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Oscars kill Original Song nomination for 'Alone Yet Not Alone' -- BREAKING

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It was a contender, yet not a contender.

In a shocking and extremely rare move, an Academy Award nominee for original song has had its nomination pulled amid accusations of electoral impropriety.

Alone Yet Not Alone, the theme song from a little-seen film with the same title, was the headscratcher of nominations morning two weeks ago. Few had heard of it before it secured a coveted place among the top five movie songs of the year.

Now it’s out of the race completely as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rules that its composer, a former governor of the music branch and current member of its executive committee, took advantage of his leadership position to improperly lobby fellow members of the branch.

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Directors Guild Awards: Alfonso Cuaron wins for 'Gravity'

UPDATED: Gravity does not seem to be falling on the awards circuit. Alfonso Cuarón walked away with the top honor at the Directors Guild of America Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles, beating out Martin Scorsese, David O. Russell, Paul Greengrass, and Steve McQueen.

“This is truly an honor and I am humbled by it,” Cuarón said to the audience of his peers after last year’s winner Ben Affleck presented him with the award. But Gravity was not the work of just one mind, and no one knows that more keenly than Cuarón. “Directing is about the work of your collaborators,” he said. Earlier in the evening, when Gravity was spotlighted amongst the five Feature Film nominees, Cuarón thanked his team including his first assistant director Josh Robertson, co-writer (and son) Jonas Cuarón, his cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and his visual effects team. Then he said: “I barely understand how we made the film.” The audience laughed uproariously.

The DGA Awards are generally a pretty decent indicator for who will walk away with the Best Director Oscar. Comprised of over 15,000 voting members, the Directors Guild does have a tendency to skew more mainstream when compared with the choices of the 377 voting members of the Directors branch in the Academy. But in the past ten years, the DGA winner has gone on to win the Oscar 90% of the time. In fact, in 65 years, only 7 DGA winners failed to win the Academy Award. Last year, however, was a major outlier when Ben Affleck won the DGA for Argo after he’d failed to pick up an Oscar nomination.

The DGA did deviate from the Oscars in other fairly significant ways last year. The nominees only matched 2 out of the 5 Oscar nominees. This year, it was 4 out of 5. Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass was the odd man out — the Academy included Alexander Payne for his work on Nebraska instead.

For Cuarón, the win only seems to add to his awards momentum. In addition to a host of Film Critics awards, Cuarón also won a Golden Globe earlier this month.

The DGA doesn’t just honor features, though. Oscar nominee Jehane Noujaim picked up an award for her documentary The Square, Steven Soderbergh won for Behind the Candelabra, and Vince Gilligan was recognized for directing the Breaking Bad finale “Felina.” Check out the full list of winners from the 66th Annual DGA Awards after the jump.

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Oscars 2014: Ex-music branch chief has clear conscience over surprise Best Song nomination

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Eyebrows were raised with both surprise and suspicion yesterday when it was announced that the track “Alone Yet Not Alone” — from a faith-based film of the same name — had gained an Oscar nomination, beating out tunes by both Taylor Swift and Coldplay, among others. The surprise was due to the fact that very few people had heard of either the song or its parent film. The suspicion? That the song’s cowriter Bruce Broughton had used his position as a former chief of the Academy’s music section to egregiously game the voting system and convince people to tick the box for his song.

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Bruce Dern confirms he has spoken with Quentin Tarantino about next project -- EXCLUSIVE

Bruce Dern has confirmed that he spoke with Quentin Tarantino about the possibility of appearing in the director’s next movie. “We had a conversation,” said Dern, who yesterday received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as delusional alcoholic Woody Grant in the film Nebraska. “I mean, he hasn’t hired me yet or anything. But we had a conversation about the material, yes we did.”

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Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2014: The winners list

At Thursday’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Gravity grabbed the most awards — seven in total — but 12 Years a Slave dominated the major categories, winning Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o), and Best Adapted Screenplay. There were a few Golden Globe repeats, including acting wins for Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), and Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club).

See the full winners list below:
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Oscars 2014: Breaking down the Best Picture nominees -- VIDEO

Let’s take a closer look at the nine Best Picture nominees at the 2014 Oscars, shall we? To refresh your memory…

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Below, EW Oscar expert Anthony Breznican breaks down the surprises, the snubs, and the front-runners:
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Oscars 2014: Beyond Jared Leto and Cate Blanchett, who are the front-runners? -- VIDEO

At this year’s Oscars, EW’s Anthony Breznican thinks Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) are a lock in their categories.

From there, things get complicated. See what he has to say:
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Oscars 2014: The newcomers vs. the vets -- VIDEO

This year’s Oscar nominations are all over the map. While Lupita Nyong’o was nominated for her first movie ever (12 Years a Slave), Meryl Streep is breaking her own record with an 18th nod (August: Osage County).

EW’s Anthony Breznican and Sara Vilkomerson lead us through the newcomers and the familiar faces. Who will you be rooting for come March?
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Oscars 2014: Lupita Nyong'o is living in a heightened reality

To watch or not to watch? That was the question plaguing 12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o on Wednesday night when she and her best friend were debating whether to watch Thursday’s Oscar nominations when they were scheduled to broadcast early Thursday morning.

“I wasn’t sure I wanted to see it live,” said the actress, who is staying in Los Angeles for the slew of award shows happening in the next week. “We weighed the pros and cons of waking up so early, but we decided it was better to hear it from the horse’s mouth. I knew I would hear about it anyway, so I might as well hear it along with everyone else.”

The news couldn’t have been better for the actress who landed her first Oscar nomination Thursday for her first feature film, playing the role of tortured slave Patsey.

Nyong’o, who has a history of performing on stage and directed her own video short, has found the whole campaigning process to be enlightening.

“Everything is so new. It’s really hard to pick out one thing that stands out above the other. It’s all standing out to me,” she says. “I’m living in a very heightened state.”

Living in such an altered state didn’t come as that much of a surprise to Nyong’o, who says that she knew 12 Years was unique from the moment she was hired for the job.

“I always knew that it would be like nothing else, and every day was confirmation of just how awesome this is. Really. This has been an elevated experience from the day I was cast in this film.”

Oscars 2014: Sally Hawkins is rendered speechless by Oscar nom

It had been less than 24 hours since Blue Jasmine actress Sally Hawkins returned from Los Angeles and the Golden Globes ceremony when she was throttled with the stunning news that she’d been nominated for an Oscar for her turn as Ginger, Jasmine’s working-class sister who reluctantly takes in the former socialite when she shows up on her doorstep penniless in Woody Allen’s latest film.

“I’m in a state of overwhelm, so thrilled and delighted,” said Hawkins, who had just returned from an unglamorous grocery-shopping outing to find herself bombarded with phone calls from family, friends, and her emotional agent.

“I had just stumbled through the door with bags in hand, tripping over suitcases that had yet to be unpacked,” said Hawkins, who had yet to eat the lunch she had bought for herself.

The 37-year-old actress, best known for her work with British writer-director Mike Leigh, said that though she knew her time on set with Jasmine star Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen was special, she never at the time imagined it could lead to an Oscar nomination.
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