Las Vegas Odds on the 86th Academy Awards

86th Academy Awards

Courtesy of Bovada, we have the Las Vegas odds for this year’s Academy Awards. who is the odds on favorite to win Best Picture?  One things for sure, don’t bet on Nebraska or Philomena, both films carry the worst odds of the entire Sunday night telecast – 200 to 1. Find out the full odds for the entire awards telecast after the jump.

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There’s not a letter or decimal point missing in that headline. Makeup artist Robin Mathews, who is nominated for an Oscar for her work on Dallas Buyer’s Club, achieved the film’s impressive look on a budget of only $250 — that’s two hundred and fifty bucks for the whole thing, not just one scene or character. The other side of that budget is something more difficult to quantify; it’s a balance of time and effort, of experimentation and nights and weekends spent playing with technique rather than resting.

Mathews gives some details about the work below. Read More »

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Over the weekend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences hosted the Scientific & Technical Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel. There, one award given out was the Merit Award, on behalf of the technicians who have built and operated film laboratories.

Christopher Nolan, known as an advocate of shooting on film, presented the award, and his comments will be like poetry to those who favor film over digital. Watch his presentation below. Read More »

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Even before we found out “everything is awesome” in The LEGO Movie, LEGO movie stuff was pretty “awesome” on the internet. The LEGO video games made new fans, and reimagined posters using the construction toys are fairly common place. Huge trailers are regularly adapted into stop motion LEGO versions. Even so, those adaptations are usually for “blockbuster” cinema, big summer and superhero movies.

Now the gang over at Old Red Jalopy have remade the posters for all 9 Oscar nominees for Best Picture with LEGO. It makes sense for some, like Gravity, but 12 Years A Slave? Nebraska? The fricking Dallas Buyers Club in LEGO? Check them out below. Read More »

Gravity

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts unveiled the winners of their 2014 awards this weekend, just two weeks ahead of the Academy Awards. The biggest winner of the night was Gravity, which took home six awards, but Best Film remained out of Alfonso Cuarón‘s grasp. That prize went instead to 12 Years a Slave, which secured only one other win last night, for lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Elsewhere, American Hustle, widely considered this season’s other Best Picture frontrunner, nabbed three prizes including one for supporting actress Jennifer Lawrence. The corresponding male category offered perhaps the biggest surprise of the night — a win for Captain Phillips‘ Barkhad Abdi, who beat out the likes of Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender

Hit the jump for the list of winners.

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This could be the most coincidental leak of all time, the most perfectly timed viral image of all time, or just a complete misunderstanding. Regardless, on Monday a CNN program briefly showed a supposed glimpse of the plaque that will decorate the Best Actor Oscar at March 2nd’s Academy Awards. Is it real? Probably not, but it’s interesting because this potential spoiler happened on the same day a huge group of people protested the Oscar-nominee luncheon to call for stronger security. See the image, and read more below. Read More »

WGA Rewards ‘Her’ and ‘Captain Phillips’

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By this point in the awards race, it’s usually pretty clear who the frontrunners are. Most of the guilds have already thrown their support behind a few favorite films, which typically then go on to fare well at the Academy Awards. Nevertheless, there were a couple of mild surprises when the WGA announced its 2014 Writers Guild Award winners this weekend.

In the original screenplay category, Spike Jonze beat out the likes of David O. Russell and Woody Allen to pick up a prize for Her. That bodes well for Jonze on Oscar night, as the list of Oscar nominees perfectly matched the list of WGA nominees this year. A more unexpected result is Billy Ray‘s adapted screenplay win for Captain Phillips, but that doesn’t really make him the Oscar favorite. He didn’t have to compete against 12 Years a Slave or Philomena, both of which were deemed ineligible for the WGAs. Hit the jump to see who else won in the film and TV categories.

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When the Oscar nominations were announced a week and a half ago, there was one big surprise in the Best Original Song category: a tune called ‘Alone Yet Not Alone,’ from a film of the same name. The movie is obscure, but the song’s composer is not. Bruce Broughton, acclaimed for scores including the Oscar-nominated Silverado, wrote the music.

There was something funky in the details, however: Broughton was until recently a governor of the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and remains an exec committee member of the branch. He had reportedly reached out to other friends in the Academy to give the song a little love.

Surprise: that’s vaguely like the Oscar version of insider trading, and falls well outside even the acceptable limits of heavy politicking and influence-wielding that goes along with every batch of Oscar nominations. In a strange move that isn’t unprecedented, AMPAS has just stripped Broughton and the song of the nomination. A replacement nomination will not be named. Read More »

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