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This Week: The grim greatness of Foxcatcher, the end begins for Hunger Games, and a humbling state of affairs for Al Pacino. ► .Moneyball. director Bennett Miller.s Foxcatcher gets two pretty amazing (and Oscar-nominated) performances from Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo, but it.s Channing Tatum.s surprisingly great turn as naïve wrestler Mark Schultz which gives this heartbreaking true story its backbone. An Olympic wrestling champion, »
- John Law
While it earned five Oscar nominations at last weekend’s ceremony, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher walked away empty-handed after losing to the likes of Birdman, Whiplash and The Theory of Everything. But despite its gracious defeat, Foxcatcher is still an excellent film that while perhaps not reaching the heights of the masterpiece it was proclaimed to be back at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, the film is still worth your time, particularly for the revelatory performances from Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum.
You can read our review of the film here, but IndieWire has gone one better and released the first 10 minutes of the film online for your viewing pleasure. In the segment, we see Tatum’s Mark Schultz, former wrestling champion who now struggles to get out bed in the mornings. He perseveres, not least because of his brother Dave (Ruffalo), who still believes in Mark »
- Scott J. Davis
Bennet Miller's harrowing sports drama "Foxcatcher" was one of last year's most acclaimed films, earning five Oscar nominations and a Best Director win at the Cannes Film Festival for Miller. Indiewire is hosting a contest to win "Foxcatcher" on Blu-ray plus a Team Foxcatcher sweatshirt. Based on true events, "Foxcatcher" tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire (Steve Carell) and two champion wrestlers (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo). Directed by Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller, it is a rich and moving story of brotherly love, misguided loyalty and the corruption and emotional bankruptcy that can accompany great power and wealth. Check out this exclusive clip from behind the scenes below, where Bennet Miller convinces Channing Tatum to do some of the most surprising work of his career. Enter the contest here. Good luck! »
- Casey Cipriani
Five Oscar nominations and no wins seems like an injustice to Bennett Miller's outstanding "Foxcatcher," but time will be the judge of the film, which will surely only grow in stature (be sure to read this great essay by Jessica Kiang about the movie). But if haven't seen the picture, then here's a pretty healthy taste. Indiewire has unveiled the first ten minutes of "Foxcatcher," and it's a great reminder of just how controlled Miller's craft is with every frame of his movie. In the opening minutes we meet Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), who is a champion in sport, but defeated by life. It's clear he's living to hand-to-mouth, and even a shot as seemingly innocuous as Mark eating in his car carries real weight in regards to his character. And when his brighter, happier brother Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) enters the picture, and we watch the dynamic between them unfold through wrestling warm-ups, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I feel like one of the movies that did not get its due this past awards season was Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher. Yes, it was nominated for numerous awards, including Best Director and Best Actor, but I think generally they were seen as after thoughts or the number five slots. I thought the movie was very intense, and its slow pace only served to enhance that tension. Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and especially Mark Ruffalo are all giving terrific performances. It is a really good film, and if you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and check it out. amz asin="B00QK4ANEI" size="small"For those still on the fence, the first ten minutes of the film are available for you to watchm which you can do so below. If you like them, watch the whole film. If you are intrigued, watch the whole film. If you don't like them, »
- Mike Shutt
While it may not have walked away with any hardware at the Oscars last weekend, the five nominations, coupled with Independent Spirit Awards honors, a Best Director prize at Cannes, and no shortage of critical acclaim, means "Foxcatcher" will hardly be forgotten. In fact, it's the kind of perceptive, sharply crafted drama that will only grow in estimation and stature, and today we have prize pack that will bring the celebrated movie right to your door. To recap, the Bennett Miller-directed drama stars Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum in the tragic true story of the wealthy John Du Pont, whose dream of backing a dynasty of Olympic winning wrestlers anchored by the Schultz brothers goes down some dark, twisted paths. As Miller says in the featurette below, it's a story that unfolds with many layers. Today we're giving a prize pack featuring a Blu-ray copy of the film, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Alejandro G. Inarritu was as unabashedly frank backstage at Sunday night’s Academy Awards as his movie “Birdman,” about a washed-up superhero-movie actor attempting to reinvent himself on Broadway, was unapologetically bold.
