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DGA Picks Its Top Five Doc Directors

The Director’s Guild of America has chosen the top five directors of documentary feature films for 2013 and they feature first-timers and old hats. The five finalists are also among the 15 shortlisted docs eligible for an Oscar nomination on Thursday. “The five documentary filmmakers nominated today have made powerful films exploring humanity in all its complications,” said DGA president ...

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AwardsWatch’s Best Music of 2013 – Forums’ Poll Results

Last week we posted the best music of 2013 according to our staff and contributors. As promised, this week we are publishing the results of the poll conducted at our forums. This poll was open to all the registered members of the forums where they submitted their lists for top albums and songs. The results are here. Listen (and discuss) ...

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Golden Globes: 12 Years Prevails, Barely and American Hustle Thrives

12 Years a Slave ended the night of the Golden Globes as a surprise winner; a surprise because it had gone empty-handed all night despite entering the evening as the nomination leader.  Even director Steve McQueen was visibly shocked at the win.  It was a much needed boost for the film’s Oscar prospects as it ended the critics awards season ...

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ICS nominations: Who the hell is Anton Adasinsky?

And now for something completely different? That old Monty Python classic was on our mind as we perused the nominations revealed today by the International Cinephile Society for their 11th ICS Awards. Known for always making the most idiosyncratic picks of the awards season, they sure don’t disappoint this year. Where else would Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways pick up six ...

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BFCA + GG + SAG + BAFTA: The Holy Quartet

Every year AwardsWatch compiles the lists and combinations of the major precursors bagged by potential Oscar nominees and this year is no different. A total of 13 people have grabbed all four of these nominations (levels of prestigiousness and integrity aside). The list: Bruce Dern – Nebraska Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips Cate ...

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Critics societies roundup 7

Also known as 'the stragglers'. Or 'the organizations that can't be bothered to design a logo' (we're looking at you, Iowa and Oklahoma!). But still, critics organizations they are, so we will round them up and present their choices, for this last roundup before this week's Oscar nominations. Georgia picked their winners a few days after announcing their nominees, while ...

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ACE Eddie Nominations:

12 Years a Slave, American Hustle and Captain Phillips continued their domination of the guild awards nominations with nods from the American Cinema Editors guild today. They’re competing in the Dramatic category with Gravity and somewhat surprise nominees Her and Saving Mr. Banks. Rush was seen as a favorite here but missed out. It’s still a contender for an Oscar ...

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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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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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