James Franco‘s performance in Spring Breakers is wild, electric, memorable, and totally mesmerizing. The superficial aspects of the role — the grill, the cornrows, and so on — are only the beginning. It’s the way his character Alien brings to life a demented vision of the American Dream (“look at my shit!”) and the way he eventually allows his cracked hyper-masculine persona to submit to a feminine force. Franco does stuff in Spring Breakers that you rarely see major stars doing, and the sight is fantastic.
Is it award-worthy? Who knows! The Oscars, like every other award setup, are based on campaigning and influence and many other factors besides the simple merit of the work. And so A24, distributor of Spring Breakers, has been getting its own campaign going for Franco. The latest salvo is a video demanding that voters consider Franco, phrased in a manner that is so appropriate to the film. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
As we head into awards season — and into the endless debates and predictions that come with it — there’s one name we can cross off the potential Golden Globe winner list for certain.
The HFPA has deemed Scarlett Johansson‘s work in Spike Jonze‘s Her ineligible in the Best Supporting Actress category, despite its being one of the most buzzed-about performances of the year. The reason? Although Johansson’s voice can be heard throughout the movie, she never appears in physical form. Hit the jump for more details on the ruling.
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A quick Google search will tell you that last year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture were long. And while this year’s nominations won’t happen for a few more months, the films likely to fill those spots this year are shorter. A lot shorter. It’s not ground breaking information or anything, but Vulture has taken the running times of recent Best Picture nominees and made some fun graphics showing how they compare. Check them out below. Read More »
Sacha Baron Cohen has outdone himself again. The comedic writer/actor is famous for freaking people out with his comedy, whether through one of his trademark characters, or by setting something up at an awards show. For his latest stunt, Cohen was accepting the “Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence In Comedy” at the BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards. One of the people who honored him was Grace Cullington, described as Chaplin’s “oldest surviving” co-star. She was one of the kids in City Lights.
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Award season is ready to get into full swing, and one of the early stages of the runup to the Academy Awards is the submission of Best Animated Feature options.
This year there are nineteen submitted features, including big studio fare (Cloudy 2, The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Monsters University), one from Studio Ghibli (The Wind Rises), a European effort we’ve covered a good bit (Ernest and Celestine) and a good few films that US audiences haven’t had much chance to see yet. One pleasant side effect of the animated Oscar list is that it draws attention to films that are new to many viewers.
That said, of the studio fare there are only a couple of compelling submissions, and enough of the rest are going to be new enough to Oscar voters that this might not be much of a race. The 86th Annual Academy Award nominations will be announced on January 16, 2014, and we’ll be curious to see how many films actually make the nomination cut. The awards will be held on March 2, 2014.
Read the submission list below.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
The bad news is, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler definitely won’t host the Oscars anytime soon. The good news is, that’s because they’ll be tied up hosting the Golden Globes for the next two years.
NBC and Dick Clark Productions have set the comedy duo for the 2014 and 2015 ceremonies, after their first outing at the 2013 ceremony drew a ratings bump and a glowing critical reception. Hit the jump for more details on the pair’s return.
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Briefly: Seth MacFarlane won’t be back to host the Oscars when the awards are given out on March 2 next year. Just a day after the election of new AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, we’ve got the announcement of the next Oscar host.
Ellen Degeneres, who has hosted the telecast once before, in 2007, will take her second turn on the Oscar stage. She drew criticism after that first turn for being too understated and low-key as the guide of a show that meandered to a dull four-hour length. Hopefully the Academy has taken some notes about what worked in the past few years. Don’t expect to see Ellen singing a sequel to MacFarlane’s song ‘We Saw Your Boobs,’ but more song and dance numbers are a pretty safe bet.
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Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
While most of us on the West Coast were still sleeping, Aaron Paul and Neil Patrick Harris got up at the crack of dawn this morning to announce the nominees for the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
American Horror Story: Asylum and Game of Thrones led the nominations with 17 and 16 each, respectively. Most of the usual suspects, including Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad received recognition as well. Welcome newcomers included Kerry Washington for Scandal, Vera Farmiga for Bates Motel, and Adam Driver for Girls. But sorry, Orphan Black fans — no love for Tatiana Maslany this year. Hit the jump to read the nominations.
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