Dolby Atmos have given us three copies of the sweeping romance The Age of Adaline on Blu-ray. Blake Lively is captivating as Adaline, a 29-year-old who survives a near-death experience and from that day on, never grows older. Adaline guards her secret and her heart for eight decades until a charming philanthropist (Michael Huisman) and his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) force Adaline to confront her destiny in this unforgettable tale about the timeless power of love.

The Age of Adaline Blu-ray is encoded in Dolby TrueHD and features a Dolby Atmos soundtrack, which delivers captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience, immersing them in the action. The unique audio positioning functionality of Dolby Atmos means that sounds exist as individual entities that are precisely placed and moved in three-dimensional space.


To enter, all you need to do is tweet @awardsdaily and use the hashtag #dolbyatmos. (U.S only).


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To celebrate the release of Pixels, Awards Daily is giving away three prize packs. The pack includes a t-shirt, a Fandango gift card and a mini water pistol.

Pixels is an action-packed sci-fi where aliens invade Earth using classic arcade games as models of attack. Whether these attacks involve Pacman munching his way through the streets of New York City or Space Invaders attacking from above, the power of Dolby Atmos brings the audience into the Pixels universe. It does this by adding an overhead dimension – a new sensation of height immerses you in the action, creating a full audio atmosphere and realistically depicting objects moving overhead, in addition it allows sounds to exist as individual entities that are precisely placed and moved in three-dimensional space.

To enter all you need to do is Tweet @Awardsdaily and use the Hashtag #Dolbyatmos to win. Enter by August 7, 2015

Check out the trailer below:

Pixels is on general release now.


Dolby are giving away a copy of the brand new thriller, The Gunman on Blu-ray.

The Gunman, a pulse-pounding film with two-time Academy Award-winner Sean Penn. It’s been eight years since Jim Terrier (Penn) worked as a black ops assassin and now someone from his old organization wants him dead. Pursued across Africa and Europe by elite hitmen, Terrier is dragged back into his dangerous past as he engages in a relentless cat-and-mouse game to take out the man who betrayed him.

The thrilling ride of a movie is enhanced with Dolby Atmos, which allows viewers to immerse themselves in the action and brings the fight scenes to life. The unique audio positioning functionality of Dolby Atmos means that sounds exist as individual entities that are precisely placed and moved in three-dimensional space. For instance, every audience members can here individual bullets zip past them as the gun fight scenes rage on.

Tweet @awardsdaily and use the hashtag #dolbyatmos. Three lucky followers will win.


To celebrate the release of Oscar nominated American Sniper on blu-ray, Awards Daily are giving away three copies of the film.

A unique film with no orchestral score, American Sniper uses intense surround sound to build tension and evoke the character’s fragile emotional state. Sound is a crucial element that supports distinguishing Kyle’s (Bradley Cooper) reality at home from his war world. You can hear the subtle complex surround elements in his home world, while the warzone carries lifelike nature sound elements mixed with powerfully echoing gunshots that are amplified with Dolby Atmos.

Read an interview with the sound team on the film’s sound design and mixing on TheWrap.

Dolby Atmos brings movies to life by creating an immersive audio environment, improving the viewing experience even if you don’t have a Dolby Atmos sound system at home.

To enter Tweet Awards Daily using the hashtag #dolbyatmos

Read the Awards Daily interview with Jason Hall.

Entries must be receive by June 5, 2015.


To celebrate the release of the new blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Dolby Atmos are giving away a pair of Avenger branded headphones  produced by Kid Designs/iHome and a pair of movie theatre tickets.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is the latest installment of the Avengers franchise and brings fans one step further into the Marvel universe. By enjoying the movie in Dolby Atmos viewers will become part of that universe as the immersive object-based audio experience brings the movie to life.

Some of the scenes that really highlight the strengths of Dolby Atmos are when the Hulk hurdles from above and crashes into the scene and Quicksilver flints back and forth with superhuman speed—you’ll find yourself flinching and dodging with the action. Also, make sure to catch the intensely gripping battle between Ultron and the Avengers that is amplified with Dolby Atmos.


To enter : All you need to do is use tweet Awardsdaily and use the hashtag #Dolbyatmos.


The lucky winner will receive a pair of headphones and 2 movie tickets courtesy of Fandango.



***USA ONLY***


Nice offer, courtesy of Dolby Atmos sound system:

We have some copies of the movie, John Wick, we’d love to share with you before it’s released to the public on Blu-ray on February 3. In addition to being one of last year’s slickest movies, it’s also the latest Blu-ray released with Dolby Atmos sound. Dolby Atmos, which started in the cinema in 2012 and came to home theater just last year, is multidimensional sound that flows all around to move your mind, body, and soul.

We’ll select a reader’s name at random. To get your name in the hat, post a comment about the most impressive movie soundscape you ever heard — last year or ever.


