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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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‘Birdman’ Soars on Oscar Night – 87th Annual Academy Awards Full Winners List

‘Birdman’ Soars on Oscar Night – 87th Annual Academy Awards Full Winners List

‘Birdman’ Soars on Oscar Night – 87th Annual Academy Awards Full Winners List

Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu’s incredible Birdman was the big winner on Oscar Sunday. Boyhood was (rightfully IMO) all but left out in the cold, taking home one award for Patricia Arquette’s Supporting Actress role. The Academy largely hit a home run from an awards standpoint. The only quibble I would have is giving the Best Actor nod to Eddie Redmayne’s transformative performance in The Theory of Everything over Michael Keaton’s work in Birdman, but overall, for one night, all is well in Academy land. Here is the full list of winners:

BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Julianne Moore in Still Alice

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Imitation Game
Written by Graham Moore

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)
“Glory” from Selma
Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
CitizenFour
Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
Whiplash
Tom Cross

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Emmanuel Lubezki

ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR
Big Hero 6
Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Feast
Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Interstellar
Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Patricia Arquette in Boyhood

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
American Sniper
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
Whiplash
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
The Phone Call
Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Ida (Poland)

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Milena Canonero

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

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