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Newsflash: We still have awhile before the Oscars. It's like a month away. But we can prepare anyway by revisiting the greatest hits of our leading nominees in the acting categories. Put on your angriest Annette Bening face and join us for this trip into prestige pictures currently streaming on Netflix. "The Kids are All Right" (Julianne Moore) Julianne Moore didn't pick up a nomination, but costars Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo did in this family drama (with funny moments) about a lesbian couple attempting to embrace the new-found presence of their kids' sperm donor. "The Kids are All Right" feels like a lost James L. Brooks gem set in 2010, and every performance has endearing and (intentionally) maddening moments. Julianne might play the most conflicted character at all, and she wears that indecision and personal guilt well. "My Week With Marilyn" (Eddie Redmayne) Is this a great movie? No. In fact, »
- Louis Virtel
After taking time out from features to play a warped version of himself in documentary I'm Still Here, Joaquin Phoenix made a sensational comeback in Paul Thomas Anderson's blistering 2012 drama The Master.
Critically-acclaimed roles in little-seen The Immigrant (reuniting him with director James Grey) and Spike Jonze's Her followed, and his latest role brings him back into orbit with Anderson for Inherent Vice.
A Thomas Pynchon adaptation that unfolds at the dawn of the '70s in La, Phoenix plays Larry "Doc" Sportello, a private detective adrift in a drug-fuelled haze as he searches for his ex Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston).
Phoenix refused to answer questions about Pynchon, the reclusive mastermind behind it all, but he did speak openly about continuing his working relationship with Anderson.
"He really creates an amazing atmosphere, you just feel bathed in a feeling when you enter his sets," he said. "He's »
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve got a new image from HBO’s upcoming Westworld TV adaptation, featuring Ed Harris as The Man in Black, a character described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man”…
Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name, Westworld is produced by Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), Lisa Joy (Burn Notice) and J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), and will see Harris joined in the cast by the likes of Anthony Hopkins (Thor: The Dark World), James Marsden (X-Men), Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hercules), Eddie Rouse (American Gangster), Demetrius Grosse (Justified), Kyle Bornheimer (Bachelorette), Currie Graham (Murder in the First), Lena Georgas (Ray Donovan), Steven Ogg (Grand Theft Auto V), Timothy Lee DePriest (With the Angels), Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood), Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Game: Mockingjay), Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire), Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope), Angela Sarafyan (The Immigrant), and Simon Quarterman »
- Gary Collinson
Joaquin Phoenix delivered one of the year.s best performances in Inherent Vice, for a movie too few people saw. Even less people saw The Immigrant, even though Phoenix was . again . amazing. Prior to those two 2014 parts, Phoenix completely crushed it in both Her and The Master. Basically, if I had a bankroll, I.d tell Joaquin Phoenix to go do whatever the hell he wanted. even though his next idea sounds crazy, bizarro bonkers. The eccentric actor was speaking with The Guardian in support of Paul Thomas Anderson.s Inherent Vice, which imagines Phoenix as the stoned-out SoCal private investigator "Doc" Sportello. But the conversation swirled around like marijuana smoke in the breeze, touching on so many aspects of the film industry. And when Phoenix talked about a project he.d like to do, he spoke about doing a superhero version of The Last Temptation of Christ, where Jesus »
In a continuation of last year’s initiative to shine the spotlight on non-mainstream achievements, the American Society of Cinematographers has nominated three d.p.s for its Spotlight Award, designed to recognize work “in features and documentaries that are typically screened at film festivals, internationally or in limited theatrical release.”
Landin was honored in April at the Newport Beach Film Fest as one of Variety’s 10 Cinematographers to Watch.
“These nominees have created some of the more inspiring and imaginative visuals our members have seen recently,” said Asc Awards chair Lowell Peterson in a statement. “We’re proud to recognize their innovative work, and we hope at the same time to raise the profile of these films, so more audiences have a chance to see their outstanding imagery. »
- Steve Chagollan
The American Society of Cinematographers has nominated “Concrete Night,” “The Immigrant” and “Under the Skin” for the Spotlight Award, an honor designed to bring attention to films whose main exposure has been through film festivals or limited theatrical release.
See photos: 19 Biggest Snubs and Surprises: Oscars 2015
This year’s nominees are Peter Flinckenberg for “Concrete Night,” a stark black-and-white film that was Finland’s Oscar entry »
- Steve Pond
For those of us who follow the Oscars year after year with an unhealthy degree of investment, born of the always-fragile and ill-advised hope that the Academy might actually get a few things right, this is not a particularly happy morning. It’s not always the case that one of the year’s best movies also happens to be one of its most historically, culturally and politically significant, and almost never is that movie directed by a black woman — an achievement that would matter little were “Selma” not so thoroughly deserving on its own merits.
