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One of this year’s most heated Oscar races was for Best Actor, a neck-and-neck marathon that ultimately ended with Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) upsetting early front-runner Michael Keaton (“Birdman”). The two may very well go head-to-head again next year for films that have the potential to be major players: “The Danish Girl” and “Spotlight.” -Break- In “The Danish Girl,” Redmayne portrays artist Einar Wegener, one of the first known recipients of male-to-female sex reassignment surgery. The film, helmed by Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech," 2010), is a true-life story right up Oscar alley, and the first images of Redmayne in drag hint at a transformative performance of the same ilk that led to awards-glory for “The Theory of Everything.” Should he win, he’d be only the sixth actor to win back-to-back Oscars in the same category, ...' »
'The Lazarus Effect' box office: Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass horror movie arrives comatose (photo: Olivia Wilde in 'The Lazarus Effect') (See previous post: "'Focus': Will Smith Has One of Worst Opening Weekends of His Career.") Despite recent news that human head transplants are a mere two years away, the Mark Duplass-Olivia Wilde horror movie The Lazarus Effect – about bringing the dead back to life (as if world overpopulation weren't already a problem) – grossed $10.6 million from 2,666 U.S. and Canada venues on opening weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Relativity Studios-distributed low-budget horror flick had earned an estimated $3.8 million on opening-day Friday, including $350,000 from Thursday night screenings. Last week, box-office prognosticators had been expecting an opening between $12-$14 million. That was adjusted downward to $10 million or whereabouts after the film's disappointing Friday debut. Some, in fact, »
- Zac Gille
The Danish Girl is inspired by the true story of Danish artists Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda. What starts off as a simple favor asked of a husband by his wife to wear a pair of women's shoes and stockings for a few moments so she can finish a painting leads Einar Wegener undergoing surgery to become Lili Elbe. Tom Hooper (Les Miserables, The King's Speech) will be directing the film with Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander playing the Wegener's, respectively. If »
- Sean Wist
What's next for the Oscar winner? How about another challenging role. The Daily Mail has revealed the first look photo of the most recent Best Actor Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne in the new film The Danish Girl, from director Tom Hooper (of The King's Speech, Les Miserables). In the film Redmayne plays Einar Wegener, a painter in the 1920s who decides to transform into a woman after he poses in their clothes when a model doesn't show up. He later became Lili Elbe, and this first photo shows Redmaybe in full make-up and clothing as Lili. It will make anyone do a double take. "We're looking at everything from a feminine perspective," Redmayne told them. "I think it's the most sensitive role I have played." Take a look. The Danish Girl tells the true story of Danish artists Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda, played by Alicia Vikander. This »
- Alex Billington
Eddie Redmayne has what may be the first of many Oscars on his mantle after winning the statue for his performance in The Theory of Everything, but only time will tell if this will become a trend for the young actor. Then again, it looks like he is already primed for at least another nomination as he stars in The Danish Girl for Oscar winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) and just above is the first picture of the actor in character. Redmayne takes on the role of Einar Wegener, a Danish artist who became the first ever sex-change patient. The film tells of Einar and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) and how their marriage took a sharp left turn after Einar stood in for a female model that Gerda was set to paint. This film has seen plenty of changes over the years with Tomas Alfredson (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, »
- Brad Brevet
Oscar winner Redmayne is filming what already sounds like a tailor-made Oscar role in "Les Mis" and "The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl" slated for 2016. Redmayne plays 1900s trans pioneer Einar Wegener, an artist who in the 1930s became Lili Elbe after receiving one of the first known gender-reassignment surgeries. With the Hooper namesake and an international cast including Belgian babe Matthias Schoenaerts and American actress Amber Heard, "Danish Girl" could be Redmayne's next awards vehicle. Based on the 2001 novel by David Ebershoff, the Lucinda Coxon-sripted drama follows the love story between Elbe and wife Gerda Gottlieb. Anne Harrison and Gail Mutrux developed the project and are producing via their Harrison Productions and Pretty Pictures. Working Title’s Working Title partners Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce with Hooper. