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 »

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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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Princess Unikitty from The Lego Movie

One of the more surprising omissions from this morning’s Oscar nominations was The Lego Movie. Despite its immense popularity with both critics and general audiences last year, The Lego Movie somehow failed to secure a nomination for Best Animated Feature.

But it’s okay, because when the bad news came, co-director Phil Lord reacted the way any Master Builder would: he built his own. Meanwhile, co-director Chris Miller chose to celebrate the Oscar nomination it did get — Best Original Song, for “Everything Is Awesome.” See their reactions to the Lego Movie snub after the jump.  Read More »

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2015 Academy Awards Nominations

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The wait is over. Early this morning, Chris Pine, J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuarón, and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs gathered to announce the nominees for the 87th Oscars.

Get the full list of 2015 Academy Awards nominations after the jump. Read More »

2015 DGA Nominations

The Director’s Guild of America released its nominations today for awards that will recognize achievement in feature film directing from 2014. The list features two biopics, The Imitation Game and American Sniper, and one film, Boyhood, that was made under circumstances that all but turn it into a biopic of its cast and director, Richard Linklater. But the biopic love ends there, and the DGA has no nomination to spare for Ava DuVernay and Selma. The full 2015 DGA nominations list is below. Read More »

Golden Globes winners 2015

What just happened? For years we’ve mocked the Golden Globes as a joke, a drunken farce that leads into the last few weeks of Awards Season before the Oscars. The show is basically one last hootenanny, like New Years Eve for celebrities, before the Important Awards sweep in to codify all that is good and worthwhile from the previous calendar year. (Note: no awards actually codify anything.)

But something happened in 2015. The Golden Globes, especially when it came to awards for TV, did not appear to be decided entirely by self-congratulatory voters more interested in getting loaded with celebrities than in the actual films and shows. The film winners were almost entirely independents, and the TV winners were diverse both in who they represent, and the ways in which those stories are getting to audiences. A big win for Amazon’s Transparent isn’t just unexpected; it is a great step forward.

Now, instead of bringing attention to stuff like The Tourist, the Golden Globes suddenly look almost progressive. The problem is that some of the 2015 awards winners are still things audiences haven’t seen, for a variety of reasons. So here’s a guide to some of the lesser-known achievements the Globes highlighted this year. Read More »