor Day trailers

Jason Reitman’s Labor Day sort of quietly came and went at the Toronto International Film Festival, getting good ink but seemingly getting lost in the 12 Years A Slave / Gravity shuffle. Kate Winslet always looked like the best bet at a nomination for the film, and Reitman has a reasonable track record with his actresses (guiding three of them ...

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Wolf of Wall Street trailer #2 arrives, 2013 release confirmed

Paramount has released the second official trailer for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street. While this is exciting in its own right, what’s even more exciting for those who follow the Oscar race is that now, finally, Paramount has released a statement that, yes, this film will be released in 2013 (on Christmas Day, to be precise), so ...

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AwardsWatch’s Top 25 Horror Films of All Time

One thing a horror film director will never be accused of: directing Oscarbait. While the genre isn’t completely unrepresented in the history of the Academy Awards, it would probably be fair to say that it is underrepresented. But who can blame AMPAS, really? Even devoted fans of the genre and defenders of pulp probably shrug or cringe at the subpar ...

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The International Documentary Association nominations

In what’s often a precursor the Oscar nominations, the International Documentary Association (IDA) nominations for the 2013 IDA Documentary Awards have landed. The IDA will honor Oscar and Emmy-winner Alex Gibney with its Career Achievement Award; he has two films in the feature Oscar hunt this year, “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” and “The Armstrong Lie.” Geralyn Dreyfous, producer ...

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup: Week of October 28, 2013

What Zac Nuccio is listening to this week… –Planningtorock vs. The Knife / “Let’s Talk About Gender Baby, Let’s Talk About You + Me”  I confess, I’ve yet to give Shaking the Habitual a true, thorough listen, but I’m pretty confident I’ve heard the full thing at some point, and admittedly just wasn’t in the mood for such a challenging album. Their previous ...

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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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