Complaining about the Academy Awards is the national pastime of many movie fans, but let’s not forget that they can do good. Sometimes. After all, the Foreign Language Film Oscar helps bring international cinema to the attention of casual filmgoers who otherwise wouldn’t venture outside of Hollywood filmmaking. Like with any awards category, great films get snubbed and the lesser entries often triumph over masterpieces (we’re still sore about Ruben Ostlund’s brilliant Force Majeure not even getting a nomination last year), but at least this category represents a window into a much wider world of filmmaking.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the full list of every movie eligible for the Foreign Language Film Oscar this year. The full list, numbering 82 entries, can be scanned at your leisure after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
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It’s a rare honor to receive a little gold man at the Academy Awards. It’s an even rarer one to receive a little gold man made out of Lego bricks. Think about it: Whereas thousands of Oscars have been handed out over the decades, including several dozen just last night, maybe a few dozen Lego Oscars have ever been given out at the ceremony, all of them last night.
But if you weren’t one of the lucky few to pick up a Lego Oscar last night, don’t worry — you can always make your own. A video shows how the Lego Oscars came together. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
Hosting an awards show might not sound terribly difficult on paper, but as we’ve seen from many, many lackluster efforts, it’s tough to get right in practice. So for the 2015 Oscars, the Academy is turning to a guy with plenty of experience: Neil Patrick Harris.
While this will be Harris’ first time ever hosting this particular ceremony, he’s already earned high praise for his stints emceeing the Tonys (four times) and the Emmys (twice). More on the 2015 Oscars host after the jump, including an utterly charming announcement video from Harris himself.
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Posted on Friday, December 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
In truth, it’s a bit early to be thinking about the Oscars. The awards ceremony isn’t for another two and a half months, and nominations won’t even be announced for another month. Heck, nominations voting doesn’t even begin for another few days. But when the first promo for the event is this charming, it’s tough to complain much.
Set to Fitz and The Tantrums‘ “The Walker,” the spot has Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres getting dressed and then sashaying down a studio street with 250 dancers behind her. Paul Feig directed, I suppose because he’s currently the go-to guy for anything funny that stars a woman. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
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Everyone talks about the Oscars at the end of the year. It’s impossible to avoid. What movie will be Best Picture? Who will be Best Actress? How will they handle the music nominations? All these questions then get answered on March 2 when Ellen DeGeneres hits the Dolby Theater stage in Hollywood to host the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
Leading up to this major event, and to capitalize on all the chatter about it, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled a new logo. It’s their first logo change in the company’s history. Read More »
Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
Seth MacFarlane‘s performance as Oscar host drew polarized reactions, but it was a proven success in at least one respect. The Family Guy funnyman managed to boost the ratings among audiences in general and younger viewers in particular, just as the Academy had hoped.
The organization was so happy with how things turned out, in fact, that they got producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron back on board for next year’s festivities. Naturally, talk that MacFarlane could also return sprung up shortly afterward. However, MacFarlane has now spoken up (again) to say he will not host again — though he has one idea about who should replace him. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 by David Chen
Dave, Adam, and Devindra discuss this year’s Oscar nominations, and explain why you should watch LA Confidential instead of Gangster Squad.
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The Academy Awards are this Sunday and if you are anything like me you have a. . .mild interest in watching. Competition in the arts is, lets face it, a little silly. The Descendants and Tree of Life are both about troubled families, and are both brilliant, but how on earth do you compare the two?
But still, but still. . . the films nominated for major categories are almost always worth taking a look at. And some of ’em may have slipped under your radar. Hence this week’s feature on Recent Oscar Nominees You Probably Haven’t Seen.
To help narrow our focus, I decided to only pick Oscar nominees from the last 20 years. Since I normally select eight titles (I’ve been consistent, in case you haven’t noticed) I decided to do one from the Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, Foreign Language and Animation categories. Sorry Best Original and Adapted Screenplays, we’ll get you next time. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 by David Chen
In this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, Adam Quigley and Russ Fischer discuss their thoughts on this year’s Oscar nominations, reflect on the novelty of 3D upconversion, assess Taylor Lautner’s career, show some love for Drew Barrymore’s Whip It, and share theories about the final season of Lost.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 by David Chen
In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra and Adam discuss their apprehensiveness about a Crow remake, ponder the cheesiness of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer, and debate the choice of Chris Weitz to take over New Moon. Special guests Neha Tiwari and Laremy Legel (from the Film.com podcast) join us. Devin Faraci from CHUD also joins us to report from Butt-Numb-A-Thon and explains the use of the term “Watchmen” in the new film.
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