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2014 Oscar Power Rankings: Best Picture (Sept. 16)

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

It’s amazing how little we still know about the Oscar race in the post-Telluride/Venice/Toronto landscape. Sure, films like Steve McQueen’s ‘12 Years a Slave’ and Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’ made strong showings on the fall film festival circuit. But with so many films yet to screen – from ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ to ‘American Hustle

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2014 Oscar Power Rankings: Best Actress (Sept. 16)

Sony Pictures Classics
Sony Pictures Classics

It’s amazing how little we still know about the 2014 Oscar race in the post-Telluride/Venice/Toronto landscape. Sure, films like Steve McQueen’s ‘12 Years a Slave’ and Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’ made strong showings on the fall film festival circuit. But with so many films yet to screen – from ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ to ‘American Hustle

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

Black Widow Spider Man Batman
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

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From Wolf Gods to Moving Castles, A Beginner’s Guide to the World of Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki Movies Guide
Studio Ghibli/Getty Images

At Pixar, when we have a problem and we can't seem to solve it, we often take a laser disc of one of Mr. Miyazaki's films and look at a scene in our screening room for a shot of inspiration. And it always works! We come away amazed and inspired

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

CBS Films
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.

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2014 Oscar Power Rankings: Best Supporting Actor

2014 Oscars Best Supporting Actor
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.

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