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Oscars 2015: who will win the best animated feature race?

1 hour ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

How to Train Your Dragon 2 flies into pole position after The Lego Movie – incredibly – wasn’t even nominated. But the sumptuous Song of the Sea, awash with Celtic myth and magic, is the best of the bunch

There are those who complain that it’s too easy to score an Oscar nomination for best animated feature. They’re essentially right: current Academy rules state that at least 16 feature-length animated films must qualify for consideration in any given year for the category to yield five nominees. This year, 20 films did, meaning a full quarter of the titles in play wound up with a nomination. When you consider that 87 submissions for best foreign language film were vying for the same number of slots, or that 323 films qualified for best picture this year, the animated race looks a little soft.

Then again, try telling that to the makers of The Lego Movie. »

- Guy Lodge

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Birdman, Life Itself, The Lego Movie Among 2015 Producers Guild Awards Winners

24 January 2015 11:49 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On Saturday evening the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture, television, and new media productions at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

In what’s become a most interesting awards season, Birdman took home the big award of the night. The Oscars look to be a two horse race between Boyhood and Birdman from all appearances.

The other PGA nominees were American Sniper, Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler, The Theory Of Everything and Whiplash.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony is Sunday, while the Directors Guild will announce it’s winners on Saturday, February 7.

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical »

- Michelle McCue

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‘Birdman’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Movie

24 January 2015 8:18 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Birdman” has won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for best movie — elevating its status as an awards-season front-runner since the last seven PGA winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar.Fox Searchlight’s dark comedy, starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up film star, topped “American Sniper,’ “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “Gone Girl,” “Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Nightcrawler,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash.”

Boyhood” had been the consensus favorite to win the PGA trophy — based on voting by more than 6,700 PGA members — with “American Sniper,” “Birdman” and “Imitation Game” pegged as the most likely to score an upset.

See More: Analysis: ‘Birdman’ Adds Plot Twist at PGA Awards

The award went to director Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole.

“They want me to talk so that I make you laugh with my bad English,” Inarritu said. “On behalf of all of us, »

- Dave McNary

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‘Birdman’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Movie

24 January 2015 8:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Birdman” has won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for best movie — elevating its status as an awards-season front-runner since the last seven PGA winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar.

Fox Searchlight’s dark comedy, starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up film star, topped “American Sniper,’ “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “Gone Girl,” “Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Nightcrawler,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash.”

Boyhood” had been the consensus favorite to win the PGA trophy — based on voting by more than 6,700 PGA members — with “American Sniper,” “Birdman” and “Imitation Game” pegged as the most likely to score an upset.

The award went to director Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole.

“They want me to talk so that I make you laugh with my bad English,” Inarritu said. “On behalf of all of us, our only ambition was to make a risky »

- Dave McNary

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10 Sundance Directors to Watch Includes Spike Lee Protege, ‘Yes Man’ Writers, ‘Martha Marcy’ Producer

21 January 2015 1:36 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bachelorette” filmmaker Leslye Headland returns to Sundance with a higher profile this time

Filmmaking careers are born at Sundance, as evidenced by directors Kevin Smith (“Clerks”), J.C. Chandor (“Margin Call”) and Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”). This year’s festival features plenty of returning artists as well as new voices with something fresh to say. TheWrap talked to buyers and sellers before whittling down this list of 10 buzzworthy filmmakers on the eve of Sundance. Something tells us we’ll be hearing about them for years to come.

Also Read: 10 Hottest Sundance Sales Titles: J. Lo, Robert Redford, Keanu Reeves, David Foster Wallace

Nikole Beckwith, »

- Jeff Sneider

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David Manpearl Joins ‘Sinister Six’ Producer Matt Tolmach Prods.

21 January 2015 12:58 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sinister Six” producer Matt Tolmach has hired David Manpearl to serve as exec VP of production for his Sony-based Matt Tolmach Prods. banner.