Rave reviews for the Dolby Atmos soundtrack for John Wick:

“Good grief I love listening to this movie. It sounds amazing.” – Aaron Peck, High Def Digest

“…your home theater experience is amped up here with bullets zinging by you, glass shattering behind you and rain fall all around you. In other words, you’re immersed here. Enjoy it!” – Brian White, Why So Blu


We’re giving away a book pack for our AwardsDaily giveaway.  To get the pack, please write a haiku of this silly season.  Remember, they are five syllables, then seven, then five!  We are giving away Matt Zoller Seitz’ new Wes Anderson book, Robert Osborne’s Oscar book, Karina Longworth’s Meryl Streep book and the Stanley Kubrick archives.  All together!

We will pick two winners for this delightful package.

I’ll start.

It’s way too quiet.
Oscar season gets ugly.
The race is too close.

They doubted Meryl
Not the smartest thing to do.
Meryl owns your ass.

Your turn!!

If you haven’t already entered the contest to win a year’s subscription to Warner Archive, you can leave a comment in any of the Scorsese posts over at Kumbaya to enter. You can also make comments on the other posts because your name will only count once.

Today’s question: how many times has Scorsese lost Best Director to an actor turned director. Answer here.



Enter to win a year’s subscription to Warner Archive’s Instant, the easiest way to watch all of your favorite Warner Bros movies on demand! This month’s  Award’s Daily contest is themed after Award Winning Director, Martin Scorsese. Martin Scorsese began making movies in the 1970s. Thirty years later, The Professor is still at work, and about to release his fifth collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street.

To enter, answer the question in the comment box below the Martin Scorsese post. I will be posting one question a day for five days so be sure to answer all and share to your facebook/twitter to increase your chances of winning!

Below is the link to the Warner Archive Page on Kumbuya. If you are not yet a part of the Warner Archive community, it takes only a minute to connect to Facebook. Leave your comment below the Martin Scorsese question of the day and you will be one step closer to winning! Good luck

Contest link:



Jonas Grondahl  
Sean Gallagher  
Dustin Remmert
Jpns Viewer
Eric P.

Please send an email to: to claim your prize!  Congratulations.


The two winners from our Before Sunrise giveaway are: KaMeek Lucas Taitt and Jordan. Please write me to claim your prize.

AwardsDaily is giving away five copies of Rainer on Film: Thirty Years of Film Writing in a Turbulent and Transformative Era. Anyone who writes about film today should read this book. Please submit a comment simply naming which film you think should have won Best Picture in 1979: Kramer vs. Kramer, Apocalypse Now, Breaking Away, Norma Rae, All That Jazz.

Peter Rainer’s book of film essays covers the last thirty years in Hollywood. For anyone at all interested in seeing how film criticism has evolved in recent decades, or in hearing how Hollywood has been transformed, this is a must-read. We’re fortunate to have a few film writers out there who lived through the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and continue to enlighten us to this day. Some of them know where the bodies are buried. Most of them have yet to tell their tales about how they think Hollywood has changed. But this book serves as a detailed chronicle, reminding us what Rainer was thinking back then and tracing the arc of film history all the way up to what he thinks now.

As an avid fan of 70s cinema (it has never gotten better) I particularly enjoyed his essays about industry developments in those years. There is an essay, for instance, about that decade’s movie stars like Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, and how comparatively little draw they had at the box office. “In five years,” Rainer writes, “the annual number of studio-financed films will be down to seven, and they will all star Barbra Streisand.”

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master will be released on Blu-ray and DVD February 26th. Anchor Bay Home Entertainment and The Weinstein Company have offered us 2 copies to give to Awards Daily readers. All you need to do to qualify is leave a comment with a few lines about why you think The Master is one of the best films of 2012.

Haunted by his past, WW-II veteran and drifter Freddie Quell crosses paths with a mysterious movement called The Cause, led by Lancaster Dodd aka “The Master” and his wife Peggy. Their twisted relationship is the core of this film that is “a glorious and haunting symphony of color, emotion and sound with camera movements that elicit an involuntary gasp and feats of acting that defy comprehension (A.O Scott, The New York Times).”

Special Features:

  • “Back Beyond” Outtakes – Additional Scenes Music by Jonny Greenwood (20 min)
  • “Unguided Message” – 8 Minute Short
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Trailers
  • Teasers
  • “Let There Be Light” (1946) – John Huston’s landmark documentary about WWII veterans (58 Minutes)
  • Digital Copy

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Gallery1988 will present “For Your Consideration,” their first collaborative exhibition featuring art inspired by the 2012 Best Picture Oscar® nominees, on display February 14 through 17 at Gallery1988 Melrose in Los Angeles. The images can currently be viewed in a digital gallery at

“Working hand-in-hand with the Academy has been a dream come true for Gallery1988 and its artists,” said Jensen Karp, co-owner and co-curator of Gallery1988. “So much inspiration has come from past Oscar telecasts as well as the amazing range of films that have been nominated this year. It was a perfect fit for our style of artwork and treatment, and we can’t wait to show everyone the results of some of our most creative contemporary minds.”

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Congratulations to Ben Gordon and (I decided to give out another) of the Tarantino disk set to Cameron (charvey81208). Please email for prize info.

