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More than 150 Oscar nominees, along with 87th Oscars® host Neil Patrick Harris, will come together at noon on Monday, February 2, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon. Among the Lead Actor and Actress nominees, Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones, Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne and Reese Witherspoon are expected to attend the pre-Oscars event. Supporting Actor and Actress nominees Patricia Arquette, Laura Dern, Robert Duvall, Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, J.K. Simmons and Emma Stone also will join in the celebratory lunch. Three of the five nominees in the Directing category – Richard Linklater, Bennett Miller and Morten Tyldum – also are expected to attend. The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on »
- Josh Abraham
You wouldn't know it from the film's lack of marketing, but a new movie called Black or White debuted in theaters today. Despite the presence of stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, I've never seen a trailer or TV spot for the movie, which BoxOfficeMojo says is in over 1,000 theaters right now. (Apparently the film played at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and didn't receive very favorable reviews.) I don't ever plan on watching this film, but that doesn't mean that I can't come up with a tangentially-related article about it. Black or White got me thinking: what other movies share a title with a Michael Jackson song?
As far as ground rules go, there's really only one major one: the title of the movie and the song have to match exactly - if a word is possessive, I'm not making an exception. Exact matches or Gtfo. I'll embed »
- Ben Pearson
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is already well underway this year and the tribute circuit got off to the races last night with a toast to "The Theory of Everything" stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Tonight Jennifer Aniston will get the same treatment while Michael Keaton makes the stop tomorrow. Over the weekend, the event's annual Screenwriters Panel ("It Starts With The Script") will take place with Damien Chazelle ("Whiplash"), Alex Dinelaris ("Birdman"), Max Frye ("Foxcatcher"), Dan Gilroy ("Nightcrawler"), Jason Hall ("American Sniper"), Anthony McCarten ("The Theory of Everything") and Graham Moore ("The Imitation Game") commiserating about the fear of a blank page. That will be followed by a panel of producing talent ("Movers and Shakers") featuring Lisa Bruce ("The Theory of Everything"), John Kilik ("Foxcatcher"), John Lesher ("Birdman"), Robert Lorenz ("American Sniper"), Teddy Schwarzman ("The Imitation Game") and Cathleen Sutherland ("Boyhood"). There will also be the annual Virtuosos event on Sunday, »
- Kristopher Tapley
“All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.”
Quentin Tarantino took Jean-Luc Godard’s quote to heart, populating his blood-splattered films with some of the most iconic female characters in the last twenty-five years. There’s almost always a female lead or, at the very least, a villain.
Case in point: Kill Bill. Nearly all the leads – with the exception of the aforementioned Bill – are ladies, and they’re all very, very, very deadly. Luckily, Kill Bill: Vols. 1 & 2 play select Cineplex theatres on Tuesday, February 3, and Wednesday, February 4, as part of this year’s Great Digital Film Festival.
Who is Tarantino’s greatest female character?
Amanda Plummer’s Honey Bunny is a »
- Sasha James
The Oscar nominated film “Boyhood” reveals many things. One the surface, it’s a coming of age story with a young boy navigating childhood to adolescence and beyond. But more importantly, it underscores that a broken home does not equate to a poor environment for a child to grow and flourish.Patricia Arquette’s Oscar nominated role as a hard working and loving single mother who betters herself with higher education – and her two children’s future – shows that non-traditional two parent families can be as successful as the ideal two parent model. Her relationship with the childrens’ father is one of […] »
- April Neale
When Patricia Arquette, J.K. Simmons, Julianne Moore, and probably Eddie Redmayne ascend the Oscar dais to collect their respective awards for Best Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Actress, and Actor, you may feel a strong sense of déjà vu. That’s because this exact quartet all won SAG awards for acting. (They also all won Golden Globe awards for acting, as well as many pre-Oscar critics’ awards.) At this point, Arquette, Simmons, and Moore are stone-locks to win; Redmayne could possibly lose to Michael Keaton, though that’s looking increasingly unlikely. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the only meager kernel of suspense these four categories have to offer you this year.The SAG awards alone have become such an accurate predictor of the Oscars that, over the past five years, 18 of 20 SAG winners have gone on to win their Oscar category. (The exceptions: In 2013, Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor »
- Adam Sternbergh
Thanks to the narrow-mindedness of the Academy, two crucial players behind Richard Linklater’s acclaimed, 12-years-in-the-making drama will be absent if it wins the award for best picture
In an awards season that has dished out snubs with perverse generosity, the move by the voting bodies of the Academy and the Producers Guild of America to exclude two key creators behind Boyhood deserves a trophy of its own. Their decision to deny Jonathan Sehring and John Sloss a place alongside Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland on the producers roster beggars belief.
