2014 Oscar Winners

Here are your 2014 Oscar Winners from the 86th Annual Academy Awards.

Ellen DeGeneres hosted the big event, which featured one of the tightest Best Picture races in years. In the end 12 Years A Slave took home the big prize, but the rest of the awards were spread between Gravity (which won 7 Oscars total) and Dallas Buyers Club, which took home the two male acting awards. Other multiple winners included Frozen and The Great Gatsby; you can read the full list as well as our live blog below.

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2014 Independent Spirit Awards Winners: 12 Years a Slave

12 Years A Slave, Fox Searchlight’s major Oscar contender, had a great Saturday leading into Oscar Sunday. The film won five Film Independent Spirit Awards including Best Picture, Best Director Steve McQueen, Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong’o and Best Screenplay John Ridley. Dallas Buyers Club was also a big winner, taking home trophies for its two male leads: Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto for Best Actor and Supporting Actor respectively. Find out the other 2014 Independent Spirit Awards Winners below.

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There’s not a letter or decimal point missing in that headline. Makeup artist Robin Mathews, who is nominated for an Oscar for her work on Dallas Buyer’s Club, achieved the film’s impressive look on a budget of only $250 — that’s two hundred and fifty bucks for the whole thing, not just one scene or character. The other side of that budget is something more difficult to quantify; it’s a balance of time and effort, of experimentation and nights and weekends spent playing with technique rather than resting.

Mathews gives some details about the work below. Read More »

American Hustle Lego header

Even before we found out “everything is awesome” in The LEGO Movie, LEGO movie stuff was pretty “awesome” on the internet. The LEGO video games made new fans, and reimagined posters using the construction toys are fairly common place. Huge trailers are regularly adapted into stop motion LEGO versions. Even so, those adaptations are usually for “blockbuster” cinema, big summer and superhero movies.

Now the gang over at Old Red Jalopy have remade the posters for all 9 Oscar nominees for Best Picture with LEGO. It makes sense for some, like Gravity, but 12 Years A Slave? Nebraska? The fricking Dallas Buyers Club in LEGO? Check them out below. 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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Before Midnight 12

If you’re both 1) desperate for some distraction from the holiday hubbub and 2) eager to get a leg up on the rest of your office for the annual Oscar pool, here’s a way to kill two birds with one stone.

Over thirty screenplays for some of 2013′s top films have just been made available, legally and for free, through the studios. Highlights include John Ridley‘s 12 Years a Slave, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy‘s Before Midnight, Terence Winter‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, and many more.

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Ah, December: The month when all the awards buzz that’s been circulating throughout the year starts to solidify into actual nominations. 12 Years a Slave has been considered a strong favorite to win the season since moment it premiered at Telluride, and this morning the Screen Actors Guild threw their support of the slavery drama by nominating four times over.

August: Osage County, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and Dallas Buyers Club made strong showings as well, with three nominations each. On the TV side, Breaking Bad proved itself the show to beat, with three. Hit the jump to read all the names.

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Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey had quite the year last year, but 2013 isn’t looking so bad, either. Following up another impressive turn in Jeff Nichols’ Mud, he’ll next be starring in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and then  Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.

At the center of the story is Ron Woodroof, a Texas man diagnosed with HIV in the early days of the disease. Desperate to live and running out of time, he starts looking into alternative treatments from other countries, and eventually smuggling them in to share with a “buyers club” of other HIV-positive people. The first trailer has just hit, and you can see it after the jump.

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