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    Ten Visual Effects Movies Made It to Oscar Shortlist, More Got Robbed

    Here's why the ten visual effects Oscar frontrunners landed on the Shortlist. Who will make the final five? Only the January 9 bakeoff will tell.

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    Academy Announces Special Effects Shortlist, Does Not Yet Name 'Gravity' Winner

    Today, the Academy announced the ten films that will vie for the Special Effects Oscar. The films will be pared down to the nominees after the visual effects branch gets together to evaluate the effects all at once in a special event in January.

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    This Weekend, Head to 'Out of the Furnace' and 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

    Two of the year's big awards contenders arrive in theaters this weekend: the Coens' heavenly folk music tragicomedy "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Scott Cooper's hardboiled noir "Out of the Furnace." More low-key releases are Penn & Teller's art doc "Tim's Vermeer" and Ulrich Seidl's refreshingly "Hope"-...

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    Open Up the Best Actress Oscar Race: Five Locks and Eight Must-See Performances

    As usual, there are more viable men hustling after a Best Actor slot than women in contention for Best Actress. (My current predictions are here.) 'Twas ever thus, as the myopic film industry continues to chase the male demo and sequester "soft" relationship movies to the indie realm. Which means th...

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    Crafts Roundup: The Year of Immersive Sound in Survival Films

    In the year of survival, sound has taken on supreme importance as an authentic, driving narrative force, and with the advent of Dolby Atmos, the theatrical experience has never been more immersive. "Gravity," "All Is Lost," "Captain Phillips," "Oblivion," "Rush," and "12 Years a Slave" are among the...

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    'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange is the New Black' Nab Multiple WGA Award Nominations

    The WGA Awards announced the 2014 nominees for television writing, with "Breaking Bad" and "Orange is the New Black" doing particularly well in their respective final and first seasons. The ceremony will take place February 1st in New York and Los Angeles, at the Edison Ballroom and the JW Marriott ...

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    Emile Hirsch Dishes on John Belushi Biopic at 'Lone Survivor' Awards Lunch

    On the same day it was named as one of the National Board of Review's top 10 films of the year, "Lone Survivor" was celebrated with a luncheon yesterday in New York, hosted by Universal Pictures. Emile Hirsch, one the film's ensemble players, learned of the good news via his co-star in the film, Mar...

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    New York Film Critics' Cinematography Winner Delbonnel Goes 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

    Given the evocative look and setting of the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," it's not surprising that Bruno Delbonnel snagged the cinematography award yesterday from the New York Film Critics Circle. He exquisitely captures the coldness, sadness, unhappiness, and loneliness of Oscar Isaac's str...

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    Spike Jonze's 'Her' Wins Best Film & Best Director From National Board Of Review

    So how influential are the National Board Of Review winners? Well, last year "Zero Dark Thirty" won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress and went on to be shut out in all three categories when the Oscars rolled out. Basically, just remember that there is a gulf between critics and Academy voter...

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    National Board of Review Best of 2013 Is Out: 'Her' Wins Best Film (UPDATED)

    Spike Jonze's tech-romance "Her" leads the top ten list of the National Board of Review, whose thunder was stolen this year by the New York Film Critics Circle vote Tuesday. Jonze also won best director. While the NYFCC gave Robert Redford its Best Actor prize, the NBR went with another 77-year-old,...

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