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It’s been a long, crazy ride. That seems to be a sentiment echoed every year as the Oscar season comes to a close, having seen so many contenders become pretenders, front-runners changing with the announcement of every new precursor, and records kept or broken. It’s hard to put into words just what this year truly meant, and only time will tell if the academy’s choices really were the right ones, but for now, here are some of the things that stuck out as highlights: -Break- 1. Julianne Moore has an Oscar … at last! “Far from Heaven.” “Boogie Nights.” “The Hours.” “The End of the Affair.” Those are just the films for which Julianne Moore lost at the Oscars. There’s also “Safe,” “Magnolia,” “Short Cuts,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Children of Men,” and any number of great performances she wasn’t »
As all 29 of our Oscars Experts predicted, Julianne Moore won Best Actress for "Still Alice" on Sunday night. She played the title character, a linguistics professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, a role that had already earned her a slew of awards: she won at the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice, SAG, and BAFTA Awards. -Break- This was Moore's fifth attempt at Oscar glory. She first contended in 1997 for her supporting role in "Boogie Nights" but lost to Kim Basinger ("L.A. Confidential"). Two years later, she reaped the first of her Best Actress bids for "The End of the Affair" but was edged out by Hilary Swank ("Boys Don't Cry"). And in 2002, she contended in both categories -- lead for "Far from Heaven" and supporting for "The Hours" -- but was defeated by Nicole Kidman ("The Hours") and Catherine Zeta-Jones ("Chicago"), respectively. It »
Moore’s victory had been widely expected. She won over Marion Cotillard for “Two Days, One Night,” Felicity Jones for “The Theory of Everything,” Rosamund Pike for “Gone Girl” and Reese Witherspoon for “Wild.”
Moore portrayed a 50-year-old linguistics professor at Columbia U. forced to deal with a steady decline in her cognitive skills. She had dominated the field during the awards season, winning at SAG, Bafta, the Spirits and the Golden Globes.
Moore noted in her acceptance at the Spirits that “Still Alice” notes that it was shot for $4 million in 23 days. “I brought my own bras and my own food, »
- Dave McNary
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 several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, 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. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks 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 »
- Steve Montgomery
The Nominations: Best Actress
Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
The effective kernel at the supremely masterful The Babadook is the performance of Essie Davis. Genre films have long been left out of the awards mulch, but it would have been great to see the Academy stop padding out this category with nicely rounded yet milquetoast performances (Wild; The Theory of Everything).
It’s true—it’s a great performance that saves an otherwise square film from slipping into banality.
Could Win: None
Unfortunately, it seems there’s little room for surprise in this year’s Best Actress category.
Winning every single award show before »
- Nicholas Bell
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
The Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: Owns and operates the Marshfield Hills General Store in Marshfield, Massachusetts where he has a summer home.
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Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2013- as Richie Dimaso in American Hustle
Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2012 - as Pat in Silver Linings Playbook
Interesting Fact: Had to miss his graduation commencement at Georgetown University because he was filming Wet Hot American Summer.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 went live today as a Digital HD purchase with the physical DVD or Blu-ray and OnDemand editions coming March 6. To whet your appetite, Lionsgate has released two deleted scenes from the blockbuster, which sets the stage for the final installment, coming later this year.
“I’m not asking” features a tense exchange between President Snow and Peeta, highlighting Peeta’s experience as a prisoner of Panem, previously unseen to audiences in Mockingjay: Part 1.
“Face of a revolution” features a humorous scene with Effie and Katniss as she’s prepped (and primped) to become the Mockingjay.
Santa Monica, CA and Vancouver, BC, (January 22, 2015) – Lionsgate’s (NYSE: Lgf) global juggernaut The Hunger Games franchise continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 arriving on Digital HD February 17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand Friday, »
- ComicMix Staff
In a new "Academy Originals" video, Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris reveals the first secrets from Sunday's show. From musical numbers to magic tricks to how to approach hosting the Oscars like "hosting a dinner party" and being a "pupper master," he raises the spoiler alert amidst footage of some of the best hosts over 87 years. What are the Oscars producers changing this year? How does Harris rehearse a hosting gig? Who is performing? Go behind the scenes of this year's Academy Awards ceremony. Oscars -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories Add pair of Best Actress champs -- Nicole Kidman ("The Hours," 2002) and Gwyneth Paltrow ("Shakespeare in Love," 1998) -- to the line-up of presenters at the Oscars. Also on board are: Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Ansel Elgort, Liam Neeson and Channing Tatum. Oscars Anne Thompson reflects, "Way back at the fall film festiva..."' »
Dutch director Sacha Polak has revealed further details of her first English-language project, Vita and Virginia.
