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February 26, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
The last time Oscar voters surprised with a best picture winner came eight years ago when Jack Nicholson opened the evening's final envelope, arched those famous eyebrows and announced "Crash. " He then mouthed the word " Whoa!" Most years, Hollywood insiders have a good idea who will go home with an Academy Award. By the time the Oscars are handed out at the end of a long awards season, clear favorites have emerged from earlier contests.  FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2014 Going into Sunday's 86th Academy Awards, there are front-runners in the acting, directing and writing categories.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 1985 | JACK MATHEWS, Times Staff Writer
Hollywood may have averted another labor shutdown Thursday with concessions won by the Producers Guild of America from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the group that represents the major studios and TV production companies. The Producers Guild, buoyed by a letter from a local Teamsters union leader urging members to honor its picket lines, went into a meeting with the alliance Thursday morning talking strike and came away 2 1/2 hours later not talking at all.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Iranians have been portrayed on the big screen as pre-Revolution radicals in “Argo,” scary, bare-chested villains in “300” and video game characters come to life in “Prince of Persia.” While these depictions can be entertaining, they're hardly the only ones out there. Disseminating alternative perspectives is the goal of the annual Noor Iranian Film Festival . The week-long gathering, which wrapped up its sixth year on Thursday, showcased a wide variety of films by Iranians - ranging from documentaries on Iran-Iraq War veterans who suffered from chemical bomb exposure (“The Skin That Burns”)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2013 | By Susan King
Shohreh Aghdashloo, the first Iranian actress to be nominated for an Academy Award, will be honored at the sixth Noor Iranian Film Festival, which takes place Oct. 18-24. Aghdashloo, who earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination for 2003's "House of Sand and Fog," will receive the NIFF Achievement Award at the closing night ceremonies at the Skirball Cultural Center.  Producer Hawk Koch, president of the Producers Guild of America who just completed a year as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will present the award.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
The cast of "Argo" took home the Screen Actors Guild's top honor Sunday night, solidifying its status as the front-runner in an Oscar race that has been muddled from the beginning. The award for cast in a motion picture is often seen as a bellwether for the Academy Award best picture prize because many SAG members are members of the actors branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- the largest voting bloc of the organization. "Argo," which also took home the top honor from the Producers Guild of America Saturday night, bested the casts of "Lincoln," "Les Misérables," "Silver Linings Playbook and "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2007 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
And the Oscar may not go to ... Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey. Grey on Wednesday lost an aggressive bid to be recognized by the Producers Guild of America as one of the producers of Martin Scorsese's hit crime drama "The Departed." That means the producer-turned-studio chief has zero chance of walking away with an Oscar for best picture should the Warner Bros. film win unless he takes his case to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2014 | By John Horn
Capping one of the tightest races in recent Academy Awards history, director Steve McQueen's searing survival tale “12 Years a Slave” won the best picture Oscar, beating out “American Hustle” and “Gravity.” Adapted by McQueen and screenwriter John Ridley from Solomon Northup's 19th century memoir, the film tells the true story of a free black man living in New York who is drugged, kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana. Owing largely to its often graphic depictions of lynching, whipping and rape - “Either I was going to make a movie about slavery or I wasn't,” McQueen said - the film proved difficult to watch for many people, including Oscar voters.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Film commissioners from Indonesia to Uruguay to New Orleans will converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center today for the annual Locations show. More than 200 exhibitors from 40 countries will attend the two-day event, which is expected to draw 2,500 film industry executives, producers and location scouts eager to find the latest information about where to shoot their projects and what kind of incentives they can fetch. Hosted by the Assn. of Film Commissioners International (AFCI)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
There are many paths to take to winning this year's best picture Oscar. For David O. Russell's critically praised dramedy "Silver Linings Playbook," that road had better include a stop at the winner's podium to collect the Screen Actors Guild's ensemble award on Sunday night. We offer this do-or-die proposition assuming that either "Lincoln" or "Argo" takes the Producers Guild's best picture prize on Saturday. Since the PGA winner has gone on to win the Oscar the last five years, whichever movie emerges victorious will immediately assume the mantle of Oscar front-runner.
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