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'Selma' and the woman who should have made history: Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay knew last month she wasn’t going to be nominated for an Oscar.

She knew it before the controversy began over how President Lyndon B. Johnson is depicted in her movie, Selma, and before screening copies failed to reach Academy members until late in December, hobbling the film’s awards hopes. She knew it before the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild, and Producers Guild awards all declined to nominate the movie in any category. Despite widespread critical praise for her film, DuVernay predicted that she would not be the first black woman to land a directing nod.

“It would be lovely,” she told EW over lunch in L.A. on Dec. 18. “When it happens to whomever it happens to, it will certainly have meaning.” But it would not be her. “This is not me being humble, either,” she said. “It’s math.” READ FULL STORY

'Selma' cast 'bummed' by Oscar snub

The nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced on Thursday. Like clockwork, the Internet quickly imploded with people arguing for their favorite actors, directors, and films that they considered to be snubbed. And one of the films that prompted the most discussion was Selma.

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Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Chastain, more react to Oscar snubs

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Like every year, there were a number of actors noticeably absent from this year’s Oscars nomineesand like every year, people are asking them about it.

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Everything is not awesome: Snubs and surprises from the 2015 Oscar nominations

Well, it’s certainly going to be one white male Oscars.

With no people of color nominated in the acting categories, no stories about women included in the best picture race, and even Gone Girl novelist/screenwriter (and former EW staffer) Gillian Flynn omitted from the best adapted screenplay category, the Academy demonstrated its lack of diversity today in a big way. READ FULL STORY

PrizeFighter: What the Gothams, NYFCC and NBR really mean for the Oscar race

In the last 24 hours, the filmmakers behind Boyhood, Birdman and A Most Violent Year have had a lot to celebrate. Boyhood walked away from the New York Film Critics Circle with three top prizes—for film, director Richard Linklater and actress Patricia Arquette. Meanwhile, the Gotham Independent Film Awards crowned Birdman its best feature and Michael Keaton its best actor. (Seriously, how could the Gothams resist awarding film’s first Batman? Keaton went with the joke, quipping, “It’s good to be back home.”) Then there’s A Most Violent Year, which isn’t on most Oscar predictors’ lists—but was named best picture of the year by the National Board of Review anyway.

So, does this mean Boyhood, Birdman, and A Most Violent Year are the frontrunners in the Oscar race? Not exactly. READ FULL STORY

15 films make the Best Documentary Oscar shortlist

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Fifteen documentaries have made the shortlist for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The documentary ranks include CitizenFour, Laura Poitras’ powerhouse about Edward Snowden, Life Itself, a look at the life of Roger Ebert, and The Case Against 8, about the Prop 8 Supreme Court case. Last Days of VietnamJodorowsky’s Dune, and Virunga, also made the list.

CitizenFour already picked up two awards this week, winning the Gotham Independent Film Award and the New York Film Critics Circle Award.

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EW's PrizeFighter checks out the Best Director race, which just got more interesting

If 2014 is the year of the auteur, with filmmakers driving their independent visions onto the screen without the ­benefit of megabudgets—I’m not talking to you, Christopher Nolan—the battle for Best Director will come down to who executed that vision most successfully. And it’s sure to be a hell of a race.

The locks, in my opinion, go to four directors with distinct, incisive points of view: ­Richard Linklater for his 12-year effort Boyhood, one of the year’s best-reviewed movies, which excels in transcending what could have been little more than a ­gimmick (it also nabbed prizes for director, picture and supporting actress from the New York Film Critics Monday); Alejandro G. Iñarritú, the brooding Mexican who lightened up (finally) this year with Birdman, a dark comedy that feels like a bright jazz riff; David Fincher, who turned the pitch-black best-seller Gone Girl into a $160 million juggernaut that mixes ­stylized pulp with impeccable craft; and Ava DuVernay, the rising filmmaker who is stunning audiences with her grand-but-intimate portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma. Adding oomph to her odds, she would be the first African-American woman—and only the fifth woman ever—to land a directing nod. READ FULL STORY

EW's PrizeFighter analyzes the Best Actress race, brought to you by Reese Witherspoon

Thank goodness for Reese ­Witherspoon.

Despite a recent surge in strong roles for women (e.g., Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine, Jennifer ­Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook), Hollywood really dropped the ball when it came to showcasing interesting roles for actresses in 2014. If it weren’t for Witherspoon’s newfound strength as a producer, two of this year’s likely ­nominees wouldn’t exist—and the Best Actress race would look even more dire than it currently does.

Witherspoon herself is one of the primary contenders, of course, for her portrayal of a novice hiker looking for redemption in the adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild (which the actress produced). But she also optioned and developed the box office hit Gone Girl, which should land a nomination for Rosamund Pike, playing the iciest (and scariest) wife in modern ­cinema. Neither of them is the front­runner, however. READ FULL STORY

Let the Oscar race begin! EW's PrizeFighter analyzes the Best Actor race

It’s only natural to begin our four-month Oscar discussion with what’s sure to be the most contentious race of all: the Best Actor category. Though it’s only November, this is already one crowded arena, filled with performances that span continents, explore disease, and wrestle with failure. And unfortunately, the race can’t hold them all. READ FULL STORY

See the Oscar contenders for Best Short Documentary

While the Oscar races for prizes like Best Picture will remain a mystery for the next few months, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed the field for another Oscar category: Best Documentary Short Subject.

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