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Monday, Jan 7, 2013
Oscar nominations are announced Thursday. Ben Travers Predicts the Best Picture category...

The time has come to put forth my final predictions for Best Picture, and never has a task been more daunting. With so many films making late surges (Skyfall on the Producers Guild List? Salmon Fishing in the Yemen with three Golden Globe nods?) and the Academy rules allowing for up to 10 nominees, there are more movies with a legitimate shot at a nomination than ever before.


I’d like to put The Impossible in the mix having seen and adored it recently, but a respected colleague pointed out there isn’t much buzz out there for it. The Sessions seems to have similarly dropped off voters’ radar. It hasn’t won enough precursor awards to be seen as a legitimate contender. And we all know what happened to The Hobbit.


So who’s got the best odds? Who will hear their name called on January 10? And who will wake up to an alarm instead of a congratulatory phone call? Let’s dig in.


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Friday, Dec 21, 2012
Michael Haneke's Amour dominates Jose's year-end favorites list.

Favorite Movies:


1. Amour
2. Holy Motors
3. Zero Dark Thirty
4. Rust and Bone
5. Keep the Lights On
6. Tabu
7. The Gatekeepers
8. Django Unchained
9. Oslo, August 31
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower


Best Director:
Michael Haneke for Amour
Runner up: Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty


Best Actor
Denis Lavant in Holy Motors
Runner up: Matthias Schoenaerts in Rust and Bone


Best Actress
Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
Runner up: Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone


Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained
Runner up: Ezra Miller in The Perks of Being a Wallflower


Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams in The Master
Runner up: Kylie Minogue in Holy Motors


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Thursday, Dec 20, 2012
Channing Tatum fans of the world rejoice...

1) Looper
If originality, or better yet, the follow-through of an original conceit, is most important to you, than it would be hard to refute Rian Johnson’s time-traveling opus as the best film of 2012. So I didn’t.


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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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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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