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by Ben Travers

14 Jan 2013


Well, it happened again. Nominations day has come and gone and again I was blindsided by some truly shocking inclusions and snubs. Ben Affleck shut out of the directors field? Bigelow, too? Life of Pi AND Flight score screenplay noms? The Avengers only manages one measly nod despite critical praise and a box office bonanza, while its more awards-hungry brother The Dark Knight Rises is completely shut out. No love for Matthew McConaughey?!?

Obviously, different inclusions and exclusions bothered different people, but obviously Beasts of the Southern Wild proved me wrong (though I had it just missing out) and Amour rode a late wave of critical and old fogey Academy member adoration to steal a slot away from The Master.

by Joe Vallese

14 Jan 2013

This is, of course, potentially disastrous news for the film’s chances of taking home the Best Picture prize at this year’s Oscars since generally speaking, a nominated film doesn’t win if its director isn’t at least in the running herself. While Jessica Chastain still seems a lock to take home Best Actress and David Boal’s screenplay stands a decent chance of emerging victorious (there are several other technical awards Zero will likely grab as well), the exclusion of Bigelow in the race is a bizarre, controversial development indeed. Bigelow’s Hurt Locker comeback, after years of being diminished to little more than James Cameron’s ex-wife and reportedly being passed up for big Hollywood films that ultimately went to flashier male directors, offered an irresistible narrative to complement Locker’s unprecedented slow-burn success. Bigelow telling the story of the decade-long hunt for Osama Bin Laden and his ultimate assassination—all apparently orchestrated by an obsessively committed female operative—seemed a natural fit, and her path to Best Director perfectly paved. Until last week, that is, when the nominations were announced and she was conspicuously absent.

by Matt Mazur

10 Jan 2013

Nicole Kidman should have won her first Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination today for The Paperboy. The actress already has three under her belt 2001’s Best Actress nomination for Moulin Rouge! (the same year she was also infinitely-nominatable The Others), 2002’s Best Actress win for her “Virginia Woolf” in The Hours, and a nomination for 2010’s Rabbit Hole, and following SAG and Golden Globe nominations, many thought she was a lock for a nomination today. However, history tells us that Kidman’s finest work is almost always left off Oscar’s list.

by Matt Mazur

9 Jan 2013

Oscar’s Nominees:

Joan Allen ... The Crucible

Fine nominee who was gifted with a great role that was slightly underplayed. The Crucible had many facets that were overlooked—such as the impeccable production and costume design, as well as the the volcanic lead performances of Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Ryder—so that Allen’s supportive wife was the element singled out is a tad baffling. Even more baffling is how Allen would fail to get Academy recognition for her far superior work in The Ice Storm (1997), Pleasantville (1998), The Upside of Anger (2005) in relatively less-competitive years than 1996.

by Austin Dale

8 Jan 2013

I’m sure every talented artisan in the technical categories was relieved when Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby was pushed back to Summer 2013, because if the glorious new trailer is anything to go by, it will score in every single technical category. Since, these categories have opened up, we have a very interesting year. Even though the Oscar nominations haven’t been announced yet, here are our Technical Category predictions.

//Mixed media

Marina and the Diamonds Wrap Up U.S. Tour at Terminal 5 (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Marina's star shines bright and her iridescent pop shines brighter. Froot is her most solid album yet. Her tour continues into the new year throughout Europe.

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