best foreign film shortlist 2015

The shortlist for potential Best Foreign Film Oscar nominees is out. As usual, the list is going to generate as much talk about what didn’t make the cut as it does about what ended up on the list. Many of the year’s most significant films were left off: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep, which was this year’s Palme d’Or winner at Cannes, didn’t make the cut. Nor did Mommy by Xavier Dolan, also a Cannes prize winner, taking the Jury Prize; or Kornel Mundruczo’s White God; or the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days One Night.

But the Best Foreign Film shortlist for 2015 does feature some great films, including Ida, from Pawel Pawlikowski and Force Majeure (above), from director Ruben Östlund. The full list is below. Read More »

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Life Itself

One of the interesting things about awards season is how voters are sometimes forced to vote on certain films. Take, for example, the Oscar shortlists. A small group of people wade through the hundreds of eligible films in certain categories and then provide a shortlist. Then, nominees can only be picked from that list. So there’s really a round of nominations before the actual nominations.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences already released a shortlist for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, and now they’ve made public the shortlist for Best Documentary. Plenty of fantastic films are on the list including the Roger Ebert doc Life Itself, The Overnighters, CitizenFour and Jodorowsky’s Dune. Check out the full Oscar documentary shortlist below. Read More »

Andy Serkis oscar campaign

For the last few years Andy Serkis has been at the center of the conversation about actors in performance-capture roles being nominated for Oscars. The Lord of the Rings series brought Serkis huge attention for his work as the actor behind Gollum, and in the years since he first dominated the screen in The Two Towers we’ve seen performance capture become a frequent, even routine part of the filmmaking process.

Now Fox has revealed that it will campaign for Serkis to land a Best Supporting Actor nod for his role as Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Yep, that’s a supporting actor nomination, rather than a reach for recognition in the Best Actor category. Read More »

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November just started, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is already getting their Oscar nominations all in order. First up, AMPAS has revealed the 20 animated films that have been submitted and will be eligible for up to five nominations for Best Animated Feature Film at the 87th annual Academy Awards on February 22. Check out the possible 2015 Best Animated Feature film nominees below. Read More »

Neil Patrick Harris Is Your 2015 Oscars Host

Neil Patrick Harris hosting Tonys

Hosting an awards show might not sound terribly difficult on paper, but as we’ve seen from many, many lackluster efforts, it’s tough to get right in practice. So for the 2015 Oscars, the Academy is turning to a guy with plenty of experience: Neil Patrick Harris.

While this will be Harris’ first time ever hosting this particular ceremony, he’s already earned high praise for his stints emceeing the Tonys (four times) and the Emmys (twice). More on the 2015 Oscars host after the jump, including an utterly charming announcement video from Harris himself.

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Walter White may have had a rough year, but Breaking Bad had a great one. The AMC drama practically swept the 2014 Emmy Awards tonight with five wins, including Best Drama Series. The only series to pick up more statuettes this year was Sherlock: His Last Vow — and that’s only if you count the four Creative Arts Emmys it won earlier this month on top of the three it picked up during the telecast.

On the comedy side, Emmy voters continued to be high on Modern Family, which won Best Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row. Indeed, the most noticeable pattern to emerge in 2014, better or for worse, was Emmy’s preference for repeat winners over new ones. All four victors in the major acting categories had won before. Meanwhile, newbies like Orange Is the New Black and Silicon Valley were shut out. Even True Detective managed just one win during the ceremony, for director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Oh well. At least Fargo went home with Best Miniseries.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

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No Country For Old Men final shot

The final shot of a film is crucial. It’s the last image the viewer sees before leaving the theater, and the one with the most potential to stick in their minds about the film’s message. Some movies don’t really take it that seriously, lingering on something of little significance, or maybe just offering a simple wrap up. Other films approach the final shot with serious concern, knowing it can change the entire movie, or give the audience an opportunity to digest what’s gone before.

All of those different versions of the final shot, and many more, are on display in a new video from Devour. Starting with 12 Years A Slave, they’ve edited all the final shots from the 86 Oscar winners for Best Picture into one five-minute video. Check it out below. Read More »

Oscars selfie

If you thought Ellen DeGeneres‘ star-studded, Twitter-breaking Oscars selfie couldn’t possibly get any more charming, think again. (Or, if you thought it couldn’t be any more deeply crafted as an ad, think again.) Simpsons creator Matt Groening and the Legoland Manchester have each offered their own takes on the meme-ready moment, and the results are exactly as amazing as you’d expect. Then there’s a more biting revision of it that would make John Carpenter happy.

Check ‘em out after the jump.

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