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When people are asked what Best Picture Oscar races resulted in the wrong film winning over another, two in the past twenty years immediately come to mind. The first was in 1999 when "Shakespeare in Love" beat "Saving Private Ryan" for the gong.
The second and arguably more incredulous though was 2006 when Paul Haggis' racial drama "Crash" beat out Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" for the honor. On the tenth anniversary of the film's release, Lee and producer James Schamus talked to Variety about the making of the film and Schamus explained how he thinks the loss simply came down to the Academy playing it safe:
"You could sense the lack of excitement in Hollywood after the 847th trophy was picked up, and I could tell that a lot of folks felt there was a safe political narrative (with 'Crash'). The day the Oscar ballots closed, I gathered everyone at the »
- Garth Franklin
Producer-director Andrey Silvestrov’s The Ice Hole was named the winner of the first Screen International Best Pitch Award at the Moscow Business Square (Mbs).
The €400,000 comedy by Silvestrov’s new company Cooperation Propub is based on characters who are typical to the modern world: an artist, an oligarch, the Russian president and an alcoholic.
The ironic and tragic view of modern Russia also received an award sponsored by the Russian company Cosmosfilm.
In addition, the Finnish post-production house Post Control offered production services as a prize to Elizaveta Stishova’s Suleiman Mountain by Trikita Entertainment, which is being developed as part of the B’Est training programme.
The Mgap entertainment legal practice donated a prize of legal advice to the documentary project Baubxy about the Bauhaus and Vkhutemas movements by Sergei Shanovich.
Valeriy Polienko’s 1990s-set drama Kosa was selected by the Russian crowdfunding platform Planeta.ru to receive professional advice on its production.
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The film about a little girl who can turn into a seal was Oscar nominated earlier this year, missing out to Big Hero 6.
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London — Children’s animated feature “Song of the Sea” won the top film prize at the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards for Film and Drama, which took place at the Mansion House in Dublin on Sunday.
“Frank” picked up several awards, including director for Lenny Abrahamson, and supporting actor for Domhnall Gleeson. “Patrick’s Day” also picked up multiple prizes, including actor for Moe Dunford and script for Terry McMahon.
Best international film was “Boyhood,” the international actor award went to Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything,” and the international actress honor went to Julianne Moore for “Still Alice.”
- Leo Barraclough
The Irish Film & Television Academy is to honour director-writer-producer Jim Sheridan with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th annual Ifta Awards on May 24.
Ifta CEO Áine Moriarty said Sheridan “is a master storyteller, bold and brilliant, whose skill and vision continues to inspire so many”. She also praised his “constant support and nurturing of Irish creative talent - part of his ongoing legacy”.
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Johanna Bennett’s and Mandy Ward’s third annual celebration of first time filmmakers concluded on March 9 with a tribute to no one other than Harvey Weinstein. The festival, one that puts forth newly formed filmmakers with the audience they deserve, makes sure that all aspects of filmmaking are met and that the aspiring filmmakers know what to do with their next film. Weinstein, of the famed The Weinstein Company, along with his brother Bob, has shown himself over the years to have supported first time filmmakers when no one else would. And his trust in these filmmakers have only proven themselves to be some of today’s best directors, writers, actors, and more.
In many ways, Weinstein’s support of such filmmakers has created them. Quentin Tarantino would not be a household name had Weinstein not decided to produce Reservoir Dogs, the same goes for Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, »
- Catherina Gioino
What will March bring to Netflix? Plenty of great TV shows, some killer recent and classic movies, and a slew of highly anticipated Netflix Originals.
First off, there's more amazing TV coming to Netflix in March than we've seen in the past six, with new seasons of "Mad Men," "Glee," and "Archer" coming to the streaming service. What's more? The complete series of "3rd Rock From the Sun" (Yes!) and "A Different World" are also being added. For the latter, I plan on queueing up some "very special episodes" that remind me of my childhood. Also, Marisa Tomei was on it. Remember?! In addition to the shows you know, some spankin' new Netflix Originals are being added: Tina Fey's half-hour comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," starring "The Office's" Ellie Kemper, and "Bloodline," a dramatic thriller starring Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek.
