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    Mel Brooks, 'Long-Reigning King of Comedy,' To Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

    AFI will honor Mel Brooks with the 41st Life Achivement Award, their highest honor. On June 6, 2013, Brooks will be presented with the award at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, which will later be aired on TNT. AFI's Sir Howard Stringer says, "Mel Brooks is America’s long-reigning king of comedy...

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    Oscars: Can Anyone Beat Philip Seymour Hoffman To Best Supporting Actor?

    Last week in our category spotlight, we took a look at the relatively thin Supporting Actress field, so it feels only natural to head over to the Supporting Actor boys this time around. And of all the acting categories, it might be the most interesting: it's not as locked-up as the leading men (whic...

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    The Spoils: Why It's Smart for Millennium Entertainment to Push Jack Black's 'Bernie' Performance for Awards

    As even the casual observer knows, awards season is only partially about quality. Yes, from November to February every year talented people are often rewarded for wonderful film work, but only a fool would argue that those honorees and nominees are definitive. Aside from the inevitably debatable res...

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    Daniel Day-Lewis Honored With Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award by BAFTA LA

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles announced that the recipient of the 2012 Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film will be Daniel Day-Lewis. Day-Lewis, a two-time Academy Award-winning actor, will be honored at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on Novemb...

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    BAFTA LA Britannias to Honor Day-Lewis with Stanley Kubrick Award

    The BAFTA LA 2012 Britannia Awards (November 11) will honor "Lincoln" star Daniel Day-Lewis with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for excellence in film. The pre-selected awards, which this year also honor Daniel Craig, Quentin Tarantino, Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Will Wright, provide a BAFTA O...

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    Immersed in Movies: Will Animated Black-and-White 3-D 'Frankenweenie' Win Burton His First Oscar?

    "Frankenweenie" is not only Tim Burton's best film since "Big Fish" (another rite of passage story), but also a lock for a best animated feature nomination. In fact, the Oscar arguably appears to be Burton's to lose, though it's shaping up to be quite a race with two other tantalizing retro movies y...

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    Oscar Watch: Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Faces Marketing Challenges; Fiery New Trailer Targets Political Wonks During Presidential Debate

    An intense and patriotic new trailer for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" (November 9) premiered during the presidential debate. Political news wonks may seem an odd target audience for a Hollywood movie, but it makes sense for a period drama that is essentially about governing. "Lincoln" spends most of...

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    Three Indie Summer Hits Vie for Oscars: 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,' 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' and 'Moonrise Kingdom'

    Several indie movies are looking to make a late-year comeback on the road to the Oscars, most notably three summer hits. Fox Searchlight is pushing Brit import "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" ($46 million domestic) as well as Sundance sweetheart "Beasts of the Southern Wild" ($...

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    Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Another Middle Eastern Film and Foreign Oscar Submission

    In advance of its New York Film Festival screening next week, Israel's Oscar entry "Fill the Void," has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. Israel sends its Ophir Best Picture winner to the Oscars.

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    Oscars: Could Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi' Go All The Way?

    There's been some significantly sesmic shifts in the Oscar field in the last few days, and not just the surprise announcement that "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane will be hosting the ceremony itself (for the record, this writer dislikes pretty much everything he's ever done, but based on his 'S...

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