12 items from 2012
The Oscars are a little over two months away, and with so many fantastic films released throughout this year, the anticipation surrounding the announcement of the nominations next month is running on high.
So far, we’ve had the shortlists for the Best Animated Feature, the Best Visual Effects, and the Best Documentary categories.
Now the Academy has announced the list of 104 films that are eligible in the Best Original Score category, and it’s going to be very interesting to see what makes the final cut come nominations time next month.
I think Hans Zimmer’s score for The Dark Knight Rises is, hopefully, a lock, because it is amazing. I also loved James Horner’s score for The Amazing Spider-Man, but can’t decide whether or not I think it will earn a nomination.
- Kenji Lloyd
Indian composer A.R. Rahman is in the Oscar race once again for the original score at the 85thAcademy Awards. His composition for the film “”People Like Us” has found place in the long list of 104 composers vying for the nominations.
Rahman won two Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009 for “Slumdog Millionaire”.
104 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category.
The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 10, 2013.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on February 24, 2013. The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:
One hundred four scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 85th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. As noted by various online Oscar pundits, most noticeably missing is Moonrise Kingdom. A Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Score category will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the Music Branch, who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award. Click Here for the complete rules.
The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below »
- Michelle McCue
As far as I'm concerned, the two most memorable scores of the year belong to Cloud Atlas and Beasts of the Southern Wild. That said, I made an egregious and unforgivable mistake when filling out my Critics' Choice nominations and forgot to include not one of them, but Both of them! Shame. I feel it. Now I have to hope my fellow Bfca members came through where I failed. However, we will discuss Critics' Choice nominations more on the upcoming episodes of the RopeofSilicon podcast, for now we're talking Oscar as the Academy has released a complete list of all 104 original scores competing for Best Original Score at the 2013 Oscars. I have not yet posted my predictions for Best Original Score and while I am making a fuss above concerning Cloud Atlas and Beasts of the Southern Wild, I think both of those stand a very strong chance at a nomination this year. »
- Brad Brevet
The core characters of Tennessee Williams’ seminal “A Streetcar Named Desire” are familiar to many: the animalistic Stanley, the fading Southern belle Blanche, the put-upon Stella, and the milquetoast Mitch. But Emily Mann’s new revival of the play, opening April 22 at the Broadhurst Theatre, aims to make the presence of another character equally integral to the story: the city of New Orleans.To ensure this, producers Steven C. Byrd and Alia M. Jones recruited composer Terence Blanchard to score the show, which for the first time on Broadway, casts non-white actors. According to Byrd, the Grammy-winner is a perfect fit not just because of his storied career as a jazz musician, but also, as a native New Orleanian, he adds authenticity to the production.“He was someone I always had in mind,” explains Byrd, who is a big fan of Blanchard. “He’s totally unique, and plays with distinctive sound rhythms. »
- email@example.com (Doug Strassler)
Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment present the remarkable story of an inspirational group of men whose legendary bravery was cemented in the sky in Red Tails, soaring onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download May 22. Set for release just prior to Memorial Day, Red Tails stars Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire) and Academy Award Nominee Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow) leading a powerful ensemble cast in this high-flying epic inspired by the real-life adventures of the first African-American combat unit to serve in World War II.
Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky... even as they battle discrimination on the ground. Featuring jaw-dropping aerial action and thrilling special effects, Red Tails is a breathtaking tribute to the unsung heroes who »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
The film tells the story of the first African-American combat unit to serve in World War II. As the squadron of pilots are given the chance to prove themselves in the sky, they must still battle discrimination on the ground.
Rated PG-13, Red Tails was directed by Anthony Hemingway, his first feature film after helming episodes of CSI: NY, Treme and other TV shows. Kevin Phillips (Mama, I Want to Sing), David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Nate Parker (The Secret Life of Bees) also star.
Fox and LucasFilm have revealed a May 22 release date for Red Tails on Blu-ray and DVD, just ahead of Memorial Day. The film chronicles the efforts of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II as they fight Nazis in the air and discrimination on the ground. Produced for roughly $58 million, Red Tails has earned $49.6 million at the box office thus far.
The robust Red Tails cast includes David Oyelowo, Nate Parker, Elijah Kelley, Tristan Wilds, Method Man, Ne-Yo, Michael B. Jordon, Leslie Odom, Jr., Marcus T. Paulk, Kevin Philips, Andre Royo, Daniela Ruah, Gerald McRaney and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston.
Red Tails on Blu-ray will include the DVD version and be presented in 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio and 1080p video. »
As expected, Tate Taylor's "The Help" won big at the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards. The film won Outstanding Picture of the Year with Viola Davis winning Outstanding Actress and Octavia Spencer taking home the Outstanding Supporting Actress award. Taylor lost to "Jumping the Broom's" Salim Akil for Best Director because apparently, it's a better picture than "The Help!"
Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards (To visit other award-giving bodies, check out our Awards Avenue coverage right here)
Outstanding Motion Picture
.Jumping the Broom. (TriStar Pictures)
.Pariah. (Focus Features)
.The First Grader. (National Geographic
*** .The Help. (DreamWorks Pictures/
Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Laurence Fishburne . .Contagion.
*** Laz Alonso . .Jumping the Broom.
Oliver Litondo . .The First »
"The Help" continued its hot streak during awards season by being the big winner at the 2012 NAACP Image Awards. The DreamWorks movie took home acting trophies for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, plus Outstanding Motion Picture.
The complete list of winners:
Motion Picture Categories
Outstanding Motion Picture
"The First Grader" (National Geographic Entertainment)
"The Help" (DreamWorks Pictures)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Zoë Saldana - »
By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com:The strongest aspect of director Anthony Hemingway and producer George Lucas’s Red Tails is that it lives in a somewhat Utopian film industry where African-American dramas aren’t all that big of a deal. The picture may have an unfair burden of proving the bankability of larger-budget ($58 million) genre fare revolving entirely around African Americans, but you don’t see that sweat onscreen. It treats itself not like a test case, or a passion project for one of the more financially successful independent filmmakers of our age, but merely a B-movie action drama that involves actors like Cuba Cooding Jr. Terrence Howard, and David Oyelowo. Red Tails may be (unfortunately) an anomaly, but those behind and in front of the camera treat this as if it were one of many minority-led historical dramas that open each month at the local multiplex.
The plot, to wit, »
- Scott Mendelson
The opening minutes of Red Tails set the stage for what you can expect throughout the whole movie. It's World War II, a group of American bombers are being escorted through enemy territory and the Germans have arrived to throw a wrench in the works. Planes swarm in a dance of CG aerial acrobatics until the camera focuses in on an American pilot who exclaims, "Germans! Let's get 'em!" thus beginning two-hours of elementary dialogue interspersed with rote plotlines you could have easily predicted before walking in.
Using the heroics of the African American pilots that make up the Tuskegee 332nd Fighter Group to tell this "inspired by a true story", Red Tails cherry picks and gives these boys a variety of cliched personality traits to keep the story moving forward.
First there's "Easy" (Nate Parker), the squadron captain. He has a drinking problem you can be sure will get »
- Brad Brevet
12 items from 2012
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