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While they have never really been considered favorites in the Best Picture race, Wes Andersonís The Grand Budapest Hotel and Morten Tyldumís The Imitation Game both saw their odds at winning the big prize rise in a big way this past weekend. That's because both titles were big winners at the Writers Guild Awards, which were held on Saturday evening.
This year's list of films nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards is an eclectic one, featuring multiple sharp, powerful dramas, as well as a couple rather darkly funny comedies. But what if you were to splice a bit of adorable into that formula? Well, then you would get this brand new video bluntly titled "KIDS REENACT 2015 OSCAR NOMINEES."
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?
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!
The 2015 BAFTA Nominations were announced this morning and there were some surprising nominations among big time snubs.
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 online.
The post-Christmas weekend, which is also the last of 2014, saw a nice boost for most movies and some exceptional openings for the newcomers. It paints a good picture for the weekend, but it wasn't enough to dig the 2014 box office out of its major slump.
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 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.
Benedict Cumberbatch is riding high on the awards campaign trail for The Imitation Game, a sturdy WWII biopic of code breaker Alan Turing, recruited by the British to help the government crack Enigma. But the actor ALMOST did something in the movie that could have locked up the Oscar trophy.
This is the first time weíre 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, hereís where I think all of the top films stand.
Just when you thought it was impossible for the world to fall in love with Benedict Cumberbatch even more, he goes and does something like this. Words canít do the elegant thespianís efforts justice. Just sit back, watch, enjoy, and then regret that your mother didn't have the gall to name you Benedict.
Peng-wings? Penglins? Benedict Cumberbatch possibly has the most charming idiosyncrasy as he fails to pronounce penguin.
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?
Benedict Cumberbatch has become pretty well skilled in appearing to always be the smartest man in the room. Whether he's playing the titular detective on Sherlock or playing the villainous Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, the British actor always appears to be 10 steps ahead of the game and can read his opponents like a book. Bbut the actor is apparently ready to break the cycle. He doesn't want to always be the smart guy anymore. He wants to be dumb.
The Imitation Game almost plays like a sports drama, focusing on a ragtag team of quarreling underdogs as they prepare for the ďBig GameĒ against a dominant foe. For in order to defeat the Naziís secret weapon, Alan Turning and his team need to build a better machine.
The Oscar race is over. Call off the dogs. Pack up the boxes. Our work here is done!
The Imitation Game, to me, takes Benedict Cumberbatchís Sherlock persona and writes it large for an awards-contending role. Thatís not a bad thing. With his mannerisms, there are roles that he is tailored to play.
Between these four fests, cinephiles and critics will have a chance to preview titles that are sure to be the most talked about of award season. We've sorted through the buzz of Telluride, Venice, TIFF and NYFF to distill what five movies you must see to stay in the conversation this year.
Iím in Toronto once again, covering my eighth consecutive TIFF. Itís always a thrill to be at the center of the fest, but I know (from experience) how overwhelming it can be. So I jumped on a podcast with my great friend and colleague Erik Davis of Movies.com to preview the 10 films that we can not wait to see in Toronto.