<p>Martin Freeman in &quot;The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.&quot;</p>

Martin Freeman in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."

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'The Hobbit' and '12 Years a Slave' lead Empire Award nominations

Jennifer Lawrence grabs two nominations for the reader-voted awards

The Academy may have long ago lost interest in Peter Jackson's Middle Earth exploits, but the same cannot be said of the readers of UK film magazine Empire. With seven bids, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" leads the nominations for the 2014 Empire Awards, which are entirely reader-voted -- resulting in an unusual list made up equally of prestige Oscar contenders and populist multiplex fare. By way of illuistration, "12 Years a Slave" is just behind with six nods, while "Captain Phillips" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" each notched up five.

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<p>Alice Herz-Sommer</p>

Alice Herz-Sommer

110-year-old subject of Oscar-nominated documentary dies in London

Alice Herz-Sommer was the oldest living Holocaust survivor

Here's some sad news with the Oscars just a week away. Alice Herz-Sommer, the 110-year-old subject of Best Documentary Short nominee "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" (and my pick to win the category), has left this mortal coil.

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<p>The four films on the top tier of this year's awards circuit are &quot;Gravity,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;12 Years a Slave,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;American Hustle&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Captain&nbsp;Phillips.&quot;</p>

The four films on the top tier of this year's awards circuit are "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle" and "Captain Phillips."

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'Gravity' leads this year's pre-Oscars industry awards circuit

The film has received honors from seven different Guilds and Societies this season

With the final honors being handed out Saturday night, the industry has spoken through the various Guild and Society awards of the pre-Oscars film awards circuit. And it should be no surprise that the three films that led the charge are the three films most consider to be duking it out for Best Picture.

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<p>Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld in &quot;Romeo and Juliet&quot;</p>

Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld in "Romeo and Juliet"

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'Romeo and Juliet,' 'Evil Dead' and 'Walter Mitty' win film music critics awards

None of this year's Oscar nominees managed a win

Composer Abel Korzeniowski was the big winner at this year's International Film Music Critics Association Awards, landing two prizes for his work on Carlo Carlei's "Romeo and Juliet" and an overall composer of the year honor as well. Nominations leader "Evil Dead" won two awards, while none of this year's Oscar nominees were able to secure any hardware. Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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<p>Kevin Hart accepts his award for Entertainer of the Year at the 2014 NAACP&nbsp;Images Awards.</p>

Kevin Hart accepts his award for Entertainer of the Year at the 2014 NAACP Images Awards.

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Kevin Hart, '12 Years A Slave' win big at NAACP Image Awards

Plus: Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong'o, Steve McQueen and John Legend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "12 Years a Slave" swept the film categories at the NAACP Image Awards with four wins.

The historical epic's prizes at Saturday's 45th annual ceremony honoring diversity in the arts included outstanding motion picture, directing for Steve McQueen, writing for John Ridley and supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o.

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<p>&quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;</p>

"12 Years a Slave"

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'Hunger Games,' '12 Years a Slave,' 'House of Cards' win 2014 Costume Designers Guild awards

Will Oscar lean guild ('12 Years') or BAFTA ('Greaty Gatsby')? Or do the 'Hustle?'

"12 Years a Slave" picked up its first (and only other) guild win since tying for the PGA prize Saturday night, taking out fellow Oscar nominees "The Great Gatsby" and "American Hustle" in the period category (indeed, the only category with ANY Oscar nominees.) Elsewhere, "The Hunger Games" again took the fantasy prize for sequel "Catching Fire," while "Blue Jasmine" won in the contemporary arena. "Behind the Candelabra," "Downton Abbey" and "House of Cards" won throughout the TV categories.

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

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity"

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'Gravity' sounds good to Cinema Audio Society

'Frozen' wins while 'Candelabra' and 'Game of Thrones' take TV awards

"Gravity" kept its strong industry kudos showing alive Sunday night as it added the feature film Cinema Audio Society award for sound mixing, adding to wins from the PGA, DGA, ASC, ADG, MPSE and VES. "Frozen" won the animated prize, while "Behind the Candelabra" and "Game of Thrones" were among the TV winners.

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Sound Mixing - In space, everyone can hear 'Gravity'

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Sound Mixing - In space, everyone can hear 'Gravity'

The technical juggernaut leads an action-heavy field of contenders

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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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Original Screenplay - Will 'Her' get 'Hustled?'

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Original Screenplay - Will 'Her' get 'Hustled?'

We can safely say it's not Woody Allen's year

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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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Costume Design - Is 'Gatsby' all dressed up for the win?

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Costume Design - Is 'Gatsby' all dressed up for the win?

'American Hustle' and '12 Years a Slave' also have their eyes on the prize

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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