Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Although they stopped televising them in 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governor Awards remain one of the most gratifying portions of the awards season. Free from the politics that constantly swirl around the main race and the various vicious campaigns within it, the honorary Oscars are just about honoring people who deserve a salute for their contributions to the film industry. And in many cases, it means actors, writers, directors, and producers who normally wouldn’t have a shot in a traditional ceremony getting their chance to claim a little golden man of their own.
This year’s four winners are about as eclectic as you can get: film editor Anne Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, and martial artist and actor Jackie Chan. Yes, the Jackie Chan. They’re giving Jackie Chan an Academy Award.
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Posted on Monday, February 29th, 2016 by David Chen
Lost amidst all the stories about how Chris Rock ripped into the Academy last night is how poorly people of other races were treated who weren’t black or white. I think it was about two hours into last night’s broadcast when the first mention of Asians or Hispanics even happened: during a remote video segment from a man-on-the-street interview Rock conducted in front of a theater.
“This should not just white. It should be Asian, Hispanic. There’s so much talent out there of all races,” the man says, while holding an Oscar statue and delivering a mock acceptance speech.
I wish the rest of the presenters and producers had taken this message to heart.
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Posted on Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In many cases, the 2016 Academy Awards played out as many pundits predicted. Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home an Oscar. Alejandro González Iñárritu won his second Best Director statuette in as many years. The Big Short and Spotlight snatched up the screenplay awards. Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander walked away with acting trophies. If you went to Vegas and put your money where the awards season pros told you to put it, you had a fairly solid night.
But the craziest and most contentious Oscars in years still had its fair share of snubs and surprises. Surefire winners stayed in their seats while dark horses took the stage. Small films came out of nowhere to win awards over gigantic competition. A genuinely bad song managed to win its category over a bunch of other mostly bad songs. The winner of Best Picture only won one other award. And through it all, Mad Max: Fury Road rode shiny and chrome, picking up more honors than any other film.
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Last night brought the 88th Academy Awards, and along with all the winners being announced, there also came quite the racially charged comedy from Chris Rock. The comedian hosted the telecast last night, and he hit harder on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy than even some people anticipated. For some, it was too much, but for most, it was full of a lot of things that needed to be said about an industry that doesn’t give enough opportunities to non-white actors. Watch the full Chris Rock Oscars 2016 monologue below! Read More »
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Hollywood’s biggest night has come and gone with the 88th Academy Awards, and after most of the /Film crew posted their own predictions for who would take home Oscar tonight (along with who we wanted to win), we followed the winners as they were announced live on the air.
Chris Rock hosted the ceremony, and he offered up plenty of jokes and commentary on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, making for great comedy and poignant thoughts on the matter. He undoubtedly upset some people, but he said plenty that needed to be said.
Below we have a list of all the 2016 Oscar winners, which was updated live throughout the night after the awards start getting handed out at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT, along with some commentary here and there on those who took home the coveted trophies. Get the full list of 2016 Oscar winners after the jump! Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 26th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
If you’ve ever looked over the list of categories at the Academy Awards and wondered why the American film industry’s highest honor doesn’t recognize stunt coordination, you’re not alone. Stunt performers have been calling for recognition at the Oscars for over two decades and over 100 of them recently rallied at the offices of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make their voices heard in demanding an Oscars stunt category.
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Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The 88th annual Academy Awards are this Sunday and this looks to be one of the most contentious ceremonies in years. There are no clear frontrunners in more than a few categories and many of the major nominees have as many detractors as they do boosters. For those who take an interest in awards season, it’s a rollercoaster. A glorious, insane, and frequently infuriating rollercoaster.
And while we here at /Film are not professional awards prognosticators, we are going to dive into this race head-on like the spirited amateurs that we are. We have put aside what we want to win and and have started focusing on what we think will win (which is easier said than done, because we’re team Mad Mad: Fury Road around these parts). We’re going to predict this year’s winners – and whoever gets the most right is going to win a shiny non-prize.
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This weekend brings Hollywood’s biggest night of self-congratulations and pats on the back with the 88th Academy Awards. The ceremony will air Sunday night, bringing in a who’s who of the biggest names working in film (though some may not be there). There will be far more losers than winners, but as everyone says, it’s an honor just to be nominated.
Of course, this year, the nominees may feel a little awkward when you consider the uproar that followed the announcement of this year’s nominations, again ignoring plenty of work from actors, actresses, directors, etc. of color. And now the 2016 Best Picture Nominees Honest Trailer pokes fun at the movies that made the cut this year, and they pile on the lack of diversity, as well as briefly mocking each of the films vying for the big prize. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Like all art, film changes with the times and it is the duty of every serious connoisseur to track these changes, to absorb them. And while the year in which a film was made can be given away by everything from actor to film stock to cultural references, visual effects remain the fastest way to establish when a film was produced. Matte paintings and rear projection have given way to green screens and handmade creatures have given way to motion capture, but visual effects have been an effective tool (and occasionally a crutch) since the birth of cinema.
A new supercut has put together clips from every film to win the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and it’s a very fun watch, encapsulating nearly a century of Hollywood filmmaking and craft into less than ten minutes. Watch closely and can you can see the moments when pop culture shifts forever.
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This year’s Academy Awards nominations ignited a bit of a firestorm. All 20 acting nominees are white, which is odd considering the amount of powerful performances that were overlooked. A major criticism comes from the fact that most of the voters at the Oscars are older white males. To the Academy’s credit, they’re working on the problem, which director Steven Spielberg has weighed in on.
Below Spielberg discusses the Oscars and more.
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