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Awards Season Roundup

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    Crafts Roundup: Best Original Score Contenders Talk Creating Music for Survival, Reinvention and Spiritual Uplift

    The Oscar-contending music scores are particularly strong this year, given the propelling theme of survival and reinvention. Among the standouts are "Gravity," "All Is Lost," "The Book Thief," "Philomena," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," and "Prisoners." Even original songs have spiritual uplift, i...

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    NYT Best Sellers Dominated by Films and TV: '12 Years a Slave,' 'Long Walk to Freedom,' 'Orange Is the New Black' and More

    One of the revelations from the current New York Times list of non-fiction bestsellers is how many films land there. Solomon Northup's "12 Years a Slave," which was overshadowed upon its 1853 publication by abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin" and...

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    Spike Jonze on Developing 'Her' and Shooting a Sex Scene Between a Man and His Operating System

    Since first premiering at the New York Film Festival, Spike Jonze's future-set love story "Her" has gone to snag a slew of awards including the National Board of Review's Best Picture and Director honors, and accolades. Indiewire's Eric Kohn called it "one of the best studios movies of the year," wh...

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    David O. Russell Talks 'American Hustle' in Dubai, Redemption, Scorsese and Embracing "Muscular" Cinema

    Is there a filmmaker of recent times who's enjoyed a more impressive career rebound than David O. Russell? Before "The Fighter" in 2010, Russell's career was in tatters, and in danger of flatlining for good. But that shrewd blend of "Rocky"-style boxing saga and family psychodrama marked a magnifice...

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    Awards Spotlight: How Good Was Brie Larson’s Year? She Beat Cate Blanchett at Her Own Game

    This awards season Brie Larson did the unthinkable – she beat Cate Blanchett. Blanchett, considered by nearly every pundit as the frontrunner for every Best Actress award under the sun for her performance in "Blue Jasmine," lost to "Short Term 12"'s Larson at this year’s Gothams Award. If there was...

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    Why '12 Years a Slave' Is Returning to Theaters

    Fox Searchlight is not out of the woods with "12 Years a Slave." The movie has been praised by critics and pulled a remarkable number of moviegoers in its run so far. What's too worry? Why the film will be re-released in select cities on January 17.

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    Alexandre Desplat Talks Embracing Humor Through Music in 'Philomena' Score

    Composer Alexandre Desplat has never scored a comedy before and, although one wouldn't call "Philomena" a comedy, he nonetheless found the witty repartee between Judi Dench and Steve Coogan a lighter change of pace in crafting the music for his fifth collaboration with director Stephen Frears.

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    '12 Years a Slave' and 'Her' Split Four More Critics Groups' Awards

    Critics groups from Austin, Las Vegas, Florida and Phoenix have lent their voices to the awards season onslaught, with Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" and Spike Jonze's "Her" adding more best picture prizes to their counts.

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    A Guide To The 2013-14 Awards Season: All The Winners and Nominees So Far

    Award season is in full swing, with basically three straight months of announcements from critics groups, guilds, boards, and yes, academies, underway.

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    For Your Consideration: New Oscar Predictions In The Wake of a Storm of December Precursors

    As it does every December, the 2014 Oscar race has essentially gone from a wide open question mark to a largely settled snooze fest in just two weeks.

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