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Academy Awards Film Series: Scorsese's Spielbergian Biopic Comes Crashing Down Each Time After Take-Off

'The Aviator' movie with Leonardo DiCaprio as bizarre billionaire Howard Hughes: Bloated biopic. 'The Aviator' movie review: What's not good for the Spruce Goose… Imagine Citizen Kane directed by the Steven Spielberg of The Color Purple, Schindler's List, Amistad, and Saving Private Ryan. The final result would look something like a Barry Levinson film – for instance, the superficial and phony Bugsy. Or, an even more appropriate example, the superficial, phony, and bloated The Aviator. Except, of course, that Levinson is not the man responsible for the 2004 mega-production starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the eccentric, billionaire ladies' man Howard Hughes. Strangely enough, that man is Martin Scorsese, the director of hard-hitting films such as Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and Gangs of New York. Scorsese, a fan of Old Hollywood, apparently wanted to have some fun with the reported $110 million budget (approx. $138 million in 2016) made available to him. The director no doubt had a ball while making The Aviator,
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Academy Awards Film Series: Near-Record-Breaking Oscar Loser Far Superior to Wayne Original

'True Grit' 2010: Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges. 'True Grit' 2010 review: 'Far Superior' to 1969 John Wayne Western I've gotten to the point with the Coen brothers where I just expect something wonderful every time they make a movie. For me, that was the case even with an effort like True Grit. For others, however, it was different. When the Coens announced their plans to adapt Charles Portis' novel, heads turned and were scratched by many. After all, not only were the brothers going to adapt a book, something they had done only once before (twice if you count The Odyssey), but they were going to remake a movie made famous by John Wayne in 1969. To many, especially lovers of Westerns, touching True Grit was sacrilege. But the Coens weren't deterred, and thankfully so. Their adaptation of True Grit is not only far superior to Henry Hathaway's 1969 version, it
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead Mpse Golden Reel Awards

‘Birdman,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead Mpse Golden Reel Awards
The 62nd Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards recognized features including “Birdman,” “Big Hero 6,” “Unbroken” and “Get on Up” at Sunday night’s ceremony at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

Birdman” took the sound editing music award, while James Brown biopic “Get On Up” received the musical feature sound editing award. “Unbroken” won for dialogue/Adr, while “American Sniper” won for FX/Foley. “Big Hero 6″ took the sound and music editing award for feature animation.

The Golden Reel Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing in 20 categories including feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation and documentaries.

Darren Aronofsky was honored with the Filmmaker award, with supervising sound editor Craig Henighan presenting,while the Career Achievement Award went to supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay, with Greg Orloff presenting.

Mpse president Frank Morrone said in his opening address, “Our goal is to improve the prestige and recognition
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead Mpse Golden Reel Awards

‘Birdman,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead Mpse Golden Reel Awards
The 62nd Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards recognized features including “Birdman,” “Big Hero 6,” “Unbroken” and “Get on Up” at Sunday night’s ceremony at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

Birdman” took the sound editing music award, while James Brown biopic “Get On Up” received the musical feature sound editing award. “Unbroken” won for dialogue/Adr, while “American Sniper” won for FX/Foley. “Big Hero 6″ took the sound and music editing award for feature animation.

The Golden Reel Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing in 20 categories including feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation and documentaries.

Darren Aronofsky was honored with the Filmmaker award, with supervising sound editor Craig Henighan presenting,while the Career Achievement Award went to supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay, with Greg Orloff presenting.

Mpse president Frank Morrone said in his opening address, “Our goal is to improve the prestige and recognition
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Tech Support: Will 'Interstellar's' woes cost it Oscar attention in the sound mixing race?