Whether you chalk it up to racism, sexism, a popularity-contest mentality, excessive screener reliance, a highly selective backlash over perceived historical inaccuracies, or some toxic combination of all five, the Academy’s disregard for Ava DuVernay’s exceptional film is appalling, if not exactly unexpected in light of the film’s across-the-board shutout by the major guilds. »
- Justin Chang
Los Angeles — As always, there were a number of surprises Thursday morning with the announcement of the 87th Academy Awards nominations, but one of the biggest ones was Marion Cotillard's nod in the lead actress category for "Two Days, One Night." Cotillard, who won in the same category in 2008 for "La Vie en Rose," has earned a number of critical kudos this awards season for "Two Days," such as the Best European Actress award at the European Film Awards and critics' groups honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, Boston Society of Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics. That doesn't even include the recognition she received for her performance in "The Immigrant," which was also (finally) released last year. And yet, because she was looked over by SAG, "Two Days" didn't make the Best Foreign Language Film shortlist (a false indicator in any case) and »
- Gregory Ellwood
Critics' groups threw their weight behind Marion Cotillard, and it paid off in a most pleasantly unexpected way on Thursday morning. The "Two Days, One Night" Oscar nominee also deserves accolades for her ravishing, critically acclaimed performance in the overwhelming "The Immigrant" as a Polish woman who comes to America, arms full of dreams, only to discover how swiftly such dreams sour. Cotillard not only exhibits terrific command of the language (to these ears, anyway) but goes for broke in a nuanced, tender but knowingly spiky portrayal. But The Weinstein Company, which snagged the film from the 2013 Cannes competition slate before dumping it discreetly in a smattering of theaters a year later, refuses to position the film in the awards derby even though it was a hit overseas. Why? "There are a lot of things I cannot really talk about," Cotillard told me at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Birdman” led with nine Oscar nominations each on Thursday morning, followed by eight for “The Imitation Game,” while “American Sniper” came on strong with six (tying “Boyhood”).
This year’s awards season has been more unpredictable than usual. Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” once thought to be the frontrunner, fell off everybody’s radar quickly, and the Oscars didn’t give it any love in the main categories. The Academy also didn’t nominate Jennifer Aniston, who had picked up precursor nominations for “Cake;” Jake Gyllenhaal, who gave a career-best performance in “Nightcrawler:” Ava DuVernay, who was expected to make history as the first female African American director for “Selma;” and “Life Itself,” the tearjerker documentary about the final days of film critic Roger Ebert.
Here are the 17 biggest snubs and surprises.
Nobody campaigned harder than Jennifer Aniston this awards season, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
This year's Oscar race has been a thorny one to predict. Despite the emergence early on of a few front-runners in each category -- overall, the race has been dominated by "Boyhood" and "Birdman," with "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The "Theory of Everything," and "The Imitation Game" close behind -- it's those last few slots on the ballot in each category that are driving prognosticators nuts. Does "Selma" still have a strong shot in its eligible categories, or has the backlash soured Academy members? Is "Whiplash" big enough to make a dent outside the Supporting Actor category? Is "Nightcrawler" too creepy for the Academy?
We'll find out on Thursday, January 15, at 8:30 a.m. Et / 5:30 a.m. Pt, when the Academy announces this year's nominees. Meantime, here are Moviefone's best guesses as to who will earn a seat when the music stops on Thursday and who'll be left standing outside the circle. »
- Gary Susman
The most important thing to consider when looking at the 2015 BAFTA Awards nominations is that the voting process is actually (mostly) the opposite of the Academy Awards. For the Best Film and acting categories, the entire membership can vote on the nominations and winners. Other honors, such as Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Director, Editing, Make-Up & Hair, Original Music, Production Design, Sound, and Special Visual Effects, are determined completely by their respective branches. That means, for the most part, that the BAFTA nominations are a reflection of broad support in the top five races. Keep that in mind. The Oscars, on the other hand, are determined by branches first except for Best Picture. The final awards are then voted on by the entire membership except for a select number of categories. The BAFTAs are important because many see them as more in line with how the Academy membership »
- Gregory Ellwood
Film critics, we’re often told, don’t vote for the Oscars — but if they did, here’s what at least three of their nomination ballots might look like. We listed our top five choices for best director, actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, original/adapted screenplay and cinematography. For best picture, we allowed ourselves 10 choices, based on the unlikely but theoretically possible outcome of 10 nominees in that category.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Haluk Bilginer, “Winter Sleep”
Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
- Variety Staff
A sense of shock rumbled through the media’s coverage of year-end film award nominees. The reason? Jennifer Aniston’s name suddenly began to crop up among the acting contenders for her work as a prickly chronic pain sufferer in the little-seen indie film “Cake” (it opens in limited release on Jan. 23). She managed to sidestep such Oscar veterans as Hilary Swank (“The Homesman”), Marion Cotillard (“Two Days, One Night” and “The Immigrant”) and Amy Adams (“Big Eyes”) to claim a spot on the Screen Actors Guild’s list of female leads. Aniston also wound up on the Golden Globe roster of film actresses competing in the drama category and was one of the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s choices for best female lead in a movie. Prognosticators soon followed, quickly making sure to place Aniston among their picks for the top-five Best Actress candidates. But the pundits who regularly »
- Susan Wloszczyna
In what could be a preview of the awards season ahead, “Boyhood” swept the New York Film Critics Circle Awards in downtown Manhattan on Monday night. The drama by Richard Linklater, which took twelve years to make, picked up best picture, best director and best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette; more prizes than any other film.
