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2016 Oscar Previews: Part 2

9 February 2016 7:09 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

For Part 1 of our 2016 Oscar Previews, click here.

Best Actor Nominees

Bryan Cranston - as Dalton Trumbo, Trumbo

Age: 59

Previously Best Known For:

Walter White - TV’s Breaking Bad

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:


Interesting Fact: Became an ordained minister while he was in college as a part-time job.

Matt Damon - as Mark Watney, The Martian

Age: 45

Previously Best Known For:

Jason Bourne - The Bourne Films

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Actor in a Leading Role 1998 - Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting

Won - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen 1998 - Good Will Hunting

Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2010 - Francois Pienaar in Invictus

Interesting Fact: Started a bowling league in Berlin while making The Bourne Supremacy.

Leonardo DiCaprio - as Hugh Glass, »

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Johnny Depp 'Tortured' Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Dark Period' of Early '90s

8 February 2016 7:24 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Johnny Depp claims he "tortured' 19-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio while they shot the amazing must-see Lasse Hallström film "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," but from here it sounds like Leo was the annoying one.

JDepp was presented the Maltin Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival late last week, and he discussed Leo and the 1993 movie. "It was a hard time for me, that film, for some reason. I don't know why," Depp said (via People). That's when he said, of Leo, "I tortured him. I really did. He was always talking about these videos games, you know? I told you it was kind of a dark period. 'No, I will not give you a drag of my cigarette while you hide from your mother again, Leo.'"

If Leo was talking about video games and trying to bum cigarettes while he hid from his mother (sorry, but Lol »

- Gina Carbone

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Alejandro G. Inarritu’s ‘Revenant’ DGA Win Keeps Oscar Guessing Game Going

6 February 2016 11:26 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The only thing Alejandro G. Inarritu really had going against him heading into this year’s Directors Guild of America awards ceremony was that he just won a year ago for “Birdman.” Apparently, that wasn’t enough.

The “Revenant” director became the first filmmaker to ever win back-to-back DGA honors for feature filmmaking Saturday night, and really, beyond the simple unlikely nature of that prospect, it’s difficult to call it a shock. After all, it’s not a hard sell to the guild’s 13,000 members that production on “The Revenant” was no walk in the park. That’s certainly been the overbearing linchpin of the film’s campaign these last several weeks, a narrative that is helping to propel Leonardo DiCaprio to his first Oscar. But moreover, voters in this group, they know very well what it takes to pull off a project like this. So they voted accordingly. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Costume Design

5 February 2016 6:15 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight  British costume designer Sandy Powell has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards -- winning on 3 occasions (for "Shakespeare in Love," "The Aviator" and "The Young Victoria") -- and she's now added two more for doing the costumes for both "Cinderella" and "Carol," in both occasions dressing Cate Blanchett in endlessly stunning ensembles.  Will it be enough for Oscar #4? Because she'll be splitting votes between herself, this category may go to the gloriously far out world of "Mad Max." Below is Anne Thompson's take on how things might shake down in the race for best costume design. Check out Thompson on Hollywood's Oscar predictions page for more awards season analysis. Click here for more category breakdowns on Indiewire. Nominees:"Carol" (Sandy Powell)"Cinderella" (Sandy Powell)"The Revenant" (Jacqueline West)"The Danish »

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Leonardo DiCaprio ('The Revenant') wins 2016 SAG Award for Best Film Actor -- Oscar next?

30 January 2016 6:57 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Hey, Leonardo DiCaprio, congrats on finally winning your first-ever SAG Award. (See complete list of SAG winners right here.) Will you follow up this victory for "The Revenant" by winning your first Oscar next month? -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions From "Marvin's Room" to "J. Edgar" and everything in between, DiCaprio had never won an individual or ensemble prize before Saturday night, despite eight prior bids at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. DiCaprio previously went down to defeat in the following eight SAG races: Best Film Ensemble Nominations "The Departed" (2007); lost to "Little Miss Sunshine" "The Aviator" (2005); lost to "Sideways" "Titanic" (1998); lost to "The Full Monty" "Marvin's Room" (1997); lost to "The Birdcage" Best Film »

