Adam Sandler’s ‘Grown Ups 2′ Leads Razzie Nominations

Grown Ups 2

For the film industry, the first couple months of each year are basically one long marathon of high fives. In glitzy ceremony after glitzy ceremony, filmmakers congratulate themselves and each other for making such awesome movies. It can all feel like a bit much after a while, even for the most enthusiastic of awards season watchers.

That’s where the Golden Raspberry Awards come in. Since 1980, they’ve shoved past the year’s best movies to recognize the worst of the worst. Among this year’s contenders are 31-time(!) nominee Sylvester Stallone, past Oscar winners Johnny Depp and Naomi Watts. But the most celebrated of all is reigning Worst Actor champ Adam Sandler, whose Grown Ups 2 snagged an impressive eight nominations. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump.

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2014 Golden Globe Award Winners and Live-Blog

2014 Golden Globes

Let’s be real: Nobody takes the Golden Globes as seriously as they do the Oscars. Not even the winners themselves. But that’s exactly what makes it so fun. It’s as starry as the Oscars, but more relaxed, and with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting once again we can hope the laughs will be flowing as freely as the booze.

I’ll be posting the winners here as they’re announced, along with some live commentary. Hit the jump to get in in on the conversation. (Not sure whom to root for? Go here for the list of this year’s nominees.)

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For some film fans, the ASC award for achievement in cinematography are among the most important parts of awards season, as they honor the work that too often goes unheralded. This year, a three-way tie in the nominating process means that seven people are nominated instead of five. Given the amount of excellent work done in 2013, that slate of seven nominees means ASC is able to acknowledge more achievements — and yet Hoyte Van Hoytema still didn’t get a nomination for Her.

Those who did score nominations include Roger Deakins, for Prisoners, Philippe Le Sourd, for The Grandmaster, and Bruno Delbonnel, for Inside Llewyn Davis, which breaks a streak of guild awards looking away from the Coen Brothers latest film. Read the full nomination slate below. Read More »

The 2014 BAFTA Award Nominations

BAFTA

The 2014 BAFTA Award nominations have been announced. Hit the jump to find out which films were nominated.
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Who will be nominated for the Best Director Oscar this year? We’ve got a pretty good idea now that the nominations for the Directors Guild of America’s own awards have been handed down. Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), David O. Russell (American Hustle), Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Paul Greengrass (Captain Philips) have been honored with nominations for the 66th DGA award. Three of those (McQueen, Cuaron, Greengrass) are first-time DGA nominations.

Historically, this nomination set is a very good predictor of where the Oscars will go, but last year was a bit of a tradition breaker, as only two of the five DGA nominees got Oscar nominations, and the DGA winner, Ben Affleck, was not among them. (Ang Lee won the Oscar.)

Meanwhile, this is another major guild that has looked past Joel and Ethan Coen and Inside Llewyn Davis; Spike Jonze is another director of significant achievement in 2013 who didn’t get a nomination. 

The full list of feature directorial nominations is below, with accompanying notes from the DGA. Read More »

American Hustle

Following SAG and the PGA, the Writers Guild of America has just unveiled its list of nominees for the 2014 nominees. For anyone who’s been watching the awards race, the list won’t contain many surprises. The WGA likes American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club just as much as everyone else does. Additionally, several of the most notable absences can be chalked up to disqualifications. 12 Years a Slave, considered a favorite for the Best Picture Oscar, was deemed ineligible, as was Golden Globe nominee Philomena.

One that did qualify but failed to secure a nomination nonetheless was the Coens’ Inside Llewyn Davis, which similarly struck out with both SAG and the PGA. And one unexpected outcome was a nomination for Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor, which hasn’t come up in too many awards seasons conversations as of yet.

Hit the jump to read the full list.

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Dallas Buyers Club

The Producers Guild of America nominations each year are a good indicator of where the Best Picture Oscar might go, and so with the release of this year’s nominations we can see that films like American Hustle, Gravity, Her, and The Wolf of Wall Street are pretty much locked for Oscar nominations. There were a few surprises in this crop of nominations, too, such as the inclusion of Blue Jasmine and Dallas Buyer’s Club.

And there’s a big set of snubs, too, as Inside Llewyn Davis missed out on a nomination, as did the full slate of films from The Weinstein Company (The Butler, August: Osage County, Fruitvale Station, Mandela: The Long Walk Home, Philomena). Fruitvale Station will get the Stanley Kramer award from the PGA.

See the full slate of feature nominees, along with the early picks for animation and television, below. Read More »

Deceptive Marketing 1

Hopefully by now you all know not to trust advertising. Movie advertising in particular can be extra sneaky, as studios who have a bad movie will go to any lengths to make audiences think it’s good. Some examples include editing a critic’s actual words to give them them a positive spin, or turning to Twitter to quote random viewers, passing the quote off like a published review.

The latest twist on this disturbing trend comes from The Weinstein Company. They’re marketing August: Osage County and Philomena (at least one of which is a good movie with solid reviews) as if they’ve already won the Golden Globes they’ve been nominated for. See what we mean below. Read More »

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