When asked about the apprehension in conceiving of such a daring cinematic undertaking, the writer-director declared, “Fear is the condom of life; it doesn’t allow you to enjoy things.” As the crowd exploded in laughter, he added, “I did it without, and this was the result; it was real. It was making love.”
It was that raw, unconventional nature of “Birdman”— the magical realism of star Michael Keaton moving objects with his mind, floating three feet off his dressing-room floor in a lotus position and flying through New York City — that helped Inarritu’s movie nab four Oscars for best director, picture, original screenplay and cinematography.
Guido Vitti for Variety
Less than 15 hours since talking the stage to accept his honors, »
- Jenelle Riley
"Foxcatcher" was one of 2014's most acclaimed films, going on to net five Academy Award nominations, including ones for Best Director Bennett Miller and Best Actor Steve Carell. Now, Indiewire has the first 10-minutes of the film exclusively for you to watch leading up to the film's DVD and Blu-Ray release on March 3. "Foxcatcher" centers around the tragic true story of paranoid multibillionaire John du Pont (Carell), who recruits Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) to lead a team to gold in the 1988 Olympic games. Mark Ruffalo, also nominated for best supporting actor, portrays Mark's brother Dave. Watch the exclusive clip below. Read More: Steve Carell Redefined His Career By Surprising Everyone In 'Foxcatcher' »
- Travis Clark
Take another look @ the complete 'Oscar' nominations list for the 87th Annual Academy Awards, to be presented February 22, 2015 :
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
- Michael Stevens
A lot will be written about this awards season, its break-neck twists and turns, how it seemed to be pointing in one direction but ended up swerving into another. But we've been here before, watching the frontrunner burn too bright too early and lose pace in the end. It's not the film's fault. It's the fickle nature of the season, and the often intangible nature of momentum. Initially I thought it was a stretch but I've had "Boyhood's" January Entertainment Weekly cover story brought to my attention enough times now to at least ponder it. With an arsenal of critics' awards and a building sense that it might be "the one," the film landed this prime placement at a key time as nominations were announced. "How one daring indie film, 12 years in the making, became this year's Oscar front-runner," the cover beamed across a creepy photo of Ellar Coltrane with his younger selves. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Winners are now indicated. I correctly guessed only 9 out of the 24 categories.
Here’s an at-a-glance look at my picks for tonight’s Academy Awards — projected winners are Xed at the lefthand side. Keep in mind: those Xes don’t represent whom I think should win Oscars but whom I think will win, based on what little I can grasp about how the Academy thinks. (I’ve also noted which nominees I think should win. Kindly note that this is not necessarily my take on who did the best performance/writing/FX/whatever of the year, but whom I think is best among the nominees.)
I suspect I won’t be able to make it through the ceremony »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The 87th Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood last night, with Birdman named Best Picture, as well as taking home a further three awards – Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu), Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel also managed a haul of four Oscars for Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
In the acting categories, Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Eddie Redymayne (The Theory of Everything) were honoured with Best Actress and Best Actor respectively, while Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) received Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor.
You can check out a full list of the nominations below, with the winners highlighted in red…
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Achievement in directing
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu »
- Gary Collinson
A memorable 87th annual Academy Awards for Fox Searchlight saw Birdman claim best film, director and two other statuettes to tie with The Grand Budapest Hotel’s four-strong haul.
Boyhood, which entered the evening on six nominations and had been expected to push Birdman in several of the senior categories on Sunday night, won a sole best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette.
The film’s time in the Oscar ceremony spotlight will not be forgotten, however, as Arquette paid tribute to her “Boyhood family” and made an impassioned plea for wage equality that spread like wildfire across social media.
