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By Anjelica Oswald
On Dec. 12, the Academy released a shortlist of 79 songs in contention for best original song at the 87th Academy Awards, but it’s not so easy to predict which songs will be announced as nominees on Jan. 15. You can’t turn to potential best picture nominees — or best animated features, for that matter — to predict which songs make the final cut. Though a number of best picture nominees have also been nominated for best original song, there’s not much correlation between the two.
The original song category was first introduced at the 7th Annual Academy Awards, and the winner was “The Continental” from 1934’s The Gay Divorcee, also nominated for best picture.
Nineteen of the 80 Oscar-winning songs have come from best picture nominees. They are as follows:
- Anjelica Oswald
It’s all over! X Factor 2014 has reached its glorious conclusion. Ladies and gentlemen, we have discovered a new star. But enough about Stevi Ritchie, because Ben probably deserves some of your praise too.
Hand on heart, I can’t thank any of you enough for reading and commenting along in these liveblogs. This has been one of my favourite years to liveblog X Factor, and that’s largely down to how game and hilarious (and drunk) you’ve been throughout. Honestly, I couldn’t have done this without you. I have no idea what I’ll liveblog next (please god don’t let it be Stars in their Eyes), but I hope you can join me then too. Now that we’re all such good friends, »
- Stuart Heritage
All hope isn’t lost for “American Sniper.” Even though the Bradley Cooper drama about Navy Seal Chris Kyle hasn’t leapt into the award season race yet, it still holds a stealth advantage as it enters Oscar balloting — passionate fans.
The Golden Globe nominees (announced on Thursday) and SAG Awards (Wednesday) don’t necessarily take passion into account. But the Academy Award nominating system for best picture, determined by a preferential ballot (that puts more “weight” on a film ranked as No. 1 by a voter), can help out a movie like “Sniper,” which has ardent groupies. In recent years, films such as “A Serious Man,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “District 9,” “Tree of Life,” “Toy Story 3″ and “Amour” were nominated in the top Oscar category because their fans loved them in a fanatical way.
Here are seven filmsthat could benefit from a similar surge this year.
1. “Unbroken »
- Ramin Setoodeh
People, Pixar is returning to completely original material! They have been on a sequel/prequel kick lately (Toy Story 3, Monsters University, Cars 2), and even when they make an original film (Brave), it draws heavily on stuff we have seen before. Inside Out is their latest film, and it sounds like something that could be very inventive and entertaining. You know, the kind of stuff Pixar was built on. A new trailer for the film is available for you all to watch. Inside Out comes courtesy of director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up) and screenwriter Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3). The film concerns with the various emotions and thoughts occurring in our heads and how they interact with one another. That sounds like a very interesting world to explore, and in a Pixar created world, even more interesting. Docter has been a major component to Pixar »
- Mike Shutt
Director/Writer: Steve Purcell
Running Time: 22 Minutes
When Toy Story 3 concluded the trilogy, and let’s not even mention the emotional impact, I don’t think any of us anticipated the return of those hugely loved characters but they turned up Toy Story Of Terror during Halloween of last year. Sure, there’s also been some Toy Story Toons but until Toy Story 4 was officially announced, these short animations never logically held any precursor to other feature-length possibilities.
Written and directed by Brave’s scribe Steve Purcell, it’s easy for me to say that Toy Story That Time Forgot is easily one of my favourites of the Toy Story short folk tales, as it’s got everything that makes the first three unique and inventive. Maybe it’s just me, »
- Dan Bullock
This is a film where Santa goes Awol on Christmas Eve, leading to a race against time to make sure the kids of the world get their presents on time. There are many like it, but this one is called Get Santa.
More than that, however, the film revolves around ex-con Steve Anderson, (Rafe Spall) a getaway driver who's been released from prison on parole, just in time for Christmas. Looking forward to spending December 24th with his son Tom, (Kit Connor) he's dismayed when a stranded Santa (Jim Broadbent) hijacks their day together by insisting that only Steve and his son can save Christmas.
