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Here's the 9 Films that Made the Academy's Foreign Language Shortlist

Force Majeure / Ida

The awards continue marching on, and the latest development comes straight from The Academy. They have announced (via Variety) the nine official films shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film. That means these nine make the cut, and will proceed forward into the next round of voting before being eliminated again down to five films for the official nominations annoncement on January 15th. On one hand, one of my favorite films of the year, Force Majeure, made the cut along with Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida. However, my other favorites, Xavier Dolan's Mommy and the Dardennes‘ Two Days, One Night, did not make the cut - quite surprisingly since they're both such great films that deserve to be considered. See the full list below.

 Posted December 19 in Awards, Foreign Film, Movie News | Comments

2015 Golden Globes Nominees - 'Boyhood', 'Birdman' & 'Gone Girl

Golden Globes

The list of nominations for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (of 2015), the yearly precursor to the Academy Awards, have just been announced today - you can find all the film nominees below. The infamous Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees this morning from The Beverly Hilton. The selection this year is solid, but as always full of some wacky picks, and a few snubs. The top nominees are Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman along with Linklater's Boyhood and Cumberbatch's The Imitation Game. There's even some oddball ones like Quvenzhané Wallis from Annie. Full list below!

 Posted December 11 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | Comments

'Birdman' Leads the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominees

2015 SAG Awards

The nominees for the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards have just been announced today, putting awards season in full swing before the nominations for the Golden Globes are announced tomorrow morning. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are unique in that it's the actors themselves choose the best performances from amongst their peers. There are undoubtedly tons of future Oscar nominees in the proceedings, with buzzed performances from Steve Carell in Foxcatcher and Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything getting nominated, but the spectacular Birdman came out on top with four total nominations. Read on!

 Posted December 10 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'Frozen' & More Get 2015 Grammy Noms

Guardians of the Galaxy

While the Oscars have their own awards for music in film for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, the major music awards The Grammys also like to honor the music of motion pictures as well. Over the weekend, the nominees for the 2015 awards were announced, and there are some solid nominations. Now since the qualifying window for music to be considered for the Grammys is different than the Oscars, you'll see contenders from films that were released both in 2013 and 2014. It's no surprise that Frozen got nods in all three relevant categories, but Gone Girl, Guardians of the Galaxy and more also got nominated.

 Posted December 9 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

Neil Patrick Harris to Host 87th Academy Awards in February 2015

Neil Patrick Harris

With awards season getting into swing, there's no better time for Variety to report that the 87th Academy Awards, airing on ABC on February 22nd, 2015, will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. The former child star has enjoyed s great career since his comeback following Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, and he has enjoyed great success as a series regular every single season of "How I Met Your Mother," several big stage musicals and most recently, a pivotal role in the thriller Gone Girl this month. As for hosting duties, Harris has already livened up both the Tony Awards and the Emmy ceremony this year, so he's ready.

 Posted October 15 in Awards, Hype | Comments

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

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