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Will the west coast crowd go a different direction than NYFCC?
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association will be announcing another list of superlatives today. Last year the group went with "Amour" for Best Picture, while also handing a bushel of awards to "The Master." It seemed an obvious reaction to the New York Film Critics Circle's avoidance of those films in the major categories. This year NYFCC went with "American Hustle." How will the west coast respond? Will "12 Years a Slave" continue the momentum it picked up with the Boston crowd yesterday? Or will LAFCA, who handed Best Picture to each of Alexander Payne's last three films, keep the tradition going with "Nebraska?" We'll be here with the scoop and running commentary throughout the afternoon, so keep refreshing and tell us what you think of the winners as they're announced.
Ongoing list of winners to come, after the jump...
A resuscitated masterpiece hits the road to redemption
Andrew Dominik and MOMI Chief Curator David Schwartz discuss "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
NEW YORK — The big screen revival of Andrew Dominik's 2007 western "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," economically dubbed the "Jesse James Revival" by a passionate young man named Jamieson McGonigle who set the whole thing in motion, kicked off in earnest Saturday night with a presentation of the opus to a sold out crowd at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.
Steve McQueen's drama dominated the group's list of superlatives
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It's safe to say members of the Boston Online Film Critics Association were big fans of Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." The group handed the film seven awards Friday including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Best Supporting Actress (Luipta Nyong'o). Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") and Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") rounded out the acting honors, while "Before Midnight" took Best Screenplay. Check out the full list below.
'Olympus Has Fallen' and 'White House Down,' this is your moment
Spike Jonze's "Her" picked up nine nominations including Best Actor.
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Spike Jonze's "Her," Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" and especially Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" turned up great showings in the nominations stage for the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association this year. All three films were nominated for Best Film along with David O. Russell's "American Hustle" and the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis."
Other winners include 'The Broken Circle Breakdown' and 'In the House'
Toni Servillo in "The Great Beauty."
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As I anticipated, "The Great Beauty," Paolo Sorrentino's visually extravagant, Fellini-referencing reflection on contemporary Rome, emerged the big winner at tonight's European Film Awards in Berlin, taking four prizes for European Film of the Year, European Director of the Year, European Actor of the Year for Toni Servillo and European Editor of the Year for Cristiano Travaglioli. The film, a critics' pet since Cannes, is Italy's entry for the foreign-language Oscar; and this haul lends a handy boost to its campaign across the pond.
"Blue is the Warmest Color?" Keira Knightley? Awards take place in Berlin tonight
"The Broken Circle Breakdown"
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The 26th European Film Awards
take place in the lovely, Christmas-spirited (and absolutely bloody freezing) Berlin tonight, and I'll once more be on the scene to bring you the winners as they're announced. The general industry shorthand for the EFAs is that they're the "European Oscars," voted for by a similarly expansive academy of industry professionals, with all the oddities and occasional blind spots that come with that.
Alex Gibney receives a Career Achievement Award
"The Square," Egyptian-American director Jehane Noujaim's study of the Egyptian Revolution from its 2011 origins in Tahrir Square, has looked like on to watch the documentary Oscar race ever since it won the Audience Award in its section at the Sundance Film Festival. It followed that up with the People's Choice Award for documentaries at Toronto, and nabbed further headlines when it became Netflix's first film acquisition. Sure enough, it was among the 15 titles shortlisted by the Academy earlier this week.
Familiar and not-so familiar players in the film, TV and media categories
Battle of the divas as Adele goes up against Lana Del Rey in the best song written for visual media category at the 56th Grammy Awards.
Adele won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her iconic ballad "Skyfall" from last year's 007 blockbuster, but will Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" end her winning streak at the 56th Grammy Awards?
Yes, it's unlikely, isn't it? Adele is royalty. She rarely loses.
Will we ever see the 'Wicked' star sing it live?
The Best Original Song Oscar race was effectively over after "Frozen's" massive box office take this past weekend. The film's critical acclaim and record Thanksgiving animated haul has put Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez's "Let it Go," sung by Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, in the driver's seat to win the coveted Academy Award. In fact, Menzel's version of the song is actually outselling the Demi Lovato cover version on iTunes at the moment.
Also: Nelson Mandela's life in film, and Scorsese honored by ADG
Tom Hanks in "Forrest Gump."
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I've always been interested in the decision-making behind which films are added to the National Film RegistryRebecca Ford looks into the process of selecting films for the National Film Registry -- the 600-title list of US films deemed "culturally, historical or aesthetically significant," and therefore preserved in the Library of Congress. Rebecca Ford looks into the process, and finds that it doesn't always favor consensus classics or popular favorites: among the 25 Best Picture Oscar winners that haven't yet made the cut, for example, are "Amadeus," "Rebecca" and "Forrest Gump." National Preservation Board chairman Roger L. Mayer says, "This is not a popularity contest. It's an attempt to tell people about the history of film and the way film portrays history."[Hollywood Reporter