The film, based on the play by Eileen Atkins, tells the story of the passionate love affair between writers Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. Both women were members of the free thinking Bloomsbury set but their lesbian affair scandalised parts of British society. Sackville-West was married to the celebrated politician and diarist, Harold Nicholson.
Romola Garai has come on board to play Sackville-West.
“She (Garai) is so interesting and sexy. She will be the perfect Vita,” said Polak, who was at this year’s Berlinale with new film Zurich, sold by Beta.
“We are keen on showing another Virginia Woolf, a funny one »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Fan fiction is more prevalent than you might think. With Fifty Shades of Grey being unleashed in theaters Friday, there's no denying that the novel's author, E L James, has brought fan fiction into the spotlight. Originally titled Master of the Universe, James's Twilight fan fiction based on Stephenie Meyer's multi-million dollar franchise first found its home on FanFiction.net. After the racy material within the story forced James to pull it from FanFiction.net, she next hosted Master of the Universe on her own website called 50Shades.com (which now redirects to her official author page). Back then, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
While You Were Peeping: Godet’s Elegy Brimming with Belabored Emotion
With his sophomore directorial effort, Fabienne Godet’s A Place on Earth (Une place sur la Terre) once again places Belgian actor Benoît Poelvoorde in the midst of a doomed romantic entanglement. Surprisingly, the generally comedic thespian excels at these melancholy, brooding types, as evidenced by recent stints in Jean-Pierre Ameris’ Romantics Anonymous (2010) and Benoit Jacquot’s Three Hearts (2014). As an uninspired photographer, Poelvoorde’s equally forlorn here, though he’s on the less dramatic end of the comparable occupationally challenged protagonist featured in Godet’s first feature, Burnt Out (2005). However, the film’s dramatic conflict inevitably ends up feeling a bit forced, the emotionally unstable natures of its romantic leads vaguely administered, which casts an extemporaneous pallor over the script that should leave us feeling as devastated as the roiling soundtrack and sweeping visuals urge.
A struggling photographer, »
- Nicholas Bell
A lifelong — or, at least, acting-career long — dream of Julianne Moore’s has finally come true.
“I’ve always wanted to play a wicked witch,” Moore says over the phone. “I think all of us always want to do that.”
Of course, the freshly Academy Award-nominated star of Still Alice is not talking about her role in that acclaimed film (more on that in a bit). Rather, she’s referring to Mother Malkin, an evil sorceress and sometimes dragon who’s out to destroy a medieval fantasy world in this month’s Seventh Son.
“It was great to play somebody that was so unambivalent about what she wanted,” Moore, 54, says of her part in the magic-and-monsters epic that co-stars Jeff Bridges as a veteran witch whacker and Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia’s Prince Caspian) as his young apprentice, the seventh boy of the title. The film was shot mostly in Vancouver, »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
There are many (including this reporter) who think that Julianne Moore is long overdue for an Oscar win. As the 54-year-old actress revs up for another Academy Awards ceremony, where she.s once again nominated for Best Actress, we can.t help but look back at all the roles where she was robbed of the statuette. Though I.m sure we all have our picks as to the worst offense of this, Moore even has her own. She has been nominated for five Oscars: Boogie Nights, The End of the Affair, The Hours, Far from Heaven and this year for Still Alice. But which past nom does Moore think she deserved to win? Vulture recently spoke with the actress at a special screening of her upcoming fantasy pic, Seventh Son, to get the answer. And it is. .Far from Heaven! In the film, Moore plays Cathy Whitacker, a 1950s Connecticut »
By Anjelica Oswald
The 87th Academy Awards acting race is almost evenly divided between veterans and first-time nominees.
