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88th Annual Academy Awards: A Dud of a Show: 2016 Oscars Complete Winners List

88th Annual Academy Awards: A Dud of a Show: 2016 Oscars Complete Winners List

88th Annual Academy Awards: Another Lame Show: 2016 Oscars Complete Winners List

Last night’s Oscar Awards ceremony (which was another thumping, largely one-note dud, despite the hope of goods from a controversial host – here’s to hoping for Louis CK as next year’s host) wrapped up with a mild surprise winner in the Best Picture category, Spotlight, which not coincidentally was the best film I’ve seen so far from last year’s crop, although admittedly there are several supposed contenders I have yet to see. At least Mad Max didn’t win (goodness, that was just noise) and it’s nomination in part means the Academy is a complete mess trying to figure out who they are and what they want to do to remain relevant. I suspect that they’ll never quite work their way out of this conundrum over the years and as for their relevance, well, I don’t know that they’ve really been that for a long while as it is. The full list of winners and nominees is below:

BEST PICTURE

Winner: Spotlight
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room

BEST ACTOR

Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

BEST ACTRESS

Winner: Brie Larson, Room
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

BEST DIRECTOR

Winner: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Winner: The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone
Bridge of Spies, Thomas Newman
Carol, Carter Burwell
Sicario, Jóhann Jóhannsson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Winner: “Writing’s on the Wall,” Spectre
“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction
“Simple Song #3,” Youth
“Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Winner: Son of Saul
Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
Theeb
A War

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

Winner: Stutterer
Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Shok

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Winner: Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Winner: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Body Team 12
Chau, Beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
Last Day of Freedom

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Winner: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Winner: Inside Out
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Winner: Bear Story (Historia de un Oso)
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Winner: Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST SOUND MIXING

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road
Bridge of Spies
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST SOUND EDITING

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST FILM EDITING

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
The Big Short, Hank Corwin
The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione
Spotlight, Tom McArdle
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Winner: The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezki
Carol, Edward Lachman
The Hateful Eight, Robert Richardson
Mad Max: Fury Road, John Seale
Sicario, Roger Deakins

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
The Martian
The Revenant

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan
Carol, Sandy Powell
Cinderella, Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl, Paco Delgado
The Revenant, Jacqueline West

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Winner: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Winner: Adam McKay, Charles Randolph, The Big Short
Nick Hornby, Brooklyn
Phyllis Nagy, Carol
Drew Goddard, The Martian
Emma Donoghue, Room

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Winner: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight
Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Bridge of Spies
Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Inside Out
Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus, Straight Outta Compton

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2016 Oscar Nominations – Complete List – 88th Annual Academy Awards

2016 Oscar Nominations – Complete List – 88th Annual Academy Awards

2016 Oscar Nominations – Complete List – 88th Annual Academy Awards

Star Wars: The Force Awakens awoke today to four big Oscar nominations. The Revenant is the film to watch overall though, leading the way with 12 potential winners. Check out the show next month. Below is the complete list for this year’s 88th Academy Awards:

BEST PICTURE

  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight

BEST ACTOR

  • Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
  • Matt Damon, The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

BEST ACTRESS

  • Cate Blanchett, Carol
  • Brie Larson, Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
  • Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Christian Bale, The Big Short
  • Tom Hardy, The Revenant
  • Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

DIRECTING

  • Adam McKay – The Big Short
  • George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant
  • Lenny Abrahamson – Room
  • Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

  • Anomalisa
  • Boy and the World
  • Inside Out
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • When Marnie Was There

COSTUME DESIGN

  • Carol
  • Cinderella
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • Amy
  • Cartel Land
  • The Look of Silence
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?
  • Winter on Fire

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

  • Body Team
  • Chau, Beyond the Lines
  • Claude Lanzmann
  • A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
  • Last Day of Freedom

MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
  • The Revenant

ORIGINAL SONG

  • “Earned It” – Fifty Shades of Grey
  • “Manta Ray” – Racing Extinction
  • “Simple Song #3” – Youth
  • “Til It Happens to You” – The Hunting Ground
  • “Writing’s on the Wall” – Spectre

ANIMATED SHORT

  • Bear Story
  • Prologue
  • Sanjay’s Super Team
  • We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
  • World of Tomorrow

SOUND EDITING

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Sicario
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

FILM EDITING

  • The Big Short
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Spotlight
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • Embrace of the Serpent
  • Mustang
  • Son of Saul
  • Theeb
  • A War

ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Sicario
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • The Big Short
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • The Martian
  • Room

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Ex Machina
  • Inside Out
  • Spotlight
  • Straight Outta Compton

 

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AFI (American Film Institute) Top 10 Movies of 2015 List – Star Wars VII Anyone?

AFI (American Film Institute) Top 10 Movies of 2015 List – Star Wars VII Anyone?

