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Science was big at the movies late in 2014. At one point, Interstellar, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything were all playing simultaneously, representing three different eras -well, two eras and one potential – in science. Removing the big budget film, you’re left with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the man who invented the computer as a way to break code in World War II and Eddie Redmayne in a biopic of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.

With all that in mind, fast forward to this weekend. Both The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, as well as Redmayne and Cumberbatch, will be competing for the same Golden Globe awards on NBC. The night before, over on Discovery, a 2004 made for TV movie called Hawking will air. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch. Watch the trailer or, if you like, the full movie below. Read More »

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2015 ASC award nominations

We’re in full awards season swing, as gross as that process can be. (Just see the attempts to tear down Selma for a good example of the nasty part of this season.) But the guild nominations and awards are always somewhat interesting, if only because they represent the efforts of a focused group to recognize achievements by their direct fellows and colleagues. We saw the writer’s guild awards this morning, and the American Society of Cinematographers has also chimed in with the 2015 ASC award nominations.

Even when trying to approach this from a positive position, there’s always as much to be said about what got left out as what is nominated. And so while Roger Deakins is (of course) nominated for Unbroken, there’s nothing for Robert Elswit, who shot Inherent Vice and Nightcrawler. Check out the full nomination list below. Read More »

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The producers, the actors, the editors, and the costume designers have already weighed in on their favorites of 2014, and today it is the writers’ turn to nominate their fellows for achievements in 2014. The Writers Guild of America has announced its nominees for the 2015 awards, and they run the gamut from Boyhood to Guardians of the Galaxy. Get the full 2015 WGA nominations list after the jump.  Read More »

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When you’re celebrating the worst of something, it’s impossible to get it right. Just like everyone’s favorite movies are subjective, so are the bad, but then there’s a whole other level missing. You go out to movies hoping for them to be good. Very few people seek out the really bad movies – at least not on initial release. So unless you see every single movie that comes out in a year, really, you’re just picking the worse movies you saw, not the worst movies period. Or even worse, the movies someone thinks are bad without watching them.

That’s just one of a hundred reasons The Razzies are so useless. Sure it’s funny in theory to crown the worst movies of the year, but the process by which they choose their short list of nominees is a total mystery. For example this year, Noah, a movie with a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is a possible nominee. If this was being serious, shouldn’t something like that be automatically be crossed off? Do they really hate a movie like The Interview or is it just included because it’s popular at the moment? Is that the same reason why seemingly every single possible actor mentioned is incredibly famous? There are a ton of questions raised, but very few answered, by the 2014 Razzie nominations short list which you can see below. Read More »

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At this point in the awards race each year, support has already crystallized around some of the frontrunners. This year, that group includes Boyhood, Birdman, The Theory of Everything, and The Imitation Game, and the Producers Guild followed the rest of their industry in nominating those titles for this year’s PGA Awards.

It’s more interesting, however, to see which dark horses did and didn’t make the cut. American Sniper and Nightcrawler emerged as two of the more surprising inclusions, while Unbroken and Selma got left out in the cold.

Meanwhile on the TV side, the PGA is all about Fargo, True Detective, and Orange Is the New Black, while shows like Parks & Recreation and Homeland went overlooked. Hit the jump for the full list of the 2015 Producers Guild nominations.  Read More »

Jake Gyllenhaal plays an unscrupulous news cameraman in the thriller Nightcrawler

The Oscar nominations aren’t out yet, but we’re getting to the point where technical guilds will be announcing their nominations for the best achievements of 2014. The latest set to be released comes from the American Cinema Editors, which this morning revealed nominations for their 65th annual ACE Eddie Awards. The ACE Awards recognize achievements in editing in a variety of film (narrative, comedy/musical, and documentary) and TV categories. On the feature side, the big nominations went to American Sniper, Boyhood, Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler and Whiplash. Get the full editing awards nominations for 2015 below. Read More »

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best foreign film shortlist 2015

The shortlist for potential Best Foreign Film Oscar nominees is out. As usual, the list is going to generate as much talk about what didn’t make the cut as it does about what ended up on the list. Many of the year’s most significant films were left off: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep, which was this year’s Palme d’Or winner at Cannes, didn’t make the cut. Nor did Mommy by Xavier Dolan, also a Cannes prize winner, taking the Jury Prize; or Kornel Mundruczo’s White God; or the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days One Night.

But the Best Foreign Film shortlist for 2015 does feature some great films, including Ida, from Pawel Pawlikowski and Force Majeure (above), from director Ruben Östlund. The full list is below. Read More »

Boyhood

Early this morning, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Paula Patton, and Peter Krause announced the nominations for the 2015 Golden Globes. The annual ceremony is one of the biggest stops in the awards season, second only to the Oscars in the attention it gets.

This year, Birdman led the list of motion picture nominations with 7, followed by Boyhood and The Imitation Game at 5 each. On the TV side, Fargo got 5 nominations while True Detective scored 4. Read the full list after the jump. Read More »

Birdman

Some of the critics groups have given out their prizes already, but the race to the Oscar is just getting started. This morning Screen Actors Guild announced its list of nominees for the 2015 awards, with Birdman and House of Cards emerging as two big favorites.

For the most part they went as predicted, but there were also a few big surprises to keep us on our toes. Read the full list of 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations after the jump.

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