In terms of movies, Netflix is not disappointing. Recent releases »
- Tim Hayne
There's only one rule as far as the kinds of performance that get nominated for Oscars go: Someone has already been nominated for a role just like it. While it was thrilling to watch Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Patricia Arquette, and Jk Simmons pick up expected Oscars for their work this year, it cannot be denied that many of their roles have obvious Oscar forebears. Here are four performances you should watch next if you loved "Still Alice," "The Theory of Everything," "Boyhood," and "Whiplash." If you liked Julianne Moore in "Still Alice," watch Bette Davis in "Dark Victory" Julianne Moore copes with the inevitability of a devastating condition in "Still Alice," and her decline is both grim and undeniably cinematic. Her emotional and physical transformations serve as the movie's entire plot, and her family's shifting response to her progressing Alzheimer's is just as compelling. In Oscar history, we actually »
- Louis Virtel
With the 2015 Oscars almost here, Moviefone will be releasing a set of staff predictions each day this week (in countdown fashion) for the four major categories. We kicked it off yesterday with Best Actress, and now turn our attention to a hotly-contested race: Best Actor.
We've already given you the beat on the 2015 Oscars race, so now let's break down our favorites to win the award. Here, we've listed the actors we expect to win, and then, more importantly, who we think should win.
Who Will Win: Eddie Redmayne. The actor's transformative performance as physics genius Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything" is, perhaps, the most talked about of the year, and it's already earned him a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. The only person who could possibly upset the race at this point is Bradley Cooper, whose performance in "American Sniper" has been celebrated »
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We weren't kidding back in December when we wrote about how this year's Best Actor pool may have been the greatest ever. Two months later, and we seemingly have the tightest race in this category in at least 12 years. And let's put an emphasis on "seemingly." From a pundit, industry and Oscar fan perspective, it appears as though three of the five nominees have a legitimate shot to celebrate on Oscar Sunday. First up is "The Theory of Everything's" Eddie Redmayne. The 33-year-old Brit has already won a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and, as expected, the BAFTA Award in this category for his incredible portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the popular biopic. Redmayne's main competition for most of awards season has been "Birdman's" Michael Keaton. The veteran actor was the apple of critics groups' eyes, earning honors from the National Board of Review and, by our count, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Exclusive: Golden Globe winner to star in and produce drama sold by High Point.
Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) is to star in and produce UK drama Starfish about a husband and wife whose love is tested to its limits by the impact of a rare and devastating disease.
UK sales outfit High Point will be talking to buyers about the project – due for an August 2015 shoot – at the Efm.
The film is written and to be directed by Bill Clark (The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey) and produced by Pippa Cross (My Left Foot) for Crossday Productions, Mel Paton for Origami Films and casting director Ros Hubbard (The Hobbit) for What’s the Story.