AFI (American Film Institute) Top 10 Movies of 2015 List

The American Film Institute just released their top 10 films of this year and the list has a number of notable box office successes and one sure to be (hint, hint – it’s about a force awakening). Below is the full list with their current RT rankings. Based on that ranking alone, they clearly did a good job. The totality of it all, as per usual, is debatable. Straight Outta Compton, while an enjoyable work, is a standard biopic for fans of NWA. For it to be in here either signals a surprise of sorts, or a down year. Fury Road was a spectacle of action, but beyond that achievement, by no means particularly noteworthy. A bombardment of the senses, sure, but top 10? I don’t know, man. Maybe its just me. The list:

TOP 10 MOVIES

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2016 Golden Globe Nominees Full List (Film Categories)

2016 Golden Globe Nominees Full List (Film Categories)

2016 Golden Globe Nominees Full List (Film Categories)

The HFPA aka the Hollywood Foreign Press Association just announced the 2016, 73rd Annual Golden Globe Nominations. The Globes always produces a few surprises due to their comedy/drama separate categories. This year, Todd Haynes’ Carol leads the way with five noms, followed by Adam McKay’s (?) The Big Short, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant, and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, each receiving four nominations.

Below is the full list for nominees in film related categories:

THE NOMINATIONS:

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Carol
Number 9 Films; The Weinstein Company

Mad Max: Fury Road
Warner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures / Kennedy Miller Mitchell; Warner Bros. Pictures

The Revenant
Regency Enterprises; Twentieth Century Fox

Room
Element Pictures / No Trace Camping; A24

Spotlight
Anonymous Content / Participant Media / First Look; Open Road Films

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Leonardo Dicaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Will Smith, Concussion

Best Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy

The Big Short
Paramount Pictures / Regency Enterprises; Paramount Pictures

Joy
Fox 2000 Pictures; Twentieth Century Fox

The Martian
Twentieth Century Fox; Twentieth Century Fox

Spy
Twentieth Century Fox; Twentieth Century Fox

Trainwreck
Universal Pictures / Apatow Productions; Universal Pictures

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Melissa Mccarthy, Spy
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
Maggie Smith, The Lady In The Van
Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy

Christian Bale, The Big Short
Steve Carell, The Big Short
Matt Damon, The Martian
Al Pacino, Danny Collins
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

Best Motion Picture – Animated

Anomalisa
Starburns Industries; Paramount Pictures

The Good Dinosaur
Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Inside Out
Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Peanuts Movie
Blue Sky Studios; Twentieth Century Fox

Shaun The Sheep Movie
Aardman; Lionsgate / Studiocanal

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

The Brand New Testament (Bel-Fra-Lux)
The Club (Chile)
The Fencer (Finland / Germany / Estonia)
Mustang (France)
Son Of Saul (Hungary)

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In Any Motion Picture

Jane Fonda, Youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In Any Motion Picture

Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts Of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge Of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Director – Motion Picture

Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
Tom Mccarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Emma Donoghue, Room
Tom Mccarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight
Adam Mckay and Charles Randolph, The Big Short
Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Carter Burwell, Carol
Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, The Revenant

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“Love Me Like You Do” — Fifty Shades Of Grey
Music/Lyrics by: Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ali Payami, Ilya Salmanzadeh

“One Kind Of Love” — Love & Mercy
Music/Lyrics by: Brian Wilson, Scott Bennett

“See You Again” — Furious 7
Music/Lyrics by: Justin Franks, Andrew Cedar, Charlie Puth, Cameron Thomaz

“Simple Song #3” — Youth
Music/Lyrics by: David Lang

“Writing’s On The Wall” — Spectre
Music/Lyrics by: Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes

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2016 SAG Awards Nominees List is Revealed

2016 SAG Awards Nominees List is Revealed

2016 SAG Awards Nominees Revealed

I don’t consider this to be a banner year for films at all, but the awards shows must go on. Revealed today were the nominations for the Screen Actors Guild annual awards. Some curious omissions include Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight, which did get a group nod, but otherwise perhaps a largely expected list (looking forward to The Revenant) with the usual star thrown in (Depp) for good measure. Below is the full list of nominees in the film categories only, for the 22nd annual SAG Awards:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
BRYAN CRANSTON / Dalton Trumbo – “TRUMBO” (Bleecker Street)
JOHNNY DEPP / James “Whitey” Bulger – “BLACK MASS” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / Hugh Glass – “THE REVENANT” (20th Century Fox)
MICHAEL FASSBENDER / Steve Jobs – “STEVE JOBS” (Universal Pictures)
EDDIE REDMAYNE / Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
CATE BLANCHETT / Carol Aird – “CAROL” (The Weinstein Company)
BRIE LARSON / Ma – “ROOM” (A24)
HELEN MIRREN / Maria Altmann – “WOMAN IN GOLD” (The Weinstein Company)
SAOIRSE RONAN / Eilis – “BROOKLYN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
SARAH SILVERMAN / Laney Brooks – “I SMILE BACK” (Broad Green Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
CHRISTIAN BALE / Michael Burry – “THE BIG SHORT” (Paramount Pictures)
IDRIS ELBA / Commandant – “BEASTS OF NO NATION” (Netflix)
MARK RYLANCE / Abel Rudolph – “BRIDGE OF SPIES” (DreamWorks)
MICHAEL SHANNON / Rick Carver – “99 HOMES” (Broad Green Pictures)
JACOB TREMBLAY / Jack – “ROOM” (A24)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
ROONEY MARA / Therese Belivet – “CAROL” (The Weinstein Company)
RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer – “SPOTLIGHT” (Open Road Films)
HELEN MIRREN / Hedda Hopper – “TRUMBO” (Bleecker Street)
ALICIA VIKANDER / Gerda Wegener – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)
KATE WINSLET / Joanna Hoffman – “STEVE JOBS” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
BEASTS OF NO NATION (Netflix)
ABRAHAM ATTAH / Agu
KURT EGYIAWAN / 2nd I-C
IDRIS ELBA / Commandant

