2017 Saturn Awards Nominations

If you’re one of those people who gets frustrated because the Academy Awards don’t nominate the science fiction, fantasy, and horror films you love for Best Picture or any of the other categories, then the Saturn Awards are for you.

The 2017 Saturn Award nominations have just been announced, and not only did Rogue One: A Star Wars Story come out on top with 11 nominations, but all those comic book movies that never had a chance in hell of getting a Best Picture nomination landed a bunch of nods. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Doctor Strange, Suicide Squad, Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War and even X-Men: Apocalypse all received nominations.

But this isn’t just a comic book movie celebration, because plenty of other genre films landed nominations too. Star Trek Beyond, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and 10 Cloverfield Lane are just some of the other films that ended up getting nominated for awards, too.

Check out the full list of 2017 Saturn Awards nominees below. Read More »

Academy Awards Diversity Nominations Numbers

Despite the snafu in announcing this year’s winner for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, the fact that Moonlight came out on top after La La Land dominated the awards circuit all season is a big deal. It shows that Oscar voters may finally be embracing diversity in a big way, and not in a way that’s pandering to minorities. They’re just finally starting to recognize more bold and diverse movies, filmmakers, actors and more. But they have a long way to go.

For the 89th Academy Awards, there were 27 total minority nominations. That’s fantastic, but the fact is that there is still a of work to be done. A new video essay takes a look at the stark contrast in numbers between white nominees and minority nominees, and it should come as no surprise that one is favored far more often.

Watch the video essay on Academy Awards diversity nominations numbers below. Read More »

oscars winners and losers

Predicting the Oscars is like predicting the weather. You can look at the charts and determine the general course of the storm, but it’s impossible to tell if the wind is going to knock a tree through your living room window. Last night’s ceremony was peak Oscars. Everything went exactly how it was supposed to go before finding time to also uproot the oak in your front yard and cave-in one of walls with it.

So let’s talk about the winners and losers of this year’s Academy Awards. Not the actual winners, the people who went home with potentially life-changing statuettes, but the people who walked away from that ceremony looking like a million bucks and those who…didn’t. And while we’re talking about winners, we have also have the results from our /Film Oscar prediction contest!

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Popstar Wins Best Picture

Over the weekend, the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards and the 89th cademy Awards both honored Moonlight with the top honors for the Best Picture of 2016. It’s amazing that director Barry Jenkins had his movie recognized for being the stellar piece of cinema that it is. But we need to talk about another Best Picture winner that was seen perhaps even less than the indie Moonlight.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping was a box office bomb last summer, doing so poorly at the summer box office that it couldn’t even break $10 million. That’s a real shame, because it’s the best comedy of the year, and it’s one of those movies that people would love if they  just gave it a chance. Thankfully, at least one organization decided give Popstar the respect it deserved. Russell Simmons‘ second annual All Def Movie Awards gave Popstar the honor of Best Picture.

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2017 oscars mistake

UPDATE: PwC has issued a statement about this whole ordeal, which we have added to the original post below.

The answer to that question proposed in the headline is yes, we did just witness the craziest Oscar moment in our lifetimes. It goes beyond that, though. The question we should really be asking is “Is this the craziest Oscar moment of all time?” And the answer to that question is also…yes.

The final moments of the 89th Annual Academy Awards will forever be a footnote of gonzo trivia stored in the minds of movie fans all over the world. It was the time that the wrong movie was announced for Best Picture, only for everyone to learn the truth in the middle of an acceptance speech. It was an embarrassing and nightmarish moment, handled with surprising dignity by all involved. Even though millions of people saw it happen, it’s still hard to believe.

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2017 Oscars Highlights

If you missed the 89th Academy Awards last night, you missed out on the live broadcast insanity of the Best Picture debacle that saw La La Land announced as the winner, only to have the correction made much later than it should have been to rightfully give the award to Moonlight instead. It was undoubtedly one of the craziest (if not the craziest) moments in the entire history of the Oscars.

Besides that frustrating misstep during the Academy Awards telecast, there was still some fun to be had, thanks to the hilarious antics of host Jimmy Kimmel. The comedian brought his trademark edgy humor to the monologue, had a session of Academy Awards-themed Mean Tweets, and surprised a bunch of Hollywood tourists in an awesome way. Watch all the hilarious 2017 Oscars highlights after the jump. Read More »

2017 Oscar winners

All that planning and campaigning and prognosticating, all that prayer and sweat and blood — they’ve all been leading up to this. Tonight, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. As usual, there are plenty of smug know-it-alls out there who think they know exactly how this is all going to shake out; as always, you can count on there being a few surprises thrown into the mix.

We’ll be updating live as the results are announced, so follow along with our 2017 Oscar winners live-blog below.  Read More »

2017 Razzie Winners - Batman v Superman

The Razzies used to be a fun way to make fun of bad movies, but more often than not they’ve become a way to turn high profile movies into easy targets, usually after critics have already bashed them to death. Even so, some people still like to see who ends up with these awards, and the 37th round of “winners” has been announced ahead of the Academy Awards tonight.

It should come as no surprise that the 2017 Razzie winners include a handful of trophies for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The movie became quite the punching bag on the internet and still sparks arguments to this day. Frankly, I’m not sure that the movie is worth this much hate, simply because it’s not downright terrible. Independence Day: Resurgence is a far worse movie and had an even worse screenplay. But the good news is that Batman v Superman wasn’t even deemed bad enough to take home worst picture. Find out which film landed the big prize after the jump. Read More »

2017 Independent Spirit Awards Winners

Tonight brings us the 89th Academy Awards, when Hollywood’s finest get together to hand out trophies to each other, attempting to reward the highest achievements in cinema. Even though there are plenty of arguments to be made that trying to name the best film of any given year is foolhardy, not to mention the fact that the voting process makes it easier for the less bold, innovative films to win, it’s still a fun night of entertainment, and it just might get some general audiences to take an interest in movies they haven’t seen or heard of.

There are even more of those movies that were nominated for the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards, which were handed out last night in Los Angeles. Film Independent annually honors the best independent films, which are lower budget films that weren’t financed by a major studio. La La Land has been cleaning up on the awards circuit otherwise, but since it’s not an indie, that left its closest competition, Barry Jenkins‘ outstanding, moving film Moonlight, to sweep every award it was nominated for.

Get the full list of 2017 Independent Spirit Award winners after the jump. Read More »

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Oscars Voting Process

No matter what movie wins Best Picture each year, there will always be disagreements among filmmakers, critics and audiences as to which film truly deserved the top honor from the Academy Awards. However, in recent years it seems that the Oscars voting process has favored movies that are less bold than some of the nominees they’re up against, and there’s a logical explanation as to why that’s been happening.

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