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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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Surprise, surprise. Ben Affleck’s Argo won the Directors Guild of America’s (DGA) top prize on Saturday. With the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) doling out its prizes on Sunday, we should again anticipate a win for the thriller, though Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln might instead prevail. The Writers

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The Producers Guild of America (PGA) and, oddly enough, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) handed their highest honors to Ben Affleck’s Argo last weekend. (Wreck-It Ralph and Searching for Sugar Man won the top honors for animated and documentary features, respectively, with the former guild, and I expect them to repeat

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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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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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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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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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Michael Haneke is a director whose career I have followed intently over the past few years. While never making anything that would slot into my top ten or even twenty favorite films he has produced some intriguing, interesting and original work. Haneke is known for edgy and controversial themes and

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I had the chance to see Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or-winning Amour (Love) over the weekend. It also played the AFI Fest – and we’ll be talking about that in a bit – but I saw it here on the East Coast. The French-language aspect might hinder its chances at Oscar

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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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Marion Cotillard in De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone)
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The Venice Film Festival is currently underway, but most of the Oscar news this week comes from the Telluride Film Festival, which wrapped just a few days ago. With that in mind, we’re skipping the Oscar prospects of this weekend’s new releases because the film festival news is far more

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