Nine of the 20 nominees in the four acting categories are newcomers — four lead actors (Steve Carell, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch), two lead actresses (Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones), two supporting actresses (Patricia Arquette and Emma Stone) and one supporting actor (J.K. Simmons).
As for the 11 veterans, the number of Oscar nominations between them ranges from 19 to one. Four of them have previously taken Oscars home.
Meryl Streep received her 19th nomination this year for her supporting role as The Witch in Disney’s Into the Woods, the film adaptation of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s musical. She holds the record for most acting nominations ever received and is one of six actors to have won three or more Oscars. Streep was first nominated in 1979 for her »
- Anjelica Oswald
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »
- Steve Montgomery
The Fantastic Four will stretch, sneak, blaze and clobber their way back into movie theaters this summer, and now the latest iteration of Marvel's first band of genetically modified misfits have a properly epic trailer to mark the occasion.
The clip features a grave monologue ostensibly delivered by Dr. Franklin Storm (played by Reg E. Cathey), who waxes on humankind's insatiable need to discover, invent and build. As he speaks, we get our first look at the superheroes-to-be — Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, »
Harvey Weinstein is one of the most powerful, outspoken, and controversial men in Hollywood. The studio executive who launched Miramax and The Weinstein Company is a passionate film lover, a master promoter, a ruthless Oscar campaigner, and just about everything else you need to be in order to make it to the top in the business. Even if you find what he does unscrupulous or the content he produces not very good, it is hard not to admire the man for how successful he has made himself, no matter how frustrating it might be. Weinstein recently had a chat with Deadline, covering a wide variety of topics from the Netflix series "Marco Polo" to the troubles with the upcoming Broadway musical adaptation of Finding Neverland to Oscar campaigning to his reputation of recutting films, giving him the nickname "Harvey Scissorhands." I had no idea the Weinsteins were behind "Marco Polo »
- Mike Shutt
Nicole Kidman is one of our most fearless actresses, from her Oscar-winning role as a depressed Virginia Woolf in "The Hours" and warbling woman of the night in "Moulin Rouge!" to the grieving mother in "Rabbit Hole," aggressive newswoman on the rise in "To Die For," and sexy turn in "Paperboy." I talked to her on a chilly balcony overlooking Main Street right before her latest film "Strangerland" made its debut in the World competition. "Strangerland" is a gorgeously shot moody outback thriller shot in Alice Springs about a pharmacist (Joseph Fiennes, replacing originally cast Guy Pearce) and his wife (Kidman) who move to a new town after their sex-crazed 15-year-old daughter has an affair with a teacher. They haven't had a chance to settle down when the girl and her younger brother vanish during a dust storm, presumably into the desert, spawning all sorts of talk and suspicion as the town police. »
- Anne Thompson
Exclusive: Who owns history? In the run-up to the Oscars, the critiques playing out in the press over the “accuracy” of events portrayed in Selma, American Sniper and The Imitation Game have never had a more powerful purchase on the public conversation.
Few contemporary writers have tangled with the issue as consistently — and entertainingly — as two-time Oscar nominee Peter Morgan. He might recreate the days-long encounter between a British interlocutor and a paranoid U.S. President, as he did first onstage and then in film with Frost/Nixon. Slice through the emotional tensions in a legendary Formula One racing rivalry, as he did in Rush. Or imagine the private conversations between the Queen of England and a succession of Prime Ministers, as he does in The Audience, the hit West End play starring Helen Mirren that is in rehearsal for its upcoming Broadway bow.
Morgan is also in the thick »
- Jeremy Gerard
2015 could be Julianne Moore’s year. The actress received her 5th Oscar nomination for her moving portrayal of a middle-aged woman reeling from a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in Still Alice, out in select theatres this week.
The role is just the latest is Moore’s crown of vivid and complex characters. As an actress who has appeared in nearly every genre – from horror (Carrie) and comedy (Evolution) to action (Jurassic Park: The Lost World) and drama (The Hours) – Moore excels at nearly everything she does, lending prestige and credibility to the films she picks.
And she continues to pick incredibly varied parts. Last year we saw Moore on-screens as District 13 president Alma Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, as a passenger on the flight from hell in Non-Stop, and in her Cannes awards-winning role as an actress desperately clinging to the spotlight in Maps to the Stars. »
- Rachel West
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