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National Board of Review highlights 'Compliance' actress Ann Dowd and 'Zero Dark Thirty'


The National Board of Review chose Zero Dark Thirty as its best film, but it was the selection of a few out-of-the-box nominees that are most compelling — including a supporting actress nomination for character actress Ann Dowd’s work in the indie thriller Compliance.

Zero Dark Thirty, which also claimed the group’s best director prize for Kathryn Bigelow, can count this — along with the same wins at the New York Film Critics Circle on Monday — as a serious momentum-builder in the race for the Oscars. But ever since it began screening last week, the film has been heralded far and wide as a heavyweight award season player. Academy voters, it’s fair to say, are already aware.

For someone like Dowd, whose film is lesser known and doesn’t have the same marketing machine behind her, this is a critical victory, a massive “CONSIDER THIS” sign pointed directly at her. If they haven’t already, the Screen Actors Guild nominating committee, Golden Globe voters, and Academy members would be wise to check out her work in the film, in which she plays a well-meaning fast-food manager who is manipulated into thinking one of her employees (Don’t Trust the B‘s Dreama Walker) is guilty of a crime.


Adorable secret behind monsters of 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


Everybody knows the little girl in Beasts of the Southern Wild is beyond adorable, but who would’ve guessed that the creatures playing the monsters would also trigger cute overload?

In this exclusive making-of clip, we get a close look at the tiny, hoofed actors who portrayed the giant, apocalyptic aurochs in this dreamlike indie fable, about a little bayou girl helping her ailing daddy fight back against the end of the world.

The movie, which debuted last January at the Sundance Film Festival and hits Blu-ray and DVD today, was shut out of the shortlist for the visual effects Oscar, but it remains a player for a number of other top awards, including Best Picture.

These two videos pull back the curtain on the do-it-yourself ingenuity that the low-budget movie employed to bring its prehistoric behemoths to life.


'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Lincoln' dominate New York Film Critics Circle awards

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The New York Film Critics Circle has spoken. Instead of announcing their decisions all at once, the esteemed East Coast collection of critics revealed its annual awards list only after its members debated, deliberated, and decided on each category. READ FULL STORY

First Oscars: Academy hopefuls turn out at honorary Governors Awards


Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic; Krista Kennell/AFP/Getty Images

Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic; Krista Kennell/AFP/Getty Images

“This is kind of amazing,” legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker said, looking down at his honorary Oscar. “I mean, everybody here probably has one of these already.”

A nervous ripple of laughter went through the ballroom.  Actually, many people were at the Academy’s Governors Awards because they don’t — but want one.

The four-year-old event, which presents lifetime achievement Oscars to deserving individuals, has become a prime campaign spot for those hoping to persuade members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to vote for them.


'Les Miserables': Five new clips from the musical -- VIDEO


In a sign of extreme confidence after preview screenings sent its Oscar potential skyrocketing, the makers of Les Miserables have released five extended clips from the upcoming musical, which is sure to boost enthusiasm among moviegoers eager for its Christmas Day debut.

In an earlier trailer, we’ve already heard much of Anne Hathaway’s crushing rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream,” a number that is largely responsible making her the frontrunner for Best Support Actress. But these new clips tend not to be the big hit solos.

Instead, they are mostly ensemble numbers, emphasizing the musical dialogue between characters. That decision is clearly aimed at introducing those less familiar with Les Mis to the fact that it is not just a musical, but all singing.


'Chariots of Fire' heads back to theaters

Cue the faux slo-mo trod over dramatic notes duh-da-da-da-dah-dah. (We’ve all done it.) The British Institute and London Olympic organizers are teaming up to bring Chariots of Fire back to British theaters July 13, in advance of London’s Summer Olympic Games.

