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Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been a game changer from the word go. It changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a major plot point in its own film, it became one of (if not the) first films to go on record as saying nitpicking through internet video series helped make it a better movie, and it turned Captain America into a brand name much like Iron Man did when it kicked everything off in 2008. But could it make even more history and become the first Marvel Studios film up for Best Picture at the Oscars?
Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer has become one of the most critically heralded film of the year. And now it's the first to be sent to the Academy of Arts and Sciences for consideration for awards season.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have announced several key dates for next year’s awards. The 87th Academy Awards ceremony, for example, will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015. It will be televised on ABC beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The host has yet to be determined.
Twenty years after the film became an Oscar favorite and box office smash, it’s still popular enough with general audiences, moreso than Lawrence of Arabia, The French Connection, No Country For Old Men… hell, you’d even expect Titanic to be a major player, given that it was, y’know, once the biggest film of all time.
Everything about the Oscars is decadent and over the top. From the dresses to the gift baskets to the egos, muted and understated are never adjectives the ceremony or any of its attendees actively shoot for.
Everyone treats an Academy Award acceptance speech a little differently. Some spend most of their time thanking those who also worked on the film. Others devote most of their speech’s runtime to family members. A highly emotional moment like that is deeply personal and a reflection of one’s personality. That being said, more than a few trends have emerged over the last dozen years. For example: winners are bizarrely more likely to thank Meryl Streep than God.
Earlier, we tweeted a screencap of a plaque that was shown on CNN. The Internet lept to attention, wondering if the news network had accidentally revealed the winner of the Best Actor race: DiCaprio for his turn in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.
Last year marked the first time that aspiring filmmakers carried this honor, and its being continued this year with some help from Channing Tatum.
In theory, the only category that truly requires everything about a film to come together is Best Picture. In practice, every single category relies on the larger film it works within. Why? Because Academy members really don’t like voting for anything related to movies they hated, and they really like voting for everything related to movies they loved.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences just announced the nominees for the 2014 Academy Awards, and as always, they're a mix of "obviouslys" and "wait, whats?". Expected front runners like Saving Mr. Banks and Inside Llewyn Davis were almost completely shut out
Have you ever been a theme party in which every single person just went for it, to the point where the theme defined the entire night? Maybe it was a black and white party and not one single person cheated on color. Maybe it was a Nickelodeon character party and hours and hours were put into every costume. Well, don’t expect the upcoming Oscars to be one of those parties.
The Golden Globes announced their winners on Sunday, revealing the biases and beliefs of the ninety-something member Hollywood Foreign Press. As much as they get mocked for their ability to be bought and paid for, the Globes often look like a solid predictor for how the Oscars will fare.
To be expected, the foreign films are the meatier bits, and the clear frontrunner to me is Hayao Miyazaki’s historical fantasy The Wind Rises - even though I haven’t seen it yet. It’s the last film for the legendary director, whose Spirited Away took the prize back in 2001.
I like where the chart breaks down nonsensical categories. Seventeen percent of male winners had a mustache, but 18% had beards.
It is undeniably the season of survival. With Gravity and Captain Phillips dominating the weekend box office and both 12 Years A Slave and All Is Lost on their way to theaters this weekend, audiences have many opportunities to see famous actors struggling onscreen against impossible odds, whether versus pirates or space or the open sea or slavery. I'll leave it to pundits braver than I am to decide which of those threats is the most terrifying
If fall means to you the start of school or the return of football you might not have noticed, but for those of us who circle the Oscar ceremony on our calendars months in advance, and have Kate Winslet's Best Actress acceptance speech memorized, Oscar season begins around Labor Day, when the Telluride Film Festival kicks off what will be a very, very busy four months of premieres, interviews, red carpets, and buzz buzz buzz.
The honorary Oscars were shoved out of the main Academy Awards broadcast a few years back, presumably to give more time to awkward montages and poorly thought-out musical numbers, but Angelina Jolie may have the power to bring them back to primetime. Jolie will be receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at next year's Governor's Awards, while Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi will receive Honorary Oscars.
If you remember March's Spring Breakers at all, you probably remember it for the performance from James Franco as Alien, a DJ and low-level crook whose catchphrase "Look at my shit!" became its own mini-phenomenon-- and distributor A24 knows it
Call us crazy, but we're jumping in, with each of us predicting what we think will win Best Picture. Not only have we personally not seen most of these films, but with the exception of Inside Llewyn Davis, pretty much nobody has. This is all about intuition and wild guesses-- which, if you've ever won your Oscar pool, you know that it's pretty much what Oscar predicting is all about anyway
After enduring plenty of blowback for choosing Seth MacFarlane to do the job last year, the Academy has changed course and reverted to what might be the safest possible host for next year's Oscars. THR has it that Ellen DeGeneres will host the 2014 Academy Awards, scheduled for Sunday March 2 and airing on ABC
All of the names were posted on the Academy’s official site. "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy."
So apparently the rumor was true-- producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who are already on board to come back next year, really did ask MacFarlane to make a return appearance. and MacFarlane's many other duties kept him away. It's hard to blame him for wanting more sleep
Just a day after the Academy officially confirmed that producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron would be returning to produce the Oscars again in 2014 comes a report that says this year's host, Seth MacFarlane, has been asked to return to host next year's ceremony. But is the Family Guy creator up for another turn at the job?
“Craig and Neil have the overwhelming support of the Academy's Governors to produce the Oscars again in 2014," said Academy President Hawk Koch. "In order to establish continuity with this year's enormously successful show, we felt it was important to give these consummate professionals the green light now to begin creating another great evening.”
"It was not about the women that were mentioned, the song was about him being a bad host and him being a juvenile, which was why he was a bad host," said Oscar co-producer Neil Meron. "Everyone who complained missed the joke. It was satire.”