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OSCARS 2013: Know Your Nominees: Best Picture

Posted on 23 February 2013 by William Gatevackes

In the days leading up to the 85th 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.

Amour

Amour-posterProducers: Margaret Ménégoz, Stefan Arndt, Viet Heiduschka, Michael Katz

Release date: December 19, 2012

Box office gross as of February 15, 2013; $16,119,111 (Domestic: $3,019,111, Foreign: $13,000,000)

IMDB Synopsis: Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 5 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Achievement in Directing; Best Foreign Language Film of the Year; Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role; Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)

Other honors for this film:

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

Won, Best Film, Europe Film Awards.

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

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

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

Nominated, Best Picture, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 93% (150 Positive Reviews, 12 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: With towering performances and an unflinching script from Michael Haneke, Amour represents an honest, heartwrenching depiction of deep love and responsibility.

Dissenting Opinion: “Two of the world’s best actors, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, play Amour‘s octogenarian couple, so it’s surprising that the characters aren’t very interesting.”–Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix.

Official Site: http://sonyclassics.com/amour/

Argo

ArgoPosterProducers: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney

Release date: October 12, 2012

Box office gross as of February 15, 2013: $200,422,013 (Domestic: $124,322,013, Foreign: $76,100,000)

IMDB Synopsis: A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 7 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Achievement in Film Editing; Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score; Best Achievement in Sound Editing; Best Achievement in Sound Mixing; Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)

Other honors for this film:

Won, AFI Movie of the Year.

Nominated, Best Picture, Austin Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Film, Australian Film Institute.

Won, Best Film, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Won, Best Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

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

Nominated, Best Picture, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Picture, 2013 Critic’s Choice Awards.

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

Won, Best Picture, Florida Film Critics Circle Award.

Won, Best Picture-Drama, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

3rd Place, Best Picture, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

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

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

Nominated, Best Picture, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

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

Won, Best Picture, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

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

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 96%  (243 Positive Reviews, 11 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Tense, exciting, and often darkly comic, Argo recreates a historical event with vivid attention to detail and finely wrought characters.

Dissenting Opinion: “There is an intelligent, funny film waiting to come out of this story; it will have to keep waiting.”–Nigel Andrews, Financial Times.

Official Site: http://argothemovie.warnerbros.com/

Beasts of the Southern Wild

beasts-of-the-southern-wild-posterProducer: Dan Janvey, Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald

Release date: June 27, 2012.

Box office gross as of February 15, 2013: $12,062,576 (Domestic only)

IMDB Synopsis: Faced with both her hot-tempered father’s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 4 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Achievement in Directing; Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role; Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Picture, Austin Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Film, Black Reel Awards.

NominatedBest Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, 2013 Critic’s Choice Awards.

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

Won, Best Film, Deauville Film Festival.

Won, Best Film (Youth Jury Award), Ghent International Film Festival.

Nominated, Outstanding Motion Picture, Image Awards.

Nominated, Best Feature, Independent Spirit Awards.

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

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

Nominated, Best Picture, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Film, Reykjavik International Film Festival.

Nominated, Best Picture, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 86% (155 Positive Reviews, 25 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Beasts of the Southern Wild is a fantastical, emotionally powerful journey and a strong case of filmmaking that values imagination over money.

Dissenting Opinion: “The movie comes across as a collection of competing themes and ideas that collide more often than complement one another and never fully gel.”–James Berardelli, ReelViews.

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

Django Unchained

django-unchained-movie-posterProducers: Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone.

Release date: December 25, 2012

Box office gross as of February 15, 2013: $342,266,000 (Domestic: $155,166,000, Foreign: $187,100,00)

IMDB Synopsis: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 5 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Achievement in Cinematography; Best Achievement in Sound Editing; Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role; Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)

Other honors for this film:

Won, AFI Movie of the Year.

Nominated, Best Picture, Austin Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Film, Black Reel Awards.

NominatedBest Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

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

Nominated, Best Picture, 2013 Critic’s Choice Awards.

NominatedBest Picture-Drama, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Motion Picture, Image Awards.

