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Academy Names Ten Contenders On Short List For Best Visual Effects Oscar

Posted on 06 December 2014 by Rich Drees

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Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies and Interstellar are among the ten films named to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ shortlist of movies eligible to nominated for the Best Visual Effects Oscar at the upcoming 87th Academy Awards. The complete list of potential nominees is below.

Having seen all of the films on the shortlist with the exception of Night At The Museum, I would dare say that from a technical standpoint that there isn’t really a clunker title in the group. Interestingly, though, is the fact that neither Biblical epic released this year – Darren Aronofsky’s Noah nor Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings – made the cut.

If one were inclined to wager on such things, the safe bet as to who could win this category is actually tied to the list of nominees for Best Picture. Over the past six years, the winners of the Best Visual Effects Oscar were also Best Picture nominees. Looking at this list, I would say that Interstellar is probably the closest to a lock for a Best Picture nomination, that is if Academy members can get past the film’s length, middling reviews and the controversy over the film’s sound mix. If Academy voters were looking for a populist film to fill a spot on the nominee list then Guardians Of The Galaxy could very well be a contender. However, if none of the pictures here wind up also garnering a Best Picture nomination, then my money would be on Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.

Here is the complete list films on the shortlist –

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Godzilla
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar
  • Maleficent
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Inarritu’s BIRDMAN Wins Big At Gotham Awards

Posted on 02 December 2014 by Rich Drees

Birdman

Hot on the heels of the New York Film Critics Circle naming Boyhood as the Best Film of 2014 and its director Richard Linklater Best Director, the Gotham Awards gave their equivalent crowns to director Alejandro G. Inarritu and his drama Birdman. Birdman star Michael Keaton also nabbed the Best Actor award for his work in the film, while Boyhood won the Gotham’s Audience Award. Julianne Moore took the award for Best Actress as a college professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease in Still Alice. Director Laura Poitras’ Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour was the only film to win its category in both the Gotham Awards and the New York Film Critics Circle .

The Gotham Awards are presented annually by the Independent Feature Project.

Taking the stage to accept his award for playing an actor struggling to break free from the public’s conception of him typecast as the lead of a trilogy of superhero films he did decades before, Keaton took advantage of the unique setting to poke fun at his own past work in two Batman films saying “I want to thank the fine folks at Gotham. It feels good to be back home. Not to toot my horn, but when was the last time you saw the Penguin or the Joker cause any problems?”

Given that the Gotham Awards are determined by a panel of five judges for each category rather than voted on in toto by an organization’s membership, the awards aren’t looked at as any sort of bellwether for eventual Academy Award wins. Still, a double win for Birdman does help raise awareness of the film in the minds of Oscar voters as they start to think about the ballots they will be casting next month.

The 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Award recipients are:

Best Feature: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Best Documentary: CITIZENFOUR
Gotham Independent Film Audience Award: Boyhood
Best Actor: Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Best Actress: Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Breakthrough Actor: Tessa Thompson in Dear White People
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director: Ana Lily Amirpour for A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
Special Jury Award: Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum—for their ensemble work in Foxcatcher
euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ Grant: Chloé Zhao, director, Songs My Brothers Taught Me

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New York Film Critics Name BOYHOOD Best Film Of 2014

Posted on 01 December 2014 by Rich Drees

Boyhood

As the end of the year fast approaches, so too do the number of critics groups that release their best of the year awards. Traditionally, this is kicked off by the New York Film Critics Association and the group has just announced their list of the best in cinema for 2014. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood turns out to be the only film on the list to garner multiple awards – Best Film, Director and Support Actress (Patricia Arquette). Will other critics and awards organizations agree? We’ll see as the season rolls on.

Here’s the complete list of NYFCA winners –

Best Film: Boyhood
Best Director: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Best Actor: Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard (The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night)
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Best Foreign-Language Film: Ida (Poland, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski)
Best Animated Film: The LEGO Movie (directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller)
Best First Film: The Babadook (directed by Jennifer Kent)
Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary): Citizenfour (directed by Laura Poitras)
Best Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel (writer Wes Anderson)
Best Cinematography: Darius Khondji (The Immigrant)
Special Award: Adrienne Mencia

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Neil Patrick Harris To Host The 2015 Oscars

Posted on 15 October 2014 by Rich Drees

NeilPatrickHarrisHeader1I will readily admit that I frequently disagree with the common consensus when it comes to host of the Academy Awards. I thought that such nearly universally panned hosts like David Letterman and Seth McFarland were just the edgy shaking up that the sometime staid ceremony can get while such audience favorites as Billy Crystal and last year’s Ellen DeGeneres have left me cold. But I think that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ choice for next year’s Oscar ceremony host is one that makes me happy and sounds like a crowdpleaser as well.

The Academy has announced today that Neil Patrick Harris will be the master of ceremonies for the 2015 Academy Awards on next February 22.