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Tech Support: Will 'Interstellar's' woes cost it Oscar attention in the sound mixing race?
Normally, by mid-November, we have a pretty good idea of many of the likely nominees in most of the crafts categories. But in this year's race for Best Sound Mixing, I see things as extremely open — there's not a single film that strikes me as assured of a spot and more than a dozen appear to have very good chances. That makes for an exciting race. This category awards the overall mix of dialogue, music, effects and "everything else" into a film's soundtrack. This is different than sound editing, which recognizes the creation and editing of artificial sound effects. Being a leading Best Picture contender can certainly help a film's chances in mixing (seen in "The Social Network," "The King's Speech" and "Moneyball" in recent years), as can being a war film, a musical or a respected (or even not-so-respected) blockbuster. There are also certain mixers who score very regularly indeed.
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86th Academy Award Winners and Nominees; Nyong'o and Leto Chat

Oscar 2014 winners and nominees (photo: Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto chat at the 2014 Oscar ceremony) Best Picture: American Hustle, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon; Captain Phillips, Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca; Dallas Buyers Club, Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter; Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman; Her, Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay; Nebraska, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa; Philomena, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward; 12 Years a Slave, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Anthony Katagas; The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland, Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Best Foreign Language Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium; The Great Beauty, Italy; The Hunt, Denmark; The Missing Picture, Cambodia; Omar, Palestine. Best Actress: Amy Adams, American Hustle; Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Sandra Bullock, Gravity; Judi Dench, Philomena; Meryl Streep, August: Osage County. Best Actor: Christian Bale, American Hustle; Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Leonardo DiCaprio,
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Tech Support: 'Gravity,' 'Gatsby,' 'Dallas' and 'Frozen' ruled Oscar's craft categories

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Tech Support: 'Gravity,' 'Gatsby,' 'Dallas' and 'Frozen' ruled Oscar's craft categories
The morning after the Oscars is always a strange feeling. We've been covering this process in earnest for months, and now it's over. And for the first time ever, I'm pleased to say that I scored a perfect 10 in predicting the winners in the crafts categories! (I went 21/24 overall, missing Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short and…Best Picture.) To be fair, however, I'm hardly the only person to have gone 10/10 in this respect. In that sense, we had a night without surprises, which is not to say we didn't have stories. The big story in the crafts categories is, of course, "Gravity's" dominance, as it won six of the 10 below-the-line fields, with the obvious (and highly deserved) win in Best Visual Effects being a foreshadowing of things to come in Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score. Visual effects supervisor Tim Webber,
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The 86th Academy Awards – Full List Of Winners!

So, the ceremony has just finished and Gravity turned out to be the big winner on the night with no less than seven awards at the 86th Academy Awards. Best Picture did Not go to the space drama, but to Steve McQueens superb 12 Years A Slave. We have a ton of fun stuff for you to read over at our official Live Blog of this year’s ceremony, so be sure to check it out here.

Here’s the full list of this year’s Oscar winners.

** Winners in bold **

Best Picture

American HustleCharles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers

Captain PhillipsScott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers

Dallas Buyers ClubRobbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers

GravityAlfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers

HerMegan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers

NebraskaAlbert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers

PhilomenaGabrielle Tana,
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Gravity Wins 7 Academy Awards; 12 Years A Slave Takes Best Picture – 86th Oscars

After a lengthy awards season that lasted three long months, the race for the Oscars came to a conclusion tonight at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

This year’s 86th Academy Awards saw a split between Best Picture and Director. 12 Years A Slave won three, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o.

Backstage, producer/actor Brad Pitt said, “ I love this movie. I ‑‑ just as a film, as a lover of film, the filmmaking, the ‑‑ this heroic story of a man in this inhumane situation trying to get back to his family. I love this film. I love the filmmaking. It’s counterintuitive to the way we’re making films today. It’s a real achievement by Mr. McQueen here. I love this movie. I think it’s important. I think it’s important because it deals with our history that we haven
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"12 Years a Slave" Wins Best Picture at Predictable But Entertaining Oscars!

And in the end, it was a predictable Oscar night! The frontrunners were true frontrunners with "12 Years a Slave" taking home the Best Picture trophy while "Gravity" won all technical awards. In the acting categories, Cate Blanchett won Best Actress, Matthew McConaughey was awarded the Best Actor trophy, while Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o received the Supporting Actor and Actress awards, respectively.

