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'Argo' wins Producers Guild Awards


As goes the Producers Guild, so goes the Oscar for Best Picture …

At least, that’s how the past five years have worked out. So Argo‘s win on Saturday night is the strongest indicator yet that the rescue thriller is the frontrunner in the most fiercely competitive Academy Awards race in recent memory.

The 10 nominees in the producers race were Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook, Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty. Only nine nominees are in the Academy’s top race, with Skyfall and Moonrise Kingdom out, and the French drama Amour ranking instead.


Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Justin Timberlake among presenters at SAG Awards

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have announced the first round of presenters, and rest assured, it’s a star-studded affair.

The full lineup consists of current awards season darlings Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, and Jennifer Lawrence — all of whom are currently nominated for SAG awards — as well as former SAG nominees Viola Davis, Justin Timberlake, and Sigourney Weaver.

The SAG Awards ceremony will air on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. ET, and televised on TNT and TBS.

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Critics' Choice Awards: 'Argo,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' big winners

At least the critics still love him! On the same day he was snubbed of an Oscar nomination, Ben Affleck took home the Best Director award at the Critics’ Choice Awards for Argo, which also won Best Picture.

The rest of the honorees — held by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest critics group in the country — were made up of newly-minted Oscar nominees like Daniel Day-Lewis (Best Actor for Lincoln), Jessica Chastain (Best Actress for Zero Dark Thirty), Anne Hathaway (Best Supporting Actress for Les Misérables) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Best Supporting Actor for The Master).

The cast of Silver Linings Playbook won the Ensemble award, and Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis received Best Young Actor/Actress.

Judd Apatow, the writer-producer-director of This is 40, won the somewhat tongue-in-cheek Louis XIII Genius Award for “an unprecedented demonstration of excellence in the cinematic arts.”

Movie fans, meanwhile, were invited to vote for their favorite film franchise for this year’s awards, and they chose Twilight over the likes of Batman, Harry PotterJames Bond, and Star Wars.

Check out the full list of winners below:  READ FULL STORY

'Skyfall,' 'Les Mis,' 'Lincoln' nominated by cinematographer society

Those who truly love movies tend to particularly appreciate the work of a good cinematographer, and the American Society of Cinematographers has come out with its list of the best in the field this past year.

Here’s the line-up: READ FULL STORY

Spielberg, Affleck, Hooper among Directors Guild nominees

prize_fighter1_bannerThe Directors Guild Award nominations are out, and Tom Hooper is in.

The Les Miserables director has become a bit of a question mark as reviews for the epic musical have been less than kind, but with Oscar nominations due on Thursday, this nod from his peers in the union comes as a welcome bit of support.

The full list of nominees: READ FULL STORY

Writers Guild Awards honor 'Perks' and 'Looper' among surprises


The tricky thing about the Writers Guild Awards is that some of the major contenders for the Oscar aren’t eligible.

So the absence of Django Unchained and Amour in the original screenplay category has more to do with the work not being covered by the guild than an actual snub of the writing. The same goes for the adapted screenplays Les Miserables and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Still, the work nominated today by the writers union could each still be major Oscar players. READ FULL STORY

Oscar Wildcard: Why I wish I'd pushed harder for Ann Dowd of 'Compliance'


prize_fighter1_bannerI feel bad because I gave up on Ann Dowd.

Early in the Oscar season, when the field is so open and many films are still unseen, it’s easier to get behind an underdog. There’s more room to suggest a longshot for consideration’s sake, which to me feels a bit more interesting than just trying to “guess right” for … what exactly? A pat on the head for correctly predicting who might get a trophy?

That’s why I wish I’d had the nerve to give Dowd more of a push for her truly devastating performance in Compliance as a fast food manager who is manipulated into doing terrible things by a man who calls her restaurant and says he is a cop investigating one of her young employees. READ FULL STORY

Oscar contenders invite you to go dashing through the snow -- SONG


The Academy has taken a slight break from golden statues to sing a little about silver bells.

As we near the Christmas holiday, Hollywood’s most prestigious filmmaking body invited attendees at the recent Governors Awards to sing a familiar little carol.

Anyway, you’ll probably recognize most of them, but here’s the rundown just in case. READ FULL STORY

Golden Globe nominations: 'Lincoln' leads with 7 nods


Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln led all movies with seven Golden Globe nominations, including nods for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones, while Quentin Tarantino’s bloody revisionist western Django Unchained scored five, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz competing for best supporting actor.

NBC will televise the 70th annual Globes awards show on Jan. 13, with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey co-hosting.

Best Motion Picture — Drama
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight READ FULL STORY

SAG Award noms: 'Les Mis,' 'Lincoln,' 'Silver Linings' and 'Skyfall' -- BREAKING



Les Miserables, Lincoln, and Silver Linings Playbook all tied among nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards this morning, collecting four each — including best ensemble.

Les Mis was pushed over the top by a stunt nomination, however, which otherwise would have left it with only three total nominations.

The other best ensemble nominees were Argo and — somewhat surprisingly — The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which left Zero Dark Thirty and The Master out of the guild’s equivalent for best picture.

Other surprises: Javier Bardem scored a supporting actor nomination for Silva, his villain from the James Bond thriller Skyfall. He had been buzzed about as a possible Oscar contender for a while, and EW’s own Lanford Beard championed him for awards consideration from the get-go.

But 007 movies rarely score anything about technical mentions at the Academy Awards. With the acting guild choosing to nominate him, it’s a good indicator that the voters in the Academy’s performer branch are poised to do the same.

Here’s the full list:


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