Timothy Spall won best actor for “Mr. Turner,” Marion Cotillard received best actress for her dual leading performances in “Two Days, One Night” and “The Immigrant,” and J.K. Simmons was named best supporting actor for “Whiplash.” The winners, which were announced in advance, were on hand to accept their prizes at a seated dinner at Tao Downtown from presenters such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Bill Murray and Jon Stewart, who gave “Boyhood” the top prize.
“Why am I here?” Stewart asked. “When you win this many awards, you run out of people.” Stewart »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Senses of Cinema has posted the results of its 2014 World Poll and among the many other best-of-2014 lists we've gathered today is Reverse Shot's. #1 is Richard Linklater's Boyhood, followed by Alain Guiraudie's Stranger by the Lake, Tsai Ming-liang's Stray Dogs, Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language, James Gray's The Immigrant, Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez's Manakamana, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, Joaquim Pinto's What Now? Remind Me, Ramon Zürcher's The Strange Little Cat, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne's Two Days, One Night and Sergei Loznitsa's Maidan. » - David Hudson »
Celebrating this year’s honorees at the trendy Meat Packing District restaurant Tao, the New York Film Critics Circle offered starry salutes to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, double-winner Marion Cotillard (for The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night), and a broad range of other films and stars. The presenters also seemed determined to make sure no one forgot the alleged villain of last year’s festivities. Critic Armond White was ousted from the group in the wake of the 2014 ceremony following accusations that he insulted 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen. White, who writes for National Review, denied having made the remarks both at the time and in an essay published yesterday, in which he also slagged the group as “just one among dozens of celebrity-worshipping awards-givers.”
Circle Chairman Stephen Whitty quoted those words Monday night during his opening remarks at the group’s 80th awards ceremony. Sometime later, film polymath Paul Schrader cryptically wondered, »
- Jeremy Gerard
The National Society of Film Critics has always been an offbeat bunch, awarding prizes to more obscure films than flashier organizations like the Academy or the Hollywood Foreign Press. This year's crop of awards were no different, with the organization giving its top honor to an obscure indie film that most mainstream moviegoers probably never heard of.
"Goodbye to Language," an offbeat, 3-D movie from filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, was awarded Best Picture, beating out awards season favorite "Boyhood" by one vote. (Unlike most other organizations, the National Society of Film Critics releases its voting totals alongside its list of winners.)
Other winners selected by the society include Timothy Spall ("Mr. Turner") for Best Actor, Marion Cotillard ("The Immigrant" and "Two Days, One Night") for Best Actress, and Richard Linklater ("Boyhood") for Best Director. A partial list of winners, along with their vote tallies, is below; the full list is available here. »
- Katie Roberts
Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye To Language has been named Best Picture by the National Society of Film Critics.
The French director's 39th film beat bookies' favourite Boyhood by just one point in the final balloting, Variety reports.
The Nsfc has announced its "Best" and we have another treat for glum Marion Cotillard. She may have been fired from her job in Two Days One Night but the world's critics would love her to be gainfully employed for years to come.
The Nsfc is composed of "many of the country’s most distinguished movie critics" and were once the third holy in the critical trinity (with Nyfcc and Lafca) before the days when every single city in the nation was naming their best a development which has significantly dulled the power of critics awards altogether... or at least confused what it is about critics awards that anyone pays attention to anymore.
The most interesting thing is that though this critics society has "National" in its name, the members were just not that into American films this year. They've crossed the Atlantic for their major prizes handing Jean-Luc Godard »
- NATHANIEL R
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