The Oscars are so close we can almost taste it!
With less than a week before the big night, it's time to look back and reexamine the most noteworthy films of 2013. In countdown fashion, Moviefone will be releasing a set of staff predictions each day this week for the six major categories -- kicking it off today with Best Picture.
We've already given you the beat on the Best Picture nominees, so now let's break down our favorites to win the award. Here, we've listed the movies we expect to win, and then, more importantly, which ones we think should win.
What Will Win: "12 Years a Slave." At this point, pretty much everyone on the face of the planet thinks it's a toss up between "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity," but my pick for the likely winner is "12 Years a Slave." It's a beautifully moving, expertly acted movie, »
- Moviefone Staff
In decades of tracking the Academy Awards, I honestly can’t recall any category, in any year, when a race was as fiercely, thrillingly white-hot competitive as this year’s Best Actor race. Just think about it: Not one, not two, not three, but four of the nominees each stands a very real chance of winning. Consider each scenario, and you’ll realize it’s true. When Jennifer Lawrence gets up to present the Best Actor award and tears open that envelope, if she ends up saying, “And the Oscar goes to…Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave,” it will not be a shock, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Maria von Trapp dead at 99: ‘The Sound of Music’ character played by Heather Menzies was last surviving member of the singing von Trapp family (photo: The singing von Trapp family) Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member of the singing von Trapp family portrayed in The Sound of Music, died in her sleep at her Vermont home on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Baron Georg von Trapp’s second-eldest daughter, Maria Franziska (born in Zell am See, Salzburg, Austria, in 1914) was 99. Heather Menzies played Baron von Trapp’s second-eldest daughter, renamed Louisa von Trapp, in 20th Century Fox’s 1965 blockbuster directed by Robert Wise, and starring Julie Andrews as singing nun-to-be Maria Kutschera (later Baroness Maria von Trapp) and Christopher Plummer as the Baron. (See Heather Menzies, Charmian Carr, Kym Karath, and Angela Cartwright at 2008 event.) Financially ruined during the Great Depression, Baron von Trapp and his family began performing as a »
- Andre Soares
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Bruce Wayne/Batman – Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy
Patrick Bateman – American Psycho
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: If he plays an American character, he will use an American accent in all the interviews related to the film. He says he does this so the audience isn't confused
Previously Best Known For:
Freeman Lowell – Silent Running
Asa Watts – The Cowboys
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
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In an interview with CBS, the 39-year-old actor stated that people might think that he has a reaction to that film but the reality is, he is extremely proud of it and the movie really made him in control of his career, Us Magazine reported.
He also said that, back then, he had not wanted to win an Oscar for his role of Jack Dawson, as he was paralyzed with fear that he'd have to go up on the stage to actually get up on the stage because someone had told him that the show was viewed by a billion people. (Ani) »
- Shiva Prakash
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! Back when it was simply named Best Sound (and when its sister award, Best Sound Editing, had only three nominees), Best Sound Mixing was seen as the more prestigious of the two prizes -- though still, many people are unsure as to what the difference between them is. By usually compiling heavily overlapping fields, the Academy rarely helps to establish the distinction, and so it is this year: four of this year's Best Sound Mixing nominees are also up for Best Sound Editing, and in another Academy tradition, they're all action fare of some sort. The fifth is a music-based film, though »
- Guy Lodge
Los Angeles, Feb 22: After a movie career spanning over two decades, actor Leonardo DiCaprio says he wants to act in a stage play.
The 39-year-old is already looking at scripts for both classic and new productions.
"I have thought about theatre on and off over they years but other things keep getting in the way. Maybe now's the time," dailymail.co.uk quoted DiCaprio as saying.
The "Titanic" star has been nominated for a number of awards for his work over the past year, but he wants to wait until after awards season before he explores theatre work further.
"I'm going to get all of this - the awards. »
- Shiva Prakash
The actor admitted on CBS This Morning that he was initially skeptical of parodying the movie.
"But then I said, 'You know what? This is actually pretty damn funny. Let's do this'," he added.
DiCaprio added that he is still amazed by the impact that Titanic has had on his life.
"You know, it's been such a long time, but it was such a huge part of my life," he said. "And people maybe think I have a reaction to that - to that film.
"But the truth is, I'm incredibly proud of it. And not only that, the movie has really made me be in control of my career. »
Don't worry, Jack Dawson lovers! Leonardo DiCaprio has only good things to say about his 1997 blockbuster hit Titanic. In an interview with CBS This Morning, the actor revealed he's "proud" of the film that made him a household name -- contrary to what fans may have assumed as schmaltzy or overblown from the actor's perspective. "You know, it's been such a long time, but it was such, you know, a huge part of my life," DiCaprio, 39, told CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King. "And people [...] »
Until Titanic was released to record-breaking box office and a slew of awards, director James Cameron was known for straight-up action movies. Titanic is still an action movie; it just happens to have a cheesy love story in the middle, and its epic sweep and central tragedy connected with audiences. Two lesser directors attempted to repeat this formula, but with far less success. Michael Bay attempted it in 2001 with Pearl Harbor and now Paul W.S. Anderson, the director behind Mortal Kombat, Alien vs. Predator, and multiple Resident Evil movies, has tried with Pompeii, a movie that not only apes Titanic, but also Gladiator. Anderson may recognize the formula and have more weapons of destruction at his disposal, but he neither has the skill or the originality to move Pompeii out of the shadow of giants. In 79 A.D., a volcano erupted near Pompeii, wiping out all the inhabitants, but the »
- Matt Goldberg
Remember that time when Leonardo DiCaprio starred in that one movie about that one boat? Titanic, it might have been called? Just kidding. We know it’s Titanic because we’ve watched it a million times, and DiCaprio appreciates that.
