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Worth Watching: Chris Rock's Oscars Opening Monologue on Diversity

Chris Rock's Oscars Opening Monologue

"Otherwise known as the 'White People's Choice Awards.'" Last night's 88th annual Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood was hosted by comedian/actor/filmmaker Chris Rock (hosting for his second time), which was rather perfect because the Oscars this year were clouded by some controversy surrounding diversity, or the lack there of, considering there were very few minority nominees. "This is the wildest, craziest, Oscars to ever host because you've got all this controversy - no black Oscar nominees," he started out by stating. Rock addresses the diversity issue, as well as being told to boycott, and then speaks about - very simply - what they want. "We want black actors to get the same opportunities - that's it." Watch below.

 Posted February 29 in Awards, Humor, To Watch | Comments

2016 Academy Awards Winners - 'Spotlight' Tops + 'Leo' Gets His Gold

88th Academy Awards

The 88th 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 in Hollywood with the esteemed Chris Rock as our host of the show this year. With eight worthy Best Picture nominees, it should be exciting to find out which one is the big winner. It has been a very interesting year - no one knows for sure what will win, it could be anyone. Will Mad Max reign supreme or will Iñárritu top again? It's finally time to find out who is taking home an Oscar, and who isn't, at the Academy Awards. The full list below will be updated with winners marked once announced live tonight - refresh for updates.

PICTURE:
Spotlight
Spotlight directed
by Tom McCarthy
DIRECTOR:
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
for The Revenant
ACTOR:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
for The Revenant
ACTRESS:
Brie Larson
Brie Larson
for Room

Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2016 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 28 in Awards, Discuss, Feat, Movie News | Comments

'Spotlight' & Tom McCarthy Win Top Prizes at 2016 Indie Spirit Awards

2016 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 - celebrating their 31st year. The 2016 winners of the Spirit Awards were announced Saturday before the Oscars at a ceremony out in Santa Monica. The big winner this year was Spotlight, awarded Best Feature, but that's not all - there were plenty of interesting, surprising, exciting wins during the night. Carol finally won something this season - Ed Lachman picked up Best Cinematography. Tangerine's Mya Taylor won Best Supporting Female, and Beasts of No Nation took both Best Male performance awards. You have to love it when the Spirit Awards shake things up like this! Read on for the list of Indie Spirit Awards results.

 Posted February 28 in Awards, Indies, Movie News | Comments

Get Ready for Oscar Week with This Video Recap of 2016 Nominees

Recap of 2016 Nominees

"I love that you don't care how much money a person makes, you care what what they make." It's finally Oscar Week! Get your Oscar pools ready. Despite the arguments, debates, and discussion about who didn't get nominated, the selection of Academy Award nominees for 2016 is impressive. The Best Picture nominees are a great mix of some of the best films from last year: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, and Spotlight. Our friend the "SleepySkunk" has whipped up this new supercut recap of the 2016 nominees to get you in the mood for the big show on Sunday. Enjoy!

 Posted February 22 in Awards, Hype, To Watch | Comments

'Fire at Sea' Migrant Documentary Wins Berlinale 2016 Golden Bear

Berlinale 2016 Golden Bear

As another film festival comes to an end, it's time to celebrate and commemorate with the announcement of the awards. The 66th Berlin Film Festival just ended (my own recap is coming soon), 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 Fire at Sea, a documentary from filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi about migrants crossing the Mediterranean and the refugee crisis affecting Europe and the Middle East. A very political choice, considering how important the issue is right now, but not unexpected. French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve won a Silver Bear for Best Director for the film Things to Come. See all winners below.

 Posted February 21 in Awards, Berlinale, Movie News | Comments

Play This: Crazy 8-Bit Online Video Game 'Leo's Red Carpet Rampage'

Leo's Red Carpet Rampage

Wait, wait, wait! Someone made an 8-bit video game about Leonardo DiCaprio's pursuit of Oscar glory?! Get out of town. This is totally awesome! The video game was made by The Line Animation at Electric Theatre Collective, and involves controlling various Academy Awards contenders on a race down the red carpet to nab that glorious golden statuette before anyone else does. It was obviously inspired specifically by the well-known fact that Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated five times for an acting Academy Award, but has yet to win one. Until the Oscar ceremony comes around in a few weeks - this is definitely worth playing. Watch a game trailer and click below to visit the site to play Leo's Red Carpet Rampage. Have fun.

 Posted February 16 in Awards, Cool Stuff, Movie News | Comments

'The Revenant' & 'Brooklyn' Best Film Winners at 2016 BAFTA Awards

BAFTA Awards

Last night, the United Kingdom had their big night for Hollywood at the 69th BAFTA Awards, honoring the best in film from last year (2015). These awards don't really have a major influence on the Oscars, but it's always interesting to see who our friends across the pond decide to hand out awards to. The selection of winners this year is quite diverse, with all of the best films from last year winning at least once in different categories. The Big Short won for Best Screenplay, Brooklyn won for Best British Film, The Hateful Eight won for Best Soundtrack, Inside Out won for Best Animation, Mad Max: Fury Road won for Best Hair & Make-Up, and The Revenant won for Best Film, just to start. Read on for the full list of 2016 winners below.

