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Oscars announce shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film, leaving off 'The Past'

Nine movies advanced to the next round of Oscar voting for Best Foreign Language Film, but The Past was not one of them. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi had won the category for his previous film, A Separation, and his latest was considered a favorite to be recognized again.

Also missing from the list was festival favorite Blue Is the Warmest Color, although that buzzy movie had failed to make the cut-off date for eligibility and was not included for consideration.

But enough about who’s not going to win the Oscar. The Hunt, starring Mads Mikkelson (above) made the cut. Click below for the rest of the list:
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Jane Lynch to host DGA Awards

Jane Lynch is set to become the first female host of the DGA Awards at its 66th annual ceremony on Jan. 25 in Los Angeles.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jane Lynch as host of the DGA Awards for the very first time,” said DGA President Paris Barclay (who has directed Lynch on a number of Glee episodes). “I have known Jane for years, and have envied her quick wit – and her extraordinary height. She always makes the job of directing her a joy, and I look forward to her helping us honor the year’s best in film and television.”

Previous hosts included Carl Reiner — who led the ceremony an incredible 23 times — and Kelsey Grammer, who hosted for the past two years.

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'12 Years a Slave' sets Oscar-pegged re-release date

12 Years a Slave is already planning its second act. Steve McQueen’s adaptation of Solomon Northup’s 19th-century memoir tells the story of a free black New Yorker (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who’s sold into Southern slavery. It opened on Oct. 17 after wowing critics and audiences at the September film festivals and it still playing in nearly 500 theaters. Today, Fox Searchlight announced that it would re-release the movie on Jan. 17.

Jan. 17 is a notable date since Oscar nominations will be announced the day before. Currently, 12 Years, which last week was nominated for seven Golden Globes, including one for Best Picture, has grossed $36.5 million at the box office.

Peter O'Toole scored eight Oscar nominations, but won none

In his storied career, stage and screen actor Peter O’Toole, who died Saturday at age 81 following a long bout of illness, dynamically pronounced countless memorable characters, from the daring T.E. Lawrence in “Lawrence of Arabia” to amorous Maurice in “Venus.”

He earned four Golden Globes and an Emmy for his work, and holds the record for the most acting Oscar nominations without a win — eight.

However, in 2002 O’Toole was presented the Academy Honorary Award for his entire body of work. In his acceptance speech he joked, “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, my foot!”

Here are the late actor’s eight nominations and who he lost to each year:
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Does Scarlett Johansson deserve awards recognition for 'Her'? Co-stars Rooney Mara, Amy Adams weigh in

Scarlett Johansson was nowhere to be found at the Directors Guild of America premiere of Her Thursday night in Los Angeles.

It was almost too poignant an absence, considering Johansson plays the disembodied operating system of our dreams in Spike Jonze’s futuristic love story. As Samantha, Johansson could only rely on her voice — silences and subtle inflections and all — to make us believe that Joaquin Phoenix’s Theodore could possibly fall in love with a computer program. She doesn’t even have the benefit of an animated avatar.

Though she’s getting raves for her unconventional but affecting performance, the question of the season is whether or not that counts as an awards-eligible performance. The Golden Globes already said no, even though they gave Her a Best Picture nod. The Screen Actors Guild could have included Johansson in their Best Supporting Actress roundup, but, ultimately, she didn’t make the cut. Same with the Independent Spirit Awards. Now, her only chance to be recognized for the part is the Oscars.

Johansson’s co-stars weighed in on the lingering question at Thursday’s premiere.

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Paulina Garcia stars in Chile's Oscar entry, divorcee dramedy 'Gloria' -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Gloria follows the story of 58-year-old divorcee Gloria (Chilean actress Paulina Garcia), who’s hitting the singles scene for the first time since her grown children left home. In the scene below, we see Gloria meeting the older man, Rodolfo (Sergio Hernandez) who will change her life.
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Golden Globes: Sure-things, shocks, and shutdowns -- ANALYSIS

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It was a good day to be lesser-known. If Barkhad Abdi, June Squibb, and Lupita Nyong’o can win nominations from the celebrity-obsessed Golden Globes, then their path to the Academy Awards ceremony is a near certainty. On the other hand, today’s list of contenders was not so kind to one of the most famous women on the planet.

Sorry, Oprah. You’ve been snubbed. The Globes also had two opportunities to get George Clooney at the ceremony — and declined both chances.

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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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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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'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

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