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The album features original music by Patrick Doyle (“Brave,” “Thor”) marking the eleventh time Doyle has teamed with director Kenneth Branagh. The score was recorded at Air Lyndhurst Studio in London, and was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Shearman and produced by Maggie Rodford. The film arrives in theaters on March 13, 2015.
Patrick Doyle’s long-time creative collaboration with Branagh began in 1989 with “Henry V.” The film’s song ‘Non Nobis Domine’ was awarded the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme. In 1991, they re-teamed for “Dead Again,” which earned Doyle a Golden Globe-nomination. Subsequent collaborations include “Frankenstein,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “As You Like It,” “Hamlet” (for which Doyle received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score), “Sleuth,” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.”
- Michelle McCue
Congratulations Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu, winner of the Oscar for Best Director! This is now four years in a row that I've interviewed the Best Director winner. Though at the time, I wasn't thinking about awards or anything else besides what to ask about the film and their process as a filmmaker. In an industry that loves data and obsessing over success, I can't help but notice a bit of a pattern here. Not that I am any indicator or predictor or grand wizard of the Oscars, but if anything I have my eye trained on very talented filmmakers and outstanding films. With Iñárritu winning this year, that makes four years in a row of winners interviewed, including Alfonso Cuarón, Ang Lee, even Michel Hazanavicius (of The Artist). Now here's the thing, behind-the-scenes there's a lot going on. Within my own realm, getting interviews is not as easy as it seems. »
- Alex Billington
The fact is I think Alan Sepinwall's review said it perfectly, right there in the headline, really. The 87th Oscars was a memorable event despite itself. A number of touching speeches and human moments on the Dolby Theater stage mostly mitigated some tone deaf writing, late-night-level jokes and an overall flatly produced show that started off so promisingly with an inspired opening number. It was, within that, a rather fitting and organic end to an unusual film awards season. And of course it ended on a note of PC outrage. Who would expect less in this day and age? A number of socio-political statements were made by the evening's winners and none of them rang a false note. It was like the sincerity of significance was clawing past the show's need to go viral or something (thematically interesting to me given what's being studied in the Best Picture victor). Common »
- Kristopher Tapley
There may have been few surprises among the winners at Sunday night's Academy Awards, but one surprise was how political their speeches were. After all, in recent years, political statements have largely been unwelcome guests at the Dolby Theater.
In past years, artists from Vanessa Redgrave to Richard Gere to Michael Moore have been criticized for using their time at the Oscar podium to raise controversial issues before a worldwide audience. In an evening of glitz, glamour, and self-congratulation, mentioning the sometimes cruel realities of life beyond Hollywood Boulevard makes winners seem like party poopers. Mentioning God, your cast and crew, your spouse and kids, and Harvey Weinstein is fine, but mentioning the plight of migrant farm workers is a little too much reality for the dream factory.
Nonetheless, several winners at the 87th annual Oscar ceremony used their victory speeches to mention causes important to them. Some of those »
- Gary Susman
Birdman walked away with four of the biggest awards at the Oscars 2015.
The Michael Keaton-starrer beat American Sniper, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash to the Best Picture award, while Alejandro González Iñárritu was named Best Director.
The movie also achieved success in the Original Screenplay and Cinematography categories, giving it an equal number of awards to The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Birdman has won Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards.
"My fellow Mexicans, the ones who are leaving Mexico, I pray that we can find and build a government that we deserve," he concluded later, paying tribute to America as "an incredible immigrant nation".
Post by The Academy.
The film took home four Oscars in total: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. »
Linklater and “Boyhood” had been regarded as the awards-season front-runners until recent weeks.. The unique nature of “Birdman,” with its long takes and intensity, has elevated the status of the latter.
Inarritu directed “Birdman” to be shown as a single shot with production taking place in 23 days in New York City during the spring of 2013 with a budget of $16.5 million.
