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Excuse us if we go out on a limb here, but something tells us the collective brain trust at The Academy is glad this awards season has mercifully come to an end. After an incredibly diverse 86th Academy Awards ceremony, where "12 Years a Slave" took Best Picture, a Mexican filmmaker won Best Director, Lupita Nyong'o earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and John Ridley won Best Adapted Screenplay, the Oscars appeared to take a step back in 2015. It wasn't just that "Selma" was snubbed in a number of major categories. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a historical footnote that will haunt the Academy for years (and, trust, it will be back again if the public wills it). But it had more to do with all white nominees in the acting categories than just "Selma" itself. This also brought to light that it was yet another year without a female nominee in the Best Director category, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Christina Aguilera proved that she's a master of impressions when she channeled Britney Spears during an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon this week - it's worth nothing, though, that Aguilera gave us a glimpse of her talent when she did a spot-on Samantha Jones impersonation back in 2004. When the singer hosted Saturday Night Live over a decade ago, she - along with Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Rachel Dratch - did a sketch spoofing the series finale of Sex and the City. Aguilera completely killed it with her impression of the sex-obsessed Samantha Jones (played on the show by Kim Catrall), and it remains one of the most memorable celebrity performances on SNL in recent history. You'll cackle at spoofed lines from the show like, "My brood of broads was broadly brooding," and "He said I wore too much Moscow-a!" Christina even reprised her classic lines from »
Then there is Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Reese Witherspoon, Maya Rudolph, and Benicio Del Toro, plus a bevy of other game thespians. This adaptation has a contrary effect. It makes you want to hightail it to the incinerator with every Pynchon paperback you might own. Farewell, V. Sayonara, Gravity's Rainbow.
But before I get too critical, let me just note that this apparently was a project of love for Anderson. Anyone who would tackle Pynchon's verbiage and hope to get a slightly comprehensible screenplay out of it would only do so out of an illimitable devotion for the author. Anderson's chance of success, of course, »
- Brandon Judell
Baymax may not be fast, but he's definitely beloved by the Academy! Disney's Big Hero 6 beat out DreamWork's How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Boxtrolls to take home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, making it the fourth Oscar win for Disney since the start of that category in 2002. Big Hero 6, starring the voices of Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, T. J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans, Jr. and Maya Rudolph, follows the adventures of young robotic genius Hiro and his "personal healthcare companion," Baymax, aka the best superhero sidekick ever. Director Chris Williams took the stage with his Big Hero 6 colleagues Roy Conli and Don Hall to thank the cast and team, and he ended his »
And the Independent Spirit Awards have revealed the winners and it's looking a lot like the Academy Awards! "Birdman" beat "Boyhood" for the Best Feature trophy but Richard Linklater took away the Best Director award from Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu.
Is this a sign of what's going to happen at the Oscars tonight?
2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Winners (Highlighted) And Nominees
(Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)
Winner: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Winner: Richard Linklater
Ahead of tonight’s Academy Awards, the 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced last night in Santa Barbara, California.
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman claimed the most awards, taking home three gongs including Best Feature, although Iñárritu lost out in the Best Director category to Richard Linklater for Boyhood.
In the acting categories, Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Michael Keaton (Birdman) claimed Best Actress and Best Actor, while Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (b) were honoured in the supporting categories.
