Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Original Score - Arcade Fire aiming to defy 'Gravity'

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Original Score - Arcade Fire aiming to defy 'Gravity'

Three perennial nominees round out a slightly flat category

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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<p>Sandra Bullock in &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity"

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'Gravity,' 'Hobbit,' 'Falling Skies' and 'Game of Thrones' lead 2014 Saturn nominations

No surprise Cuarón's Oscar power player leads a list of genre nods

No surprise given its overall position in this year's film awards season that "Gravity" would dominated a list of genre award nominations, in this case those for the 40th annual Saturn Awards. The film picked up eight nods, as did Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." On the TV side, it was "Breaking Bad," "Falling Skies" and "Game of Thrones" leading the way with five nominations each. Only question: How the hell did "Gravity" miss out in the music category? Oh well. Check out the full list of nominations below and keep track of the rest of the season at The Circuit.

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Production Design - Will 'Gatsby' bling its way to the win?

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Production Design - Will 'Gatsby' bling its way to the win?

Baz Luhrmann's sparkly vision faces four Best Picture nominees

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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<p>The Operating System communication device from &quot;Her.&quot;</p>

The Operating System communication device from "Her."

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K.K. Barrett on creating the world of 'Her' with Spike Jonze

Why creating the film's smallest design element was the toughest task

If there is one unsung hero of Spike Jonze's "Her" its production designer K.K. Barrett. Well, as unsung as an Academy Award nominee can be. Barrett has collaborated on everyone of Jonze's films and his work on "Her" may be his best. From a futuristic Los Angeles to the intricate work to get Samantha's operating system just right, "Her" takes place in a world that is far more intricate than it may seem.  And much of that is due to the work of Barrett and his co-nominee, set decorator Gene Serdena.

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<p>The PGA&nbsp;Awards winning producers of both &quot;Gravity&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;12 Years A&nbsp;Slave.&quot;</p>

The PGA Awards winning producers of both "Gravity" and "12 Years A Slave."

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Contender Countdown: Voting is over, but who will win Best Picture?

Dreaming of a tie

The polls are closed. The votes are being tabulated. Six months after "Gravity" and "12 Years A Slave" premiered within a few days of each other we still don't know for sure which film will win the most coveted film prize in the world, the Academy Award for Best Picture. After 86 editions of Oscar, this race will go down as one of the top 10 closest ever.

Pretty amazing, isn't it?

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Adapted Screenplay - Can '12 Years' fend off 'Philomena?'

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Adapted Screenplay - Can '12 Years' fend off 'Philomena?'

Why, oh why, can't 'Before Midnight' be the sure-fire winner?

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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<p>Joshua Oppenheimer after receiving the BAFTA for Best Documentary.</p>

Joshua Oppenheimer after receiving the BAFTA for Best Documentary.

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Joshua Oppenheimer on what awards really mean for 'The Act of Killing'

We sit down with his Oscar nominee to discuss his uniquely cathartic documentary

By the time Oscar night rolls around on Sunday, it'll have been over 18 months since "The Act of Killing" -- Joshua Oppenheimer's searing, inventively constructed documentary about Indonesia's vast anti-Communist genocide of the 1960s, and its ongoing aftermath in the country today -- had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. Since then, the film (which boasts Werner Herzog and Errol Morris among its executive producers) has become one of the most celebrated non-fiction films of recent years, racking up critical plaudits and awards, topping Sight & Sound's poll of 2013's best films and, of course, scoring an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

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13 Oscar upsets we'd love to see this year

13 Oscar upsets we'd love to see this year

Not that they will ever happen

In the world of awards season you may know who is going to win. You may actually have been told a nominee is a lock to take home Oscar gold by the media. But that doesn't mean they'd get your vote. That's one reason we love when the proverbial upset occurs during the Academy Awards telecast. Nothing beats a surprise.

Well, instead of predicting what upsets are going to happen (and let's be honest, there are usually one or two every year), the In Contention team has rounded up the upsets that we'd actually love to see.

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Original Song - U2 looks to upend Disney's 'Frozen'

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Original Song - U2 looks to upend Disney's 'Frozen'

Is Pharrell a dark horse waiting to pounce?

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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Roundup: Oscar bloggers become the story
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Roundup: Oscar bloggers become the story

Also: YouTube rescues 'The Square,' and J.Law gets dressy

I'm not sure I have anything much to say about Boris Kachka's lengthy profile of the Oscar-blogging community, but it's certainly a weird read. (In Contention largely escaped scrutiny, as Sasha Stone and Jeff Wells take the lion's share of column space.) "Today’s Oscar bloggers are writing from inside the house. You may not know their names, but most everyone in Hollywood does—loves them, hates them, courts them. At junkets they attend what one of them calls “Oscar Blogger Days.” They’re at every festival and VIP after-party, with a hand on Melissa Leo’s shoulder, a joke for Alfonso Cuarón, or a whisper into the ear of George Clooney’s publicist. When they write something negative or leave an actor out of their predictions, they hear about it, a lot." [Vulture]

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