Oscars make history, quietly, with transgender nominees

By : wire report
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ABOVE: Daniela Vega from “A Fantastic Woman.”

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar nods for women and minorities drew many of the headlines in Tuesday’s nominations, but this year’s Academy Awards also mark a breakthrough for transgender filmmakers.

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Stephen Miller’s picks for the top films of 2013

By : Stephen J Miller
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StephenMillerHeadshot_560873495When it comes to film, almost every “Best of the Year List” is a little incomplete. Because of the release schedule, some great films, ones that are eligible for the upcoming awards season, aren’t included in critics’ lists. This is because all films haven’t screened locally yet, or it’s hard to get advance copies.

However, I can send you to the cinema, to Netflick, to Amazon, or to your Redbox (or whatever way you choose) with some solid recommendations. So, although this may not be a complete list of 2013, it can give you ideas of how to fill up your Christmas vacation:

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McConaughey and Leto talk inspirational HIV drama Dallas Buyers Club

By : Chris Azzopardi
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The AIDS crisis reached a devastating peak in the mid 1980s, a time before cocktail therapies were sustaining life. Then, people were diagnosed and dead within days.

Ron Woodroof should’ve been.

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Screened Out – Dallas Buyers Club

By : Stephen Miller
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Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner

For those of us who lived through our friends and family dying of AIDS, especially early in the crisis, when loved ones seemed to go so quickly, Dallas Buyers Club is a particularly painful and inspiring movie. Unapologetically gritty and unadorned, it may be difficult to sit through. However, gut-wrenching performances make this a vital piece of filmmaking.

It reminds us all what we were fighting for and what we still are fighting for.

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