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For every Disney project we see released, there are tons that never see the light of day. A new example for that list is an abandoned Toy Story video game that was going to be set in space. It was being developed by Avalanche Software in the time between releasing their Toy Story 3 game and moving […]
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- Germain Lussier
When "Big Hero 6" won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature over frontrunner "How to Train Your Dragon 2," it was considered a huge upset. But, really, we should have seen this coming. After all, the Oscars hate sequels. -Break- Related: Do Oscars hate women? Indeed, since the Best Animated Feature was created in 2001, only one sequel has claimed victory: "Toy Story 3" (2010). But that was also a Best Picture nominee with a whopping five nominations, so it was clearly beloved by the entire Academy. In other words, "Toy Story 3" was a rare exception to the sequel rule. The Oscars don't just hate animated sequels, they also can't stand rewarding sequels as Best Picture, either. In fact, out of the 87 Best Picture champs, only two have been sequels: "The Godfather Part II" (1974) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003). Hmm, what if we were to expand the def. »
Sometimes, the Oscars have a tendency of giving out awards to actors who are seen to have paid their dues, perhaps not for the best performance of that year or even for the particular actor's own best performance, but to recognise past work. Michael Keaton is not the most likely of these, but this could be why some speculated that he was an early favourite for this year's Best Actor award, for his performance in Birdman.
The later frontrunner Eddie Redmayne rightfully and very graciously wound up taking it home for his work as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, though Birdman went on to take home the main prize for Best Picture and a number of other major awards.
It would hardly have been a major upset if »
Everybody knows the Oscars is a bunch of old people that are as predictable as an elephant in an ocean. In other words, who knows what they will do and why. Well deserving films get pushed aside because they gain too much popularity, or best actors simply don’t win. Whatever, it is all opinion, but there is still one major problem I have. Their utter disrespect for animated films
I thought maybe this year would be slightly different, and it wasn’t. It all started a few months ago when the Academy announced their nominations, and to my surprise some key films were not even mentioned. The Lego Movie, which was debatable, felt totally forgotten. An amazing masterpiece of a film in The Book of Life also not mentioned. The second of those movies could have been mentioned for a lot more than being a good film. Best set »
- email@example.com (Dustin Spino)
In what was truly a roller-coaster awards season, the Academy ultimately crowned “Birdman” as the best film of 2014, giving it four Oscars including the top prize of the night. “Boyhood,” Richard Linklater’s adolescent drama that was 12 years in the making, was long considered a frontrunner, until it started losing the guild awards. It only took home a single Oscar for best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette.
Here are the 12 biggest snubs and surprises from Oscars night.
Surprise: “Birdman,” best picture
A victory for any of the eight nominees for best picture would be considered a surprise, given how close this year’s award season race has been. Many predicted there would be a picture/director split this year, much like last year (between “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity”), but that turned out not to be the case. “Birdman” swept the top two prizes of the night, causing “Boyhood” fans great heartache. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
“Fifty Shades of Grey” didn’t show much endurance in its second weekend of release, with ticket sales for the erotic drama plunging a staggering 73% from its record-breaking $85.1 million debut.
The adaptation of E.L. James’ kinky bestseller about a billionaire and the college student he introduces to the world of Bdsm nabbed first place at the box office, but its $23.2 million in receipts represented a steep fall from its opening. Its hot-and-fast performance is like those of recent female-driven hits such as “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Sex and the City” and “Magic Mike,” all of which started strong before nosediving in their sophomore weekends.
“This was a movie that was a cultural event, and in order to be a part of it, the core constituency wanted to get out there and see it right away so they could talk about it,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. »
- Brent Lang
The wild success of Disney Animation's Frozen has all but guaranteed more upcoming musicals chucked into our animated-movie diet. Pixar already flirted with the format with its latest short, Lava, and now rumors (via Film Divider) suggest the animation giant might be working on its first full-length musical as we speak. The news comes from an unlikely source: singer-songwriter Randy Newman. While guesting on an episode of Saturday Night at the Movies on Classic FM, Newman spoke briefly about the somewhat tense relationship he has with Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, admitting that he himself has a reputation for "being a little trouble." Newman followed up by noting that he won't be working with Unkrich again, but that the director was currently working on a...
- Erik Davis
Take a sigh of relief, the Oscars are finally upon us. How many months will we squeeze out of 2015 before pundits start incessantly chattering about Awards Season again?
With any luck, 2016 will not be as contentious and as close of a race for Best Picture as it was this year. It has created a lot of excitement and confidence that the winner will be a strong one, but it has also created a lot of controversy and bile and disappointment.
