Have you ever wondered who the power players really are on the awards circuit and how they stack up this time of year? Are you curious to dive deep on the industry side of things to discover just how that element of the Hollywood machinery operates? Then HitFix's inaugural Oscar Power List is right up your alley.
Counting down the brokers, artists and strategists crucial to this time of year
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As notices for "August: Osage County" continue to cool, Meryl Streep's beginning to look the most vulnerable of the presumed Best Actress frontrunners -- but she's still Meryl Streep, so awards will keep coming her way regardless. The latest comes from the Palm Springs Film Festival, which will present her with the Icon Award at the awards gala on December 4. The prize, first given to Michael Douglas, is effectively a career achievement award, though festival chairman Howard Metzner's statement focuses specifically on her "Oscar-worthy" work in "August." Incidentally, Streep's co-star Julia Roberts will receive the Spotlight Award. [PSIFF]
Wide-ranging awards also include 'Pacific Rim' and 'This is the End'
'Clerks' to celebrate 20th anniversary with a Midnight Screening
Things have been kind of quiet in the land of Zach Braff of late. Unless you count his appearance as a bellhop monkey in "Oz the Great and Powerful." Or the critically savaged play he wrote a couple of years ago, the title of which escapes me. (I saw it; the critics were not entirely wrong.) On the directorial front, meanwhile, he hasn't made a feature film since his 2004 debut, "Garden State" -- which earned him enough first-film accolades, including Independent Spirit and National Board of Review wins, plus a WGA nod, that you'd have expected a follow-up sooner rather than later.
Steve McQueen's drama picked up six awards
The Florida Film Critics Circle wasn't looking to flip the script today as members of the group handed Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" the prize for Best Picture of 2013. The film's star, Lupita Nyong'o, picked up two honors, for Best Supporting Actress and the year's Breakout Award. Check out the full list of winners below, and as always, keep track at The Circuit.
Veteran costume designer April Ferry will also be honored
When you think of contemporary filmmakers who are particularly keyed into the art of costume design, you might name Baz Luhrmann, Tarsem Singh or Xavier Dolan -- but Judd Apatow probably wouldn't be among the first names to come to mind.
Barbara Kopple's 1976 film to receive the organization's Legacy Award
Given the Academy's bent for in-the-moment sentiment in that department, the list of Best Documentary Feature Oscar winners that have since become consensus classics is a relatively short one. (In a number of cases, the winners don't even seem a particularly good idea at the time.) But one noble exception is Barbara Kopple's 1976 film "Harlan County, USA," a stark, penetrating portrait of the 1972 Brookside coal miners' strike that still stands as the signature work of one of America's foremost documentarians. It's the rare film that has broken out of the non-fiction ghetto and into the Criterion-approved cinematic canon.
Also: Film Comment names 'Inside Llewyn Davis' 2013's best
From "Saving Mr. Banks" to "The Hobbit" to "The Wolf of Wall Street," the fortnight between December 12 and Christmas Day finds a dozen films going into wide release in the US. Ben Fritz wonders if the holiday box office is being overloaded: "With several days off of work or school, if not a full week, many people are free to see multiple movies at any time of the day ... Nonetheless people's movie time isn't infinite, and a surfeit of new titles could overtax even the most avid moviegoers." Unlike the summer tentpole glut, he notes, it's many adult-oriented fare that is filling theaters. Will there be any casualties? [Wall Street Journal]
Plus: 'The Magnificent Seven,' 'Forbidden Planet' and more
The Library of Congress announced the 25 films selected for the 2013 National Film Registry and they feature some Academy Award winners, a groundbreaking documentary, genre classics and family favorites.
Oscar gets a spotlight from above
For the first time in its history, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has created a visual identity for the organization with a logo.