So much of the fall and winter awards season revolves around studios lobbying hard for their films: special screenings and Q&As, trade ads, parties with the stars, and so on. Gold Derby estimates that the average Oscar campaign costs between $3 million and $10 million per film -- a bit less for those contenders that don't advance beyond the nomination phase. In total, Hollywood spends between $70 million to $100 million to win gold-plated statuettes that cost only $400 to manufacture, but, hey, they're worth it. "The King's Speech" earned more than $400 million worldwide. How much would it have bagged without that Best Picture win? Two farthings? The reason campaigning works isn't because voters are bought into thinking your movie is good – well, unless they're the Hollywood Foreign Press. Rather, they're bought into believing they need to watch your movie before voting. That's why this year's top eig »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be honoring the best in film for 2013 at the Academy Awards next month. In addition to the performance, writing, design and tech awards handed out, an award is given each year to a director who has crafted an exemplary film. In honor of this, Indiewire has compiled a list of films streaming online that boast a director who has won a Best Director Oscar. Here's the list of the 33 films streaming online at Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and HitBliss: "The Artist" (2011) - Michel Hazanavicius "The King's Speech" (2010) - Tom Hooper "The Hurt Locker" (2009) - Kathryn Bigelow "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008) - Danny Boyle "No Country for Old Men" (2007) - Joel and Ethan Coen "The Departed" (2006) - Martin Scorsese "Brokeback Mountain" (2005) - Ang Lee "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003) - Peter Jackson "The Pianist" (2002) - Roman Polanski "A Beautiful Mind »
- Eric Eidelstein
On March 2nd, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the best in film in 2013. Among those being honored are the lead actors who gave some of the best performances this year. In honor of this achievement, Indiewire decided to compile a list of films streaming online featuring lead actors who have won Oscars for their performances. Watch the following 22 performances in movies that are streaming online at Netflix, Hulu, SnagFilms, Amazon Prime and Hitbliss. "The Artist" (2011) - Jean Dujardin "The King's Speech" (2010) - Colin Firth "Crazy Heart" (2009) - Jeff Bridges "Milk" (2008) - Sean Penn "There Will Be Blood" (2007) - Daniel Day-Lewis "Mystic River" (2003) - Sean Penn "The Pianist" (2002) - Adrien Brody "Training Day" (2001) - Denzel Washington "Gladiator" (2000) - Russell Crowe "American Beauty" (1999) - Kevin Spacey Read More: Watch 18 Best Foreign Language Oscar Winners Online "Life Is Beautiful" (1997) - Robert Benigni "The Silence Of The Lambs" »
- Eric Eidelstein
The BAFTA Awards -- as decided upon by the the nearly 6,500 members of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts -- take place on Sunday, two days after voting begins for the Oscars. Gladiator" (2000), "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The Hurt Locker" (2009), "The King's Speech" (2010), "The Artist" (2011) and "Argo" (2012). Last year, "Argo" won only three of its seven BAFTA races, but they were big ones: Picture, Director (Ben Affleck) and Editing. While Affleck was snubbed by the Oscars, his film won Best Picture there as well as the editing and adapted screenplay prizes ("Silver Linings Playbook" had claimed the latter at »
From stories about Somali pirates to tales of morally corrupt Wall Street stockbrokers, it feels like this award season is chock-full of true (or, at the very least, inspired-by-true) stories. Looking at Hollywood's history of handing out trophies, it's easy to see why real-life tales are popping up more on the big screen - two of the past three winners for best picture at the Oscars have been inspired by real people (2010's champion, The King's Speech, and this year's big winner, Argo, were both dramatic retellings of real 21st-century events). This year, there are at least seven award season contenders that were at least partly based on real life. Keep reading to see our guide to the real - and not-so-real - sides of this year's biggest movies. Source: Paramount Pictures View Slideshow › »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Super Bowl Xlviii is almost upon us and as America waits to see whether the Seahawks or the Broncos will emerge victorious, the TV audience also eagerly anticipates the festival of advertising that will accompany it.
A number of brands have tried to get ahead of the game – in every sense – by posting their new work online, and our offers a preview of some of the most notable commercials.
Budweiser: 'Puppy Love'
If you had to sum up Super Bowl Xlviii's commercials in a single word, you wouldn't be too far off if you chose the word "puppies" and this ad for Budweiser is already a front-runner to emerge as this year's favourite. Skilfully directed by Ridley Scott's son Jake, it's an unashamedly emotional tale that'll have football fans crying into their beer. »
- Jason Stone
Jaguar released a Super Bowl ad highlighting Rp-accented bad guys, but really the British are now seen as quite cuddly
I don't know about you but, when it comes to sociopaths, I like mine with an Oxbridge education. Ideally they should also possess the sort of clipped tones that make vulgarities sound like Virgil and the sort of wardrobe that dresses up deviousness as a gentleman's sport. Oh, and it helps if they drive a Jag.