Harris has already proven himself capable with well lauded gigs hosting both Emmy and Tony Award shows in previous years. A consummate entertainer in the best sense of the word, Harris has some serious cross-generational appeal that should guarantee good television ratings for the program.

And, let’s face it, with this Oscar gig, that leaves Harris just a Grammy hosting job away from a full hosting-EGOT.

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THE GRANDMASTER Sweeps Hong Kong Film Awards WIth 12 Wins

Posted on 14 April 2014 by Rich Drees

Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster

The Grandmaster, director Wong Kar Wai’s dramatic telling of the life of martial arts master Ip Man, swept the Hong Kong Film Awards this weekend, winning in 12 categories including Best Director, Actress (Zhang Ziyi), Best Supporting Actor (Zhang Jin), Screenplay and Action Choreography.

The Grandmaster was released in the United States last year in edited form by the Weinstein Company who has previously indicated that they were not interested in releasing Wong’s original version of the film with Harvey Weinstein’s infamous “Who gives a shit?” response when asked about the original edit being released stateside. Given that the edited version failed to even earn a nomination in the Foreign Language Film category for the Academy Awards maybe you should have given a shit Harvey.

This is Wong’s third best director win at the Hong Kong Film Awards, following Days Of Being Wild (1990) and Chungking Express (1994). Taking to the podium the director stated “I remember it was 1994 when I was last here. It was a short walk from the podium to the stage, but it took me 20 years to come back to this spot.”

Nick Cheung took home his second Hong Kong Film Award, this time the Best Actor Award for his work in Mixed Martial Arts drama Unbeatable. He previously one for his work in Beast Stalker (2008).

The complete winners

Best Film – The Grandmaster
Best Director – Wong Kar Wai (The Grandmaster)
Best Actor – Nick Cheung (Unbeatable)
Best Actress – Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster)
Best Supporting Actor – Zhang Jin (The Grandmaster)
Best Supporting Actress – Kara Wai (Rigor Mortis)
Best New Director – Adam Wong (The Way We Dance)
Best New Performer – Babyjohn Choi (The Way We Dance)
Best Screenplay – The Grandmaster
Best Art Direction – The Grandmaster
Best Costume and Make Up Design – The Grandmaster
Best Cinematography – The Grandmaster
Best Film Editing – The Grandmaster
Best Visual Effects – Rigor Mortis
Best Sound Design – The Grandmaster
Best Film From Mainland and Taiwan – So Young
Best Original Film Score – The Grandmaster
Best Original Film Song – The Way We Dance
Best Action Choreography – The Grandmaster
Lifetime Achievement Award – Cheung Yam-yim (The Shaolin Temple)

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OSCARS 2014: The Day After

Posted on 03 March 2014 by William Gatevackes

ellen oscars 2This was a tough year to host the Oscars. It was a year when all the favorites won and when there’s no surprises, we viewers look to the rest of the show to stay entertained. And if we looked there, what we saw would have been lacking.

This year’s Oscars weren’t as bad as the Anne Hathaway/James Franco hosted debacle of a few years back, but I don’t know if that was because this year’s show WAS better or if it was Ellen DeGeneres’ inherent likability that made it seem like it was. But a lot of Ellen’s bits were soft. But then again, when your killer running gag was ordering pizza for the superstars audience, you didn’t have much to work with to start with.

oscarselfieEllen’s other “celebrities as regular people” gag that worked much better, was the group selfie. Hosts taking camera phone pictures with the celebrities in the audience has become old hat, but Ellen’s kicking it up a level was one of the highlights of the show. You had the elite of Hollywood, owners of Oscars, nominations and/or great box office receipts–and Lupita Nyong’o’s date–all contorting to try and get in the picture. I groaned when the bit began, but was charmed by the time it ended.

But on the whole, the telecast was bumpy and poorly produced. One noticeable area the show was painful to watch was during the repeated vocal stumbling coming from presenters throughout the whole show. It got to such a point that viewers on social media jokingly wondered if the flubs were cause by bad teleprompters or a good open bar.

But neither a bad teleprompter or a good open bar could excuse the worse flub of the night, John Travolta’s complete and utter mangling of Idina Menzel’s name:

Jazz Traveltini, as I will be calling Travolta from now on, knew he completely whiffed on the name. But that isn’t enough to garner sympathy from me. It’s not like they don’t rehearse these things. If Jazz just spent ten seconds going over the script instead of doing whatever he was doing, he wouldn’t have introduce Menzel as “Adele Dazim,” a name I hope Idina uses to check into hotels anonymously for the rest of her life.

While that was the nadir of the show in my opinion, the highlight was for me was Bill Murray’s tribute to Harold Ramis during his presenting the award for Best Cinematography. When all the nominees were announced, Murray quickly added, “Oh, we forgot one. Harold Ramis for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day.” It was a tribute that brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye, and was another reason why the legendary status applied to Murray is justified.

