Chris Rock 2016 Oscars Monologue

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 »

2016 Oscar Winners

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 »

oscars stunt category

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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The /Film Crew’s 2016 Oscars Predictions

2016 oscar predictions

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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2016 Best Picture Nominees

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 »

every VFX oscar winner

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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Steven Spielberg Discusses Oscars

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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Oscars logo

The response to this year’s all-white Oscar nominations was loud and angry and it didn’t die down quickly. Soon, Honorary Oscar recipient Spike Lee was boycotting the ceremony. Will Smith also announced that he would not be attending while current nominee Mark Ruffalo made his displeasure known. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs issued a statement about the situation (which was dubbed #OscarsSoWhite online) and movie fans and industry insiders alike wondered if anything would actually change.

And now they have. In a new letter sent to Academy members, new policy has been implemented that will change the makeup of the Oscar voting body, with a goal of doubling “diverse” members by 2020. You can read the new Oscar rules below.

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will smith oscars boycott

If you read about movies on the internet, you’re surely familiar with the recent controversy surrounding this year’s Academy Awards nominations. But here’s the short version: for the second year in a row, every single acting nominee and four of the five directing nominees were white. This lack of representation, a symptom of an industry that is still dominated by white men, was the finally straw for many actors, filmmakers, writers, and movie fans. With the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag as their rallying cry, this group of concerned citizens set out to raise awareness and question why the biggest awards show on the planet was snubbing people of color.

And now, two new major names have joined the cause. Will Smith says he’ll be skipping the ceremony altogether and Mark Ruffalo, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Spotlight, may follow suit.

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son of saul trailer

There’s a strong chance you’ve heard about László Nemes‘ directorial debut, Son of Saul. This harrowing drama is the current frontrunner for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards. It took home the foreign film award at the Golden Globes last week. It even made my personal top 10 of 2015, which is surely the greatest honor of them all.

While you have heard about it, chances are strong that you haven’t had a chance to actually see Son of Saul. It’s not like brutal Hungarian Holocaust dramas are a common sight at your local multiplex. However, a new trailer for this incredible film has arrived, which should serve as a reminder to check out this movie as soon as you have a chance (and on the big screen, if you can make that happen).

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