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    Oscar Talk: Where Are We Now?

    In Contention's Kris Tapley and I look at where the Oscar race is now. We check out the strengths and weaknesses of the New York Film Festival entries "Captain Phillips," Spike Jonze's "Her," and Ben Stiller's "Secret Life of Walter Mitty." We agree that Tom Hanks reminds us of what a real performan...

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    How Much Will Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Make Hosting the Upcoming Golden Globes? UPDATED

    UPDATE: Reports are swirling about how much Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will make for their upcoming Golden Globes hosting gig in 2014. (They're also signed on for the 2015 Globes.)

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    Oscar Bitchfest: Knegt vs. Knott On 'Saving Mr. Banks,' Michael Fassbender and What Film Might Win Best Picture

    It's pretty much there in the title -- as most of us who follow the Oscars know, the awards aren't exactly a reliable barometer of quality. Taking them too seriously only leads to disappointment. And while ignoring them is obviously an alternative, and no doubt a healthy one, for those of us who can...

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    '12 Years a Slave' Leads Eclectic 2013 Gotham Award Nominations

    Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" led the 23rd Gotham Independent Film Award nominations, it was announced this morning. The film picked up three nods, including best feature, best actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and best breakthrough actor (Lupita Nyong'o). It was -- as always -- a rather surprisi...

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  • The Playlist
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    Oscars: Which Films Will Pick Up Original & Adapted Screenplay Nominations?

    Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the Twilight Zone. As long as almost anyone can recall, the Adapted Screenplay category has been more far more competitive than the original script slot. In general, more Academy-friendly films tend to have been adapted from novels, non-fiction books, plays, articles...

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    Watch The Last 10 Years of Best Supporting Actress Oscar Speeches

    Every few weeks during awards season -- to fill in those long gaps between actual developments -- we figured we'd wet your Oscars-appetite by taking a look back at the acceptance speeches of yore. Or, in this case, the past 10 years (is that yore, yet?).

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    Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Heads To 2014 Just As Scorsese's 'Wall Street' Is Confirmed For Christmas

    This year's Oscar race just got smaller, but not in the way we thought it would: Just a day after confirming that the film everyone thought would move to 2014 -- Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" -- would indeed be out by Christmas, The Los Angeles Times has broke the news that George Cloo...

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    The Big O: Oscar Didn't Always Have a Horror Problem

    There is a new Carrie in town. She has access to the Internet now and her high-school tormentors use their smart phones to broadcast her shower-scene to even greater embarrassment. But the wallflower is up to her old telekinetic tricks, pulling off a prom massacre at an even great body count than i...

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    Oscars: A Look At The Best Actress Front-Runners, Including Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock & Amy Adams

    Received wisdom has it that, in most years, the Best Actress category at the Academy Awards is less competitive than their male equivalent. It's certainly true, if it even needs to be said, that great roles for women are far, far less common than they are for men. But one only has to think of the pe...

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    Oscar Watch Q & A: Chiwetel Ejiofor Embodies Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave'

    “12 Years a Slave” broke out at the Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, as audiences and critics immersed themselves in Steve McQueen and John Ridley's hard-hitting film adaptation of the memoir of musician Solomon Northup, a free Bostonian who was kidnapped and sold into slavery from 18...

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