2016 independent spirit awards

The Independent Spirit Awards have always been Oscar’s younger, hipper cousin, casting a light on films that don’t always have a shot at the more prestigious end-of-the-year movie awards. This year’s nominations may be one of the strongest line-ups in a long time. There are the films everyone excepted to make a strong showing here, like Carol and Spotlight, but there are also plenty of pleasant surprises, including nominations for Tangerine, It Follows, and Bone Tomahawk. And that’s before you dive into the more niche awards, where gems like Son of Saul and Krisha snagged nominations.

Find the complete list of 2016 Independent Spirit Awards nominations after the jump.

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The Martian Golden Globes

The nominations for the 73rd Golden Globes won’t be announced until December 10th, but the classification for certain movies, clarifying whether they’re competing in the drama or musical/comedy category, is already creating some controversy.

20th Century Fox submitted The Martian as a comedy, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has now confirmed it’s been accepted for the consideration in the comedy categories for the awards. If you need any more proof that the Golden Globes are irrelevant, this is it. Read More »

Pixar Depression

A good portion of Oscar wins aren’t exactly unpredictable. When Meryl Steep is up for an Academy Award, even for a movie as banal as The Iron Lady, odds are she’ll leave the Dolby Theatre holding another gold statue. The same can be said for Pixar in the Best Animated Feature category, and they have two serious contenders in the race this year. However, there’s one movie coming out that may deprive the animation studio of another win.

Learn which 16 movies are eligible for Best Animated Picture after the jump.

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Ricky Gervais Golden Globes

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have repeatedly stated that the 2015 Golden Globes would be their last time hosting, so the HFPA has gone and dug up another recent emcee for next year’s ceremony. Ricky Gervais will be back to host the 2016 Golden Globes, following a three-year stint from 2010 to 2012. More on the Ricky Gervais Golden Globes 2016 news after the jump.  Read More »

Chris Rock Confirmed to Host 2016 Oscars [UPDATED]

Chris Rock at 2012 Oscars

UPDATE: Less than 24 hours after we heard Chris Rock was in talks to host the 2016 Oscars, the Academy has officially confirmed the news. Original story from 10/20/2015 follows.

In the past 24 hours, we’ve lost our minds over a new Star Wars trailer, cheered on the impending return of Gilmore Girls, and oohed and ahhed over a new teaser for The X-Files. In other words, we’ve basically been reliving the early 2000s. So it seems rather appropriate that Chris Rock, who first hosted the Academy Awards back in 2005, is now in talks to host the 2016 ceremony.

Learn all about the Chris Rock Oscar host news after the jump.  Read More »

mad max fury road oscars

If we were to measure a film’s success in cultural impact and not box office, Mad Max: Fury Road would be the biggest movie of 2015. It may have only earned a fraction of the cash hoarded by Jurassic World and Furious 7, but no film this year has inspired so much enthusiasm. The memes are abundant. Every artist took time to draw Furiosa. George Miller‘s action masterpiece transformed the internet into a sweaty, shaken, profoundly inspired mass of pure adrenaline.

So yeah, Warner Bros. has decided to push their post-apocalyptic feminist action extravaganza for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It won’t win (and it probably won’t even get nominated), but that wouldn’t be the first time a masterpiece has been ignored by the Oscars.

Get all shiny and chrome with the Fury Road Oscars news after the jump.

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foreign language oscar

Complaining about the Academy Awards is the national pastime of many movie fans, but let’s not forget that they can do good. Sometimes. After all, the Foreign Language Film Oscar helps bring international cinema to the attention of casual filmgoers who otherwise wouldn’t venture outside of Hollywood filmmaking. Like with any awards category, great films get snubbed and the lesser entries often triumph over masterpieces (we’re still sore about Ruben Ostlund’s brilliant Force Majeure not even getting a nomination last year), but at least this category represents a window into a much wider world of filmmaking.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the full list of every movie eligible for the Foreign Language Film Oscar this year. The full list, numbering 82 entries, can be scanned at your leisure after the jump.

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2015 Emmys opening

Last night brought the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards to Fox, and you can find the full list of big winners from television’s biggest night right here. But in addition to the awards being handed out, some fun was hand thanks to host Andy Samberg.

While Samberg’s jokes struggled here and there, his earnest charm and goofiness helped some of the more silly jokes land pretty well, unless of course you just don’t like the Saturday Night Live veteran.

And if you missed last night’s telecast completely, and you’re just looking to catch some of the funnier highlights, we’ve got Andy Samberg’s 2015 Emmys opening monologue, as well as the really fun opening musical number featuring our host joined by the likes of Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion and Jon Hamm. Speaking of Jon Hamm, there’s also an awesome Mad Men spoof that you should just watch for the shocking conclusion. Read More »

2015 Emmy nominations

With the 2015-2016 TV season just underway, the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards celebrated the best of the 2014-2015 season in a ceremony hosted by Andy Samberg. We’ll be updating this list as winners are announced, so follow the 2015 Emmy Awards along with us after the jump.

Hit the jump for the full list of 2015 Emmy winners.

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