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Today, in an effort to combine the past and the present, I wanted to take a look at how the winners in the big eight categories of this most recent Academy Awards ceremony compare to the all time best. To try and figure this out, I’m actually going with the lists of the top 25 in each category that I put out last year. It’s an interesting exercise, since it’s impossible to know which will and which won’t stand the test of time, but there’s a few educated guesses that can be made. For my money, a few of the performances will certainly be remembered for years to come. I don’t think it’s impossible for you to have forgotten already, but here are the big eight winners: Best Picture went to Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, Best Director went to Alejandro González Iñárritu »
- Joey Magidson
Martin Scorsese is one of the most iconic directors of all time. He created such groundbreaking films like Taxi Driver and Gangs of New York. Yet it took him eight Oscar nominations, five Best Director nominations alone, until he finally received the Best Director Academy Award in 2006 for the film The Departed. Let's look back at the film that finally landed Scorese the gold.
Scorsese is one of those directors that has been creating for generations. He's the known for creating and depicting the worst antiheroes that you can't help but like and can't stop watching. You follow them on their twisted journeys and sometimes untimely demises, all while that same Rolling Stone song (“Gimme Shelter”) plays in the background. Your parents loved him, you love him, and I'm sure your children will or already do love him. There's always one particular movie of his that you discover that makes »
- email@example.com (Kelly McInerney)
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7.80 The Lego Movie
6.96 Big Hero 6
6.51 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
6.40 American Sniper
- Jeff Bayer
With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...
It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.
This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »
In case you haven't heard, there are a lot of reasons to get angry at the Oscars. In general, awarding a statuette to someone who actually deserves it isn't one of them.
But sometimes, a deserving nominee gets passed over so many times that they finally end up winning an award for something that's not their best work, in what amounts to a kind of unofficial lifetime achievement award.
Digital Spy looks back at seven times the Academy gave out the right award for the wrong movie.
For decades, Scorsese was the most glaring example of an undisputed great who was somehow yet to win an Oscar. Despite being nominated a total of six times, beginning with Raging Bull in 1981, Scorsese was the perpetual bridesmaid and never the bride (a dubious honour he's since passed on to regular collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio).
The seventh time turned out »
By Anjelica Oswald
Birdman has claimed a number of principal awards this season, including the top awards from the Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild, and is one of the lead contenders in the best picture race.
The film has received nine nominations, including a supporting actor, supporting actress and leading actor nomination. Though the film probably won’t land Oscars in the supporting categories, Michael Keaton has situated himself as a frontrunner in the leading actor category, along with The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne.
Of the 86 films to win best picture, 36 (42 percent) won without procuring a single Oscar in the acting categories. Seven of those 36 won before the supporting acting categories were implemented at the ninth annual Academy Awards, and 11 of the 36 won without any acting nominations.
If Birdman wins for best picture but Keaton loses to Redmayne, Alejandro »
- Anjelica Oswald
Over the past decade, the BAFTAs have become an increasingly accurate barometer for the eventual Oscar winners, with the last six Best Picture winners in a row being pre-empted by an identical BAFTA winner.
But there have been several memorable – and telling – instances in which the two awards bodies have diverged, and often not for the obvious cultural reasons you expect.
It's easy enough to see, for example, why Four Weddings and a Funeral took the top prize at 1995's BAFTAs while Forrest Gump triumphed across the pond, and ditto The Full Monty over Titanic three years later. But the explanation isn't always so clear, and the discrepancy often highlights intriguing differences between Academy and BAFTA members' sensibilities.
Digital Spy looks back on six notable times BAFTA diverged from the Academy path, either for better or for worse.
1. Brokeback Mountain wins Best Film (2006)
Almost a decade on, this still stands as BAFTA's crowning achievement. »
Martin Scorsese has come aboard British director Ben Wheatley's next project, Free Fire, as an executive producer, Screen Daily has revealed. Set in late-70s Boston, the film is the story of two rival gangs, whose rendezvous in a deserted warehouse quickly turns bloody, and Wheatley has been very open about Scorsese's influence on his style."I wouldn't be making films if it wasn't for Martin Scorsese," said Wheatley. "I think that's the case for a lot of directors. It's an honour and an extreme thrill to have him involved in this project." Wheatley went on to cite Goodfellas and Casino as specific references in the development of Free Fire, while Scorsese's last trip to Boston resulted in 4 Oscars for The Departed. The film is set to...
