Snowpiercer
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See Tilda Swinton transform, rehearse in new 'Snowpiercer' behind-the-scenes feature

One of 2014’s more eccentric characters comes to life before your eyes

During her Gotham Awards tribute speech, Tilda Swinton name-checked one unexpected collaborator just before exiting stage: Chris Lyons, the man behind Fangs FX. A prosthetic effects company specializing in dental wonders, Swinton personally rang Lyons for four films that played in 2014: "Only Lovers Left Alive," "Zero Theorem," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and "Snowpiercer." For Swinton, the makeover is part of the job. If she can use special effects makeup to inch just a little closer to her vision of the character, she’ll leap at the chance. A new behind-the-scenes video gives those who bow at the Swinton altar a chance to see her undergo this metamorphosis, going from "Snowpiercer" makeup chair to on-set rehearsal with director Bong Joon-ho.

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Rene Russo really needs to be in the supporting actress Oscar discussion, folks

Rene Russo really needs to be in the supporting actress Oscar discussion, folks

The Jake Gyllenhaal love fest is nice but let's not stop there

This year's Best Supporting Actress field has more or less firmed up. It seems Patricia Arquette and Meryl Streep are ahead of the pack and have been for weeks. Keira Knightley and Emma Stone are on somewhat solid ground, rounding out the four with the HFPA/BFCA/SAG trifecta. Jessica Chastain is obviously in the mix and we've already written about Tilda Swinton being in the thick of it (as well as about why Minnie Driver deserves to be in the thick of it). Naomi Watts has her SAG nod, but that will probably have to suffice. And so that seems to be the field. But you know who really should be in this conversation? Rene freakin' Russo, that's who.

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'Birdman' and usual critical darling suspects lead Houston critics' nominations

'Birdman' and usual critical darling suspects lead Houston critics' nominations

Some 'Best Poster' and 'Worst Film' fun to shake things up a bit

The Houston Film Critics Society has announced nominations, and no surprise, the three-horse race for critical darling of the year led the way: "Birdman" with 10, "Boyhood" with seven and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" with six. They also throw in a Best Poster category and deign to chart the year's worst.

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'Birdman' comes away with six Phoenix film critics awards including Best Picture

'Birdman' comes away with six Phoenix film critics awards including Best Picture

Keira Knightley shakes it up in Best Supporting Actress

The Phoenix Film Critics Society ended up splitting their Best Picture and Best Director awards between the two most critically acclaimed (on the circuit) films of the year: "Birdman" and "Boyhood." The former picked up six awards in total, and the only real divergent note throughout is that Keira Knightley won Best Supporting Actress.

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Boyhood
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Guess what? Toronto critics love 'Boyhood' too...

Lots of love for 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and 'Inherent Vice' as well

Though Circuit underdogs "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Inherent Vice" came close to the top prize, the Toronto Film Critics Association followed suit on Tuesday when it named Richard Linklater’s "Boyhood" as the best film of 2014. Collectively, the group called it "a cinematic masterpiece that evokes beauty in life and the inevitable passage of time," adding an honor to Linklater for his "singular achievement."

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HitFix's 2014 Oscar Power List: Where do Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal land?

HitFix's 2014 Oscar Power List: Where do Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal land?

Charting the power brokers and influencers of the season

If you've ever been curious about the sometimes enigmatic machinery and inner workings of Hollywood's Oscar season, about its various players and how they impact the industry and business, HitFix has you covered. We're pleased to unveil the second annual Oscar Power List.

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The Raid 2
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Florida critics' award nominations find room for 'The Raid 2'

'Birdman' tops awards with eight nominations

The Florida Film Critics Circle announced its 2014 film nominations Tursday, which align with the populist opinion that "Birdman" and "Boyhood" are pretty darn good movies. The real surprise: Who knew the Florida critical contingent was so geeky? "Jodorowsky’s Dune" up for Best Documentary and "The Raid 2" in the Best Foreign Film category. Genre enthusiasts appreciate the love, Florida.

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David Oyelowo joins Lupita Nyong’o in Brad Pitt-produced 'Americanah'

The Golden Globe nominee adds even more award cred to the indie project

Last year, Lupita Nyong’o stepped out from obscurity to wow crowds in "12 Years a Slave" and earn her first Oscar. 12 months later, supporting actor workhorse David Oyelowo is taking a similar jump, earning rave reviews for his role as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma." The unexpected common link between the two performances? Brad Pitt and his production banner Plan B. Now, according to Variety, Pitt will play matchmaker for this critically acclaimed pair: They’ll star together in Plan B’s new indie film "Americanah."

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'Mr. Turner' leads London Film Critics Circle nominations

'Mr. Turner' leads London Film Critics Circle nominations

Julianne Moore gets a pair of lead actress citations

Chiming in from across the pond, the London Film Critics Circle has added its collective voice to the 2014 circuit with a list of nominations. It was "Mr. Turner" that led the way with seven total nominations, though "Birdman" wasn't far behind with six. Julianne Moore picked up a pair of nominations in the lead actress category for her work in "Maps to the Stars" and Oscar play "Still Alice," while Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") and Timothy Spall ("Mr. Turner") each saw nominations in the lead actor and British actor of the year categories.

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No Angelina, no problem as Brad Pitt and kids attend 'Unbroken' premiere

No Angelina, no problem as Brad Pitt and kids attend 'Unbroken' premiere

A long-awaited moment for Louis Zamperini's family

HOLLYWOOD — Friday's announcement that Angelina Jolie would not appear at the Los Angeles premiere of "Unbroken" because she's currently suffering from a rare bout of chicken pox was met with skepticism by some, but after attending the event Monday night, we believe it. No matter what happened last week after Jolie found herself unwittingly in the crosshairs of the Sony hacking scandal, she would have wanted to be at the Dolby Theater for this.

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