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'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' poster. With Daniel Radcliffe. Rupert Grint. Emma Watson. 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' quiz question: Does state-of-the-art CGI equal movie magic? (Oscar Movie Series) Alfonso Cuarón seems like an odd choice for director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third installment in the Harry Potter movie series. That is, if one thinks only of Cuarón's pre-Harry Potter sleeper hit, the François Truffaut-esque Y tu mamá también, while ignoring two of his earlier efforts, the critically acclaimed A Little Princess and the moderately respected Great Expectations. This time around, working with a reported $130 million budget (approx. $163 million in 2015), state-of-the-art special effects, and the Harry Potter franchise, Cuarón surely could do no wrong. At the box office, that is. For although Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is stylistically superior to Chris Columbus' previous work in the series, »
- Andre Soares
All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. When I picked this year, it was under the mistaken assumption that we were writing on the best film of a year, and not the best film year in general. But having realized the mistake, I stand by my choice. 1995 is still the best! Straight up: 1995 wins, because Todd Haynes’s “[Safe]" is still my favorite film to have come out since, Idk, I’ve been alive. It’s deeply self-conscious about genre, while still managing to not really resemble anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect film about L.A.; about how space is mobilized in cinema; about the environment; about Gothic horror; about white femininity; about film bodies; about falling in love in the movies. It’s Todd Motherf*#@$^ Haynes’s best film. »
- Jane Hu
The album features original music by Patrick Doyle (“Brave,” “Thor”) marking the eleventh time Doyle has teamed with director Kenneth Branagh. The score was recorded at Air Lyndhurst Studio in London, and was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Shearman and produced by Maggie Rodford. The film arrives in theaters on March 13, 2015.
Patrick Doyle’s long-time creative collaboration with Branagh began in 1989 with “Henry V.” The film’s song ‘Non Nobis Domine’ was awarded the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme. In 1991, they re-teamed for “Dead Again,” which earned Doyle a Golden Globe-nomination. Subsequent collaborations include “Frankenstein,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “As You Like It,” “Hamlet” (for which Doyle received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score), “Sleuth,” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.”
- Michelle McCue
As 28 of our 29 Oscar Experts predicted, Asc guild champ Emmanuel Lubezki won Best Cinematography Sunday night. His work on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman" involved lengthy and complicated "one take" shots throughout the film. -Break- This project brought Lubezki a second straight Academy Award after a win last year for "Gravity." That marked his first Oscar win after five losses for "A Little Princess" (1995), "Sleepy Hollow" (1999), "The New World" (2005), "Children of Men" (2006), and "The Tree of Life" (2011). This film was also predicted by all seven of our Editors, 22 of our Top 24 Users, and 85% of our overall Users. The lone hold-out among our Oscarologists was Mike Cidoni (Associated Press) who backed the bid by rookie nominees Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal for "Ida." Last year, they won the inaugural Spotligh...' »
We've been watching the Oscars for 86 years now, which means we've had 86 years of upsets. People who should have won Oscars and didn't, but most upsetting: things that should've won Oscars that didn't. People can get a second chance to win, while the cinematography from A Little Princess never will. Can you recall which things have won and which have not? Prove your Oscars know-how and take our quiz below. »
- Lindsey Weber,Sarah Ruddy
Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today that actor Chris Pine, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, on Thursday, January 15, will announce the nominations in all 24 Oscar categories at a special two-part live news conference.
Wamg will again be there for the announcement and will be reporting from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
“Each of the three years we’ve produced the show, we have attempted to refresh elements of the process and the telecast,” said Zadan and Meron. “This year, we’re honored to start a new tradition that celebrates the contributions of all the nominees by announcing all 24 categories. We’re thrilled that a distinguished actor and two world-class film directors are part of the initial launch.”
At 5:30 a.m. Pt, Cuarón and Abrams will announce the nominees in the following categories: Animated Feature Film, »
- Michelle McCue
6 items from 2015
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