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Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed the following about this year's nominations: There are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne, Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Rosamund Pike, J.K. Simmons, Emma Stone, and Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, and Morten Tyldum. Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan's La Vie en Rose »
- Steve Montgomery
New York - Monday night's announcement that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios had come to an agreement to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (aka the "Avengers" Universe) set Hollywood and movie fans into a tizzy over the possibilities. Spider-Man had been, effectively, on his own island since Sony controlled the big screen rights to the Web Slinger. Now, he can join his fellow "Avengers" in whatever cinematic adventures that might bring. What many fans might not realize is that Spider-Man has only been an Avenger in the Marvel Comic Book Universe for about 10 years. Moreover, Spidey wasn't the only big name to join these "new" Avengers at the time. The Avengers also brought a major mutant force, Wolverine, into the fold. Everyone's favorite "X-Men" member is part of a third Marvel Mutant Universe controlled by 20th Century Fox. The chances of Fox making a deal with Marvel Studios »
- Gregory Ellwood
Over the past decade, the BAFTAs have become an increasingly accurate barometer for the eventual Oscar winners, with the last six Best Picture winners in a row being pre-empted by an identical BAFTA winner.
But there have been several memorable – and telling – instances in which the two awards bodies have diverged, and often not for the obvious cultural reasons you expect.
It's easy enough to see, for example, why Four Weddings and a Funeral took the top prize at 1995's BAFTAs while Forrest Gump triumphed across the pond, and ditto The Full Monty over Titanic three years later. But the explanation isn't always so clear, and the discrepancy often highlights intriguing differences between Academy and BAFTA members' sensibilities.
Digital Spy looks back on six notable times BAFTA diverged from the Academy path, either for better or for worse.
1. Brokeback Mountain wins Best Film (2006)
Almost a decade on, this still stands as BAFTA's crowning achievement. »
J.M.W. Turner biopic "Mr. Turner" has been praised for its recreation of the world Turner's world manner that only director Mike Leigh could pull off. And of course instrumental in fabricating that universe was costume designer Jacqueline Durran and production designer Suzie Davies, each of them Oscar-nominated for their work on the film. A common starting place was trying to envision the world of an individual so famous, but whose actual appearance is not very well known. "We had a researcher, an academic, who researched every known piece of information about Turner before we started," Durran says. "There aren’t that many portraits of him — about 10 — and she put those together and found books that were most succinct. We didn't have a script [because Leigh eschews the norm in this regard], so we knew a lot would depend on the relationship between Mike and the actor and how they chose to approach Turner." Davies started with Turner’s art work, »
- Gerard Kennedy
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies On Demand. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and past winners On Demand. Today's selection is 'Gone Girl." This interview originally ran in October.] If you were one of the many who didn't know Rosamund Pike by name last year, chances are you probably do now. As the titular "Gone Girl" in David Fincher's chilling adaptation of Gillian Flynn's hit novel (Flynn also penned the script), Pike has been everywhere promoting the film and wowing everyone who made the thriller the top film of the weekend's box office in the Us. The 35-year-old Brit made her onscreen debut as a Bond girl in 2002's "Die Another Day," and has since gone on to appear in a number of high profile films including Joe Wright's "Pride & Prejudice," "Wrath of the Titans" and the Tom Cruise vehicle "Jack Reacher." Despite all this activity, a plum leading role has evaded the »
- Nigel M Smith
Hugh Jackman is set to mentor Taron Egerton in an upcoming movie about Olympic skier Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards that will be produced by Egerton’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” director Matthew Vaughn, TheWrap has learned.
Dexter Fletcher is directing the untitled movie, in which Jackman will co-star as Chuck Berghorn, a ski expert who helped a down-on-his-luck Edwards train for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
While Edwards placed last in the 70m and 90m ski-jumping events, he was hailed as a heroic failure, as he was »
- Jeff Sneider
Well here's something you don't see too often. Just two months out from a planned March release, Warner Bros. has moved Ron Howard's "In the Heart of the Sea" all the way to Dec. 11, 2015. Let's all make the silly pun together: that's right in the heart of the Oscar season. The studio has a couple of options to play with on the prestige side next year. There's Joe Wright's "Pan" in the summer. There's Scott Cooper's Whitey Bulger biopic "Black Mass," though that's lingering in a weird September corridor at the moment. There's "The Intern" from Nancy Meyers in November and then there's one of the most anticipated films of the year for me, Jeff Nichols' "Midnight Special," also in November. So there isn't a whole lot to play with for awards, I guess. Or a lot of question marks, anyway. So this is either faith »
- Kristopher Tapley
While we're waiting to see what Hugh Jackman does as the pirate villain of Neverland in this summer's release of Joe Wright's Pan, it looks like he'll take a break from fantasy and comic book blockbusters for an Olympic skiing drama. Baz Bamigboye, the master scooper of James Bond news, has word that Jackman will star in an untitled film about Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, an Olympic ski jumper who competed in the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, and achieved sports glory despite coming in dead last in his two events. Jackman will play Chuck Berghorn, a ski expert from Lake Placid who helped Edwards train for the games. In addition, young Kingsman: The Secret Service star Taron Egerton is taking the role of the Oympian himself. Egerton beat out actors like George MacKay, Jamie Bell and Daniel Kaluuya for the role after he partook in what was reportedly described »
- Ethan Anderton
8 items from 2015
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