THE BRIEF

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This might finally be the year that the Oscars stop being the be-all and end-all of film awards. The NAACP and the Spirit Awards are two massive awards shows that take place before the Oscars. They mean something when they mean something, and usually that means not falling in line with the consensus all of […]
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I think you have to be an old timer in the Oscar race to really get certain things about it. One of those things is the so-called “Norbit” myth that has its roots in Jeff Wells of Hollywood-Elsewhere’s imagined “take down” campaign of Eddie Murphy during the Dreamgirls. Wells was ...
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I don’t know who would ever be behind an attack on Boyhood. What I do know about people is this: it doesn’t take long for something that’s highly praised to be picked apart. “It isn’t really THAT good,” so the mantra goes. They said it about The Godfather, Schindler’s List, ...
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Three Time Oscar Winner Meryl Streep and Selma producer and star Oprah have been announced as presenters at this year’s Academy Awards. The Imitation Game Best Actor nominee, Benedict Cumberbatch and Best Actress nominees Reese Witherspoon and Marion Cotillard have also been added to the list. Last year’s winners; Lupita Nyong’O, ...
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Now fully grown Ellar Coltrane, whom we all watched grow up in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, gives a moving speech as he presents his movie parents Hawke and Arquette with the American Riviera Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Hawke also talks about Robin Williams, what it was like to ...
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The good news is that the BAFTAs haven’t happened yet – the bad news is we lost our old contest forms during a website hack that occurred yesterday. That means if you’re still interested in predicting the BAFTAs you can either use the return receipt that was sent to you ...
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Meryl Streep seems to defy any sort of constraints put upon her by our bizarre culture — by all rights she should have packed it in long ago – and yet here she is, holding the record for Oscar nominations, holding an electric guitar in 2015. Streep will star in ...
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Thanks, Vanity Fair, for all dirty sexy search terms. Need to see more? After the cut, topless Jennifer Lawrence holds a huge cockatoo, I kid you not. From Vanity Fair: Last July 29, on a Patrick Demarchelier shoot at a private residence in the Hollywood Hills, a giant Colombian red-tailed ...
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Please enter now – if you entered before yesterday you can either enter again below or else use the return receipt you received the first time. Good luck!
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17 years ago, Bill Condon and Ian McKellen collaborated on the masterful Gods and Monsters. Carter Burwell wrote the score. Bill Condon won an Oscar for his screenplay. Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave were nominated; neither of them won. Which would have been bad enough, but the actor who took ...

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Writer-director Richard Linklater’s latest and unique cinematic achievement is less about a 12-year production and more because of his almost seamless blend of the melodramatic and the quotidian. One doesn’t need a context to appreciate Boyhood, but the film does need a little defense against some younger twitterers whose reactions can ...
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Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Joe Letteri, Ryan Stafford, Matt Kutcher, Dan Lemmon, Hannah Blanchini Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Big Hero 6 Don Hall, Chris Williams, Roy Conli, Zach Parrish Outstanding Supporting ...
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Jared Leto, Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConnaghey and Lupita Nyong’o are all set to present at this year’s Academy Awards. All four took home Oscars last year for their roles in Dallas Buyers Club, Blue Jasmine, and 12 Years a Slave. Leto took to his Twitter page to announce the news: ...
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This Sunday, the British Academy will have their say as to what will win. Predicting the BAFTAS is always a tricky thing to do because they genuinely can be unpredictable. Making them even more unpredictable is that their voting practices have changed so many times over the years that it’s ...
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Beyonce will perform solo but will return to join John Legend and Common for a performance of Glory – which will no doubt bring down the house. From US Weekly: “We do have an incredible introduction to our performance,” Common exclusively told Us Weekly at the Tanqueray Trunk Show in ...
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The Directors Guild will announce Saturday – or the event I like to call “the night all pretty dreams come to an end.” Well, perhaps not if you happen to be someone who likes the consensus choice. Most of the time, I find myself on the opposite end of it, ...
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I’m guessing that the sequel will be more hot men on a slab and less conversation? Call it a hunch. I refuse to be that cliche of the older woman lusting after hot beefcake. So I’m not going to be. Really, I’m not. I’m not even going to watch this ...
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Each year, as other representations of our melting pot try to rise in the ranks of Hollywood, there is the weight of the status quo to contend with. Magazines need to sell because by now they are all fighting for their lives. They go with the sure bet most of ...
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People happen to us. They step in front of us, the stand behind us, they tower over us, they love us, they need us, they hate us, they remember us, they forget us, they inspire us, they help us. We are here with and for each other. It’s easy to ...
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Best Actress has been an unexciting race this year because Julianne Moore has been the projected winner since her shining reviews for Still Alice emerged from the Toronto Film Festival in September. Moore has never won an Academy Award, despite four nominations and twenty years of respected and lauded work. ...

The State of the Race

In this photo provided by the Producers Guild of America, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures for “Birdman” on stage at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

When this website first began its grand experiment of cracking the code of why some films make it into the Oscar race and why other films don’t, there were three major ...
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In a year where the outlook appeared to be barren without Breaking Bad and True Detective in contention, House of Cards began as the default Emmy consensus front-runner earlier this ...
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ADTV continues its Making the Case series with today’s entry for HBO’s Silicon Valley to win Outstanding Comedy Series. Clarence praises the shaggy-dog nature of the workplace sitcom and engaging ...
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From Sasha’s review of Youth at Cannes in May: Paolo Sorrentino just hit it out of the park here at Cannes, delivering what has to be the most compelling screening ...
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The Year of the Man marches on with Bradley Cooper in Burnt. Oh look, there’s Emma Thompson propping him up – and look, there’s Siena Miller helping him out. I ...
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