Tolmach is a former Sony Pictures co-president of production who set up a first-look deal five years ago.

Manpearl, who’s been at New Regency, will identify new projects and oversee development and production on film and TV titles including “Jumanji,” “The Rosie Project” with “The Lego Movie” co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and “Royal Wedding” with Roger Michell.

Manpearl was formerly Tolmach’s assistant at Sony, then worked on the “Charlie’s Angels” movies at McG’s Wonderland. He also worked at Mandeville on “The Muppets” and “Warm Bodies.”

“Apparently you can go home again,” Tolmach said in a statement. “David has brilliant taste and works tirelessly. I’m lucky to have him back.”

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- Dave McNary

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David Manpearl Named Evp of Production at Matt Tolmach Productions

21 January 2015 12:26 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tolmach is currently developing Drew Goddard’s “Sinister Six” for Sony Pictures

David Manpearl has been named Executive Vice President of Production at Matt Tolmach Productions, the company announced Wednesday.

In his new role, Manpearl will identify projects to bring into the company and will oversee development and production, both in film and television.

Also Read: Oscars 2015: The Nominees (Photos)

Tolmach has a first look deal set up at Sony Pictures Entertainment and is currently developing the studio’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” spinoff “Sinister Six,” with Drew Goddard attached to direct. Among the projects Manpearl will oversee are the “Jumanji” reboot, »

- Linda Ge

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10 Things You Need To Know About Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4

21 January 2015 7:14 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Sony Pictures

One of the more surprising revelations from the recent Sony email hack is quite how desperate the studio is to make their megabucks Spider-Man franchise even more…popular? Money-spinning? As critically acclaimed as the Marvel Cinematic Universe? The series has always done well at the box office, but less well when it comes to the critical reception.

According to leaked internal emails they’ve considered everything from an animated Spider-Man film from Lego Movie director Phil Lord and Chris Miller to attempting some sort of agreement with Marvel that would let the character appear in the next Avengers film. Perhaps the most surprising plan, though, involves Sam Raimi.

Which is surprising, because Raimi leaving the series after his disastrous third Spider-Man is what kick-started the “Amazing” reboot. Then again, Spider-Man 2 remains the most prosperous in terms of returns and reviews. Would a fourth Raimi film have worked, »

- Tom Baker

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The Lego Movie, Oscar snubs, and what matters

19 January 2015 7:46 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Lego Movie has earned prizes far beyond an Oscar nomination. But the snub still hurts...

The dust has settled somewhat on last week's Oscar nominations, and as is the norm, controversy has not been in short supply. The more Oscar-friendly films - such as The Imitation Game - have already arguably been over-rewarded, whereas edgy, genuinely brave and daring movies such as Nightcrawler have been all but blocked out. To be fair, that's a surprise to virtually nobody: rarely have the Oscars ventured too far out of a mainstream comfort zone when it comes to giving out main prizes.

Yet the snub this year that's got people talking the most is the bizarre failure to nominate The Lego Movie for a Best Animated Feature Oscar.

It is, to be fair, a fairly staggering omission. For many people, The Lego Movie was the finest animated production of last year; a film bubbling with ideas, »

- simonbrew

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Critics’ Choice Awards: Michael Keaton Soars to Three Wins, Flies Offstage on Big Night (Analysis)

18 January 2015 2:21 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

You’ve gotta tip your cap to Selma’s Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo, Cake’s Jennifer Aniston, Unbroken’s Angelina Jolie, Big EyesAmy Adams, A Most Violent Year’s Jessica Chastain, Nightcrawler’s Rene Russo, Gone Girl’s Gillian FlynnChef’s Jon Favreau, Life Itself’s Steve James and The Lego Movie’s Chris Miller and Phil Lord, among others: Late on Thursday, a day on which they likely woke up early hoping to learn that they had received Oscar nominations only to be disappointed, they still showed up at the Hollywood Palladium for the 20th Critics’ Choice Awards (which were hosted by Michael Strahan and aired on A&E). And some of them, like Argo’s Ben Affleck two years ago, even picked up a pretty nice consolation prize.

