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    The Spoils: An Indie-Film Sweep at the Oscars? It's Closer Than You Think

    The nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards, announced Thursday morning, present an intriguing possibility: Independent film has a real shot at sweeping the Oscars’ Big Eight: picture, director, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, original screenplay and adapted screen...

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    The Spoils: Does DOC NYC's Short List Program Help or Hinder Academy Voting on Documentaries?

    New York City’s DOC NYC Festival comes to a close Thursday, and woven in among the films in the official program are ten movies highlighted with an unmistakable wink to the Academy: they are part of a sidebar called The Short List. And while Thom Powers, head programmer for DOC NYC, slyly deni...

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    The Spoils: Could Oscar Award the Pig Tricks and Swamp-Rat Magic of 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'?

    Ever since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Benh Zeitlin’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild” has been a recurring theme in indie-film fans’ excited chatter about their favorite moviegoing experiences this year. As a result, the film has been charging toward awa...

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    The Spoils: To Sell Nicholas Jarecki's 'Arbitrage' to Awards Voters, Backing Richard Gere Is a Smart Investment

    One of the surprises of the 2011 awards season was the box office and critical success of “Margin Call." First-time writer-director Nicholas Jarecki's financial thriller “Arbitrage” has been following a similar course, but this time Roadside is banking on star Richard Gere to seal the deal.

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    The Spoils: Why the Filmmakers Behind 'Chasing Ice' Should Chase Sean Hannity as Much as Oscar

    What Wednesday night’s engaging, high-profile New York screening of “Chasing Ice” needed was more conflict.

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    The Spoils: Why It's Smart for Millennium Entertainment to Push Jack Black's 'Bernie' Performance for Awards

    As even the casual observer knows, awards season is only partially about quality. Yes, from November to February every year talented people are often rewarded for wonderful film work, but only a fool would argue that those honorees and nominees are definitive. Aside from the inevitably debatable res...

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