2015 Oscar winners Academy Awards

The day is upon us. Oscar Sunday. The finale of the movie season. Our Super Bowl. The day where the best of the previous year’s films are crowned and the collective consciousness switches from looking backwards to forwards.

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 87th Annual Academy Awards live from Hollywood California where the best films of 2014 battle for Oscar gold. Below, you’ll find all of the 2015 Oscar winners. Here are our predictions. Were we right? Did your favorite film win? Were there any upsets? Find out below.

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Independent Spirit Awards 2015

The Independent Spirit Awards were handed out in Santa Monica this afternoon, and the crop of winners includes two accolades for Nightcrawler, two for Boyhood, and three for Birdman, including Best Feature. Whiplash also did well, and in general the Indie Spirit awards this year lined up very strongly with the Oscar predictions we and many other people have made. Check out all the winners for the Independent Spirit Awards 2015 below. Read More »

Oscar 2015 predictions

The year in movies for 2014 comes to (more or less) and official close this Sunday, when the 87th annual Academy Awards are given out in Hollywood. We’ve seen films rise and fall in the assumed lists of winners, with Birdman and Boyhood seeming to vie most heatedly in speculation for the top trophy. In truth, decisions about the best films from 2014 will be made as years go by and films rise and fall to find their true audience and place in culture. But for now we can only wait to see what the Academy’s voting block has chosen. Our Oscar 2015 predictions are below, with each category capped by the film we assume will win, and the pick we hope will take the prize. Read More »

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 »