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

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 89% (201 Positive Reviews, 26 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Bold, bloody, and stylistically daring, Django Unchained is another incendiary masterpiece from Quentin Tarantino.

Dissenting Opinion: “”’Django Unchained” is Tarantino at his most puerile and least inventive, the premise offering little more than cold, nasty revenge and barrels of squishing, squirting blood.”–David Germain, Associated Press

Official Site: http://unchainedmovie.com/

Les Misérables

les-mis-poster-244Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Heyward, Cameron Mackintosh.

Release date: December 25, 2012

Box office gross as of February 15, 2013: $359,454,000 (Domestic: $144,454,000, Foreign: $215,000,000)

IMDB Synopsis: In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 8 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Achievement in Costume Design; Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling; Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song; Best Achievement in Production Design; Best Achievement in Sound Mixing; Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role; Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role)

Other honors for this film:

Won, AFI Movie of the Year.

Nominated, Best Film, Australian Film Institute.

Nominated, Best Film, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

NominatedBest Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Picture, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, 2013 Critic’s Choice Awards.

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

Won, Best Picture-Musical or Comedy, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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

Nominated, Best Picture, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

NominatedBest Picture, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

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

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 70% (151 Positive Reviews, 65 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Impeccably mounted but occasionally bombastic, Les Misérables largely succeeds thanks to bravura performances from its distinguished cast.

Dissenting Opinion: “It lives in that kinda-sorta, okay-not-great, this-worked-that-didn’t in-between for which words like “better” and “worse” fall woefully short.”–Anne Hornaday, Washington Post.

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

Life of Pi

LifeOfPiPosterProducers: Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark.

Release date: November 21, 2012.

Box office gross as of February 15, 2013: $564,516,901 (Domestic: $109,301,901, Foreign: $455,215,000)

IMDB Synopsis: A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 11 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Achievement in Cinematography; Best Achievement in Directing; Best Achievement in Editing; 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 Achievement in Sound Editing; Best Achievement in Sound Mixing; Best Achievement in Visual Effects; Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)

Other honors for this film:

Won, AFI Movie of the Year.

Nominated, Best Film, Australian Film Institute.

Nominated, Best Film, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

NominatedBest Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, 2013 Critic’s Choice Awards.

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

NominatedBest Picture-Drama, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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

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

Nominated, Best Picture, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

NominatedBest Picture, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 88% (190 Positive Reviews, 25 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: A 3D adaptation of a supposedly “unfilmable” book, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi achieves the near impossible — it’s an astonishing technical achievement that’s also emotionally rewarding.

Dissenting Opinion: “I felt like I’d been invited to a seven-course dinner, and all seven turned out to be cake – and then the host insisted on delivering a lecture about how cake would bring me closer to God.”–Andrew O’Hehir-Salon.com.

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

Lincoln

Lincoln-PosterProducers: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy.

Release date: November 16, 2012.

Box office gross as of February 15, 2013: $221,943,927 (Domestic: $174,587,927, Foreign: $47,356,000)

IMDB Synopsis: As the Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 12 (Best Motion Picture of the Year;  Best Achievement in Cinematography;  Best Achievement in Costume Design; 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 Mixing; Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published;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; )

Other honors for this film:

Won, AFI Movie of the Year.

Nominated, Best Film, Australian Film Institute.

Nominated, Best Film, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

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, 2013 Critic’s Choice Awards.

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

NominatedBest Picture-Drama, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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

Nominated, Best Picture, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

NominatedBest 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: 90% (209 Positive Reviews, 24 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Daniel Day-Lewis characteristically delivers in this witty, dignified portrait that immerses the audience in its world and entertains even as it informs.

Dissenting Opinion: “Long, cheesy political monologues and crucifies the Lincoln legacy. What a torture! Director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner turn the hallowed figure of Abraham Lincoln into a dreary sop.”–Victoria Alexander, Film Festival Today.

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

Silver Linings Playbook

silver linings playbookProducers: Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, Jonathan Gordon.

