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  • Is '12 Years a Slave' an Indie? Here Are the Spirit Awards Rules of Eligibility

    Tuesday morning's announcement of Indie Spirit Award nominations brought the annual head-scratching over some selections, in terms of eligibility. Many films were disqualified because of budget or nationality of the key contributors. On the flip side,...
  • Surprise and confirmation in Spirit Awards nominations

    Surprise and confirmation in Spirit Awards nominations
    It’s not only actors and filmmakers who get excited about something like the Spirit Awards nominations announcement. One could argue that such things are actually more meaningful (and closely watched) by executives and producers. The nominations...
  • Could James Gandolfini Win a Posthumous Oscar?

    In awards consideration, a voter tries to be objective. But when any human watches a film or TV show, they bring along all their thoughts and feelings about life -- and death. By any standard, James Gandolfini's performance in "Enough Said" is a gem. But...
  • At the Gotham Awards, non-folksy tributes, then a folkie win

    At the Gotham Awards, non-folksy tributes, then a folkie win
    NEW YORK -- At the start of Monday night's IFP Gotham Independent Awards, host Nick Kroll made an inside "Inside Llewyn Davis" joke.  "A common theme in this year's movies," the comedian said, "are the horrors we inflict upon one another -- slavery, war,...
  • Sundance Unveils 2014 Competition, Next Lineups

    In some respects, the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival offers a snapshot of the ways in which the independent film scene has dramatically shifted over the past three decades, said fest director John Cooper, from an ever-widening talent pool to an...
  • 'Best Man Holiday,' 'Black Nativity,' Madea are merrily diverse

    Time was when Christmas movies were as reliably white as a North Pole winter. Such holiday classics as "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street" came to define the American cultural psyche during the holidays for decades. Later films set around...
  • Why the Oscars Best Supporting Actor Race Is a Hot Mess

    This year's Oscar race has had bloggers buzzing about the most cutthroat best actor category in years-with at least seven "locks" for five slots-but there's an even bigger logjam in the supporting actor contest. When the nominees are announced in January,...
  • Analysis: 'Osage' and 'Butler' Get SAG Nom Boost; 'Her,' 'Wolf' AWOL

    Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave" regains ground in the awards race with its four nominations for SAG Awards, while "August: Osage County," "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler" boosted their Oscar stock with three noms apiece, including...
  • Awards campaign for James Franco is suitably Alien

    Awards campaign for James Franco is suitably Alien
    The line between the real and the surreal is a thin one for James Franco. The actor's persona has become such a carefully cultivated hall of post-postmodern mirrors that it can often be hard to tell what's true and what's a put-on. So naturally, when...
  • Why Editing Nominations Predict the Best Picture Oscar

    Gamblers and Academy Award handicappers have long known that Oscar has a "tell": There's a strong connection between editing and the best picture winner. Since editing became an Oscar category in 1934, only nine films have won best picture without at...
  • An early look at Oscar best picture contenders

    We can all agree that it's been a pretty great year for movies. But when it comes to this year's best picture Oscar race, that's probably where our accord ends. At the moment, the critically lauded historical drama "12 Years a Slave" and the equally...