17 items from 2016
Oscar winner Morgan Freeman will receive the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 43rd Chaplin Award during the group’s annual gala on April 25. Freeman, a five-time Oscar nominee and 2005 Best Supporting Actor for Million Dollar Baby, joins a list of luminaries that began in 1972 with Charlie Chaplin and last year lauded Robert Redford. "The board is delighted to honor Morgan Freeman with the Chaplin Award this year," Ann Tenenbaum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Board… »
There aren’t too many competent sports films in our country, and certainly not too many that can claim to penetrate the hearts and minds of the sports and the sportsperson. Shimit Amin’s Chak De, in spite of its rabid rabble-rousing nationalism, managed to give us a clear and coherent portrait of the sport and the player…
Director Sudha Kongara Prasad gives us an unusual film where the stereotypical character of the cantankerous boxer meets his match when he picks up a foul-mouthed uncouth boxer for training into championship.
There is nothing in the plot to suggest even a whiff of the unexpected. If you’ve seen the gruff and growling Clint Eastwood barking pugilistically at his protégée Hillary Swank in Million Dollar Baby you would know where the inspiration for Sudha Kongara Prasad’s film comes from… Or for that matter, the under-developed relationship between boxing coach Sunil Thapa »
- Subhash K Jha
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Two weekends ago, the Producers Guild of America went for The Big Short. Last weekend, the Screen Actors Guild went forSpotlight. And now, this weekend, the Directors Guild of America has gone for The Revenant.
In the 24 previous years in which the three highest-profile guilds presented their top prizes, a split of this nature has happened four times: 15 years ago, when the PGA went for Gladiator, SAG went for Traffic and the DGA went for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; 14 years ago, when the PGA went for Moulin Rouge!, SAG went for Gosford Park and the DGA went for A Beautiful Mind; 11 years ago, when the PGA went for The Aviator, SAG went for Sideways and the DGA went for Million Dollar Baby; and two years ago, when the PGA went for 12 Years a Slave and Gravity (they allegedly tied), SAG went for American Hustle »
- Patrick Shanley
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
Morgan Freeman has been named the recipient of the 43rd annual Chaplin Award, the honor given out by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the organization that presents the New York Film Festival.
The Chaplin award honors actors and filmmakers who have reached the highest level of prominence and artistic achievement. Freeman takes home the trophy for a career that includes roles in “Lean on Me,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Seven” and “Million Dollar Baby,” the 2004 film that earned him an Academy Award. He’s also executive producer of CBS series “Madam Secretary,” and hosts and exec produces “Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman.”
Freeman has been honored at the Golden Globes with an acting awards and the Cecil B. DeMille Award and also received the Kennedy Center Honor, among other accolades.
The Chaplin gala was launched by Fslc in 1972, when it honored Charlie Chaplin. Since named after its inaugural honoree, »
- Gordon Cox
Warner Bros. Pictures
For a lot of actors, becoming a director is a long held ambition. The reason that this transition from in-front-of-the-camera talent to behind-the-scenes wrangler became the basis of the Entourage movie is because it’s become something of a Hollywood cliché.
Sometimes, this career switch can have brilliant results. But, seemingly more often, it goes really badly. Clint Eastwood is a prime example of both camps: Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River and Gran Torino are awesome, but they sit right next to J. Edgar, Jersey Boys and Changeling in his filmography.
Not all actors are lucky enough to get this many chances to prove themselves in the director’s chair. Some have their one big shot, totally blow it, and retreat quietly back to acting roles. Here are the worst of the worst, then, from great actors who tried their hand as directors…
10. Beyond The Sea »
- Rob Leane
Saturday evening’s 22nd Annual SAG Awards proved that we have a real race on our hands for best picture. The night’s biggest prize, the best ensemble award, which has been awarded to 10 of the last 20 best pic winners, went to Spotlight.
Director Tom McCarthy’s drama about Boston Globe reporters investigating the Catholic Church’s child molestation scandal is led by performances from best supporting actor Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo, best supporting actress nom Rachel McAdams, and best actor nom last year, Michael Keaton. The film previously won the Critics’ Choice award for best picture.
Rival contenders The Big Short and The Revenant, took home best picture honors at the PGA Awards and Golden Globes, respectively, with The Martian also winning a best picture award (in the comedy/musical category) at the Golden Globes.
So, what does a best ensemble win at SAG »
- Patrick Shanley
Read More: 2016 Berlin International Film Festival Announces First Wave of Generation Section Latvian director Renārs Vimba's debut feature film "Mellow Mud" tells the story of 17-year-old Raya (Elīna Vaska) and her younger brother, Robis (Andžejs Jānis Lilientāls), as they navigate their lives in the muddy fields of the Latvian countryside. Their father has passed and their mother has abandoned them, leaving the two in the care of their grandmother and forcing Raya to take on more responsibility than any child should ever have. Raya juggles her life of school, family, and first love, all while trying to locate her absentee mother. Vimba worked in collaboration with widely renowned script consultant Miguel Machalski, who has worked on American films like "Million Dollar Baby" and UK smash hits like "Billy Elliott." Together, it looks like they have created a sincere and thoughtful portrait of human relationships that depicts »
- Lauren Townsend
Of this year’s eight best picture nominees, only two films could be considered traditionally female-skewing. Both Brooklyn and Room sport female leads (both of whom are nominated in the best actress category: Saoirse Ronan and Brie Larson, respectively), yet neither film is expected to win.