Release date: December 25, 2012

Box office gross as of February 15, 2013: $132,743,205 (Domestic: $92,347,472 , Foreign: $40,368,733)

IMDB Synopsis: After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 8 (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 Leading Role; Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role; Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)

Other honors for this film:

Won, AFI Movie of the Year.

Nominated, Best Picture, Austin Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Film, Australian Film Institute.

NominatedBest Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

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

Nominated, Best Picture, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Picture, 2013 Critic’s Choice Awards.

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

Nominated, Best Picture-Musical or Comedy, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Feature, Independent Spirit Awards.

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

Nominated, Best Picture, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

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

Won, Best Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

NominatedBest Picture, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

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

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 92% (198 Positive Reviews, 17 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Silver Linings Playbook walks a tricky thematic tightrope, but David O. Russell’s sensitive direction and some sharp work from a talented cast gives it true balance.

Dissenting Opinion: “There’s nothing wrong with the overrated Jennifer Lawrence that some serious acting lessons couldn’t improve. The rest of the actors are pretty much on their own.”–Rex Reed, New York Observer.

Official Site: http://silverliningsplaybookmovie.com/

Zero Dark Thirty

PrintProducers: Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison.

Release date: December 19,2012

Box office gross as of February 15, 2013: $97,928,668 (Domestic: $84,928,668 , Foreign: $13,000,000)

IMDB Synopsis: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011.

Number of Oscar Nominations: 5 (Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Achievement in Editing; Best Achievement in Sound Editing; Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role; Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen).

Other honors for this film:

Won, AFI Movie of the Year.

Won, Best Picture, Austin Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Film, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Won, Best Film, Boston Society of Film Critics.

NominatedBest Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Picture, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, 2013 Critic’s Choice Awards.

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

Nominated, Best Picture-Drama, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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

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

3rd 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 Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Picture, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

NominatedBest Picture, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Picture, Vancouver Film Critics Circle.

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

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 93% (215 Positive Reviews, 15 Negative)

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Gripping, suspenseful, and brilliantly crafted, Zero Dark Thirty dramatizes the hunt for Osama bin Laden with intelligence and an eye for detail.

Dissenting Opinion: “There’s an emotional detachment to the film that undercuts its potency. Zero Dark Thirty is more technically proficient than emotionally involving.”–Claudia Puig, USA Today.

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

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OSCARS 2013: Know Your Nominees: Best Supporting Actor

Posted on 18 February 2013 by William Gatevackes

In the days leading up to the 85th 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.

Alan Arkin

alan arkinNominated for: Playing a Hollywood producer working with the CIA in Argo.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

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

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

Arkin has a storied, fifty plus year career. Notable films are The In-Laws, The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming,The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, and The Rocketeer.

History with Oscar:

Alan Arkin has three previous nominations and one win.

1967: Best Actor, The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (Lost to Paul Scofield, A Man For All Seasons).

1969: Best Actor, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (Lost to Cliff Robertson, Charly).

2007: Best Performance in a Supporting Role, Little Miss Sunshine (Won).

 

Robert DeNiro

deniroNominated for: Playing an obsessive compulsive father in  Silver Linings Playbook.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

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

Won, Supporting Actor of the Year, Hollywood Film Festival

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Where you might know him from:

DeNiro is one of the most honored actors of his generation. A sampling of his films include Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Godfather, Part II, Meet the Parents, and many, many more.

History with Oscar:

Robert DeNiro has won two Oscars and been nominated seven times in total.

1975: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Godfather, Part II (Won)

1977: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Taxi Driver (Lost to Peter Finch, Network)

1979: Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Deer Hunter (Lost to Jon Voight, Coming Home)

1981: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Raging Bull (Won)

1991: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Awakenings (Lost to Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune)

1992: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Cape Fear (Lost to Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs)

 

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

phillip seymour hoffmanNominated for: Playing the charismatic leader of the Scientology-like The Cause in The Master.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

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

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards.

