<p>A scene from &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

A scene from "Gravity"

Credit: Warner Bros.

'Gravity' sound team could make noise at the Oscars

Are Skip Lievsay, Glenn Freemantle and Steven Price lined up for gold?

Like a number of films from 2013, many of them nominated in one or both of the Academy's sound categories — "All is Lost," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Lone Survivor" — what the audience hears is crucial to the overall experience of the film. And that was never more the case this year than with Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity." But when your goal is authenticity in orbit, how do you come at the problem laid out by the tagline for Ridley Scott's 1979 horror film "Alien": "In space, no one can hear you scream," or do anything, really.

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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio in &quot;The Wolf of Wall Street.&quot;</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Roundup: Why historical accuracy isn't everything

Also: Annies honor anime vetran Otomo, and can Amy Adams upset?

Historian Alex von Tunzelmann considers this year's fact-based Oscar contenders, and argues there's more to effective cinema than mere historical accuracy: "There is extraordinary power in the moving image. Many of us will know that 'Braveheart' (1995) is tosh when we watch it, but years later bits of it may have taken root in our imaginations – and we don't always remember that they emanated from that great steaming heap of lies." She also evaluates seven of this year's Oscar nominees: "12 Years a Slave" passes with flying colors as both history and cinema, but she argues that the factual fidelity of "The Wolf of Wall Street" "undermines its own claim to be satire." [The Guardian]

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<p>Adele Exarchopoulos in &quot;Blue is the Warmest Color.&quot;</p>

Adele Exarchopoulos in "Blue is the Warmest Color."

Credit: Sundance Selects

'Blue is the Warmest Color,' 'The Past,' 'Stranger by the Lake' land César nods

But hit comedy 'Me, Myself and Mum' leads the nominees

The César Award nominations always provide an interesting perspective of how French cinema is perceived domestically -- which doesn't always match the view from the outside. This year's list, for example, feature multiple nominations for such international festival hits as Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color," Alain Guiraudie's "Stranger by the Lake" and Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" -- all nominated for Best Picture and Director -- but the leading nominee, with 10 bids, was actor-turned-director Guillaume Gallienne's debut feature "Me, Myself and Mum." 

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<p>&quot;Blue is the Warmest Color&quot;</p>

"Blue is the Warmest Color"

Credit: Sundance Selects

GLAAD Media Award nods include 'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Blue is the Warmest Color,' 'Philomena'

Awards recognize outstanding work that addresses LGBT themes

It's unusual that at least two of this year's Best Picture Oscar nominees -- "Philomena" and "Dallas Buyers Club" -- deal with gay or transgender identity, even if neither film has a wholly LGBT protagonist. Both, naturally, are among the films singled out for recognition in the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Defiance Against Defamation) Media Awards, Joining them, unsurprisingly, were "Blue is the Warmest Color" and "Kill Your Darlings," though "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" isn't exactly an obvious call. ("Frozen" would fit the bill too, though they haven't gone there.)

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<p>Bruno Delbonnel (left) on the set of &quot;Inside Llewyn&nbsp;Davis&quot; with Oscar Isaac (center) and Joel Coen</p>

Bruno Delbonnel (left) on the set of "Inside Llewyn Davis" with Oscar Isaac (center) and Joel Coen

Credit: CBS Films

Oscar-nominated 'Llewyn Davis' cinematographer was scared to fill the shoes of a legend

And how the cover of Bob Dylan's 'Freewheelin' informed the atmosphere

On Jan. 16, cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel picked up his fourth Best Cinematography Oscar nomination to date, for the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis." He has previously been nominated for "Amelie" in 2001, "A Very Long Engagement" in 2004 (for which he won the American Society of Cinematographers Award) and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" in 2009.

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<p>Jared&nbsp;Leto in &quot;Dallas Buyers&nbsp;Club&quot;</p>

Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club"

Credit: Focus Features

How the 'Dallas Buyers Club' hair and makeup team earned their Oscar nominations

Also: Why the project was a personal one for them

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto have earned an enormous amount of acclaim for their performances in "Dallas Buyers Club," which has put them at the front of their Oscar races. But their work was of course assisted by the Oscar-nominated makeup and hairstyling of Robin Mathews and Adruitha Lee, allowing them to slip further into their characters and fully inhabit the roles of Ron Woodroof and Rayon.

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<p>Scarlett Johansson in Jonathan Glazer's &quot;Under the Skin.&quot;</p>

Scarlett Johansson in Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin."

Credit: A24 Films

Exclusive: Scarlett Johansson haunts new 'Under the Skin' teaser trailer

Cut by director Jonathan Glazer himself

If your a fan of cinema and, more importantly, a fan of the art of cinema than you need to get excited about Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin." 

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<p>Elizabeth Debicki and Joel Edgerton in &quot;The Great Gatsby.&quot;</p>

Elizabeth Debicki and Joel Edgerton in "The Great Gatsby."

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

'The Great Gatsby' all but sweeps Australian Academy Awards

Leonardo DiCaprio claims his first win for his other big role of 2013

When "The Great Gatsby" led the nominations for the Australian Academy Awards (aka the AACTA Awards), that seemed obvious enough, but I didn't expect to see it win outside the technical categories. "Moulin Rouge!" was also heavily nominated in its year ("Australia" less so), but voters preferred more locally flavored work in the top categories, and I assumed that'd be the case this year. Not so: "Gatsby" just about swept the night, winning all but one of the 14 awards for which it was nominated, including Best Film, Director and acting prizes for Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton and striking newcomer Elizabeth Debicki. (Carey Mulligan was the lone loser, passed over in Best Actress for Rose Byrne.)

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<p>&quot;Sling Blade,&quot; a 1996 beneficiary of Harvey Weinstein's campaign tricks.</p>

"Sling Blade," a 1996 beneficiary of Harvey Weinstein's campaign tricks.

Credit: Miramax Films

Roundup: A history of Harvey's Oscar tactics

Also: Meryl Streep vs. Pauline Kael, and Cuaron talks early influences

Just as Bruce Broughton has been punished by the Academy for his questionable campaign tactics, Vulture has chimed in with a detailed timeline of strategies employed by the master of Academy manipulation, Harvey Weinstein -- not all of them strictly by the Oscar playbook. Take this anecdote about Weinstein's 1996 campaign for Billy Bob Thornton in "Sling Blade": "John Ericson, a retired actor who lives in Santa Fe, N.M., said he was called several times recently by a representative from the studio. In the first call, this person asked Mr. Ericson if he had received Sling Blade and urged him to watch it. A few days later, the representative called back to gauge Mr. Ericson's reaction ... 'He said: "Didn't you think he was wonderful? I hope it will be something worthy of a nomination,"' Mr. Ericson recalled." [Vulture]

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<p>The cast of &quot;Alone Yet Not Alone&quot; in happier times.</p>

The cast of "Alone Yet Not Alone" in happier times.

Credit: Enthuse Entertainment

Updated: 'Alone Yet Not Alone' disqualified songwriter responds

No song will replace it on the ballot

Updated (11:06 PM): Bruce Broughton and his wife responded to the controversy on their Facebook pages tonight.

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