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Cannes Winners Diane Kruger & Sofia Coppola Oscar Chances + Bypassed Michael Haneke & Robert Pattinson

In the Fade with Diane Kruger: Fatih Akin's Avenging Woman drama may give its German-speaking star the chance to become next awards season's Isabelle Huppert. Diane Kruger: 2017–2018 awards season's Isabelle Huppert? (See previous post: “Cannes Winners vs. Oscar Nominations.”) The Cannes Film Festival's 2003 Female Revelation Chopard Trophy winner, […]

Cannes Winners vs. Oscar Nominations: Rare Swedish Palme d'Or Winner + Joaquin Phoenix & AIDS Drama Chances?

Palme d'Or winner The Square with Claes Bang. “Gobsmackingly weird” Cannes Film Festival favorite may have a tough time landing a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nomination. As an aside, Ruben Östlund's comedy-drama is totally unrelated to Jehane Noujaim's 2013 Oscar-nominated political documentary of the same title, which refers […]

Oscar Winners 2017

Best Picture Arrival – Shawn Levy. Dan Levine. Aaron Ryder. David Linde. Fences – Scott Rudin. Denzel Washington. Todd Black. Hacksaw Ridge – Bill Mechanic. David Permut. Hell or High Water – Carla Hacken. Julie Yorn. Hidden Figures – Donna Gigliotti. Peter Chernin. Jenno Topping. Pharrell Williams. Theodore Melfi. La […]

'True Grit' 2010 Movie Review: Much Better Than 1969 John Wayne Western

'True Grit' 2010 movie: Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges in 'wonderful' Joel and Ethan Coen Western. 'True Grit' 2010 movie review: Joel and Ethan Coen version 'far Superior' to 1969 John Wayne Western I've gotten to the point with the Coen brothers where I just expect something wonderful every time […]

Best Visual Effects Oscar Semi-Finalists: Tom Cruise, James Bond Movies Out

Best Visual Effects Oscar: Tom Cruise action thriller 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' bypassed. 2016 Best Visual Effects Oscar semi-finalists: 'Ex Machina,' 'The Revenant' surprisingly remain in the running A couple of weeks ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the semi-semi-finalists for the 2016 Visual Effects […]

Best Song Oscar Contenders: Latest James Bond In, But Few Top Movies

Best Song Oscar 2016 contender 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. 74 entries in contention for 2016 Best Song Academy Award 'Tis the season for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to announce the semi-finalists – in some instances, the semi-semi-finalists – for the […]

Best Visual Effects Oscar Contenders: Daring Tom Cruise & Destructive Dinosaurs In

Best Visual Effects Oscar contender: 'Jurassic World' dinosaurs competing with plane stowaway Tom Cruise. 2015 Best Visual Effects Oscar longlist: Spies, superheroes and GMO dinosaurs Today, Dec. 7, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 20 movies are in the running for the 2016 Best Visual Effects […]

Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award Submissions: 'Multinational' Movies

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2016: Irish-Cuban entry 'Viva,' with Héctor Medina. Multicultural Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2016 submissions Nearly ten years ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changed a key rule regarding entries for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar;* since then, things have gotten […]

Uggie: 'The Artist' Scene-Stealing Dog Star Remembered

Uggie: 'The Artist' dog star. Uggie, 'The Artist' scene-stealing dog star, has died The biggest non-human movie star of the 21st century, Uggie, whose scene-stealing cuteness helped to earn Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist the 2011 Best Picture Academy Award, has died. According to his official Facebook page, he had been […]

Katharine Hepburn Movies: Women in Drag, in Love & in Danger

Katharine Hepburn movies. Katharine Hepburn movies: Woman in drag, in love, in danger In case you're suffering from insomnia, you might want to spend your night and early morning watching Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series. Four-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn is TCM's star today, […]

'Humoresque' 1946: Joan Crawford Saves Boxing vs. Violin-Playing Melodrama

'Humoresque': Joan Crawford and John Garfield. 'Humoresque' 1946: Saved by Joan Crawford Directed by Jean Negulesco from a screenplay by Clifford Odets and Zachary Gold (loosely based on a Fannie Hurst short story), Humoresque always frustrates me because its first 25 minutes are excruciatingly boring – until Joan Crawford finally […]

Olivia de Havilland Turns 99: Two-Time Best Actress Oscar Winner Made Labor Law History

Olivia de Havilland. Labor relations' history-making 'Gone with the Wind' star and two-time Best Actress Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland turns 99 Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the only surviving major Gone with the Wind cast member and oldest surviving Oscar winner, is turning 99 years […]

