In a remarkably bland evening, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave won three Oscars®, including Best Picture and Supporting Actress, Lupita Nyong’o; Gravity won seven, including Best Director, Alfonso Cuaron, and a host of technical awards, and Dallas Buyers Blub took three including Best Actor, Matthew McConaughey, and Supporting Actor, Jared Leto. Disney’s Get a Horse was upset in the Animated Short Category, while Frozen won Best Animated Feature and Best Song.
Ellen DeGeneres was, in effect, the anti-Seth MacFarlane, with an uninspiring, watered down monologue and only one or two genuinely funny bits during the ceremony – but she does make a cute, orange Glinda. For a complete list of winners, follow the jump.
Thanks to a nasty flu bug, I missed a lot of screenings in December, so I’ve spent most of January trying to get caught up – only to realise that it’s just not possible (the faster I run, the behinder I get). So, then…
Every year, someone declares ‘It’s been a lousy year for movies!’ And, like a Pavlovian thing, someone responds, ‘It’s been a great year for movies!’ Both are correct – it all depends on individual perception. Most critics hated The Lone Ranger – but not me, or Michelle, for that matter. Most critics swooned over The Spectacular Now – I preferred another coming of age movie from last summer. It was a year that gave us Pacific Rim, The World’s End, Much Ado About Nothing, Philomena and Captain Phillips. It also gave us The Counselor, A Good Day To Die Hard and Movie 43 (which I have labored to remove from my memory bank). On balance, it was a very good year for movies.
Anyroad, since trying to get caught up is a mug’s game, I’ll… to quote Leo Kottke, I’ll give you what I got.
The results of the 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are in and Gravity dominated the proceeding with seven wins. 12 Years a Slave may have only won three, but they were biggies: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and Best Adapted Screenplay. Dallas Buyers Club nabbed both Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey) and Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto). Sandra Bullock lost out to Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) but took home the award for Best Actress in an Action Movie.
A complete list of nominees – the winner noted with an asterisk – follows the jump.
Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards® today. Hemsworth and Boone Isaacs announced the nominees at a 5:38 a.m. PT live news conference attended by more than 400 international media representatives.
The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
For me, the coolest things, on first glance, about the nominations is that Nebraska made the cut for Best Film, and Alexander Payne, Bruce Dern and June Squibb were included in Director, Actor and Supporting Actress categories. Follow the jump for a complete list of nominees and occasional commentary.
The BAFTA Awards nominees were announced this evening and Hollywood did very well. Three films, two of them American – 12 Years a Slave, America Hustle and Gravity – nabbed ten noms, while Captain Phillips garnered nine. All four were included in the Best Films nods along with Philomena, which got four noms.
For the complete list of nominees, follow the jump.
The month of October began with some sad news, with the passing of prolific author, Tom Clancy. This week’s episode of GeekScholars Movie News begins with a retrospective of Clancy’s work and continuing legacy, as the hosts review the trailer for the reboot adaptation of his most famous character in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit which puts Chris Pine (Star Trek) into the role famously occupied by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October) and Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger). Hit the jump to hear about the game the hosts played starring Tom Hanks. Continue reading The Legacy of Tom Clancy and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Recasting Early Tom Hanks Roles, Gravity Review + Spoiler Session→
With few exceptions, a lot of folks overlook the most important aspect of any film – the music score. How different would Raiders of the Lost Ark or Star Wars would have been without John Williams or Lord of the Rings without Howard Shore? As an former musician myself (I used to be good on the Piano), I have mad respect for Music Composers. Gravity is one of the most talked about films of the year and I had a chance to talk with Composer Steven Price creator of the epic score.
Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity can be seen in many ways. Just from a Christian sensibility, it could be taken as either a resurrection story or an expulsion from Eden tale. It could be a tale of birth or rebirth. Or, it could simply be a shipwreck tale. On every level, however you view it, it is a brilliant film by a man whose last three movies – Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Children of Men – have been masterpieces.
The internet just exploded with excitement when the trailer for Sandra Bullock, and George Clooney‘s latest flick – Gravity hit. People were spooging themselves, using phrases like “life altering,” “stunning,” “changes the very fabric of cinema,” etc. This was just for the trailer. After a week of hype, I watched the trailer thinking to myself “I didn’t get it. It’s two people floating in space for two minutes.
Slowly, more and more trailers and clips from Comic-Con 2013 are making their way into the general populace – like Alfonzo Cuaron’s Gravity, for which Warner Brothers released two minutes of mounting tension. that you can see following the jump.