<p>Watch out for &quot;Bad Grandpa&quot;&nbsp;in this race. No, seriously...</p>

Watch out for "Bad Grandpa" in this race. No, seriously...

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Tech Support: Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar race features 'Rush,' 'The Butler' and... 'Bad Grandpa?'

Nothing's a sure thing in this year's stacked race

Welcome to the second year of Best "Makeup and Hairstyling." Last year’s long overdue official addition of hairstylists to the title of this category did not officially change anything; hairstylists had always been rewarded. But it was nice to see the recognition in the name.

Did that affect who was nominated? In this extremely unique category (with only three nominees), probably not, but one never knows as "Les Misérables" trumped "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "Hitchcock" for the win. This branch loves aging, monster makeup, period makeup and transforming famous actors into famous persons and there's plenty of all of that on display this season.

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<p>Steve McQueen</p>

Steve McQueen

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Roundup: McQueen named Director of the Year by Palm Springs

Also: Robert Duvall campaigns for casting doc, and BAFTA nabs Stephen Fry again

Another day, another Palm Springs Film Festival award announcement. The fest's latest honoree is Steve McQueen, who has been named Director of the Year for "12 Years a Slave," and will receive the prize at an awards gala on January 4. For those of you keeping score, the British filmmaker joins Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Career Achievement Award winner Bruce Dern on the winners' list. As with the other Palm Springs awards, the director prize usually goes to an imminent Oscar nominee, though last year's recipient, Robert Zemeckis for "Flight," was an exception. “[McQueen] is a master of utilizing the senses to create the essence of his works," says Palm Springs chief Harold Metzner. [PSIFF]

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<p>A detail from the new poster for &quot;Nymphomaniac.&quot;</p>

A detail from the new poster for "Nymphomaniac."

Credit: Magnolia Pictures

Charlotte Gainsbourg's ready for her close-up in latest 'Nymphomaniac' posters

The long, strange campaign for a long, (presumably) strange film continues

The procession of publicity materials for Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" has been so long and complex that I'm not only beginning to lose track of which ones I have and haven't seen -- though I've maintained a blanket avoidance of the clips and trailers thus far -- but find myself wondering if there's actually a film behind all the, er, foreplay. I rather hope there is, since "Nymphomaniac"'s seemingly ceaseless campaign hasn't yet succeeded in dulling my anticipation for von Trier's gargantuan sex epic: I'm a Lars die-hard, admittedly, but the sheer brazen loopiness of this project on paper would have me intrigued even as an agnostic.

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<p>A&nbsp;scene from &quot;Aningaaq&quot;</p>

A scene from "Aningaaq"

Credit: Warner Bros.

Watch 'Aningaaq,' the 'Gravity' short film companion piece

You don't have to wait for DVD/Blu-ray after all

Last month we broke the news that Warner Bros. will be submitting the short film "Aningaaq," a companion piece to Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" directed by Jonás Cuarón, for Oscar consideration in the Best Live Action Short race. We also talked to the father and son about what the thought process was behind the piece. Today, well ahead of the film's DVD/Blu-ray release, it looks like you can have a look at the short yourself.

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<p>James Gandolfini in &quot;Enough&nbsp;Said&quot;</p>

James Gandolfini in "Enough Said"

Credit: Fox Searchlight

James Gandolfini to receive posthumous tribute at IFP Gotham Awards

Steve Buscemi will present the honor to his late friend on Dec. 2

The Independent Filmmaker Project announced today that the late James Gandolfini will be presented with a tribute at the upcoming Gotham Awards in New York by actor Steve Buscemi. He joins previously announced tributees Forest Whitaker, Richard Linklater and Katherine Oliver.

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<p>FOX's &quot;Sleepy&nbsp;Hollow&quot;</p>

FOX's "Sleepy Hollow"

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HBO leads ASC TV nominees with 'Game of Thrones,' 'Boardwalk Empire'

Winners will be announced on Feb. 1

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced TV nominees for 2013 and "Game of Thrones" landed a pair of nominations while "Boardwalk Empire" picked up one, as well, making HBO network far and away the network leader.

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<p>Sean Bobbitt and Steve McQueen on the set of &quot;12 Years a Slave.&quot;</p>

Sean Bobbitt and Steve McQueen on the set of "12 Years a Slave."

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Roundup: Cinematographers come down on 3D

Also: McQueen defends '12 Years' aesthetic, and what about an R-rated 'Hunger Games?'

The Hollywood Reporter's annual roundtables with actors and directors always make for enjoyable reading, though one rarely loses the sense that it's being treated as a campaign exercise by all involved. Their first ever cinematographers' roundtable, however, is quite a fresh, candid affair. Five DPs, including Sean Bobbitt ("12 Years a Slave"), Barry Ackroyd ("Captain Phillips") and Bruno Delbonnel ("Inside Llewyn Davis") get together for a chat on subjects from 3D to film-versus-digital to why their films never look the way they should on Blu-ray. Interestingly, no one speaks in favor of 3D -- Ackroyd deems it a "gimmick," Dryburgh "unnecessary," and Bobbitt is "mystified" by it. Still, they'll have to make their peace with losing the Oscar to "Gravity."  [Hollywood Reporter

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<p>Bruce Dern at the LA Film Festival.</p>

Bruce Dern at the LA Film Festival.

Credit: AP Photo/Vince Bucci

Palm Springs Film Festival boards the Bruce Dern express

The 'Nebraska' star will receive the fest's Career Achievement Award

If Oscars were awarded purely on the basis of who wants it the most, Bruce Dern would be a tough man to beat this year. The 77-year-old veteran's first and last Oscar nomination came 35 years ago for "Coming Home," and he's seemingly revelling in the greatest amount of critical and media attention he's had since then, or perhaps ever.

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<p>Patton Oswalt</p>

Patton Oswalt

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Yay, Patton Oswalt is hosting the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards

Annual telecast will air Saturday March 1 on IFC

While the awards season is often full of intense competition and tear-jerking films, Patton Oswalt promises to bring some funny this time around.

The comedian will serve as host for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

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Angelina Jolie accepts her honorary Oscar at the Governors' Awards.
Angelina Jolie accepts her honorary Oscar at the Governors' Awards.
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Watch Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin and Angela Lansbury accept their Oscars

It's not the Oscar ceremony, but at least we can watch it

Kris gave a great recap of the Governors' Awards over the weekend, but as mentioned in this morning's roundup, there are still plenty of people who would rather see the presentations for themselves instead of reading about them. The debate over the pros and cons of separating honorary Oscars from the actual Academy Awards ceremony will resurface annually until (if ever) the Academy reintegrates them. If it was a little more vocal this year, it's because it's not often that a superstar still at her professional peak -- that'd be Angelina Jolie, the youngest ever recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award -- is among the honorees, together with two household-name veterans.

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