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Even before we found out “everything is awesome” in The LEGO Movie, LEGO movie stuff was pretty “awesome” on the internet. The LEGO video games made new fans, and reimagined posters using the construction toys are fairly common place. Huge trailers are regularly adapted into stop motion LEGO versions. Even so, those adaptations are usually for “blockbuster” cinema, big summer and superhero movies.

Now the gang over at Old Red Jalopy have remade the posters for all 9 Oscar nominees for Best Picture with LEGO. It makes sense for some, like Gravity, but 12 Years A Slave? Nebraska? The fricking Dallas Buyers Club in LEGO? Check them out below. Read More »

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This could be the most coincidental leak of all time, the most perfectly timed viral image of all time, or just a complete misunderstanding. Regardless, on Monday a CNN program briefly showed a supposed glimpse of the plaque that will decorate the Best Actor Oscar at March 2nd’s Academy Awards. Is it real? Probably not, but it’s interesting because this potential spoiler happened on the same day a huge group of people protested the Oscar-nominee luncheon to call for stronger security. See the image, and read more below. Read More »

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When the Oscar nominations were announced a week and a half ago, there was one big surprise in the Best Original Song category: a tune called ‘Alone Yet Not Alone,’ from a film of the same name. The movie is obscure, but the song’s composer is not. Bruce Broughton, acclaimed for scores including the Oscar-nominated Silverado, wrote the music.

There was something funky in the details, however: Broughton was until recently a governor of the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and remains an exec committee member of the branch. He had reportedly reached out to other friends in the Academy to give the song a little love.

Surprise: that’s vaguely like the Oscar version of insider trading, and falls well outside even the acceptable limits of heavy politicking and influence-wielding that goes along with every batch of Oscar nominations. In a strange move that isn’t unprecedented, AMPAS has just stripped Broughton and the song of the nomination. A replacement nomination will not be named. Read More »

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Chris Hemsworth and AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs woke up early this morning to announce the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards. American Hustle and Gravity led with ten nominations each, while 12 Years a Slave picked up nine. The Wolf of Wall Street fared better than many had predicted, snagging nominations in the Best Picture and Best Director categories. Nebraska also had a fairly strong showing, with nods for both Bruce Dern and June Squibb.

On the flip side, Saving Mr. Banks and Inside Llewyn Davis were largely overlooked, while Rush and Lee Daniels’ The Butler were shut out altogether (sorry, Oprah). Tom Hanks failed to secure a nomination for Captain Phillips, although his co-star Barkhad Abdi managed to get one. And while it’s not really surprising to see smaller films like Frances Ha, Fruitvale Station, and Short Term 12 get no love, it’s disappointing nonetheless. But hey, at least Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa gets to refer to itself as an Oscar nominee now.

Read the full list after the jump.

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The Broken Circle Breakdown

It’ll be a while yet before we find out which English-language films are up for the Oscars, but the Best Foreign Language Film category has already been narrowed down to nine contenders.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Scientists has just revealed its shortlist of nine foreign films which will be competing for five slots when the nominations are announced on January 16. Among the semifinalists are Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster, the Mads Mikkelsen-starring The Hunt, and Belgium’s bluegrass romance The Broken Circle Breakdown (pictured above). Read the rest after the jump.

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In truth, it’s a bit early to be thinking about the Oscars. The awards ceremony isn’t for another two and a half months, and nominations won’t even be announced for another month. Heck, nominations voting doesn’t even begin for another few days. But when the first promo for the event is this charming, it’s tough to complain much.

Set to Fitz and The Tantrums‘ “The Walker,” the spot has Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres getting dressed and then sashaying down a studio street with 250 dancers behind her. Paul Feig directed, I suppose because he’s currently the go-to guy for anything funny that stars a woman. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

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Everyone talks about the Oscars at the end of the year. It’s impossible to avoid. What movie will be Best Picture? Who will be Best Actress? How will they handle the music nominations? All these questions then get answered on March 2 when Ellen DeGeneres hits the Dolby Theater stage in Hollywood to host the 86th Annual Academy Awards.

Leading up to this major event, and to capitalize on all the chatter about it, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled a new logo. It’s their first logo change in the company’s history. Read More »

Spring Breakers - James Franco as Alien

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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