2012-13 awards season

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Well, isn’t this an interesting crinkle. Ben Affleck continued his hot streak of picking up every award out there since being snubbed by the Academy Awards. The 40-year-old won the prestigious Directors Guild Award for his directing efforts on Argo. Affleck became only the third person in the guild’s 65-year history to win the DGA but not get an Oscar nomination- Steven Spielberg (The Color Purple) and Ron Howard (Apollo 13) being the other two.

Long considered the most accurate Oscar precursor, the DGAs have only NOT matched the Best Directing Academy Award winner only six times since its inception including this year. If Argo does end up winning Best Picture at the upcoming Oscars, it’ll only be the fourth film to do so without a corresponding directing nod. The last movie to achieve that feat was Driving Miss Daisy back in 1989. Personally, I’m rooting for Ben to do the same. Perhaps, he’ll finally be vindicated for Gigli, Pearl Harbor, etc… Check out all the 2013 DGA winners below including one for GirlsLena Dunham.

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Watch Disney’s Oscar Nominated Short Film

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If you’ve already started researching your picks for your office Oscar pool, but have no idea what to pick in Best Animated Short Film, you’ll definitely appreciate this post. Beyond the major categories, I admit, I blindly make my choices based on gut and title. Seriously though, I should really pay attention to them, because that’s where winning the pools is key. The game is won and lost in all those filler categories.

When Disney premiered Wreck-It Ralph in theaters last year, the studio showed a short film prior to it. Academy voters took notice and fell in love with the charming clip and nominated Paperman for Best Animated Short. Disney has wisely shared the entire clip online to generate buzz for its nominated flick. Check out the 6 1/2 minute short below.

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The 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award Winners

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Just less than 24 hours after the Producers Guild Awards named Argo Best Picture, the film has racked up another huge honor- Best Ensemble Cast. That award is the Screen Actors Guild Awards equivalent to Best Picture. Once the underdog, the Ben Affleck flick is shaping up to be the Oscar frontrunner.

I have to say the Best Picture race is one of the most competitive in years. Early in the awards season it looked like a two-way race between Zero Dark Thirty and Les Miserables as they steamrolled through the critics awards. Then Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln came on strong, nabbing several major accolades including the most Oscar nominations at this year’s Academy Awards. Now it seems its Argo‘s race to lose. Ever since Affleck was snubbed of a Best Directing Oscar nomination, the film has been the beneficiary of a huge wave of support. With less than a month of voting left, the race could flip once again. Thankfully, this year’s Best Picture Oscar isn’t a foregone conclusion yet.

Speaking of sure things, Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway continued their way on the road to Oscar glory. The two picked up another Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress award respectively. Meanwhile in Best Actress, the SAGs made the race a bit clearer. Jennifer Lawrence beat Jessica Chastian, giving the Silver Linings Playbook actress an edge at the Academys. Both ladies won at the Golden Globes, but were separated by drama and comedy categories. If any Oscar precursor has the best record with the acting categories, it’s the SAGs. That said, they got it wrong last year when Best Actress went to Viola Davis, but Meryl Streep earned her third Oscar statue. Check out all the film and television winners below.

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At the Producers Guild Awards held on Saturday, January 26, Argo walked away with the night’s big honor. If things fall in line like they have the past five years, the Ben Affleck-directed movie should also earn Best Picture at the upcoming Academy Awards. The Artist (2011), The King’s Speech (2010), The Hurt Locker (2009), Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and No Country for Old Men (2007) all achieved the Oscar-PGA double header. The last film not to do the same was 2007’s Little Miss Sunshine who lost out to The Departed at the Academy Awards.

Ever since Ben Affleck was snubbed for a Best Director Oscar nomination, there’s been an overwhelming wave of support for his film, Argo. Many feel that he was robbed of a nod. The thriller has gone on to win Best Picture honors at the recent Golden Globes and Broadcast Film Critics ceremonies. At this point, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln isn’t looking as sure of a thing.

