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As you surely know by now, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the nominations for the 87th Annual Academy Awards with nine bids each. But right now, we’re all about that snub, and of course, there wasn’t just one “snub.” This column could dedicate

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We’re at that point, folks. Oscar nominations drop tomorrow, and for the first time ever, every category will have an official announcement. (In years past, many “smaller” categories were announced by way of press release.) Of course, this means that we have to predict who will get in – and

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We’ll have lots to talk about on Monday – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Writers Guild of America (WGA) nominations and the nominees for the USC Scripter Award. But for now, let’s take a stab at what will happen at the Golden Globes on Sunday

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This week, we look at how the Broadcast Film Critics Association‘s (BFCA) Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominations – announced on Monday – might affect the Oscar race. Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman leads the pack there with 13 nominations; Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel and Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood follow with

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Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, and James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything have all made strong cases for Oscar this week – all landed Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nods for ensemble cast and Golden Globe nods in

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How many saw this coming? J.C. Chandor’s crime drama A Most Violent Year unexpectedly won the National Board of Review’s (NBR) awards for film, director, actor for Oscar Isaac (who tied with the Birdman’s Michael Keaton) and supporting actress for Jessica Chastain. Less surprising were the honors bestowed by the

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Stiles White’s low-budget horror flick Ouija barely won the weekend box office over Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy’s takedown of today’s entertainment press, but the real story of the weekend is Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman. Following raves out of the Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and New York Film Festival,

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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar recently screened for select bloggers and critics. Reactions seem to be all over the place, but it could end up being the big spectacle contender – because what else is there, honestly? Guess we’re still looking for “the one to beat,” assuming that we haven’t found it

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Chris Rock’s Top Five seemed to be more of a commercial prospect when distributors were fighting for get U.S. rights at the Toronto International Film Festival. However, winning bidder Paramount might also have Oscar on the mind: Five hits select locations on Dec. 5 and theaters nationwide the following weekend.

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Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game took the Toronto International Film Festival’s audience award earlier this week. The film won over runners-up Isabel Coixet’s Learning to Drive and Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent; people had pegged James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything as a contender, too. Gold Derby reports that 25 of

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The Oscar race moves on as the Telluride Film Festival ends and the Toronto Film Festival begins.

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Last time I checked in, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave had just taken best picture, best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o, and best adapted screenplay for John Ridley. Of course, quite a bit has changed since then; it’s time to look ahead to this year’s Oscars, but not without

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Boyhood is one of the most true to life cinema experiments I have ever seen, its effectiveness in both its plot and execution are nothing short of spectacular.

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BOYHOOD’s expert direction and writing from Richard Linklater are breakthroughs in how stories can be told and movies can be made.

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Last week’s awards announcements suggest 12 YEARS A SLAVE and AMERICAN HUSTLE are the Oscar front-runners, but what about the surprises?

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Before heading into this week’s analysis, one should note that six films we assume are Oscar contenders remain unseen: American Hustle, Lone Survivor, Out of the Furnace, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Wolf of Wall Street. (The lattermost might not arrive this year, but distributor Paramount hopes it will be

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