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Richard Linklaterís 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.
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 Boyhoodís roll between now and February 22?
Those who helped bring Boyhood to the big screen are still probably reveling in the filmís success at the Golden Globes this past Sunday. But their good vibes have now been partially quashed by the revelation that two of the most integral producers of Richard Linklaterís 13-years-in-the-making epic will be ineligible to receive an Oscar if Boyhood wins best picture next month.
For Entertainment Weeklyís latest cover, the editorial team decided to feature Richard Linklaterís incredible film, Boyhood. A fantastic choice, to say the least: it swept most of the major categories at the Golden Globes, and itís a surefire front-runner for the Oscars. Upon looking at the magazineís finished product, however, the image they chose to run with just looksÖwell, kind of creepy.
Are these five DGA nominees locks for Oscar? Not exactly. There have been exceptions over the years, where one or two DGA nominees didnít carry over to Oscarís ballot.
Now that the dust has settled and all of the results are in, itís time to look at the big winners and losers of this yearís Golden Globes. Who or what gained the most momentum? Who or what lost the most? Read on to find out!
Richard Linklaterís movie has enjoyed its particular perch in the frontrunnerís ďDriverís SeatĒ since critics groups started handing out recognitions late last year. (Cue the latest joke about how long it took to make Boyhood, versus how long Hollywood has spent honoring Linklaterís incredible accomplishment.)
January is the time of year when everyone from diehard cinephiles to movie critics look back on the previous yearís film offerings and assign them a numeric value. This is what the ďBest OfĒ lists are all about, and itís not the most enjoyable process. If you think otherwise, at least check out this one particular movie ranking, which professes to rank the top films of not the year but of the past decade. We guarantee itíll light a fire under your butt.
If you ask me, no one really likes putting together a ďbest moviesĒ list. Itís no easy task and your order is forever changing depending on your mood and environment. So itís 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.
Could Richard Linklater have his own shared cinematic universe in the works? It seems like a farfetched notion, we know, but hear us out. The director is busy working on his next film, which he says is a continuation of his classic period dramedy Dazed and Confused, but now he's added that the feature will also be a spiritual sequel of sorts to his most recent hit, Boyhood.
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.
January isnít typically the biggest month for Blu-ray, DVD and streaming releases, but thanks to the glories of awards season and midseason premieres on television, thereís quite a bit of good stuff popping up over the next several weeks. Check out what's coming out.
Ethan Hawke has been having a crazy year, thanks to his buzzing role in Richard Linklaterís Boyhood. But arguably the craziest thing to happen to Hawke happened when he was peeing next to former US President Bill Clinton.
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.
2014 wonít 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, thatís 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 itís 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.
A number of films moved up and down the Awards Blend charts as we sailed past Christmas. As of Friday, December 26, hereís where I think our major contenders stand.
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 weíve seen. Which titles made the cut and which didnít? Youíll have to read on to find out!
All lists are subjective, and Iím 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 ďoverwhelmingĒ in favor of not making this score eligible.
President of the United States Barack Obama has revealed that his favorite movie of 2014 was none other than Richard Linklater's Boyhood. Apparently the Commander in Chief has decided to take a break from his political duties to try his hand at film criticism, and in the process he made a pretty wise choice.
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 filmís Oscar campaign, and an omission by a key organization like the BFCA can damage a campaign (or, at the very least, set it back).
Thereís 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.
Someoneís going to be left out in the cold. Several very talented and deserving people, in fact. Thereís 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 arenít in that exclusive group.