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2014 Oscars Poll: Which Films Are You Keeping an Eye On?

by Nick Romano September 9, 2013 @ 12:10 PM
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Since kicking off on September 5, the Toronto International Film Festival screened a couple films that already look to be prime Oscar bait, including Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity,' Jean-Marc Vallée's 'The Dallas Buyers Club' and Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave.' With the fall movie season coming full speed and the 2014 Oscars on everyone's minds, which of the upcoming contenders are you keeping your eye on?

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

by Sean O'Connell September 3, 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

by Sean O'Connell August 30, 2013 @ 3:34 PM
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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.