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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.
Every year, five to ten films are selected by the Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences to represent the best of the previous year's crop. These Best Picture nominees can range from wide opening films you've already seen, to independent films you've been dying to see, but didn't want to spend the gas money on.
George Lucas isn't someone you want upset at you. He's a very wealthy and very powerful man. That's why we're fearing for the the Academy after hearing news of the filmmaker's latest beef with the organization.
The best director Oscar nominations have been announced, and here are five filmmakers who will be pretty miffed that they weren't included in the fun.
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!
Along with a Golden Globe nomination comes more recognition, so Brad Pitt is here to make sure everyone is pronouncing David Oyelowo’s name correctly.
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.
Director Ava DuVernay's Selma has been hailed by many film critics as one of the best movies of the year, but what you may not know is that the movie actually spent a number of years stuck in Hollywood's famed development hell.
Selma is in need of a publicity boost, as the film's late release date is one of many factors working against its chances at golden glory. Find out what Paramount has in store to change that, after the jump.
2014 won’t go down as the greatest year in the history of Hollywood, but it had a lot of damn good movies. Some of them were big budget, some of them were made on shoestrings. In a way, that’s the great thing about Hollywood.
After much agonizing, rank swapping, and last-minute screening squeeze-ins, I am ready to reveal my Top 10 for 2014 - and it’s a list of movies that made me feel hundreds of kinds of emotions throughout the year and that I plan to watch many times again in the future.
There are so many interesting pieces at play in The Incredible Hulk, you can understand why Marvel would be looking to carry a few of them over to the new MCU films, and we’re just now learning about a massive one that almost had a cameo in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
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.
Oscar is the top prize. And so long as Selma is well represented when the Academy announces their nominations on January 15, Paramount likely won’t complain too much about what happened during the race, or what didn’t happen.
The time has come to look back at all of the films of 2014 and single out what can be considered the greatest movie music moments we’ve seen. Which titles made the cut and which didn’t? You’ll have to read on to find out!
All lists are subjective, and I’m sure we will disagree on certain selections. But these are the films that moved me most, the ones that either hit with the largest impact or stuck with the greatest intensity.
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).
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.
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.
Winfrey is playing Anne Lee Cooper, a major civil rights leader who fought in Selma for her voting rights. She was known for challenging Sheriff James Clark face-to-face, and decking him with a right hook while in line to register to vote. She was 54 at the time. Yes, that scene is ridiculous. Yes that scene is awesome. Yes, that scene needs to stay in the movie.
Carmen Ejogo (Alex Cross, Sparkle, The Purge: Anarchy) has been signed to play Ms. King, who served as a Civil Rights activist alongside her husband, joining in the march for racial equality from the titular city to Montgomery, Alabama. This project and the rival Greengrass project have both been in development for about the same time frame, and it looks like Selma is going to beat Memphis to the punch.
Is anyone out there actually excited about the prospect of Wolverine 2? The first one continues to give me night terrors (HOW COULD THEY SEW UP DEADPOOL'S MOUTH? HOW?) and I'm not the only one.
Lee Daniels was putting together his civil rights historical film Selma even as he was in the throes of his Precious Oscar campaign last winter, but could the film actually be shoved aside at this point
Liam Neeson is still waiting for Steven Spielberg to get his act together so that he can at last play Abraham Lincoln, but in the meantime, he'll play another American President who played a landmark role in Civil Rights