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Awards Season Roundup

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    'Gravity' and 'Her' Win Big at Art Directors Guild Awards 2014 (FULL WINNERS LIST)

    Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, the Art Directors Guild handed out their annual awards to the best in TV and cinematic production design. Big winners of the night were "Gravity," for fantasy feature film, and "Her," for contemporary feature film. "Great Gatsby" also picked up th...

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    Stream This: Belgian Oscar Nominee 'Broken Circle Breakdown'

    If I were picking a foreign Oscar winner this year on the basis of what the entire Academy would like best, it would be Belgian entry "Broken Circle Breakdown," a sexy and tragic musical family drama adapted from a stage musical, featuring bluegrass music. Until now, it has not played in many theate...

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    'Captain Phillips' Gains New Steam With Win At ACE Eddie Awards

    Well, this shakes things up. With "American Hustle," "12 Years A Slave" and "Gravity" perceived as the frontrunners headed into the Oscars, which are in just a few short weeks, "Captain Phillips" is uh, rocking the boat, in the precursor awards. With a win at the WGA Awards last week, "Captain Phill...

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    Awards Campaigns Continue with Santa Barbara Festival and Academy Nominees Luncheon

    Oscar season continues with more campaigning. Things can change during Phase Two: last year when Ben Affleck didn't score a directors nomination, he worked ceaselessly, turning on his underdog charm, to pull out an "Argo" big Best Picture win.

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    Talking Johnny Depp's Oscar-Nominated Makeup and Hair in 'The Lone Ranger'

    When it came to Johnny Depp's trippy Tonto in "The Lone Ranger," there were two makeup and hair challenges: the middle-aged Native American as well as the old man (a tribute to legendary Dick Smith's Jack Crabb from "Little Big Man"). We get the lowdown from Oscar-nominees Joel Harlow, who's become ...

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    Crafts Roundup: Talking Production Design with the Five Oscar Nominees

    The five Oscar nominees for production design ("American Hustle," "Gravity," "The Great Gatsby," "Her," and "12 Years a Slave") certainly capture the zeitgeist of the season in a variety of creative ways. They're about survival, self-invention, reinvention, and rebirth, and we reflect on this with a...

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    Eight Great Quotes from Cate Blanchett at the Santa Barbara Film Festival (CLIPS)

    "Blue Jasmine" hit theaters back in July 2013 which, by this awards-packed winter 2014, feels like ages ago. Writer-director Woody Allen ostensibly penned the title role of Jasmine French with Cate Blanchett in mind. "Well that's something I'd like to believe is true," the ever-bashful Blanchett tol...

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    Talking with the Oscar Nominees for Animated Short Film

    I recently chatted with the Oscar nominees for "Feral" (Daniel Sousa), the Annie-winning "Get a Horse!" (Lauren MacMullan), "Mr. Hublot" (Laurent Witz), "Possessions" (Shuhei Morita), and "Room on the Broom" (Max Lang). We discussed personal connections and challenges. Interestingly, all five of the...

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    'Frozen' Puts Chill on 'Lion King,' Longest Running No. 1 Film Soundtrack Since 2003

    "Frozen" has beaten Disney's highest grossing animated blockbuster "The Lion King." The film's mighty soundtrack has held at No.1 on the charts for its fourth non-consecutive week, the first theatrical film album to do so since 2003's "Bad Boys II."

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