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

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

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Volpi Cup, Best Actor, Venice Film Festival

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

Hoffman is known mostly for his supporting roles in films as varied as Twister and Patch Adams to The Big Lebowski. He has also made five films with director Paul Thomas Anderson, including The Master.

History with Oscar:

Phillip Seymour Hoffman has four Oscar nominations and one win.

2006: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Capote (Won).

2008: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Charlie Wilson’s War (Lost to Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men).

2009: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Doubt (Lost to Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight).

 

Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones-MTO-006248Nominated for: Playing abolitionist Senator Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

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

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

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

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

Nominated, Supporting Actor of the Year, New York Film Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Won, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actor, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

Starting with debut in 1970s Love Story, Tommy Lee Jones has had a long and varied acting career. He is most known for his work in the Men In Black franchise in film and the Lonesome Dove series on television.

History with Oscar:

Tommy Lee Jones has three previous nominations and one win.

1992: Best Actor in a Supporting Role,  JFK (Lost to Jack Palance, City Slickers)

1994: Best Actor in a Supporting Role,  The Fugitive (Won)

2008: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role , In the Valley of Elah (Lost to Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood).

Christoph Waltz

editNominated for: Playing a German bounty hunter in pre-Civil War America in  Django Unchained.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Austin Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actor, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

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

Won, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actor, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Supporting Actor of the Year, New York Film Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Where you might know him from:

While he has an extensive career in Germany, Waltz is just starting to make his name in the States with his work with Quentin Tarantino, and roles in The Green Hornet, Carnage and Like Water for Elephants.

History with Oscar:

Christoph Waltz is batting a thousand when it comes to the Oscar’s.

2010: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Inglourious Basterds (Won).

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New Releases: December 25, 2012

Posted on 24 December 2012 by William Gatevackes

django-unchained-movie-poster 1. Django Unchained (Weinstein Company, @3,010 Theaters, 165 Minutes, Rated R): I, for one, admire Quentin Tarantino. He is one of the few directors who career developed right when I became interested in film, and I have been a fan from the very beginning. He is never afraid to wear his influences on his sleeve (and, his critics say, lift entire sequences from them to put in his films), and he weaves completely new works stitched together from genres and styles he likes.

This film is Tarantino’s take on the western, with a blaxploitation twisted added on to it. Jamie Foxx plays Django, a slave turned bounty hunter, who tries to rescue his wife from her owner, the vicious Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

les-mis-poster-2442. Les Miserables (Universal, @2,807 Theaters, 157 Minutes, Rated PG-13): Now, I have never read the book or seen the Broadway musical adapted from it, but from what I see of this film, it seems like the title is truth in advertising.

You have people starving. You have people thrown in jail. You have women selling their bodies to survive. You have corruption. You have revolution. You have turmoil. What you don’t have, at least in the ads I saw, is much happiness.

That’s just what you want to see over Christmas. Here’s something relentlessly bleak and gloomy! Happy holidays!

parental-guidance-poster3. Parental Guidance (Fox, Wide Release, 104 Minutes, Rated PG): I have t0 say this. It might not be cool or hip, but I am a Billy Crystal fan, dating all the way back to his days as a stand-up comedian.

That being said, it is weird to see him in this role, his first starring role in a decade. I mean, Harry from When Harry Met Sally  and Mitch from City Slickers in a wacky family comedy? Man, that really makes me feel old. It probably doesn’t make Crystal feel young either, as he is playing a grandfather in this.

The plot, well, it’s about grandparents watching their grandkids, and having their approach to parenting not jiving with their kids approach to parenting. I just hope Crystal can bring something more to the rather formulaic plot.

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Jamie Foxx Reveals Info On His AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Character’s History And Costume

Posted on 17 December 2012 by William Gatevackes

JamieFoxx I wonder if the people who cast Jamie Foxx in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 realized how much of problem they were going to have with spilling secrets?

During an interview with MTV promoting Django Unchained, the exceptionally candid Foxx, who plays the villain Electro in the film, revealed the backstory for his character in that film.