And now onto our special Christmas giveaway. For this contest you have a choice. You can enter a haiku about awards season, if you’re feeling up to it, or you can put down your favorite movie to watch around the holidays.

The prize is – a portable blu-ray player!



My favorite Christmas movies are It’s a Wonderful Life, No Country for Old Men, The Apartment, Love Actually, and the Twilight Zone marathon.  And here’s a haiku.

Anne Hathaway sing.
Fantine est miserables.
Because Russell Crowe.

My tiger is mean.
He and I live on a boat.
It’s a good story.

He might be crazy.
Silver linings everywhere.
You move your junk, girl.

Your turn! Good luck! Merry Christmas!

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282 films. Dig deep in the haystack to find every film that met eligibility rules to qualify for this year’s Best Picture Oscar. Interesting to scan through the vast range of titles. The exceptional gems virtually jump out to catch our eye while the less fortunate barely register. We’ve already seen several high-profile Top Ten lists published. Today we’re asking you, Awards Daily readers, to rank your own ten favorite movies of 2012. We’ll select one of your lists at random to win the new Tarantino bluray box set.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Two hundred eighty-two feature films are eligible for the 2012 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

To be eligible for 85th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

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The winner of a $100 Amazon Gift Card for Awards Daily’s Thanksgiving giveaway goes to Asif Khan.

The winner of the Universal Monster Collection DVD or Blu-ray box set is Squasher88.

Congratulations! Check with Sasha at to let her know your address information.

Since it’s Thanksgiving, it’s a great time to tell all of you readers thank you. Thanks for turning up every day to read our posts and occasionally comment. AwardsDaily (nee Oscarwatch) has always been about the readers. Thanks for the tweets and emails that you send, the tips and news items, the praise and criticisms – we appreciate it.

To give something back, Ryan and I would like to offer up an Amazon gift card for $100. We went back and forth on what would be a great gift but perhaps the best gift is a choice to get what one lucky commenter would like.

To enter, please leave in the comments which actor, writer or director you are most grateful for.

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Back in the 1970s, women bought fat juicy novels to take with them to the beach. Those were the days of Jackie Suzanne. Because I was a kid then I remember so many of these books floating around and my sisters and I were read them, even grossly inappropriate ones like Valley of the Dolls. It was how we first saw the novel Jaws, that giant shark swimming up to catch the unaware swimmer. And it was how I first heard of the Exorcist. The book was the scariest thing I’d ever contemplated which was why I never read it. But my older sister did. I remember her telling us younger ones about how the little girl in the book carved out the words “help me” on her stomach. It was, of course, a big deal when The Exorcist came out. Back then, parents took their kids to movies, even movies like that one.  How else can I explain that I saw The Exorcist as a child? It was the scariest thing I’d ever seen and it just got more and more scary as the years wore on. As many times as I’ve seen it, and despite my being an atheist, it still scares the shit out of me.

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If you ask most people (a.k.a. the white male majority that covers film criticism now and holds most of the power that drives the US film industry to churn out the kind of crap it does every summer) what they think of Lincoln they will tell you probably something similar to what this anonymous dude wandering out of a screening just transmitted to the NY Post’s Lou Lumenick, who then posted it as credible:

“The performances of Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, and Hal Holbrook were great,” wrote this person, a passionate moviegoer who is not connected with the film industry, who flatly predicts that Day-Lewis will get a Best [Actor] nomination in the title role. “Sally Field was miscast as Mrs. Lincoln, Joseph Gordon Levitt as Lincoln’s eldest son was OK but he really didn’t add anything to the story.

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Fox announces on Facebook today: “Pandora comes to life like never before with the ultimate home video viewing experience.” For the first time ever, a deluxe 3-disc 3D edition of Avatar can be seen on your home screen. October 16th — a month after 3D Titanic’s re-release on Blu, Sept 10.

Event films like Jaws, Titanic and Avatar are a class of movies unto themselves Their impact on popular culture goes beyond thei aesthetic value to become part of our collective psyche. They occupy an oversized place in the hearts of many moviegoers because the excitement of the matinee imprints the theater experience as deeply as any historical milestone with vivid memories of “Where were you when…” Directors like D.W. Griffith and Cecil B DeMille understood that the spectacle splashed onscreen was its own subject, and they sometimes seemed chose a story just because it was Bigger Than Life. This might help explain how the presentation of The Greatest Show on Earth (“”n Glorious Technicolor!”) made critics and Academy members swoon despite its relatively rickety melodrama. This summer, the AMPAS has been conducting special screenings of films shot in 70mm, confirming that a technology can become its own genre.

We’re giving away 3 copies of Avatar in honor of these technical advancements. You can enter to win one by sharing a theater experience when the science in Arts and Sciences hit you as hard as the art. When buying a ticket to be blown away was an Event that perhaps exceeded the merit of the movie itself but needs no apology because the thrill you felt was so memorable.

The Fox press release for Avatar 3D Blu-ray, after the cut.

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