Eddie Redmayne from The Theory Of Everything prevailed in a tight best actor contest to deny Michael Keaton another success for Birdman. The popular victory had the British actor jumping with excitement on stage at the Dolby Theatre.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Foxcatcher, American Sniper, Boyhood, Interstellar and The Theory of Everything each went into Sunday night's Oscars with at least five nominations apiece. But they each went home with only one Oscar (or, in the case of Foxcatcher, none). Foxcatcher went into the Oscars with five nominations and has been viewed as an Oscar contender since the film premiered at Cannes in 2014, where helmer Bennett Miller won the festival's best director award. While the film received recognition at the Gotham, Hollywood Film and Independent Spirit Awards, it didn't win any Oscars. It previously received multiple nominations, but failed to win,
- Hilary Lewis
Alejandro González Iñárritu took home the Oscar for Best Director for Birdman on Sunday night. He beat out Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game). "Ego loves competition. For someone to win, someone has to lose," Iñárritu said while accepting the first Oscar of his career (he was also nominated in 2007 for Babel). The award was presented by Ben Affleck at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. The 2015 Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, aired live on ABC. Related: Oscar No-Shows: 9 Winners Who Weren't »
- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta
Winners of the 87th Academy Awards were revealed on Feb. 22 during the kudocast hosted by Neil Patrick Harris that aired live from the Dolby Theatre on ABC. -Break- Keep refreshing/reloading page for most up-to-date results Best Picture "American Sniper" X - "Birdman" "Boyhood" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "The Imitation Game" "Selma" "The Theory of Everything" "Whiplash" Best Director Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" X - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Birdman" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" Bennett Miller, "Foxcatcher" Morten Tyldum, "The Imitation Game" Best Actor Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher" Bradley Cooper, "American Sniper" Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game" Michael Keaton, "Birdman" X - Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everythin..." »
The Mexican director also co-wrote the technically dazzling drama, which follows a washed-up actor (Michael Keaton) attempting to direct a Broadway show amidst a mental breakdown.
"Ego loves competition," the director continued, "because for someone to win someone has to lose.
"But the paradox is that true art, true individual expression, [like] all the work of these incredible fellow filmmakers, can't be compared, can't be labelled, can't be defeated, because they exist. Our work only will be judged by time."
This is the first Oscar win for Iñárritu, who was nominated previously for Babel in 2007.
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
The 2015 Oscars are in the books and it was Birdman taking home four awards including the coveted Best Picture along with a Best Director win for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu as well as an Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) win. But Birdman wasn't the only film to take home four Oscars as The Grand Budapest Hotel had a small bit of domination in the below-the-line categories winning for Production Design, Costumes, Makeup & Hairstyling and Original Score (Alexandre Desplat). The only other multiple award winner was Whiplash, which took home Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons), Best Film Editing and Sound Mixing. Otherwise, it was singles across the board and while there were a few interesting wins below the line, the top awards went pretty much by the books. Patricia Arquette took home Boyhood's only Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) won Best Actor over »
- Brad Brevet
The Oscars took place on Sunday with "Birdman" ending up being the big winner of the night with a total of four awards for best picture, best director, best original screenplay and best cinematography. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" also won four awards, but for achievement in the technical departments. "Whiplash" won three, including Jk Simmons for best supporting actor. Meanwhile, Eddie Redmayne won the best actor award for "The Theory of Everything" and Julianne Moore won the best actress award for "Still Alice." Check out the full list of nominees and winners (marked in red) below. And let us know if you think the academy got it right. Best Picture: * Birdman * American Sniper * Boyhood * The Grand Budapest Hotel * The Imitation Game * Selma * The Theory of Everything * Whiplash Lead Actress: * Julianne Moore - Still Alice * Marion Cotillard - Two Days, One Night * Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything * Rosamund Pike »
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