Neil Patrick Harris wasn’t brilliant for most of his first evening hosting the Oscars®, but when he picked his spots he definitely sparkled – his few comments on the lack of diversity in the Academy’s selections (‘…celebrating Hollywood’s best and whitest, sorry, brightest;’ Oh, sure ! You like them now!’) may not have been many, but they were perfect – making the point and then moving on (from that first dig right into a stunning eight-minute song and dance number that dropped him into classic movie scenes).
Once again, the Oscar® nominations are unveiled and, once, again, there are some moments of controversy. This year, more than most, the concept of a Best Film nominee apparently directing itself will spark a ton of controversy – making the argument that the nominee list for directors should be expanded to match that of Best Film.
Also once again, a lot of the nominees are films that haven’t been seen by anyone outside the academy and residents of Los Angeles and New York City who felt inclined to see them over the holiday crush.
For now, though, here are the nominees and a few thoughts that wandered lonely across my mind as I encountered them for the first time.
The 2015 BAFTA Nominations have been released and there’s nary a blockbuster to be found in the Best Film Category. The closest we get is Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel with just over $174 million at the global box office. Other best Best Film nominees include: Birdman, Boyhood, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything.
The Grand Budapest Hotel garner a total of eleven noms; The Theory of Everything grabbed ten nominations and Birdman and The Imitation Game got nine.
The nominations for the 20th Critics Choice Awards included some big surprises. Not the thirteen moms for Birdman, necessarily, but the eleven for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel which was released way back in March (ancient history for most awards voters). Boyhood was next with eight gongs.
At the age of 21, Stephen Hawking was told that he had about two years to live. Never one to adhere strictly to the rules, he he went on to become one of the smartest people on the planet – who work in space/time turned him into a worldwide bestselling author on top of providing his bona fides as a premiere scientist. The Theory of Everything is the story of how Hawking, and his wife Jane, overcame the odds. Check out the trailer after the jump.
The Theory of Everything has its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7th, followed by its theatrical release in select cities on November 7th.