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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.

In Search of Lost Time: Looking at the Small Stuff in The Grand Budapest Hotel

Here is a wonderful piece on Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel from one of Awardswatch’s most esteemed members, Alex Bean. It’s featured on his blog, The Addison Recorder, which is a must-see site for film reviews and conversation. In the very best films there are always a handful of quiet things that insist on the large-scale completeness and grandeur …

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Gold Rush Gang Predictions: March 2014

The first batch of predictions from the newly inducted Gold Rush Gang are ready for perusing! 2014 looks to be a fantastic and fascinating year for predictions and the list of Best Picture candidates shows that. While most of the films seem to be on the indie side there are some clear blockbusters (Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, starring the newly Oscar-ed …

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‘Get On Up’ Gets Down in First Trailer

Get On Up, director Tate Taylor’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning The Help, finds Chadwick Boseman (42) as the Godfather of Soul, a chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. Surrounded by Oscar winners (Octavia Spencer, The Help) and Oscar nominees (Viola Davis, Doubt and The Help) and Dan Aykroyd (Driving …

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Contender or Pretender Series: Unbroken

Welcome to Contender or Pretender 2014, a new Awardswatch series where, in each entry, we profile a different 2014 film and try to determine whether or not it is bound for Oscar glory next winter.  The subject of our inaugural entry is perhaps the most high-profile early contender for the 2014 inaugural season, thanks to the presence of one of …

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Disney Unveils New Maleficent Poster

In what looks to be a banner year for Angelina Jolie, Disney has released a new Maleficent poster to whet your appetite. They’ve also kicked off a new Twitter handle (@Maleficent) and check out the ‘Dream’ trailer below as well:   Maleficent opens May 30, 2014.

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AwardsWatch’s 50 Favorite Performances of 2013

Yeah, it’s March but AwardsWatch has another 2013 list! It’s our Favorite Performances of 2013 and it was a hard fought, nail-biter with Oscar nominees, a shocking Oscar-winning snub, great non-English language film performances and a few other surprises. Special thanks to Vincent Teo for organizing the tournament and tabulation of the ballots and Matthew Kelley Rand for the graphics. …

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