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Sunday September 22nd, 2013

The 10 Past Winners Most Likely to Be Nominated Again This Year

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor

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Each year, Oscar voters reward several previously unrecognized talents with their first Academy Award nominations. But they have a habit of filling many if not most of their 20 acting slots with people whom they have previously been nominated. (If you happen to have already won an Oscar? Well, then you are sitting even prettier.)

Why is this the case? That’s probably a question for a psychologist, although my own guess would be that voters are more inclined to check out the work of — and reward — work by quantities who are known and established than who are not.

Regardless, there are, as usual, plenty of previous nominees and winners — actors, actresses, directors, writers, and various behind-the-scenes talent — angling this year to be a part of the Oscar race once again. I have decided to highlight the 10 whom I believe have the best shot at scoring that desired recognition.

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Friday January 4th, 2013

The 10 Most Surprising Oscar Nominations Of The Last 10 Years

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor
And Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

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The morning of the Oscar nominations is always an interesting time for me. A full year of predictions, hunches and plain old guesses comes down to an announcement that either humbles or validates all of my work.

Sometimes, it does both at the same time, and often, it just plain puzzles me. Once in a while, though, there are some real surprise Oscar nominations that come down the pike and take nearly everyone by surprise.

For this Top 10 list, I’m teaming up with the namesake of this site, Scott Feinberg, to tackle a piece on some of the most surprising Oscar nominations of the last 10 years. With the Academy Award nominations just around the corner on Jan. 10, we’re writing this post to remind people that there’s simply no such thing as a slam-dunk with these awards. Does the name Dreamgirls ring a bell?

We’re only going to be looking at the big six categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress, but as a bonus, Scott picked a special 11th choice. Consider this a super-sized Top 10 list!

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Monday January 30th, 2012

Viola Davis, SAG winner, on “The Help,” Tate Taylor and Kathryn Stockett

By Sean O’Connell

By most accounts, this year’s Best Actress race boils down to “Doubt” co-stars Meryl Streep and Viola Davis, competing on behalf of their respective films “The Iron Lady” and “The Help.” Yet choosing a frontrunner has been difficult. Davis might take home a Critics’ Choice Movie Award, but Streep answers with a Golden Globe.

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Monday January 30th, 2012

SAG Awards Confirm Tremendous Support for ‘The Help’ — and ‘The Artist’ (Analysis)

On Sunday evening, the Screen Actors Guild disclosed the recipients of its 18th annual SAG Awards, and in so doing revealed a lot about the likely outcome of several close Oscar races, as well.

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Saturday January 28th, 2012

SBIFF, Day 2: ‘The Help’ Star Viola Davis Honored as Year’s Outstanding Performer

The second day of the 27th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival was highlighted by the presentation of the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to the actress Viola Davis for her portrayal of a grieving maid in the summer blockbuster The Help. The ceremony took place Friday evening at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre. The honor — which has previously been presented to the likes of James Franco (2011), Colin Firth (2010), Penelope Cruz (2009), Angelina Jolie (2008), Dame Helen Mirren (2007), Heath Ledger (2006), Kate Winslet (2005) and Charlize Theron(2004) — makes Davis only the third two-time SBIFF honoree (she was one of the recipients of SBIFF’s Virtuoso Award three years ago), the others being Annette Beningand Winslet.

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Tuesday January 24th, 2012

Academy Award Nominations: Key Factoids, Stats, and Snubs (Analysis)

Nine films were nominated for best picture for the first time: The ArtistThe DescendantsExtremely Loud and Incredibly CloseThe HelpHugoMidnight in ParisMoneyballThe Tree of Life, and War Horse.

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Tuesday January 10th, 2012

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Robert DeNiro Rock New York Film Critics Event

By Roger Friedman

Brad Pitt was hilarious and touching last night accepting his Best Actor award from the New York Film Critics Circle. Joining other honorees Meryl Streep, Albert BrooksJessica Chastain and the folks from “The Artist,” Pitt was a little nervous and actually spoke softly from the podium. Angelina Jolie was with him, looking more gorgeous than ever, accepting kudos for her underrated film “In the Land of Blood and Honey.” Viola Davis, herself a nominee for “The Help” from many different groups, presented Best Actress to Streep. Davis joked: “I popped a lot of Stress Tabs when we made ‘Doubt’.” Streep was philosophical, having won the same award two years ago: “We do this for love, and for as long as we can.”

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Thursday December 8th, 2011

Fox Searchlight Debuts New Jessica Chastain Campaign Featurette (Exclusive Video)

The actress Jessica Chastain has had as prolific a year as anyone in Hollywood. The demure 30-year-old red-head, who has been working professionally for the last few years but heretofore was virtually unknown, broke through in a major way by giving critically-hailed supporting performances no fewer than five films that came out within just months of each other.

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Sunday December 4th, 2011

Viola Davis on Competing with Meryl Streep for Oscar

By Roger Friedman

Considering how serious “The Help” really is, it’s nice to see the Oscar buzzed actresses from it have a sense of humor. At a lunch/screening on Friday for the terrific Disney film, I asked stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer how they dealt with co-star Bryce Dallas Howard off camera. After all, Howard plays a nasty, racist socialite who causes a lot of misery for the local maids. “We just took Bryce outback and gave her a beating,” laughed Davis. She and Spencer held forth at the lunch, at Desmond’s on East 60th St., with a room full of admirers.

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Friday November 18th, 2011

‘The Iron Lady’ Star Meryl Streep is Under-Appreciated… Yeah, You Heard Me Right! (Analysis)

It’s hard to argue that the actress Meryl Streep — who has garnered 16 Oscar nominations (more than any other male or female in history), two of which resulted in wins — is under-appreciated by the Academy. That, however, is precisely what I’ve felt the urge to do since screening the latest film in which she stars, Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, earlier this week.

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