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As the 2014 Oscar season comes to an end, as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has solidified its 12-year timeframe in cinematic history in just a few months’ time. I wrote that last sentence on Jan. 14, but as we all know, a different story unfolded on Oscar Night. Birdman ended up

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Well, last night happened. Seth MacFarlane hosted, balancing the did-you-just-go-there style of humor for which he’s so often known and the showmanship you’d expect from an Oscar host. He took to the challenge, and for the most part, he landed. Yes, I would more openly welcome Tina Fey and Amy

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Jessica Chastain in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty
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The question probably wasn’t even our minds just a week ago, but now, it’s one many ask as Kathryn Bigelow’s docudrama took top honors at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards and National Board of Review Awards, being named the best film and best director of the year at

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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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Halle Berry and Keith David in Cloud Atlas
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So, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski’s bold ensemble piece Cloud Atlas hit theaters this weekend, and audiences are showing little interest. For whatever my $0.02 is worth, the film is spectacular. It’s a film that stumbles quite often in its individual threads – there are six different stories

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The Venice Film Festival, which we discussed last week, might give way to some Oscar contenders, but the Toronto International Film Festival is where the awards season really begins. After all, the last five Picture winners played at the fest. If that trend continues, one hoping to find this year’s eventual

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Even though Oscar Watching is still relatively new, the norm has been to discuss the films that have recently hit theaters and then talk about how well they might do in the Oscar race. Usually there’s quite a bit to discuss in that regard, but nothing that recently arrived seems

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For the last several weeks, we’ve been chatting about various movies and their possibilities for Oscar glory, but two very important things happened within the Academy last week. This week, we’ll discuss two movies that might be in the hunt for Oscar and later talk about the official Academy changes

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  We’ve been discussing live-action films for the last two weeks – John Madden’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom last week and Joss Whedon’s The Avengers a week earlier – so let’s shift the focus to an animated film for the time being. Of course,

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Editor’s Note: Welcome to our new column all about The Oscars! New writer Donovan Warren will be examining films and their chances at Oscar glory leading up to the big statuette presentation.  There’s still a good amount of time between now and the official kickoff of Oscar season – that

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