People often forget that Alfred Hitchcock, in his prime, never won an Oscar. He was nominated 5 times for Best Director, but lost each time. Eventually he was awarded the honorary Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award by the Academy in 1968.
Awards, including Oscars, can sometimes feel like sporting events where people back a certain “team” and root for them from the moment that movie premieres to the ceremony at the dawn of spring.
This is why Leonardo DiCaprio’s lack of an Oscar has become an ever-growing concern for many people. People see him deliver exceptional performances almost bi-annually while he doesn’t reap any benefits. (more…)
Essay: The Potential of “The Revenant”
In 2011 Alejandro González Iñárritu signed on to direct “The Revenant” with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. Development process for the film began as far back as 2001 when Akiva Goldsman purchased Michael Punke’s manuscript with the intent of producing the film.
Punke’s novel, of the same name, came out in 2003 and was based on the life of frontiersman Hugh Glass.
The story follows Hugh Glass, a fur trapper who is mauled by a bear while hunting. His companions (played by Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Lukas Haas, and Domhnall Gleeson) rob him and leave him to die, but he survives and sets out for revenge.
It was awesome watching two of the most ambitious films of this decade (Birdman, Boyhood) fight it out for Best Picture.
In the end “Birdman” won the top prize and picked up a total for 4 Oscars. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” also picked up 4 Oscars in the technical categories and “Whiplash” picked up 3.
Those were the only multiple winners. It’s really sad thinking “Boyhood” only won one Oscar, but I have a feeling it will be remembered in history for a long time.
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A lot of M10 Award categories were really close this year. 2014 was a great year for movies, video games, and television shows alike. In the end “Boyhood,” “True Detective,” and “Dragon Age: Inquisition” won the top 3 prizes.
See all our winners below listed along their competitors in bold.
Goodbye to Language
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Under the Skin
We have fully updated all of our Oscar Predictions. Now including the categories: Original Song, Documentary Feature, and Foreign Feature.
With “Interstellar’s” reviews not quite being raves, it has been knocked down a few levels. The close we draw to the end of the year, the safer films like “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game,” “Birdman,” and “The Theory of Everything” look.
There are still some movies to be seen. “Unbroken” has a lot of potential. Others would include “A Most Violent Year,” “The Gambler,” “Selma,” and “Into the Woods.”
So here is where we are right now. After the jump, we have our ranked listings for all of the contenders. Click the “More” links to expand on the category and see other potential contenders.
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Into the Woods
SideNote: “The Imitation Game” vs. “Boyhood”
Last year it was “12 Years a Slave.” If not “12 Years a Slave,” it was “Gravity.” Both films had excellent responses from their respective festival showings which lead them to the top of everyone’s radar.
The things is, we knew and we knew this time in 2012 that “The Artist” was clear to take it. However it took the assistance of various guilds to give both 2013 winner “Argo” and 2011 winner “The King’s Speech” the edge over “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Social Network.”
Looking at the list of contenders, both of these films can fit the bill.
Every year the summer blockbusters begin to simmer down. September comes along and studios start the long campaigning for their chosen films. Historically, the Venice Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival can jump the award season.
Last year, Oscar rivals “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” exploded out of Telluride with rave reviews. This year there are two films sharing the word “Oscar” in many tweets from Colorado. Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game” and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman.”
Other notable films that met some positive feedback were Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Wild” and Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater.”
Given the accolades by the presence of Oscar-nominated director Alejandro González Iñárritu and a strong above-the-line crew including 2013 Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (he won for “Gravity”). From pre-production “Birdman” sounded like an Oscar contender.
The story follows a washed up actor who used to play an iconic superhero. He decides to bring together a broadway play while fighting his ego and his family problems. It’s a bizarre premise, but putting Michael Keaton in the role of an insane person, sounds like a perfect fit. (more…)
“12 Years a Slave,” “The Last of Us,” and “Breaking Bad” are the best of 2013. Here is the full list of the 1st Annual M10 Award Winners.
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Film: 1st Annual M10 Nominations
VIDEO GAME and TELEVISION nominations will be announced before the end of the weekend. Here are the first annual M10 nominees for film.
Gravity leads with 7 nominations. Her follows with 6 nominations. American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street follow with 5 nominations.
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