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They’re coming, whether we want them to or not. I’m looking forward to the host, that much I can say for sure.
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Both Unbroken and Selma were headed for the box office on Christmas day, along with Into the Woods, Big Eyes and American Sniper. Unbroken just barely edged out Into the Woods (which was in fewer theaters and had a higher per theater average), to become the Christmas day winner. Source: ...
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As a child, Graham Moore was a slight techie, and as a teen, Moore heard camp fire stories about Alan Turing. Intrigued by this camp fire legend, Moore was inspired to write a screenplay about Turing. The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing. We sat down with Moore ...
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As a treat for you readers, I interviewed the king of Oscar predicting, the one who started it all way back when, Tom O’Neil. Gold Derby has been revamped and improved continually over the years, and now includes a small calendar near the predictions that will take you back to ...
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My daughter drew this for me as a Christmas present. Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas!
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When Naomi Watts was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild the pundits kind of giggled and twittered about it being a major coup by the Weinstein Co. to bring an out of nowhere performance onto the Oscar stage. But really, that was just an example of dropping the ball, of ...
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The Oscar race for Best Picture looks a little like the shelves at Kmart after a Black Monday sale. The reason for that is because so many of the year-end hopefuls did not turn out to be the Big Oscar Movies everyone had come to expect after years like 2012 ...
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“It was an honor to work on this wonderful film and collaborate with a brilliant director like Alejandro González Iñárritu on Birdman. I’m deeply disappointed that the music branch of the Academy did not recognize my score as eligible, even after receiving a detailed cue sheet, a letter from the ...
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According to Deadline, the Birdman score has been disqualfied from competing for the Best Original Score category. The score, composed by Antonio Sanchez was left off the December 12 list of eligible films. Now an appeal that was filed has been denied. What does it mean? Sanchez’s drum heavy score ...
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Last year, all nine Best Picture nominees were on SEFCA’s list. Thanks Paddy: Best Film 1. The Grand Budapest Hotel 2. Boyhood 3. Birdman 4. Whiplash 5. The Imitation Game 6. Gone Girl 7. Snowpiercer 8. Nightcrawler 9. Foxcatcher 10. The Theory of Everything Best Director 1. Richard Linklater (Boyhood) ...
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1. Gone Girl, Selma, Boyhood Three films stand out as the year’s best to me for different reasons. If our taste in movies is a reflection of who we are, I am splintered three ways with three different expressions of the human experience. I don’t love or watch movies that ...
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(Press Release) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that Plan B Entertainment will receive the 2015 Visionary Award. Partners Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will accept the award at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards on January 24, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. ...
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I feel lucky to be living in a time when David Fincher is making great films, dark, smart and now, funny. Gone Girl, Fincher’s highest grossing film to date, just sailed past the $165 million mark. If you’ve never heard Fincher speak about movies, you’re in for a treat. There ...
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by Péter Szemmelveisz First of all, I have a confession to make : I resist this “Best Actress race is SO thin” line. I resist it because if we keep repeating it, it will take away from the glorious career moment of the winner (the best bet at the moment ...
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Director Rob Marshall has been credited for reviving the musical genre and bringing films like Chicago to the big screen. For his latest film, he adapts Stephen Sondheim’s beloved Into The Woods. Jazz Tangcay sat down with Marshall in a Beverly Hills hotel to talk about the film, social media, his thoughts ...
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(thanks to Paddy @screenonscreen) Best Film Gone Girl Best Director Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) Best Actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) Best Actress Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) Best Supporting Actor J. K. Simmons (Whiplash) Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year) Best Screenplay Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) Best Cinematography ...
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In case you haven’t been studying at the Oscar race for Best Picture for the last 16 years as I have, you might not remember why the Academy changed their rules in the first place. It was to cure the problem of so many genre movies with so few Best ...
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Kathryn Bigelow has seen Selma twice and did this Q&A with the director – DuVernay just posted this on Facebook.  She called DuVernay’s film “masterful,” and indeed, it is. DuVernay’s film is, like Bigelow’s work, visually compelling throughout, telling its story not just with dialogue but with expressions. It is ...
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The feds have just announced that they believe North Korea is indeed responsible for the Sony Hack which caused the studio, Sony Pictures, to ultimately pull the release of The Interview, which then caused a wave of uproar throughout internet channels and social media that our free speech was being ...
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You know Mommy was way “too much” for the conservative voters.  Ida will win this probably. Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director; Estonia, “Tangerines,” Zaza Urushadze, director; Georgia, “Corn Island,” George Ovashvili, director; Mauritania, “Timbuktu,” Abderrahmane Sissako, director; Netherlands, “Accused,” Paula van der Oest, director; Poland, “Ida,” Paweł Pawlikowski, director; ...

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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