Here’s a full list of the nominations, with the winners highlighted in red…
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
David Zellner, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Dan Gilroy, »
- Gary Collinson
Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, handed out top honors to Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, Whiplash and Nightcrawler at Saturday’s 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Still Alice, Dear White People, Ida, Land Ho! and Citizenfour also received awards at the ceremony, which was held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
This year’s major category winners were Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); which won Best Feature, Best Male Lead and Best Cinematography, Boyhood; which won Best Director and Best Supporting Female, Nightcrawler; which won Best First Feature and Best Screenplay and Whiplash; which won Best Supporting Male and Best Editing; Still Alice, which won Best Female Lead; Dear White People, which won Best First Screenplay; Land Ho!, which won the John Cassavetes Award; Ida, which won Best International Film and Citizenfour, »
- Michelle McCue
Paul Thomas Anderson made for some inherent awkwardness at Saturday’s Independent Spirit Awards, slamming one of the show’s sponsors American Airlines in an acceptance speech. “Don’t fly American Airlines. They will f—ing lose your luggage,” Anderson said. “It happened to me. Seriously.” Anderson, who took home the Robert Altman award with the producers and cast of “Inherent Vice,” called out the airline as a tent full of A-listers laughed and cringed. Also Read: Indie Spirit Winners 2015: The Complete List That would account for his casual look: jeans and a flannel shirt. His wife, Maya Rudolph, »
- Matt Donnelly
The 2015 Spirit Awards were handed out today and it was Birdman taking Best Feature and Best Actor (Michael Keaton) while Boyhood went home a double winner taking Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette). However, while that's the result for the two big guns that will be going head-to-head at tomorrow night's Oscars, Nightcrawler was also a double winner taking Best Screenplay and Best First Feature, both awarded to writer/director Dan Gilroy. Otherwise, no big surprises with Julianne Moore (Still Alice) taking Best Actress and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) taking Supporting Actor, Citizenfour took Best Documentary and Birdman scored a third win for Emmanuel Lubezki for Best Cinematography. Justin Simien (Dear White People) took home Best First Screenplay and, whoa!, Look!, Whiplash was also a double winner, with Tom Cross winning for Best Editing (well deserved!) and anticipated Oscar winner in the same category, Ida won Best Foreign Language Film. »
- Brad Brevet
“Birdman” won the Spirit Award for best feature, and Michael Keaton nabbed the statue for actor for Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s whimsical comedy-drama that dominated the 30th edition of the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
The film thus triumphed in two of the categories that have been most difficult to predict this awards season. The feature trophy went to producers Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole.
Richard Linklater was named top director for “Boyhood.” The split between the helmer/pic prizes could be a foreshadowing of Sunday’s Oscars, since the top races are hard to call. And Oscar could throw a few other curve balls into the mix, since “American Sniper,” and “The Theory of Everything” are ineligible for Spirits (since, respectively, the budget exceeded $20 million and the production was British).
- Dave McNary
The 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have officially begun. Stay tuned for updated winners throughout the show. Hosted by Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell, the ceremony will be broadcast live on IFC at 2:00 p.m. Pt.
Updated List of Winners:
Feature (Award given to the producer)
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
- Variety Staff
The 30th Independent Spirit Awards was held in Santa Monica Saturday afternoon, and "Birdman" and "Boyhood" were the ceremony's big winners. Hosted by Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen, the more casual Oscar precursor honored the best in independent filmmaking from the past year. Only three films -- "12 Years a Slave," "Platoon," and "The Artist" -- have won best feature at the Spirits and gone on to nab the Best Picture Oscar. Time will tell if this year's Spirit winner will follow in their footsteps. Get a complete list of the nominees with the winners in bold, below:
"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" - Winner
David Zellner, "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter"
- Alana Altmann
You guys. How weird is this?! A lot of people may have thought that they were lucky enough to run into funnywoman Maya Rudolph while enjoying the wonderful designs shown at New York Fashion Week, but they were fooled. The Saturday Night Live alum was not present for the event—but her long lost twin was! Ok, obviously it's not her actual twin, but she might as well be, because the resemblance is absolutely eerie. Maya's look-alike sat front row at a Mark & Estel fashion show last week, and people instantly assumed it was the actress. And apparently, the mystery woman didn't go out of her way to let people know she wasn't Rudolph. "Photographers were yelling 'Maya,' and »
Martin Short and Jimmy Fallon exchanged hilariously fake tales about actor Bill Paxton on Thursday night during a Tonight Show round of "Word Sneak." The game's objective is simple: work a series of random words and phrases into a conversation "as casually and as seamlessly as possible" – and in this case, it led to an extended back-and-forth on Paxton's back hair and public drunkenness.