My predictions for 2015 reflect the consensus of what will happen, not what should. But then with this year, anything can happen.
After almost near sweeps of critic prizes and the dominant film on Best of the Year lists by a wide margin, Boyhood may very well lose the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday night. »
- Brian Welk
While a lot of Pixar movies have a musical element to them, the famed animation studio has never made a full-on musical. It looks like that may be changing, though, as Oscar-winning singer/songwriter Randy Newman, who has composed 6 previous Pixar movie soundtracks along with the iconic Toy Story theme song 'You've Got a Friend in Me', has revealed that director Lee Unkrich's next project for the studio will be a musical. And it seems that project is the Untitled Dia de Los Muertos Movie.
The Untitled Dia de Los Muertos Project was announced way back in 2012, and was described as a 'wholly original' film for Pixar that would delve into the holiday of it's title. Since that time, we haven't heard too much about the storyline. Untitled Dia de Los Muertos Project does not have a proper title at this time, nor does it have a release date. »
Amir here, apologetic about the terrible pun in the headline, and bringing you the weekend’s numbers with a glass of wine and a pair of handcuffs.
Valentine’s Day just passed on by and more than any other year, it felt like a zenith for Capitalism and a nadir for humanity. 50 Shades of Grey came close to breaking February’s all-time record thanks to a massive audience who, going by the statistical reports of their age, mostly went to see what their mothers are secretly into. I won’t be watching the film until tomorrow night – I haven’t spent more than the cheap Tuesday ticket price on any film that won the weekend’s box office since… Toy Story 3? – so I’ll reserve my opinion on the film, but I’m genuinely looking forward to it. No, really. (Here's Nathaniel's review) Public response has been mixed, and if you, »
- Amir S.
One of the key factors that has ensured Pixar has stayed relevant over the years is the fact that the esteemed animation studio balances financially-sound sequels with breakout new IPs. For every Toy Story 3, there’s a Wall-e. And as the company moves forward, it continues to diversify, serving up two all-new features in 2015 in the form of The Good Dinosaur and emotional drama, Inside Out.
But look further afield and you’ll happen across Pixar’s Día de los Muertos, the studio’s animation based on the world-famous Mexcian holiday. Up until this point, it’s been a project shrouded in secrecy, with nary a word of plot or casting as Pixar focuses all attention on 2015’s two aforementioned heavy-hitters, but according to Randy Newman — who has collaborated with the company on numerous projects including Finding Nemo — the upcoming project could turn out to be the studio’s very first musical. »
- Michael Briers
Three of our 24 Oscars Experts predict an upset in the race for Best Animated Feature: Michael Musto (Out), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo) and Mike Cidoni (Associated Press). Could they be right that "Big Hero 6" will pull off a jaw-dropper over "How to Train Your Dragon 2"? "This has been an awards season full of surprises and I think they'll keep coming," Musto says. "As for 'Big Hero 6,' there are a few categories where there's a supposed clear frontrunner, and I like to buck the trend and go with something else. You can't win the pool if you agree with everyone on everything! Besides, I don't think it's a slam dunk that a sequel will win. And 'Big Hero 6' is well regarded and made a lot of money." -Break- Polowy pipes in, too: "The first 'How to Train Your Dragon" had the misfortune of going »
Making the animated short “The Dam Keeper” started out as a three-month experiment for former Pixar art directors Robert Kondo and Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi that has turned into a whirlwind of film festivals, awards season mania and, ultimately, a new independent animation studio. Kondo and Tsutsumi now find themselves nominated for an Academy Award for that experiment, the emotional tale of a bullied and misunderstood pig who protects an unappreciative community from disaster, and the newcomer who changes his perspective on the world.
Kondo and Tsutsumi have struck out on their own, leaving Pixar to open Tonko House, an independent animation studio with a staff of two — Kondo and Tsutsumi. And finding themselves without the financial backing to fund an Oscar “for your consideration” campaign, they have recently struck up a grassroots social media effort to bring attention to their film, which has scored several festival laurels along the way. »
- Terry Flores
It’s getting down to the wire.
