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Gravity: Alternate Ending

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Critics Divided on Which Film Should win the Best Picture Oscar Sunday

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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 Academy has collectively — if not consciously — rejected an unparalleled opportunity to recognize the strongest achievement in motion pictures released last year. Should “12 Years a Slave” lose, the…

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If We Picked the Winners on

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If you haven’t been reading their Oscar coverage over at 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 them are worth a mention, like Matt Zoller Seitz on 12 Years a Slave: The films nominated as Best Picture tend to be either exceptionally well-made or “important,” rarely both….


Steven Price talks about the music of Gravity

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Whether an artist is working in front of the camera, behind the camera, or in a recording studio, the film industry is perpetually the home of working ten or twenty years to become an overnight success story. In the case of Steven Price, the composer spent almost two decades rising up through the ranks of music departments, working on projects as varied as The Lord of the Rings: The Return…


The Case for: Alfonso Cuaron

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[This is not an advertorial - all five Best Director contenders will be featured] Alfonso Cuarón was born in Mexico City. His father, Alfredo Cuarón, was a nuclear physicist who, according to Wikipedia, “worked for the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency.” Cuaron did not go into science but instead studied Philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and filmmaking at CUEC (Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos) where…


Gravity Dominates VES Awards

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It took a while to post this – but it’s not breaking news or anything, just confirmation that Gravity has mowed down the competition in the Visual Effects Society awards. Frozen did well in animated. The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s global professional honorary society, held the 12th Annual VES Awards, the prestigious yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials, video…

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More Pundits Predict Gravity for the Win

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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 incredible push towards making history while rewarding the film people seem to want to vote for, given the DGA.  That 12 Years even made the Producers Guild win, making history…


The State of the Race: Academy’s Choice Embrace the Future or Redefine the Past

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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 ways to interpret the upcoming choice for Best Picture the Academy will be making. On the one hand, the future could be defined as the sound of many doors unlocking…

Can the BAFTA’s Change the Course of this Race?

Can the BAFTA’s Change the Course of this Race?

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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 good long look at this over at In Contention where he believes there’s a good chance the BAFTA awards could be pivotal in a very very tight race. Me, I…


The State of the Race: Guilds Split Three Ways, Gravity has Edge

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For the first time since the Academy expanded the Best Picture race to more than 5 nominees, the industry seems divided between three strong films. The actors branch clearly loves David O. Russell’s American Hustle, giving it nominations in all four acting categories, plus the SAG ensemble win. The directors and the producers have put their might behind Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. Finally, 12 Years a Slave, the underdog in this…