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Gold Derby is paying out a cool $1,000 for the winner of this year’s Oscar prediction contest. Head on over to play. Tom O’Neil who runs Gold Derby asked me why, if I keep saying Birdman is going to win Best Picture, I keep predicting Boyhood. Here is my answer: 1) I have predicted no […]
The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

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On Saturday I will attend the Spirit Awards. The next day I’m going to the Oscars. I think I have a dress. I have earrings and I’m watching lots of makeup tutorials on Youtube. Oh, for the days before “mature skin.” I am grateful for the invite for the Academy. ...
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It’s an interesting thing, awards season. It is never to be taken all that seriously, we get that. It does, by no means, declare anything or mean anything except to take a snapshot of who these people are at any point in time. It doesn’t reflect what the ticket-buyers think ...
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Feature English Language – Effects/Foley: “American Sniper” Feature English Language – Dialogue/ADR: “Unbroken” Feature Music: “Birdman” Feature Musical: “Get On Up” Feature Foreign Language – Effects/Foley/Dialogue/ADR: “The Liberator” Feature Animation: “Big Hero 6” Feature Documentary: “Warsaw Uprising” TV Animation – Effects/Foley/Dialogue/ADR: “Star Wars: Rebels” – “Gathering Forces” TV Documentary Long ...
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Predictably, the cinematographers at the ASC gave their top prize to Emmanuel Lubezki after winning it last year for Gravity. Lubezki too Gravity all the way to Oscar and now he’s taking Birdman. Two out of the “three amigos” get the job done with Chivo. Theatrical Motion Picture: Birdman, Emmanuel ...
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“I talked to my friends in the Academy and none of them are voting for Boyhood,” an Academy member told me. Actually, I don’t think of him as an Academy member but a smart, funny, engaged, curious filmmaker. His information greatly disappointed me. I tried not to be an asshole ...
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Results are in! And the winners are… Dr Rob, Sasha and I will have some observations to make after we’ve had a chance to dig into the details and study how the ballots broke this way and that. But we wanted to get these online right away. Any questions? Dr. ...
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The Academy’s Facebook page recently posted a behind the scenes video of the 1990 Oscar ceremony, produced by the late Gil Cates and hosted, for the first time by Billy Crystal. The theme: “Movies Around the World—“ the ceremony itself being streamed live in five different countries. That ceremony was ...
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Film Best Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore, The Imitation Game Best Documentary: Brian Knappenberger, The Internet’s Own Boy TV Best Longform Adapted: Jane Anderson, Olive Kitteridge Best Longford Original: Melissa Carter, Deliverance Creek Best Drama Series: Nic Pizzolatto, True Detetective Best Comedy ...
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The CAS are the Cinema Audio Society, founded in 1964. They began holding their own awards ceremonies in 1994. The reason the CAS don’t call themselves a guild (like the WGA, SAG, DGA, etc) is because the CAS are not a trade union. They exist specifically to “share information with ...
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MOTION PICTURES Best Contemporary Make-Up GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Best Contemporary Hair Styling BIRDMAN Best Period and/or Character Make-Up THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Best Period and/or Character Hair Styling THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Best Special Make-Up Effects GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY TELEVISION AND NEW MEDIA Best Contemporary Make-Up SONS OF ...
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Golden Bear: Taxi (Jafar Panahi) Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years Best Actor: Tom Courtenay, 45 Years Best Director: (tie) Radu Jude for Aferim! and Malgorzata Szumowska for Body Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize: The Club (Pablo Larraín) Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize*: Ixcanul (Jayro Bustamante) *(for a feature film ...
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The Writers Guild will be held tonight. We will be updating the winners as they come in. The first thing you need to know about the WGA awards tonight is that Gone Girl got screwed for the Oscar. It now holds the record as the only film to get as ...
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This is it. Here’s your chance to a better job with an Oscar ballot that many of the actual Oscar voter will probably do. Rob Y has this to say: UPDATE: Deadline to vote is Saturday, Feb 14th, 10 p.m. We want to know what you think is best. We ...

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A. O. Scott, in his remembrance of David Carr: “For a while, a few years ago, there was a weekly video on the New York Times website called The Sweet Spot, taped during off hours in the cafeteria on the 14th floor. The idea was that it would be an ...
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The end has come at last. The ballots are due on Tuesday though most voters have likely turned in their ballots. There is no turning around now. As we all know, many voters simply abstain from certain categories. Why? Because they can. Some of them abstain because they simply don’t ...
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An R-rated Gothic horror film from the modern master of Gothic horror? Yes, please. We have to wait just a little while longer for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, but Oct 16th makes good sense Halloween-wise and, coincidentally, lands the 3rd of the 3 Amigos in a hot spot Oscar-wise. ...
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When I saw the news that David Carr died it came as a brief notification on my iphone. When I touched my phone screen it disappeared. What could the New York Times have been saying about David Carr? Why would his name be on a news alert? I still refuse ...
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On Sunday Night 60 Minutes aired a segment about Selma with Ava DuVernay with veteran CBS correspondent Bob Simon. Yesterday, tragically, Bob Simon was killed in a car crash on the West Side Highway in New York. He was 73.
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The State of the Race

In this photo provided by the Producers Guild of America, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures for “Birdman” on stage at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

When this website first began its grand experiment of cracking the code of why some films make it into the Oscar race and why other films don’t, there were three major ...
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In a year where the outlook appeared to be barren without Breaking Bad and True Detective in contention, House of Cards began as the default Emmy consensus front-runner earlier this ...
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ADTV continues its Making the Case series with today’s entry for HBO’s Silicon Valley to win Outstanding Comedy Series. Clarence praises the shaggy-dog nature of the workplace sitcom and engaging ...
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Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the ...
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Todd Haynes’ period piece, Carol received a lot of enthusiastic praise when it screened earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival. The first trailer for the film has emerged ...
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