Teresa Wright Was Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Winner

Teresa Wright ca. 1950. Teresa Wright: Later years (See previous post: “From Broadway Hit to More Hollywood Movies Somewhere in Time & The Rainmaker.”) Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years.[1] Wright spent most of the last decade of her […]

Teresa Wright: Actress Made Academy Awards History

Teresa Wright. Teresa Wright: Actress made Oscar history Teresa Wright, best remembered for her Oscar-winning performance in the World War II melodrama Mrs. Miniver and for her deceptively fragile, small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's mystery-drama Shadow of a Doubt, died at age 86 ten years ago (2005) – on March […]

Academy Award Winners: Meryl Streep Breaks Two Oscar Records

Chris Pratt at Oscar 2015 rehearsals. Oscar 2015 winners The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found further below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have […]

Luise Rainer Dead: Two-Time Best Actress Oscar Winner Was 104

Luise Rainer: MGM star in the mid-'30s. Luise Rainer dead at 104: MGM actress was first two-time and first consecutive Oscar winner in acting categories, and oldest surviving winner The first two-time and first consecutive Academy Award winner in the acting categories, and, at age 104, the oldest surviving Oscar […]

Maureen O'Hara Oscar: Academy's Honorary Award and an Old Irish Saying

Maureen O'Hara: Honorary Oscar recipient. Maureen O'Hara: Honorary Oscar to 'How Green Was My Valley,' 'The Quiet Man' actress Veteran actress Maureen O'Hara attended the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2014 Governors Awards, where she was handed an Honorary Oscar for her body of work – 50 or […]

Oscar: 134 Documentary Features Submitted

One hundred thirty-four features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 87th Academy Awards®. Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the […]

Best Documentary Short Oscar Contenders: Death and Illness Are Key Themes

Best Documentary Short Film Oscar contender 'White Earth.' Best Documentary Short Films Oscar 2015: Illness and death are top subjects Eight films – most of them featuring illness and/or death as their focus – remain in the running for the 2015 Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar, the Academy of Motion […]

Neil Patrick Harris Oscar Host

Neil Patrick Harris. Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscar 2015 ceremony Stage, film, and television actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars, a.k.a. the 87th Academy Awards ceremony, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today, Oct. 15, '14. This will be Neil Patrick Harris' first time […]

Christopher Reeve 'Superman' Movies and Surprise Oscar Ceremony Speech

Christopher Reeve in 'Superman' 1978: First superhero blockbuster. Christopher Reeve: 'Superman' and his movies Christopher Reeve, Superman in four movies from 1978 to 1987, died ten years ago today, Oct. 10, '14. In 1995, while taking part in a cross-country horse race in Culpeper, Virginia, Reeve was thrown off his […]

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Record Submissions and Highly Political Movies

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contender 'Three Windows and a Hanging': First Kosovo entry. Record 83 movies submitted for 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made public the list of submissions for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. According […]

Honorary Award: Marlene Dietrich & Rita Hayworth Among Women 'Snubbed' by Academy

Honorary Award non-winner Marlene Dietrich. Honorary Award: Academy 'snubbed' Gloria Swanson & Rita Hayworth + Marlene Dietrich & dozens of other women (See previous post: “Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux 'Snubbed.'”) A sizable chunk of part three of this three-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and […]

Honorary Oscar: Doris Day, Other Film Women Inexplicably 'Snubbed'

Honorary Oscar: Doris Day 'snubbed.' Honorary Oscar: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux among non-winners (See previous post: “Honorary Oscars Bypass Women: Angela Lansbury, Greta Garbo Among Rare Exceptions.”) Those who have read my Alt Film Guide posts are aware that I'm no fan of political correctness. But looking at the Honorary […]

Honorary Oscars Bypass Women: Angela Lansbury, Greta Garbo Among Rare Female Winners

Honorary Oscar winner Angela Lansbury and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Angelina Jolie at the 2013 Governors Awards. Sept. 4, '14, Introduction: This three-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Oscars and the dearth of female recipients was originally posted in Feb. 2007 and updated […]

Honorary Oscars: Hayao Miyazaki Among Recipients

Hayao Miyazaki. Honorary Oscars 2014: Hayao Miyazaki, Jean-Claude Carrière, and Maureen O'Hara; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award goes to Harry Belafonte One good thing about the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards – an expedient way to remove the time-consuming presentation of the (nearly) annual […]

Joan Lorring: One of Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nominee Dead at 88

Joan Lorring in 'Three Strangers' Joan Lorring dead at 88: 'The Corn Is Green' performer was one of the earliest surviving Academy Award nominees in the acting categories Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Joan Lorring, who stole the 1945 film version of The Corn Is Green from none other […]

Oscar: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Return Again

Oscar 2015: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return as Oscar show producers (image: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron) Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will be back as producers of the 2015 Oscar ceremony, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced yesterday, April 21, 2014. […]

Oscar Dates and Early Predictions: Another Meryl Streep?

