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Los Angeles Film Critics Preview and Predictions Contest

Los Angeles Film Critics Preview and Predictions Contest

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This Sunday, the Los Angeles Film Critics will announce their awards. LA has been known to occasionally step out of the zone – they chose The Descendants last year, There Will Be Blood the year No Country was sweeping. It is nonetheless assumed that their winner will still be Zero Dark Thirty. The only possible upset, I figure, will be The Master. One of their members, and writer of the…

Putting the New York and NBR in Contrast Before Los Angeles Critics Announce

Putting the New York and NBR in Contrast Before Los Angeles Critics Announce

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Probably the biggest mistakes I saw being made yesterday, whether on a blog or on Twitter, were observers who read too much into the National Board of Review’s choices and omissions. The National Board of Review are a great group to push through either obscure and/or borderline contenders. Because they’ve been around so long they have an air of importance about them but no one really knows who they are…

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Zero Dark Thirty tops the National Board of Review Awards

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The National Board of Review winners Best Film:  ZERO DARK THIRTY Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, ZERO DARK THIRTY Best Supporting Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, DJANGO UNCHAINED Best Supporting Actress: Ann Dowd, COMPLIANCE Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, LOOPER Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Best Animated Feature: WRECK-IT RALPH Special Achievement in Filmmaking: Ben Affleck, ARGO Breakthrough Actor: Tom Holland, THE IMPOSSIBLE Breakthrough Actress: Quvenzhané Wallis,  BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Best Directorial Debut: Benh Zeitlin, BEASTS OF THE…

National Board of Review Preview and Predictions

National Board of Review Preview and Predictions

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The National Board of Review announces Wednesday.  While most people go on and on about how they don’t matter, the truth is that yes, they DO matter.  Any major awards precursor matters because they give a contender publicity and legitimacy, no matter who they are.   The National Board of Review really pushed Hugo into the race last year and set The Social Network up for its sweep of the…

Field Barely Beat Hathaway, Weisz Barely Beat Lawrence

Field Barely Beat Hathaway, Weisz Barely Beat Lawrence

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J. Hoberman talks up the NYFCC – some interesting information: In the acting awards, Sally Fields (“Lincoln”) finally defeated initial front-runner Anne Hathaway (“The Dark Knight Rises” and “Les Miserables”) for Best Supporting Actress on a fourth ballot while, in a rare second ballot win, Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike” and “Bernie”) beat outChristoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”) and Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”). The closest and most surprising race sawRachel Weisz (“The Deep Blue Sea”) edged Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games” and…

Zero Dark Thirty Takes Early Lead in Oscar’s Race for Best Picture

Zero Dark Thirty Takes Early Lead in Oscar’s Race for Best Picture

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Buzz is a funny thing. Just because Oscar pundits think they know the buzz before the buzz starts, there’s no mistaking it once it gets here. Right now, the movie that has all of the buzz is Zero Dark Thirty, right behind it is Lincoln. Both films won three awards at the New York Film critics today. Steven Spielberg has never won the New York Film Critics award, not for…

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New York Film Critics Awards, 3 apiece for Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln!

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Best Film: Zero Dark Thirty Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty Best Actress: Rachel Weisz, Deep Blue Sea Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Bernie and Magic Mike Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner, Lincoln Best Cinematography: Greig Fraser, Zero Dark Thirty Best Foreign Language Film: Michael Haneke, Amour Best First Film: David France, How To Survive a Plague Best Nonfiction…

New York Film Critics – Last Minute Predictions?

New York Film Critics – Last Minute Predictions?

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Tomorrow morning, starting at 7am Pacific, believe it or not, the New York Film critics will announce. We then have two days before National Board of Review and Los Angeles Film critics. The next two weeks are going to be interesting.  Some contenders might shift forward in unexpected ways. No, the critics don’t vote for Oscars. But they can shift momentum, especially for a film or actor who hasn’t really…

Amour Sweeps European Film Awards

Amour Sweeps European Film Awards

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THE 25th EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS: WINNERS The more than 2,700 members of the European Film Academy – filmmakers from across Europe – have voted for this year’s European Film Awards. At the awards ceremony in Berlin the following awards were presented: EUROPEAN FILM 2012: AMOUR France / Germany / Austria, 127 min Written & directed by Michael Haneke produced by Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka & Michael Katz EUROPEAN…

The New York Film Critics Preview and Predictions, 2012

The New York Film Critics Preview and Predictions, 2012

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It’s hard to believe a whole year has flown by that we were all studiously predicting The Tree of Life and Hugo to win Best Picture at the New York Film Critics only to then see that award go to The Artist. They aren’t as off base with Oscar as you might think. For instance, our trusty Nate Silver Oscar wonk, Marshall Flores has compiled nominees chart that says if…