Another high point of the show was that we got to see another member inducted into exclusive EGOT club. When Robert Lopez won the Oscar for Best Song for “Let It Go,” he became the twelfth member of the club, adding his Oscar to the Emmys (which he won for The Wonder Pets), Grammy (which he won for the original cast recording from Book of Mormon) and Tonys ( which he won for Avenue Q and Book of Mormon) already had won.  The other members of the club? Richard Rogers, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg, and Scott Rudin. Pretty heady company.

But overall, the show wasn’t the best that could have offered us. The bad, in my opinion, outweighed the good.

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If We Picked The OSCARS: 2014 Edition!

Posted on 02 March 2014 by William Gatevackes

 

OscarStatuesIt’s that time of the year again, Oscar time! The question everyone is asking (at least in my household) is this – who will go home with the gold and what other surprises will ensue.

In this post, we go through the major categories, pick who we think will will, and who has the best chance for an upset. This way, all of our bases are covered (unless, of course, we are wrong). We’ll even give you our odds for an upset. So, here we go!

Best animated feature film of the year

  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Ernest and Celestine
  • Frozen
  • The Wind Rises

And the Oscar Goes to: Frozen

Unless it goes to: The Wind Rises

Chance of Upset: 0.5%

By now, regular readers of the site are probably sick of me talking about Frozen (which I still think should have been nominated for Best Picture) but it should be a lock here. However, Oscar locks aren’t always all that binding.

If Frozen doesn’t win, the only one I would accept winning would be The Wind Rises. That’s Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki’s last film (supposedly) and if he’s going to go out, it would be fitting if he went out with an Oscar. I’d still be upset, but not as livid as if any of the other films won. Still, if another film is going to win, this one has the best shot

Best Original Song

  • “Alone Yet Not Alone,” Alone Yet Not Alone
  • “Happy,” Despicable Me 2
  • “Let It Go,” Frozen
  • “The Moon Song,” Her
  • “Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

And the Oscar Goes to: “Let It Go,” Frozen

Unless it goes to: “Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Although, there’s a chance it might go to: “Happy,” Despicable Me 2

Chance of Upset: 10% (6.5% for Ordinary Love, 3.5% for Happy)

Frozen is only nominated for two Oscars, and is the overwhelming favorite in each category, yet the cynic in me thinks it could be upset twice. Granted, it lost the Golden Globe to U2’s “Ordinary Love.” You could write that off as that award being run by the foreign press  and the boys from Dublin having great international appeal, but it is a cause for concern. Just as big a concern is Pharrell’s “Happy” which is growing on popularity, airplay and downloads months after the film it was released has left theaters. That might sway Oscar voters as well.

Adapted screenplay

  • Before Midnight, written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke
  • Captain Phillips, screenplay by Billy Ray
  • Philomena, screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
  • 12 Years a Slave, screenplay by John Ridley
  • The Wolf of Wall Street, screenplay by Terence Winter

And the Oscar Goes to: 12 Years a Slave

Unless it goes to: The Wolf of Wall Street.

Chance of Upset: 15%

In “categories I have a rooting interest in that Frozen is not nominated in,” we have this one. John Ridley has wrote comic books (including the excellent The American Way) and I think he deserves the award here. The only competition I can see is from Terence Winter, but not all that much.

Original screenplay

  • American Hustle, written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
  • Blue Jasmine, written by Woody Allen
  • Dallas Buyers Club, written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
  • Her, written by Spike Jonze
  • Nebraska, written by Bob Nelson

And the Oscar Goes to: Her

Unless it goes to: Blue Jasmine

Chance of Upset: 39%

This is a tough category, where all scripts have a shot (although, what is American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club doing here? They were based on true stories?). If I had to pick one the Academy will recognize, It’d be Her. I think they’d tip the hat to Jonze for his originality. Allen is deserving for his script, but I think conventional wisdom states the Academy will shy away from honoring him with all the controversy swirling around. However, there are enough of Hollywood in his camp that he might score an upset. Then watch the media firestorm begin anew.

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
  • Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
  • Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
  • Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
  • June Squibb, Nebraska

And the Oscar Goes to: Jennifer Lawrence

Unless it goes to: Lupita Nyong’o

Chance of Upset: 21%

Typically, the Academy gives awards to stars, especially female ones, who put themselves the most physical and emotional punishment on screen. That is probably why Nyong’o is being picked as a victor in this contest for her role as a horribly abused slave in 12 Years a Slave. But lest we for get that the Academy, like much of the world, loves Jennifer Lawrence. She’s just 23 and is already on her third Oscar nomination, with one win under her belt. If she has the career longevity of a Meryl Streep or Kathryn Hepbern, she’s going to set Oscar records. I bet against her last year. I’m not going bet against her again.

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
  • Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
  • Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
  • Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

And the Oscar Goes to: Jared Leto

Unless it goes to: Barkhad Abdi

Chance of Upset: 1%

This seems to be Leto’s award to lose. His stunning physical transformation brought attention to solid work that is the trademark of his career. Can’t see him losing. But if he does, I think it would be to Abdi. While I believe Fassbender will get an Oscar eventually, it think Abdi’s unique performance will be the one to get most attention from the Academy if they go in another direction from Leto.

