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AFI movies of the year: 'Her' and '12 Years a Slave' in; 'August: Osage County' out

The American Film Institute announced its 10 “most outstanding” movies of the year Monday, including Her, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Gravity, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

AFI has a strong history of selecting films that end up competing for an Academy Award. Last year alone, all but Moonrise Kingdom and The Dark Knight Rises picked up Best Picture nominations. The only nominee AFI missed was Amour, and that’s just because AFI only selects from American films. Not too shabby.

The list is mostly consistent with the landscape of serious contenders that we’ve been anticipating. The recently announced critics awards largely skewed toward 12 Years a Slave, with a few nods for American Hustle, Gravity, and Her – all of which are represented on AFI’s list. Notably, Sundance winner Fruitvale Station (largely absent from critics lists) made the top 10, perhaps signifying that it’s not out of the race just yet. Missing from AFI’s list are a few notable Best Picture hopefuls including Philomena, August: Osage County, and Blue Jasmine.

Check out the full list below, including AFI’s television programs of the year.
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L.A., New York, and Boston Critics awards roundup: '12 Years a Slave', 'Gravity' dominate

Sunday was a busy day for film critics on both coasts. Boston, New York, and Los Angeles Film Critics announced their annual awards, adding fuel to the Oscar-prediction fire with a strong showing for 12 Years a Slave in the Best Picture arena.

Other repeat honorees include Blue Jasmine’s Cate Blanchett for Best Actress, 12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club’s Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor, and 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress. Cinematography awards mostly went to Emmanuel Lubezki for his work on Gravity, and Inside Llewyn Davis picked up a few nods for T Bone Burnett’s score. Some categories were more evenly divided: Alfonso Cuaron and Steve McQueen both got two Best Director acknowledgements for their work on Gravity and 12 Years a Slave.

Take a look at the complete roundup below.

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Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: 'Gravity' ties with 'Her' for Best Picture, James Franco ties with Jared Leto

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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association named ties in three major categories Sunday. Gravity tied with Her for Best Picture, James Franco and Jared Leto tied for Best Supporting Actor for their performances in Spring Breakers and Dallas Buyers Club, and Cate Blanchett and Adèle Exarchopoulos tied for Best Actress for their work in Blue Jasmine and Blue is the Warmest Color.

The LAFCA did choose distinct winners in the other major acting categories. Bruce Dern was named Best Actor for his portrayal of Woody Grant in Nebraska, and Lupita Nyong’o picked up a supporting actress win for playing the tragic Patsey in 12 Years a Slave.

Gravity was the big winner beyond its Best Picture tie with Spike Jonze’s Her, walking away with nods for Best Director, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography. Also of note, Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tellrecently selected as one of the 15 docs on the Academy’s shortlist — won Best Documentary.

Noticeably absent from any recognition was David O. Russell’s American Hustle, which the New York Film Critics Circle named Best Picture; Sundance favorite and recent Gotham Awards-winner Fruitvale Station; and the Robert Redford survival pic All Is Lost.

Check out the full list of winners below.

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Oscar Predictions: EW's Prize Fighter on who is rising and falling

December is the time for Oscar whiplash. The last of the Academy hopefuls starts to screen, the first of the non-stop ancillary trophies begin to flow, and those who watch the race closely can find their heads spun in all sorts of different directions as momentum in the Best Picture race shifts, often from day to day.

Here is EW’s Prize Fighter analysis of what’s connecting with voters right now in the big races.

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Diane Keaton to accept Cecil B. DeMille Award on Woody Allen's behalf at Golden Globes

Woody Allen has never been one for awards shows, or Los Angeles for that matter. When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their plans to honor the prolific filmmaker with the 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s Golden Globes ceremony, the big question was whether or not Allen would turn out to accept it.

In a move that’s perfectly suited for his and co-star Diane Keaton’s Annie Hall alter egos, Keaton has agreed to accept the Award at the 71st Golden Globes on behalf of her onetime partner, and longtime friend, director, and co-star, EW confirmed Tuesday. Annie always liked Los Angeles more than Alvy after all.

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Oscar doc short-list: 'Stories We Tell' is in, 'One Direction: This Is Us' is out

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The Academy’s documentary branch has revealed its list of the 15 films eligible for the Oscar this year, reducing from a total of 147 movies.

