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    What The Academy Did Next

    After Thursday morning’s announcement of this year’s Oscar nominees, there has been a lot of backlash, more so than usual. There’s no pleasing everyone, so it goes, but this year it feels the backlash is rightly so. It seems that it’s a case of one step forward, two steps backwards – all the solid steps taken last year to recognize and nominate a diverse range of actors and characters feels as if it’s been undone this year. It’s more than a disappointment that David Oyelowo is not among the Best Actor nominees. He gave a performance he was destined to play. Both he and director Ava DuVernay worked on the…

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    How to Score a Foreign Language Oscar Nomination

    As the Oscar race slowly starts building up, so countries have been submitting their films for consideration into the best foreign language category. South Africa hasn’t had a nominee in this category since Gavin Hood’s Tsotsi won it in 2006. This year, a film shot entirely in the language of Venda has been selected by the local committee, for consideration. It needs to make the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ long-list and then short-list to become one of the 5 nominees. Elelwani (which means ‘to remember’ or ‘recall’) was made in 2012, but released in January 2014. It earned Florence Masebe, a well-known TV star taking on her first…

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    Oscars 2014: Inside Chef Wolfgang Puck’s Kitchen

      This year, just like previous years, Austrian chef Wolfgang Puck has been working with his team of 350 people, making Oscar-shaped food – from statue-shaped salmon bites to his famous little 24-gold-covered chocolate Oscars. His other specialities are there too, like his famous little chicken pot pies and macaroni with truffles. But this Sunday there will be something different at the Governors Ball, where his food will be served, as it has been for the past 20 years. This year, Puck has made a giant cake – no, let me re-phrase that – a giant chocolate cake made from Marjolaine (a popular pastry in France) and hazelnut sponge cake, coffee cream and chocolate…

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    And This Year’s Oscar Nominations Are…

    Gravity and American Hustle lead with 10 nominations each, followed by 12 Years a Slave, which has 9. Sadly, there was little love for Inside Llewyn Davis, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and Fruitvale Station.  BEST PICTURE 12 Years a Slave Gravity American Hustle Captain Phillips The Wolf of Wall Street Philomena Her Nebraska Dallas Buyers Club   BEST DIRECTOR Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave Alexander Payne, Nebraska David O. Russell, American Hustle Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street   BEST ACTOR Christian Bale, American Hustle Bruce Dern, Nebraska Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street   BEST ACTRESS…

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    Ahead of the Oscar Nominations, A Few Predictions

    [Pic: Fox Searchlight Pictures] Ah, the Golden Globes — such fun times. From Tina Fey making jokes at George Clooney’s expense to Emma Thompson taking to the stage with heels in one hand, cocktail in the other, it’s the ceremony with the a reputation for being the most laid-back of awards season. But now things become a little more solemn as the very serious business of the Oscar nominations is almost upon us. The announcement will be made this Thursday by new Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and her arm candy Chris Hemsworth. So who can we expect to see on the list of…