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Amy Adams, American Hustle
  • Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Sandra Bullock, Gravity
  • Judi Dench, Philomena
  • Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

And the Oscar Goes to: Cate Blanchett

Unless it goes to: Sandra Bullock

Chance of Upset: 3%

This was Bullock’s to lose until Blue Jasmine was released. The Blanchett gave a performance for the ages and blew Sandra’s chances out of the water. I gave her 3%, because she appears to be well liked in Hollywood, but Blanchett should run away with this.

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Christian Bale, American Hustle
  • Bruce Dern, Nebraska
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
  • Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

And the Oscar Goes to: Matthew McConaughey

Unless it goes to: Bruce Dern

Chance of Upset: 5%

Once again, this was Chiwetel Ejiofor’s to lose before Dallas Buyers Club came out. Then McConaughey’s career resurgence hit full speed and he became a serious actor overnight. I don’t see him losing the Oscar to anyone based on his performance in that film.

But if he does, it will be to Dern, not Ejiofor. Bruce Dern has given some great performances over his long career, most have escaped the Academy’s notice. This might be payback from all those snubs.

Achievement in directing

  • David O. Russell, American Hustle
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
  • Alexander Payne, Nebraska
  • Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
  • Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

And the Oscar Goes to: Alfonso Cuarón

Unless it goes to: Steve McQueen

Chance of Upset: 27%

I think this comes down to a battle between technical achievement versus dramatic achievement. Both men tackles subject many though couldn’t be done, but each made it work. I just think Cuarón has the edge.

Best Picture

  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

And the Oscar Goes to: Gravity

Unless it goes to: 12 Years a Slave

Chance of Upset: 42%

In my mind, this is basically a three horse race between Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle, with the latter a distant third. Gravity hasn’t been getting as much love this awards season as the others have, but I think it is the one that has the best chance to walk away with an Oscar. But don’t rule out 12 Years a Slave, a harrowing film about an important subject. It has a very good chance to upset.

Follow me (@gates71) and FilmBuffOnline (@FilmBuffOnLine) tonight for live commentary during the ceremony. Get our apologies for being wrong live as they happen!

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OSCARS 2014: Know Your Nominees: Best Picture

Posted on 01 March 2014 by William Gatevackes

2014 Best Picture NomineesIn the days leading up to the 86th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well know, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

American Hustle

american_hustle_ver6_xlgProducers: Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon.

Release date: December 13, 2013

Box office gross as of February 19, 2014; $214,489,338 (Domestic: $142,203,597, Foreign: $72,285,741)

IMDB Synopsis: A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 10 (Best Motion Picture of the Year;  Best Achievement in Directing; Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role; Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role; Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role; Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role; Best Achievement in Costume Design; Best Achievement in Film Editing; Best Achievement in Production Design; Best Writing, Original Screenplay)

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Film, Australian Film Institute.

Nominated, Best Film, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Capri Movie of the Year Award, Capri, Hollywood.

3rd Place, Best Picture, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Picture, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, 2014 Critic’s Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Picture, Florida Film Critics Circle Award.

Won, Best Picture-Comedy or Musical, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

2nd Place, Best Film, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Film, New York Film Critics Circle Award.

Nominated, Best Picture, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

NominatedBest Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

3rd Place, Best Picture, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Film, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 93% (224 Positive Reviews, 17 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Riotously funny and impeccably cast, American Hustle compensates for its flaws with unbridled energy and some of David O. Russell’s most irrepressibly vibrant direction.

Dissenting Opinion: “Russell is so enamored with the period pizzazz – the outrageous hairstyles and outfits, the strobe-lit clubs, the yellows and browns – that the movie flatlines.”–Robert Levin, amNewYork

Official Site: http://www.americanhustle-movie.com/site/

Captain Phillips

captainphillipsposterProducers: Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca

Release date: October 11, 2013

Box office gross as of February 19, 2014: $217,585,664 (Domestic: $106,885,622, Foreign: $110,700,042)

IMDB Synopsis: The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 6 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Achievement in Film Editing;  Best Achievement in Sound Editing; Best Achievement in Sound Mixing; Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay)

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Picture, Austin Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Film, Australian Film Institute.

Nominated,  Best Film, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, 2014 Critic’s Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture-Drama, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Film, New York Film Festival.Nominated, Best Picture, Satellite Awards.

NominatedBest Picture, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 93% (218 Positive Reviews, 16 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Smart, powerfully acted, and incredibly intense, Captain Phillips offers filmgoers a Hollywood biopic done right — and offers Tom Hanks a showcase for yet another brilliant performance.

Dissenting Opinion: “As cinema it plays a lot like a knockoff of “Zero Dark Thirty,” without the same ambition and scale and with dramatically lower stakes.”–Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

Official Site: http://www.captainphillipsmovie.com/site/

Dallas Buyers Club

dallasbuyersclubposterProducer: Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter,

Release date: November 1, 2014.