Mention Boyhood, one of the year’s most adored movies, and the first person who comes to mind should be Linklater. This is only right: it’s his baby. The whole crazy paean to youth sprouted from his feverish indie brain and he was with it every step of its 12-year gestation. You might also think of Patricia Arquette, »
- Jeremy Kay
Think of our newscast as a screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut."
Rene Russo is so hardshell intoxicating in Nightcrawler. I understand the potshot I've heard a couple of times that she's cribbing from Faye Dunaway in Network (one of the all time best performances of any kind) but if you're going to steal, steal from the best. My favorite thing about her work is the way she both recoils from and recalibrates to Jake Gyllenhaal's Lou Bloom constantly. She's repulsed by him (witness that amazing date scene) but recognizes a soul mate... or rather, a mate in soullessness, and the financial worth of that.
Anyway, I jumped ahead. While the world prepares to celebrate Patty, Emma, Meryl, Laura, and Keira on Oscar night, we take a brief time out to continue the Film Bitch Awards. Though I enjoyed all of those Oscar nominated performance »
- NATHANIEL R
Many complain about the short memories of Oscar voters, but two of this year’s best picture nominees were released more than six months ago: “Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Of the two, it’s “Boyhood” that has the better chance to take top honors, having spent recent weeks racking up critics’ prizes and a Golden Globe drama win.
Yet a year ago, when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, the film was overshadowed by titles like “Whiplash” and “The Skeleton Twins.” There was very little further discussion until “Boyhood” opened July 11 to a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. Yet before the big fall festivals, it was still too early to start talking Oscar.
So how did this $2.4 million indie with no major stars land become a heavy hitter in a tight awards season?
Chalk it up to an early opening, and a Lot of personal appearances. Director »
- Jenelle Riley
As this past weekend's Screen Actors Guild Awards made crystal clear, three of the four races for acting Oscars are essentially sealed deals. Betting against Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons to add Oscars to the mighty award collections they already have for "Still Alice," "Boyhood" and "Whiplash," respectively is definitely not something any level-headed gambler would recommend. While that should make for a hardly suspenseful portion of the Oscar ceremony, there are still quite a few nail-biters left to keep us on our toes (and make or break our Oscar pool ballots). Here are seven in particular:Best ActorNo too long ago, Michael Keaton seemed like the man to beat in what has been the most competitive of all the acting races all season long. He's the sentimental favorite, starring in the film with the most Oscar nominations. Not to mention he won both a Golden Globe (in the »
- Peter Knegt
Newsflash: We still have awhile before the Oscars. It's like a month away. But we can prepare anyway by revisiting the greatest hits of our leading nominees in the acting categories. Put on your angriest Annette Bening face and join us for this trip into prestige pictures currently streaming on Netflix. "The Kids are All Right" (Julianne Moore) Julianne Moore didn't pick up a nomination, but costars Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo did in this family drama (with funny moments) about a lesbian couple attempting to embrace the new-found presence of their kids' sperm donor. "The Kids are All Right" feels like a lost James L. Brooks gem set in 2010, and every performance has endearing and (intentionally) maddening moments. Julianne might play the most conflicted character at all, and she wears that indecision and personal guilt well. "My Week With Marilyn" (Eddie Redmayne) Is this a great movie? No. In fact, »
- Louis Virtel
SAG-aftra presented its coveted Actor® statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2014 at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® in ceremonies attended by film and television’s leading actors, held Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The 21st Annual SAG Awards® was simulcast live coast-to-coast by TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (Et) / 5 p.m. (Pt). A primetime encore presentation immediately followed on TNT. A live stream of the SAG Awards® was also available for viewing at the TNT and TBS websites, and the Watch TNT and Watch TBS apps for iOS Android. Honored with individual awards were Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons for performances in motion pictures and Uzo Aduba, Viola Davis, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Mark Ruffalo and Kevin Spacey for performances in television. The Screen Actors Guild Awards originated awards for the outstanding performances »
- Josh Abraham
Tell us how you really feel, Todd Chrisley! After rating the best and worst red carpet looks from the Golden Globes earlier this month, the always outspoken star of USA's Chrisley Knows Best gave it a go again after Sunday's 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Some celebrities turned it out (Julie Bowen looked "stunning and so classy," Julianne Moore "rocked it" and Reese Witherspoon is "the epitome of Southern class") while Chrisley exclusively tells E! News other stars failed to impress ("How [does Lupita Nyong'o] screw up the Globes and the SAGs?"). Boyhood's Patricia Arquette was recognized with the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a »
It was a very good night for the women of Litchfield Penitentiary. "Orange Is the New Black" had a lot to celebrate on Sunday evening, after both the show's cast and Uzo Aduba won trophies for their work at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles -- and the stars were ready to party.The entire cast attended the Weinstein Company & Netflix's joint after-party at Sunset Tower in West Hollywood when the ceremony was over, where they had a blast with their Actor statuettes. Danielle Brooks (Taystee) was spotted dancing with Lupita Nyong'o, who looked gorgeous in her crazy colorful Elie Saab gown. Uzo, Natasha Lyonne, Lorraine Toussaint, Taryn Manning, Lauren Lapkus and Barbara Rosenblat were all in festive spirits as well.Andy Samberg and wife Joanna Newsom also hammed it up at the bash, posing for some adorably awkward photos together with a borrowed statuette ... while the "Boyhood »
- tooFab Staff
Oscar hopes for Birdman got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner Boyhood.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's elegantly crafted backstage romp won best ensemble Sunday night at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild, a day after it also won the top honor at the Producer Guild Awards. Both guilds are seen as highly predictive of which film will triumph at the Oscars, which will be held Feb. 22.
