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Fact-based films make their presence felt

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HUPPERT. Portrayed one of the abductees in Brillante Mendoza’s “Captive.” photo by www.lemonade.fr

Most Filipino films are fictional dramas, but our writers and directors may be missing out on a popular new preference for fact-based movies that is slowly but surely making an impact on the global filmmaking scene.

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Stars hit red carpet as Oscar time approaches

Actress Kristen Stewart arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. John Shearer/Invision/AP

Hollywood’s glitziest night is under way as Academy Awards nominees in their finest gowns and tuxes hit the red carpet for Sunday’s show, with nominees Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams and Charlize Theron among the more statuesque arrivals.

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Has politics weighed on Oscars race?

Gun-control advocates find Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” politically insensitive to what’s happening in the United States, in the wake of senseless shootings and deaths. Tarantino is prepared if it won’t win any award in the Oscars but “the recognition, being invited to the party, is a lot of fun." INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Perhaps it is no surprise, given that 2012 was a US election year, but this year’s Oscars crop includes a heavy dose of politics—which has arguably influenced Hollywood’s top awards race.

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‘Argo,’ ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ win at Writers Guild

Writer Mark Boal, winner of the Writers Guild Award for Best Original Screenplay poses in the press room during the 2013 WGAw Writers Guild Awards at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on February 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.   Jason Kempin/Getty Images for WGAw/AFP

The CIA thrillers “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty” have won top screenplay honors from the Writers Guild of America.

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Jessica Chastain is on a roll

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CHASTAIN. “Vanishing” acts.

No actress can “disappear” into a role as proficiently as Meryl Streep does—after all, the prodigious 63-year-old icon isn’t Tinseltown’s greatest living actress for nothing. Jessica Chastain is also a thespic crackerjack, but this year’s Best Actress Oscar frontrunner (for “Zero Dark Thirty”) has been staking a claim to the Screen Queen crown for a couple of years now.

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Panetta calls ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ a ‘good movie’

This undated publicity photo released by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. shows Navy SEALs seen through the greenish glow of night vision goggles, as they prepare to breach a locked door in Osama Bin Laden's compound in Columbia Pictures' hyper-realistic new action thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty." AP/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley

The man who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, ex-CIA director Leon Panetta, vouched Friday for “Zero Dark Thirty,” calling it a “good movie” even though the tale of the biggest manhunt in history had to be simplified for the big screen.

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‘Mama’ screams to top of N. America box office

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Newly released horror film “Mama” pushed the Oscar-tipped bin Laden manhunt movie “Zero Dark Thirty” out of the top slot at the North American weekend box office, industry estimates showed Sunday.

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Jessica Chastain wins Globe best actress

Actress Jessica Chastain arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.   Jason Merritt/Getty Images/AFP

Jessica Chastain won best drama actress Golden Globe on Sunday for her role as a relentless CIA agent tracking down Osama bin Laden in “Zero Dark Thirty.”

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Bin Laden docu-drama packs a mighty wallop

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CHASTAIN. One country’s hero is another ideology’s heel.

Osama Bin Laden didn’t use conventional methods to initiate his jihadist mission against the United States of America and its allies: On Sept. 11, 2001, 13 years after he founded al-Qaeda, almost 3,000 people perished in a series of coordinated terrorist bombings in New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-bound “Zero Dark Thirty” reveals the operation that captured the man with the $25-million bounty—and the relentless woman behind the decade-long manhunt!

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Will Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain reign at the Globes?

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LAWRENCE. Engrossing as an emotionally unstable widow  in “Silver Linings Playbook.” photo by ruben v. nepales

Will it be a night of two Js—Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain—at the Golden Globe Awards this Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Beverly Hilton?

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Jessica Chastain on the role that makes her a Best Actress frontrunner

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CHASTAIN. Earns Oscar buzz for “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Jessica Chastain almost did not get to do the role in “Zero Dark Thirty,” for which many critics consider her as the Best Actress frontrunner in this awards season.

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‘Lincoln,’ ‘Les Miz,’ ‘Argo’ earn producers honors

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The Civil War saga “Lincoln,” the musical “Les Miserables” and the Osama bin Laden thriller “Zero Dark Thirty” were among the nominees announced Wednesday for the top honor from the Producers Guild of America.

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