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Richard Linklater’s 12-year-spanning Boyhood has been collecting numerous accolades as we have meandered through the lengthy Oscar race. But as we talked about in a recent episode of our Awards Blend, the game changes now that we are in Phase Two of the Oscar marathon.
For the past few years, the Producers Guild Awards have had a tremendously strong influence on the Academy Awards. In fact, the last seven PGA winners have wound up going on to take home the Best Picture prize at the Oscars. As a result, it’s certainly notable that Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman took home the award at this year’s ceremony – but it’s also interesting to note that the other two major winners weren’t even nominated by the Academy.
Just about everyone is either “surprised,” “shocked,” “delighted” or “thrilled.” Too few actors actually drop F-bomb in their statements, however, which makes Emma Stone’s forwarded statement the best we’ve read in years… if not ever.
Phase Two of the marathon is all about maintaining momentum if you are the leader, and introducing doubt if you are a neighboring competitor. Do you think any film can slow Boyhood’s roll between now and February 22?
Are these five DGA nominees locks for Oscar? Not exactly. There have been exceptions over the years, where one or two DGA nominees didn’t carry over to Oscar’s ballot.
Now that the dust has settled and all of the results are in, it’s time to look at the big winners and losers of this year’s Golden Globes. Who or what gained the most momentum? Who or what lost the most? Read on to find out!
The 2015 BAFTA Nominations were announced this morning and there were some surprising nominations among big time snubs.
If you ask me, no one really likes putting together a “best movies” list. It’s no easy task and your order is forever changing depending on your mood and environment. So it’s times like this when I enjoy turning the reigns over to outside sources. The community over at Metacritic has put together its annual best-of rankings, including the 20 best movies of 2014.
The Producers Guild Association is the latest group to drop its selection for the best of 2014, and those of us tracking each step of the Oscar marathon found more than enough interesting elements to single out.
This supercut of 2014's best shots of cinematography might just leave you with stars in your eyes. Check out what one editor thought was the best of the best after the jump.
When you first see ads for Birdman, it’s easy to make a comparison between real-life Michael Keaton and his character Riggan Thomson. Both became famous after starring in a massively popular superhero franchise, and both tried to make a name for themselves with other, more "serious" projects after a brief spell.
A number of films moved up and down the Awards Blend charts as we sailed past Christmas. As of Friday, December 26, here’s where I think our major contenders stand.
Antonio Sanchez, Alejandro Inarritu and Fox Searchlight worked quietly but furiously behind the scenes to appeal to the Academy branch so that the score could remain in contention. But it is being reported that the response was “overwhelming” in favor of not making this score eligible.
The CCMAs are selected by critics, and have no direct influence on the Oscars. But as I mentioned in the last episode of Awards Blend (our weekly Oscar podcast), recognition by groups like SAG and the BFCA only help a film’s Oscar campaign, and an omission by a key organization like the BFCA can damage a campaign (or, at the very least, set it back).
Michael Keaton just shut down every other Batman to follow him in what is undoubtedly the best response to any question... ever.
There’s a lot of movement on the charts this week. Following the Golden Globes and the SAG nominations, I feel comfortable letting films that hung on as Longshots fall by the way side.
What makes Norton so unique is that each performance is strong, but each performance is incredibly different too. So it’s no wonder that Edward Norton’s performance in Birdman has been nominated.
Someone’s going to be left out in the cold. Several very talented and deserving people, in fact. There’s no avoiding it. There are simply too many talented actors vying for five Best Actor slots this year, so on the morning of the Oscar nominations, there could be as many as 10 worthy performers looking at the five nominees and wondering why they aren’t in that exclusive group.
The road to the Oscars have begun, and weekends are now starting to fill up with critically-acclaimed titles that are hoping for Academy Award glory this year. Of course, it was only a matter of time before nominations from various bodies to start pouring in, and this year it’s the Independent Spirit Awards that have come out the gate early and revealed the candidates for all of their big prizes.
This weekend Harry and Floyd made a triumphant return to the big screen twenty years after the original made a splash, creating two pop culture icons out of the main characters. Dumb and Dumber To landed a solid number one with a $38 million debut. That's more than double what the original made in 1994 when it banked $16 million.
This is the first time we’re going on record with official Oscar predictions, breaking films down into Frontrunners, Contenders, Dark Horses and Longshots. We still have a number of films left to screen between now and the end of the year. To date, here’s where I think all of the top films stand.
Are you ready to see some incredibly fun and crafty movie marketing? Well, then you should hit the play button inside, because Fox Searchlight has actually put together an official fake trailer for Birdman Returns - a fake movie that exists within the world of Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman.
With more of you having had a chance to see what all the buzz was about, we thought today would be a great time to dig into the inspirations that made this thoroughly modern and wildly original movie everything it is. Basically, what movies helped Birdman take flight.
Looking to Fury, Birdman, and John Wick for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of World War II dramas, showbiz comedies, and vengeance-fueled thrillers.
Hollywood is always trying to figure out the best time to release an Oscar hopeful. But after a film has tested the waters of the film festival circuit, what is the point of holding it back from an interested audience?