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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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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 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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It’s the eleventh hour of Oscar Watching. After countless Twitter discussions and blog posts, the Oscar nominations finally arrive tomorrow. Seth MacFarlane, who will host the ceremony next month, and Emma Stone, who presented at the ceremony last year, will announce the nominees at 5:30 a.m. PT. But before delving

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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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I have been a devoted lover of the musical Les Miserables since I was about eight years old. I would often sing “The Confrontation” with my brother and sister for my grandmother (when I was nine), and have since seen it on stage twice. I know almost every song by heart, and consider it to be one of the greatest musicals ever made. Naturally, news of a film adaptation of the stage play, directed by Tom Hooper, piqued my interest, though it also exposed my bias.

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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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We’re at the point where it’s better to throw in and summarize some official predictions, updating them as we move along, than to summarize the events of the week. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, the most nominated film at the Screen Actors Guild’s SAG Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globes,

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We know not everyone has time for every major release or big movie, so instead of featuring 10 great films a month, these are truly the ones that cannot be missed. They’ll either be films coming out in theaters that week or something on Netflix I think that’s worth the watch.

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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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David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook affirms its status as an Oscar contender
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The big albeit anticlimactic Oscar news of the week is that David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook took the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s not surprising, as the rave responses for the romantic dramedy quickly cemented it as one to watch this season. While some dub

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If (like me) you’ve been worrying that 2012 will lack music and fanfare after Rock of Ages is released on June 15, have no fear: Les Misérables is here! Yesterday saw the promise of a teaser trailer and the release of new pictures featuring Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), Javert (Russell Crowe), and Fantine (Anne

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Oscar winning producer of The King’s Speech, Gareth Unwin, tells Napiers News about his experiences leading up to the Academy Awards, how the film’s success has changed his life as an independent film producer, and what’s next for him and his company Bedlam Productions. The second time I went to

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THE KING’S SPEECH is one of the highest grossing, well-loved and critically acclaimed British films of the last few years. Plus, if stealing the hearts, and wallets, of the world’s movie-goers isn’t enough, it also took home to most prestigious award in all of cinema: The Academy Award for Best

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Having directed two character driven, dialogue heavy dramas, The Damned United and The King’s Speech, it comes as a surprise that the Oscar nominated film maker, Tom Hooper, was offered the job of making Iron Man 3. The film, which he turned down, has now fallen to Lethal Weapon writer

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Director Tom Hooper, writer David Siedler and producer Gareth Unwin, the team behind theThe King’s Speech, may re-unite to tell the story of the early 19th century explorer Lady Hester Stanhope. The film, titled The Lady Who Went Too Far, would be based on the non-fiction book Star of the

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