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Oscar Watch: Heading for the last roundup before nominations

The film academy gave its members a reprieve this year, pushing back the beginning of Oscar voting so everyone had more time to go to screenings, sift through their DVDs and deeply consider what movies and performances to nominate.

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Oscar races become clearer as the guilds and the Globes weigh in

The Golden Globes kept us humming “City of Stars.” The Producers Guild shook up the field, nominating “Deadpool.” And the Directors Guild added its own wrinkle, solidifying the standing of the tear-jerker “Lion” in the Oscar best picture race.

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DGA nominations: 'Lion' roars, Parker returns and, yes, 'Deadpool' is in the mix

The Directors Guild of America announced its nominees Thursday, and, as expected, the filmmakers behind the trio of the season’s most-acclaimed movies — Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”), Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) and Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”) — were among the five cited.

Joining them are Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”) and, surprisingly, first-time director Garth Davis (“Lion”).

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A critic’s memo to the academy on the eve of Oscar nominations

Critics don’t get to vote on the Oscars, as the pundits and prognosticators are often fond of reminding us. But if we were given ballots, it’s safe to say that our individual choices would look markedly different from those of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at large.

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Family films can ease the path when dealing with tough emotions

It’s been many decades since film audiences first witnessed Bambi’s mom being killed by a hunter, Pinocchio being separated from Geppetto, and Dorothy Gale fending for herself in Oz. Movies made for family audiences have had a rich history of dealing with tough topics such as change, loneliness and even death.

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Producers Guild nominates 'La La Land,' 'Manchester,' 'Moonlight' and ... 'Deadpool'?!?

“La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” have spent the last several weeks bulldozing through the awards season, ensuring their spots in the Oscar best picture race.

But what other movies will be joining them? Tuesday’s Producers Guild of America nominations for feature film provided a hint of what might happen when Oscar nominations are announced Jan. 24.

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