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 »
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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Last night, our friends across the pond handed out their equivalent of the Academy Awards with the British Academy of Film and Television handed out their awards known as the BAFTAs. Taking home another big prize was The Revenant, winning Best Film, along with director Alejandro G. Iñárritu taking home Best Director. This doesn’t necessarily change its chances for Oscar glory in a couple weeks, but it certainly doesn’t hurt them. Find out all the winners after the jump. Read More »
Lately there have been some shake-ups in the race towards the Academy Awards. Even though The Revenant won Best Drama at the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild gave their award to The Big Short and the Screen Actors Guild gave their top prize to Spotlight. However, the awards love has gone back to the aforementioned Golden Globe winner after the Directors Guild crowned Alejandro G. Iñárritu and The Revenant with the top feature film award.
In addition, the winner of the first-time feature film director award, a new prize this year, went to a most deserving filmmaker. But to find out who that is, you’ll have to hit the jump. Read More »
By now if you haven’t had the opportunity to watch The Hollywood Reporters roundtables, including the ones involving the actors and the directors, you should take the time to watch them. THR’s latest roundtable is focused on the cinematographers. This year’s group features Robert Richardson (The Hateful Eight), Alwin Kuchler (Steve Jobs), Masanobu Takayanagi (Black Mass, Spotlight), and more.
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Today the 2016 Sundance Film Festival is coming to a close, and Saturday night, the awards for feature filmmaking were handed out to the movies that played in Park City, Utah. The big prizes from the festival are the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, one given by a select group of jurors and the other chosen by the festival attendees themselves. In 2014, Whiplash took both awards, and this year we have another film taking the two honors as Nate Parker‘s slave rebellion tale The Birth of a Nation was announced to receive both.
Find out the full list of other 2016 Sundance Film Festival awards winners below. Read More »
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The Oscars are about a month away, but this past weekend the Screen Actors Guild handed out the awards to their fellow members for some fine work in motion pictures. And the major award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture being given to Spotlight shakes up the frontrunner for the Oscar race a little bit after The Big Short won the PGA Award recently. Both are key awards in the road to winning Best Picture, so it’s anybody’s guess as to how Oscar night will go.
Otherwise, on the motion picture side of things, the leading actor awards were a repeat of the Golden Globes with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson walking away with awards for The Revenant and Room respectively. But the big winner was diversity with plenty of black actors walking away with some big awards.
For the whole list of 2016 SAG Awards winners in film and television, hit the jump. Read More »
We feature plenty of Honest Trailers around here, and now that the 2016 Oscar nominations have been announced, we want to call your attention to some of the Honest Posters created to poke fun at some of those in the running for Academy Awards next month. What would the movie posters for films like The Revenant, Brooklyn, Straight Outta Compton, The Martian Ex Machina, Steve Jobs and more look like if their posters were more blunt, accurate descriptions of the movies? Look! Read More »