12 Years a Slave


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Tomorrow, on a rainy midday afternoon, the Independent Spirit Awards will host their own version of the year’s best.  In year’s past, the Spirit Awards have been sort of the anti-Oscars in a way, the alternative to what is the ...

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Erik Kohn on what the potential loss for 12 Years a Slave might be: Whether or not the Oscars exist to acknowledge first-rate cinema or first-rate campaigns, this one deserves to go all the way. If it doesn’t win, the ...
12 years a slave sean bobbitt

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If you haven’t been reading their Oscar coverage over at RogerEbert.com you’re missing something. This week, as ballots continue to be outstanding (until the 25th at 5pm) select critics have been called upon to write up the contenders. Some of ...

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Steve McQueen continues to say during Oscar campaigning (yes, I said it – at least I didn’t “on the campaign trail,” which is what it feels like during Oscar season) that slavery has not been abolished, and continues throughout the ...

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“I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion ...
2014 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

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Gold Derby and Movie City News have released their current standings. As you can see, many of the hot shots have switched to Gravity. I know pundits have worked around this in hopes of splitting up the vote to satisfy this ...

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“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ― Barack Obama There are many ...

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It’s kind of interesting that it took a British film director to make the most essential film about American slavery, it might take the British Academy to reward 12 Years a Slave where our DGA couldn’t.  Kris Tapley takes a ...
Composite of images from American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave

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This weekend, the Directors Guild adds their voice to the mix. We’ve covered this in the DGA preview, but someone just sent me an email from Gold Derby with the following question: Hey guys, huge fan of Goldderby. As everyone ...

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There are just a few years that will always be remembered in Oscar history, either because one film so thoroughly dominated those awards, or because another film didn’t.   Gone with the Wind was the kind of film that Oscar ...
Chiwetel Ejiofor

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Scott Feinberg does some post-game analysis after the Critics Choice awards. He is still, like most other pundits, predicting a split between 12 Years a Slave and Gravity. I have this weird feeling, even still, that, at the end of ...

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A new site has just gone up to honor the history of 12 Years a Slave and the life of Solomon Northup. The timeline goes from Northup’s freedom all the way up to the Civil Rights act of 1964, something ...

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Much of the world tuned in last night to watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the Golden Globes with effortless snark, smoothly spanxed into their evening gowns. Their jokes overflowed like the alcohol that is always the unintended guest ...

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The one thing anyone could talk about at last night’s New York film critics was Harry Belafonte’s speech to Steve McQueen. It deserves to be separate from the mischegoss of Armond White’s baby tantrum but that was the other thing ...

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Fox Searchlight has put together a nifty featurette in celebration.

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When looking for Best Picture, you’re usually looking for a five key factors: 1) it’s a likable, celebratory film filled with lots of (sometimes popular) actors (Chicago, Argo) 2) it’s historically too important to ignore (Schindler’s List, The Hurt Locker) ...

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Picture: 12 Years a Slave Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, The Dallas Buyers Club Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’O, 12 Years a Slave Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave ...

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Top 10 posted Collider by Matt Goldberg. These were one of the few groups last year to go for Argo early. 1. 12 Years a Slave 2. Gravity 3. American Hustle 4. Her 5. Inside Llewyn Davis 6. Nebraska 7. ...
amy adams dress american hustle

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For the second year in a row, the New York Film critics picked a movie to win that had not yet been officially reviewed or put before the awards machine yet. Last year’s Zero Dark Thirty zoomed right to the ...

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