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Tech Support: Final predictions for Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing

Rounding out our pre-noms coverage

This is part two of our pre-nominations wrap-up. We'll be looking at Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Click here for part one.

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<p>A scene from &quot;Lawless,&quot; the most recent credit in VFX supervisor Bill Taylor's long career.</p>

A scene from "Lawless," the most recent credit in VFX supervisor Bill Taylor's long career.

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Roundup: Academy to honor Bill Taylor at Sci-Tech Awards

Also: A Goya nod for Watts, and predicting the nominees... for next year

With the Oscar nominations at the front of everyone's mind, the honorees at the Academy's separate Sci-Tech Awards ceremony -- known to casual viewers only via a video clip, usually presented by a bright-eyed ingenue -- tend to get short shrift. So let's take a moment to applaud veteran visual effects supervisor Bill Taylor, who will be receiving the Academy's John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation. A member of the Academy's Board of Governor, Taylor's career (and AMPAS membership) spans over 40 years, taking in such such films as the original "The Thing," "Glory," "Cape Fear," "The Fast and the Furious" and, most recently, "Lawless." It's his second special award from the Academy: his first, in 1981, was in recognition of his innovations in the area of aerial image optical printing. [AMPAS]

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<p>Ben Affleck is smiling this morning, whatever this photo might suggest.</p>

Ben Affleck is smiling this morning, whatever this photo might suggest.

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The winners and losers from today's BAFTA nominations

Affleck is celebrating, Hooper and Spielberg not so much

As usual, BAFTA delivered a few surprises this morning. While nothing in their nominee list is as far off the Oscar radar as, say, "Drive"'s hefty haul last year, they've muddled up the hierarchy a little among the leading awards players, as two of the three leading nominees found their directors frozen out -- and not even in favor of certain underperforming British hopefuls, as might have been expected.

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<p>&quot;Lincoln&quot; received a field-leading 10 BAFTA nominations.</p>

"Lincoln" received a field-leading 10 BAFTA nominations.

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'Lincoln' leads BAFTA nominations, but Spielberg misses the cut

'Life of Pi' and 'Les Mis' follow closely behind, but where's 'Skyfall?'

"Lincoln" led this morning's BAFTA nominations with 10 mentions, followed closely by "Life of Pi" and ""Les Misérables" with nine each -- but in something of twist, only one of those field-leading Best Film nominees managed an accompanying Best Director nomination, as Steven Spielberg and Tom Hooper, both nominated yesterday by the DGA, were frozen out by the British Academy. Less compromised success was enjoyed by "Argo," with seven nominations -- indeed, BAFTA took such a shine to Ben Affleck's film that they became the first group to nominate him for Best Actor too.

"Skyfall," the highest-grossing film in UK box-office history managed eight nominations, including ones for Judi Dench and Javier Bardem -- but Best Film, perhaps surprisingly, was not among them. Meanwhile, the year's other home-grown box office sensation, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," earned a solitary nomination in the Best British Film category, with even BAFTA darling Maggie Smith left on the sidelines. Ouch. Full list of nominees after the jump.   

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<p>Daniel Craig in &quot;Skyfall.&quot;</p>

Daniel Craig in "Skyfall."

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What will BAFTA add to the conversation?

The British Academy announces its nominations tomorrow morning

When the Academy announced it was shifting its nomination date forward, nowhere else was the 'Simon says' effect more blatantly evident than in BAFTA's decision to move theirs up a week or so -- squeezing in just one day before the Oscar nominations call time on the first stage of the season. 

Since 2000, when the British Academy rearranged their calendar to precede their American counterpart, the BAFTAs have prided themselves on their status as the last major precursor before the Oscars -- one that has, on several occasions, foretold late-breaking shifts in momentum.

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<p>Tom&nbsp;Hooper and Hugh Jackman on the set of &quot;Les Mis&eacute;rables&quot;</p>

Tom Hooper and Hugh Jackman on the set of "Les Misérables"

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DGA nominees reactions

This morning's fortunate souls had the following to say

It's been one of the most competitive Oscar seasons in recent history, and that competition has also spread to the Best Director category. Five lucky helmers made it through with the Directors Guild today, but left off the list were talented craftsmen like Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained"), Paul Thomas Anderson ("The Master"), Wes Anderson ("Moonrise Kingdom") and Michael Haneke ("Amour"), as well as shepherds of awards season successes such as David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") and Sam Mendes ("Skyfall"). A very good year indeed.

All of this morning's nominees have released statements reacting to their good fortune today. The work ranges from CIA thrillers to journo-cinema, Presidential epics to bombastic musicals, and a little 3D razzle dazzle thrown in for good measure. Read what they all had to say below.

The 65th annual DGA Awards will be held in Hollywood on February 2, 2013.

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<p>Ben Affleck on the set of &quot;Argo&quot;</p>

Ben Affleck on the set of "Argo"

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'Argo' wins with Denver film critics

Actor prizes for the usual

Back and forth between "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty" as the former has claimed another Best Picture prize, this time from the Denver Film Critics Society. Ben Affleck also took Best Director, while the acting categories followed the template: Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Anne Hathaway. Check out the full list of winners below and keep track of it all via The Circuit.

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<p>Steven&nbsp;Spielberg no longer has enough fingers to count how many times he's been nominated by the DGA.</p>

Steven Spielberg no longer has enough fingers to count how many times he's been nominated by the DGA.

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Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, Tom Hooper, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg nominated by DGA

Quentin Tarantino and David O. Russell miss the cut

With 10 nominations to date, Steven Spielberg came into today's Directors Guild of America (DGA) announcement as the most honored director in the guild's history. Well, make it 11, as the "Lincoln" director predictably made it one more with a notice for his $144 million-grossing (and climbing) epic.

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<p>&quot;Les Mis&eacute;rables&quot;</p>

"Les Misérables"

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Tech Support: Final predictions for Makeup, Score, Song, Production Design, Visual Effects

Which films look set to dominate the crafts categories?

So here we go. After several months of previewing the contenders, it’s time to predict the nominees for the 85th Annual Academy Awards in the crafts categories.

Today, I'll analyze Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Production Design and Best Visual Effects. Tomorrow, I'll turn to Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

Let's dig in...

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<p>Kyle Chandler and Jessica Chastain in &quot;Zero Dark Thirty.&quot;</p>

Kyle Chandler and Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty."

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Alliance of Women Film Journalists opts for 'Zero Dark Thirty'

'Beasts of the Southern Wild' notches up three wins

No surprise here: "Zero Dark Thirty," which led the nominations for the Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards last month, cleaned up when it came to winners. With eight awards, it won almost every category in which it was cited, with Kathryn Bigelow taking prizes for both Best Director and, obviously enough, Best Woman Director. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" took a trio of prizes while, among the groups quirkier categories, the Adam Sandler vehicle "That's My Boy" won the Hall of Shame award for misogynistic content. Full list of winners below, with everything else at The Circuit.

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