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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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Another One Bites the Dust…Foxcatcher moved to 2014

In yet another shocking move of the 2013 Oscar film season, Sony Pictures Classics has decided to take Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher out the running for this year to “support the decision of the film makers to allow for more time to finish the film.” This news came hot off the heels of the erroneously released teaser trailer that burned up ...

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The Race for the Foreign Language Film Oscar

In the race for the Foreign Language Film Oscar the countries and films submitted look to break records, barriers and history. Major players like Chile’s award-winning Gloria, Italy’s The Great Beauty and France’s surprise pick Renoir are definitely in the conversation. But the announcement that Saudi Arabia would have its first submission ever has really captured the spotlight. In a ...

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Grace of Monaco Moves to 2014

In a sudden move this week, Grace of Monaco, the Nicole Kidman-starrer about the tumultuous life of actress Grace Kelly and her ascension to royalty was abruptly pulled from The Weinstein Company’s fall slate and shuttled to a Spring 2014 release. This news comes after a recent test screening in New York City last week (attended by members of AwardWatch) ...

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Mud is the first screener to hit AMPAS

 Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate dug their heels deep into the Mud, making it the first official screener for AMPAS, marking the beginning of the long trek to the Dolby Theater next March. The Jeff  Nichols-directed film, co-starring Matthew McConaughey, made $21 million dollars earlier this spring, making it one of the biggest breakout indie hits of the year. Not to ...

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Blue Is The Warmest Color trailer and poster released

Even though Sundance Selects is a pretty small Oscar player, their campaigning for Cannes Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color by director Abdellatif Kechiche seems to be in full force. After playing at both Telluride and Toronto, and with the New York Film Festival and a handful of others still coming up, the studio has now released both ...

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