Richard Linklater's Boyhood, the acclaimed indie made with the unprecedented real-life time-elapse of 12 years, has long held as the awards seasons favorite. But Birdman fills the role of a classic Oscar winner, likeShakespeare in Love, as a celebration of showbiz. Its fortunes look especially bright considering the last seven Producers Guild Awards winners have also won best picture at the Academy Awards.
"Actors love »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
If you're betting on "Boyhood" to win big at the upcoming Academy Awards, think again! Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" was deemed to be the big Oscar frontrunner but a double-dose of guild awards over the weekend tamed those prospects down. First, the Producers Guild of America gave their top honor to Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," and the Screen Actors Guild followed suit!
"Birdman" took home the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award! But, since the movie is about acting, this award is just fitting.
My biggest surprise, and it'a welcome surprise indeed, was "The Theory of Everything's" Eddie Redmayne taking home the Outstanding Male Actor trophy. Sorry Michael Keaton! I think Redmayne truly gave the Performance of the Year award!
Last night saw the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards take place. The elite members of both film and television arrived in their finery to see who had won the coverted statues. Eddie Redmayne did the UK proud as he picked up the award for Best Actor. Meanwhile Julianne Moore added another trophy to her cabinet for her performance in Still Alice and Birdman took home the big award for cast in a motion picture.
Highlights from the television portion include Orange is the New Black scooping two awards and our very own Downton Abbey getting the ensemble cast prize. Read the full winners below, did your favourite win? Are these results an indicator of how the BAFTA’s and Oscar‘s might play out?
Motion Picture Nominees
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Birdman – Winner!
The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Kat Smith
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
What a weekend! Less than 24 hours after Birdman upset Boyhood to win the top prize at Saturday’s 26th PGA Awards, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s quirky dramedy held serve by topping Richard Linklater’s unprecedented 12-year project to win the top prize at Sunday’s 21st SAG Awards, as well. And, in a development just as surprising as Birdman’s PGA win, The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne upended Birdman’s Michael Keaton — the heavy favorite — to win the best actor SAG Award, stopping in its tracks any real threat to his Oscar hopes.
The other winners on the film side were all heavy favorites: Still Alice’s Julianne Moore won best actress, Whiplash’s J.K. Simmons won best supporting actor and Boyhood’s Patricia Arquette won best supporting actress.
Why does any of what happened on Sunday tell us anything about what »
- Anjelica Oswald
So, are we beginning to see the Oscar narrative emerge? This weekend, both the Producers Guild and Screens Actors Guild handed out their annual awards. In the case of the former, "Birdman" took home the Best Picture prize, leading many to dub the win an upset over the perceived frontrunner, "Boyhood." And at the SAG Awards last night, Alejandro G. Inarritu's film picked up eve more steam. The director's "one-take" look at a superhero movie star trying to make it on Broadway took home the coveted ensemble prize. It's another big win for "Birdman," but let's not count out the competition just yet. In the individual categories, the winners reflected who many are expecting to take the Oscar prizes. In particular, it looks like there's no stopping Eddie Redmayne for his turn in "The Theory Of Everything" at this point, Patricia Arquette looks to have Best Supporting Actress sewn up, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Amongst this years Screen Actors Guild Award winners are Eddie Redmayne, who won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Birdman, which took home Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Orange Is the New Black, whose star Uzo Uduba claimed the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category.
Redmayne, dedicated his award to sufferers of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als), the illness which Hawking himself suffers from. He also went on to congratulate fellow actors such as Bradley Cooper, David Oyelowo and Timothy Spall.
It has been a big weekend for Birdman, which not only won best ensemble »
- Alfie Nobes
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