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George Lucas slams Oscars for snubbing David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay – “Selma”

18 January 2015 10:10 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

“The thing about the Academy is it’s a political campaign. It has nothing to do with artistic endeavor at all,” said George Lucas on “CBS This Morning” after the highly publicized Oscar snubs of “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo. Below Listen To George Lucas Interview: Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards Performance by an actor in a leading role Steve Carell in “FoxcatcherBradley Cooper in “American SniperBenedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation GameMichael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything” Performance by an actor in a supporting role Robert Duvall in “The JudgeEthan Hawke in “BoyhoodEdward Norton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Mark Ruffalo in “FoxcatcherJ.K. Simmons in “Whiplash” Performance by an actress in a leading role Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night” Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything »

- Josh Abraham

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Tim's Toons: The newly wide-open animation race

15 January 2015 6:30 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tim here. As you’ve probably heard, unless this is literally the first thing you’ve read on the internet all day, the Best Animated Feature category at the Oscars got thrown for a loop when the prohibitive frontrunner, The Lego Movie, was unexpectedly denied a nomination. In the blink of an eye, one of the most boring races suddenly turned into the most unpredictable of all 24.

So why don’t we start hacking away at the five titles, and see what we can make of them, now that we’ve suddenly got some excitement on our hands?

Big Hero 6

Directors: Don Hall (1st nomination), Chris Williams (2nd nomination)

Studio: Walt Disney Animation (8th nomination)

Nathaniel kind of liked it, I kind of liked it a bit less. Which mostly describes the reception that the film has received from everybody: nobody much dislikes the genial adventure-comedy about a boy and his charmingly soft robot, »

- Tim Brayton

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Oscar Toon War? ‘Lego Movie’ Bricks Nomination, Rivals Spring Into Action

15 January 2015 12:28 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Although there were more than the usual number of snubs and surprises in this morning’s Oscar nominations, easily the most animated cries of shock came in, well, the Animated Feature category.

If ever there was a sure thing going into today’s nominations, it was that Warner Bros’ blockbuster toon The Lego Movie not only would be nominated but was the presumed front -runner for the win. It’s a real shame for talented director-writers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, who also got screwed by the Academy animation voters when they were overlooked for 2009’s Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. But this snub was bigger, Huge.

This is not a tragedy. Congrats to incredible crew and cast of The Lego Movie, who made a classic.

— philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015

Shockwaves not only hit the room but among those working on rival films — the ones that did get nominated. »

- Pete Hammond

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6 Silver Linings to This Year’s Oscar Nominations

15 January 2015 12:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For those of us who follow the Oscars year after year with an unhealthy degree of investment, born of the always-fragile and ill-advised hope that the Academy might actually get a few things right, this is not a particularly happy morning. It’s not always the case that one of the year’s best movies also happens to be one of its most historically, culturally and politically significant, and almost never is that movie directed by a black woman — an achievement that would matter little were “Selma” not so thoroughly deserving on its own merits.

Whether you chalk it up to racism, sexism, a popularity-contest mentality, excessive screener reliance, a highly selective backlash over perceived historical inaccuracies, or some toxic combination of all five, the Academy’s disregard for Ava DuVernay’s exceptional film is appalling, if not exactly unexpected in light of the film’s across-the-board shutout by the major guilds. »

- Justin Chang

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And the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards are

15 January 2015 10:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has today announced the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards, with Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel leading the pack with nine nods apiece, followed by The Imitation Game with eight.

The two films will contest Best Picture against American Sniper, Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash, while Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman) and Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) are also up for Best Director alongside Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) and Richard Linklater (Boyhood).

British stars Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game) all feature in the acting categories, while Meryl Streep racked up her nineteenth nomination, this time for Best Supporting Actress for Into the Woods.

Here’s a full list of the nominations… »

- Gary Collinson

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Oscars 2015: nominees reactions

15 January 2015 9:45 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Eddie Redmayne tells of ‘once in a lifetime’ experience and Benedict Cumberbatch is knocked for six while Emma Stone finds the whole occasion ‘surreal’. Hear what the nominees had to say.Oscars 2015The Grand Budapest Hotel, Birdman lead chargeTimothy Spall, David Oyelowo among shutoutsNominations in fullNominees reactionsBest Film nominees in detail

Comment: Jeremy Kay reflects on who’s in and outGALLERIES: Films / ActorsVIDEO: Nominations announcement

The 87th annual Academy Awards will take place in Hollywood on February 22. This story will continue to update for several hours.