“You’ll see his whole life is just no one is talking to him, people have stolen his ideas at the company, he’s a nobody.  And at a certain point Spider-Man bumps into him and says, ‘You’re my guy, you’re my ears and eyes on the street,’ and he says his name, Max, and no one’s ever said Max Dillon’s name, and he goes ‘Wow.’  And so when Spider-Man leaves he sort of thinks that somehow, ‘I am Spider-Man’s partner,’ and so he starts cutting out his face and pasting it on his board at home.  When everything goes bad, his mom doesn’t remember his birthday, I mean all these crazy things happen until finally he has something tragic happen, and then when it turns on he lights it up.”

This is a more sympathetic take on the villain than the one in the comics, where Max Dillion was a electrical engineer who immediately enters a career of crime after getting his powers.

Foxx also reveals that Electro’s costume will be black and, what he describes as “new age.” This really shouldn’t be a spoiler, because it was highly unlikely that the lightning bolt facemask would be making a trip to big screen at all.

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Golden Globe Nominees Announced, Offer Little Surprise

Posted on 13 December 2012 by William Gatevackes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 70th Golden Globe Awards today, and the films and actors nominated offer little in the way of surprises. Thought of a precursor to the Academy Awards, the Golden Globe nominations this year feature films many thought would be in awards contention this year, with no obvious outside or unexpected picks in the bunch.

Oscar favorite Lincoln scored seven nominations, with fellow favorites Argo and Django Unchained tied for five each.

The ceremony will air on January 13, 2013 on NBC.

 

_ Picture, Drama: “Argo,” “Lincoln,” “Life of Pi,” “Django Unchained,” “Zero Dark Thirty.”

_ Picture, Musical or Comedy: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Les Miserables,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” “Silver Linings Playbook.”

_ Actor, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”; Richard Gere, “Arbitrage”; John Hawkes, “The Sessions”; Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”; Denzel Washington, “Flight.”

_ Actress, Drama: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”; Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”; Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”; Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”; Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea.”

_ Director: Ben Affleck, “Argo”; Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”; Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”; Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”; Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained.”

_ Actor, Musical or Comedy: Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”; Jack Black, “Bernie”; Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”; Bill Murray, “Hyde Park on Hudson”; Ewan McGregor, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.”

_ Actress, Musical or Comedy: Emily Blunt, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”; Judi Dench, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”; Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”; Maggie Smith, “Quartet”; Meryl Streep, “Hope Springs.”

_ Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, “Argo”; Leonard DiCaprio, “Django Unchained”; Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”; Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”; Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.”

_ Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, “The Master”; Sally Field, “Lincoln”; Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”; Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”; Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy.”

_ Foreign Language: “Amour,” “A Royal Affair,” “The Intouchables,” “Kon-Tiki,” “Rust and Bone.”

_ Animated Film: “Brave,” “Frankenweenie,” “Hotel Transylvania,” “Rise of the Guardians,” “Wreck-It Ralph.”

_ Screenplay: Mark Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty”; Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”; David O. Russell, “Silver Livings Playbook”; Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”; Chris Terrio, “Argo.”

_ Original Score: Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi”; Alexandre Desplat, “Argo”; Dario Marianelli, “Anna Karenina”; Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil, “Cloud Atlas”; John Williams, “Lincoln.”

_ Original Song: “For You ” (music and lyrics by Keith Urban), “Act of Valor”; “Not Running Anymore” (music and lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi), “Stand Up Guys”; “Safe & Sound” (music and lyrics by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams and T Bone Burnett), “The Hunger Games”; “Skyfall” (music and lyrics by Adel and Paul Epworth), “Skyfall”; “Suddenly” (music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Schonberg and Alain Boublil), “Les Miserables.”

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Tarantino Down To Wire On Editing DJANGO UNCHAINED

Posted on 27 November 2012 by Rich Drees

Yesterday we had a production video from The Hobbit showing how the crew was working frantically down to the last minute to ensure that the film was ready for its premier. Given that its first public screening was scheduled for today in New Zealand, I sure hope they made it.

Another film that is still being worked on with while its premier rapidly approaches is Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. According to In Contention’s Kris Tapley, the director is toiling away in an editing bay to bring the film into shape.