Among the semi-finalists is Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, about her quest to untangle her family history. The movie was a question mark for the short list since it includes some fictionalized elements and re-creations of events from the past. Ultimately, it made the cut, voted in by the 210 members of the doc branch.

Left off the list: One Direction: This Is Us, the documentary with the biggest box office tally of the year at $29 million. Teenagers were fanatical about it, but filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) didn’t get much love from critics over his boy-band movie.  READ FULL STORY

'American Hustle' wins best picture from New York Film Critics Circle

The thing to remember about critics groups handing out movie awards this time of year is it’s all about advocacy.

The beneficiary today: American Hustle.

The grifter dramedy collected Best Picture from the New York Film Critics Circle today, and most people will be looking at the prizes as a gauge of what’s likely to end up in the Oscar race this year. Intended or not, that’s what the annual onslaught of awards have evolved into: Academy Award straw polls. READ FULL STORY

'Inside Llewyn Davis' upsets '12 Years a Slave' at Gotham Awards

Inside Llewyn Davis upset 12 Years a Slave and was named Best Feature at the Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday night. The honor gives a boost to the Coen brothers’ folk-music movie, though the Gotham Awards aren’t typically an Oscar bellwether due to its specific focus on independent film. (Last year, Moonrise Kingdom won the top prize.)

In the acting categories, however, Matthew McConaughey won for his work in Dallas Buyers Club, edging out a field that included Oscar contenders Chiwetel Ejiofor and Robert Redford. Similarly, Short Term 12‘s Brie Larson was named Best Actress over Blue Jasmine‘s Cate Blanchett, who is considered at least a lock for an Oscar nomination.

The night’s biggest winner was Fruitvale Station, the Sundance darling about the last 24 hours in the life of Bay Area man Oscar Grant. Director Ryan Coogler was awarded the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award and Michael B. Jordan was named Breakthrough Actor.

The Best Documentary prize was given to Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, and the Audience Award went to Tadashi Nakamura’s Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings.

Forest Whitaker, star of Lee Daniels’ The Butler and a producer on Fruitvale Station, was given a lifetime achievement award, and Steve Buscemi presented a posthumous tribute to James Gandolfini.

Prize Fighter: Best Actor shapes up as the Oscars' toughest race

Daniel Day-Lewis spoiled us. Last year, the Best Actor race was an easy call, but this time around, it’s the hardest of the Oscar fields to predict. The race is jam-packed with worthy contenders, each with an equally strong chance of finding his name in that winning envelope on March 2.

With a month to go before voting opens we could still see some shifting. Who could still sneak in?  Forest Whitaker for The Butler or Joaquin Phoenix for Her have the potential to rise in the ranks. So does Oscar Isaac for his musical, downtrodden turn in Inside Llewyn Davis.

Most Academy members haven’t seen the ’70s grifter drama American Hustle yet, but since it began screening for the press earlier this week reactions have been ecstatic. Expect to see that film in as many as eight Oscar categories this year, including each of the acting fields.

Christian Bale’s comically seductive, balding, pot-bellied con artist from that film should soon be joining the list of Best Actor contenders. The question is: Who will he knock out?

Right now, if you ask voters to pick front-runners, they almost always name the five below. Each delivers an impressive performance, but also have a compelling backstory, which can help make the difference in a tough race.
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'12 Years a Slave': The emotional reactions that make director Steve McQueen thankful -- Q&A

Who’s afraid of 12 Years a Slave?

Not audiences — strong ticket sales at the box office have proven that. However, despite some passionate fans, many Academy voters have privately confessed to being intimidated by the drama, mostly because reviews have hyped the violence as extreme and relentless. Searing? Yes. Punishing for the audience? No more than, say, Saving Private Ryan or any other honest war picture.

In our latest issue, Entertainment Weekly named director Steve McQueen one of the Entertainers of the Year. That’s not a title one would obviously bestow on the soft-spoken British filmmaker, but “entertainment” means more than escapism. In his case, he’s one of the storytellers who simply moved people the most in 2013, bringing to the screen the true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) a free black man who found himself trapped in a place where there was no such thing.

We asked him what he would say to people who say they are intimidated by the movie, and why he thinks this has been such a strong year for films about the black experience. What McQueen wanted to talk about was how grateful he was to those who have opened themselves up the movie.

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