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Remember back in 2014 when the makers of Jenny’s Wedding were trying to raise enough money to finish the film and release it (AwardsDaily is proud to have donated to their cause)? They raised almost $100k. It seemed for a time as though the film would never make it off the shelf but lo! Here […]
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The Daily Mail has posted photos of the James Marsh’s follow-up to the Theory of Everything tentatively named Untitled Donald Crowhurst Project.  Firth plays Crowhurst’s story is bizarre on every level but it could be a bravura performance by Firth. Here is what Wikipedia says about him: Donald Charles Alfred Crowhurst ...
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The documentary category is, once again, filling up quickly. Five slots really can’t possibly account for the abundance of documentaries, most of which are better than the feature submissions in any given year.  Look at the overwhelming number of great titles from last year alone. While it dilutes the excitement and ...
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There has been some confusion as to whether Martin Scorsese’s Silence will be ready to screen in time for this year’s Oscars. It, like Wolf of Wall Street, might just make it under the wire. Scorsese’s film is based on the Shusaku Endo novel about two Jesuit priests who try to ...
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It’s a pathetic situation in America when the queasy combination of celebrities and politics can literally result in “celebrity politicians” — carnival freakshows like Donald Trump whose name-brand recognition is enough to propel his ignorance to the top of U.S. presidential polls. There’s of course no reason why passionate celebrity ...
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download In the latest Oscar Podcast we discuss the 4th annual Academy Awards held at the Biltmore hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Herbert Hoover’s vice president was in attendance. Prohibition didn’t keep attendees from bringing flasks. It isn’t the most exciting Oscars ever – ...
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It was almost a Fincher/Sorkin/Rudin joint with a different actor (Leo, Christian) but now it’s here – Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs with Michael Fassbender as the man who invented then reinvented Apple. Kate Winslet looks to be supporting. Here is a trailer and our first glimpse of Fassbender as Jobs, ...
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The international trailer for Snowden has just been released. The film stars Joseph Gordon Levitt playing the former C.I.A employee who leaked classified NSA information. We don’t get to see any cast members in the teaser trailer, but the music and the tagline alone sets the tone for what’s set ...
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In 2009, Argentinian director Juan José Campanella won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for The Secret in Their Eyes, the story of the an investigation of cold case told in flashbacks to the 1970s. The film won several truckloads of awards all around the world, and represents one of ...
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Director Paul Feig has shared a new teaser photo from the forthcoming Ghostbusters. Feig tweeted a photo of the brand new proton pack using the hashtag #Whoyougonnashoot #whatyougonnashoot pic.twitter.com/sGsYSgS1Io — Paul Feig (@paulfeig) June 30, 2015 Here’s your first look at the proton pack which Melissa McCarthy,Kate McKinnon, Kristin Wiig ...
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Much of the work women find in film these days isn’t in lead, but in supporting, certainly in the movies that are most often considered for Best Picture. Both Boyhood and Birdman featured women in supporting, rather than leading, roles. The woman around the man, the woman behind the man, ...
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Dolby are giving away a copy of the brand new thriller, The Gunman on Blu-ray. The Gunman, a pulse-pounding film with two-time Academy Award-winner Sean Penn. It’s been eight years since Jim Terrier (Penn) worked as a black ops assassin and now someone from his old organization wants him dead. ...
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Director and Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow has written an op-ed to urge the United States to continue to defend the elephants who are on the brink of extinction, all because of their pricey tusks. What a heartbreaker that is. Bigelow writes: Despite its diminishing numbers, the LRA poses a formidable ...
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“To a canary, the cat is the monster. We’re just used to being the cat.” If all goes as expected, Jurassic World’s domestic box office is going to make it one of the top three highest grossing films of all time. We’re probably more in Avengers or Dark Knight territory ...
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We might have our Best Actor frontrunner (sight unseen anyway) in Tom Hardy’s double performance in Legend. Hardy is one of those transformative actors who can be barely recognizable. He’s been working his way away from being a heartthrob and towards being a versatile chameleon. Hardy also stars in one ...
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The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

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The Academy has released its list of new member invitees.  Niki Caro finally gets an invite!  Gugu Mbatha-Raw is in the house! The 2015 invitees are: Actors Elizabeth Banks – “Love & Mercy,” “The Hunger Games” Choi Min-sik– “Lucy,” “Oldboy” Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” ...
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In this unprecedented look at Amy Winehouse’s early life and commitment to music, bits and pieces of what made her life a painful one bob to the surface. Watch the trailer here.
Rose McGowan arrives at the 2014 amfAR Inspiration Gala at Milk Studios on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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Women are treated like sex objects in dumbo comedies aimed at infantile men. This is nothing new. Aside from the Judd Apatow, Todd Phillips here or Paul Feig there, for the most part these are films made from the point of men who think about women no other way. They’re ...
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Unfortunately, the Academy appears to be continuing their herding cats method of voting for contenders (five nomination slots for voters which results in a number between 5 and 10). But it does look like they’ve made some changes to expand other categories, at least in the early phases of voting. ...

The State of the Race

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During out latest podcastof Oscar Poker, Jeff Wells and I contemplated the idea that this could be a year where the Best Picture race might depart from last year’s lineup ...
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)

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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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