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Oscars experts: Jennifer Aniston ('Cake') looking like lock for Best Actress nomination

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Julianne Moore ("Still Alice") still enjoys a commanding lead in the Best Actress race for her portrayal of an academic suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's. However, Jennifer Aniston is coming on strong for her dramatic turn in "Cake" as a grieving mother coming to terms with the death of her son in a car crash that has left her both emotionally and physically scarred. Both women reaped bids for three key precursor prizes -- the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice and SAG Awards -- and both have been working the circuit touting their indie films.  -Break- They have faced off once before, back in 2002 at the Independent Spirit Awards. Moore won for her leading role in the period picture "Far From Heaven" over, among others, Aniston for her low-key work in the comedy-drama "The Good Girl." Moore then contended at the Oscars but lost to Nicole Kidman, her co-star from "..." »

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Oscar voters get DVD screeners: 'Birdman,' 'Selma,' 'Wild,' ...

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So far academy members have received these DVD screeners at home to be considered for Academy Awards: Dec. 19: "#Citizen Four#" Dec. 18: "Selma" Dec. 18: "The Gambler"  Dec. 17: "Gone Girl" Dec. 17: "Song of the Sea" Dec. 16: "Birdman" Dec. 16: "Wild" Dec. 15: "Inherent Vice" Dec. 15: "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" Dec. 13: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Dec. 13: "The Fault in Our Stars" -Break- Dec. 12: "Cake" Dec. 12: "Into the Woods" Dec. 12: "Rosewater" Dec. 12: "Unbroken" Dec. 11: "The Imitation Game" Dec. 10: "Mr. Turner" Dec. 10: "Still Alice"  Dec. 4: "American Sniper" Dec. 3: "Fury" Dec. 2: "Foxcatcher" Dec. 2: "St. Vincent" Dec. 2: "Nightcrawler" »

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Producer Matt Baer on 'extraordinary' 17-year effort to make 'Unbroken' [Exclusive Video]

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"It started in 1998," says producer Matt Baer of the process of turning the true story of World War II veteran Louis Zamperini into the feature film "Unbroken" (watch our interview below). That's when he saw a 30-minute CBS Sports documentary on Zamperini, who ran a leg of the torch relay at the Winter Olympics that year in Nagano, Japan, the country where he had been held as a prisoner of war. Baer adds, "It's extraordinary in terms of the length of time [it took to make the film]. It's probably one of the longest in history." -Break- Oscars Go To War: 16 Best Picture Champs The story of the film's development actually started long before Baer was involved: "In 1956, Lou wrote his book, called 'Devil at My Heels,' and Universal bought the book for Tony Curtis to play Lou." Then, when Baer picked up the torch in 1998 (at which point the film's eventual star, Jack O'Connell, »

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Documentarian Orlando von Einsiedel: 'Virunga' was a 'dangerous film to make' [Exclusive Video]

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"I was regularly very, very frightened making this film," says director Orlando von Einsiedel about "Virunga," which documents efforts to protect the Congo's Virunga National Park from encroaching rebel forces and an energy company looking to exploit its natural resources. The film is now one of 15 contenders on the shortlist for an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature. -Break- 15 films make Oscar's Best Documentary shortlist: 'Life Itself,' 'Citizenfour' ... Von Einsiedel wasn't the only one at risk. "It was a very dangerous film to make," he explains, "not just for me when combat came to where we were, but [journalist Melanie Gouby] and [head park ranger Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo], the two characters in the film who go undercover – they risked their lives regularly. And just the rangers as a whole – 140 of them have died in the last 15 years protecting this park..."' »

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