Obviously, I jest. Disappointing as it is to admit, I can't say I have given the brand-savvy baddy's preferred make of automobile much thought. However, the same clearly isn't true of Jaguar's marketing department. This week the luxury car manufacturer released its first-ever Super Bowl ad, a 60-second spot entitled British Villains. Directed by Tom Hooper of The King's Speech fame, the ad explores why Hollywood bad guys are often played by Brits. From »
- Arwa Mahdawi
• Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – review
• The Wolf of Wall Street: why is it so hard to get a ticket?
The £11m Oscars club
In the battle for UK audiences, it's honours even between best picture Oscar nominees The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave, which have all achieved totals so far between £10.9m and £11.2m (see chart below). Respective distributors Universal, Entertainment Films and eOne all have reason to be proud of the results.
The previous best result for a team-up between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio – or any Scorsese film at all, for that matter – was The Departed, which reached £12.86m over its lifetime. The Wolf of Wall Street will easily cruise past that tally this week. With £10.9m after just 10 days, »
- Charles Gant
Film festivals track world premieres religiously. They want to boast of them when box office glory and Oscars come around. So last fall it did not go over well when the Telluride Film Festival debuted--under the radar, as is their wont--Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity," and Canadian Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners," which were all breaking opening weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the past few years, more and more media and fest-watchers have gotten the jump on September's smorgasbord of offerings at Tiff over the Labor Day Weekend in Telluride, Colorado, where they discovered eventual Oscar-winners "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Argo"--before Toronto could claim them as its own. As artistic director Cameron Bailey told me last fall, for Toronto 2014 (September 4 through September 14) the festival has decided to clamp down on the rules for its opening four days. "All films playing in the first four »
- Anne Thompson
"Have you ever noticed how in Hollywood movies, all the villains are played by Brits?" If we didn't before, we sure do now. Ben Kingsley poses this question in the first five seconds of a 1-minute ad, "Rendezvous," for the Jaguar F-type coupe to launch Jaguar North America's largest-ever brand and product marketing campaign, called “British Villains." It's Jaguar's first Super Bowl TV advertisement. And the kick-off ad went all out. "Rendezvous" was filmed in London and directed by Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech," "Les Miserables") with a score by Alexandre Desplat ("The King's Speech," "Argo," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," and over 100 more). And the three stars make quite a case for British Villains to reign forever. Mark Strong ("Sherlock Holmes") says "Maybe we just sound right." Tom Hiddleston ("The Avengers") instructs "A stiff upper lip is key." And Kingsley ("Ender's Game," "Iron Man 3") concludes "It's good to be bad. »
- Taylor Lindsay
A high-profile Grace Kelly biopic which stars Nicole Kidman as the Hollywood icon turned European princess has been dramatically removed from the release schedule just two months prior to its planned debut in cinemas.
Grace of Monaco has been plagued by rows between director Olivier Dahan and Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein over the final cut, with the former reportedly refusing to make suggested alterations ahead of the film's release. Now it appears the impasse has reached crisis point, with distributor The Weinstein Company, owned by Harvey and his brother Bob, finally admitting the biopic will not be finished in time for its planned March release date.
Dahan was fiercely critical of a version of the film apparently re-edited by Weinstein in October, labelling it a "pile of shit" and vowing not to agree to its release. »
- Ben Child
Martin Scorsese's comedy enjoys the third-biggest UK box-office debut for an 18-certificate film, while 12 Years a Slave holds steady in second place
• The Wolf of Wall Street attracts new complaints from disability groups
You might have thought the market was already crowded with Oscar fare. A three-hour 18-certificate comedy might be considered a distribution challenge. But Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street bulldozered past any such concerns, posting a sensational UK opening of £4.66m. That's the third-biggest debut for an 18-certificate film, behind just Hannibal (£6.40m) and Bruno (£5.00m). It's also well up on the openings of recent Scorsese films such as Hugo (£1.23m), Shutter Island (£2.25m) and The Departed (£2.30m). Previously, Scorsese's biggest opening was Gangs of New York, with £2.62m.
In the Us, The Wolf of Wall Street opened on Christmas Day (a »
- Charles Gant
We reminisce below over the humble Aussie acting beginnings of other Hollywood actors and actresses - and see which soaps spawned the most successful stars:
Chris Hemsworth played Jamie Kane in Neighbours back in 2002 and was in Home and Away as Kim Hyde from 2004 to 2007. The Aussie actor has since appeared in Hollywood blockbusters like Thor and The Avengers, and most recently played the late James Hunt in Ron Howard's Rush.