Box office gross as of February 19, 2014: $30,414,667 (Domestic: $24,414,667, Foreign: $6,000,000)

IMDB Synopsis: In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 6 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role; Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role; Best Achievement in Film Editing;Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling; Best Writing, Original Screenplay )

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Picture, Austin Film Critics Association.

NominatedBest Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, 2014 Critic’s Choice Awards.

NominatedBest Picture, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Independent Motion Picture, Image Awards.

2nd Place, Best Picture, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 94% (203 Positive Reviews, 14 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Dallas Buyers Club rests squarely on Matthew McConaughey’s scrawny shoulders, and he carries the burden gracefully with what might be a career-best performance.

Dissenting Opinion: “This is all well-intentioned, but it’s still obnoxious hokum, an important story so distilled and stripped of its essence that by the end, it’s not about AIDS and the fight for new drugs at all.”–Will Leitch, Deadspin.

Official Site: http://www.focusfeatures.com/dallas_buyers_club

Gravity

Gravity-2013-Movie-PosterProducers: Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman.

Release date: October 4, 2013.

Box office gross as of February 19, 2014: $700,945,782 (Domestic: $268,345,782, Foreign: $432,600,00)

IMDB Synopsis: A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 10 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role; Best Achievement in Cinematography; Best Achievement in Directing; Best Achievement in Film Editing; Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score; Best Achievement in Production Design; Best Achievement in Sound Editing; Best Achievement in Sound Mixing; Best Achievement in Visual Effects)

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Picture, Austin Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Film, Australian Film Institute.

Nominated,  Best Film, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

NominatedBest Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Picture, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Picture, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, 2014 Critic’s Choice Awards.

2nd Place, Best Picture, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

NominatedBest Picture-Drama, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

2rd Place, Best Picture, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Film of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Picture, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. [TIE]

3rd Place, Best Film, New York Film Critics Circle Award. [TIE]

Nominated, Best Picture, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

NominatedBest Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

2nd Place, Best Picture, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Vancouver Film Critics Circle.

Nominated, Best Film, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 97% (290 Positive Reviews, 9 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is an eerie, tense sci-fi thriller that’s masterfully directed and visually stunning.

Dissenting Opinion: “”’Watching Gravity often feels like watching an especially long prep reel for Star Tours, without ever being allowed to board the ride.”–Ben Kenigsberg, AV Club

Official Site: http://gravitymovie.warnerbros.com/#/home

Her

her_xlgProducers: Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay.

Release date: December 18, 2013

Box office gross as of February 19, 2014: $27,612,468 (Domestic: $23,519,327, Foreign: $4,093,141)

IMDB Synopsis: A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 5 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score; Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song; Best Achievement in Production Design; Best Writing, Original Screenplay)

Other honors for this film:

Won, Best Picture, Austin Film Critics Association.

NominatedBest Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Picture, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Picture, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, 2014 Critic’s Choice Awards.

NominatedBest Picture, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture-Musical or Comedy, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Film of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Picture, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. [TIE]

Won, Best Picture, National Board of Review, USA.

3rd Place, Best Film, National Society of Film Critics Awards. [TIE]

3rd Place, Best Film, New York Film Critics Circle Award. [TIE]

Nominated, Best Film, New York Film Festival.

Nominated, Best Picture, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Picture, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

NominatedBest Picture, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Picture, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Film, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 94% (201 Positive Reviews, 13 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Sweet, soulful, and smart, Spike Jonze’s Her uses its just-barely-sci-fi scenario to impart wryly funny wisdom about the state of modern human relationships.

Dissenting Opinion: “We need more subplots. (Even just one.) Instead we get a life sentence of staring at Phoenix’s face while the actor, as skilfully as he can, goes through the 12 steps of disenchantment in his one-man LA therapy classes.”–Nigel Andrews, Financial Times.

Official Site: http://www.herthemovie.com/

Nebraska

NebraskaProducers: Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa.

Release date: November 15, 2014.

Box office gross as of February 19, 2014: $16,029,372 (Domestic: $16,029,372, Foreign: N/A)

IMDB Synopsis: An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 6 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role; Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role; Best Achievement in Cinematography; Best Achievement in Directing; Best Writing, Original Screenplay)

Other honors for this film:

NominatedBest Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Picture, 2014 Critic’s Choice Awards.

NominatedBest Picture, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

NominatedBest Picture-Musical or Comedy, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Feature, Independent Spirit Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Film, New York Film Festival.

Nominated, Best Picture, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

NominatedBest Picture, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 92% (183 Positive Reviews, 16 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Elegant in its simplicity and poetic in its message, Nebraska adds another stirringly resonant chapter to Alexander Payne’s remarkable filmography.

Dissenting Opinion: “A rank exercise in hicksploitation sentimentalism.”–Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

Official Site: http://www.nebraskamovie.com/

 

Philomena

philomenaposterProducers: Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward.

