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Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012
The standout Supporting Actor performance from Django belongs not to Leonardo DiCaprio...

#1. Samuel L. Jackson gives what might be his finest acting performance. Yes, Leonardo DiCaprio just won the Best Supporting Actor award from the National Board of Review for playing Calvin Candie, the film’s major heavy, and while that is a terrific choice, the standout Supporting Actor performance from Django belongs to Samuel L. Jackson as Stephen.


Playing Calvin’s house slave henchman and de facto father figure, Jackson is equal part plotting, murderous and grotesque Uncle Remus caricature, part destroyed and hollowed old husk of a man. Stephen is a man who has had to learn how to survive an ugly world at any cost. Jackson plays him far beyond stereotype, riffing on racist character types throughout film history and then elevating the characterization with a bracing hint of menace, he provides an unexpected, dangerous twist at every turn and never goes in the direction you think he will.


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Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012
Critics have called it “exasperating” and “contradictory” but isn’t the film’s brand of riskiness what the movies are all about?

Many critics are patronizingly dismissing Cloud Atlas as a noble failure, as though the film’s outrageously creative vision and tremendous ambition are somehow negative qualities. In fact, it is Cloud Atlas’s willingness and eagerness to push boundaries in every sense imaginable is precisely why it should be celebrated. Brimming with audaciousness and technical innovation Cloud Atlas is pure spectacle, sparking the imagination and exploring new cinematic possibilities.


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Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012
When it comes to reaping awards, the newest adaptation of Anna Karenina has as many pros as it does cons. Statuesque assesses the film's odds.

Ten Reasons Why Anna Karenina Should Be a Hit With Oscar:


1. It’s the epitome of awards bait: prestige cast and crew in an adaptation of a literary classic.


2. All of Joe Wright’s period movies have scored well with AMPAS members. Pride and Prejudice had a high awards profile and received nominations in key categories, while Atonement defied all expectations and got a Best Picture nomination in the tough to crack year that was 2007.


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Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012
Having just won the Best Supporting Actress citation from the New York Film Critics Circle, Field is a now threat to take home yet another Oscar. Will her infamous award speeches cinch the deal?

Sally Field gives buoyant, triumphant speeches during awards season, and there is no denying this. It makes you wonder if the anticipation of yet another joyous outpouring of emotion from Field onstage could be a factor that sways awards voters to tick off her name on their ballots this year. As Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Speilberg’s incredible biopic of one of the nation’s most legendary presidents, Field gives an utterly commanding performance packed with details that will likely earn her her third Academy Award nomination, and if the awards fates align justly, maybe even a deserved third win.


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Monday, Dec 10, 2012
Recently awarded Best Supporting Actor by the New York Film Critics Circle, the actor is enjoying his best year yet. Will Matthew McConaughy crack Oscar's top five Best Supporting Actors?

There was one actor who absolutely burst onto the scene in 2012. He made more mainstream movies than anyone else in Hollywood and his films reaped the rewards of his newfound success, raking in hundreds of millions across the globe. The good-looking actor appeared on every magazine cover at the corner store and even popped up in your Facebook, Twitter, and Instragram feeds more than your friends. One actor made 2012 his year to be known, his year to be remembered forever.


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