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Brad Pitt’s next film has been announced by Paramount Pictures. Pitt will star in what is being billed a “sweeping romantic thriller.” Robert Zemeckis is also attached to direct, with the film’s original story by Steve Knight (“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” “Dirty Pretty Things”). The film was developed by Graham King (“Rango,” (“The Departed”) and King will also act as producer along with Steve Starkey (“Flight,” Real Steel”) and Zemeckis. The film is being produced through King’s Gk Films. Knight, Jack Rapke (“Flight,” “Real Steel”), Patrick McCormick (“Black Mass”) and Denis O’Sullivan (“The 5th Wave,” “The Young Victoria,” will act as the film’s executive producers. Zemeckis is a star in his [ Read More ]
Paramount Pictures, Gk Films and New Regency today announced that Brad Pitt (World War Z) will star, and Robert Zemeckis (“Flight,” “Forrest Gump”) will direct, an original story by Steve Knight (“The Hundred-foot Journey,” “Dirty Pretty Things”) to be produced by Graham King (“Rango,” “The Departed”), who developed the project, alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey (“Flight,” “Real Steel”).
The epic story will be produced through King’s Gk Films banner with Jack Rapke (“Flight,” “Real Steel”), Knight, Patrick McCormick (“Black Mass”) and Denis O’Sullivan (“The 5thWAVE,” The Young Victoria”) serving as executive producers.
Zemeckis’ credits at Paramount Pictures include the 1994 blockbuster “Forrest Gump,” for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director. The groundbreaking film grossed $677 million worldwide and won six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for star Tom Hanks.
In 2012, the studio and Zemeckis partnered on the critically-lauded, live-action thriller “Flight,” which starred Denzel Washington »
- Melissa Thompson
Briefly: Paramount Pictures announced a new project today without a title or plot, but since Forrest Gump and Cast Away director Robert Zemeckis and actor Brad Pitt are attached to the film, it's still a pretty big deal. The film is merely described as a "sweeping romantic thriller" that comes from an original story by Steve Knight (The Hundred-Foot Journey, Dirty Pretty Things). In addition, it will be produced by Graham King (The Departed, Argo) and his Gk Films banner, who developed the project with Zemeckis and Real Steel producer Steve Starkey. This must be a hell of a project to announce without any details. »
- Ethan Anderton
Paramount Pictures, Gk Films and New Regency today announced that Brad Pitt will star, and Robert Zemeckis (“Flight,” “Forrest Gump”) will direct, an original story by Steve Knight (“The Hundred-foot Journey,” “Dirty Pretty Things”) to be produced by Graham King (“Rango,” “The Departed”), who developed the project, alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey (“Flight,” “Real Steel”). The epic story will be produced through King’s Gk Films banner with Jack Rapke (“Flight,” “Real Steel”), Knight, Patrick McCormick (“Black Mass”) and Denis O’Sullivan (“The 5thWAVE,” “The Young Victoria”) serving as executive producers. Zemeckis’ credits at Paramount Pictures include the 1994 blockbuster “Forrest Gump,” for which he won the Academy Award® for Best Director. The groundbreaking film grossed $677 million worldwide and won six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for star Tom Hanks. In 2012, the studio and Zemeckis partnered on the critically-lauded, live-action thriller “Flight,” which starred Denzel Washington and received two Academy Award nominations. »
- Josh Abraham
Paramount Pictures has announced today that one of their next top-shelf projects has locked in Brad Pitt to star with Robert Zemeckis set to direct. A co-op production that also includes Gk Films and New Regency, the movie has been described as a “sweeping romantic thriller” based on an original screenplay by Steve Knight.
For the screenwriter, this will no doubt come as welcome news. Knight’s latest theatrical title – Seventh Son – hasn’t exactly lit up the critical barometer nor the box office. The fact that two of the industry’s biggest names, Pitt and Zemeckis, are making one of his scripts is a big deal. After all, he also penned Locke and Eastern Promises, both solid character-based pieces, so this new talented crew ought to steer his newest script back on course.
Aside from the fact that the film is described as “epic” and “sweeping,” there’s not much else to go on. »
- Gem Seddon
Here is your first look at clean cut Keanu Reeves in Gee Malik Linton`s feature debut, the thriller Daughter of God. Starring with Reeves is his Knock Knock co-star, Cuban actress Ana de Armas. A detective searches for the truth behind his partner's death as mysterious occurrences begin to affect a local woman who claims to have witnessed a miracle.Interesting tid-bit here. Linton was Reeves` physical trainer for John Wick. He also trained Di Caprio during The Departed, Toby Maguire during Spider-Man and Anne Hathaway during The Dark Knight Rises. We salute Mr. Linton for his work during The Dark Knight Rises. Daughter of God is currently being sold by Fortitude International at Efm. ...
