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Meeting Avid Filmmakers: Four Years of Best Director Interviews

Alejandro González Iñárritu - Four Years of Best Director Interviews

Congratulations Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu, winner of the Oscar for Best Director! This is now four years in a row that I've interviewed the Best Director winner. Though at the time, I wasn't thinking about awards or anything else besides what to ask about the film and their process as a filmmaker. In an industry that loves data and obsessing over success, I can't help but notice a bit of a pattern here. Not that I am any indicator or predictor or grand wizard of the Oscars, but if anything I have my eye trained on very talented filmmakers and outstanding films. With Iñárritu winning this year, that makes four years in a row of winners interviewed, including Alfonso Cuarón, Ang Lee, even Michel Hazanavicius (of The Artist).

 Posted February 24 in Awards, Feat, Interview, To Watch | Comments

Hollywood Got LEGO Oscars Last Night, And Maybe You Can Too

LEGO Oscar

If you didn't watch the 87th Academy Awards last night, you should at least watch the live performance of "Everything is Awesome" from The LEGO Movie. The musical duo Tegan & Sara and the comedic hip-hop trio The Lonely Island took to the stage with an energetic and colorful performance that even had Will Arnett as LEGO Batman and Questlove as Robin on the drums. And during that number, a whole bunch of dancers handed out LEGO Oscar statues to some of Hollywood's biggest names in the audience, such as Oprah Winfrey, Emma Stone, Steve Carell and more. And you may be able to get your own. Look!

 Posted February 23 in Awards, Cool Stuff | Comments

Watch: Jimmy Kimmel's Post-Oscars Fun with Gary Oldman & More

Jimmy Kimmel 2015 Oscars Special

It's become tradition for Jimmy Kimmel to have some fun with a cavalcade of Hollywood's biggest talents right after the Academy Awards are over. Last year he had actors like Kevin Spacey star in feature film adaptations of internet viral videos, and previously he delivered trailers for Movie: The Movie as well as the sequel Movie: The Movie 2V starring the likes of Tom Hanks, Jessica Chastain and more. This year he put together The Kimmel School of Perfect Acting featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong'o, Emily Blunt, Jennifer Aniston and of course, Matt Damon (and tons of other actors and actresses as well). The late night host also gave Neil Patrick Harris a pep talk after the show too. Watch below now!

 Posted February 23 in Awards, Humor, To Watch | Comments

See the Stylish 87th Academy Awards Nominee Title Sequences

2015 Oscar Nominee Title Cards

We already know who took home a trophy last night at the 87th Academy Awards (check out the full winner list right here), but since it's the morning after, people are still buzzing about the ceremony. There were some incredible speeches from the winners as well as cool musical performances as well. But we also wanted to call attention to some great graphic design work from Henry Hobson for creating the title cards for last night's nominees. We've got a video showing off his creations for all eight Best Picture nomiees, and you can see some stills from the other categories too. They're stylish and meticulously crafted. Look now!

 Posted February 23 in Awards, To Watch | Comments

'The LEGO Movie' & 'Selma' Amaze with Musical Oscar Performances

Everything is Awesome

During last night's 87th Academy Awards, there were more than a couple of musical performances. Not only was there an opening number from Neil Patrick Harris and Anna Kendrick, as well as a 50th anniversary tribute to The Sound of Music from Lady Gaga, but each of the Best Original Song nominees also got time to shine. However, The LEGO Movie and Selma clearly had the standout performances from the nominee pool for very different reasons. While the performance of the catchy "Everything is Awesome" was colorful and crazy, the rendition of "Glory" brought tears to many eyes. Watch below!

 Posted February 22 in Awards, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Video Highlights from Last Night's 87th Academy Awards

87th Academy Awards

Hollywood's big night has come and gone, and now that the 87th Academy Awards have been presented, we can look back at the highlights of last night's ceremony that only ran 40 minutes long. Neil Patrick Harris was the host last night, and while the show started with a pretty cool musical number and some genuine opening remarks about the magic of film, the show still devolved into being boring, slow and delivering only remarkable moments in the speeches from the night's winners. But there were some great performances from the Best Original Song nominees and also one special segment from Lady Gaga. Watch!

 Posted February 22 in Awards, To Watch | Comments

2015 Academy Awards Winners - Iñárritu's 'Birdman' is Best Picture

The Oscars - 2015

The 87th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and discover the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre with the always-entertaining Neil Patrick Harris as our host this year. With a line-up of eight Best Picture nominees, everyone is anxious to find out if Boyhood will beat Birdman, and if Selma will get any love, or if American Sniper or The Grand Budapest Hotel or even The Imitation Game will sneak in for the win. It's finally time to find out who is taking home an Oscar, and who isn't, at the Academy Awards this year. The full list below will be updated with winners marked as they're announced live tonight - refresh for updates.