Santa then gets himself in worse trouble while trying to recover his reindeer from Battersea Dogs Home (yep, really) and lands himself in the same »
The countdown to Christmas on @BBCOne. pic.twitter.com/vNbtfPePcD
— BBC One (@BBCOne) December 3, 2014
Miranda, Mrs Brown's Boys: 14 Christmas TV highlights from the BBC
The full evening listings for December 24 are as follows:
Enjoy Boxing Day on @BBCOne. pic.twitter.com/crzswCFiqF
— BBC One (@BBCOne) December 3, 2014
The evening listings for December 26 are as follows:
Still Open All Hours - 6.25pmThe »
Over the past 15 years, Seth Rogen has transitioned from one of TV's funniest slacker teens on Freaks and Geeks into America's favorite schlubby, unpredictable, stoner role model in movies like Knocked Up and This Is the End. In a hilarious, wide-ranging Rolling Stone cover story, the actor offers an inside look at how he has been able to grow into the (somewhat) mature adult who co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced the upcoming movie The Interview, in which he and James Franco play celebrity journalists sent on a mission to kill North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un. »
When Disney announced last month that John Lasseter would direct a fourth "Toy Story" film, there was inevitable fan concern: But "Toy Story 3" ended so perfectly! Why do we need any more? But Pixar has always done right by its signature franchise, never pushing Woody, Buzz and the gang past a point of diminishing returns. There was plenty of trepidation about "Toy Story 2" and "Toy Story 3," and both times the consensus was that the new film was better than the last. And though the toys' tale could have easily ended with Andy saying goodbye to Woody (while the adults in the audience turned into weeping wrecks), the saga has continued with a handful of "Toy Story Toons" shorts, plus last year's "Toy Story of Terror!" Halloween special, all of them depicting the toys' lives with Bonnie, and they've all been charming, funny and very much worthy, if brief, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Exactly a year after it was first released in the U.K., Disney’s all-conquering, Oscar-winning Frozen has re-entered the box office top 10 thanks to a special sing-along version. The animated tentpole grossed $280,000 over the weekend to come in No. 7, and boosting its total U.K. earnings to $64 million, according to Rentrak. Frozen is the highest-grossing animated feature of all time at the worldwide box office, besting Pixar's Toy Story 3. Read more 'Frozen' Sequel Is Being Developed, Says Idina Menzel Higher up the chart, Paddington swooped in to knock The
- Alex Ritman
Just because "Toy Story 4" isn't coming out until the summer of 2017, that doesn't mean that your favorite childhood playthings are going to be absent until then. Just this week ABC will premiere "Toy Story That Time Forgot," a new half-hour Christmas special that features the toys in a brand new adventure. When you think of a Christmas special built around the "Toy Story" characters, you probably think that it's going to be something centered around the holiday and the introduction of new toys that come along with it...
But you'd be wrong.
"Toy Story That Time Forgot" is a distinct, wholly original half-hour film, written and directed by animation and comic book vet Steve Purcell that contributes wonderfully to the mythology while taking it in a wholly new direction. It throws preexisting "Toy Story" characters up against a bunch of new toys called the Battlesaurs, an eighties-style brand of gladiatorial combatants. »
- Drew Taylor
If you’re not quite ready to “let it go,” you won’t have to.
“They’re all in the works,” Menzel said when asked to comment on the rumors of a sequel and a stage musical.
Although she won’t star in the play, the Broadway vet said she hopes to be asked back to voice Elsa in the next film installment.
“Not the stage show — I don’t know what will happen with that — but the movie, hopefully,” she said about her involvement. “We’ll see. I’m just going along for the ride.”
The blockbuster hauled in a massive $1.3 billion worldwide, beating out fellow Disney-Pixar toon “Toy Story 3″ for the tile of top-grossing animated film of all time and becoming the fifth highest-grossing film of all time worldwide.
An ice show »
- Maane Khatchatourian
It’s been two years since the world learned that a new “Star Wars” movie was in the works. Since then, fans and industry figures have taken to a massive amount of speculation and rumors — but, in the way of the plot and the way the seventh film in the “Star Wars” world looks, Disney and LucasFilm have kept a tight lid on info.
The world’s first substantial look at “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” came on Friday, when the an 88-second teaser trailer was released online and in 30 select theaters. For “Star Wars” fans, it’s been a long road to the first glimpse of the film, so here’s a look back at the major events that hit the franchise in the past two years.
- Alex Stedman
What do voters have against movies that are well-made — and also as entertaining as hell?
Among this year’s typically serious and/or weighty crop of frontrunners, there are at least three dramas set during wartime (“Unbroken,” “American Sniper” and “The Imitation Game”) and a slew of biopics (all three of the previously mentioned films, “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Wild.”) All of these films, along with “Foxcatcher,” are based on true stories.