Django Unchained is the first film that Tarantino finds himself without longtime collaborators editor Sally Menke and producer Lawrence Binder and he might be having a problem dealing with the loss of the two voices he has relied on in the past.

With Tarantino probably just days away from having to turn in the completed film, I will admit that this is a bit worrying. Is Tarantino trying to trim the film for time or has he had a last minute inspiration on how to better layout the film’s narrative?

Django Unchained is scheduled for theaters on Christmas Day.

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RESERVOIR DOGS And PULP FICTION Heading To Theaters For Night Only Screenings

Posted on 23 October 2012 by Rich Drees

This fall is shaping into a good month for Quentin tarantino fans. On November 20th we have the arrival of the Tarantino XX: 8 Film Collection on blu-ray which celebrates the director’s two deacde career so far. Folloning that on Christmas we have the release of his latest film, the spaghetti-western/revenge film mashup Django Unchained. But if that’s not enough Tarantino for you, you will now be able to see two of his most seminal films in theaters for one night only each.

Miramax and Fathom are teaming up to present Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction in theaters on December 4th and 6th respectively. Now these will be presented digitally, probably with Fathom’s usual 1080i compressed picture, so the quality won’t be as good as the standard digital prints that most theaters project. Still, in addition to the films there will also be “a special feature showcasing Tarantino’s 20-year career and a selection of hand-picked movie trailers from films that inspired him as a filmmaker.” I would guess that at least one or two of those trailers will be for movies that directly inspired Django Unchained.

You can find information on which theaters will be histing the screenings and ticket information at Fathom Events or Miramax’s website for the Tarantino XX blur-ray release.

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New DJANGO UNCHAINED Trailer Makes Me Curious

Posted on 11 October 2012 by Rich Drees

There’s a new trailer out for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and if it doesn’t have you anticipating this Christmas release, you might want to check your pulse. You may be dead.

The new two-and-a-half minute clip gives us a bit more overview of the story of freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx) teaming up with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to free his wife (Kerry Washington) from the evil clutches of plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). We also get our first look at Jonah Hill in the film.

Appropriately, this gift of a new film opens on Christmas Day.

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SDCC ’12: Quentin Tarantino To Write DJANGO UNCHAINED For Vertigo Comics

Posted on 14 July 2012 by William Gatevackes

It is pretty obvious that Quentin Tarantino is somewhat of a comic book fan. There have been references to comic books in many of his films–a Silver Surfer poster on a wall in Reservoir Dogs, the lead in his script for True Romance working in a comic book store, the secret identity riff in Kill Bill: Vol 2. But Tarantino has been reticent to follow fellow comic book fan filmmakers such as Kevin Smith and Joss Whedon to write comics.

That is, until now. Maybe.

Quentin Tarantino, in typical Tarantino fashion, left the panel promoting his latest film, Django Unchained and made a beeline to the DC Comics panel promoting their Before Watchmen line, bursting in to announce that a five-issue  Django Unchained miniseries featuring writing by Tarantino will appear from DC’s Vertigo imprint before the film hits theaters.

What form this writing will take is still up to debate. Steve Morris over at The Beat says that Tarantino will be writing the miniseries himself (but he also states that the film stars Jamie Fox and Christophe Waltz, not Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, so, there you go) while Bleeding Cool‘s Brendon Connelly states it will only be Tarantino’s script for the film that will be adapted. If this is true, it might follow a format like how Dynamite Entertainment handled Kevin Smith’s unproduced scripts for his Green Hornet and Bionic Man films–they had other writers convert the scripts into comic book form.

I’m sure we’ll find out more as the hours go on.

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Six New Pics From Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED

Posted on 29 May 2012 by Rich Drees

We’re just a few short weeks away from the release of the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti western homage Django Unchained in front of Prometheus, but to tide you over until then, we have six new images from the film featuring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Tarantino himself. (Click on each image for a larger view.)

Django Unchained hits theaters on Christmas Day.

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