12 Years a Slave Reviews, Interviews & More

DVD and Blu-ray Picks For March 4 - 10

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It’s like they knew! This week’s new DVD and Blu-ray releases is bringing best picture winner 12 Years a Slave to shelves fresh off its win. Whether that means a better special edition is released in a couple months is unknown, but seems likely.

Oscar Scuttlebutt: '12 Years a Slave' and the Aftermath

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Last night ended the Oscar season in perhaps the best way possible. After months of hype, backlash, and then the modest waves of backlash to the backlash, the ceremonies concluded with mostly good choices, which is always (pleasantly) surprising.

The 2014 Academy Awards: And The Oscars Go To...

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It’s that time of year again: the Academy Awards are upon us.  It’s the 86th annual celebration of the best that cinema has to offer (or the best films that didn’t ruffle the feathers of Academy voters—seriously, people, no Before Midnight?  Come on!).

Oscar Scuttlebutt: The Room Temperature

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We're still a couple of weeks away from the Oscar ceremonies, we won't see the results until March 2, and not much is going to change between now and then as with twenty days left, voting is mostly done (though voters have until February 25 to submit). Whatever curve balls are to be left (like the Woody Allen situation) have to hit now.

The 86th Academy Awards Nominees Are...

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The day is finally here—early this morning, the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards were announced.  Unsurprisingly, American Hustle, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Nebraska were all well-recognized.  Surprisingly, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Butler, Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks, and...

Oscar Scuttlebutt: The DGA and the Tightening Race

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Though the box office hasn't been stellar, the late birth of Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street may have given it more energy than some of the other limited release Oscar contenders. At least it seems that way going by the DGA announcements.

Alfonso Cuaron and Martin Scorsese Lead the 2013 DGA Nominations

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The DGA nominations (and usually the winners) are one of the clearest bellwethers for how the Oscars are going to go down. This year's five nominations helps set up a playing field, and it's one where David O. Russell and Martin Scorsese will compete for the same award.

2014 Writers Guild Nominations: The Stars And Snubs

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The annual WGA Awards fills me with delight, only because it's giving much needed credit to a number of screenwriters who should be receiving more love for their work. While I don't agree with all the selections of the 2014 WGA nominations, there are still a few great ones that got the acknowledgement that they deserve.

ScreenCrave's Top 20 Films of 2013

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What is there to make of 2013's cinematic year? Like most years it started slow and small, got big and interesting, then wore out its welcome for a while until Fall came with some great pictures... but also more junk. At this point it's getting pointless to begrudge sequels as they are the way of the world, but this was also the year that comic book movies figured out how to be a part of the...

Oscar Scuttlebutt: As the Year Ends....

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2013 began with Texas Chainsaw 3D, and is closing with a smattering of films that could get some awards love, with The Wolf of Wall Street the strongest, and with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty a question mark. Have we learned anything? Probably not.

Oscar Scuttlebutt: SAG and the Golden Globes Enter the Fore

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This past week has seen The Golden Globes and SAG announce their nominees. Has everyone seen all the films in contention at this point? Maybe. But it's just as likely that The Wolf of Wall Street wasn't screened for everyone, though that didn't stop the Globes from nominating the film and Leonardo DiCaprio. Such is awards season.

Oscar Scuttlebutt: Time to Take Stock of the Oscar Race

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We're just into November, and though there are definite candidates for who could be Oscar nominated, we've still got two months of releases to go, and very little sense of the room temperature. Why? Number one, because academy voters haven't seen the films, and number two, because in some cases, only a handful of people have seen the finished films.

Oscar Scuttlebutt: Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott are in the Mix

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This week in Oscar ephemera, we've seen 12 Years a Slave do exceptionally well in limited release, we'll see Blue is the Warmest Color hit American screens, and Ridley Scott's latest film The Counselor sneaks into theaters. And we know for sure that there's a big dog in the race.