Weekend Chatter: Does an Oscar Nomination Influence Your Decision to See a Movie?

Posted by Sean Oconnell on January 11, 2013

Have you ever heard of the Oscar “bump” before?    Movies that receive multiple Oscar nominations often benefit at the box office, where casual viewers decide to check out a film that has been recognized by the Academy. Case in point, David O. Russell’s fantastic ensemble comedy Silver Linings Playbook saw a 127% increase in daily ticket sales on Fandango after Thursday’s Oscar nominations. The film garnered 8 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture... More

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What Movie Should've Filled the 10th Best Picture Slot?

Posted by Christopher Campbell on January 11, 2013

Isn’t it fun when there are only nine nominees for Best Picture? For the second year in a row, the Oscars have a top prize category that looks like it’s missing a title. And that means we get to fill it in ourselves. Not as in there’s an allowance for a write-in vote – most of us don’t get to vote for the Academy Awards anyway – but as in with our imagination. If you recall, the Academy bumped the number of Best Picture contenders from five to ten three... More

'Argo,' 'Lincoln,' and Jennifer Lawrence: Recapping This Week's Award Winners

Posted by Derrick Deane on January 11, 2013

Awards season kicked into high gear this week with two awards shows taking place in a span of 48 hours. The People's Choice Awards handed out awards to popular favorites like The Hunger Games, Emma Watson, Robert Downey Jr. and Adam Sandler. On the opposite side of the spectrum, critics announced their winners at the Critics' Choice Awards, which resulted in a big night for Argo, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. The Golden Globe Awards cap this busy week of accolades on Sunday. We'll... More

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Exclusive Fandango Live Q&A with the Oscar-Nominated Cast of 'Silver Linings Playbook' on Fri., 01/11, at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT

Posted by Cwalton on January 10, 2013

Thanks to everyone who tuned into our live event! Be sure to check out highlights from the Q&A at ------- With: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, David O. Russell, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver, Paul Herman, and Dash Mihok  Hosted by: Fandango's Chief Correspondent Dave Karger  When: Friday, January 11 - 915 PM ET/615 PM PT  Where: ... More

Oscar Nominations: 'Lincoln,' 'Les Mis' and 'Beasts' Lead Surprising List

Posted by Sean Oconnell on January 10, 2013

And the winner of the Best Picture Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards will be … well, one of these nine movies.    Nine films were nominated for Best Picture this morning as Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and Easy A star Emma Stone revealed the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards. They are:   Beasts of the Southern Wild Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty Lincoln Les Miserables Life of Pi Amour Django Unchained Argo   The... More

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Seth MacFarlane Brings the Funny at Today's Oscar Nominations

Posted by Scott Huver on January 10, 2013

As Emma Stone strode out of the Samuel Goldwyn Theater she was still chuckling, just moments after helping Oscar ceremony host – and newly minted nominee – Seth MacFarlane mine a few laughs out of the normally aloof Academy Awards nominations. "It was a great time, yeah – it was really fun!" Stone said after wrapping a live shot on Good Morning America, doubling over laughing at MacFarlane's varied intonation attempts to deliver the title of the a.m. news show. There... More

One Big Scene: What Makes 'Zero Dark Thirty's Bin Laden Raid So Riveting

Posted by Sean Oconnell on January 10, 2013

One Big Scene is a weekly column dedicated to spectacular visual sequences we’re recommending you see in the theater. If you have ones you’d like us to write about, let us know in the comments section. The most memorable scene in Zero Dark Thirty almost didn’t make it into the film at all.   As legend has it, Kathryn Bigelow and her screenwriter, Mark Boal, were shepherding a “hunt-for-Osama-bin-Laden” thriller for years. But as they filmed vital sequences... More

Five Movie Categories to Watch for at the Golden Globes

Posted by Dave Karger on January 09, 2013

If you're like me, you love the Golden Globes because they're the most fun of all the award shows, with the most star-packed guest list of any event all year. I will never forget the moment I found myself sandwiched between Elton John and Billy Bob Thornton in the men's room line during a commercial break one year. This year's ceremony is just days away--be sure to tune in to NBC on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 8p.m. ET/5p.m. PT for all the action. I will be offering my winner predictions... More

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Join Our Own Dave Karger for the People's Choice Awards Tonight, Oscar Talk Tomorrow

Posted by Derrick Deane on January 09, 2013

Awards season is a time for critically acclaimed movies and performances to shine and one of the many names synonymous with the various awards shows is our chief correspondent Dave Karger. Join Dave tonight online at as he co-hosts the pre-show red carpet show with Daily Candy's SuChin Pak and fashion consultant Tim Gunn outside Nokia Theater L.A. Live beginning at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST. Tomorrow morning after the Oscar nominations announcements, Dave will be doing... More

Which Underappreciated Performances Deserve Oscar Recognition?

Posted by Christopher Campbell on January 04, 2013

  With ballots now out to Academy members, a number of critics and bloggers are making last-minute pleas to those who might be listening (or reading). This is the Internet equivalent to the old Siskel & Ebert tradition of annual "Memo to the Academy" episodes. Even if you don’t bother with the Oscar punditry on a regular basis, and even if some picks don’t actually stand a chance, this sort of coverage of the underrated or under-hyped is useful at least for recommendations... More

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