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article imageMovies: Oscar docs, 'American Hustle' and 'Fast and Furious 7'

By Tim O'Brien     Dec 4, 2013 in Entertainment
Sometimes the most compelling movies each year are the documentaries. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its 15 films that will advance.
All in all, the Academy noted that 147 films had originally qualified in the category.
The list
"The Act of Killing," Final Cut for Real
"The Armstrong Lie," A Kennedy/Marshall Production in Association with Jigsaw Productions and Matt Tolmach Productions
"Blackfish," Our Turn Productions
"The Crash Reel," KP Rides Again
"Cutie and the Boxer," Ex Lion Tamer and Cine Mosaic
"Dirty Wars," Civic Bakery
"First Cousin Once Removed," Experiments in Time, Light & Motion
"God Loves Uganda," Full Credit Productions and Motto Pictures
"Life According to Sam," Fine Films
"Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," Roast Beef Productions
"The Square," Noujaim Films and Maktube Productions
"Stories We Tell," National Film Board of Canada
"Tim’s Vermeer," High Delft Pictures
"20 Feet from Stardom," Gil Friesen Productions and Tremolo Productions
"Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington," Tripoli Street
From here comes the task of taking this list down to five. Those are the ones which will be battling for the Oscar come March. Nomination will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. The Oscars are Sunday, March 2, 2014.
Award season
In a effort not to scream from the mountaintops every time a movie wins this time of year, some restraint is needed. Take for example, the recent Gotham and other awards from New York.
Yes, they are awards but they do not always need to screaming headlines they sometimes get. So, here they go, attached to this story. Many critics awards and the like try to simply upstage Oscar. Nothing really can or does.
But, with the New York Film Critics Circle, picking "American Hustle" was a great move. Meanwhile, for the Gotham top prize, they went with "Inside Llewyn Davis," a Coen brothers film. That alone gets two more films into to top prize discussion in a big way. The Gotham Awards are for independent films.
With Jennifer Lawrence winning for supporting actress from The New York Film Critics Circle, it will set up a nice scenario. She won last Oscar last February for actress so why not supporting in March. That fete has never been done. "American Hustle" is also a film that could take the mojo out of "12 Years a Slave."
Now, it gets more interesting.
New York Film Critics
"American Hustle"
Robert Redford, "All Is Lost"
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Gotham Awards
Best Feature
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
Best Documentary
"The Act of Killing"
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Ryan Coogler, "Fruitvale Station"
Best Actor
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Breakthrough Actor
Michael B. Jordan, "Fruitvale Station"
Gotham Independent Film Audience Award
"Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings"
The National Board of Review
Best Film
Best Director
Spike Jonze, "Her"
Best Actor
Bruce Dern, Nebraska"
Best Actress
Emma Thompson, "Saving Mr. Banks"
Best Supporting Actor
Will Forte, "Nebraska"
Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer, "Fruitvale Station"
New addition: 12.9.13
L.A. Film Critics
Best Picture (tie) "Gravity" and "Her"
Best Actress (tie)
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine" and Adèle Exarchopoulos, "Blue Is the Warmest Color"
Best Actor
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Best Supporting Actor (tie)
James Franco, "Spring Breakers" and Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Best Supporting Actress
Lupita Nyong’o, "12 Years a Slave"
In other movie news, Paul Walker (40) and Roger Rodas's (38) deaths were determined. The Wrap is reporting that their deaths were caused by multiple traumatic injuries. Plus, they were said to be accidental. The toxicology results are not yet available.
Univerisal Studios is also stopping production of "Fast and Furious 7." Part of their statement reads: "At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on ‘Fast & Furious 7′ for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise."
Woody Allen is always a no-show for award shows. He has never been live to accept any of his Oscars, no it is no surprise that he will not be at The Golden Globes. Diane Keaton will accept his Cecil B. DeMille prize come January.
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