The story of Louis Zamperini – from kid on the wrong path to Olympic athlete to surviving forty-seven days adrift in the Pacific Ocean to Japanese POW (and recipient of far worse than merely tortuous treatment – is one so improbable that it comfortably fits every possible definition of both heroism and ‘you can’t make that stuff up!”
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.
For a complete list of nominees, follow the jump.
Universal’s Unbroken, the film of Louis Zamperini’s story – from just another kid to Olympic athlete; to survivor of a WWII plane crash in the ocean to a survivor of captivity and a Japanese Prisoner of War camp – has taken a long time to get to us.
Directed by Angelina Jolie, Unbroken is a true story of survival in the face of overwhelming odds. Follow the jump to watch a behind the scenes featurette in which Jolie and Zamperini talk about his amazing story.
Unbroken premieres on Christmas Day.
Universal Pictures chairwoman Donna Langley came to the CinemaCon party ready to rock and roll. The audience was thrilled to see brand new trailers for most of their upcoming slate of films. We were treated to sneak peaks from several highly anticipated films from 2015 including a very surprising first look at Fifty Shades of Grey. While the presentation lacked star power and sizzle, it did have a lot of meat for us to chew on. We even got a surprise appearance by Angelina.