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'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.

Golden Globes refuse to consider Scarlett Johansson's 'Her' performance -- BREAKING

The Golden Globes will not be speaking up on behalf of Scarlett Johansson’s voice.

The vocal performance by the actress in Spike Jonze’s new romantic drama Her has been ruled ineligible by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for a supporting actress bid, according to sources close to the submission process. The final decision came today after an appeal from distributor Warner Bros.

Just last week, the Rome Film Festival gave Johansson its Best Actress award for the film.  READ FULL STORY

Channing Tatum announces 'Team Oscar' contest on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

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There’s nothing Ellen Degeneres likes more than her hometown of New Orleans and male strippers — at least if you buy the intro that actor Channing Tatum (Magic Mike21 Jump Street) received during a satellite appearance on Friday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he kicked off this year’s Team Oscar college search.

The competition is aimed at giving young filmmakers an opportunity to appear on stage during the live Oscar broadcast.

Tatum and Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will pick the six winners of this year’s competition. Students who win will be flown out to attend the 86th annual Academy Awards where they will deliver Oscar statuettes to celebrity presenters on stage.

“It’s inspiring to see talented young people passionate about movies, and I’m excited to help shine a spotlight on them through Team Oscar,” said Tatum who will return to The Ellen DeGeneres Show sometime early next year to announce the Team Oscar winners. Team Oscar is open to U.S. college students and runs through Jan. 5, 2014. To enter, students must visit The Academy’s Facebook page and submit a creative short video explaining how they will contribute to the future of movies. Additionally, entrants will be asked to answer a brief essay question on a similar topic.
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Michael Fassbender won't campaign for '12 Years' Oscar nom: 'I won't put myself through that kind of situation again'

When the camera is on, Michael Fassbender is one of the most convincing and compelling actors working. In 12 Years a Slave, he’s terrifying as the morally depraved Edwin Epps, a plantation owner who abuses his slaves in every possible way. But when his work is done, his work is done. At least that’s what the 36-year-old Irishman has decided when it comes to the Oscar campaigns that will inevitably follow 12 Years‘ release on Oct. 18. “I won’t put myself through that kind of situation again,” Fassbender tells GQ. “It’s just a grind. And I’m not a politician. I’m an actor.” READ FULL STORY

'Halloween': Jamie Lee Curtis would like you to have the greatest Michael Myers mask ever

There are great Halloween movies, but then there is Halloween. John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher movie, about an escaped lunatic wearing a white William Shatner mask and wrecking havoc on a small town, had a terrifying villain, a spine-tingling score, and the perfect young heroine. Jamie Lee Curtis was only 19 years old when she starred as Laurie Strode, the wholesome babysitter who becomes the target of Michael Myers’ sister obsession. It was an iconic genre role — not unlike the one her mother, Janet Leigh, played in Psycho — and she spent the next few years being chased and screaming in movies like The Fog and Prom Night.

Though Curtis eventually became better known for movies like Trading Places, A Fish Called Wanda, and True Lies, Halloween has always been in the shadows… lurking. She circled back in the late 1990s to revisit the franchise for two sequels, and in recent years, she’s embraced the nostalgia and the passion that surrounds the original film. Last year, she was blown away by the warm reception she encountered at a horror-film convention, and that experience led her to tap that community for her most recent philanthropic efforts with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Starting today and until Halloween, fans can visit Charitybuzz.com and bid on a special Michael Myers mask autographed by Curtis and virtually every living member of the cast and crew.

Curtis, who showcased some of her Halloween memorabilia — including the mask — during her last visit to The Tonight Show (see clip below), chatted with EW about what other movie memorabilia she might put up for auction, working on the Veronica Mars movie, and why she wasn’t cool with Seth MacFarlane’s “We Saw Your Boobs” Oscar song and dance number.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve been very involved with Children’s Hospital for many years. How did this particular fundraiser come about?
JAMIE LEE CURTIS: I had this epiphany about a year ago after I realized that the people that love horror films love them with a fervor that I maybe don’t even understand. I realized that there’s a way to monetize my fame and to try to connect it to something that can raise money for charity — not for myself obviously. Just so you understand kind of where this all began, last November, I actually went to a horror film convention. I went to Indianapolis for a two-day horror film convention called HorrorHound. I brought a documentary film crew with me, because I said to [the organizers], I’m going to do this once — one time only. I wanted to make sure that if people were really going to cough up the kind of money that we were going to ask them for, that they realized that I was serious. That I am doing this totally for charity. And that I would be doing this once. It could not have been better. We raised over $150,000 in two days — cash. For charity. READ FULL STORY

Oscars: Academy announces Best Foreign Language Film shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its shortlist for the 2014 Foreign Language Film Oscar —  totaling a not-so-short 76 submitted films.

