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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

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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

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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Review: ZERO DARK THIRTY

Zero Dark Thirty Poster 3In 2009’s The Hurt Locker, director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal teamed up to show us the harsh realities of a post 9/11 world.  “War is a drug,” says the opening screen of the film. In Bigelow and Boal’s latest, Zero Dark Thirty, they focus on obsession yet again.  This time it is billed as “the greatest manhunt in history”—the decade long search for Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty is more in the form of cinema journalism, in which we see Boal’s script laid out like an extensive classified report.  What the audience also needs to keep in mind is that this is technically a fictional account of real events, considering the information is still classified… Read the rest of this entry

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

Final Trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s ZERO DARK THIRTY

Zero Dark Thirty DecemberThe final trailer for Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty has hit the web today.  The trailer showcases Jessica Chastain’s performance, which is already receiving high praise from critics.  There is a great deal of new footage in the trailer and it’s packed with new dialogue as well.  The best part of the trailer may be the choir singing their rendition of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” over top of the footage.  As the release date slowly approaches, I can’t wait to finally see this film.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer. 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

ABC’s Nightline Special With Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal on Zero Dark Thirty

Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal brought us a rousing drama that followed an elite bomb squad unit in 2008’s The Hurt Locker. This winter, the Academy Award winning duo has teamed up yet again to bring us the story of the greatest manhunt in history.  ABC’s Nightline aired a special exclusive sit-down with Bigelow and Boal to discuss the film.  We all know the outcome of Zero Dark Thirty, but the director and screenwriter want to show you how it all came to be.  Hit the jump to check out the video. Read the rest of this entry

New Posters For Oz: The Great and Powerful, Les Misérables, and Zero Dark Thirty

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Some new posters for Oz: The Great and Powerful, Les Misérables, and Zero Dark Thirty have been released.  The Oz poster is actually the final third to the triptych poster (which you can see here) that was released a little over two weeks ago.  The Les Misérables poster is pretty cool, seeing that it is the French version of the poster.  The Zero Dark Thirty poster is likely to be the last one released before we see the film hit theaters.  Both Les Mis and Zero Dark Thirty were screened for the first time for critics within the last week, and both already have loads of Oscar buzz surrounding them.  Hit the jump to check out the posters. Read the rest of this entry