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Whether or not you think that Michael Keaton deserved the Best Actor Oscar for "Birdman," there's no denying that winner Eddie Redmayne virtually transformed into Stephen Hawking for his performance in "The Theory Of Everything." What's more, Academy voters might like what the actor is doing next in "The Danish Girl." A first look from "The King's Speech" and "Les Miserables" director Tom Hooper's next movie has arrived. Based on the novel by David Ebershoff and penned by Lucinda Coxon (Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming "Crimson Peak"), the film chronicles the first-ever sex-change patient, Einar Wegener, a Danish artist whose love affair with his wife —fellow Danish artist Gerda Wegener— set him on the path to an eventual male-to-female operation. The cast is rounded out by Matthias Schoenaerts, Alicia Vikander and Amber Heard, but it's Redmayne's work that is already »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Excuse us if we go out on a limb here, but something tells us the collective brain trust at The Academy is glad this awards season has mercifully come to an end. After an incredibly diverse 86th Academy Awards ceremony, where "12 Years a Slave" took Best Picture, a Mexican filmmaker won Best Director, Lupita Nyong'o earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and John Ridley won Best Adapted Screenplay, the Oscars appeared to take a step back in 2015. It wasn't just that "Selma" was snubbed in a number of major categories. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a historical footnote that will haunt the Academy for years (and, trust, it will be back again if the public wills it). But it had more to do with all white nominees in the acting categories than just "Selma" itself. This also brought to light that it was yet another year without a female nominee in the Best Director category, »
- Gregory Ellwood
If there was any lingering doubt about the Telluride Film Festival's place in the annual film awards season, this year's Oscars outcome ought to finally settle them. With its victory Sunday night, "Birdman" became the sixth Best Picture winner in seven years to screen at the Labor Day Colorado event. The festival's press profile increased more and more in the wake of big early bows of films like "Brokeback Mountain," "Capote" and "Juno." "Slumdog Millionaire" really lit the fuse in 2008 and with it, films like "The King's Speech," "Argo" and "12 Years a Slave" have begun their journeys there "unofficially" before "official" world premieres at the Toronto Film Festival, while others like "The Artist" and "Birdman" made it priority to stop there on the way to awards season releases. Other major awards season players that have played the festival as of late include "Up in the Air," "Black Swan," "127 Hours," "The Descendants, »
- Kristopher Tapley
As 21 of our 29 Oscars experts predicted, Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor on Sunday night. His portrayal of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything" had already brought him a SAG, BAFTA and Golden Globe in recent weeks. -Break- This makes seven of the past 10 years that the Best Actor race has gone to someone playing a real life person: Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote," 2005), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," 2006), Sean Penn ("Milk," 2008), Colin Firth ("The King's Speech," 2010), Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln," 2012), and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club," 2013) and, now, Redmayne. Redmayne was a first-time nominee, as were three of his rivals -- Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), and Michael Keaton ("Birdman"). Bradl...' »
As 21 of our 29 Oscars Experts predicted, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won Best Director for "Birdman" on Sunday night. Though his chief rival Richard Linklater ("Boyhood") picked up a number of directing honors throughout the season, Inarritu won the Directors Guild Award, which has matched Oscar all but seven times in the DGA's 67-year history. -Break- This is the first Best Director Oscar for Inarritu, who earned one previous bid in the category for "Babel" (2006). That film started its derby strong by winning the Golden Globe for Best Picture, but ultimately Inarritu was no match for an overdue Martin Scorsese, who won his first ever Oscar for helming "The Departed." Inarritu's win is significant for another reason. The Mexican director is now the fifth consecutive non-American to win Best Director, following British Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech," 2010), Frenchman Michel Hazanavicius ("...' »
With the 2015 Oscars almost here, Moviefone will be releasing a set of staff predictions each day this week (in countdown fashion) for the four major categories. We kicked it off yesterday with Best Actress, and now turn our attention to a hotly-contested race: Best Actor.
We've already given you the beat on the 2015 Oscars race, so now let's break down our favorites to win the award. Here, we've listed the actors we expect to win, and then, more importantly, who we think should win.
Who Will Win: Eddie Redmayne. The actor's transformative performance as physics genius Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything" is, perhaps, the most talked about of the year, and it's already earned him a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. The only person who could possibly upset the race at this point is Bradley Cooper, whose performance in "American Sniper" has been celebrated »
- Moviefone Staff
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 »
Think that winning an Academy Award provides an actor with a surefire path to unlimited great roles? Think again. Oscars history is filled with stars who've taken home a gold statue only to see all their hard work undone in seconds with a stinker of a follow-up movie.
Digital Spy takes a look at 10 of these instances below...
A piercing performance in Monster's Ball won Halle Berry an Oscar in 2002, but a rocky road lied ahead. She followed it up with disastrous Bond movie Die Another Day, hardly any screen time in X-Men 2 and turgid horror Gothika. Oh, and Catwoman... how could we forget Catwoman (believe us, we've tried)?