While much of the industry’s fascination with the Critics’ Choice »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Mary Steenburgen joins Will Forte's 'Last Man on Earth'

17 January 2015 2:50 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Mary Steenburgen has joined the cast of Fox’s new comedy The Last Man on Earth, Will Forte and executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller announced at TCA’s winter press tour. The series stars Forte as Phil Miller, an average guy who apparently becomes the last man on earth after a virus destroys all of humanity. Of course, since this is a comedy, Phil will discover what life is like when no one tells you what to do—i.e. he’ll smash a lot of stuff and line his home with famous paintings and artifacts he’s pilfered from around the country. »

- Natalie Abrams

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Mary Steenburgen Joins Will Forte’s ‘Last Man on Earth’

17 January 2015 2:21 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

TCA 2015: Creators of the secretive Fox comedy would not reveal her role

Mary Steenburgen has signed on to join Will Forte and friends in new Fox comedy “The Last Man on Earth.”

While the former “Saturday Night Live” and “Macgruber” star announced the casting at Saturday’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Forte would not reveal Steenburgen’s role.

Also Read: 21 Buzziest Streaming Shows: From ‘Marco Polo’ to ‘Transparent’ (Photos)

As previously announced, also co-starring in the somewhat secretive Fox comedy are January Jones, Kristen Schaal, Mel Rodriguez and Cleopatra Coleman.

Jones will play “strong independent spirit” Melissa, »

- Tony Maglio

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Phil Lord: 'Oscars aren't the reason we made The Lego Movie'

17 January 2015 7:59 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have responded to The Lego Movie's Oscar snub.

The directors told Esquire that although they were disappointed by the lack of nominations, they didn't make the movie just to win awards.

Who got snubbed? Oscars nominations leave Lego Movie out in the cold

"We're really in the black on this movie," Lord said. "We made it in order to inspire families and kids and people. And we've been justly rewarded for that and we feel really lucky.

"The award stuff is its own thing and of course we're disappointed, but it's not the reason we made the movie. There's no way to not be pleased with the outcome of this film."

Miller added: "Seeing the outpouring of the fans today was really something special."

Lord also responded to the comments the pair received after the nominations were initially announced.

"We were a trending topic! »

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With 'The Lego Movie' out of the mix, the animated feature battle is on

16 January 2015 12:32 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The biggest Oscar shocker yesterday morning, bar none, was "The Lego Movie" missing out on a nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. For many, it was the frontrunner to win the Oscar, and indeed, its absence has everyone still in the category thinking they might have a play on this thing. My bet would be on "How to Train Your Dragon 2," which won the Golden Globe last weekend. But there are those on the Disney campaign who are making everything they can of the statistic that no film that wasn't nominated by BAFTA has ever won this particular Oscar. So the "Big Hero 6" fire will surely get a lot of kindling next week. There was a bit of a silver lining Thursday night, however, as "The Lego Movie" won the animated prize at the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. Director Christopher Miller called the day a "roller coaster of emotions, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The Lego Movie Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Respond to Oscar Snub

16 January 2015 10:32 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

GeekTyrant editor Ben Pearson published a "top movies of 2014" lists that had The Lego Movie on it, and my unpublished list also included it. There are so many ways in which the movie should not have been good, yet despite all that it had a story that was original with true depth. Critics, directors, and fans of the movie were in shock at the complete snub it received from the Academy/Oscars in the category of "best animated feature." While the song "Everything is Awesome" did get a nomination, let's be honest: it's a throwaway category that always struggles to have enough good nominees.

The directors of The Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, took to Twitter to graciously vent.

