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Oscar Wins By Studio: Fox Searchlight Tops Again

23 February 2015 8:55 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The 87th Oscars on Sunday marked the second consecutive big Academy Awards for Fox Searchlight, which on the strength of its second Best Picture winner in a row (Birdman, after 12 Years A Slave in 2014) and its Wes Anderson pic The Grand Budapest Hotel ran away with top studio honors with eight wins overall out of a leading 18 nominations going in. Only five studios had more than two trophies last night, with Sony Pictures Classics second overall with four nods, followed… »

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Oscar Scorecard by Movie and Studio

22 February 2015 10:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was a grand night for Fox Searchlight, which scored the most wins at the 87th Academy Awards with its top two films: “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” The two films were awarded 4 statues each, after also tying in nominations (9 each).

Birdman” took home the top prize for Best Picture, as well as Best Director for Alejandro Inarritu. The Michael Keaton-starrer also won for Cinematography and Original Screenplay.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” shined in below-the-line categories, winning for Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design and Costume Design. Alexandre Desplat, a double nominee (he was also in contention for his work on “The Imitation Game”), won the Oscar for Best Original Score.

Sony Pictures Classics also saw a successful evening, with “Whiplash” taking home 3 awards for J.K. Simmons, Editing and Sound Mixing, and Julianne Moore scoring Best Actress for “Still Alice.”

See the film scorecard below:

Birdman”: 4

“The Grand »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Oscars cliffhanger: Which races will point way to Best Picture winner?

22 February 2015 4:14 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

While 17 of our 29 Experts are predicting that "Birdman" is going to win Best Picture, a dozen of them expect "Boyhood" to prevail. Conversely, our Editors -- who did better than the Oscarologists last year by predicting 23 of the 24 races (versus 21 for the Experts) -- are split 4 to 3 in favor of "Boyhood." Also favoring "Boyhood" by a vote of 12 to 11 are our Top 24 Users, those readers who did the best predicting last year's winners. The final member of that elite two dozen is predicting an upset by "The Grand Budapest Hotel."  Though we will have to wait till the end of the three-hour plus kudocast to find out which group is right, there will be several signs along the way of the relative strength and weakness of the two frontrunners as well as that potential spoiler.  -Break- Related: Make your Oscar predictions, win $1,000 We are predicting that "Bo..."' »

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Costume Designers Guild awards winners: 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' 'Into the Woods,' ...

18 February 2015 3:00 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Four of the five Oscar nominees for Best Costume Design were in contention at the guild awards on Tuesday. As we predicted the Oscar frontrunner, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," claimed Best Period Costume Design over, among others, Oscar rival "Inherent Vice," as well as "The Imitation Game," "Selma" and "The Theory of Everything." The Oscar-nominated "Mr. Turner" was snubbed by the guild.  -Break- And we foresaw that Best Fantasy Costume Design win for Oscar nominee "Into the Woods" over another Academy Awards contender, "Maleficent," as well as "Guardians of the Galaxy," "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1)." Likewise, we forecast that "Birdman" would take Best Contemporary Costume Design over "Boyhood," "Gone Girl," &quo »

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BAFTAs Offer Oscar Clues as 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Racks Up Wins

8 February 2015 11:15 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Non-believers in live streaming, the Brits deliver an edited awards show two hours after the live show begins (1 Pm Pacific) on the BBC (BBC America stateside). The speedy show is a must-see for any cinephile, Anglophile or Oscar watcher, as many future Academy Award winners practice their acceptance speeches, and it does have impact on the race as Oscar voting gets under way and there is a sizable Brit block likely to be rallying around "The Imitation Game" and SAG-winner Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") as well as craft-friendly "The Grand Budapest Hotel." The rest of us eager to know the awards in real time can find them at the BAFTA site; I will also update winners regularly.  Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has chalked up three tech wins: Production Design, Hair and Makeup, and Score, for ubiquitous French composer Alexandre Desplat ("Unbroken," "The Imitation Game," "The King's. »

- Anne Thompson

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'Grand Budapest Hotel' and 'Birdman' top 2015 Art Directors Guild Awards

