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2015 Oscars: 79 Original Songs Eligible for 87th Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have announced that 79 songs are eligible for the Original Song Oscar at the 87th Academy Awards, up just a bit from 75 last year. That is, barring another “Alone, Yet Not Alone” controversy. But with Christian Mingle: The Movie with no submitted songs, that’s probably not happening. There is a song …

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2015 Oscars: 323 Films Eligible for 87th Academy Awards

323 feature films have qualified for the 87th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed on Friday. The rules are pretty clear for Oscar eligibility. To be eligible, films must have played in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, Dec. 31, and have a run of at least seven consecutive days. Also, the running time must …

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‘Birdman’ Leads Chicago Film Critics Association Nominations

As it did this week at the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes, Fox Searchlight’s Birdman lands the most nominations at today’s announcement of the Chicago Film Critics Association with nine. The Grand Budapest Hotel, also from Fox Searchlight (who scored a massive 21 nominations), also continues to rake in kudos landing right behind with eight. Jake Gyllenhaal also follows up his SAG and …

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Critics Roundup, part 1: San Diego, St. Louis, Detroit

The Grand Budapest Hotel

After the announcements in the past week by critics heavyweights NYFCC and LAFCA, the avalanche of smaller critics societies is slowly building. Although we of course respect them all (no, really, we do), most of these are not deemed influential enough to warrant their own posts, so we will sweep the together in small batches. Sometimes these people are in …

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Golden Globe Nominations – MOTION PICTURE: Unbroken and American Sniper Not Invited to the Party

The nominations for the 72nd annual Golden Globes were announced this morning with Fox Searchlight‘s Birdman earning a field-best 7 nominations. There were similarities but also some stark contrast to yesterday’s Screen Actors Guild nominees. A favorite of the Golden Globes, Angelina Jolie, wound up completely snubbed in the Drama categories for her 2nd directorial effort, Unbroken, as well as for …

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2014 Screen Actors Guild FILM Nominations: Aniston, Gyllenhaal Shake Up Race

The nominations for the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning to some shock and awe with surprise nominations in nearly all of the motion picture categories. Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture saw the expected mentions from Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne but instead of Bradley Cooper or David …

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NAACP Image Award Nominations – Film and Television

The NAACP Image Award nominations for film and television were announced today with Selma dominating the Film side with eight nominations. Curiously, or maybe not, it missed out on a Screenplay nomination for Paul Webb. Clearly the animus against him for his sole credit of the screenplay, despite a complete re-write from director Ava DuVernay, is starting to come back …

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Oscar Hopefuls Populate AFI’s Top 10 Films of 2014 (Er, Top 11)

After a flurry of critics groups announced winners this weekend, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced their top 10 films of 2014. Make that a top 11. For the first time in their history, they had a tie so we have a top 11 list. Not a whole lot of surprises, most of the same big names being tossed around …

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