The Wolf of Wall Street star and Oscar nominee went on CBS This Morning to talk to Gayle King, and the subject of his breakthrough movie came up. “You know, it’s been such a long time, but it was such a huge part of my life,” he said. “And people maybe think I have a reaction to that, to that film, »
- Ariana Bacle
Leonardo DiCaprio recently re-enacted a memorable scene from Titanic with his Wolf of Wall Street co-star Jonah Hill when the latter hosted Saturday Night Live. The bit was suggested right on stage, DiCaprio tells CBS This Morning, and while he was skeptical at first, he ultimately relented. "But then I said, 'You know what? This is actually pretty damn funny. Let's do this,'' he says to Gayle King in a taped interview that aired on Thursday's show. Photos: Inside THR's Nominees Night Party Despite Titanic's massive popularity and frequently mocked scenes, DiCaprio says he's still "incredibly proud"
- Hilary Lewis
Poor Leonardo DiCaprio is fast becoming known as much for his lack of Oscars, as he is his movies. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1994 – losing out to Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive) – and Best Actor in 2005 and 2007 – losing out to Jamie Foxx (Ray) and Forest Whitaker (Last King of Scotland) on those occasions – it’s an injustice to many that he’s never won one; Titanic sweeped eleven and he still didn’t collect one of his own.
The joke perhaps reached a peak last week, with “I want you more than an Oscar” memes featuring Leo circling in time for Valentine’s Day. DiCaprio’s not alone though; the history books are littered with the fantastic and the famous who have smashed box office records and captivated critics, but never picked up an Academy Award. It certainly hasn’t always been a reliable measurement for subtle »
- Mark White
Sundance Film Festival alum and Alton, Il native Brian Jun is preparing to bring his 5th feature back to the St. Louis metro area to film. The Kickstarter campaign for his film In The Buck hopes to exceed its projected $75,000 goal for a planned May 2014 shoot. His newest film is a provocative story about sex, love, fertility and how the expectations of gender roles have shaped modern relationships. After personally backing projects on this platform for a couple years, Jun decided to bring his current project to Kickstarter to take advantage of the “freedom and financial resources it offered to make a truly original piece of work.”
Perks for this film give the general public a chance to be an insider throughout the entire filmmaking process: networking with the cast and filmmakers through set visits and one-on-one lunches/dinners, access to watch the movie (via download or Blu-ray), even invitations »
- Tom Stockman
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
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"Yes. Yes ma'am." These are the words a movie extra believes are worth a fortune ... words he brilliantly delivered in "Titanic" ... words over which he is now suing.The extra -- a guy named Vi Jay -- has filed the lawsuit against 20th Century Fox, claiming he was cast as a non-speaking background actor in the embarking scene at the beginning of the movie. Vi says the day of the shoot, James Cameron spontaneously gave him a career-changing line. »
- TMZ Staff
Back in 2009 James Cameron’s Avatar shattered almost every box office record in history and went on to become the highest grossing film of all time with a whopping 2.7 Billion dollars worldwide. After the Terminator director previously broke records with 1997′s Titanic, it seems as if Cameron is unstoppable when it comes to celebrated, successful and most importantly ’event’ films.
Of course with the gargantuan success of Avatar 20th Century Fox were never going to let a cash-cow franchise like that slip away, and so a further three instalments received the green light. Pretty quickly after second, third and fourth films were announced for Christmas 2016, 2017 and 2018, we learnt that Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and (unexpectedly?) Stephen Lang will return. Now Cameron has given an update on the status of the upcoming sequels and what stage of pre-production he is at with them. You can read his comments below:
‘We’re still in the early stages. »
- Ben Read
Sources have revealed that the 'Titanic' star is telling his friends that after his latest movie proved to be a massive box-office hit, he's pushing forward with his biopic of Roosevelt, which will reunite him with Martin Scorsese, the New York Post reported.
The film, which is based on Edmund Morris' Pulitzer-winning biography "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt," would follow Roosevelt's life from his childhood to being a president. (Ani) »
- Rahul Kapoor
By Michael Russnow As Oscar voters continue to mark their ballots until this Wednesday, I wonder what goes into their thinking? Do they vote specifically for what they believe is the best achievement of last year, a surprising performance and accomplishment or is it a cumulative assessment of someone’s career? For all these reasons, and not just one, I’m going against the grain of what appears to be the general consensus and strongly suggest that Leonardo DiCaprio deserves the Oscar this year for The Wolf of Wall Street, even more than favorite Matthew McConaughey. This doesn’t in any way diminish McConaughey’s performance in Dallas Buyers Club. It was terrific, and the subject matter of the film made it that much more compelling. However, DiCaprio’s execution, in my view, was even more powerful, in particular as it was a totally different characterization and portrayal than we »
The line between extra and actor is sometimes a little bit blurry. Now and again, someone hired to stand around in the background will be pushed in the foreground to be featured prominently on screen or even to utter a single line of dialogue. Depending on circumstances, this can entitle the person to more money and perhaps even a share of royalties. Sometimes they.re told. Sometimes they.re not, and apparently, sometimes they sue over it almost two decades later. Back in 1996, Vi Jay accepted a job to head to Mexico and work as an extra on Titanic in exchange for $60 a day. During filming, however, James Cameron reportedly asked Jay to work as a baggage handler in a scene opposite Kathy Bates. He.s shown briefly on screen when she arrives, uttering a little bit of dialogue, and in retrospect, he thinks that should entitle him to way »
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