The number, up from 71 films last year, sets a new record for the category and includes frontrunners such as Asghar Farhadi’s The Past from Iran, Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt from Denmark, and Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmaster from Hong Kong. Abdellatif Kechiche’s festival favorite lesbian drama Blue Is the Warmest Color from France, however, failed to make the cut-off date for eligibility, while India controversially submitted Gyan Correa’s The Good Road over Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox.

Check out the full list of submissions below:
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Toronto: '12 Years a Slave' -- and its rave reviews -- inspire heated Oscar debate

For a movie journalist, the Toronto Film Festival isn’t just a cornucopia of cinematic delights. Sometimes, we have to come into the light after a double-feature of Oscar hopefuls, roll up our sleeves, and go to a festival party packed with the same people we just watched on-screen. Our “work” is never done, people.

The first weekend of the festival hosts many of the biggest and best parties, and EW’s Toronto Must List Event at the Windsor Arms Hotel on Saturday afternoon brought together some of our favorite actors and filmmakers. Jason Bateman, who had just sold his directorial debut, Bad Words, to Focus Features, came to celebrate, and shared a moment with his Juno director Jason Reitman, who himself was getting ready to introduce Labor Day to a packed Toronto audience later in the evening. For the record, the biggest star in attendance was NBA all-star Carmelo Anthony, who attended with his wife, La La. (He stands about 6′ 8″.)

But the buzz in every corner of the hall was still 12 Years a Slave. Director Steve McQueen’s epic true-life tale of a free black man (Chiwetel Ejiofor, pictured above) kidnapped and sold into Southern slavery in 1841, premiered to enthusiastic reviews last week at Telluride, but Friday’s Toronto screening — in front of much of the industry’s media — launched a torrent of rave reviews and commentary that practically declared the Oscar race for Best Picture over before the festival had barely begun. Adam Vary of Buzzfeed expressed what surely some others were thinking immediately after seeing the movie, writing, “Is it over-the-top to say I suspect that director Steve McQueen, star Chiwetel Ejiofor, screenwriter John Ridley, and the movie itself are destined for Oscars, and with due respect to the many fabulous movies that have and will come out this year, no other film can compete? No. It is not. It is that good, and that great.”

So while McQueen and his dynamite cast sipped drinks and accepted warm congratulations, the debate that had subsequently exploded on Twitter continued — not over the sheer greatness of the movie, but over the impact of the unprecedented critical hosannas on the film’s long-term Oscar prospects. READ FULL STORY

Oscars: Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Piero Tosi to receive Academy's Governors Awards

Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi are the year’s first Oscar winners.

Each has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive the honorary Governors Awards. READ FULL STORY

'Spring Breakers': James Franco tells Oscar voters to 'Consider this sh-'

With summer coming to a close, Oscar season is officially in full swing. James Franco, fresh from his Comedy Central Roast, kicks off the first of the “For Your Consideration” ads that appeal to awards-show voters. In a bid to secure a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as Alien in Spring Breakers, the film’s distributor, A24, launched a campaign called “Consider This Sh–,” The Hollywood Reporter first reported.

In Spring Breakers, directed by Harmony Korine, Franco plays a kind of Spring Break Jesus, in the form of a rapper/hustler/predator of college girls — replete with chest-length cornrows and a grill, and a psycho-Southern accent.

Though not considered a leading contender for the category, a spokesperson for A24 films told The Hollywood Reporter, “James Franco has created a character so indelible it deserves recognition. We are excited to be able to support it with a campaign and know the impact of Alien will last far past this awards season.”

In the ad, Franco, dressed to the Florida-swag hilt as Alien, is book-ended by two out of four of his college-age, perma-bikini-clad protégés: Brit (Ashley Benson) and Candy (Vanessa Hudgens). Franco is leaning against a white car and proudly double-fisting Oscar statuettes.
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