PICTURE:
Birdman
Birdman
DIRECTOR:
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
for Birdman
ACTOR:
Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
Theory of Everything
ACTRESS:
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
for Still Alice

Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2015 nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.

 Posted February 22 in Awards, Discuss, Feat, Movie News | Comments

'Birdman' & Linklater Win Top Prizes at the 30th Indie Spirit Awards

2015 Independent Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that they usually don't receive… Now celebrating their 30th year. There's quite a few repeats here that will end up winning at the Oscars, but so be it. The 2015 winners of the Spirit Awards were announced Saturday before the Oscars at a ceremony out in Santa Monica. The big winner this year was Birdman, awarded Best Feature, with everything else spread between a variety of winners including Richard Linklater, Nightcrawler, J.K. Simmons, Julianne Moore. Nothing out of the ordinary, but a solid set of winners this year. Read on for the list of Indie Spirit results.

 Posted February 22 in Awards, Indies, Movie News | Comments

Video Pays Tribute to the Big Snubs of 2015's 87th Academy Awards

87th Academy Award Snubs

We're just a couple days away from Hollywood's big weekend with the 87th Academy Awards airing this Sunday at 7pm ET on ABC. If you haven't check out the full list of nominees for the Oscars this year, you can find that right here. And you just might find that there are some glaring omissions and snubs in the nominee list as we did shortly after the nominations were announced last month. But even though actors like David Oyelowo and movies like The LEGO Movie didn't get nominated, editor Nick Bosworth at JoBlo has been paying tribute to those not nominated with a little video, and this year's installment is here.

 Posted February 20 in Awards, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Early Roles of the 2015 Academy Awards Acting Nominees

Early Roles of 2015 Oscar Nominees

We've been all abuzz with awards talk since the 87th Academy Awards are happening Sunday, and we'll have the winners posted as soon as they are announced during the live telecast. In the meantime, how about we take a look at the past careers of the actors and actresses who were nominated for an award for their work on the big screen. Every actor has to start somewhere, and Flavorwire has put together a little montage showing some of the earliest performances and appearances of talents like Emma Stone, Ethan Hawke, J.K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette and more. Some are well-known, others are rather surprising. Watch!

 Posted February 18 in Awards, To Watch | Comments

Check Out Pop Art Style Posters for the 2015 Best Picture Nominees

2015 Best Picture Nominees

This weekend will reveal the winners of the 87th Academy Awards, and while Birdman has become the frontrunner, there could be some surprises among the major awards, including Best Director and Best Actor. And as we wait for the winners of the Oscars to be announced, the folks at Shutterstock have found a creative use for their image assets by asking their designers to create pop art style posters for all of the Best Picture nominees by re-purposing some of their stock photos. These are some pretty fantastic posters, some of which would have made for awesome official posters, especially that one for Whiplash. Look!

 Posted February 18 in Artwork, Awards, Posters | Comments

Emmanuel Lubezki Wins Again with 2015 ASC Award for 'Birdman'

Birdman

After winning last year's top honor at the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement, Emmanuel Lubezki has done it again this year. THR reports that last night the ASC Awards handed him the award for his spectacular work on Birdman. Lubezki was up against an impressive array of talent behind the camera that included Roger Deakins for Unbroken, Óscar Faura for The Imitation Game, Dick Pope for Mr. Turner, and Robert Yeoman for The Grand Budapest Hotel. It's just one more award for Birdman as the film still dominates awards season leading up to the Oscars.

 Posted February 16 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

Berlinale 2015 Awards: Jafar Panahi's 'Taxi' Wins the Golden Bear

Berlinale - Taxi

As another film festival comes to an end, it's time to celebrate and commemorate with the announcement of the awards. The 65th Berlin Film Festival just ended (my own mini recap here), and the winners were announced at the Closing Ceremony, including the winner of the coveted Golden Bear for Best Film. That top prize was given to a film called Taxi, directed by and starring Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who drives around Iran in a taxi picking up various passengers. Everyone I talked to who saw it loved it, and so did the jury, lead by Darren Aronofsky. Another fest favorite, Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín's subversive and harrowing new film El Club, picked up the Silver Bear runner-up prize. View the list of winners below.

 Posted February 15 in Awards, Berlinale, Indies, Movie News | Comments

'Grand Budapest Hotel' & 'Imitation Game' Take 2015 WGA Awards

2015 WGA Awards

With just one week to go until the 87th Academy Awards, the Writers Guild of America has chimed in with the winners of the 2015 WGA Awards. Last year, the top honors in film resulted in Her and Captain Phillips taking home the original and adapted screenplay awards with Stories We Tell taking home the documentary screenplay honors. Last night, it was Wes Anderson winning Best Original Screenplay for the caper The Grand Budapest Hotel and Graham Moore for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on The Imitation Game, the real-life story of code cracker Alan Turing, based on Alan Turing: The Enigma.

 Posted February 15 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

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