We're already starting the 'Don't forget about Josh Brolin' campaign for 'Inherent Vice'

We're already starting the 'Don't forget about Josh Brolin' campaign for 'Inherent Vice'

Does he have a shot in the best supporting actor race?

HOLLYWOOD — You'd never guess it from the reviews, but after Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" screened at the New York Film Festival last month, the word on the street wasn't great. 

The iconic filmmaker's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel earned immediate respect, but numerous industry attendees spread the word it wasn't Academy friendly and potentially not commercial enough to really be a player for Warner Bros. It even prompted questions on whether the reaction to the uniquely Los Angeles tale would have been better suited for a hometown debut. Following "Vice's" Southern California unveiling at the 2014 AFI Film Fest Saturday night, the answer to that question is still up for debate, but one thing's for sure: it's time to start the "don't forget Josh Brolin in the Best Supporting Actor race" campaign. Yes, a "reminder" campaign usually occurs after a film has at least hit limited release, but with "Vice" not arriving in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles until Dec. 1,2 there might be no time like the present.

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Ladies and gentlemen, Eddie Redmayne is about to explode

Ladies and gentlemen, Eddie Redmayne is about to explode

An in-depth Q&A with this year's potential Best Actor winner

An actor or actress can be on the periphery of stardom for what seems like an eternity before the right role comes along at the right time and transforms his or her career. Do you know how many times you probably saw Michael Fassbender on screen before he technically broke out four years ago? Did you know Benedict Cumberbatch had been a working actor for almost a decade before he finally got Hollywood's attention after "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Sherlock" (2011)? Enter the latest star on the verge of global recognition: Eddie Redmayne.

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New 'Into the Woods' trailer finds Meryl Streep singing in a 'Maleficent' world

New 'Into the Woods' trailer finds Meryl Streep singing in a 'Maleficent' world

Does Johnny Depp's wolf look more like a cat or is it us?

Could Disney's "Into the Woods" be a Christmas surprise for moviegoers and Oscar? Judging by the film's second trailer, let's just say we're pleasantly surprised. Here are five quick thoughts to ponder on Rob Marshall's latest endeavor before or after you watch the new preview.

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Jessica Chastain stays classy as 'Interstellar' vs. 'A Most Violent Year' goes public

Jessica Chastain stays classy as 'Interstellar' vs. 'A Most Violent Year' goes public

Find out when she first met Christopher Nolan in person

Frankly, many of us saw this coming. As soon as A24 Films confirmed that J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year" would be released just in time for Oscar consideration, the questions began. Was Jessica Chastain's performance a leading or supporting proposition? Moreover, how would that relate to her work in Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," which Paramount Pictures was clearly positioning (accurately) for Best Supporting Actress consideration? Once the film began to screen, word got out that her turn in "Year" was clearly supporting and at some point a choice was going to have to be made. A24 probably hoped things would work out for everyone and Chastain would be considered a lead for Chandor's film, but based on the news The New York Times broke tonight, it might not have mattered.  

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'Big Hero 6' and 'Boxtrolls' lead Oscar's official 20 Best Animated Feature Film contenders

'Big Hero 6' and 'Boxtrolls' lead Oscar's official 20 Best Animated Feature Film contenders

How many of these have you actually seen?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the 20 films that have submitted for this season's best animated picture Oscar.  The films in contention, if they qualify, include:

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Forget Spielberg or Soderbergh: McConaughey calls Nolan the 'best leader' he's seen

Forget Spielberg or Soderbergh: McConaughey calls Nolan the 'best leader' he's seen

'Interstellar' helmer makes things happen by 'pure will'

For an actor who didn't get the respect he deserved until almost 20 years into his now legendary career, Matthew McConaughey has certainly been lucky enough to work with some amazing filmmakers. Last year's Best Actor Oscar winner has honed his craft under the eyes of Steven Spielberg ("Amistad"), Steven Soderbergh ("Magic Mike"), Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Ron Howard ("Edtv"), John Sayles ("Lone Star"), Robert Zemeckis ("Contact"), William Friedkin ("Killer Joe") and his longtime friend Richard Linklater, who gave him his big break in "Dazed and Confused." Surprisingly, McConaughey more or less tells HitFix they all come up short compared to his helmer for the expected blockbuster "Interstellar," Christopher Nolan.

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'Avengers,' Emma Watson and Eddie Redmayne hit the 2014 Britannia Awards

'Avengers,' Emma Watson and Eddie Redmayne hit the 2014 Britannia Awards

Highlights of the show air Sunday on BBC America

The beginning of the show-and-tell portion of awards season has often been marked by many with the Hollywood Film Awards (sigh) or, more recently, the Academy's Governors Awards. This year that designation actually falls on BAFTA's Britannia Awards. The latest incarnation of the show took over the Beverly Hilton Hotel Thursday night with some of the world's biggest stars taking part. And, surprise, a number of those famous faces are fighting for the Oscar spotlight.

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Exclusive: The Channing Tatum 'Foxcatcher' photo you've been waiting for (sort of)

Exclusive: The Channing Tatum 'Foxcatcher' photo you've been waiting for (sort of)

Oscar contender finally hits theaters next month

It's hard to believe, but we are just a few weeks away from "Foxcatcher" finally hitting theaters. It will arrive almost six months to the day following its world premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. In the weeks since, Bennett Miller's drama has earned more strong reviews at the Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals, just to name a few. Steve Carell has solidified himself as a legitimate Best Actor contender for his transformative performance as John du Pont, Channing Tatum has earned some of the best notices of his career for his portrayal of former Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz and Miller finds himself with a third-straight Best Picture contender. Yes, things are still moving steady on the "Foxcatcher" train.

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Contender Countdown: The 'Interstellar' Best Picture quandary

Contender Countdown: The 'Interstellar' Best Picture quandary

The year without a frontrunner until there is one

It's been a week since "Interstellar" finally screened. Critics were allowed to officially voice their opinions on Monday morning and, well, the reaction was sort of all over the place. There was some high praise, some qualified praise and a small, but vocal group of reviewers who clearly were not happy (perhaps if they had only seen it without that IMAX sound mix). In general, it was the sort of response you'd get for a film that currently has a a 77 on Metacritic and a 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Considering the hype, is that the profile of a Best Picture nominee?

Um, probably?

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Jake Gyllenhaal lost 20 pounds to become a coyote for 'Nightcrawler'

Jake Gyllenhaal lost 20 pounds to become a coyote for 'Nightcrawler'

Some details about his character's past need to remain a secret

Los Angeles has been the subject of too many films to mention. Some moviegoers may often wonder if Hollywood's gaze ever looks beyond Southern California or the New York Metro area. But every once in a while a filmmaker shows an unexpected side of the City of Angeles. It's the LA you don't see on Bravo reality shows, or in the formulaic studio flicks where every family lives in a beautiful home in Pacific Palisades (aka ritzy Santa Monica) while thirtysomething jr. executives can somehow afford a apartments right off Venice beach. That's just one (exclusive) part of the city. Recent releases such as "Sound of My Voice," "Drive," "Beginners" and now "Nightcrawler" have provided a peak into a different perspective of Los Angeles. Dan Gilroy's new thriller is particularly intriguing because, according to star Jake Gyllenhaal, the main character was inspired by the landscape of the city itself.

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