Cross commented: “This year has seen how deeply stories of personal struggles against the odds can resonate. And it is not just stories about people in the public eye that capture our imagination and heart, sometimes the pain »
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Since establishing The Weinstein Company from the ashes of his Miramax brand in 2005, Harvey Weinstein has continued to use the awards season to the benefit of his film releases. It was bumpy going at first with failed attempts like "Bobby" and "The Great Debaters," but with 2008's "The Reader," things finally started to pick back up. Eight Best Picture nominations and two back-to-back wins later, he's out in front with another project right in his wheelhouse: "The Imitation Game." The Alan Turing biopic, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, landed eight Oscar nominations in January and has grossed $134 million worldwide. And it's adding theaters still, using the fuel of the circuit to stoke the fire at the box office. Meanwhile, Weinstein has turned up the heat on the campaign surrounding the film, calling for recognition of issues inherent in the material, as he's done with everything from "Silver Linings Playbook »
- Kristopher Tapley
You can't miss the parallels between Eddie Redmayne's performance in "The Theory of Everything" and Daniel Day-Lewis's Oscar-winning turn in "My Left Foot" in 1989. It's been in the back of my mind for a while, but seems especially relevant after Redmayne's surprise win at the SAG Awards. -Break- Redmayne and Day-Lewis are both British actors (the Oscars love those). And like Redmayne, Day-Lewis played a real person (Oscars love those too) and underwent a drastic physical transformation to portray a physical disability (Oscars jackpot). While Redmayne plays Als-afflicted scientist Stephen Hawking, who physically deteriorates until he is confined to a wheelchair and cannot speak, Day-Lewis portrayed Christy Brown, an artist with cerebral palsy who could only control his left foot. Oscars battle for Best Actor: Michael Keaton vs. Eddie Redmayne Sure, Redmayne is a youthful pretty boy in an Oscar categ...' »
Pioneering woman director Lois Weber socially conscious drama 'Shoes' among Library of Congress' Packard Theater movies (photo: Mary MacLaren in 'Shoes') In February 2015, National Film Registry titles will be showcased at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater – aka the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation – in Culpeper, Virginia. These range from pioneering woman director Lois Weber's socially conscious 1916 drama Shoes to Robert Zemeckis' 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future. Another Packard Theater highlight next month is Sam Peckinpah's ultra-violent Western The Wild Bunch (1969), starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine. Also, Howard Hawks' "anti-High Noon" Western Rio Bravo (1959), toplining John Wayne and Dean Martin. And George Cukor's costly remake of A Star Is Born (1954), featuring Academy Award nominees Judy Garland and James Mason in the old Janet Gaynor and Fredric March roles. There's more: Jeff Bridges delivers a colorful performance in »
- Andre Soares
By Anjelica Oswald
With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.
Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.
For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and »
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The nominees for the 87th Academy Awards were announced this morning live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills in a two-part announcement. Joining some Oscar veterans, such as Meryl Streep, Marion Cotillard and Wes Anderson, are a number of first-time Oscar nominees. Of the five nominees for actor in a lead role, only Bradley Cooper has been nominated before. Two actresses in a lead role and two actresses in a supporting role are newcomers and one director and one supporting actor have never been nominated before. First-time Oscar nominees include:
Morten Tyldum — Achievement in directing
The Norwegian filmmaker who helmed The Imitation Game earned a spot in the top five for best director. He was also nominated for a Hollywood Film Award. The film received eight nominations, including best picture. His film was also recognized by the Human Rights Campaign “for bringing the »
- Anjelica Oswald
Before the stars swarm the Beverly Hills Hotel for Sunday's 72nd Annual [Link "http://www.people.com/people/news/category/0,,MediaAwardsEventsTax:GoldenGlobes,00.html" "Golden Globe Awards"] (airing at 8 p.m. Et on NBC), People selects the films, TV series and performances that are most likely to make it up to the podium.[Bold "Movies"] Drama: Boyhood Richard Linklater's naturalistic take on parents, kids and the inevitable march of time is elegantly universal. Lead actor, drama: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything Eddie Redmayne's inspirational work as Als-stricken physicist Stephen Hawking has earned comparisons with Daniel Day-Lewis's Oscar-winning turn in My Left Foot. Lead actress, drama: Julianne Moore, Still Alice Devastating as a college »
In light of his recent titles, it’s hard to forget that Jim Sheridan started out with My Left Foot back in 1989, and went on to work with Daniel Day-Lewis in two more superb roles. In 2004, Sheridan saw a resurgence with the success of In America, but a string of intriguing choices afterwards all seemed to fail, including the 50 cent headlined Get Rich or Die Tryin’, an unwise remake of Susanne Bier’s Brothers, and a supernatural thriller that was subjected to studio interference, Dream House. We’re thinking The Secret Scripture, based on the novel by Sebastian Barry and set to film in Ireland, will be a comeback worth anticipating, as it features a strong cast led by Rooney Mara. The film’s focus is a woman and her diary during an extended stay at a mental hospital. »
- Nicholas Bell
18 items from 2015
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