More established names in the nominations list included Judi Dench and Steve Coogan for best actress and best actor respectively for Philomena (with Coogan receiving an extra nod for best screenplay, along with co-writer Jeff Pope), Tom Hardy with a best actor nom for Locke, and Kristin Scott Thomas a best supporting actress nomination for The Invisible Woman. Jonathan Glazer and Scarlett Johansson both picked up nods for Under the Skin. … [Read more...] about Starred Up heads British independent film awards nominations
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Birdman was expected to do well, and did, very, very — and I can’t imagine how the Brits Cumberbatch and Redmayne won’t cancel each other out and throw the award to Michael Keaton for his furiously self-pitying turn as a washed-up superstar. I love Keaton — always have — and when he wins here, it will be further proof that lesser performances of major performers are often the ones that win awards. I expect the contest will come down to Boyhood (the year’s best movie) versus Birdman (the year’s most overrated) and, alas, give the latter the edge. Keaton and Edward Norton — who brilliantly sent up his own reputation for being a colossal dick — will likely win, and the movie’s jabs at critics won’t hurt. For the former, only dear Patricia Arquette and the screenplay seem like locks. … [Read more...] about Was Robbed, and Other Unforgivable Oscar Crimes
Marvel Studios managed a Best Sound Editing nomination for the first Iron Man, but the studio hasn’t figured into that category since. You’d think this would be a place for its superhero movies to shine, since action films are often nominated in the sound categories, but the sound branch has seemed almost hostile to comic-book movies after 2008, when Iron Man lost to The Dark Knight. No superhero movies have been nominated for Best Sound Editing since, and though Marvel’s films are all top-tier when it comes to their tech accomplishments, there is rarely a distinctive entry where the sound design asserts itself. Don’t look for any future nominations here unless Marvel produces a truly unusual film where sound is a key element. … [Read more...] about When Will Marvel Studios Win an Oscar?
Die Hard Regardless of how you feel about the franchise it spawned (including future entries) or where you land in the ceaseless debate about whether or not it’s a Christmas movie, 1988’s Die Hard is still one of the best action movies out there. In an era when actors with bodybuilder physiques like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone cornered the market on the action genre, Bruce Willis — who was still largely seen as a comic actor because of his work on the ABC dramedy Moonlighting — gave audiences a more flawed and believable hero in the form of unlucky New York cop John McClane. Not to mention the film gives us the devilishly fun villain Hans Gruber, played by the late Alan Rickman. It may not have as much fancy CGI as more contemporary action flicks, but Die Hard still holds up as one of the best. … [Read more...] about The 50 best movies on HBO right now
But in choosing to extend the eligibility window, the Oscars missed out on the chance to do something really special this year. And that would have been to not do anything at all. Not move any dates. Keep the eligibility period as usual. They had already made the (correct) decision to allow films that didn’t get their scheduled seven-day-minimum run at a Los Angeles County theater to compete this year. And those movies did come out (mostly digitally, though some released in drive-in theaters around the country, too). Some of them are very good. Most are the kinds of movies that would have had a hard time standing out in the high-stakes cacophony of a traditional Oscars race — not because they don’t rate, but because they don’t come from capital-A auteurs and/or aren’t backed by big studio spending sprees. The Academy’s decision seems, in some ways, like a slap in the face to those films, as if the Oscars were saying to them that even though … [Read more...] about The Oscars Blew It