I think Ellen did a great job hosting the award, and the best musical performer for me was Pink singing "Over the Rainbow" in tribute to "The Wizard of Oz."

And here are the winners of the granddaddy of the Awards Season -- the 2014 Oscars:

Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale in .American Hustle.

Bruce Dern in .Nebraska.

Leonardo DiCaprio in .The Wolf of Wall Street.

Chiwetel Ejiofor in .12 Years a Slave.

Winner: Matthew McConaughey in .Dallas Buyers Club.

Actor in a Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi in
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The Oscars 2014 – Winners List

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Another year has gone by with some simply fantastic movies and yes, it’s the night of the Oscars yet again. We’ll be up throughout the night tweeting from @HeyUGuys and we’ll be updating this post as we go throughout the night.

If you miss a winner, fear not as they’ll all be here as we go or if you’re reading this in the UK in the morning, welcome and we’re no doubt asleep!

The Tally:

Gravity: 7 Dallas Buyers Club: 3 12 Years a Slave: 3 The Great Gatsby: 2 Frozen: 2 Blue Jasmine: 1

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Best Picture

American HustleCharles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers “Captain PhillipsScott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers “Dallas Buyers ClubRobbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers “GravityAlfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers “HerMegan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers “NebraskaAlbert Berger and Ron Yerxa,
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Oscars 2014: The Winners List

Oscars 2014: The Winners List
The 86th Annual Academy Awards have come and gone, and Et has the complete list of winners!

Read on to find out who took home gold. (Winners underlined).

Related Pics: Hit or Miss: The 2014 Oscars!

Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress

Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

June Squibb, Nebraska

Julia Roberts, August: Osage County

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

Best Animated Feature

Frozen

The Croods

The Wind Rises

Despicable Me 2

Ernest & Celestine

Best Picture

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

Her

Nebraska

Philomena

12 Years a Slave

The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Lead Actor

Christian Bale, American Hustle

Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Lead Actress

Amy Adams, American Hustle

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Oscars 2014: winners (Live)

Oscars 2014: winners (Live)
Screen is updating the Oscar winners live here…winners so far include Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Frozen, The Great Beauty, 12 Years A Slave and more.

The winners are being announced at the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

The winners are listed below, followed by the nominees.

Best motion picture of the year“American HustleCharles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers“Captain PhillipsScott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers“Dallas Buyers ClubRobbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers“GravityAlfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers“HerMegan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers“NebraskaAlbert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers“PhilomenaGabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers“12 Years a Slave” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers“The Wolf of Wall Street” Nominees to be determinedPerformance by an actor in a leading roleChristian Bale in “American HustleBruce Dern in “Nebraska”[link
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2014 Academy Awards Winners: Full List

2014 Academy Awards Winners: Full List
Stay tuned for the latest updates from the 86th annual Academy Awards.

Full list of nominees:

Best Picture

“12 Years a Slave”

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

Her

Nebraska

Philomena

The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director

David O. Russell, “American Hustle

Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity

Alexander Payne, “Nebraska

Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”

Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street

See More: Jennifer Lawrence Falls on the Red Carpet (Video)

Best Actor

Christian Bale, “American Hustle

Bruce Dern, “Nebraska

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street

Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”

Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress

Amy Adams, “American Hustle

Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock, “Gravity

Judi Dench, “Philomena

Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County

Best Original Screenplay

American Hustle” – Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell

Blue Jasmine” – Written by Woody Allen

Her” – Written by Spike Jonze

Nebraska” – Written by Bob Nelson

Dallas Buyers Club
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Oscars 2014: And the winners are ...

Oscars 2014: And the winners are ...
12 Years a Slave won the big prize of the night, but Gravity took home the most awards overall with seven.

Slave, the historical drama based on the true story of Solomon Northup, took home Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (for Lupita Nyong’o), and Best Adapted Screenplay (for John Ridley).

Meanwhile, Gravity earned honors for Alfonso Cuaron (Best Director), Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.