Motion Picture / Executives

“I am very happy for the whole Birdman flock because it took a lot of courage to make this film out of conventions. These nominations reflect the recognition of our colleagues as well as the members of the Academy. I am proud, thankful and humbled.”

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

“Thank you Academy for recognizing Birdman. Nine nominations is a huge feather in our cap. I am particularly »

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Oscar nominees: the reactions

15 January 2015 9:45 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Eddie Redmayne tells of ‘once in a lifetime’ experience and Benedict Cumberbatch is knocked for six while Emma Stone finds the whole occasion ‘surreal’. Hear what the nominees had to say.

The 87th annual Academy Awards will take place in Hollywood on February 22. This story will continue to update for several hours.

Motion Picture / Executives

“I am very happy for the whole Birdman flock because it took a lot of courage to make this film out of conventions. These nominations reflect the recognition of our colleagues as well as the members of the Academy. I am proud, thankful and humbled.”

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

“Thank you Academy for recognizing Birdman. Nine nominations is a huge feather in our cap. I am particularly proud of my friend Alejandro for his fearlessness and creativity and to our entire cast and crew for their unparalleled precision and excellence. Congratulations as well to our fellow nominees.”

John Lesher, [link »

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5 Reasons the Academy Overlooked ‘The Lego Movie’

15 January 2015 9:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s the morning that the Academy announces its Oscar nominations, and “The Lego Movie” is on the ballot. No surprise, right? Wrong. Thing is, “Lego” landed just one mention — in the song category for its infectious “Everything Is Awesome” anthem — but not in the animated feature category, where many were predicting that the toon blockbuster might win.

That oversight comes as a total shock to Oscar pundits — arguably the year’s biggest snub, alongside the fact that “Selma” placed in only two categories (for which theories abound). From the point of view of the animation community, however, there was always a risk, and here’s why.

1. Animation professionals pick the nominations.

At this stage in the Oscar race, it’s the die-hard animation pros who decide the noms. “The Lego Movie” may have been the year’s top animated movie in the public’s eye, earning more than $257 million »

- Peter Debruge

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87th Oscar Nominations – Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel Lead With Nine Each

15 January 2015 8:37 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Good Morning Oscar fans! Today is nomination day!

Wamg was in the thick of nomination morning fever at the home of the Oscars – the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. 

Prior to the announcement, A.M.P.A.S. and the show’s producing team, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, gave the press assembled in the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre a first look at the new Oscar promo featuring host Neil Patrick Harris, titled “Anything Can Happen,” and given what went down this morning, that’s certainly the case.

Let’s get right to the big shockers – No Lego Movie for Best Animated Feature or Life Itself in Best Documentary Feature.

Also missing among the presumed nominees were Ava DuVernay (Selma, directing), Clint Eastwood (American Sniper, directing), Jennifer Aniston (Cake, best actress), David Oyelowo (Selma, best actor), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, best actor), Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel, best actor), Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, »

- Movie Geeks

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The Nominations For The 87th Annual Academy Awards

15 January 2015 6:28 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just finished announcing their nominees for the 87th Annual Academy Awards, with Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel leading the way with nine nominations apiece, followed by The Imitation Game with eight. As usual, there were plenty of surprises to be found this morning, so let’s take a look at a few:

Selma ended up not making as grand a showing as many thought it would, nabbing only two nominations (Best Picture and Best Original Song). In a shocking turn of events, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl has been snubbed from Best Adapted Screenplay after being the leader throughout awards season, making it a wide-open category. Bennett Miller made a completely surprising appearance in Best Director for Foxcatcher, while Steve Carell managed to squeeze into the incredibly crowded Best Actor category. Bradley Cooper has also managed to sneak into Best Actor for American Sniper. »

- Jeff Beck

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Your Complete 2015 Oscar Nominations! "Birdman," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Triumph! "Selma" Virtually Ignored!

15 January 2015 6:02 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced this morning. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams and Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") announced the first 11 categories while Chris Pine ("Star Trek") and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs revealed the remaining 13 categories including Best Picture.

This was the first time the Academy announced all the categories live!

Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" and Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" got 9 nominations each. Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" was close with 8 nods while Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" and Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" each received 6 nominations.

Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," James Marsh's "The Theory of Everything," and Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" got 5 nominations each.

My biggest surprise? Ava DuVernay's "Selma" was virtually ignored except for a Best Picture nod and a Best Song nomination for John Legend and Common's "Glory."

