87th academy award nominations

“Oscar” is synonymous with “Academy Award” at this point, but how did it get to be that way? Who is Oscar? Why is he called that? What other forms has he taken on over the years? And once you get your hands on one of him, what happens next?

A fun featurette from the Academy reveals the answers to all those and more. Watch The Origin of Oscar, featuring past Oscar winners Helen Mirren, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Kingsley, and Benicio del Toro, after the jump. Read More »


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Joan Rivers A Piece of Work

Each year, the Academy Awards ceremony includes an “In Memoriam” segment honoring all the people who’ve passed away over the past year. And each year, the “In Memoriam” segment manages to piss some people off by forgetting or excluding certain names.

This year, one of the most notable omissions was comedian Joan Rivers. Viewers were quick to express their outrage, and now the Academy has responded with a not-very-satisfying explanation. Read the Oscars Joan Rivers statement after the jump.  Read More »

best worst 2015 oscar moments

The instant the 87th Annual Academy Awards ended, the dissection began. What was good? What was bad? Was anything offensive? How about inspirational? This year’s event, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, had all of that and more. Let’s not delay, below you can see the best and worst 2015 Oscar moments. Read More »

2015 Razzie Awards Winners

With all the attention currently being lavished on the best films of 2014, you might almost forget that 2014 had some real stinkers, too. But as always, the Razzies are here to remind you.

The winners for the 35th annual Golden Raspberry Awards have been announced. Find a full list of the 2015 Razzie Awards winners after the jump.

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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 »

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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


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


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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