<p>And the Golden Globe goes to... Keanu Reeves? Whoa.</p>

And the Golden Globe goes to... Keanu Reeves? Whoa.

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'Blue is the Warmest Color' competes for foreign Globe... as does Keanu Reeves

Oscar-ineligible 'Like Father, Like Son' and 'The Wind Rises' also make longlist

If you're still not over the fact that France's "Blue is the Warmest Color," Japan's "Like Father, Like Son" and India's "The Lunchbox," among other titles of note, aren't eligible for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, here's some cold comfort -- any one of them could yet pick up a Golden Globe in the same category. Over at The Wrap, the ever-diligent Steve Pond has done some digging and found the longlist of 48 films up for consideration in the category by the HFPA, which has a somewhat laxer qualifying system -- and unsurprisingly, all three controversial Oscar non-submissions are on it.

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<p>Peter Jackson on the set of &quot;The Hobbit.&quot;</p>

Peter Jackson on the set of "The Hobbit."

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Peter Jackson honored by Producers' Guild for visual effects work

He'll share the Vanguard Award with Joe Letteri and Weta Digital

A couple of our readers have been getting shirty with us over the inclusion of Peter Jackson's latest "Hobbit" chapter in our Oscar contenders galleries, and it's true that nobody is expecting anyone but the below-the-line artists of "The Desolation of Smaug" to feature much in the awards race. But here's at least one gong the Oscar-winning New Zealander will be taking home this season: the Vanguard Award from the Producers' Guild of America.

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<p>Benedict Cumberbatch at the Britannia Awards.</p>

Benedict Cumberbatch at the Britannia Awards.

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Roundup: Britannia awards celebrate Cumberbatch and Clooney, among others

Also: David O. Russell at AFI Fest, and Natalie Portman's post-Oscar career

George Clooney, Kathryn Bigelow, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Benedict Cumberbatch and Sacha Baron Cohen were all honored at last night's Britannia Awards, an annual shindig held by BAFTA's Los Angeles outpost to foster Anglo-American industry relations -- or, you know, to throw what is reputedly always a pretty good party. Scott Feinberg gives a comprehensive rundown of the event, where the likes of Julia Roberts, Judd Apatow and Chiwetel Ejiofor were also on hand to present. Receiving his award from his recent co-star, Cumberbatch offered this pointed soundbite: "Chiwetel, it feels bizarre that I'm standing here getting the British Artist of the Year Award after watching your performance in '12 Years a Slave.'" [Hollywood Reporter]

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<p>Scarlett Johansson in &quot;Under the Skin.&quot;</p>

Scarlett Johansson in "Under the Skin."

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Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hardy nab BIFA nominations, as 'Starred Up' leads the field

'Philomena' also scores in Britain's answer to the Spirit Awards

She may remain an outsider when the bigger awards have their say, but it's turning into a pretty good, and pretty unusual, awards season for Scarlett Johansson. She got a surprise Best Actress nod at the Gotham Awards for her delicious comic turn in "Don Jon," while her acclaimed voice work in "Her" has sparked talk of her becoming the first actor to score an Oscar nomination for an invisible performance. And they're digging her across the pond, too: for her remarkable work as a seductive alien in Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin," the actress has cracked the Best Actress lineup at the British Independent Film Awards.

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<p>Alex Gibney at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.</p>

Alex Gibney at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Alex Gibney on 'The Armstrong Lie' and the Assange connection

We talk to the Oscar-winning director about both his hot-button 2013 docs
Documentary filmmakers are, by definition, an adaptable people. Rolling with the unscripted punches of real life kind of goes with the territory – they just have to make sure they have a camera on hand to capture them. But even the most seasoned and perspicacious of documentarians occasionally get caught off guard, and such was the case for Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney while working on the Lance Armstrong project that became – after a series of quite unexpected developments – “The Armstrong Lie.”
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<p>Christian Bale in &quot;Out of the Furnace&quot;</p>

Christian Bale in "Out of the Furnace"

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'Out of the Furnace': Christian Bale's greatest performance

And obviously, that's saying something

Scott Cooper’s "Out of the Furnace" received its close-up at AFI Fest Saturday night as the mystery around Relativity Media's late-breaking entry finally dissipated. The director’s "Crazy Heart" follow-up brought an array of reactions, and "shell-shocked," as The Wrap’s Steve Pond put it, may be as apt a description as you'll find. The film seemed to linger at the Roosevelt Hotel after-party with more than a few willing to admit they weren’t entirely sure what to make of it immediately after the credits rolled.

