Best Picture Contenders Focus on Timely Issues Like Politics, Addiction

Hollywood has long excelled at telling stories that are cut from reality, featuring topical ingredients that tie escapism to the world we inhabit. Whether it’s true stories from the past or present that help to inform our current social landscape, or wholly creative pieces of fiction that oftentimes touch upon progressive collective change, filmmakers continue […]

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NFL Nation breaks down all of Sunday’s action, including the Bears cooking up 48 points against the Bucs and the Cowboys’ last-second win.
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The 12 true contenders for Super Bowl LIII

Every year, all 32 teams enter the season thinking they could win the Super Bowl. Every year, 31 of those teams are wrong. Here are our 12 that actually have a shot.
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Ranking the remaining World Cup contenders

We are halfway through the 2018 World Cup. Sixteen teams have been eliminated; 16 remain. Which are favored to win it all?

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Western Conference playoff reset: Cup contenders, wild-card watch, more

The NHL trade deadline has come and gone. Which teams in the West are the top contenders for the Stanley Cup? Who’s the underdog that could make a run? Which teams are looking ahead to the draft — and hoping for some lottery luck?
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How long will it take for the Rangers to become Cup contenders again?

The Rangers are officially in rebuilding mode. They haven’t looked like a true threat since the 2014-15 season, so retooling their roster now makes sense. But will Henrik Lundqvist still be a part of the equation when they return to prominence?
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Are the Blackhawks contenders or pretenders?

The Blackhawks have a lot of the same tools that have made them successful in the past, but they are having an up-and-down season. As a result, it’s truly difficult to get a good read on whether they’ve got the goods this season or not.
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Projected NBA standings: New playoff contenders, W-L records for all 30 teams

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Colts furthest from being Super Bowl contenders with Andrew Luck since 2012

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Giant buttocks among Turner Prize contenders

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BAFTA Nominations: ‘Gravity,’ ’12 Years A Slave’ Leading Contenders Of UK Film Awards (VIDEO)

LONDON (AP) — Space thriller “Gravity” and unflinching slavery saga “12 Years a Slave” are among leading contenders for the Academy Film Awards, Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars.

“Gravity” has nominations in 11 categories, including best picture and lead actress, for Sandra Bullock. “12 Years” star Chiwetel Ejiofor and director Steve McQueen had 10 nominations, including for best picture.

Acting nominees announced Wednesday include Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Wolf of Wall Street” and Judi Dench for “Philomena.”

The British prizes, known as BAFTAs, will be awarded at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb. 16.

They are considered an indicator of likely success at Hollywood’s Academy Awards two weeks later. Last year, Iran hostage drama “Argo” took the BAFTA for best film and the best-picture Oscar.

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