Typically, the film with the most nominations including directing and acting categories, tends to revel in Oscar glory. Will Affleck have his vengeance on the Academy directing branch when all the various branches weigh in on Oscar night? I think the answer might be yes. Check out what else the Producers Guild honored in the movie and television categories below.

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The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) has bestowed their top prize to Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage movie Argo. The LGBT group honored the best in cinema and television at their annual Dorian Awards.

Oscar frontrunners Daniel Day Lewis and Anne Hathaway continued to rack up more statues this awards season. They won Best Film Performance by an actor and actress in Lincoln and Les Miserables respectively. In addition to typical categories such as Best Actor & Best Actress, the Dorian Awards have unique honors such as Campy Flick of the Year (Magic Mike & The Paperboy) and Unsung Film of the Year (Bernie).

On the television front, Homeland and Girls were the big winners. The cable shows earned Best Drama and Best Comedy honors respectively. Speaking of comedy, the widely mocked Liz & Dick also picked up an award- Campy TV Show of the Year. LOL. Other noteworthy winners include Jennifer Hudson for her moving tribute to Whitney Houston at the Grammys and Don’t Trust The B—- in Apt. 23 for TV Title of the Year. Check out all the other winners below.

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2013 Oscar Watch: 85th Academy Awards Nominations

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Let the official Oscar campaigning begin. Even though the race started long before today, with the nominations now revealed, the handshaking and butt kissing to Academy voters kicks into high gear. This is exactly the part Joaquin Phoenix criticized when he slammed the Oscars. Despite that dig, as predicted by him, Phoenix snagged an Oscar nod for his work in The Master. Can he parlay his “unique” campaigning to Oscar glory when the winners are announced on February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood?

Oscar host Seth Macfarlane and Emma Stone woke up extremely early today to read out the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards. Side note: Macfarlane is the first host to announce the nominations since Charlton Heston did double duty back in 1972. As widely predicted, Lincoln dominated with 12 nominations including Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Coming in second was Life of Pi with 11 nods. Unlike Lincoln, Life of Pi didn’t score any acting nods and their haul came mostly from the creative categories. Check out all the nominations and my commentary including snubs in all the major awards below.

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Were well into award season and on Wednesday night, the 2013 People’s Choice Awards just took place, hosted by Kaley Cuoco, airing LIVE from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Ellen DeGeneres took home her 13th People’s Choice Awards, joking that it was exactly what the Mayans predicted. Another one of America’s sweethearts, Jennifer Aniston took home the award for Favorite Comedic Movie Actress and delivered a very cute and emotional acceptance speech. Both Lea Michelle and Chris Colfer took home the favorite Comedic TV Actor & Actress awards for their respective roles in Glee.

Two winners whose awards are a little outside of the regular categories include People’s Voice Award, which Christina Aguilera took home and Favorite Humanitarian, which was awarded to Sandra Bullock. Check out the rest of the winners below!

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The BAFTAs aka British Academy Film Awards really don’t factor too much in the Oscar race. It’s just another excuse to dress up and publicly campaign for your chances at securing an Academy Award. That being said, their nominations fall mostly in line with many of the Oscar precursors. Even across the pond, Steven Spielberg’s film about an American president is the one to beat. Lincoln dominated with 10 nominations. The historical drama secured nods for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress to name a few.

The musical Les Miserables and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi came in second with 9 nominations a piece. The 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, Skyfall, picked up 8 BAFTAs including nods for Javier Bardem and Dame Judi Dench in the supporting acting categories. Anna Karenina which has been mostly shut out in many Oscar precursors, racked up several nominations mostly in the creative categories such as makeup, production design, costume design etc…

The BAFTAs, hosted by Stephen Fry, will take place on Sunday, February 10 at London’s Royal Opera House and be broadcast on BBC One. Check out all the nominees below.

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