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J.C. Chandor’s A MOST VIOLENT YEAR will kick off the AFI Film Festival. How will this affect its Oscar chances?

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Chris Rock’s Top Five seemed to be more of a commercial prospect when distributors were fighting for get U.S. rights at the Toronto International Film Festival. However, winning bidder Paramount might also have Oscar on the mind: Five hits select locations on Dec. 5 and theaters nationwide the following weekend.

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Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game took the Toronto International Film Festival’s audience award earlier this week. The film won over runners-up Isabel Coixet’s Learning to Drive and Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent; people had pegged James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything as a contender, too. Gold Derby reports that 25 of

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David Dobkin’s The Judge – starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall – was the first film to, officially, make its case at the Toronto International Film Festival when it kicked off the fest last Thursday night. Well, the jury reached a guilty verdict… Enough courtroom puns, though – what

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The Oscar race moves on as the Telluride Film Festival ends and the Toronto Film Festival begins.

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Last time I checked in, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave had just taken best picture, best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o, and best adapted screenplay for John Ridley. Of course, quite a bit has changed since then; it’s time to look ahead to this year’s Oscars, but not without

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BOYHOOD’s expert direction and writing from Richard Linklater are breakthroughs in how stories can be told and movies can be made.

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For the most part, the evening went as expected – well, maybe not John Travolta’s presenting of Idina Menzel, who performed original song winner “Let It Go” (Adela Dazeem?) or Darlene Love‘s lovely impromptu rendition of “His Eye is on the Sparrow” as 20 Feet from Stardom won best documentary

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Aren’t we ready for next year – our own year-in-advance picks we know we’ll laugh at in several months’ time, the obvious Oscar bait that fizzles out for one reason or another, the films that catch fire at the last minute, the campaign chicanery? But we still have this Oscar

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The Olympics pushed back the ceremony and with it the whole awards season. So studios won’t let their films go down without a fight – even the original song race is heating up.

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The top races – for picture and director – didn’t change much over the last few days, but Her thankfully made some waves with the Writers Guild of America (WGA). The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) weighs in with its picks on Feb. 16, and that’s really

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Do GRAVITY’s wins with the DGA and the PGA mean the space-set thriller will win best picture?

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How will the Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild of America’s picks affect the Oscar race?

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AMERICAN HUSTLE and GRAVITY lead the Oscar nominations. 12 YEARS A SLAVE close behind. And what’s ALONE YET NOT ALONE?

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The Oscar nominations arrive tomorrow. Who’s in, who’s out, and who might surprise us?

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Members of the motion-picture academy could begin voting for the Oscars as early as Dec. 27, and today marks the final day on which they can turn in their ballots. In other words, nothing that happens after today – save for some kind of technical glitch with the electronic voting

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