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The 2015 Oscars: predictions and thoughts

20 February 2015 12:32 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Here's our guide to who we think will clean up at this year's Academy Awards, as well as who we think deserves to win...

Go into the Oscars appreciating them for what they are - awards for relatively popular, very good films - and they're a fun circus, whose mere existence ensures some movies get funded in the first place. Take them as an arbiter of what's actually the best of anything, and you're on far shakier ground. But I think most people have long accepted that.

This year alone, something as daring as Nightcrawler - a very uncomfortable, yet brilliant piece of cinema, with plenty to say - barely made it onto the Academy Awards radar. But that's democracy. Ask 5-10,000 people to choose the best thing, and many times, they're not going to choose yours.

This year's Academy Award nominations are no different in that regard, then. But »

- simonbrew

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Thursday’s best TV

28 January 2015 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Arctic murder mystery in Fortitude, a look inside The Mega Brothel and Charlie Brooker tackles current affairs in his Weekly Wipe. Plus: Attenborough’s Paradise Birds, Henry starts afresh in Cucumber and Odi cricket – England v India

Of all Attenborough’s documentaries, the footage of the bizarre mating dance of the superb bird of paradise from his Planet Earth series is among the most enduring for its breathtaking weirdness. Here he pursues his long-held fascination with the wildly diverse, highly evolved and ludicrously dramatic creatures found in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. They are the preening Victorian dandies of the avian world. This is clearly a labour of love for Attenborough, and all the more joyous for that. Ben Arnold

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- Ben Arnold, Bim Adewunmi, Gwilym Mumford, Rachel Aroesti, Ali Catterall and Mark Jones

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Film and TV "not doing enough" to combat climate change

16 January 2015 2:56 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

One day’s shoot on flagship BBC nature doc Planet Earth can generate 28 tonnes of carbon.

The film and TV industries are “not doing enough” to combat climate change, according to a panel of industry experts.

Speaking at the third annual ‘Greening the Screen’ event organised by BAFTA and the BFI on Wednesday, Howard Ella, producer on BBC crime drama The Interceptor, said:

“Across the industry, we are absolutely not doing enough. Producers have so much power and the impetus for change has to come from the very top.”

On average, the production of one hour of television generates 9.4 tonnes of carbon.

The industry is “generally the worst culprit when it comes to carbon emissions” according to BBC cinematographer Paul Williams, who revealed that one day’s shoot on flagship BBC nature doc Planet Earth generated 28 tonnes of carbon.

He added: “One tonne of carbon takes up the volume of around one London bus, that’s the weight »

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