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Graham King, who developed the project, is producing alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey. The project will be produced through King’s Gk Films banner with New Regency. Executive producers are Jack Rapke, Knight, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan.
The logline for Knight’s script is being kept under wraps.
Zemeckis’ directing credits at Paramount include 1994’s “Forrest Gump” and 2012’s “Flight.” He is in post-production on “The Walk,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit as he crossed the Twin Towers on a tightrope, which is set for an October release from Sony.
King and Knight are also partnered on the action-thriller “The Red Circle,” a remake of »
- Dave McNary
Paramount Pictures, Gk Films and New Regency today announced that Brad Pitt will star, and Robert Zemeckis (Flight, Forrest Gump) will direct, an original story by Steven Knight (The Hundred-Foot Journey, Dirty Pretty Things) to be produced by Graham King (Rango, The Departed), who developed the project, alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey (Flight, Real Steel).
The epic story will be produced through King's Gk Films banner with Jack Rapke (Flight, Real Steel), Knight, Patrick McCormick (Black Mass) and Denis O'Sullivan (The 5th Wave, The Young Victoria) serving as executive producers.
Zemeckis credits at Paramount Pictures include the 1994 blockbuster Forrest Gump, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director. The groundbreaking film grossed $677 million worldwide and won six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for star Tom Hankss. In 2012, the studio and Zemeckis partnered on the critically-lauded, live-action thriller Flight, which starred Denzel Washington and received two Academy Award nominations. »
By Anjelica Oswald
Only one of this year’s adapted screenplay nominees isn’t adapted from a book, and that’s Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, which is adapted from his short film of the same name that took home the jury prize for short film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The other four adaptations all come from books, three non-fiction and one fiction.
- Anjelica Oswald
By Anjelica Oswald
The Imitation Game features Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a mathematician and computer science pioneer who, along with his fellow code-breakers, broke the Nazi Enigma code to help end World War II. Though Turing was hailed as a hero, he was eventually arrested and prosecuted for homosexuality, along with 49,000 other British men and women. Turing chose to be chemically castrated rather than face imprisonment, so he could continue his work, and it is believed that he committed suicide a few years later. Queen Elizabeth II posthumously pardoned Turing in 2013.
On Jan. 21, Stephen Fry led a discussion about the The Imitation Game following a screening of the film for BAFTA voters, discussed Queen Elizabeth’s pardon and suggested that the 49,000 persecuted men and women should be as well. Chad Griffin, the president of Human Rights Campaign, which is honoring The Imitation Game at its Human Rights Gala on Jan. »
- Anjelica Oswald
We've come to an interesting crossroads in the race. With all eyes on "Boyhood" coming into the weekend, and a few others on "American Sniper" and "The Imitation Game," it was "Birdman" that walked away the PGA champ Saturday. The SAG Awards left some doubt late in the evening Sunday as to whether the film's odds-on favorite status for the ensemble prize was jeopardized by Eddie Redmayne's lead actor win over Michael Keaton, but when the dust settled, "Birdman" was on top once again. So, some notes on the history. Films that have won both of those awards and gone on to claim the Best Picture Oscar: "Argo," "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire," "No Country for Old Men," "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" and "Chicago." Films that have won both and gone on to lose the Best Picture Oscar: "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Apollo »
- Kristopher Tapley
During the cocktail reception before Saturday night’s Producers Guild Awards began I ran into Oscar-nominated Screenwriter (and Director) Dan Gilroy and wife Rene Russo, there supporting one of the ten PGA Darryl F. Zanuck Best Picture nominees, Nightcrawler. Russo, admittedly not a staple at this type of awards-season banquet, asked me if they were going to serve food at this event. “Yes,” I replied, “it’s a dinner.” “So what do you think will win, Boyhood or Birdman?” she wondered. That was an interesting and somewhat surprising way to distill what has been thought to be a wide open race to Oscar until Boyhood basically cleaned up on the critics circuit, capping its run with Golden Globe and Critics Choice Movie Award wins, while Birdman scored for Michael Keaton but actually lost to Fox Searchlight stablemate The Grand Budapest Hotel in both respective comedy categories. But now with the »
- Pete Hammond
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