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Canada Chooses Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy' for Their 2014 Oscar Entry

Xavier Dolan's Mommy

The rise of Xavier Dolan continues. This morning Canada's selection committee officially announced that Xavier Dolan's Mommy, Dolan's fifth feature film by age 25, will be Canada's official entry into the 2014 Academy Awards as their Best Foreign Language Film. "It's an incredible showcase for our industry," stated Telefilm's Carolle Brabant during the announcement. Mommy has been receiving mostly rave reviews since it first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this summer (read my 10/10 rave review). It's one of the best films of the year anyway, thus making it one of the best choices for Canada, especially if they want to make it all the way to the final five nominations. The film opens in Canada this month after playing at fests all over.

 Posted September 19 in Awards, Indies, Movie News | Comments

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's 'Winter Sleep' Wins Palme d'Or at Cannes 2014

Cannes 2014 - Nuri Bilge Ceylan

A big win for Turkey. Winners of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival awards, including the coveted Palme d'Or, were revealed at a ceremony today in Cannes featuring Quentin Tarantino, Adrien Brody and plenty others. The big winner: Winter Sleep, a three hour, sixteen minute long Turkish film from filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who last brought his masterful Once Upon a Time in Anatolia to Cannes a few years ago. Other key winners include Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller and a tie between 83-year-old Jean-Luc Godard and 25-year-old Xavier Dolan for the Jury Prize. Another excellent year at Cannes ends with deserving winners.

 Posted May 24 in Awards, Cannes 14, Indies, Movie News | Comments

Discuss: Suggestions for Improving the Academy Awards Telecast

Oscar Suggestions

I'm sure you everyone out there is shocked to know that as much as I love the Oscars (the results of which can be found here) and more or less everything that comes with it (including my paycheck, of course), the show itself is something that I think could stand to be improved in many ways. Yes, the Oscar telecast can more often than not leave something to be desired, regardless of who you are, even if everyone involved in the production of the show always has their hearts in the right place. Some years we have better shows than others, with the same going for the winners for that matter, but I can't ever remember watching the telecast and thinking that they absolutely nailed it, and I know I'm not alone in thinking this way.

 Posted March 4 in Awards, Discuss, Editorial | Comments

Check Out the Stylish Best Picture Nominee Cards from the Oscars

Best Picture Nominee Title Cards

All right, how about just one more post about the Oscars last night? We already posted the video highlights from the ceremony for the 86th Academy Awards, not to mention the bittersweet In Memoriam tribute saying goodbye to all the great talents we lost last year. Now we have some cool artwork that viewers saw last night as the nominees for the awards were announced. The best pieces were crafted for all nine of the Best Picture nominees, where a minimalist style was meshed with the style of the marketing materials for each film. The result is some beautiful nominee title cards that should be framed on a wall. Look below!

 Posted March 3 in Artwork, Awards | Comments

Must Watch: In Memoriam Tribute from the 86th Academy Awards

In Memoriam

Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that the 86th Academy Awards were last night, and 12 Years a Slave took home Best Picture while Alfonso Cuaron took home Best Director for his work on Gravity (which won plenty of other awards). You can check out the full winner's list right here, and also the video highlights and acceptance speeches right here. But the one part of the show we really want to separate from the pack is the traditional "In Memoriam" tribute honoring all those prominent names from the industry who are no longer with us. We've lost some truly great icons this year. Watch the tribute below.

 Posted March 3 in Awards, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Speeches & Ceremony Highlights from 86th Academy Awards

Academy Awards 2014

Awards season is over and 12 Years a Slave and Gravity went home with the biggest accolades from the 86th Academy Awards (check out the full list of winners right here). But if you didn't catch the live broadcast of the ceremony hosted by Ellen DeGeneres last night, we've got some of the highlights that you should take the time to watch, including acceptance speeches from winners like Lupita Nyong'o winning Best Supporting Actress in the aforementioned Steve McQueen directed drama, and a great speech from Matthew McConaughey who won Best Actor and again delivered the signature phrase we all love. Watch!

 Posted March 2 in Awards, To Watch | Comments

2014 Academy Awards Winners - '12 Years a Slave' & Alfonso Cuarón

2014 Academy Awards Winners

The 86th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and announce the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre with another returning, exuberant host - Ellen DeGeneres. Last year featured a vivid and memorable set of movies, from Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity to Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave to Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street to Spike Jonze's Her to David O. Russell's American Hustle to Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips as the key contenders, among many others. Who will win? Time to finally find out at the 2014 Oscars. The full list below will be updated with winners marked as they're announced live tonight - refresh for updates.

