In the video you’re about to watch, kids reenact Argo, Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln and Beasts Of The Southern Wild. Now before you ask, “What about all of the other films like Les Miserables?” Well, last year they broke it up into two videos, so I have a feeling that will be the case this year as well. Once the second one comes out, I’ll update and repost so you can check them out.
Watch these cute kids reenact these very adults movies below and be sure to tune into the Oscars on Sunday!
Let the official Oscar campaigning begin. Even though the race started long before today, with the nominations now revealed, the handshaking and butt kissing to Academy voters kicks into high gear. This is exactly the part Joaquin Phoenix criticized when he slammed the Oscars. Despite that dig, as predicted by him, Phoenix snagged an Oscar nod for his work in The Master. Can he parlay his “unique” campaigning to Oscar glory when the winners are announced on February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood?
Oscar host Seth Macfarlane and Emma Stone woke up extremely early today to read out the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards. Side note: Macfarlane is the first host to announce the nominations since Charlton Heston did double duty back in 1972. As widely predicted, Lincoln dominated with 12 nominations including Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Coming in second was Life of Pi with 11 nods. Unlike Lincoln, Life of Pi didn’t score any acting nods and their haul came mostly from the creative categories. Check out all the nominations and my commentary including snubs in all the major awards below.
It only took 23 tries, but 007 has finally found his groove. Not only has the latest James Bond flick, Skyfall, become the first in the franchise to pass the $1 billion mark, but the film might also be headed for Oscar glory. In a surprising twist, Skyfall earned a nomination from the Producers Guild for Best Film. It’s the first Bond film to be honored by the PGA in its 24-year history.
Since 2007, five winners of the Producers Guild Awards have gone on to also nab Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Last year, only three films didn’t line up with the Oscar nominees. Bridesmaids, The Ides of March and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo were snubbed by the Academy. The year before that, the PGAs were only off by one with The Town losing a spot to the Academy’s choice of Winter’s Bone. Better dust off that tuxedo Daniel Craig, you might be headed to the big event this year.
The Producers Guild Awards ceremony, which will be produced by Michael De Luca, will take place on Jan. 26. Check out all the films nominated this year below.
Another day, another Oscar precursor. This time it’s the American Film Institute’s turn. Unlike the previous awards, the AFI doesn’t pick one winner. Rather the group of critics, scholars, film artists and those in television pick the Top 10 in both cinema and on the small screen. All ten winners in each respective category will be honored at an invitation-only luncheon on Friday, January 11, 2013 in Los Angeles.
In the film category, you have your core group of movies dominating early critics awards. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty once again are honored. Joining the Oscar Best Picture race is Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. I believe it’s the first nod the superhero flick has earned at a major Academy Awards precursor.
The biggest snub, IMHO, is Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. The Joaquin Phoenix and Phillip Seymour Hoffman film recently nabbed Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress from the Los Angeles Film Critics. Sadly for them, the film was ignored by the AFI. Check out what else made the AFI’s list of Best 10 films of 2012, along with the cream of the crop on television.
A couple of days after Kathryn Bigelow’s film scored top honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, Zero Dark Thirty nabs another win. The National Board of Review bestows Best Film honors to the Osama bin Laden movie. Bigelow also won for Best Director. Is Zero Dark Thirty the film to beat at the upcoming Academy Awards? It’s certainly a contender, but keep this in mind. The last time the NBR picked the eventual Oscar Best Film winner was back in 2008 when Slumdog Millionaire danced its way to the podium.
Zero Dark Thirty also earned an award in one of the acting categories. Jessica Chastain who plays a CIA agent on the hunt for bin Laden won Best Actress. Bradley Cooper beat out Oscar frontrunner Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) for Best Actor for his work in Silver Linings Playbook. On the supporting front, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ann Dowd were honored for Django Unchained and Compliance respectively.
Out of all the winners, the one I’m most ecstatic about is Tom Holland’s win in the Breakthrough Actor category. I literally just walked out of a screening for The Impossible and can’t say enough great things about Holland. He was EVERYTHING in that film. The trailers made it look like it was all about Ewan McGregor, but it wasn’t. The entire movie is an acting tour de force from Holland and Naomi Watts. Definitely check out this film. Be warned: bring lots of tissues. I cried at least ten times. Check out the rest of the winners below.