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Comic Strip: Captain America and Black Widow, Sinister Six Teases and Justin Bieber in ‘Batman’

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by Sean O'Connell September 16, 2013 07:55 AM
Marvel/Sony Pictures/DC
ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie news items. From Marvel to D.C. and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic-book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, the...

2014 Oscar Power Rankings: Best Director (Sept. 3)

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by Sean O'Connell September 03, 2013 10:00 AM
CBS Films
Here’s the challenge of the 2014 Oscars race – well, the first of many challenges, and possibly the largest. No matter how many movies the Academy slots into the Best Pictures race – from six to eight to 10 – there can be only five Best Director nominees … meaning a handful of filmmakers who saw their movies nominated for BP are on the outside of the Director’s race, looking in. There isn’t much that we can do about this flawed system, because we’re rarely going to have as many Best Director nominees as there will be Best Picture nominees.

2014 Oscar Power Rankings: Best Supporting Actor

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by Sean O'Connell August 30, 2013 03:34 PM
Jason Merritt, Getty Images
The Supporting Acting categories can be crapshoots. They’re often crowded with character actors who have stolen the spotlight away from a movie’s lead (see recent winners Christoph Waltz, Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger for examples). But the categories often can be catch-all spots used by the Academy to recognize an actor who has gone the duration of a career without being acknowledged with an Oscar, and so they are rewarded for a part that might not be trophy-worthy.