 Posted February 14 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

'Spotlight' & Adam McKay's 'The Big Short' Win Writers Guild Awards

Writers Guild Awards - Adam McKay - The Big Short

With just a few weeks left until the 88th Academy Awards, the Writers Guild of America has announced the winners of the 2016 WGA Awards. Last year, the big WGA winners were The Imitation Game, written by Graham Moore, and Grand Budapest Hotel, written by Wes Anderson, with The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz winning for Best Documentary. What have fellow writers determined to be the best scripts of 2015? This year's top prizes go to Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy for writing Spotlight, as well as to Charles Randolph and Adam McKay for writing The Big Short. Tough break for Aaron Sorkin.

 Posted February 14 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

Alejandro G. Iñárritu & Alex Garland Win 2016 Directors Guild Awards

Alejandro G. Iñárritu & Alex Garland

This is an awards season unlike any other. Last night, the 68th DGA Awards were held in Los Angeles and for the second year in a row, Alejandro G. Iñárritu won the top prize in feature filmmaking. Iñárritu won the DGA Award last year for directing Birdman, and won this year for directing The Revenant, which is still playing in theaters nationwide. Iñárritu won over industry favorites George Miller (of Mad Max: Fury Road) and Adam McKay (of The Big Short). Both of these guys could've/should've won and it would've been just as worthy. In addition to Iñárritu's, writer-turned-filmmaker Alex Garland won the inaugural award for Best First-Time Director for Ex Machina, which is the best new addition to the DGA Awards this year.

 Posted February 7 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

Watch: Mashup the 2016 Oscar Nominations for Best Cinematography

Best Cinematography

This year's Oscar race for Best Cinematography is really all about two of the finest cinematographers working today - Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, and Roger Deakins. While the rest of the nominees are also very talented, it will be one of these two taking home the golden statue. As an avid photographer, I have an immense appreciation and respect for the art of cinematography. There were some truly gorgeous films in 2015, including The Revenant which was shot using only natural light. This video mash-up features some of the very best shots from all five of this year's Best Cinematography nominees. It's breathtaking to watch.

 Posted February 1 in Awards, Feat, To Watch | Comments

'Spotlight', Leonardo DiCaprio & Brie Larson Win 2016 SAG Awards

SAG Awards

As the Sundance Film Festival was wrapping up with its awards in Utah, Hollywood was abuzz announcing the Screen Actors Guild Awards winners. The SAG Awards honor the greatest performances from 2015, as chosen by other actors which means this is one of the most definitive lists of the best performances. Actors know their profession better than anyone. This year, Leonardo DiCaprio took home his first SAG Award for The Revenant (after four nominations), and actress Brie Larson also won her first SAG Award for the film Room. Both of these films are nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars as well. Read on for the full list.

 Posted January 31 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

Sundance 2016 Awards: 'Birth of a Nation' Wins Audience & Grand Jury

Sundance 2016 - The Birth of a Nation

The official awards for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival were announced tonight at a ceremony in Park City. We've been anxiously awaiting the results of the awards at Sundance, and now we know who won big - The Birth of a Nation, the powerful directional debut of actor Nate Parker (read my review). The film won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize, which has been the case at Sundance for the last four years (last year Me & Earl & the Dying Girl won both). In addition, the other Audience Awards were the docs Jim: The James Foley Story and Sonita, and the film First Girl I Loved. Read on for the full list.

 Posted January 30 in Awards, Movie News, Sundance 16 | Comments

Watch: 2015 Best Picture Nominees Video - Have You Seen All of Them?

Best Picture Nominee Recap

"This is how it happens, isn't it, Pete?" Just a few weeks ago, The Academy revealed the full list of nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards. This year there were eight films nominated for Best Picture, including two science fiction features, a Steven Spielberg movie, an expose on the 2008 financial collapse, and a couple of very powerful dramas. This video, made by Jacob T. Swinney, is just a recap of this year's nominations with clips edited to some good music. It even includes a David Bowie track, the same one from The Martian. But more than anything it's a wonderful look back at all of 2015's best film nominees. Have you seen all of them?

 Posted January 24 in Awards, To Watch | Comments

88th Academy Awards Nominations Announced - Full List for 2015

Academy Awards Nominations

The complete list of nominees for the 88th Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (via oscar.go.com). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees this morning live via online/television broadcast. They've nominated many outstanding films, and most of the standout performances of 2015, though there are always more. There's no need to spend any more time introducing this, so let's get right down to it! This year, The Academy selected a total of eight Best Picture nominee films, including: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight. So without further ado, here is the full list of 2016 Oscar noms.

 Posted January 14 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | Comments

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