Oscar 2015 dates (Meryl Streep in 'Into the Woods') The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC announced yesterday, April 17, 2014, the Oscar 2015 dates. The Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on Feb. 22, 2015 – or about ten days earlier than the Oscar […]

Mickey Rooney Dead: Longest Movie Career Ever?

Mickey Rooney ca. 1940 Mickey Rooney dead at 93: Four-time Oscar nominee & frequent Judy Garland co-star may have had the longest film career ever Mickey Rooney, four-time Academy Award nominee and one of the biggest domestic box office draws during the studio era, died of “natural causes” on Sunday, […]

Oscar Selfie: Most Retweeted Tweet of All Time + People with AIDS & Ukraine Invasion

Oscar selfie becomes most retweeted tweet of all time: Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, and Oscar 2014 company. Oscar selfie + TV ratings: 10-year high in overall viewership in U.S. Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, whose “Oscars selfie” became the most retweeted […]

'Alone Yet Not Alone': Best Song Oscar Nomination Revoked

Kelly Greyson in 'Alone Yet Not Alone' 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Best Song Oscar 2014 nomination revoked: Nod for obscure song from equally obscure Christian movie had left many scratching their heads Last night, January 28, 2014, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors voted to […]

Leonardo DiCaprio & Martin Scorsese Get Second Oscar Nomination

Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Wolf of Wall Street' Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese nominated as 'The Wolf of Wall Street' producers: Oscar nominations According to a press release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the producers nominated for the Martin Scorsese-directed satire-drama The Wolf of Wall Street […]

'Stories We Tell' & 'Blackfish' 'Snubbed': Academy Documentary Branch Anti-Female?

Sarah Polley [with camera] directing 'Stories We Tell' 'Stories We Tell,' 'Blackfish' out of the Oscar 2014 race: Academy's Documentary Branch 'anti-female'? Besides Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, among the other glaring Oscar 2014 absentees were Robert Redford and Golden Globe-winning composer Alex Ebert for All Is Lost; Joel and […]

Meryl Streep Breaks Oscar Record (Again) + Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson Snubbed

Meryl Streep in August: Osage County. Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White […]

Oscar Predictions: From Amy Adams to Leonardo DiCaprio

Amy Adams and Christian Bale in 'American Hustle' Oscar 2014 predictions Below are our last-minute Oscar 2014 predictions. The 86th Academy Award nominations are going to be announced on Thursday, January 16, at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in […]

Woody Allen 21st WGA Awards Nomination + Jennifer Lawrence & Amy Adams BAFTA Nominees

Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen on the 'Blue Jasmine' set. WGA Awards 2014 nominations: Woody Allen, 'American Hustle' in; '12 Years a Slave,' 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' ineligible The Writers Guild of America has announced the nominees for the 2014 WGA Awards. The lists – adapted and original screenplay, […]

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Semi-Finalists: Liv Ullmann First Major Movie Role in Years & Surprising Snubs

'Two Lives,' with Liv Ullmann and Julia Bache-Wiig. Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2014 semi-finalists Out of 76 submissions, nine movies have been selected as semi-finalists for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Listed in alphabetical order by country, the films are: Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Felix […]

Justin Bieber 'Believe' Bombs + David O. Russell Movies: All-Star Crime Flick Biggest Box Office Hit?