The Oscar win for Inarritu comes two weeks after he took the DGA trophy – one of the top indicators of Oscar sentiment with all but seven of the DGA winners since 1948 going on to take the Best Director Oscar. Fellow Meixcan »
- Dave McNary
Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki has done it again–He’s won his second Oscar in two years, this time, for his work on the divisive but widely-admired Birdman. A frequent collaborator of auteurs Terrence Malick and Alfonso Cuarón, Chivo won his first Oscar for 2013’s Gravity, and brought his awe-inspiring single-take methodology back for Birdman. Though he has contributed strongly to the aesthetic of many major films, backstage at the Oscars following his speech, Chivo… »
By winning the Best Cinematography Oscar for a second year in a row, "Birdman" director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki has joined a truly elite club whose ranks haven't been breached in nearly two decades. Only four other cinematographers have won the prize in two consecutive years. The last time it happened was in 1994 and 1995, when John Toll won for Edward Zwick's "Legends of the Fall" and Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" respectively. Before that you have to go all the way back to the late '40s, when Winton Hoch won in 1948 (Victor Fleming's "Joan of Arc" with Ingrid Bergman) and 1949 (John Ford's western "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"). Both victories came in the color category, as the Academy awarded prizes separately for black-and-white and color photography from 1939 to 1956. Leon Shamroy also won back-to-back color cinematography Oscars, for Henry King's 1944 Woodrow Wilson biopic "Wilson" and John M. Stahl »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Mexican d.p. is widely known as “Chivo” — meaning “goat” in Spanish. Presenter Jessica Chastain announced the award Sunday by proclaiming “Chivo!”
Lubezki won over “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Ida,” “Mr. Turner” and “Unbroken.” The win by Lubezki deprives Roger Deakins of an Oscar for “Unbroken,” which represented Deakins’ 12th nomination without an Oscar.
Lubezki, 51, was widely praised for his execution of the remarkable continuous-shot style of Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “Birdman” – similar to the shooting style of Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity.” He won every major critic award along with Bafta, the Spirits and the American Society of Cinematographers, which made him the heavy favorite for the Oscar.
“You’re a genius but you’re a pain in the ass” Lubezki said of Inarritu when he won the Spirit award on Saturday. »
- Dave McNary
If the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony was devoid of the kind of shocks that fuel a week’s worth of water cooler conversations, it was not lacking in a creeping tide of subversion.
Heading into the night it had been expected that Boyhood and Birdman would square off in a kind of running battle for the senior awards that would keep things interesting up until the closing moments.
Yet by the time Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu took to the stage to claim his first directing Oscar, there was the sense that the preferred pre-show narrative of two admired indie darlings slugging it out until the bitter end would dissolve into a barren night for Boyhood.
Iñárritu’s recent victory in the DGA Awards bolstered the Mexican’s credentials and so it proved to be as he collected his first Academy Award for directing.
In hindsight his win looked increasingly likely once the DGA had cast its influential »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
All the winners from Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards.
Show host Harris signs off with a chirpy, “Buenos noches!”
Sean Penn walks on. It’s time for the big one. Best film. Will it be Birdman or Boyhood? It’s Birdman! The movie ends the night tied with The Grand Budapest Hotel on four Oscars. Inarritu, referring to his pal Alfonso Cuaron who enjoyed success with Gravity at last year’s show, says, “Two Mexicans in a row. That’s suspicious, I guess.” Slightly more seriously, Agi also calls on his fellow Mexicans to help build a strong future for his beloved country. Wow, a good night for Birdman and a surprisingly barren one for Boyhood. Pirates indeed, Ethan Hawke, but glorious pirates.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Better late than never on filing a report from yesterday's Spirit Awards and pre-Oscar festivities, I guess. It was a late night, Harvey Weinstein and his peeps rounding things out with a big soiree/dinner that drew to a close around midnight, so my bed was far more enticing than my keyboard when I got back to the homestead. The Spirit Awards are generally my favorite event of the season, largely because the imbibing starts early and the attitude is super lax. But it's also my own personal bow on things (as I always happily steer clear of the Oscars), saying final goodbyes to colleagues and talent I've interacted with consistently over the season. And given that Film Independent was apparently looking to break the record for most commercial breaks in a single awards show, I was able to bounce around and catch up with just about everyone I was hoping to. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Following hot on the heels of last week's Bafta nominations in London as well as the weekend's telling Golden Globe results, at 1.30pm GMT today the list of nominees for this year's 87th Academy Awards were broadcast across the globe. With presenting duties split between J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón, as well as Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, it was Alejandro Iñárritu's Birdman and Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel that were the two stand-out performers, with both receiving nine nominations each including Best Picture and Best Director. Clint Eastwood's American Sniper (six), Richard Linklater's Boyhood (also six) and British offerings The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything also picked up nods in key categories.
