13 Films Never Nominated for Best Picture

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The Oscars inevitably bring a lot of grumbling about which films the Academy has overlooked. But if one of your favorites is among them, perhaps you can at least take heart in the fact that it’s in great company. The Oscars have a very long history of backing the wrong horse. Some of what we now view as unimpeachable classics weren’t even seen as Best Picture nomination-worthy at the time.

Hit the jump for a list of films never nominated for Best Picture.

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‘Birdman’ Soars at 2015 DGA Awards

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After taking top prizes at the PGA and SAG ceremonies last month, Birdman also picked up the big award at the DGA Awards this weekend. Alejandro González Iñárritu now looks to be the frontrunner in that race at this year’s Oscars, over Boyhood‘s Richard Linklater.

In other news, it was a good year for female directors, with Laura Poitras (Citizenfour), Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland), Jill Soloway (Transparent), and Lisa Cholodenko (Olive Kitteridge) among the victors. Read the full list of 2015 DGA Awards winners after the jump.

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Boyhood

We’re in the home stretch now with regards to awards season, as the BAFTA Awards took place this weekend. At this point, it’s taken for granted that the Best Picture Oscar race will come down to Boyhood vs. Birdman, and the former got the edge here. Boyhood picked up three prizes including Best Film, while Birdman won only Best Cinematography.

But the other big winner of the night turned out to be The Grand Budapest Hotel, which went in with the greatest number of nominations this year (11) and went home with the greatest number of wins (5).

Elsewhere, Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons, and Patricia Arquette cemented themselves as Oscar frontrunners for their respective categories, and Eddie Redmayne retained his edge over Michael Keaton. Get the full list of 2015 BAFTA Awards winners after the jump.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

Hiccup and Toothless are proving unstoppable this awards season. Hot off their Globes winHow to Train Your Dragon 2 earned top honors at this weekend’s Annie Awards, and another five trophies besides. Meanwhile, The Boxtrolls picked up two (for production design and for Ben Kingsley‘s voice acting), while The Lego Movie took just one (for writing).

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sundance awards 2015

Sundance doled out its awards tonight, with a batch of feature film Jury, Audience and other special awards going out to films that played the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Many of our favorite films of the festMe and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Witch, The Wolfpack, Dope, and Slow West — took awards, including some of the major prizes. One change is that this year, “jurors were asked to give an increased number of special jury prizes recognizing excellence in the craft of filmmaking as they deemed appropriate,” according to Sundance. That just means more prizes went to more films. All the awards, and video of the full awards presentation, can be found below. Read More »

Watch a 3-Minute Breakdown of How the Oscars Work

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The 2015 Oscar nominations are out and, as usual, they created lots of conversation. Where’s the diversity? Why is this film missing? How did that movie get nominated? There are long, complicated answers to all of those questions but we found a fun video that sums up everything rather succinctly. In under three minutes, this video explains how Oscar nominations work, how the winners are chosen and why the “least disagreeable film” often wins everything. Check out the video below. Read More »

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If the PGA and SAG Awards are any indication, Birdman will be the one to beat in this year’s competitive Best Picture category at the Oscars. The dark comedy took top prize at both ceremonies.

However, it was far from a clean sweep. Although Birdman won Best Ensemble at SAG (the guild’s closest equivalent to Best Picture), none of the three individual actors nominated for the film won their respective categories. Meanwhile, two of the winners from the PGA’s film categories — the animated feature The Lego Movie and the documentary Life Itself — weren’t even nominated in the equivalent category at the Oscars.

On the TV side, Breaking Bad picked up one last trophy at the PGA awards, Orange Is the New Black got showered with love from both guilds, and True Detective once again lost out. Get the full list of 2015 PGA and SAG winners after the jump.

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The Oscars are just a month away, which means you’re running out of time if you still need to catch up on the Best Picture contenders. Fortunately, AMC has a solution for those who’ve fallen behind. The theater chain has revealed plans for its annual Best Picture Showcase, a marathon screening event of all the Best Picture nominees.

If you decide to go this route, you can either split the eight films over two consecutive Saturdays, or attempt to see all eight of them in one epic 20-hour sit. More details on the AMC Best Picture Showcase after the jump.  Read More »

2015 Oscar Snubs

We expect the annual announcement of Academy Awards nominations to come with a healthy set of surprises, and usually a few snubs for films that arguably deserve to be in the final round of contention for one of the biggest arts awards in the world. This year’s set of snubs was more pronounced than most, with a set of nominations that ignores the diversity of great filmmakers and films that hit theaters in 2014. We know the Academy is made up of old (less than 14% under 50), white (94%) men (77%),  but even with that understood, this year’s crop of nominees is sadly, even pathetically homogenous.

Granted, there are some pleasant surprises, too, if not nearly as many as there are snubs. Here’s a list of twelve major 2015 Oscar snubs and surprises.

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