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12 Years a Slave

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    Indiewire's Film Critic Picks the Oscars: If '12 Years a Slave' Doesn't Win, All Is Lost

    There are great movies and important movies, but rarely do those two qualities meet on the global stage of the Academy Awards. Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" is the first in ages to offer that opportunity. In the half year since it gobsmacked audiences at the Telluride Film Festival, "12 Years a...

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    Oscar Talk Final Predictions: 'Gravity' or '12 Years a Slave'? Lawrence or Nyong'o?

    On this season's final Oscar Talk Podcast, Kris Tapley and I dig in to this year's hardest categories to predict: Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress.

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    'The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug' & '12 Years A Slave' Lead 19th Empire Award Nominations

    In a week's time, the Oscars will be over, but that doesn't quite mean the end of awards season, with a few stragglers — normally more populist than high-minded — following in the weeks and months after. Now in their 19th year, the Jameson Empire Awards — run by the UK movie magazine — are more MTV ...

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    '12 Years A Slave' To Be Taught In Public High Schools Next School Year

    The initiative, organized by talk show host and NSBA spokesperson Montel Williams, is modeled after a program that Williams developed to integrate the film Glory into public schools years ago.

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    '12 Years a Slave' to be Taught in Schools

    American public high schools are set to receive some new material. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) just partnered with New Regency, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to distribute teaching material centered on "12 Years a Slave" including the film, the book, and study guides. The distr...

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    Watch: Kids Reenact The 2014 Best Picture Oscar Nominees

    There's been lots of interviews, speeches, industry back-patting, speculation and more over the past few months. And as Hollywood gets ready to hand out the Oscars next weekend, here's something to lighten the mood a bit and take the edge off the awards season.

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    Talking Editing with the Oscar Nominees

    Editorially, all five films take us out of our comfort zones in this strange season of survival and rebirth: from the chameleon-like con of "American Hustle" to the abduction at sea in "Captain Phillips" to the weightless terror of "Gravity" to the ticking clock death sentence of "Dallas Buyers Club...

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    Anatomy of a Scene: Solomon Northup Chained in '12 Years a Slave'

    One of the most important yet difficult decisions in Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" was how to depict Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) waking up in bondage. Fortunately, they hit on the idea in the cutting room to tell it out of sequence, the result of which was disconcerting for Northup and v...

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    'Gravity' Wins 6 At 2014 BAFTAs But '12 Years A Slave' Takes Best Film & Actor

    After a few weeks off from awards ceremonies, the two-week homestretch of the season, ahead of the Oscars two weeks from now, gets underway tonight with the 2014 BAFTA Awards. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have, in recent years, become an increasingly convincing predictor of which ...

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    Oscar Writers Reveal Road to Movies at Santa Barbara 'It Starts with the Script' Panel (VIDEO)

    The annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival "It Starts with the Script" panel where I grill many of the writing Oscar nominees is my favorite moderating duty. This year did not disappoint.

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