Justin Bieber in Justin Bieber's Believe. A sort of sequel to Paramount's 3D box office hit Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Justin M. Chu's concert documentary Believe follows Canadian singer and teen/pre-teen sensation Justin Bieber as he embarks on the multi-continent, 33-city Believe Tour promoting his 2012 album of the […]

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Trailer: GMO Apes vs. 'Conservatives' + Theo James Shows 'It' All in 'Divergent' Clip

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer with Andy Serkis as Caesar. In Matt Reeves' dystopian thriller Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the relatively few human survivors of the Simian flu apocalypse are pitted against the genetically modified apes under the leadership of the chimpanzee Caesar (Andy […]

Gay Marriage Legal in Utah & Lesbian Movie Wins Two Utahn Awards: Timing is Everything

Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue Is the Warmest Color: timing is everything. Abdellatif Kechiche's sexually charged romantic drama Blue Is the Warmest Color won the 2013 Palme d'Or just as more than 150,000 people took to the streets of Paris to express their righteous outrage at the legalization […]

Peter O'Toole Dies: 'Lawrence of Arabia' Actor & Best Actor Oscar Record of Sorts

Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean's 'Lawrence of Arabia' Peter O'Toole: 'Lawrence of Arabia' actor, eight-time Oscar nominee dead at 81 Stage, film, and television actor Peter O'Toole, an eight-time Best Actor Academy Award nominee best remembered for his performance as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean's epic blockbuster […]

Best Live Action Short Film Oscar: Martin Freeman Movie Among Semi-Finalists

Best Live Action Short Film semi-finalists: Oscar 2014 Last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 live action short films remained in the running for the 2014 Academy Awards. Among the semi-finalists, topics and characters include African child soldiers (That Wasn't Me), a troubled Italian […]

Judi Dench: Only British Independent Film Nominee to Land BAFTA, Oscar Nods

Judi Dench in 'Philomena' movie: The one British Independent Film Award nominee surely to get BAFTA, Academy Award nominations Among the 2013 British Independent Film Award nominees, only one has a truly good chance of being shortlisted for both the BAFTAs and the Academy Awards. That's Best Actress BIFA nominee […]

Paula Wagner: Tom Cruise Former Partner to Produce Governors Awards

Paula Wagner: Former Tom Cruise partner to produce the Academy's 2013 Governors Awards Paula Wagner, a former partner of Tom Cruise, will produce the 2013 Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has announced. At the Governors Awards, to be held […]

Hattie McDaniel Oscar Plaque Missing

Hattie McDaniel: Best Supporting Actress Oscar competition and missing Academy Award plaque (See previous post: “Hattie McDaniel Oscar Speech.”) Besides Hattie McDaniel for Gone with the Wind, the 1939 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees were Geraldine Fitzgerald for Wuthering Heights, Edna May Oliver for Drums Along the Mohawk, Maria Ouspenskaya […]

Hattie McDaniel Oscar Speech

Hattie McDaniel Oscar speech (image: Oscar winner Hattie McDaniel and Fay Bainter) The 1940 Academy Awards ceremony was held on February 29 at the Ambassador Hotel's Cocoanut Grove in downtown Los Angeles. Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the David O. Selznick production Gone with the Wind received eight competitive awards, including Best […]

Wallace Beery Movies: Anomalous Hollywood Star Was Oscar Winner AND Runner-Up in Same Year

Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery in 'Min and Bill' Wallace Beery movies: TCM offers a glimpse into Beery's extensive filmography According to the IMDb, the Wallace Beery Filmography features nearly 240 movie titles, including shorts and features, spanning more than three decades, from 1913 to 1949 – the year of […]

Best Original Song and Score Oscar Concert: A 'Musical Governors Awards'?

Best Original Song and Best Original Score Oscar 2014 live concert (image: Singer Adele Oscar winner) In 2014, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will sponsor a live concert featuring the nominees in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories. The source for this information is […]

'Pussy Riot' & Uri Geller Documentaries + Alfred Hitchcock San Francisco Tour & Oscar Rule Changes

Pussy Riot A Punk Prayer Pussy Riot & Uri Geller: Sheffield Doc/Fest line-up The United Kingdom's Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013 kicks off on June 12, featuring 27 World Premieres. Topics range from “psychic spy” Uri Geller (Uri Geller and Vikram Jayanti's The Secret Life of Uri Geller – Psychic Spy) to […]

Oscar Alert: Meryl Streep & Julia Roberts + Judi Dench

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County: Duel of the Oscar winners [See previous post: “Oscar 2014 Watch: Harvey Weinstein Cannes Film Festival Coming Attractions.”] More Oscar 2014 bait: August: Osage County, directed by John Wells, and starring three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep (Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie's Choice, […]

Movie Stars of the 1930s Still Alive: Oscar Winners Luise Rainer, Olivia de Havilland

Movie stars of the 1930s still alive include Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer (image: Best Actress Oscar winners Luise Rainer, Olivia de Havilland, Jennifer Jones, Barbra Streisand, and Meryl Streep, and other Oscar-winning actors and actresses at the 2003 Academy Awards) With the passing of Deanna Durbin […]

Oscar 2014 Host?