Academy online voting officially started Friday, though members who requested paper ballots have had them for a week now. Whichever way you are voting, they are due in by 5 Pm Pacific on Tuesday, February 17, but snail mailers should make sure ballots are posted by Saturday at the latest since Monday the 16th is Presidents Day, a postal holiday. Advertising for the big contenders still seems pretty fierce as now with BAFTA and all the major guilds having weighed in — with the exception of WGA, holding off until Valentine’s Day — the race for Best Picture appears as wide open as it has been all season. With Birdman taking key honors at SAG, DGA and PGA (it is ineligible at WGA) vs Boyhood’s critical love and wins at the Golden Globes and especially yesterday at BAFTA, these two could fight it out to a photo finish, »
- Pete Hammond
It’s hard to argue that Pixar not only revolutionized the world of animation by creating the first feature completely generated by computers, they also dominated their field during the entirety of the last decade. In terms of technical achievement and original, heartfelt storytelling, they raised the bar so high with their hat trick of three back-to-back-to-back masterpieces, “Ratatouille”, “Wall-e,” and “Up”, that even when they release perfectly fine and entertaining films that fall short of being greatness, we make ourselves believe that they’re in a slump. “Toy Story 3” was arguably the best in the series, “Brave” was underwhelming but fun, “Monsters University” was an excellent remake of “Revenge of the Nerds” for kids, and “Cars 2”, well, it wasn’t that bad, was it? Apart from their revolutionary technical prowess, one of the most important reasons Pixar’s work is so beloved across cultures and generations is »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
In an Oscar column in the New York Times several weeks back, A.O. Scott noticed that the Academy loves to champion three different types of narrative: those that affirm the industry’s political values and virtues, those that represent popular success, and those that feel like “auto-cinephilia”. “Three of the last five Best Picture winners were about showmanship: two of them (The Artist and Argo) about movies and the other (The King’s Speech) about a different kind of performer overcoming obstacles.”
The 2014 film that fits into that last category is conveniently the movie that has pulled surprise victories with the Screen Actors Guild, the Producers Guild, and now this weekend with the Director’s Guild. And if it finally lost on Oscar Sunday, it would, as Kris Tapley first pointed out, join Apollo 13 as the only films to win all three guilds without winning Best Picture.
“Yes, Birdman is for real, »
- Brian Welk
This year’s nominees for animated short film encompass a wide spectrum of techniques, from traditional hand-drawn figures to state-of-the-art computer animation. It’s one of the most diverse slates in recent years, offering Academy voters clear choices about look, tone and medium.
As she did in the Oscar-winning “The Danish Poet” (Canada, 2006), Torill Kove uses simple, drawn figures and a bright palette to present a charming faux-memoir in “Me and My Moulton” (Canada). Three young sisters growing up in a pleasant Norwegian town ask their eccentric parents for a bicycle, like the ordinary ones their friends have. The girls are surprised and slightly dismayed when their parents buy an odd bike they would want instead. Like “The Danish Poet,” “Me and My Moulton” feels so genuine, it’s a little disappointing to discover it’s fiction.
- Charles Solomon
Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Awards through February 22nd, when the winners are announced. When the Oscars pulled what was arguably the biggest shocker of this year's nominations -- snubbing "The Lego Movie" for Best Animated Feature -- we lost a frontrunner. Left in that wake is the suggestion that this Oscar is heading the way of Golden Globe winner "How To Train Your Dragon 2," but some history does work against that. Only one sequel has ever won this trophy when "Toy Story 3" did so in 2010, and that film was the culmination of one of the most critically and commercially successful animated franchises ever. "Dragon 2" definitely has fans, but it was only a modest hit. Which could leave the door open for one of two foreign animated features -- Tomm Moore's "Song of the Sea" and Isao Takahata's "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya »
- Peter Knegt
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It is extraordinary, the emotion that can be captured in smudges of color. I’ll be stunned if Daisy Jacobs’s deeply moving “The Bigger Picture” [IMDb] doesn’t win this year’s Oscar for Best Animated Short. A tale of two adult brothers coping with their elderly mother’s decline, this offers a fresh and unusual combination of moving paintings on flat surfaces interacting with 3D objects (and sometimes stretching into a third dimension themselves) to create a film that is full of humanity. Grief, anger, jealousy, rage, fear, pity, and love blend in a tapestry of feeling that beautifully captures the confused emotional »
- MaryAnn Johanson
By Anjelica Oswald
Of the five Oscar-nominated original songs for the 87th Academy Awards, Selma’s “Glory” and Beyond the Light’s “Grateful” are the only songs that solely play over the end credits of their respective film. The other three songs — “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Lost Stars” from Begin Again and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me — are all performed at some point during the film.
Now, that’s not to say that the end-credits songs aren’t relevant to the plot. Both “Grateful” and “Glory” stick with the themes of their respective films and summarize relevant events, even if they aren’t integral to each plot’s progression.
“Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie is featured in the film as a popular song in the Lego universe, one the characters sing along to, but »
- Anjelica Oswald
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