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.
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.
Last night, the United Kingdom had their big night for Hollywood at the 68th BAFTA Awards, honoring the best in film from last year. These awards don't really have an influence on the Oscars, but it's always interesting to see who our friends across the pond decide to hand out awards to. And this year, it looks like there's a some dissension between countries because despite the fact that Birdman has won the major PGA, DGA and SAG awards, making it a frontrunner for the 87th Academy Awards, it was actually Boyhood that took home the Best Film prize at the BAFTAs and director Richard Linklater won Best Director.
After winning the PGA Award and also the SAG Award for ensemble cast, it looks like director Alejandro González Iñárritu and his impressive film Birdman are continuing the march toward the Academy Awards with quite the lead over the rest of the pack. Last night, the 67th DGA Awards were held in Los Angeles and Iñárritu won the top prize in feature filmmaking. In addition, on the documentary side, Laura Poitras won for her film Citizenfour, which everyone simply must see. And while we don't cover TV movies/miniseries extensively, it was nice to see Lisa Cholodenko win for HBO's Olive Kitteridge.
While the 87th Academy Awards won't be revealed until February 22nd, across the pond, the BAFTAs will be happening tonight, honoring what the United Kingdom's film industry believes to be the best achievements in film in the year 2014, though with a slight skew towards films from the country itself (we definitely do the same thing here in the United States). And as we wait for the winners to be announced, you can check out these awesome posters made to honor the BAFTA nominees like The Imitation Game, The Grand Budapest Hotel and more. British creative agency Human After All and illustrator Malika Favre put these neo-noir pieces together for five of the nominees, and they're wonderful. Look below!
For the past two years, CineFix has rounded up some adorable kids to reenact the Best Pictures nominees, and they've done splendidly by acting out scenes from Argo in 2013 and Her in 2014. Now it's 2015, and there's a whole slew of new Oscar nominees to adorably recreate. Kids with fake beards and mustaches by itself is hilarious, but having them act out scenes from The Grand Budapest Hotel and American Sniper makes it even better, especially when the fake baby in the recreation isn't any better than the one used in the real movie. My favorites though are the kid versions of Whiplash and The Imitation Game.
Every year, after the Academy Award nominations are announced, all those who were honored with an Oscar nod are rounded up for a luncheon leading up to the actual ceremony. And every year, there's a class photo taken of all the nominees which we like to highlight, simply because of the sheer number of Hollywood's biggest talents being together in a single room. The nominees for the 87th Academy Awards are a powerhouse of major talent (even if there are some worthy names snubbed this year), and you can see them regressing back to high school with this yearbook photo. Even Neil Patrick Harris is there. Look!
Now that the 2015 Sundance Film Festival is over, and February is upon us, we've got under three weeks before the 87th Academy Awards arrive. The nominations were announced a couple weeks ago, and there were certainly some complaints to be registered. But while there are snubs we can continue to complain about, there are some truly great films, filmmakers and performances that deserve to be celebrated, and Cineplex had decided to pay tribute to those up for an Academy Award by putting together this supercut of the nominees. I especially like the cut to the fox in Wild after seeing Steve Carell in Foxcatcher. Watch!
The official awards for the 2015 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 - Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, starring Thomas Mann and Olivia Cooke. It landed yet another double header win - Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize, which puts it up there with the likes of Whiplash last year, Precious and Fruitvale as other big double-header winners. There were plenty of other excellent awards and jury prizes given out, so read on for the full list of 2015 winners.
Every year the Academy Awards nominations roll around, there's always something to be upset about. This year, some of the biggest snubs were dealt to Selma lead actor David Oyelowo and the film's director Ava DuVernay, not to mention The LEGO Movie getting an unforgivable snub in the Best Animated Film category. And if you've ever wondered how this is possible, and how the voting worked out this way, the folks at AJ+ (via SlashFilm) have put together a quick three-minute lesson that explains just how the Oscar nominations work, how the winners are chosen, and more of the intricacies of The Academy's system.
While we're in the mountains covering the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, last night Hollywood had a big night with the ceremony for the 21st SAG Awards, honoring acting in film from 2014. After winning the Golden Globe, deserving Best Actor nominee Michael Keaton didn't end up taking home the prize for Leading Actor. Instead, that honor went to Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything, which was a bit of an upset since Keaton was the favorite. But Birdman still ended up taking the SAG equivalent of Best Picture since it won the award for the entire ensemble cast. Anyway, see the rest of the winners below.
On Saturday night, the Producers Guild of America announced the winners of their annual awards, and while it wasn't quite as exciting as last year when there was a tie between Gravity and 12 Years a Slave for the top prize, this certainly makes the race for the 87th Academy Awards a little more interesting. While Boyhood won Best Drama and The Grand Budapest Hotel won Best Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes, neither of the Best Picture nominees won the PGA awrd. Instead, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's stellar Birdman got the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
"The Best of the Best is Back." Your last chance to see these in theaters! AMC has unveiled details for their latest version of the Best Picture Showcase. For years, AMC has been hosting marathon screenings of all of the Best Picture nominees at the Academy Awards, so moviegoers of all kinds can catch up before the big show next month. This year, with eight nominees including Boyhood, Selma and Whiplash, AMC is splitting the screenings across two consecutive Saturdays, " so you can attend one day, or both days. Or, enjoy all the films in one day with the 24-hour marathon in select markets." More info on the films and theaters below.
It seems like everyone has something to gripe about with this year's nominations for the 87th Academy Awards (except for maybe the nominees themselves), and we even looked at some of the most egregious snubs along with the pleasing surprises from this year's field of honorees. But rather than gripe about the nominations, The Shiznit (via The Playlist) took aim at most of the big players this awards season and gave them honest movie posters. American Sniper, Selma, The Theory of Everything, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Foxcatcher and more all get skewered. Love or hate the movies, these are clever.