The Crazy First 24 Hours of Awards Season: The Top 7 Winners

December 2, 2014 10:14 PM

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1. "A Most Violent Year." While its star Oscar Isaac might have lost at the Gotham Awards to Michael Keaton, he and his film made up for it in a very big way with the National Board of Review. In a sweep few saw coming, J.C. Chandor's 1980s-set crime drama took home Best Film, Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain) and Best Actor (Isaac, who actually tied with Gotham winner Keaton). That gives a huge boost to a film that really needed it. If next week's Golden Globe, SAG and Critics Choice Award nominations follow suit, it could be a more "Violent" year than we thought.

2. "Citizenfour," "Life Itself" and the other 13 documentary features shortlisted for Oscar (but especially those two). The Academy narrowed down its Best Documentary Feature race to 15 today, with a few major omissions (perhaps most notably "Point and Shoot," "Red Army" and "Fed Up"). But the two f...

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