It's okay. Made my own! pic.twitter.com/kgyu1GRHGR

— philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015

Congrats to "Everything is Awesome" though currently the title of the song doesn't seem especially accurate! »

- Free Reyes

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'Force Majeure' director breaks down after missing Oscar nomination

16 January 2015 10:06 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the best pieces of Oscar-related video is the footage of Steven Spielberg watching the nominees be revealed in 1975. Spielberg's "Jaws" was up for tons of awards, of course, but one of them — shockingly — was not Best Director. As Spielberg watched every name but his be called, he held his head in his hands and looked on with disbelief. "I got beaten out by Fellini" and the documented hand-wringing over the miss lived on in infamy. Making the rounds today is a video blog of "Force Majeure" producer Erik Hemmendorff and Ruben Östlund watching the Best Foreign Language Film nominees be unveiled. Östlund's reaction moves from gleeful acceptance to anger to silence to off-screen weeping. Given that the film is very much about male ego and features a similar scene where a man breaks down into hysterics, the question has arisen as to whether it's a staged joke. I »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Winners: The Complete List

15 January 2015 8:07 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Just as it made a strong showing in the Oscar nominations Thursday morning, “Birdman” was the front-runner with the most nominations for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Thursday night. It also ended the night with the most trophies, taking home seven, including both Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy for Michael Keaton, Best Acting Ensemble, and Best Editing — the film was shot to look as if it was a single continuous take.

Boyhood” followed with four awards, including two of the biggest honors of the night: Best Picture and Best Director for Richard Linklater. The film’s star »

- Jason Hughes and Steve Pond

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See How the 'Lego Movie' Directors Responded to the Year's Biggest Oscar Snub

15 January 2015 7:45 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Sure, there were plenty of snubs to share around the gossip table when it came to this year's Academy Award nominees, but perhaps none are as devastating as The Lego Movie not receiving a nomination for Best Animated Film. Talk about something that definitely was not awesome. Was it because of its unusual animation style? Was it because parts of it were in live action? Or was it because Lord Business exacted his revenge upon those who brought him down?  We may never know -- but what we do know is that the film's directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, are having fun with the snub, posting the following notes to Twitter earlier.   It's okay. Made my own! pic.twitter.com/kgyu1GRHGR — philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015 This is not a...

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- Erik Davis

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Critics Choice Awards: ‘Boyhood’ Wins Best Picture

15 January 2015 5:44 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Broadcast Film Critics Assn.’s Critics Choice Awards spread top awards between best picture winner “Boyhood” and “Birdman,” with an array of less-often recognized films also taking prizes.

Michael Keaton won best actor for “Birdman.” The most nominated film of the evening, it also took prizes for score, original screenplay, ensemble and comedy actor award for Keaton.

Boyhood” also racked up wins for director Richard Linklater, supporting actress Patricia Arquette and young performer Ellar Coltrane. “A year ago I really didn’t think anyone was going to care about this movie,” said Coltrane.

Comparisons to the Academy Awards are limited because the Critics Circle has many different categories, but in the crucial race of best-picture, it has matched the eventual Oscar-winner in 12 of the last 15 years.

The event was held at the Palladium in Hollywood Thursday evening, continuing the Critics Choice tradition of beginning ceremonies about 12 hours after the announcement of  Oscar nominations. »

- Tim Gray and Pat Saperstein

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'Lego Movie' Director Responds to Oscar Snub

15 January 2015 5:14 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Before the Oscar nominations were announced this morning, most believed that The Lego Movie was a lock for Best Animated Movie. But the category came and went, and The Lego Movie was not recognized. Well, co-director Phil Lord is not letting the disappointing news get the best of him. Instead, he's taken it upon himself to bestow his talented crew with their very own unique award. Which, revealed in the Tweet below, is just as cool as any Oscar.

Not too reveal too much about the movie if you haven't seen it, the final act of The Lego Movie is live action and takes place in the real world, featuring Will Ferrell as a father who doesn't allow his son to play with his Lego creations. Its unclear if this helped disqualify the movie. The awards category was introduced in 2001. In that time, no animated movie with live action elements »

- MovieWeb

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