1 February 2015 12:06 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Art Directors Guild handed out their 2015 awards and outside of a Marvel Studios win in the Fantasy Film category, there weren't many surprises. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," arguably the Oscar frontrunner, took home the Period Film honor. "Budapest's" studio stablemate "Birdman" won the Contemporary Film award and "Guardians of the Galaxy" beat out "Interstellar" and "Into the Woods" in the Fantasy Film category.   Notable TV winners included "Game of Thrones," "True Detective," "Silicon Valley" and the 86th Academy Awards. The night also featured Anne Hathaway presenting the Guild's Cinematic Imagery Award to Christopher Nolan and George Clooney handing Production Designer Jim Bissell ("E.T.," "300," "Good Night, and Good Luck.") the Lifetime Achievement Award.   Presenters on hand included Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything"), Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), Tony Hale ("Veep"), Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory") and Margo Martindale ("The Americans"). A complete list of all of »

- Gregory Ellwood

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The 17 Biggest Oscar Nomination Snubs and Surprises

15 January 2015 7:51 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

Snub: Jennifer Aniston, “Cake.”

Nobody campaigned harder than Jennifer Aniston this awards season, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Top Oscar Nominees

15 January 2015 5:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox Searchlight soared on Thursday at the 87th Academy Award nominations as two of its films, “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” led the field with nine nominations each.

Both movies were nominated for best picture and each film’s helmer, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu of “Birdman” and Wes Anderson, picked up best directing nods.

The Imitation Game” was close behind with eight mentions, including a nod for star Benedict Cumberbatch, while Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” and “Boyhood” had six nominations each.

Eight movies will compete for best picture this year including “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Selma.”

Eastwood and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, however, were snubbed in the directing category. “Selma” actor David Oyelowo was also left out of the best acting category, which included Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne.

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- Tim Gray

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Directors Guild Nominations Announced

13 January 2015 10:02 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Directors Guild of America has nominated Wes Anderson for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Clint Eastwood for “America Sniper,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for “Birdman,” Richard Linklater for “Boyhood” and Morten Tyldum for “The Imitation Game” for its feature film directing award.

The winner, based on voting by the 15,000 DGA members, will be announced Feb. 7 at the 67th DGA Awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

Key contenders excluded included Ava DuVernay for “Selma,” David Fincher for “Gone Girl” and Christopher Nolan for “Interstellar.” The nominations for Eastwood, his fourth, and Tyldem were the biggest surprises.

It was the first nomination for Anderson, Linklater and Tyldum.

“Couldn’t be more excited to be recognized by my peers,” Tyldum said. “I am thrilled that my fellow directors gave me this honor, and to be in this group of talented artists is overwhelming. I am truly over the moon.”

Eastwood won the »

- Dave McNary

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Golden Globes: No Box Office Bump for This Year’s Winners

12 January 2015 8:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Boyhood” were the big winners at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, picking up statuettes for best comedy and best drama, but the box office benefits for both films will be scant.

A big part of the problem is that audiences will be hard pressed to find either film at the local multiplex. “Boyhood” was released last summer and is only kicking around in 20 theaters. It debuted on home entertainment platforms last week. Likewise, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” hasn’t been on the bigscreen for months — its Blu-ray and DVD unveiling came way back in June. The win could help disc sales, though not as much as a date with Oscar will boost future revenues.

So why do studios campaign so aggressively, spending millions of dollars in the pursuit of these shiny baubles?

It’s because mentioning these films and the actors who star in them »

- Brent Lang

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Golden Globe Winners 2015 – Updated List

11 January 2015 4:41 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stay tuned for the updated list of winners from the 72nd annual Golden Globes.  The 2015 ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC.

Full list of nominations:

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel


Into the Woods


St. Vincent

Lead Actor in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical

Winner: Michael KeatonBirdman

Ralph Fiennes – Grand Budapest Hotel

Bill MurraySt. Vincent

Joaquin PhoenixInherent Vice

Christoph WaltzBig Eyes

Lead Actress – TV Drama

Winner: Ruth WilsonThe Affair

Claire DanesHomeland

Viola DavisHow to Get Away With Murder

Julianna MarguliesThe Good Wife

Robin WrightHouse of Cards


Winner: Richard LinklaterBoyhood

Wes Anderson – Grand Budapest Hotel

David FincherGone Girl

Ava DuVernaySelma

Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman

Lead Actor – TV Drama

Winner: Kevin SpaceyHouse of Cards

Clive OwenThe Knick

Liev SchreiberRay Donovan

James SpaderThe Blacklist

Dominic WestThe Affair »

- Variety Staff

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‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Tops ‘Theory of Everything’ and ‘Imitation Game’ in BAFTA Nominations

8 January 2015 11:42 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything” are the five contenders for the best film of 2014 at the Ee British Academy Film Awards, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced on Friday morning in London.

