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20 Weeks To Oscar: First Major Event

Guild nominations are rarely outside of the well-established box. It takes a series of those events in coordination to change the game. Critics awards… lovely. But enjoy them for what they are, because they may not match nominations, much less winners.

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Seven Lessons In Creativity From The Director Of The Imitation Game

Seven Lessons In Creativity From The Director Of The Imitation Game And – How Designers Recreated Alan Turing’s Machine

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Mike Ryan On Selma And Ferguson, 11 Miles From His Hometown

Mike Ryan On Selma And Ferguson, 11 Miles From His Hometown

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“The undeclared subject of Citizenfour is integrity—the insistence by an individual that his life and the principle he lives by should be all of a piece. Something resembling an aesthetic correlative of that integrity can be found in the documentary style of Laura Poitras.”

“The undeclared subject of Citizenfour is integrity—the insistence by an individual that his life and the principle he lives by should be all of a piece. Something resembling an aesthetic correlative of that integrity can be found in the documentary style of Laura Poitras.”

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Gurus o’ Gold: Thanksgiving Week

This week, The Gurus offer up opinions on Best Picture and the two Supporting Acting categories. Also, what movies should voters try to see this holiday weekend before nominations commence? It’s a pretty big list, which is a sign of a strong year of movies, if not easy awards choices.

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Reese Witherspoon On Keeping The “Perky” Out Of Wild

Reese Witherspoon On Keeping The “Perky” Out Of Wild

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Will These Be 2014′s Oscar Visual Effects Contenders?

Will These Be 2014′s Oscar Visual Effects Contenders?

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Brent Lang Sez Citizenfour Deserves A Best Picture Nom

Brent Lang Sez Citizenfour Deserves A Best Picture Nom

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Gurus o’ Gold: A Week From Thanksgiving, aka Screener Time

There’s been a march on the Top Ten and the man leading the charge has moved up the Actors list as well. The field narrows as the holiday gets closer.

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Talking With The Authors Of Gone Girl And Wild

Talking With The Authors Of Gone Girl And Wild

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“What makes Inherent Vice, the book and the movie together, an artifact of such beautifully revisionist history is that it shows us another way the ’70s could have gone—the pigs washed away on an unstoppable tide of grooviness, the bungalows left standing and the suburbs taken under. But it’s just a proposition.”

“What makes Inherent Vice, the book and the movie together, an artifact of such beautifully revisionist history is that it shows us another way the ’70s could have gone—the pigs washed away on an unstoppable tide of grooviness, the bungalows left standing and the suburbs taken under. But it’s just a proposition.”

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Angelina Jolie Says Unbroken Was An Emotional Journey

Angelina Jolie Says Unbroken Was An Emotional Journey

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Eddie Cockrell Drops Hints From Sydney Preem Of Unbroken

Eddie Cockrell Drops Hints From Sydney Preem Of Unbroken

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20 Weeks To Oscar – The Ides Of November

It’s still early. And it’s so late! There are a few titles floating out there, waiting for their moment in the spotlight. But it’s getting awfully late to make a first impression.

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 Sets Homevideo Sales Record For Fox-DreamWorks Animation

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Sets Homevideo Sales Record For Fox-DreamWorks Animation

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Caroline Siede Sez, “Unfortunately, The Winter Soldier was the best female-driven superhero film of 2014″

Caroline Siede Sez, “Unfortunately, The Winter Soldier was the best female-driven superhero film of 2014″

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Scott Feinberg’s Rationale For Supporting The H’wd Film Awards

“My position has always been that, like them or not, the HFA are worthy of coverage by awards columnists/bloggers like myself because most of the top Oscar contenders show up for them, and when they do anything en masse, especially in front of a massive audience (as was the case this year when the Hollywood Film Awards,…

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37% Of Oscar-Submitted Docs Directed By Women

37% Of Oscar-Submitted Docs Directed By Women

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Screenwriter Larry Karaszewski Sez Big Eyes Has A Bigger Picture

Screenwriter Larry Karaszewski On Big Eyes‘ Bigger Picture

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Gurus o Gold: Just After Selma & American Sniper

The Gurus voted on Best Picture again this week after the Tuesday screenings of Selma and American Sniper. One of the films skyrocketed into the Top 6.

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“The effect of the avalanche, and Tomas’ refusal to acknowledge his terror, seem to have devastating effects. But the interesting thing about Force Majeure is the sly suggestion that maybe this event could have a liberating effect on the family.”
~ Robert Horton 

 “Teaching how to make a film is like trying to teach someone how to fuck. You can’t. You have to fuck to learn how to fuck. It’s just how it is. The filmmaker has to protect the adventurous side of their self. I’m an explorer, I’m an inventor. Doc Brown is the character I relate to the most and he’s a madman. He’s a madman alone, locked up with his ideas but he does whatever he wants. He makes what he makes because he wants to make it. Yes, the DeLorean has to work in order for him to be a madman with a purpose—the DeLorean should work—but the point is I think everyone should try and find their own DeLorean. When Zemeckis was trying to get Back To The Future made, which he was for seven years, he was trying to get a film made where basically a teenager gets in a time machine, goes back to 1954 and almost —-s his mother. That pitch is extremely subversive and twisted in a way. My point is, he had a fascinating idea that no one had done before, but was clearly special to him and he stuck to it and made it what it was. When you do that you can create culture, but I think a lot of movies are just echoing culture and there’s a difference.”
~ A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night Filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour