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"The Academy Has a Certain Kind of Taste" and More Oscar Bits

In anticipation of The King’s Speech winning many gold statues in eleven days, David Poland, who once said, in no uncertain terms, “The Social Network will never win Best Picture,” reminds us that the “they” really can be pointed in the right direction, told just when to push the button ...

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Saoirse Ronan is Hanna – trailer, clips, poster

Joe Wright’s Hanna, scheduled for release in the US April 8 (UK May 6), features Saoirse Ronan as a teenage assassin, Eric Bana as the father who trained her, and Cate Blanchett as a CIA agent who tries rather unsuccessfully to tame and contain her. The story follows a 14-year-old ...

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Giveaway – Your Oscar Story

We did this last year and it was wonderful reading what many of you readers had to say about your first and most important Oscar moment.  How did you lose your virginity? My half-obsession with predicting the Oscars started when The Silence of the Lambs beat Bugsy.  I knew that ...

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Caption This!

The brand new Arthur poster as posted on JustJared “Where did my real body go? ¬†Last time I checked I was built like a brick shithouse!” – Helen Mirren

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Xenophobia

I thought I would put out a separate post for those frothing at the mouth because they think we’re xenophobic here at Awards Daily because we have brought up the irony of a British independent film made by British filmmakers starring British people about a British monarch being the frontrunner ...

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The State of the Race – Tilting at Windmills

There has never been an Oscar year on record that had such strong opposing forces at play – when the critics stand in unison behind one movie, as they did with No Country for Old Men, The Hurt Locker and now, The Social Network, they are essentially saying — “we ...

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Oscar Poker Episode 21

Jeff Wells and I are Joined this week by Scott Feinberg. [display_podcast]

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Helena Bonham Carter & "the best supporting wives"

Enjoy these leisurely 3 minutes of distinctive warmth and wit while you can because you won’t be hearing any speeches this passionately expansive on Oscar night when the winners are forced to shoehorn their natural emotions into 45 pressurized seconds of Beat-the-Clock. A modest proposal: so long as we’re giving ...

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Fiennes wows Berlinale Fest with Coriolanus

Over the weekend the Weinsteins snatched up US distribute rights to Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus, updating Shakespeare in terms of a contemporary political thriller. That preemptive buy, made well in advance of last night’s premiere, confirms Harvey is savvy and prescient as ever. THR‘s critic Ray Bennett says Coriolanus is “a ...

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Happy Valentine's Day from Colin Firth

A lovely video about how Colin Firth met his wife of 14 years:

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Giveaway: American Sniper

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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 ...

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What will the Academy’s Doc Branch do About the new NY Times Critics Policy?

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The New York Times has announced a new policy where it will no longer — can no longer — guarantee to review every movie that comes out. Smart, considering the kind of movies that are being released now that really need no critic to review them.  It does have an impact on the Academy’s doc branch, however, because their rule requires a film to be reviewed either by the New York Times or the LA Times to qualify. It’s all on the Los Angeles Times, says a spokesperson in the Academy about the documentary branch’s rule that films must be ...

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Why is Nobody Talking About What Serial Left Out?

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Sarah Koenig today updated fans of the wildly popular, game-changing podcast series Serial with an update on the new shows, yet another award they won and the recent news about the case against Adnan Syed. Syed was the subject of the podcast and is currently serving a life sentence, 15 years in, for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, 17 year-old Hae Min Lee. While there have been plenty of websites salivating over the recent update on Syed’s case, including Huffington Post, The Frisky, and a few others, there is still a glaring flaw in the story that began with Serial ...

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AFFRM Hosts 12-Hour Twitter Takeover with over 40 Black Filmmakers

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Check it out — taking action via social media, Ava DuVernay’s AFFRM will host a 12-hour long Twitter takeover “with over 40 black feature filmmakers to raise awareness for AFFRM’s mission called Array Releasing. AFFRM + ARRAY’s amplifies varied voice and visions in film and is currently in the middle of a member drive at www.arrayaction.com.” Filmmakers from far and wide are standing with AFFRM + ARRAY from hot festival favorites like Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) and Rick Famiyuwa (Dope) to studio stalwarts like Tyler Perry (For Colored Girls), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond The Lights) and Malcolm Lee (The Best Man) ...

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An Appreciation of Michael Mann’s Heat, 20 Years On

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by guest author Nick Clement Find Nick here Michael Mann’s Heat represents the finest distillation of the filmmaker’s stylistic and narrative obsessions, the ultimate synthesis of plot, character, and action, all fused together in a nouveau package that still feels fresh and contemporary 20 years after its initial release. Mann, a writer/director who has often reached greatness throughout his career, appears to be most comfortable when telling stories about crime and its effects on the various people that surround his multilayered stories. A reworking of his earlier NBC movie of the week, L.A. Takedown, Heat still holds up now even ...

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The State of the Race: On the Hunt for Important Men Doing Important Things

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The Oscar race could be flipped this year to feature films about important women doing important things, which would be highly significant in that it could mirror what’s happening, or might soon happen, in the Oval Office. Pixar’s Inside Out is here to represent on the animation side. Charlize Theron and her gang of feminist fugitives could dominate the effects genre films for the year, eclipsing Age of Ultron quite handily. Perhaps The Force Awakens will indeed feature a female at its center (not counting on it just yet). Finally, we have two films headed for the Best Picture race, ...

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Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan wins Palme d’Or at Cannes; Rooney Mara, Emmanuelle Bercot share Best Actress prize

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Palme d’or: Dheepan, dir. Jacques Audiard Grand Prix (second prize): Son of Saul, dir. Laszlo Nemes. Best Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien, The Assassin Jury Prize – The Lobster, dir. Yorgos Lanthimos Best Actress: Rooney Mara, Carol & Emmanuelle Bercot, Mon Roi Best Actor: Vincent Lindon, Measure of a Man Camera d’Or – Land and Shade, writer/director Cesar Acevedo

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Festival de Cannes 2015, open thread

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[Update: the live stream of the broadcast has of course ended, but the discussion continues after the cut.] From May,13th to May,24th 2015, join us for live coverage of the Festival de Cannes Competition 24/24 (Red Carpet, Press Conferences, Photocall) TODAY’S AGENDA Sunday, 24th May 18h00 Red carpet Ice and the sky – Luc Jacquet 20h00 Awards evening 20h15 Press conference Jury 20h30 Photocall Award Winners 20h45 Press conference Award Winners 21h15 Interview Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux

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Todd Haynes’ Carol awarded the Queer Palm

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Todd Haynes’ Carol has been named the winner of the 2015 Queer Palm prize at Cannes. The Queer Palm was instituted in 2010 by journalist Franck Finance-Madureira to honor films for their portrayal of LGBT themes, and is selected from among all the films nominated or screened at Cannes each year. Queer Palm Winners 2010: Kaboom – dir. Gregg Araki 2011: Beauty – dir. Oliver Hermanus 2012: Laurence Anyways – dir. Xavier Dolan 2013: Stranger by the Lake – dir. Alain Guiraudie 2014: Pride – dir. Matthew Warchus 2015: Carol – dir. Todd Haynes

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Cannes 2015: Un Certain Regard

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PRIZE OF UN CERTAIN REGARD HRÚTAR (Béliers / Rams) by Grímur Hákonarson JURY PRIZE ZVIZDAN (Soleil de plomb / The High Sun) by Dalibor Matanić BEST DIRECTOR PRIZE Kiyoshi Kurosawa for KISHIBE NO TABI (Vers l’autre rive / Journey to the Shore) UN CERTAIN TALENT PRIZE COMOARA (Le Trésor / Treasure) by Corneliu Porumboiu PROMISING FUTURE PRIZE MASAAN by Neeraj Ghaywan Ex aequo NAHID by Ida Panahandeh

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Cannes Directors’ Fortnight winners

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SACD Prize My Golden Days (Arnaud Desplechin) Europa Cinemas Label Mustang (Deniz Gamze Erguven) Art Cinema Award Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra) Illy Prize Rate Me! (Fyzal Boulifa) Special Mention The Exquisit Corpus (Peter Tscherkassky) Oceans Prize Pape (Nicolas Polixene) (via Paddy Mulholland at screenonscreen)

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Son of Saul, Masaan win Fipresci Ahead of Palme

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The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) gave out their top awards to Son of Saul, probably the most buzzed film of the festival, and to Masaan. It is not unheard of for a film to win both this prize and the Palme d’or. Blue is the Warmest Color swept Cannes, winning both, only to then deflate somewhat once it played elsewhere. That was a good example of how things that happen in Cannes can sometimes stay in Cannes. On the other hand, Son of Saul is not loaded with the same kind of controversy nor hype. It should have ...

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Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender Earn Raves in Cannes

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Macbeth screened on the last day in Cannes and earned raves both for Cotillard and Fassbender. That should launch them into the race for Actor and Actress, as expected. Guy Lodge’s elegantly written review has this wonderful paragraph about Cotillard: A plum role for any actress, Lady Macbeth proves an exhilaratingly testing one for Cotillard, whose gifts as both a technician and an emotional conduit apparently know no linguistic barrier. Streaked with unearthly blue eye shadow — Jenny Shircore’s daring makeup designs are a constant marvel — and working in a cultivated Anglo-Continental accent that positions the character even more ...

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