The Grand Budapest Hotel” led all films with 11 nominations, with “Birdman” receiving 10. The two British biopics, “The Theory of Everything” and “The Imitation Game,” received 10 and nine nominations, respectively.

Boyhood” and “Whiplash” received five nominations each.

The five top films, all considered strong Oscar Best Picture contenders, led a group of BAFTA nominees that are »

- Steve Pond

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‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Birdman,’ ‘Theory of Everything’ Lead BAFTA Nominations

8 January 2015 11:16 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Birdman” and “The Theory of Everything” lead the BAFTA nominations race.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” came top with 11 nominations, while “Birdman” and “The Theory of Everything” have 10 noms each. “The Imitation Game” followed with nine noms.

In the best film category, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” competes with “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything.”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” also features in the best director contest, where its helmer, Wes Anderson, is up against “Birdman’s” Alejandro G. Inarritu, “Boyhood’s” Richard Linklater, “The Theory of Everything’s” James Marsh and “Whiplash’s” Damien Chazelle.

BAFTA film awards host Stephen Fry and “The Hunger Games” actor Sam Claflin revealed the nominations on Friday.

The awards will take place on Feb. 8 at London’s Royal Opera House.

2014 Nominations (presented in 2015)

Best Film

Birdman Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood Richard Linklater, »

- Leo Barraclough

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'Boyhood,' 'Grand Budapest,' 'Guardians' score Writers Guild nominatons

7 January 2015 10:27 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel were among those nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Writers Guild Awards, while Gone Girl and Marvel's summer hit Guardians of the Galaxy ended up with nominations in the Adapted category. Drumming drama Whiplash scored a nomination as an original screenplay; however, it will be considered in the Adapted category of the Academy Awards, arguably putting it in a more competitive field. A number of films that are thought to be in contention for the Oscars were not eligible for the WGA. HitFix reported that Selma, Birdman, and The Theory of Everything are »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Writers Guild Nominations Include ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘American Sniper’ and ‘Boyhood’

7 January 2015 10:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ “Nightcrawler” and “Whiplash” have been nominated for top original screenplay by the Writers Guild of America, while adapted screenplay nominations have gone to “American Sniper,” “Gone Girl,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Imitation Game” and “Wild.”

Winners will be announced Feb. 14 in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York following voting by 12,000 WGA members.

The nomination for James Gunn and Nicole Perlman’s adapted script was the biggest surprise on Wednesday. The WGA excluded a dozen high-profile scripts this year — including the screenplays for “Birdman,” “Selma” and “The Theory of Everything” — due to restrictions on eligibility, which are far more rigorous than those of SAG-aftra or the Directors Guild of America.

Most exclusions stem from the requirement that scripts be written by a WGA member and produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U. »

- Dave McNary

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‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘Selma’ Nominated by Costume Designers

7 January 2015 8:44 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Into the Woods” and “Inherent Vice” are among the nominees for the 16th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, the CDG announced on Wednesday.

So is “Selma,” which ended a 0-for-5 drought and picked up its first guild nomination of the year.

The guild chooses nominees in three separate categories: Excellence in Contemporary Film, Excellence in Period Film and Excellence in Fantasy Film. In recent years the Cdg has typically nominated three or four of the films that will go on to receive Oscar nominees for Best Costume Design – and in virtually every case, they’ve come »

- Steve Pond

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Imitation Game’ Among Producers Guild Nominations

5 January 2015 9:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “Gone Girl,” “Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Nightcrawler,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash” have been nominated for the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for top feature film.

The winner will be announced Jan. 24 in the PGA’s 26th annual awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The PGA has about 6,000 members.

Nightcrawler” was probably the biggest surprise among the 10 nominees, while “Into the Woods,”  “Selma,” “Unbroken” and “Wild” were among the notable exclusions.

Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” wound up in a dead heat last year as both won the Zanuck award — the first tie in the PGA’s 25-year history for the trophy. The PGA uses the preferential balloting system employed for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the Oscars.

The PGA also announced “Big Hero 6,” “The Book of Life,” “The Boxtrolls,” “How To Train Your Dragon 2 »

- Dave McNary

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