Last night ended the Oscar season in perhaps the best way possible. After months of hype, backlash, and then the modest waves of backlash to the backlash, the ceremonies concluded with mostly good choices, which is always (pleasantly) surprising.
For late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, Oscar night isn't about the prestigious awards. He does however like to gather a bunch of his celebrity friends, many of who are Academy Award winners and nominees and make funny parody videos. In previous years he delivered the Movie: The Movie franchise, but this year he went a different route and recreated some of YouTube's viral...
It’s that time of year again: the Academy Awards are upon us. It’s the 86th annual celebration of the best that cinema has to offer (or the best films that didn’t ruffle the feathers of Academy voters—seriously, people, no Before Midnight? Come on!).
Sunday night brings the Oscars, which means we're finally almost done with this whole Oscar race thing. So let's have fun and prediction who will win. Why not, right?
Every year there are films that are nominated for Oscars that got there because of campaigning, and sometimes a dearth of other possible candidates. These are films that were nominated for things because of possibly contractually obligated Oscar pushes, or because it was assumed they were better than they were. Here are a list of ten films from the last ten years that have either been...
Every year at the Oscars, there are surprises. Think Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained, or perhaps the surprise surge for Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady. This year has some variables, though not as many as one might hope.
We're still a couple of weeks away from the Oscar ceremonies, we won't see the results until March 2, and not much is going to change between now and then as with twenty days left, voting is mostly done (though voters have until February 25 to submit). Whatever curve balls are to be left (like the Woody Allen situation) have to hit now.
There are some new things to report in the Oscar race, some good, some not so hot. Old wounds have been reopened in the last couple weeks, and a very public family battle that may have sunk an Oscar favorite's chances.
So now we have the nominations for 2014 Oscar ceremony, but let's face it, some people have better chances than others. Let us face that Christian Bale, as talented as he is, doesn't stand a snowball's chance it heck at winning the best Actor Oscar, even though he's nominated. So, let's eliminate the unlikies, and break it down to who stands the best chance of winning.
The day is finally here—early this morning, the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards were announced. Unsurprisingly, American Hustle, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Nebraska were all well-recognized. Surprisingly, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Butler, Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks, and...
Tomorrow will offer the announcements for the Oscars, which means that part of the journey is almost over. We're at the midway point of season, and we're about to see things get really interesting. Especially when you have incidents like David O. Russell comparing Jennifer Lawrence's Hunger Games contract to slavery.
Though the box office hasn't been stellar, the late birth of Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street may have given it more energy than some of the other limited release Oscar contenders. At least it seems that way going by the DGA announcements.
2013 began with Texas Chainsaw 3D, and is closing with a smattering of films that could get some awards love, with The Wolf of Wall Street the strongest, and with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty a question mark. Have we learned anything? Probably not.
This past week has seen The Golden Globes and SAG announce their nominees. Has everyone seen all the films in contention at this point? Maybe. But it's just as likely that The Wolf of Wall Street wasn't screened for everyone, though that didn't stop the Globes from nominating the film and Leonardo DiCaprio. Such is awards season.
Though critics and the academy act independently of each other, there's a sense that one informs the other, or at least helps narrow the playing field. This week saw the release of Out of the Furnace, which was obviously intended to be in the Oscar conversation. And no matter how many screeners get sent out, with poor box office and no critical support, it's going to...
This week saw the two first awards ceremonies of the season, which mostly split the good between films, with the Gotham awards giving a prize to the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, while the New York Film Critics Circle went heavy on David O. Russell's American Hustle.
This week has seen the release of the Independent Spirit Awards, and the first official screenings of the two last big dogs in the Oscar race: American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street.
This weekend brings The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to the big screen, and it stars a number of Oscar winners and nominees. And yet its Oscar prospects are virtually nil. Is this a reflection of the considered old Academy voting block? More than likely.
This weekend brings Nebraska to the big screen, and the film is already a big winner, as Bruce Dern won the best actor trophy at Cannes. Unfortunately, Dern has made a case that he should be up for the best actor Oscar, and that may have hurt his chances of winning a gold trophy.
We're just into November, and though there are definite candidates for who could be Oscar nominated, we've still got two months of releases to go, and very little sense of the room temperature. Why? Number one, because academy voters haven't seen the films, and number two, because in some cases, only a handful of people have seen the finished films.