Hey, there's good Oscar news for fans of "12 Years a Slave," which reaped nine nominations. Just because "Gravity" and "American Hustle" lead with the most Oscar bids (10), that doesn't necessarily mean that either one is ahead to win Best Picture. Yes, it's true that the film with the most bids has prevailed two-thirds of the time since the Oscars standardized the number of nominees in 1945, but that trend has not played out in the past decade. Only four of the most recent 10 Best Picture champs led their contests with the most noms: "The King's Speech," "The Hurt Locker," "No Country for Old Men" and "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King." Below, the breakdown of most nominations per year, with the winner noted in gold: 2012 – "Lincoln" (12), "Life of Pi" (11), "Les Miserables" and "Silver Linings Playbook&q »
It's awards season, which means that right now, on a movie screen, a white guy is staring longingly and helplessly into the distance. It's nothing new: Sad white guys are a fixture of the Oscars. Les Misérables, Lincoln, Amour, The Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris, Hugo, The Descendants, Toy Story 3, The Fighter, The King's Speech, just to name a recent selection: They all prominently featured white guys down in the dumps about something, whether it was death, drugs, toy-death, or not living during a cool period of Paris. This year has melancholy Caucasians aplenty, so with the Oscar nominations coming tomorrow, we looked at all of the current sad white guys and rated and totaled their sadness and whiteness to determine what we're calling their "Morrissey" score, and listed them from least white/sad to most. To the whiteness! Movie: Saving Mr. BanksCharacter: Walt DisneyPlayed by: Tom HanksWhiteness: »
- Jesse David Fox
To win Best Picture at the Oscars, you usually need to pick up a few vital nominations like writing, editing, and directing. Those are a given: few films win the top prize without them. But those categories are not the only ones to watch closely. Consider 2010, when "The King's Speech" swept the nominations, including an unlikely bid for Sound Mixing. Sound categories tend to favor thrillers, action movies, epics, and musicals, so the inclusion of a smaller character-driven drama indicated how much support there was for the film across the board. The same year, "The Social Network" did pretty well, earning eight bids, but its canary in the coal mine was Andrew Garfield, who had received Best Supporting Actor plaudits throughout the season – including nods from the Golden Globes and BAFTAs – but was left out at the Oscars. Maybe that should have been our biggest clue that the academy just wasn't that into it. »
• American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave wrestle for Oscars
• Golden Globes 2014 – roundup
With Oscar nominations announced this Thursday, the annual awards season is now in full swing, presenting the perfect opportunity for a potentially challenging adult drama – Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave – to engage cinema audiences.
And so it proved, with a very healthy £2.51m opening for the gritty true story from just 207 cinemas, delivering a site average of £12,132.
Local distributor eOne was quick to trumpet this achievement as bigger than the UK opening of Slumdog Millionaire (£1.83m from 324 cinemas), and with a higher screen average than the debut of The King's Speech (£8,919). Both those titles were massive feel-good crowdpleasers that went on to achieve enormous multiples of their opening numbers. »
- Charles Gant
For a second year in a row -- and this is looking like how it's going to be from now on -- the Golden Globe winners have been revealed ahead of the Oscar nominations have not yet been announced. The Oscar nominations come this Thursday morning while Thursday night the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) will announce the winners of the 2014 Critics Choice Awards on Thursday night followed by the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday. So, yeah, it's time to start looking at these things even closer. As I have done for the last several years, today I offer my eighth installment of my "Globes vs. Oscars" column (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and we'll take a look at the past 29 years of Golden Globe winner history compared to the Oscars and see where last night's winners may gain an edge and where they most likely won't and we'll begin with the lead acting categories. »
- Brad Brevet
"Gravity" reaped a leading 11 BAFTA bids on Wednesday, including one for Best British Film. It qualified for this prize because it can boast of a British producer (David Heyman), a slew of British talent working below-the-line, and a shooting schedule that brought it to both Pinewood and Shepperton studios. But fans of Alfonso Cuaron's blockbuster should be rooting for one of its rivals in that race -- "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Philomena," "Rush," "Saving Mr. Banks," and "The Selfish Giant" -- to win that award. Since the British academy reintroduced Best British Film in 1992, separate from the top prize for Best Picture, only one movie -- "The King's Speech" (2010) -- has won both. It went on to take Best Picture at the Oscars too. Besides "Gravity," the only other domestic fare in the hunt for Best Picture is "Philomena," which reaped four bids in all. »
The BAFTAs have foreseen seven of the 12 Best Picture Oscar winners -- Gladiator" (2000), "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The Hurt Locker" (2009), "The King's Speech" (2010), "The Artist" (2011) and "Argo" (2012) -- since these kudos were moved up in 2000 to take place while academy members are still voting. Related: BAFTA Awards: 'Gravity' soars with 11 nominations Last year, "Argo" won only three of its seven BAFTA races, but they were big ones: Picture, Director (Ben Affleck) and Editing. While Affleck was snubbed by the Oscars, his film won Best Picture there as well as the editing and adapted screenplay prizes ("Silver Linings Playbook" had claimed the latter at the BAFTAs.) Other repeat winners with both the BAFTAs and Oscars included: "Les Miserables," which clai »
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