In the above clip, Fallon opens by asking Short what it's like working on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick in It's Only a Play. Short sneaks in »
Click on the image below to watch the video. With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who’s catapulted into the midst of a dangerous plot and must transform his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and a diverse group of friends into a band of high-tech heroes. The voice cast of Big Hero 6 includes Ryan Potter, T.J. Miller, Maya Rudolph, and Jamie Chung, and the movie is currently set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 24th in the Us. »
We will never be able to forget the iconic bathroom scene in "Bridesmaids." In fact, the infamous (and disgusting!) scene in which Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper all come down with food poisoning after eating at a Brazilian steakhouse, wasn't part of the original script at all. Now, we're getting an inside look at what really went down on the set that day from the film's Oscar-nominated cinematographer, Robert Yeoman. "They brought those pages in and said, 'This is what we’re going to do,' and I remember at the time being a little horrified by the whole thing and thinking, 'Oh my gosh, how are we going to do this?'" he told HuffPost Entertainment. "It’s not my style of humor, really, and I just wasn’t sure how this was all going to be pulled off. But Paul »
- tooFab Staff
Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Gilbert Gottfried, Maya Rudolph and Sarah Silverman are joining Jon Stewart for his annual Comedy Central autism benefit, “Night of Too Many Stars” Meanwhile, Fred Armisen, Andy Cohen, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, and Susan Sarandon have been added to the celebrity roster to man the phone banks during the March 8 live telecast telethon. The show itself will tape on Feb. 28. Previously announced performers for the taping include Bill Burr, Louis C.K., John Oliver, Paul Rudd and Amy Schumer, and celebrities manning the phone banks during the live fundraising event also include Larry David, Martin Short and Larry. »
- Tony Maglio
And we have forty years to look at. As you might have seen, SNL is turning forty this weekend, and what better way to celebrate than to get the whole gang back together and make it a night that will go down in the history books? Anyone who’s anyone is going to the reunion (well, that is anyone besides Eddie Murphy of course) and it’s sure to bring back everything that made the show what it is today.
So here we look at some of the best sketches that has ever graced our eyes thanks to Lorne Michael’s marvelous show filler for Johnny Carson. (That’s right- the whole reason the show exists is because Carson wanted »
- Catherina Gioino
Cindy Crawford stuns in her non-retouched Marie Claire spread. [Cosmopolitan]
Cindy Crawford’s April spread in Marie Claire features 100% non-retouched photos. Take a bow Ms. C. pic.twitter.com/ttQz2BcRfg
— Charlene White (@CharleneWhite) February 13, 2015
Dakota Johnson hilariously turned the tables on David Letterman, reminding him of the time her mom, Melanie Griffith, brought him handcuffs. [Elle] Alex Rodriguez wrote a handwritten apology letter to his fans. [NY Post] Sources say Maya Rudolph got a letter of praise from Beyoncé after her amazing SNL 40 impression. [Naughty Gossip] Disabled models inspire us by rocking the runway in wheelchairs during Nyfw. [Us Weekly] Did George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin install a panic room in their home? [Us Weekly] HBO renews John Oliver‘s show Last Week Tonight through 2017. [Variety] Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy have been inseparable since they got married, »
- Taylor Ferber
While plenty of alumni returned for the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special, one of the more notable appearances was from Ellen Cleghorne, who was a cast member from 1991 to 1995. The comedian, who has spent the past seven years earning her PhD at Nyu’s Tisch School of the Arts, has largely been out of the public eye aside from a brief appearance in 2013’s Grown Ups 2.
Watch: The 9 Greatest Segments from 'SNL 40'
Yet, when Jerry Seinfeld hosted a Q&A with the audience on Sunday night, Cleghorne was there to ask a pre-scripted question about the lack of diversity on the show or, rather, in general.
While the whole bit was met with mixed reviews, Cleghorne says she was game to do it. “[SNL producer] Michael Shoemaker has always been a friend and he explained to me what the tone should be,” she tells VH1, “so it was like old times and I really, really »
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