Where's David Oyelowo who gave one »

- Manny

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Oscars 2015: nominations in full

15 January 2015 5:49 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Full list of nominations for the 87th Academy Awards.Oscars 2015The Grand Budapest Hotel, Birdman lead chargeTimothy Spall, David Oyelowo among shutoutsNominees reactionsBest Film nominees in detail

Comment: Jeremy Kay reflects on who’s in and outGALLERIES: Films / ActorsVIDEO: Nominations announcement2014 Nominations

(presented in 2015)Best motion picture of the year“American SniperClint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan, Producers“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers“BoyhoodRichard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, Producers“The Imitation GameNora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers“SelmaChristian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers“The Theory of EverythingTim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten, Producers“WhiplashJason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster, ProducersPerformance by an actor in a leading roleSteve Carell in “[link »

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Top Oscar Nominees

15 January 2015 5:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox Searchlight soared on Thursday at the 87th Academy Award nominations as two of its films, “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” led the field with nine nominations each.

Both movies were nominated for best picture and each film’s helmer, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu of “Birdman” and Wes Anderson, picked up best directing nods.

The Imitation Game” was close behind with eight mentions, including a nod for star Benedict Cumberbatch, while Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” and “Boyhood” had six nominations each.

Eight movies will compete for best picture this year including “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Selma.”

Eastwood and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, however, were snubbed in the directing category. “Selma” actor David Oyelowo was also left out of the best acting category, which included Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne.

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- Tim Gray

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2015 Oscar Nominations: 'Birdman' and 'Budapest Hotel' Take the Lead!

15 January 2015 5:41 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

After months of speculation and predictions, the nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards are here! Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead in nominations -- both receiving nine -- while American Sniper surprises with six nominations, leaving Selma being recognized in only two main categories. 

As expected, Boyhood took six nominations and The Imitation Game landed a whopping eight. Meanwhile, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash and Foxcatcher all have five nominations each.

During a live announcement by Chris Pine, Academy president Cheryl Boone and directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams on Wednesday, the potential winners were revealed to the public.

Video: The Best and Worst Dressed at the 2014 Oscars

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Check out the complete list of nominees, below:

Best motion picture of the year

American Sniper

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Boyhood

• The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Steve Carell in [link »

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Oscar Nominations: The Complete List

15 January 2015 5:39 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Neil Patrick Harris hosting ceremony on February 22, 2015

Best Picture

“Amerian Sniper” – Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan

Birdman” – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood” – Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson

The Imitation Game” – Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman

Selma” – Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner

The Theory of Everything” – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten

Whiplash” – Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster

Best Actor

Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch, »

- Linda Ge

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Oscar Nominations 2015: Full List

15 January 2015 5:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards have been announced. See below an updated list of the nominees:

Best Picture

American SniperClint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan, Producers

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers

BoyhoodRichard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, Producers

The Imitation GameNora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers

SelmaChristian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

The Theory of EverythingTim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten, Producers

WhiplashJason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster, Producers

Actor

Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything

Supporting »

- Variety Staff

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Gkids Acquires Studio Ghibli's 'When Marnie Was There'

14 January 2015 11:06 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

U.S. animated film distributor Gkids has reached yet another deal with Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli -- this time to handle the North American distribution of "When Marnie Was There." Based on Joan G. Robinson's children's novel of the same name, "When Marnie Was There" is a story about friendship with elements of the fantastic woven into it. Currently, Gkids is in the midst of running an awards campaign around the 2014 Studio Ghibli film "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya." The company also has the film "Song of the Sea" in theaters. Read More: Isao Takahata's 'The Tale of Princess Kaguya' Takes Top Prize at Fantastic Fest »

- Shipra Gupta

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Birdman leads Women Film Journalists nominees

9 January 2015 2:15 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the nominees for its eighth-annual Eda Awards.

Birdman leads the pack with 10 nominations. Boyhood and Gone Girl got five each and The Grand Budapest Hotel four.

In the best film category, the nominees are Boyhood, Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Only Lovers Left Alive and Selma.

The nominees for the Female Icon of the Year, to honour a woman whose work in film and/or in life made a difference, are Selma director Ava DuVernay, Unbroken director Angelina Jolie and Citizenfour director Laura Poitras.

The full list of nominees is below, in categories for both men and women, and some women-only awards as well.

Awfj Best Of Awards (presented to men and women)

Best Film

Boyhood

Birdman

Grand Budapest Hotel

Only Lovers Left Alive

Selma

Best Director

Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ava DuVernay for Selma

Alejandro G Inarritu for Birdman

Jim Jarmusch for Only Lovers Left Alive

[link »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Notebook's 7th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2014

5 January 2015 10:08 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?

Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.

All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »

- Notebook

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