Awesome: Check Out The Nominee Title Cards from This Years Oscars

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One of the cooler things at this years Academy Awards wasn’t anything that happened on stage, it was on the monitors as nominees were announced. Sounds silly but each nominee had an amazingly designed title card for each category. They were created by Mill+, the firm which has been doing design work for the show for the past few years.

I’ve included some of my favourites (including the Best Screenplay Card for Blue Jasmine above).

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2014 Independent Spirit Awards Winners: 12 Years a Slave is the big winner

12 Years A Slave

The Oscars are tonight but the Independent Spirit Awards were last night. This years biggest winner was 12 Years A Slave with five wins including best feature, best director, and best supporting actress. How will this affect the Oscars? Not at all.

See the full list of nominees and winners after the jump.

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86th Oscars Awards Nominations Announced: Gravity and American Hustle Lead The Pack

86th Oscars

The Academy Awards Nominations were announced this morning and, unsurprisingly, American Hustle leads the pack with ten nods. Slightly surprisingly, Gravity has the same number of nominations. Also slightly surprisingly, 12 Years a Slave has one less with nine. Also unsurprisingly, The Wolf of Wall Street has just five.

Hit the jump to see the full list of millionaires who might receive the most coveted golden statues.

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Review: 12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave

Solomon Northup was a free born black man living in Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1841. Known as a talented violin player he was approached that year by two men who identified themselves as entertainers with an offer to accompany them for several performances in New York City. He took the job and thinking it would be a short trip didn’t tell his wife. Once there they convinced him to continue with them to Washington, D.C.

Once in Washington Northup was drugged, stripped of his clothing and identification, and sold into slavery. After 12 years he was freed again and later published a memoir of his experiences. Now Steve McQueen has made a movie out of those memoirs.

It’s a movie you need to see.

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12 Years A Slave Trailer

12 Years A Slave

Solomon Northup was a free black man living in the Norther United States in the first half of the 1800s. In 1841 in Washington DC he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the south and spent 12 years working plantations until his eventual released in 1853.

This film by Steve McQueen is based on Northup’s autobiography, and there is finally a trailer.

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