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Every day of this Oscar season has been, as Sheryl Crow would say, a winding road – more than any other awards season I can recall. At last, we’ve almost reached the end: Oscar Sunday is just two days away. All the red carpets, all the acceptance speeches, all the

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) unsurprisingly handed its best film and best director prizes to Ben Affleck’s Argo this past Sunday. The only major precursor left comes as the Writers Guild of America (WGA) reveals its picks for the best original and adapted screenplays of 2012

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Two new posters for the upcoming Oscar ceremony came our way earlier today. The Oscar race lacks a true front-runner even though it is that time of the awards season, but that might change as the Producers Guild of America (PGA) reveals its winners – including its best picture equivalent,

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Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone unveiled the Oscar nominations last Thursday. MacFarlane will also host the ceremony, which takes place on Feb. 24, but with several major organizations still doling out nods and wins, the Oscar race is far from over since voters have until Feb. 19 to turn in

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The Oscar Nominations were announced today by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone, and, well… I paid attention to the Oscars somewhat near the end of 2007 when the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men took the big wins, but my first full year of keeping tabs on Oscar was

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Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall
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There is not much time left in the Oscar race. The most important awards announcement of the week came on Wednesday when the Producers Guild of America (PGA) revealed its nominees for the Daryl F. Zanuck Award for Producer of the Year in Theatrical Motion Pictures, which are: Argo, Beasts

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Here’s hoping everyone’s had a great holiday season! But for avid Oscar watchers, this time of the year brings more than gay happy meetings and silent nights; it also gives us one of our favorite things: the heart of the Oscar season.

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Best of 2012 Movies
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2012 was a great year at the movies, from long-awaited summer sequels to year-end Oscar bait. Established auteurs like Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, and Steven Spielberg padded their impressive résumés, while helmers like Joss Whedon and Rian Johnson realized their next level of potential. James Bond got dark, Emma Watson

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Each of the top eight races boasts a front-runner or two, but what about the other three or four nominees in each race? It’s both a frustrating change of pace and a welcome one. It makes predicting the Oscars more difficult, but it also makes pinpointing the season a bit more exciting, doesn’t it?

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The Dark Knight Trilogy
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This week there are some awesome releases! The biggest are The Dark Knight Rises, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Simpsons Season 15 and Hope Springs. For the Kevin Durant fans out there Thunderstruck is also out. And as usual, please don’t hesitate to share what Blu-Rays and DVDs you’ve bought recently, or

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One of the most affecting performances of the year belongs to a child. Hushpuppy, played wonderfully and emotionally raw by Quvenzhané Wallis is at the heart of Beasts of the Southern Wild and the film would have fallen apart with a lesser performance. It’ll be interesting to see what her Oscar chances are as the critics’ awards get doled out at the year’s end.

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Quvenzhané Wallis in Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild
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Fox Home Entertainment has offered us 2 copies of Beasts of the Southern Wild on Blu-ray to give away. Be sure to read Eric Ambler’s theatrical review HERE, and don’t miss out on Donovan Warren’s coverage in Oscar Watch. Keep reading for information about the Blu-ray and for your chance to enter.

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Quvenzhané Wallis in Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild
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We might as well talk about some actual awards. The New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review both announce their picks next week, but the indie circuit brought the major awards updates of the week. The Gotham Independent Film Awards took place on Monday night and offered

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John Hawkes as Mark O'Brien in The Sessions
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This week’s title might come across as rude, but how much of the last week actually affected the Oscar race? It seems we may have already reached that dreaded point where events and precursors point to conclusions we’ve already figured for ourselves. It’s only a matter of time before people

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I almost devoted the majority of this week’s Oscar Watching to Ben Affleck’s fact-based thriller Argo. But we talked about that one upon its Telluride premiere. The film still merits some space here since it opened this past weekend, but again, we’ve known where that one stands for some time,

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On Friday, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi kicked off the New York Film Festival and received high marks from the critics. The epic scale, lauded visual effects, and story about humanity might tug the heartstrings of Oscar voters, and if there’s a movie out there to grab “the heart vote,”

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