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Not enough praise can be given to Andy Serkis for his work in the Planet of the Apes movies. It's one thing for an actor to realistically become another human being, but Serkis' performances in both Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes are truly one step beyond, as the audience really never imagines for a moment that they're not looking at a chimpanzee.
More details are starting to emerge about why the segment featuring Andrew Garfield and Batkid was cut from the Academy Awards, and if true, they paint a pretty ugly picture of Spider-Man. Apparently, the bit wasn’t cut for time or because it was awkward. It was cut because the actor stormed out of rehearsals and refused to be apart of it after producers told him he wasn’t allowed to write his own lines.
“I don’t know if they ran out of time, of if there was something about the segment they didn’t like. It got pulled so quickly that we didn’t have a lot of insight into what was going on," said Natalie Scott. "We had gone all the way down there, and he went through the rehearsal and he had a fancy tux and was all ready for it.”
Personally, I think that’s disgusting. And I don’t want to put words in McQueen’s mouth, but I’m fairly confident he’d reject the votes of an Academy member who didn’t even bother to WATCH his film before casting a ballot.
While many have decried The Simpsons for dated storylines hampered by the amount of time it takes between writing an episode and having it air, no one can say they were late to the game parodying the star-studded Oscar selfie that host Ellen DeGeneres took at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony - which will go down in short-attention-span history as the Tweet that temporarily broke Twitter.
Big Mama's & Papa's Pizzeria not only got paid for the pizzas they delivered to the Academy, but also got roundabouts $10 million in free advertising for their business.
The ribbons and the slapped-on banner that promises a complete list of those in the film community who passed away this year, relate to Sarah Jones, who tragically died while shooting the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider.
Hiring DeGeneres to host the show was a deliberate move back to “center,” and co-producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron received the show they hoped she’d deliver. It wasn’t edgy. It wasn’t controversial. But it worked.
The morning after, we're feeling already nostalgic…and roughed up from too much champagne (okay, it was technically sparkling white whine we got at the grocery store). So let's take a look back at some of Oscar 2014's wildest moments in GIF form.
Zero. That’s how many Oscars, combined, were won by American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, Captain Phillips, Philomena and Nebraska.
Rightly or wrongly, Blanchett has the reputation of being a little stiff. She’s considered an artist’s artist who isn’t necessarily accessible to the average person and may not be a whole lot of fun. Well, she did her best to blow that reputation out of the water this evening with a rousing, fun and weird speech that included the hashtag “#SuckItJulia”.
"Everyone deserves, not just to survive, but to live," McQueen said in his speech. And he’s right. McQueen was handed the mic after executive producer (and co-star) Brad Pitt gave a few words, saying how proud he was to follow the story of Solomon Northup.
Gravity traveled through two administrations at Warner Bros., struggling to earn a greenlight as Cuaron pitched a $100 million thrill ride primarily through the eyes of one superstar. Originally that would be Angelina Jolie, with Robert Downey Jr. providing the support, but none of the parties involved expected a daunting technical process that basically involved the invention of entirely new technology.
After nearly a decade of being trapped in thankless, critically-reviled romantic comedies, the Texas star has rejuvenated his life as an actor and tonight has won the Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role thanks to his performance in Dallas Buyers Club.
Songwriter Robert Lopez achieved a huge career accomplishment this evening when he won the Academy Award for Best Song for his work on the Disney Animated tale Frozen, but in actuality that’s only a fraction of what is actually an even bigger accomplishment. With tonight’s win, Lopez has become only the 13th person in history to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, also known as EGOTing.
The Best Animated Feature category was a tight race, but ultimately Frozen was the winner at this year’s 86th Annual Academy Awards. The billion dollar Disney hit, which is still playing in theaters nationwide, has wound up a champion, with the Academy honoring directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee with a little gold statuette.
In the movie, Leto plays Rayon, an AIDS patient clinging to life without medication living in Texas. His chance comes to improve his odds against the disease, however, when he meets Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a fellow AIDS sufferer who isn’t afraid to fight back against the law.
It was a big night for 12 Years a Slave and Gravity at the Oscars. While 12 Years a Slave took Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards, Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron collected an award for Best Directing. Among the other winners tonight were Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club...
The movie industry offers a ton of awards shows every year. Compared to the Academy Awards, all of them are meaningless. The stakes for winning and losing are way higher, the campaigning is way more cutthroat and even the fashion is way, way bigger.
We have finally come down to the wire. The 86tht annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 2 – meaning that after weeks (nay, months) of screening, discussing, dissecting and arguing over the merits of the movies nominated for an Oscar, it’s finally time to hand out some trophies!
Gravity, to me, is a masterful ride – a harrowing but gloriously rewarding film that has deeper layers resting beneath its popcorn-thriller exterior. This, at heart, is the story of a damaged and unsure woman fighting to find a reason to live again in the wake of a terrible loss. It is an emotional survival story, tucked inside of a physical survival story.
Vanity Fair has taken a look at that exact process, a cutthroat procedure where you have to break a film down to its most base elements in order to push in certain categories, lobbying to get recognized in as many ways as possible.
I believe we can all agree that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is not a perfect institution, and that if they haven’t fixed the problems in 86 years of award giving, they probably aren’t going to start any time soon. But this isn’t just laughing and finger-pointing at what for many years was just a bunch of stodgy old folks whose interest in stereotypes often overwhelmed proper decision making. It’s giving them the finger, too
The 86th annual Academy Awards will be the first telecast in history that will stream live online and on mobile devices, meaning that you can watch the ceremony – hosted by Ellen DeGeneres – through the WATCH ABC app.
For Your Consideration: 12 Years A Slave's Historical Importance Doesn't Automatically Make It The Best Picture
When the viewer is only given time to sit with its main character and think about the things that are happening to him, that’s when it stops transcending the material and reminds us that this is a movie about slavery.