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<p>George Clooney gets photobombed by his producing and writing partner Grant Heslov at the 2013 AFI&nbsp;Film Fest gala for &quot;August:&nbsp;Osage County&quot;&nbsp;Friday night in Hollywood.</p>

George Clooney gets photobombed by his producing and writing partner Grant Heslov at the 2013 AFI Film Fest gala for "August: Osage County" Friday night in Hollywood.

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George Clooney fills in for Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep at AFI gala

Revisiting 'August: Osage County'

HOLLYWOOD — AFI organizers expected some star power on their red carpet when they booked "August: Osage County" for the film festival's prime Friday night gala, but they probably didn't expect it to be from the movie's producer. With Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep officially "unavailable" (the two-time Oscar winner was in London shooting "Into the Woods"), George Clooney was the biggest name at "August's" LA premiere and - like the pro's pro he is - he graciously charmed the press on hand with the soundbites and smiles they so desperately wanted.

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<p>Scott Cooper (left)&nbsp;and Christian Bale on the set of &quot;Out of the&nbsp;Furnace&quot;</p>

Scott Cooper (left) and Christian Bale on the set of "Out of the Furnace"

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The musical soul of Scott Cooper's 'Out of the Furnace'

And why Eddie Vedder's original material was 'too perfect' for the film

LOS ANGELES — In the new drama "Out of the Furnace," premiering tonight at the 2013 AFI Fest in Hollywood, Scott Cooper has finally delivered a follow-up to his 2009 debut "Crazy Heart." That film, which won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Original Song, came about as a vessel through which the Virginia-born director could, in some way, tell the story of singer Waylon Jennings (something he could not do directly due to legalities surrounding the country crooner's life). Indeed, Jennings' Nashville smack-down "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?" made it onto the soundtrack, part of the DNA of a film that aimed to strip away the flashy rhinestones and fancy bolos and tell a straightforward story of a musician's life on the road, no place for the weary kind.

Given how entrenched that film was in its musical identity, it's only natural that one might be curious about the musical pulse of his latest, an account of life and death and the thin line between in the mountains of Pennsylvania Appalachia. And make no mistake, there is a musical soul to "Out of the Furnace," perhaps one even deeper than that of "Crazy Heart."

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<p>Jude Law and Keira Knightley both received European Film Award nominations for &quot;Anna Karenina.&quot;</p>

Jude Law and Keira Knightley both received European Film Award nominations for "Anna Karenina."

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'Blue is the Warmest Color' stars snubbed in EFA nods, as Knightley and Watts score

Belgium's Oscar entry 'The Broken Circle Breakdown' leads the field

Well, in the heated war of words between the director and stars of "Blue is the Warmest Color," the European Film Awards have (albeit probably not intentionally) taken a side. In this afternoon's nominations announcement, Abdellatif Kechiche came away with two nods for Best Film and Best Director, but Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux were both left out of the Best Actress category -- a shock for a film that's so performance-driven. (Still, it's something of a surprise to see the film nominated at all, given that it wasn't on the initial longlist of eligible titles announced in September.)

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'The Book Thief' tries to escape its Oscar bait trappings
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'The Book Thief' tries to escape its Oscar bait trappings

Geoffrey Rush and more discuss the popular novel's influence

20th Century Fox's "The Book Thief" opens in limited release today and it's landed with something of a thud. Reviews are very mixed (and that might be kind) and there's little pre-release buzz about the film. That being said, this was always a tough sell for Fox. The film's biggest names are Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, the movie did not make a splash at any of the major fall festivals (it debuted at Mill Valley) and feels more like an Oscar bait movie than it probably should, being based on a popular novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during WWII. That period is almost the definition of an Oscar bait movie these days.

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