Based on a true story, the film follows two runners (played by Ben Cross and Ian Charleson) whose quest to qualify for the 1920 Olympics is complicated by their religious convictions. Chariots of Fire shocked Hollywood at the 1982 Oscars, winning Best Picture, as well as trophies for original screenplay, costume design, and original score. The title theme, by Vangelis, topped the popular music charts in May 1982 and became the one-hit wonder guaranteed to stay in our heads all day.

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Oscar predictions: 18 days to go

We’re finally in the homestretch of the Oscar season, and I’m happy to say we have a handful of real races on our hands this year. Best Actor continues to befuddle me, while Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay could both offer surprises on Feb. 26 . At this point I’m thinking Hugo screenwriter John Logan could capitalize on all the support for the film — not to mention the fact that he’s a sole credited writer, which always helps. At this week’s Oscar nominees luncheon, I was taken aback by the tremendous amount of goodwill directed at Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close supporting-actor nominee Max von Sydow. (Perhaps because Christopher Plummer wasn’t there, von Sydow received an inordinate amount of octogenarian love.) Do I suddenly think von Sydow could beat Plummer? No, but he definitely moves up a few rungs in my rankings this week. On today’s episode of my series Nominated With Dave Karger, we take a closer look at Extremely Loud.

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1. The Artist (last week: 1) READ FULL STORY

How many Oscars will 'Hugo' win?

As any Oscarwatcher knows, Martin Scorsese’s ode to film preservation, Hugo, earned the most Academy Award nominations this year. But how many of its 11 nods will it actually win? It’s up for the following awards: Best Picture, director, adapted screenplay, editing, art direction, cinematography, costume design, original score, visual effects, sound mixing, and sound editing. Last night it won one of the three Art Directors Guild prizes for feature-film work (along with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2), so it has a great chance in that category. I’d also give it decent odds for editing, costume design, visual effects, and the two sound awards. Adapted screenplay, meanwhile, strikes me as a three-way race between Hugo, Moneyball, and The Descendants, while picture and director seem to be going The Artist‘s way. And The Tree of Life seems the safest bet for cinematography. So Hugo‘s final tally of wins should end up in the 4-to-7 range. Which means that even if it doesn’t win Best Picture, it could still win the most Oscars this year.

On today’s episode of my series Nominated with Dave Karger, I take a closer look at Hugo. How many awards do you think it will take home on Feb. 26?

Dave on Twitter: @davekarger

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George Clooney on his Oscar-nominated 'Descendants' role -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

One of the biggest question marks at this point in the awards season is Alexander Payne and George Clooney’s domestic drama The Descendants. It emerged from the Telluride and Toronto film festivals as the movie with the loudest buzz and scored rave reviews across the board upon its release in December. It has performed well with every major awards body, most notably winning the Best Drama and Best Actor prizes at the Golden Globes. Then it picked up five Oscar nominations, including Best Director and Best Editing, indicating strong overall support. But it hit a snag this past weekend, as The Artist‘s Jean Dujardin beat Clooney for the Best Actor SAG Award, while The Help took the Best Cast trophy.


Announcing new web series 'Nominated with Dave Karger,' featuring...guess who?

Anyone who reads Entertainment Weekly or knows that I am obsessed with the Academy Awards, to put it mildly. I can guarantee you that I was the only sixth grader who knew who Haing S. Ngor was when he won Best Supporting Actor for The Killing Fields in 1985, and I’ve followed the Oscars closely ever since. Last year I had the honor of following in the footsteps of Army Archerd and Robert Osborne as the Academy’s official red carpet greeter, a position I’m happy to be filling again this year. I’m also very excited to announce the debut of the new web series “Nominated with Dave Karger.” Filmed at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater inside the Academy headquarters here in Los Angeles, the 10-part daily series will take an in-depth look at each of the Best Picture nominees and give you some tips on how to win your Oscar pool. Click the links above to watch the first episode, which focuses on War Horse. It’s my goal to make you all as obsessed with the Oscars as I am.

Dave on Twitter: @davekarger

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