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American Hustle took home the big prize at the SAG Awards on Saturday night, but as it turned out, its moment in the sun was fleeting. 12 Years a Slave and Gravity regained their awards season momentum at the Producers Guild of America Awards on Sunday night, as both won the top trophy in a tie — the first ever in PGA history.

The results are a blow to American Hustle‘s Oscar odds, since the PGA Awards are a fairly reliable predictor of the Best Picture trophy. Of the past 24 Darryl F. Zanuck Award winners, 17 have gone on to win Best Picture. The last time the two awards didn’t match up was 2006, when the PGA chose Little Miss Sunshine over The Departed.

Elsewhere, Frozen and We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks won prizes for best animated picture and best documentary, respectively, while Behind the Candelabra and Breaking Bad continued to steamroll the competition in the long-form TV and TV drama categories. Hit the jump for the full list of results.

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2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Winners

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Park City, Utah might be the home of independent film this week but back in Hollywood, the Screen Actors Guild gave out their annual awards to the best acting performances of the year. Most of the trophies lined up with the Golden Globes, and likely the Oscars, but there was a surprise or two in there. Check out the winners for movies and TV below. Read More »

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Chris Hemsworth and AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs woke up early this morning to announce the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards. American Hustle and Gravity led with ten nominations each, while 12 Years a Slave picked up nine. The Wolf of Wall Street fared better than many had predicted, snagging nominations in the Best Picture and Best Director categories. Nebraska also had a fairly strong showing, with nods for both Bruce Dern and June Squibb.

On the flip side, Saving Mr. Banks and Inside Llewyn Davis were largely overlooked, while Rush and Lee Daniels’ The Butler were shut out altogether (sorry, Oprah). Tom Hanks failed to secure a nomination for Captain Phillips, although his co-star Barkhad Abdi managed to get one. And while it’s not really surprising to see smaller films like Frances Ha, Fruitvale Station, and Short Term 12 get no love, it’s disappointing nonetheless. But hey, at least Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa gets to refer to itself as an Oscar nominee now.

Read the full list after the jump.

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Adam Sandler’s ‘Grown Ups 2′ Leads Razzie Nominations

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For the film industry, the first couple months of each year are basically one long marathon of high fives. In glitzy ceremony after glitzy ceremony, filmmakers congratulate themselves and each other for making such awesome movies. It can all feel like a bit much after a while, even for the most enthusiastic of awards season watchers.

That’s where the Golden Raspberry Awards come in. Since 1980, they’ve shoved past the year’s best movies to recognize the worst of the worst. Among this year’s contenders are 31-time(!) nominee Sylvester Stallone, past Oscar winners Johnny Depp and Naomi Watts. But the most celebrated of all is reigning Worst Actor champ Adam Sandler, whose Grown Ups 2 snagged an impressive eight nominations. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump.

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2014 Golden Globe Award Winners and Live-Blog

2014 Golden Globes

Let’s be real: Nobody takes the Golden Globes as seriously as they do the Oscars. Not even the winners themselves. But that’s exactly what makes it so fun. It’s as starry as the Oscars, but more relaxed, and with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting once again we can hope the laughs will be flowing as freely as the booze.

I’ll be posting the winners here as they’re announced, along with some live commentary. Hit the jump to get in in on the conversation. (Not sure whom to root for? Go here for the list of this year’s nominees.)

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For some film fans, the ASC award for achievement in cinematography are among the most important parts of awards season, as they honor the work that too often goes unheralded. This year, a three-way tie in the nominating process means that seven people are nominated instead of five. Given the amount of excellent work done in 2013, that slate of seven nominees means ASC is able to acknowledge more achievements — and yet Hoyte Van Hoytema still didn’t get a nomination for Her.

Those who did score nominations include Roger Deakins, for Prisoners, Philippe Le Sourd, for The Grandmaster, and Bruno Delbonnel, for Inside Llewyn Davis, which breaks a streak of guild awards looking away from the Coen Brothers latest film. Read the full nomination slate below. Read More »

The 2014 BAFTA Award Nominations

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The 2014 BAFTA Award nominations have been announced. Hit the jump to find out which films were nominated.
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Who will be nominated for the Best Director Oscar this year? We’ve got a pretty good idea now that the nominations for the Directors Guild of America’s own awards have been handed down. Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), David O. Russell (American Hustle), Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Paul Greengrass (Captain Philips) have been honored with nominations for the 66th DGA award. Three of those (McQueen, Cuaron, Greengrass) are first-time DGA nominations.

Historically, this nomination set is a very good predictor of where the Oscars will go, but last year was a bit of a tradition breaker, as only two of the five DGA nominees got Oscar nominations, and the DGA winner, Ben Affleck, was not among them. (Ang Lee won the Oscar.)

Meanwhile, this is another major guild that has looked past Joel and Ethan Coen and Inside Llewyn Davis; Spike Jonze is another director of significant achievement in 2013 who didn’t get a nomination. 

The full list of feature directorial nominations is below, with accompanying notes from the DGA. Read More »

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