This could be due, in large part, to the vast majority of Academy voters being male. According to a 2013 Los Angeles Times study, the Academy is 76 percent male and 24 percent female, whereas, according to the 2013 U.S. Census, more than 50.8 percent of Americans are women. Whether Brooklyn or Room‘s darkhorse status as best pic contenders is because of, or in spite of, this fact is left to the individual.
- Patrick Shanley
The Producers Guild of America has just finished handing out there awards with an extremely disappointing result: Adam McKay’s forgettable, didactic banking manual of a film known as The Big Short has taken the top prize, meaning it is now the frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar.
As you know, the PGA and the Academy have agreed on the best film of the year 19 out of 26 times, including the last eight years in a row, but there’s still hope. The Big Short was only nominated for five Oscars, and is only in the lead for two of them, while the other three categories rest firmly with other frontrunners. The last film to win Best Picture with only five nominations was The Departed, but this is clearly not something of that caliber.
Then again, the Academy could just throw it something it doesn’t deserve, similar to when they »
- Jeff Beck
We want to reward those who have done well. It’s a basic part of our social DNA. It’s the whole reason we have awards season. But when some people go their entire careers without winning an Academy Award, we’re sorely attempted to vote for them, even for a film where they maybe didn’t do their best work. After being nominated three times, including for “Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Shawshank Redemption,” Morgan Freeman finally won Best Supporting Actor for “Million Dollar Baby.” Everyone thought he did a great job, but should he have won sooner? Also »
- Matt Hejl
The Oscars' history of recognizing - and overlooking - minorities and women has led to milestone wins and headline-making controversies. For the second year in a row, only white actors were nominated in the acting categories, spurring a revival of last year's #OscarsSoWhite hashtag on social media, and prompting stars including Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith to vow to skip the show. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences itself acknowledged the problem following last Thursday's nominations announcement. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs released a statement Monday saying she is "both heartbroken and frustrated" about the lack of diversity among »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd
The Broadcast Film Critics Association handed out their Critics’ Choice Awards last evening in Los Angeles and is the first awards ceremony since the Academy released their official nominations last Thursday.
Those looking to the Critics’ Choice Awards in hopes of fleshing out their Oscar predictions will notice a few differences between last week’s Golden Globes and Sunday’s awards in the major categories. Most notably is the fact that Spotlight won best picture after being entirely shut out by the HFPA at the Globes.
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Sylvester Stallone (Creed), and Brie Larson (Room) all repeated their Globes success with acting wins, but Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) took home the best supporting actress award in lieu of Kate Winslet’s (Steve Jobs) win the week before.
- Patrick Shanley
The 2015 Oscar nominations have been announced with The Revenant leading the way with 12 nominations followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with ten. After crunching some numbers we've taken a look at how this year's crop of Best Picture nominees stacks up to prior, pre-nomination box office totals. Have a look at what we found after comparing this year's eight Best Picture nominees to 190 previous Best Picture contenders, going back 33 years to 1982. Note: Before reading on, please be aware this article is specifically comparing pre-nomination grosses (not adjusted for inflation) unless otherwise noted. To begin, Room is the sixth lowest grossing Best Picture nominee (pre-nominations) in the last 33 years with $5.1 million. The five lower grossing films are American Sniper ($3.3M), Letters from Iwo Jima ($2.5M), My Left Foot ($2.1M), The Dresser ($562k) and Amour ($371k). In fact, Room will likely end up as one of the top ten lowest grossing Best »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Our countdown of the 100 best films of the 21st century continues. This is Part 2 #75 through 51.
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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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Every year there's one late-surging Oscar contender, from Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic" to Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" and last year's "American Sniper," which plowed into the Oscar race to the gratitude of the Academy, anxious about pulling viewers to the Oscar show. Read More: Review: 'The Big Short' Is Smart and Funny Expose of Financial Meltdown Now we have Adam McKay's unexpectedly strong awards contender "The Big Short," which nabbed four Golden Globe Comedy nominations and nods from SAG (ensemble and Christian Bale supporting), editing, writing and producers guilds. Friday morning, it landed five more big nominations, this time for the BAFTA Awards: Film, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Bale), and Editing. (Watch a featurette on how the production team created the film's distinctive look and feel below.) The industry took notice when Paramount Pictures pushed up "Anchorman" writer-director »
- Anne Thompson
There are a lot of tea leaves when it comes to forecasting the Oscars winner for Best Picture, from the guilds to the Golden Globes to the critics' prizes. However, one precursor race may be more important than we realize: the Globe for Best Screenplay. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Our savvy user johnsmisek02 noted this overlooked fact: "The last 10 Best Picture winners in a row received a Screenplay nomination at the Golden Globes ('Million Dollar Baby' was the last exception). They don't always win, but they're nominated nonetheless. I think that's pretty good news for 'Spotlight,' 'The Big Short,' or 'Room.'" Curiously, a Best Screenplay nomination at the Globes has been an even better indicator of the winner of the biggest prize at the Oscars than their Best Picture choices in the last decade. The Hollywood Forei. »
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