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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… »
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).
“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.
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- Shelli Weinstein
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..."' »
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 »
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
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
“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
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.
This year »
- Tim Gray
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
“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
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
Lead Actor in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical
Ralph Fiennes – Grand Budapest Hotel
Lead Actress – TV Drama
Wes Anderson – Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman
Lead Actor – TV Drama
- Variety Staff
“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.
The five top films, all considered strong Oscar Best Picture contenders, led a group of BAFTA nominees that are »
- Steve Pond
“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.
The awards will take place on Feb. 8 at London’s Royal Opera House.
2014 Nominations (presented in 2015)
- Leo Barraclough
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
“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
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
“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.
“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.
- Dave McNary
17 items from 2015
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