THE BIG SHORT (Paramount Pictures)
CHRISTIAN BALE / Michael Burry
STEVE CARELL / Mark Baum
RYAN GOSLING / Jared Vennett
MELISSA LEO / Georgia Hale
HAMISH LINKLATER / Porter Collins
JOHN MAGARO / Charlie Geller
BRAD PITT / Ben Rickert
RAFE SPALL / Danny Moses
JEREMY STRONG / Vinny Peters
MARISA TOMEI / Cynthia Baum
FINN WITTROCK / Jamie Shipley

SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films)
BILLY CRUDUP / Eric MacLeish
BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES / Matty Carroll
MICHAEL KEATON / Walter “Robby” Robinson
RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer
MARK RUFFALO / Michael Rezendes
LIEV SCHREIBER / Marty Baron
JOHN SLATTERY / Ben Bradlee, Jr.
STANLEY TUCCI / Mitchell Garabedian

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (Universal Pictures)
NEIL BROWN JR. / DJ Yella
PAUL GIAMATTI / Jerry Heller
COREY HAWKINS / Dr. Dre
ALDIS HODGE / MC Ren
O’SHEA JACKSON JR. / Ice Cube
JASON MITCHELL / Eazy-E

TRUMBO (Bleecker Street)
ADEWALE AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE / Virgil Brooks
LOUIS C.K. / Arlen Hird
BRYAN CRANSTON / Dalton Trumbo
DAVID JAMES ELLIOTT / John Wayne
ELLE FANNING / Niki Trumbo
JOHN GOODMAN / Frank King
DIANE LANE / Cleo Trumbo
HELEN MIRREN / Hedda Hopper
MICHAEL STUHLBARG / Edward G. Robinson
ALAN TUDYK / Ian McLellan Hunter

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Can “Transformers 5” Revive The Franchise?

Can “Transformers 5” Revive The Franchise?

Can “Transformers 5” Revive The Franchise?

Its films still make a great deal of money and garner interest from a wide existing fan base, but it’s becoming clear that the Transformers series is losing some appeal. With original stars having departed and cinematic action sequences only growing more absurd, the series has profited steadily less from each of the last three films in turn, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. But with news now starting to trickle out about Transformers 5 (at this point a working title), can yet another sequel revive this franchise?

In a way, it feels like the Transformers series disappeared after 2011’s Transformers: Dark Of The Moon with the exit of Shia LeBeouf, who played original hero Sam Witwicky. Since then there has of course been more content related to the series. In 2014, Transformers: Age Of Extinction attempted to keep things going with Mark Wahlberg as a new protagonist. This sequel was almost universally panned by critics, however; arguably the nicest thing said about it was when Forbes.com called it “arguably the least ‘bad’ of the franchise.”

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Aside from the films, the series has also continued in video game spheres. Gaming site GalaBingo.com seeks to interest players through the use of pop culture themes, in addition to welcome bonuses and VIP game rooms, and one example of this that’s prominent on the site is a Transformers slot machine. Specifically, the game is called “Transformers: Battle Of Cybertron,” and it provides action reminiscent of the film franchise to an otherwise ordinary game.

But now it’s been confirmed that a fifth film will also continue the franchise. Collider.com recently confirmed that Wahlberg will star once more, with Michael Bay rumored to be directing yet again. Whether or not this latest effort can make Transformers exciting again remains to be seen.

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Chewbacca is Back in ‘Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens’ Movie Trailer

Chewbacca is Back in ‘Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens’ Movie Trailer

Chewbacca is Back in ‘Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens’ Movie Trailer 

Chewie and crew, aka Han Solo, returns in the latest Star Wars 7 teaser trailer.  A Most Violent Year star Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron makes an appearance. The trailer offers up little, but teases fans just enough to keep the appetites satiating. The film is slated to drop this December. It states Christmas, but I think it is actually a week before. Check out the latest trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens below. Enjoy.

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R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy – Spock From ‘Star Trek’ Dies At 83

R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy – Spock From ‘Star Trek’ Dies At 83

R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy – Spock From ‘Star Trek’ Dies At 83

Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Vulcan ‘Spock’ on TV’s ‘Star Trek’ passed away at the age of 83. According to Deadline:

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death to the New York Times, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Amazingly, Nimoy made an incredibly indelible impression as Spock, as Star Trek was only on TV for two seasons. This brief stint still led to him reprising the role over and over in various movies and even mockumentaries. Nimoy owned the role that is now inhabited by Zac Quinto. Rest in peace, Leonard. Legions of fans will miss, mourn and remember your iconic work.

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