"Look at my shee-yit... LAFCA award included."
"Look at my shee-yit... LAFCA award included."
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'Gravity' ties with 'Her' as LA critics' Best Picture winner

Acting winners include Adele Exarchopoulos and, yes, James Franco

Well, the esteemed men and women of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association were certainly in an indecisive mood today: in the course of today's voting, which took over four hours to complete, no fewer than three categories ended in ties. Chief among them, of course, was Best Picture, where Alfonso Cuaron's space epic "Gravity" was named alongside Spike Jonze's more intimate technological drama "Her." Both were clear favorites throughout: "Gravity" took three other awards, for Best Director, Cinematography and Editing, while "Her" won the day's first award (for Production Design) and was a close ruinner-up for Director, Screenplay and Music.

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<p>Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jamres Gandolfini in &quot;Enough Said.&quot;</p>

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jamres Gandolfini in "Enough Said."

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'12 Years a Slave,' James Gandolfini win with Boston Society of Film Critics

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Cate Blanchett take top acting honors

Well, one thing we've learned this weekend is that Beantown critics think very highly of "12 Years a Slave." Steve McQueen's film practically swept the Boston online critics' awards yesterday, taking seven awards in all. And it was similarly triumphant in today's voting by the Boston Film Critics' Society -- the more established and arguably more prestigious of the city's two groups -- where it took Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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<p>Andrew Dominik and MOMI&nbsp;Chief Curator David&nbsp;Schwartz discuss &quot;The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford&quot;</p>

Andrew Dominik and MOMI Chief Curator David Schwartz discuss "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

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The 'Jesse James' revival sets sail from Queens

A resuscitated masterpiece hits the road to redemption

NEW YORK — The big screen revival of Andrew Dominik's 2007 western "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," economically dubbed the "Jesse James Revival" by a passionate young man named Jamieson McGonigle who set the whole thing in motion, kicked off in earnest Saturday night with a presentation of the opus to a sold out crowd at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

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<p>&quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;</p>

"12 Years a Slave"

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Boston online critics hand '12 Years a Slave' seven awards

Steve McQueen's drama dominated the group's list of superlatives

It's safe to say members of the Boston Online Film Critics Association were big fans of Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." The group handed the film seven awards Friday including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Best Supporting Actress (Luipta Nyong'o). Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") and Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") rounded out the acting honors, while "Before Midnight" took Best Screenplay. Check out the full list below.

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<p>Spike Jonze's &quot;Her&quot;&nbsp;picked up nine nominations including Best&nbsp;Actor.</p>

Spike Jonze's "Her" picked up nine nominations including Best Actor.

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'12 Years a Slave' and 'Her' lead the way with Washington D.C. critics nominations

'Olympus Has Fallen' and 'White House Down,' this is your moment

Spike Jonze's "Her," Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" and especially Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" turned up great showings in the nominations stage for the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association this year. All three films were nominated for Best Film along with David O. Russell's "American Hustle" and the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis."

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<p>Toni Servillo in &quot;The Great Beauty.&quot;</p>

Toni Servillo in "The Great Beauty."

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Italian Oscar entry 'The Great Beauty' wins big at European Film Awards

Other winners include 'The Broken Circle Breakdown' and 'In the House'

As I anticipated, "The Great Beauty," Paolo Sorrentino's visually extravagant, Fellini-referencing reflection on contemporary Rome, emerged the big winner at tonight's European Film Awards in Berlin, taking four prizes for European Film of the Year, European Director of the Year, European Actor of the Year for Toni Servillo and European Editor of the Year for Cristiano Travaglioli. The film, a critics' pet since Cannes, is Italy's entry for the foreign-language Oscar; and this haul lends a handy boost to its campaign across the pond.

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"The Broken Circle Breakdown"
"The Broken Circle Breakdown"
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European Film Awards: Who will win, and who should

"Blue is the Warmest Color?" Keira Knightley? Awards take place in Berlin tonight
The 26th European Film Awards take place in the lovely, Christmas-spirited (and absolutely bloody freezing) Berlin tonight, and I'll once more be on the scene to bring you the winners as they're announced. The general industry shorthand for the EFAs is that they're the "European Oscars," voted for by a similarly expansive academy of industry professionals, with all the oddities and occasional blind spots that come with that.
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<p>&quot;The Square&quot;</p>

"The Square"

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Oscar hopeful 'The Square' leads International Documentary Association winners

Alex Gibney receives a Career Achievement Award

"The Square," Egyptian-American director Jehane Noujaim's study of the Egyptian Revolution from its 2011 origins in Tahrir Square, has looked like on to watch the documentary Oscar race ever since it won the Audience Award in its section at the Sundance Film Festival. It followed that up with the People's Choice Award for documentaries at Toronto, and nabbed further headlines when it became Netflix's first film acquisition. Sure enough, it was among the 15 titles shortlisted by the Academy earlier this week.

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<p>Battle of the divas as Adele goes up against Lana Del Rey in the best song written for visual media category at the 56th Grammy Awards.</p>

Battle of the divas as Adele goes up against Lana Del Rey in the best song written for visual media category at the 56th Grammy Awards.

It's Adele vs. Lana Del Rey at the 2014 Grammys as 'Skyfall' and 'Gatsby' face off

Familiar and not-so familiar players in the film, TV and media categories

Adele won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her iconic ballad "Skyfall" from last year's 007 blockbuster, but will Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" end her winning streak at the 56th Grammy Awards?

Yes, it's unlikely, isn't it? Adele is royalty. She rarely loses.

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Watch the Best Original Song lock 'Let it Go' from 'Frozen' sung by Idina Menzel

Watch the Best Original Song lock 'Let it Go' from 'Frozen' sung by Idina Menzel

Will we ever see the 'Wicked' star sing it live?

The Best Original Song Oscar race was effectively over after "Frozen's" massive box office take this past weekend. The film's critical acclaim and record Thanksgiving animated haul has put Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez's "Let it Go," sung by Tony Award winner Idina Menzel,  in the driver's seat to win the coveted Academy Award. In fact, Menzel's version of the song is actually outselling the Demi Lovato cover version on iTunes at the moment.

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