- CineVue UK
With the 2015 Oscars almost here, Moviefone will be releasing a set of staff predictions each day this week (in countdown fashion) for the four major categories. We wrap it up today with arguably the hottest contested race: Best Director.
We've already given you the beat on the 2015 Oscars race, so now let's break down our favorites to win the award. Here, we've listed the directors we expect to win, and then, more importantly, who we think should win.
Who Will Win: Alejandro González Iñárritu. The Academy loves an innovator -- just look at Alfonso Cuaròn's 2014 win for "Gravity" -- and this year will be no different. "Birdman" is a wild ride, visually and emotionally. Iñárritu took what could have been an inside-baseball, rarified glimpse into the world of stage acting and the Hollywood career cycle and turned it into a riveting voyage into Batman's burned-out actor Riggan Thomson's comeback-obsessed psyche. »
- Moviefone Staff
The Nominations: Director
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson
At the forefront of a long list of snubs this year is Ava DuVernay (who would have been the first black female director to receive a nod in this category). We can’t assume that this means that Academy voters are consciously racist. However, the Academy consists of mostly white, older men. But the casually (and incredibly off-putting) candid remarks of an ‘anonymous’ female veteran Academy voter inadvertently revealed that there is an incredible discomfort with praising the work of black filmmakers. But then, what do we expect from the mouths of the privileged and out of touch? DuVernay doesn’t deserve to be nominated because she is black or because she »
- Nicholas Bell
Like one of the characters from the books that the TNT series is based on, Rizzoli & Isles author Tess Gerritsen won't give up the fight. Gerritsen filed an amended complaint in the matter earlier this week, as she said she would. Last month, a federal judge dismissed the author's initial $10 million breach-of-contract action against Warner Bros over her 1999 Gravity novel and the Oscar-winning 2013 Alfonso Cuaron-directed and studio released film of the same name. With… »
Our overall odds are predicting that while "Boyhood" will win Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday, it will be "Birdman" helmer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu who takes home Best Director over Richard Linklater. These forecasts are based on a combination of the four sets of forecasts at Gold Derby: Experts, Editors, the Top 24 Users (highest scorers predicting last year's winners), and All Users. Do you think this will happen? Yes, it would be the third year in a row that the academy split its top two prizes. However, it would mark only the 24th time in the 87-year history of the Academy Awards that voters went separate ways in these races. Be sure to make your predictions for Best Picture at the bottom of this post. -Break- Related: Odds for winners and nominees in All 24 categories Last year, "12 Years a Slave" won Best Picture but Steve McQueen lost Best Director to Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity&qu. »
Having failed the first time, best-selling author Tess Gerritsen has lodged an amended complaint against Warner Bros. for allegedly breaching the terms of a 1999 deal by failing to pay her back-end profits on Gravity. On Jan. 30, a California judge dismissed the first complaint but not because Gerritsen had failed to show how the Alfonso Cuaron blockbuster had derived from her book. The judge never reached that issue. Instead, the lawsuit was grounded because Gerritsen's deal was with a company called Katja, not Warner Bros. At the time of her deal, Katja was owned by New Line Productions,
- Eriq Gardner
How many greats have found themselves on the short end of Oscar glory after being nominated for Best Director? Frankly, some of the greatest filmmakers of all-time: David Fincher, Gus Van Sant, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Pedro Almodóvar, Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, Terrence Malick, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman and Mike Leigh, among others. We're personally hoping that eventually "Birdman's" Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "Boyhood's" Richard Linklater and "The Grand Budapest Hotel's" Wes Anderson make it off that list, but only one will join the winner's club Sunday night. Last year the Academy faced a similar quandary between the incredible work of Alfonso Cuarón ("Gravity") and Steve McQueen ("12 Years A Slave"). Eventually, Cuarón distanced himself from his contemporary and his win was "expected." That's truly not the case this season. Linklater has earned raves for his 12-year journey making "Boyhood" since it debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival over a year ago. »
- Gregory Ellwood
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