Release date: November 22, 2013.

Box office gross as of February 19, 2014: $78,058,428 (Domestic: $31,334,395, Foreign: $46,724,033)

IMDB Synopsis: A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 4 (Best Motion Picture of the Year;  Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role; Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score;  Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay)

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Film, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

NominatedBest Picture-Drama, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

NominatedBest Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

NominatedBest Picture, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 92% (155 Positive Reviews, 13 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Based on a powerful true story and led by note-perfect performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Philomena offers a profoundly affecting drama for adult filmgoers of all ages.

Dissenting Opinion: “Repeatedly chastises Sixsmith and his kind for packaging human tragedy … the irony is that Frears’ entertaining but thoroughly unchallenging film isn’t doing anything remotely different.”–Guy Lodge, HitFix.

Official Site: http://philomenamovie.com/

 

12 Years a Slave

12yearscover-webProducers:Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas.

Release date: October 18, 2013

Box office gross as of February 19, 2014: $109,691,211 (Domestic: $48,491,211 , Foreign: $61,200,000)

IMDB Synopsis: In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 9 (Best Motion Picture of the Year;  Best Achievement in Directing; Best Achievement in Editing; Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role; Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role;  Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role; Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay;Best Achievement in Costume Design; Best Achievement in Production Design)

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Picture, Austin Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Film, Australian Film Institute.

Won, Best Film, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Motion Picture, Black Reel Awards.

Won, Best Film, Boston Society of Film Critics.

Won, Best Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

NominatedCapri Movie of the Year Award, Capri, Hollywood.

Nominated, Best Picture, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Picture, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Picture, 2014 Critic’s Choice Awards.

Won, Best Picture, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Picture, Florida Film Critics Circle Award.

Won, Best Picture-Drama, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Film, Gotham Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Motion Picture, Image Awards.

Nominated, Best Feature, Independent Spirit Awards.

Won, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Picture, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Film of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

3rd Place, Best Film, National Society of Film Critics Awards. [TIE]

2nd Place, Best Film, New York Film Critics Circle Award.

Won, Best Picture, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Picture, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Picture, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

NominatedBest Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

WonBest Picture, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Picture, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Picture, Vancouver Film Critics Circle.

Won, Best Film, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 96% (244 Positive Reviews, 9 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: It’s far from comfortable viewing, but 12 Years a Slave‘s unflinchingly brutal look at American slavery is also brilliant — and quite possibly essential — cinema

Dissenting Opinion: “Aside from a characteristically nuanced lead performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor… it’s a picture that stays more than a few safe steps away from anything so dangerous as raw feeling.”–Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice.

Official Site: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/12yearsaslave/

 

The Wolf of Wall Street

wolf_of_wall_street_ver3_xlgProducers: Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland and Emma Tillinger Koskoff.

Release date: December 25,2013

Box office gross as of February 19, 2014: $336,824,533 (Domestic: $111,363,533 , Foreign: $225,461,000)

IMDB Synopsis: Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 5 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role; Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role; Best Achievement in Directing; Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay).

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Picture, Austin Film Critics Association.

2nd Place, Best Film, Boston Society of Film Critics.

NominatedBest Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Picture, 2014 Critic’s Choice Awards.

NominatedBest Picture, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture-Musical or Comedy, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Film of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

NominatedBest Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

NominatedBest Picture, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 77% (181 Positive Reviews, 55 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Funny, self-referential, and irreverent to a fault, The Wolf of Wall Street finds Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio at their most infectiously dynamic.

Dissenting Opinion: “Various Cheech-and-Chong-style slapstick scenarios play out repeatedly, just with different props.”–Mark Jenkins, NPR.

Official Site: http://www.thewolfofwallstreet.com/

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OSCARS 2014: Know Your Nominees: Best Director.

Posted on 28 February 2014 by William Gatevackes

2014 best director nomineesIn the days leading up to the 86th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well know, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

Alfonso Cuarón

AlfonsoCuaronNominated for: Directing the tale of a pair of astronauts stranded in space in Gravity.

Other honors for directing this film:

Won, Best Director, Austin Film Institute Awards.

Won, Best Director, Australian Film Institute Awards.

Won, David Lean Award for  Direction, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Won, Best Director, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Director, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Director, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Won, Best Director, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, Directors Guild of America Awards.2nd Place, Best Director, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Director-Motion Picture, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Best Director, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards. [TIE]

Won, Director of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

2nd Place, Best Director, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Director, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Director, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Director, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Director, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Satellite Awards.

2nd Place, Best Director, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Director, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Director, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

Cuarón broke on to the scene with the racy Y Tu Mamá También, but many filmgoers might recognize his name from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban or Children of Men.

History with Oscar:

Alfonso Cuarón is also nominated this year for Best Achievement in Film Editing (with Mark Sanger) and Best Motion Picture of the Year (with David Heyman). In addition, he has three prior Oscar nominations.

2003: Best Writing, Original Screenplay (with Carlos Cuarón), Y Tu Mamá También (Lost to Pedro Almodóvar, Talk to Her).