Jeff Bridges - Tron Legacy (2011)
With Bradley Cooper's American Sniper sitting comfortably at fourth place at the box office after four weeks in wide release and eight weeks in theaters, it's clear that his role as "the deadliest sniper in history" resonates with many people -- but can he beat a British Oscar winner?
This weekend, audiences everywhere got to see Colin Firth kick major a** as a James Bond-esque super spy in the amazingly entertaining Kingsmen: The Secret Service. So which acclaimed actor would win in a fight between their acting careers?
We're here to get a definitive answer in another installment of Et's Celebrity Showdown!
Looking at seven unique criteria that weigh box-office earnings, critic's reviews and award season gold, Celebrity Showdown examines the anatomy of both stars' careers to see who's the real super star.
Who do you think will win between Cooper and Firth? For fun, take a »
Bart Ruspoli and Freddie Hutton-Mills, the duo who directed the hit 2014 horror film Cryptic began shooting Genesis, India's first sci-fi film, in the UK from this week. The film being produced by Sheetal and Bhavna Talwar, is being made on the same scale as sci-fi classics like the Star Wars series Gravity and Inception. Though the Talwars are not willing to divulge the exact budget, it is reported to be close to 80 million dollars. Laughs Sheetal Talwar, "Why are we talking dollars when the film is being produced by us and being shot in the UK? But yes, jokes aside Genesis is a very expensive and ambitious film. We were lucky to get Bart and Freddie on board." Bart and Freddie operate the SFX Company Next Level Films which will supervise all the technical aspects of Genesis. Bart and Freddie are also on board as co-producers of the film. Says Sheetal proudly, »
- Subhash K. Jha
"Birdman" helmer Alejandro González Iñárritu won the Directors Guild of America's (DGA) award for best direction of a motion picture Saturday night, effectively firming up his film's march into the Oscars later this month. The Michael Keaton comedy also took top honors from both the Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild. With the DGA prize it joins films like "Argo," "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire," "No Country for Old Men," "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," "Chicago," "American Beauty" and "Apollo 13" as the only films to pull off the hat trick. Only one of those, "Apollo 13," failed to win the Best Picture Oscar. So it's more or less settled, right? I confess, coming into the industry awards phase of the season, I didn't expect "Birdman" to dominate like this. And maybe that was ultimately its secret weapon. Everyone had their eyes on "Boyhood. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Calum Best has written a film based on his father's life.
Best revealed the news when speaking to reporters after finishing third on Celebrity Big Brother.
"I wrote a film over the past three years about my dad," Best said. "It started off about football and his journey playing football in America and it went into a father/son story. I put a lot of my heart and soul into it.
"I came up with the final product and I took it to a guy called Simon Egan, and Simon Egan made The King's Speech and won an Oscar for it, and I went to meet him at the BAFTA house and he accepted the job and he and I are about to »
"Boyhood" seemed like it couldn't lose earlier this season, taking numerous Best Picture prizes from critics and media groups, including the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards. But then the PGA Awards, lately a reliable predictor of Oscar, picked "Birdman" instead. -Break- BAFTA predictions slugfest: 'Boyhood' or 'Birdman' to win Best Picture [Video] Could we be seeing a repeat of 2010, when "The Social Network" owned the critics but industry groups almost unanimously favored "The King's Speech"? The "King" ultimately took the Oscar crown that year. If "Birdman" is on the same track, it could seal the deal by winning the Directors Guild Award on Saturday. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was previously nominated by DGA for "Babel" in 2006, and if he wins, that would mean a "Birdman" sweep of three of the most influential industry group...' »
Since establishing The Weinstein Company from the ashes of his Miramax brand in 2005, Harvey Weinstein has continued to use the awards season to the benefit of his film releases. It was bumpy going at first with failed attempts like "Bobby" and "The Great Debaters," but with 2008's "The Reader," things finally started to pick back up. Eight Best Picture nominations and two back-to-back wins later, he's out in front with another project right in his wheelhouse: "The Imitation Game." The Alan Turing biopic, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, landed eight Oscar nominations in January and has grossed $134 million worldwide. And it's adding theaters still, using the fuel of the circuit to stoke the fire at the box office. Meanwhile, Weinstein has turned up the heat on the campaign surrounding the film, calling for recognition of issues inherent in the material, as he's done with everything from "Silver Linings Playbook »
- Kristopher Tapley
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