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Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

Gold Rush Gang Predictions – Post SAG/GG/BFCA

With the first round of major industry and critics nominations revealed, the Gold Rush Gang has unleashed their updated predictions in all categories. Taking into account the Screen Actors Guild, the Golden Globes, the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the abundance of critics groups, the race between 12 Years a Slave vs. Gravity now seems to be 12 Years a …

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Critics Societies Roundup 5

If you have been following these posts for the past two weeks, you will have noticed that 12 Years A Slave is cleaning up quite a bit at these second-tier critics awards. And today is no different, as we see it take the top prize in both Florida and Las Vegas, with the only outlier being Austin, which picked Spike …

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Oscar Podcast #7: December 17, 2013

On this Oscar podcast, recorded Tuesday, December 17, 2013, Erik, Peter and Richard discuss the crazy week of SAG, Golden Globe and BFCA nominations. Who surprised, who stumbled and what happened to Amy Adams??

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Critics Societies Roundup 4

A big haul today, with no less than seven organizations announcing their nominees or winners. The winners of the Chicago Film Critics Association are updated here, those of the Online Film Critics Society here. Furthermore, we have the winners and runner-sup from the Toronto Film Critics Association and the Southeastern Film Critics Assocation, the nominees from the London Critics Circle …

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Sing me a song: 75 songs on the Best Song longlist

Yesterday, AMPAS released the list of 75 songs that are eligible this year for the Oscars. Notable absence: “Please Mr. Kennedy”, from Inside Llewyn Davis, which was deemed ineligible because it was seen as too much of an hommage to a Micky Wood song with the same title. Check for yourself if your favorite songs are still in the running. …

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Critics’ choices or Oscar predictions? BFCA announces nominations

“The single most accurate precursor to the Oscars….“. If ever it was more blatantly clear what the Broadcast Film Critics Association is actually trying to do each year, it was today when they made their nominations for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards public. The list is filled with the usual suspects, with hardly a suprise in sight. Perhaps the biggest …

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup: Week of December 16, 2013

What Michael Ward is listening to this week… Beyoncé Forget some of the overstatement surrounding the release of Beyoncé’s self-titled album earlier this week. It’s doing big business, for sure. But the release strategy certainly isn’t unheard of (it wasn’t even the first “visual album” dropped with no promotion this year). And Beyoncé certainly isn’t heralding the return of the …

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Critics Societies Roundup 3

Another day, another roundup of critics organizations. First, the San Francisco Critics Circle chose their winners (updated list to be found here). Then we have the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, which can sometimes surprise with some cool, leftfield picks. Not so this year, as they mostly went gaga over 12 Years A Slave, which took home six wins. And …

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Review: Beyoncé – Beyoncé

For months it seemed as though Beyoncé had fallen off the face of the Earth. Sure, she was on a world tour, but she hadn’t released an official song or video in nearly two years. Then out of seemingly nowhere she made one of the most ambitious and daring moves in pop music history: she dropped an album with no promotion, …

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