2007: Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (with Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby), Children of Men (Lost to William Monahan, The Departed).

2007: Best Achievement in Film Editing (with Alex Rodríguez), Children of Men (Lost to Thelma, Schoonmaker, The Departed)

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueenNominated for: Directing the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man forced into slavery in 12 Year a Slave.

Other honors for directing this film:

Nominated, Best Director, Australian Film Institute Awards.

Nominated, David Lean Award for  Direction, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Director, Motion Picture, Black Reel Awards.

Won, Best Director, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Director, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

2nd Place, Best Director, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, Directors Guild of America Awards.Won, Best Director, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Director-Motion Picture, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, Image Awards.

Won, Best Director, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards. [TIE]

Won, Best Director, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Director of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

3rd Place, Best Director, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Director, New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Director of the Year Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Nominated, Best Director, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Satellite Awards.

Won, Best Director, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

3rd Place, Best Director, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Director, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

McQueen was a big name in the art world before he turned his attention to film directing with Hunger and Shame.

History with Oscar:

This is Steve McQueen’s his first Oscar nomination but he is also nominated this year for Best Motion Picture of the Year as Producer of 12 Years a Slave.

 

Alexander Payne

Alexander+Payne+12th+Annual+AFI+Awards+Arrivals+JWpOhfhl_brlNominated for: Directing the story of a old man on a road trip to claim an imaginary fortune in Nebraska.

Other honors for directing this film:

Nominated, Best Director, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards.

3rd Place, Best Director, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures, Director’s Guild of America.

Nominated, Best Director-Motion Picture, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Independent Spirit Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Payne also directed Sideways, About Schmidt, and Election.

History with Oscar:

Alexander Payne has been nominated for an Oscar five times in the past, winning twice.

2000: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (with Jim Taylor), Election (Lost to John Irving, The Cider House Rules).

2005: Best Achievement in Directing, Sideways (lost to Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby).

2005: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (with Jim Taylor),  Sideways (Won).

2012: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (with Nat Faxon and Jim Rash), The Descendants (Won).

2012: Best Motion Picture of the Year (with Jim Burke and Jim Taylor), The Descendants (Lost to The Artist).

David O. Russell

david o russellNominated for: Directing a meeting of con artists, FBI agents and corrupt politicians in American Hustle.

Other honors for directing this film:

Nominated, Best Director, Australian Film Institute Awards.

Nominated, David Lean Award for  Direction, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Capri Director Award, Capri, Hollywood

Nominated, Best Director, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, Directors Guild of America Awards.

Nominated, Best Director-Motion Picture, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

2nd Place, Best Director, New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Satellite Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Russell has directed films such as Spanking the MonkeyThree Kings, and I Heart Huckabees.

History with Oscar:

David O. Russell has been nominated for one Oscar but is also nominated this year for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.

2011: Best Achievement in Directing, The Fighter (Lost to Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech).

2013: Best Achievement in Directing, Silver Linings Playbook (Lost to Ang Lee, The Life of Pi).

2013: Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, Silver Linings Playbook (Lost to Chris Terrio, Argo)

 

Martin Scorsese

Martin_ScorseseNominated for: Directing the true story of Wall Street criminal Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Other honors for directing this film:

Nominated, David Lean Award for  Direction, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

2nd Place, Best Director, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures, Director’s Guild of America.

Nominated, Director of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Satellite Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

Scorsese is one of the honored and reknown directors in film today, with a resume that includes Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Departed and many others.

History with Oscar:

Martin Scorcese has been nominated for an Oscar ten times in the past, winning once, and is nominated for another award this year–with Graham King for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Hugo.

1981: Best Director, Raging Bull (Lost to Robert Redford, Ordinary People).

1989: Best Director, The Last Temptation of Christ (Lost to Barry Levinson, Rain Man).

1991: Best Director, Goodfellas (Lost to Kevin Costner, Dances with Wolves).

1991: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (with Nicholas Pileggi), Goodfellas (Lost to Michael Blake, Dances with Wolves).

1994: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (with Jay Cocks), The Age of Innocence (Lost to Steve Zaillian, Schindler’s List).

2003: Best Director, Gangs of New York (Lost to Roman Polanski, The Pianist).

2005: Best Achievement in Directing, The Aviator (lost to Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby).

2007: Best Achievement in Directing, The Departed (Won).

2012: Best Motion Picture of the Year (with Graham King), Hugo (Lost to The Artist).

2012: Best Achievement in Directing, Hugo (Lost toMichel Hazanavicius, The Artist)

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OSCARS 2014: Know Your Nominees: Best Actress

Posted on 27 February 2014 by William Gatevackes

2014 best actress nomineesIn the days leading up to the 86th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well known, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

Amy Adams

amy-adams2012-09-20_04-55-03is-a-lady-in-red-879x1280Nominated for: Playing a con man’s partner in crime in American Hustle.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actress, Australian Film Institute

Nominated, Best Leading Actress, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Won, Best Actress in a Comedy, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actress, New York Film Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

Where you might know her from:

Amy Adams has made a name for herself if films such as Enchanted, The Muppets and Man of Steel.