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Remembering Oscar-Winning Gwtw Art Director Menzies

28 January 2016 3:24 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

William Cameron Menzies. William Cameron Menzies movies on TCM: Murderous Joan Fontaine, deadly Nazi Communists Best known as an art director/production designer, William Cameron Menzies was a jack-of-all-trades. It seems like the only things Menzies didn't do was act and tap dance in front of the camera. He designed and/or wrote, directed, produced, etc., dozens of films – titles ranged from The Thief of Bagdad to Invaders from Mars – from the late 1910s all the way to the mid-1950s. Among Menzies' most notable efforts as an art director/production designer are: Ernst Lubitsch's first Hollywood movie, the Mary Pickford star vehicle Rosita (1923). Herbert Brenon's British-set father-son drama Sorrell and Son (1927). David O. Selznick's mammoth production of Gone with the Wind, which earned Menzies an Honorary Oscar. The Sam Wood movies Our Town (1940), Kings Row (1942), and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943). H.C. Potter's Mr. Lucky »

- Andre Soares

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Thn’s top five Leonardo DiCaprio performances

28 January 2016 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Leonardo DiCaprio has had one of the most interesting and diverse careers in Hollywood. After all, not many actors can claim to have worked with James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan. On top of that, he has starred in a groundbreaking Shakespeare adaptation, an acclaimed summer blockbuster and the 12 year record holder as the highest grossing film of all time.

Now with the release of The Revenant, it’s the perfect time to celebrate DiCaprio’s many standout performances throughout his career.

Check out my top 5 performances from DiCaprio below and pray that he finally receives his Academy Award next month:

5. Inception (2010)

Before 2010 DiCaprio had carefully avoided both action blockbusters (no Titanic doesn’t count) and science fiction films. However, after a little known director called Christopher Nolan broke box office records with the universally acclaimed film The Dark Knight, he apparently changed his mind.

Inception is »

- Ben Read

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Contemporary films reflecting on Hollywood’s Golden Age

25 January 2016 4:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sara Hemrajani on Hollywood’s love affair with its Golden Age…

Since there’s no business like show business, it’s unsurprising that one of Hollywood’s favourite topics is itself. The recent wave of award nominations for Trumbo, including a best actor Oscar nod for Bryan Cranston, is fresh evidence of the industry’s fascination with the so-called Golden Age.

In Trumbo, Cranston plays real-life writer Dalton Trumbo who was jailed and blacklisted for his ties to the American Communist Party. Despite the ban, Trumbo and his peers managed to flout the system using pseudonyms and support from eager filmmakers. He went on to write screenplays for classics such as Roman Holiday and Spartacus.

Following swiftly in its steps is Hail, Caesar!, the Coen brothers’ throwback to the glossy studio pictures of the 1940s. The trailer reveals characters reminiscent of Gene Kelly and Esther Williams, as well as producer »

- Sara Hemrajani

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Martin Scorcese's new HBO pilot Vinyl set for Aussie premiere

21 January 2016 6:41 PM, PST | | See recent news »


New HBO series Vinyl will have its Australian premiere on February 15.

The series, which will premiere on Foxtel's Showcase, explores the drug- and sex- fuelled music business of the 1970s.

It is played out through the story of a NYC record executive trying to revive his label and keep his personal life from spiralling out of control.

Vinyl is executive produced by Terence Winter, Marin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, John Melfi and Allen Coulter, with Winter (creator/Ep of Boardwalk Empire) serving as showrunner.

The two-hour first episode is written by Winter and directed by Scorsese, who also directed the Boardwalk Empire pilot.

It take a ride through the Us music-business landscape at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop..

The story is seen through the eyes of .Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), a major-label exec with a dark past and darker present..

With his company, »

- Staff Writer

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Round-Up: Fury Of The Demon, I’M Dreaming Of A White Doomsday, Alienween Trailer, Martin 35mm Screening, Frankenstein Blu-ray / DVD, Director’S Cut

19 January 2016 8:12 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Hell hath no fury like a... demon scorned? In this round-up, we have a look at the official poster for Fury of the Demon. Also: an I'm Dreaming of a White Doomsday poster, a new Alienween trailer, details on the screening of Romero's vampire film, Martin, Frankenstein on Blu-ray / DVD, and Director's Cut.

