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Fox Searchlight re-releasing 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

In the wake of its four major Academy Awards nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, Fox Searchlight Pictures announced Wednesday that it intends to re-release the bayou fable Beasts of the Southern Wild in theaters on January 18.

That date marks the one-year anniversary of the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it picked up the Grand Jury Prize and Excellence in Cinematography Award. The stunning debut kicked off a banner year that included winning a Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. So far, Beasts has picked up over 120 awards from festivals and critics.

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The big change in the Best Director category: Actually, it's not about snubs

The Academy Awards wouldn’t be a tenth as much fun if they held no surprises. After the endless and expert prognosticating of a thousand media odds-makers, there’s virtually no such thing as an Oscar night without at least one medium-size upset. And by the time the nominations themselves are read aloud on Tuesday — now Thursday — morning, they have inevitably coughed up their share of dark-horse nods, out-of-the-blue eyebrow-raisers, and “snubs.” This morning, however, even when the smoke had cleared, the dust had settled, and the surprises had been dutifully digested, one category looked so different from what everyone thought it was going to look like that a lot of people simply couldn’t wrap their heads around it. READ FULL STORY

'Beasts of the Southern Wild' director on Oscar shocker: 'This will be the Mardi Gras of a lifetime'

The Beasts of the Southern Wild team is having a very good morning. The little film that could, which debuted last year at Sundance (and won the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic there, as well as the Caméra d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival), got a total of four nominations this morning, including for youngest-ever Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (now 9), Best Director Benh Zeitlin, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay (Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar) and Best Picture.

When EW called up Zeitlin this morning, he was understandably thrilled — and more than a little surprised. “It’s funny because I knew I was going to be nervous and my heart was going to be racing during the Best Actress announcement,” he says. “But for director I honestly didn’t think there was any possibility that that was going to happen. And I thought they’d finished announcing the names so I wasn’t even nervous. I remember when they said [Michael] Haneke’s name I just sort of tuned out and then I just heard my name out of the back of my head and then I went into a black-out.” READ FULL STORY

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