Including Nyong’o, the acting awards went as predicted, with Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), and Jared Leo (Dallas Buyers Club
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Repost: My Complete 2014 Oscar Predictions!

The Oscar nominations for the 86th Academy Awards have been announced but who will win and who should win? In a banner year for great movies, 2013 gave us thought-provoking and entertaining experience at the cinema. On Oscar night, Steve McQueen.s .12 Years a Slave. will take home the top prize but Alfonso Cuaron.s .Gravity. will win all the technical awards including Best Director. Quite fitting since one provoked (.12 Years.) and the other entertained (.Gravity.).

And for those who know me, the Academy Awards is my Super Bowl! I.m a nerd when it comes to the Oscars! So I tried to predict the winners to help you with your Oscar pool.

And here's my complete and utterly fearless 2014 Oscar predictions:

Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale in .American Hustle.

Bruce Dern in .Nebraska.

Leonardo DiCaprio in .The Wolf of Wall Street.

Chiwetel Ejiofor in .12 Years a Slave.

Matthew McConaughey
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Oscar Predictions 2014

Contributed by Michelle McCue, Melissa Thompson and Gary Salem

Funny how fast an Oscar season goes by… only last year Argo was being given the Academy Award for Best Picture. The big night is almost here and nothing about this year’s Academy Awards is a sure bet. With so much time between the nominations in January, the various guild awards and the Olympics thrown in, the 6,028 AMPAS voters have had a long time to mull things, and their votes, over.

The winner’s acceptance speeches at the Golden Globes, the Screen Actor Guild Awards (SAG) and the British Academy Awards (BAFTA) have never been more important as they have during this past month and a half. Voting for the Oscars closed on Tuesday, February 25, at 5 p.m.

Even the avid pundits are in a muddle and would give their eye teeth to see the final tallies. Will hopefuls Leto,
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Tech Support: Is 'Gravity' set to dominate the Academy's crafts categories?

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Tech Support: Is 'Gravity' set to dominate the Academy's crafts categories?
Here we are. After months of seeing the films and seeing them campaigned, we’re 72 hours away from the winners being revealed. In the crafts categories, we’ve already had a race for the ages, where highlights have included some legendary accomplishments ("Gravity's" visual effects anyone?), the makeup artists and hairstylists continuing to prove their eclecticism and the division between the costume designers and the production designers proving uneventful, with each branch pretty much behaving in the same manner as before. This isn’t touching the most bizarre element of this year’s race – the controversy in Best Original Song. Expect "Gravity" to dominate the crafts categories. Nominated for seven awards, it appears the favorite in many of the fields throughout. But that’s not to say Oscar night won’t have some exciting moments. Will there be any upsets? Will "The Great Gatsby" really become a double Oscar winner?
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A full rundown of my picks if I had an Oscar ballot

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A full rundown of my picks if I had an Oscar ballot
2013 was an unusually rich year for movies. I felt strongly about both my top ten choices of the year and the runners-up, and I still left off a ton of movies that I enjoyed completely and that I'd recommend to audiences. One of the things that is hardest for me to get my head around when contemplating the Oscars is the idea of picking one thing to represent the year in each of these categories. Still, if I were told today that I had an Oscar ballot and I was asked to vote, the only way I could do it would be operating from pure gut feeling. I wouldn't worry about trying to predict anyone else's response. This was an annual exercise for Siskel and Ebert for years, and they always seemed to use the opportunity to champion what they felt were the underdogs of the nominations. We'll run down every category here.
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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Sound Mixing - In space, everyone can hear 'Gravity'

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Sound Mixing - In space, everyone can hear 'Gravity'
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! Back when it was simply named Best Sound (and when its sister award, Best Sound Editing, had only three nominees), Best Sound Mixing was seen as the more prestigious of the two prizes -- though still, many people are unsure as to what the difference between them is. By usually compiling heavily overlapping fields, the Academy rarely helps to establish the distinction, and so it is this year: four of this year's Best Sound Mixing nominees are also up for Best Sound Editing, and in another Academy tradition, they're all action fare of some sort. The fifth is a music-based film, though
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