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85th Academy Awards – ARGO Wins Best Picture – LIFE OF PI Wins 4 Oscars

Olly Moss Oscar BannerAfter sitting back and taking a look at all of the categories and nominations, the wealth of outstanding work recognized at last night’s 85th Academy Awards is simply breathtaking.  This last year in film saw no clear awards front runner because of its unbelievable quantity of fantastic films – eight other Best Picture nominees who could have won in almost any other year, five Best Actor nominees who could deserve a time share on the award, a Best Actress category that consisted both the oldest and youngest nominees ever, the list goes on.  Ben Affleck’s Argo took home the biggest award of the night, while Ang Lee reeled in Best Director for his unforgettable work on Life of Pi – Life of Pi also won for Best Cinematography, Best Score, and Best Visual Effects.  Other highlights include Daniel Day-Lewis’ win for Best Actor, Jennifer Lawrence earning the Oscar for her work in Silver Linings Playbook,  and a goose-bump inducing performance by the cast of Les Misérables.  Hit the jump to see all of this year’s winners. Read the rest of this entry


BAFTA Winners Announced – ARGO Wins Best Film and Best Director

BAFTABen Affleck and his critically acclaimed film Argo continue to pull in all the big awards.  The 2013 British Academy of Film and Television Awards were given out two nights ago, and it’s starting to look like Argo’s Best Picture victory later this month at the Oscars is inevitable.  Argo reeled in both Best Film and Best Director just like it did at the Golden Globes – Argo also took home Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards.  As we get closer to the Oscars, the question on many minds is whether or not Argo can be the first film since 1989 to win Best Picture without a Best Director nomination.  As far as the rest of the BAFTA’s go, Les Misérables won the most awards on the night (four), and the majority of the categories didn’t provide many surprises.  Hit the jump to check out the full list of winners. Read the rest of this entry

Gallery1988 Presents Posters for the Best Picture Oscar Nominees

OscarsWe’re two weeks away from the 85th Academy Awards.  The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has teamed up with Gallery1988 to bring us unique posters of each of this year’s Best Picture nominees.  The prints will apparently not be available for purchase, but the Academy and Gallery1988 are providing fans the opportunity to view these prints at their Los Angeles exhibit.  Fans will have the opportunity to obtain limited edition copies of the prints if they visit the exhibit at specified times on each day of “For Your Consideration.”  Hit the jump to check out these very cool prints and sound off on which one is your favorite! Read the rest of this entry

SAG Award Winners Announced – ARGO Wins Best Picture Ensemble

SAG AwardsThe winners of the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards are in, and Argo takes home the top prize yet again.  Last night, at the Producers Guild AwardsArgo won Best Picture.  By winning the award tonight, Argo can now be considered a serious contender for Best Picture at next month’s Academy Awards.  It’s been 23 years since Driving Miss Daisy won the Oscar for Best picture, and that was the last time a film has won the award without a Best Director nomination.  Could Ben Affleck’s Argo be the first film since 1989 to do the same?  I think there is a serious possibility.  Other notable winners: Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor, Jennifer Lawrence for Best Female Actor, and Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Hathaway took home awards for supporting roles.  Hit the jump for the full list of nominations and winners. Read the rest of this entry

2013 Golden Globes Winners Announced – ARGO and LES MISERABLES Win Best Picture

Golden Globes LogoThe winners of the 2013 Golden Globes Awards were announced Sunday night, and there weren’t many surprises.  The ceremony was good fun, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were fantastic hosts.  As for the highlights of the night, Jodie Foster’s acceptance speech for her lifetime achievement award was fantastic.  Also, Ben Affleck was a big winner – taking home Globes for Best Director and Best Picture for Argo.  I was happy to see Affleck win after being snubbed by the Academy.  I still believe that Lincoln is the front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar, seeing as Affleck didn’t receive a Best Director nomination from the Academy.  Hit the jump to check out the winners of the 2013 Golden Globes. Read the rest of this entry

2013 Oscar Nominations Announced – LINCOLN Leads Way With 12 Nominations

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The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced, and as always, the Academy had some tricks up their sleeve. Leading the way this year with 12 nominations, coming as no surprise, is Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln – including nominations in Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor & Actress. The category that has provided the most talking points and the biggest surprises is that of the Best Director category. Only two of the five directors nominated for Best Director by the Director’s Guild of America made the cut for The Academy Awards – Ang Lee (Life of Pi) and Steven Spielberg. Leading up to the announcement of the nominations, it was almost guaranteed that Ben Affleck (Argo) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) would receive nominations for their work, but that turns out to be the biggest snub of this year’s Oscars. Hit the jump for the full list of nominees. Also, check out my full reviews for these Academy Award nominated films: Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, Lincoln, Skyfall, The Master.

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BAFTA Nominations Announced – LINCOLN Leads With 10 Nominations

DDL LincolnThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts have announced the nominees for the 2013 BAFTA Awards.  Like in the Golden Globes, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads all nominees – this time reeling in 10 nominations.  Lincoln was nominated for Best Picture along with Life of Pi, Les Misérables, Argo, and Zero Dark Thirty.  While many of the year’s top contenders for Best Picture have been met with some criticism, Lincoln has gone by virtually unscathed.  Although Lincoln brought in 10 nominations, the most surprising fact is that Steven Spielberg was not nominated for Best Director – nor was Les Misérables director Tom Hooper.  Also worth noting, director Quentin Tarantino received a Best Director nomination for his work on Django Unchained.  Hit the jump for the full list of nominees! Read the rest of this entry

2013 Golden Globe Nominations Announced – LINCOLN Leads way with Seven Nominations

Golden Globes LogoThe nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes were announced earlier this morning.  The Hollywood Foreign Press Association issues the nominations for the Golden Globes, and there weren’t many surprises.  Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln stands at the head of the pack with seven nominations, while Ben Affleck’s Argo and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained come in just behind Lincoln with five nominations each.  Other movies that have been praised by critics thus far like Zero Dark Thirty and Silver Linings Playbook received their due as well.  The biggest surprise was probably Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, with nominations in Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Motion Picture for the Comedy/Musical category.  Hit the jump for a full list of nominations. Read the rest of this entry

The Twilight Saga Reigns Supreme at the Weekend Box Office

1. Breaking Dawn Part 2     $141.06 Million

2. Skyfall                                  $41.1 Million

3. Lincoln                                 $21.04 Million

4. Wreck-It-Ralph                  $18.5 Million

5. Flight                                    $8.8 Million

While it’s no secret that a ton of people (including myself) out there think that the Twilight films are less than stellar, they put up gigantic numbers when they release.  So the fact that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 debuted number one at the box office is no surprise.  Breaking Dawn brought in an impressive $141 million over the weekend – only $1.8 million short of the franchise best set by New Moon.  Breaking Dawn’s worldwide box office total is now at $340.6 million.  Five movies over four years for the Twilight series have racked up an incredible $2.5 billion, yes billion with a ‘b,’ worldwide. Read the rest of this entry

Review: Lincoln

(This is a repost of my review published on on October 26th, 2012)

When one thinks of acclaimed director Steven Spielberg, images of extraterrestrials, ferocious dinosaurs, or the bloody beaches of Normandy may come to mind – but with his latest outing, Spielberg gives viewers a dramatic and gripping change of pace in this epic portrayal of America’s 16th President.  Lincoln, written by decorated playwright Tony Kushner, is the story of Abraham Lincoln’s tireless campaign to pass the 13th amendment which would result in the abolishment of slavery. Read the rest of this entry