History with Oscar:

Amy Adams is well on her way to becoming the Susan Lucci of the Oscars.

2006: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Junebug (Lost to Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardner).

2009: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Doubt (Lost to Penelope Cruz, Vicki Christina Barcelona).

2011: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, The Fighter (Lost to Melissa Leo, The Fighter).

2013: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, The Master(Lost to Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables).

 

Cate Blanchett

05- 050Nominated for: Playing an emotional distraught ex-society maven in Blue Jasmine.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Actress, Austin Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Actress, Australian Film Institute

Won, Best Leading Actress, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actress, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Gotham Awards.

Won, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Female Lead, Independent Spirit Awards.

Won, Actress of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actress, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Won, Actress of the Year, New York Film Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Actress, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Actress, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Nominated, Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

Won, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Won, Best Actress, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Actress, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know her from:

Blanchett is known for her large body or work, the most popular of which is as Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s movies and the Russian operative in Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.

History with Oscar:

Cate Blanchett has five prior Oscar nominations and one win.

1999: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Elizabeth (Lost to Gweneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love).

2005: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, The Aviator (Won).

2007: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Notes on a Scandal (Lost to Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls).

2008: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, I’m Not There (Lost to Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton).

2008: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Elizabeth: The Golden Age (Lost to Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose).

 

Sandra Bullock

sandrabullockNominated for: Playing an astronaut stranded in space in Gravity.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actress, Australian Film Institute.

Nominated, Best Leading Actress, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress in an Action Movie, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Actress of the Year, Hollywood Film Festival Awards.

Won, Best Actress,Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Actress of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Desert Palm Achievement Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival.Nominated, Best Actress, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.Nominated, Best Actress, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Nominated, Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Nominated, Best Actress, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know her from:

Bullock is one of America’s most popular actresses stemming from her role in films such as SpeedHope Floats and Miss Congeniality. 

History with Oscar:

Sandra Bullock has one prior Oscar nomination and one win.

2010: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, The Blind Side (Won)

 

Judi Dench

JudiDenchNominated for: Playing a woman searching for the son that was taken away from her decade ago in Philomena.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actress, Australian Film Institute.

Nominated, Best Leading Actress, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actress, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, British Independent Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

3rd Place, Best Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actress, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Actress of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Nominated, Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.

2nd Place, Best Actress, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know her from:

Dench has had a long and storied career, from numerous appearances on British television to playing M in the James Bond franchise.

History with Oscar:

Judi Dench has six prior Oscar nominations and one win.

1998: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Mrs. Brown (Lost to Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets).

1999: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Shakespeare in Love (Won).

2001: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Chocolat (Lost to Marcia Gay Harden, Pollock).

2002: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Iris (Lost to Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball).

2006: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Mrs. Henderson Presents (Lost to Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line).

2007: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Notes on a Scandal (Lost to Helen Mirren, The Queen).

 

Meryl Streep

Meryl_Streep_1Nominated for: Playing the demanding matriarch of a dysfunctional family in August: Osage County.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actress, Australian Film Institute

Nominated, Best Actress, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Capri Actress Award, Capri,. Hollywood.

Nominated, Best Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actress, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Nominated, Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Nominated, Best Actress, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know her from:

Streep is one of the most decorated actresses in movie history. If you’ve seen an Oscar nominated film in the last thirty years, odds are you’ve seen her in it.

History with Oscar:

Meryl Streep has 17 previous Oscar nominations and three wins. If you need to have a pee break or get a snack, you should probably do so now. This is going to take a while.

1979: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, The Deer Hunter (lost to Maggie Smith, California Suite).

1980: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Kramer vs. Kramer (Won).

1982: Best Actress in a Leading Role, The French Lieutenant’s Woman (lost to Katharine Hepburn, On Golden Pond).

1983: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Sophie’s Choice (Won).

1984: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Silkwood (lost to Shirley McLaine, Terms of Endearment).

1986: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Out of Africa (lost to Geraldine Page, A Trip to Bountiful).

1988: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Ironweed (lost to Cher, Moonstruck).

1989: Best Actress in a Leading Role, A Cry in the Dark (lost to Jodie Foster, The Accused).

1991: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Postcards from the Edge (lost to Kathy Bates, Misery).

1996: Best Actress in a Leading Role, The Bridges of Madison County (lost to Susan Sarandon, Dead Man Walking).

1999: Best Actress in a Leading Role, One True Thing (lost to Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love).

2000: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Music of the Heart (Lost to Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry).

2003: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Adaptation (lost to Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago).

2007: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, The Devil Wears Prada (lost to Helen Mirren, The Queen).

2009: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Doubt (lost to Kate Winslet, The Reader).

2010: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Julie & Julia (lost to Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side).

2012: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, The Iron Lady (Won)

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