Fury of the Demon: "An investigation that takes us on the traces of violent riots having taken place throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, caused by a rare, fascinating and dangerous film: Fury of the Demon (La Rage du Démon), attributed to French cineaste Georges Méliès. Through conversations with journalists, filmmakers, historians, experts and psychologists, this documentary pulls back the veil on the most cursed and disturbing movie ever made. From mysteries to mysteries, from questioning to questioning, discover the truth about the lost movie that has been shaking the film world for over a century! »

- Tamika Jones

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A Never-Before-Seen Age Difference in this Year’s Best Actress Race

19 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

One of the tightest races in this year’s Oscar season is that for the best actress statuette. There are past winners such as Cate Blanchett, who earned a best actress Oscar for Blue Jasmine in 2014 and a best supporting actress award for The Aviator in 2004, and Jennifer Lawrence, who won best actress in Silver Linings Playbook in 2013, previous nominees like Saoirse Ronan, who earned a best supporting actress nom for Atonement in 2008, and first-time nominees Brie Larson, who plays a young mother held captive in Room, and Charlotte Rampling, who plays a wife whose 45th wedding anniversary is upended by the arrival of a mysterious letter in 45 Years.

The most interesting factoid about this year’s best actress race, however, is the disparity in age between the competitors. Three of the five women are aged 26 years or below, with Ronan at 21, Lawrence at 25, and Larson at 26 while Rampling, »

- Patrick Shanley

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Cate Blanchett's Top 10 Roles

14 January 2016 1:39 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

There’s no stopping Queen Cate.  Masterful, elegant, and oozing talent, Cate Blanchett is one of our generation’s greatest actresses.  Now, with two Oscars under her fashionable belt, she’s going for a third thanks to her latest role in the 1950’s drama Carol.

Blanchett is an actress like no other, who can effortlessly convince us she’s the Queen of England in Elizabeth and Elf Queen of the Forest in The Lord of the Rings, a hot mess in Blue Jasmine, and classic screen queen Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator

Sure, there’s been a few missteps along the way – while Blanchett totally nails lip syncing to “Holding Out for a Hero” while chopping vegetables in Bandits, the rest of the film is utterly forgettable.  We like our Blanchett to be in the spotlight and in control, or at least really, really evil and well-dressed like her scene-stealing »

- Rachel West

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The 2016 Oscar Nominees’ First On-Camera Roles

14 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Today John Krasinski, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Guillermo del Toro, and Ang Lee unveiled the nominees for the 88th annual Academy Awards, to be hosted by Chris Rock Feb. 28. This proved an especially competitive year for actors; many of the 20 nominees gave career-best performances. But where did they get their big break in film? Below we reveal the first onscreen roles of 2016’s contenders—because everybody’s gotta start somewhere! Best Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett, “Carol”Few were surprised by the magnificent nuance Blanchett delivered in the lesbian drama “Carol,” and even fewer were surprised by her seventh Academy Award nomination. A winner for both “The Aviator” and “Blue Jasmine,” Blanchett is the kind of awards season heavyweight that gives her competitors nervous sweating. And to think she began her film career—after several acclaimed stage performances in her native Australia—as a bit character named Mrs. Haines »

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7th Time the Charm for Cate & Kate

14 January 2016 7:11 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Murtada here to celebrate the nominations for Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet. It's the 7th nomination for both. Blanchett for Best Actress in Carol and Winslet for supporting actress in Steve Jobs. (Which means they're both moving up that Oscar Hierarchy) .

The two have always been linked since they have (essentially) the same name and started winning the hearts of cinephiles around the same time in the mid 90s.

Although younger by 6 years it was Winslet who first made a splash in Heavenly Creatures (1994) and received her first Oscar nomination a year later for Sense and Sensibility (1995). Three years after that Blanchett announced herself as a force to be reckoned with - and got her first nomination - with Elizabeth (1998).