But can’t Oscar make room for some titles that represent exceedingly well-crafted fun? While a “District 9” might slip in from time to time, odds are fairly slim that “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a film that critics and audiences adored, will sneak into the best picture noms. Over at Rotten Tomatoes, “Guardians” is sitting pretty with a 90% fresh rating, higher than many frontrunners (“Theory of Everything”: 82%, “Imitation Game”: 84%, “Foxcatcher”: 85%.) The film was »
- Jenelle Riley
By Anjelica Oswald
It’s safe to assume that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is going to end the year as the highest-grossing film at the domestic box office with more than $331 million earned as of Nov. 23, but its Oscar prospects lie in below-the-line categories, such as visual effects and sound.
More often than not, the highest-grossing films tend to be neglected in the best picture category. Though The Dark Knight (2008), which was widely-acclaimed and was the highest-grossing film of the year, received eight nominations and won two (sound editing and supporting actor), it was snubbed by the Academy in the best picture category. The following year, the number of best picture nominees increased from five to 10 (and can now fall between those numbers). Since this increase though, the only highest-grossing films to land best picture nominations are 2009’s Avatar and 2010’s Toy Story 3. Neither of the films won. »
- Anjelica Oswald
There are a boy and his dragon who deserve to have a safe landing among the Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Sure, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" will be nominated for Best Animated Feature, but it's worthy of much higher academy consideration, too. Here are my five reasons why: 1. Three in 87 years? Come on! Twenty-two years ago "Beauty and the Beast" made history by being the first animated feature to score a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Eighteen years later -- and only after the Academy decided to up its Best Picture nominations from five to as many as 10 -- "Up" pulled off the same feat along with "Toy Story 3" the following year (2011). Those are just three animated films in the Oscar's 87-year history that have managed to squeak into the ultimate awards category. If Oscar is paying attention, this year we should see another added to that exclusive »
Snow White was a risk that could have finished Disney. Ryan looks at how the world's first animated feature changed the landscape of cinema
In 2013, Walt Disney Animation Studios released Frozen, its 53rd animated feature. With takings of well over $1bn and counting, it ranks as the most successful animated film of all time, eclipsing the previous title holder - Pixar's Toy Story 3 - by around $200m.
For a generation who've grown up with such films as The Lion King and Tangled, Disney probably seems like an immovable cultural force: as recognisable and unchanging as Mount Rushmore or the American flag. But Disney has survived a series of peaks and troughs since its founding in the 1920s, from its decline in the 1970s and early 80s, its revival in the 90s, and its second burst of creative energy in the 2000s.
From its inception, Disney Animation Studios has moved with the times, »
Though it was announced shortly after the release of Pixar’s 2010 masterpiece Toy Story 3 that Tim Allen was contracted for a fourth movie, nobody really took this news seriously: after all, Pixar gave Woody, Buzz and co. the perfect send-off, so why would they dare return to it, right?
Well, hearts broke the world over two weeks ago when it was officially announced that Toy Story 4 was actually moving ahead for a June 2017 release, with John Lasseter returning to the director’s chair, while Rashida Jones and Will McCormack will write the script. Tom Hanks and Allen are, of course, absolutely certain to return.
Despite fans the world over insisting that there was enormous potential to ruin the near-perfect consistency of the original trilogy, Lasseter stood defiant, saying of the new movie, “When Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. »
- Jack Pooley
With the newly announced Toy Story 4 in the pipeline and that initial TV special Toy Story of Terror!, in our rearview mirror, it's time to slake your undeniable thirst for all things Woody and Buzz with this teaser for Toy Story That Time Forgot, which will be coming out of the 4th dimension (or 5th, depending on how you interpret Interstellar) on ABC during the upcoming holiday season. We've got two teasers for you, one brand new 15 second one that's fresh off the vine and another 30 second number that dates back a few weeks. It sort of looks like they took the intensity of the end Toy Story 3 and kept it going, despite having lesser stakes. Hit the jump to check out the Toy Story That Time Forgot teaser, and don't forget to read our extended interview with director Steve Purcell and producer Gayln Susman about the special from Comic-Con this past July. »
- Evan Dickson
Update, Tuesday, 4:02 Am Pt: A couple of things have happened in the world of international box office since late Sunday night. We now know that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I will not be bowing in China in the 2014 calendar year, and we have a little more insight into why Korea is like the proverbial black hole for Interstellar (in the good sense). Exerting an incredible gravitational pull, Korea has advanced itself as a massive $35.9M play (so far) for Christopher Nolan’s intergalactic epic. Here’s why: There is a very strong and vocal Nolan fanbase in Korea, which has generated astronomical word of mouth in the market. I’m told there were a few midnight screenings the night before the opening on November 6, and online buzz began building immediately. The not-so-spacey elements have also played very well, with the emotional and family sub-plots broadening appeal. Worth »
- Nancy Tartaglione
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