PICTURE:
12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen
DIRECTOR:
Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuaron for
Gravity
ACTOR:
Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
for Dallas Buyers Club
ACTRESS:
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett for
Blue Jasmine

Read on for the complete list of 2014 Oscar 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 March 2 in Awards, Discuss, Feat, Movie News | Comments

2014 Indie Spirit Winners - '12 Years a Slave' with 5 + McConaughey

12 Years a Slave - Indie 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, this year, they might not receive at the Oscars. The 2014 winners were announced Saturday before the Oscars, via EW.com, at a ceremony in rainy Santa Monica. The big winner this year was Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, which swept the ceremony and took home a total of five wins from Best Feature to Best Director to Best Cinematography. These all always my favorite awards because they always get them right, including even Blue is the Warmest Color for Best International and Jared Leto for Supporting. Read on for the full list of Indie Spirit winners.

 Posted March 1 in Awards, Indies, Movie News | Comments

Let's Not Forget All the Below the Line and Technical Oscar Nominees

2014 Oscars Technical and Below the Line Predictions

As you may have noticed in my most recent and final Oscar predictions, I didn't provide any commentary on the "below the line" Academy Award categories. Besides wanting to get to the actual predictions, I wanted to save some room for a full piece in regard to the technical categories. The techs are often the hardest to predict, especially the shorts. Yes, there are guilds to consider, but in many ways the Academy voters are never more unpredictable than when considering the non-major awards. Sometimes they go in interesting directions, other times they pick one film and vote for it everywhere they can. The fun thing here is how open many of these races are, which goes along with how unpredictable this year's Oscar ceremony may be.

 Posted February 28 in Awards, Editorial | Comments

Final Oscar Predictions Update: Big Show is Sunday, It's Now or Never

Oscars

At long last, it's time for my final Oscar predictions. I'm going to keep things slightly light on the commentary, since we've been discussing this so much, there's really not much left to do but plant your feet firmly in one direction or the other. I'll quickly be giving some analysis for the major categories, but much of what I've said remains true from my post-nomination predictions. A number of races are likely over, but a handful of the big ones are definitely up for grabs, which has me both excited and nervous. There's never been a year where I've expected to do worse with my predictions that this, but that's the sign of a tight race.

 Posted February 28 in Awards, Editorial | Comments

Oscar Pie Charts Cleverly Break Down 2014 Best Picture Nominees

Best Picture 2014 Nominee Pie Charts

It's almost time for awards season to come to an end with The 86th Academy Awards coming this Sunday. We've had endless analysis from predicting who will get the nominations to who will end up taking home the prize, not to mention Joey Magidson letting us know what he thinks should win the Oscar, whether they were nominated or not. Now Vulture has delivered some Oscar analysis of their own, but in a very unique way. They've put together some pie charts breaking down each of the Best Picture winners, for example, how much of The Wolf of Wall Street was a Girls Gone Wild movie and stuff like that. Look!

 Posted February 28 in Awards, Humor | Comments

Check Out These Cool Saul Bass Style Posters for 'Gravity' & Other Noms

Saul Bass Best Picture 2014 Nominee Posters

The 86th Academy Awards are this weekend, and we hope you've been paying attention to all our awards coverage throughout the week. As we head into Oscar weekend, Graphic artist Geminianum has put together some pretty cool posters, inspired by the work of Saul Bass, that honor some of this year's Best Picture nominees. While the best ones are for Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and Captain Phillips, I'm not a big fan of the Dallas Buyers Club piece that uses real pictures from the movie (though it's inspired by The Man with the Golden Arm), or The Wolf of Wall Street poster that takes a cue from West Side Story, but cheaply uses the falling Don Draper from the "Mad Men" opening titles. Check out the posters below!

 Posted February 28 in Artwork, Awards, Posters | Comments

Watch: Recap Annapurna Picture's Year Two Films in 2014 'Hustle' Reel

Annapurna Picture's Hustle Reel

"We saw some beautiful things here... some things we'll never forget." Let's kick off the Oscar weekend with something a bit fun. Annapurna Pictures, started by youngster Megan Ellison, has been producing some of the best films of the past two years. Looking back they've released an Annapurna: Year Two video called the 2014 "Hustle" Reel, looking back at Spike Jonze's Her and David O. Russell's American Hustle. I love Her and was a fan of Hustle. This also includes clips for Spring Breakers and The Grandmaster, two more Annapurna films which were released in 2013. The video (with the music "Firewater" by Django Django) was edited by our old friend Kees van Dijkhuizen, behind many retrospectives of years past. Enjoy!

 Posted February 28 in Awards, Feat, To Watch | Comments

Academy Advocacy: Who & What Should Actually Win Oscars This Year

Oscars

It's once again time for some Academy Advocacy ladies and gentlemen, and one of the final ones for the season! But rather than delivering the normal awards opinions and whatnot today, this one will be a little more personal as I'll be dictating what I think actually deserves to win in all of the major Oscar categories. I won't be limiting it to the official nominees either, so these picks will vary quite a bit from what voters are choosing this week. We all have our preferred candidates, and I'm no exception, so below you'll be seeing who and what I would have voted for, as opposed to the choices that Academy members made. In some cases, they're actual nominees, though in other cases, I've gone off the ballot. More below!

 Posted February 27 in Awards, Discuss, Editorial | Comments

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