Winslet’s other nominations are for Titanic (1997), Iris (2001), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Little Children (2006) and The Reader (2008). Blanchett’s are The Aviator (2004), Notes on Scandal (2006), Elizabeth: The Golden Age »

- Murtada Elfadl

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Will His Fifth Nomination Be the Charm? A Brief History of Leonardo DiCaprio and the Oscars

14 January 2016 6:05 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Break out your lucky charms, find a shooting star to wish on and light the candles in front of your Titanic shrine - Leonardo DiCaprio has earned his fifth Academy Award nomination, for playing fur trapper Hugh Glass in The Revenant. DiCaprio will face off against Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne for the Best Actor trophy, which would mark his very first Academy Award win. And after years of fans hoping, wishing, praying (and making jokes) - not to mention some pretty insane role preparation - it seems like 2016 may finally, finally be the year that DiCaprio takes home the trophy. »

- Julia Emmanuele, @julesemm

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Sundance 2016: Most Anticipated

13 January 2016 5:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Sundance Film Festival brings the most original storytellers together with the most adventurous audiences for its annual program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, New Frontier films, installations, performances, panel discussions, and dynamic music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition, received commercial distribution, and reached worldwide audiences eager for fresh perspectives and new voices. Year after year, the Festival pursues new ways to introduce more people to the most original and authentic storytelling.

Love & Friendship

Directed and written by Whit Stillman

Ireland/France/Netherlands, 2016

The Last Days of Disco, Metropolitan, and Barcelona were amongst the best of 90s independent cinema, if one had the stomach for incessant dissections of ego, academia, and capitalism. With more talking than action, director/writer Whit Stillman brought us complex comedies of manners that had to be intently listened to in order to distill satisfaction. Selfish and »

- Lane Scarberry

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The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far) - Part 2: #75-51

12 January 2016 5:49 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our countdown of the 100 best films of the 21st century continues. This is Part 2 #75 through 51.

Click here for Part 1 (#100-76)!

The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records, including having films gross »

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Penny Dreadful Season 3 to Premiere on May 1st, New Trailer Revealed

12 January 2016 3:07 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

"This reckoning's a long time coming. I intend to enjoy it." Showtime has released the first trailer for the third season of Penny Dreadful, debuting on Sunday, May 1st at 10:00pm Est.

"When evil spreads, dread comes for all of us. Penny Dreadful returns Sunday, May 1st at 10Pm Et/Pt. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green."

From the previous press release: "Tony® Award-winning star Patti LuPone (American Horror Story), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Eva Green) with an unconventional new approach. Also, this season will add Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Henry Jekyll to the lineup of literary characters featured in the show, to be played by Shazad Latif (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Spooks).

The third season’s nine episodes, premiering on Showtime in 2016 on-air, »

- Derek Anderson

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Leonardo DiCaprio: I don't long for Oscar glory

12 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't pine after Oscar success when he makes a movie. The 41-year-old actor has been nominated four times for an Academy Award for his acting roles in 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape', 'The Aviator', 'Blood Diamond' and 'The Wolf of Wall Street' and is tipped to pick up the coveted Best Actor prize for playing the lead in 'The Revenant'. But opening up about what it would mean to him to win an Oscar, the star revealed: ''It (Oscar success) is never ever what I'm thinking about when I'm making movies. There's nothing I've done for the specific reason of getting »

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Hopes to Join Long Legacy of Aussies at the Oscars

11 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

With Mad Max: Fury Road in a great position to earn the most Oscar nomination of any film this year when the Academy announces its nominations this Thursday, director George Miller and crew look to join the long legacy of Aussies at the Oscars.

In addition to Miller, the film’s producer Doug Mitchell, co-writer Nico Lathouris, and cinematographer John Clement Seale all hail from the land down under and have high Oscar hopes when nominations are announced this Thursday as the film has been a massive success with critics and audiences alike and earned two Golden Globe nominations for best picture and best director.

Miller and company would hardly be the first Aussies to be noticed by the Academy. Massive stars such as Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Cate Blanchett all call Australia home and have taken home Oscars, and Blanchett seems likely to »

- Patrick Shanley

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