Daniel Radcliffe and Kristen Stewart at Oscar 2013 ceremony Oscar 2013 controversies and criticisms [See previous post: “Oscar 2014: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Return.”] There's more: In reference to the repartee between the talking teddy bear Ted and Mark Wahlberg, the Jewish Anti-Defamation League lamented that “it is […]

Oscar 2014: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Return

Oscar 2014 ceremony: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to return (image: Oscar 2013 host Seth MacFarlane) Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return next year as producers of the Academy Awards ceremony, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Hawk Koch announced earlier today. The Oscarcast will air […]

Oscar Dates: Early Academy Awards Potential Contenders?

Oscar 2014 dates and Oscar 2015 dates (image: Leonardo DiCaprio The Wolf of Wall Street) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network have announced the Oscar 2014 and Oscar 2015 dates – respectively, for the 86th and 87th Academy Awards ceremonies. Oscar 2014 will […]

Kristen Stewart & Daniel Radcliffe + Adele & Aaron Tveit: The Oscars

Kristen Stewart and Daniel Radcliffe with Oscar winner Rick Carter Kristen Stewart & Daniel Radcliffe: Bella Swan & Harry Potter together at last Kristen Stewart and Daniel Radcliffe – Bella Swan and Harry Potter together at last – presented veteran production designer Rick Carter with the 2013 Academy Award for […]

Jennifer Lawrence Oscar Speech + Obama's Campaign Manager 'Silver Linings Playbook' Push?

Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer Lawrence Best Actress Oscar acceptance speech Jennifer Lawrence's Best Actress Oscar 2013 acceptance speech: “Thank you. You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that's really embarrassing but thank you. [Twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Lawrence, whose movie career spans four years, received a […]

Seth MacFarlane Shows Kristin Chenoweth How It's Done + Kristen Stewart & Jane Fonda Oscar Presenters

Kristen Stewart and Senator Al Franken. Jane Fonda & Kristen Stewart + Jennifer Garner & Kerry Washington: Oscar presenters Jane Fonda, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Garner, and Kerry Washington have been added as Oscar 2013 ceremony presenters, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced. (Image: Kristen Stewart and Al Franken […]

Jennifer Lawrence & Hugh Jackman + Jessica Chastain & Ang Lee: Oscar Luncheon

Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman: Oscar Luncheon 2013 Jennifer Lawrence and Hugh Jackman were among those in attendance at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2013 Oscar Nominees Luncheon, which took place earlier today at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Nearly all of the 20 nominees in […]

Norah Jones Grammy Winner + Barbra Streisand Big Comeback Story: Academy Awards

Norah Jones. Norah Jones: Grammy winner to sing Ted song at 2013 Oscar ceremony Norah Jones, the Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, will perform Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane's “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from the movie Ted at the Oscar 2013 ceremony, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron […]

Luise Rainer: Oldest Living Oscar Winner Turns 103

Luise Rainer: Oldest Living Oscar winner turns 103 today Luise Rainer, the recipient of two back-to-back Best Actress Oscars in the mid-'30s, is the oldest living Academy Award winner in the acting categories. In fact, she is almost certainly the oldest living Oscar winner, period: Luise Rainer turned 103 today. […]

Weinstein Oscar Lead Continues

Oscar 2013 nominations Performance by an actor in a leading role Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook" Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln" Hugh Jackman in “Les Misérables" Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master" Denzel Washington in “Flight" Performance by an actor in a supporting role Alan Arkin in “Argo" Robert De Niro […]

WGA Awards: 'Batman' Movie Out + Controversial 'Pro-Torture' Drama In

WGA Awards: Latest 'Batman' movie out The WGA Awards 2013 nominations were announced earlier today. Expect the Academy Awards 2013 nominations in the writing categories to be – at least – somewhat different, for reasons explained below. But first, here are the WGA Awards 2013 nominees: Best Original Screenplay John […]

Leos Carax Hallucination & John Hawkes' Virgin In + Leonardo DiCaprio & Steven Spielberg Out

Holy Motors with Denis Lavant and Eva Mendes. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association's Best Foreign Language Film and a double nominee for the Online Film Critics Awards, Leos Carax's hallucinatory Holy Motors follows a mysterious man (frequent Carax collaborator Denis Lavant) whose equally mysterious tasks range from playing the […]

'Argo' & 'Amour' + 'Zero Dark Thirty' & Anne Hathaway + Philip Seymour Hoffman: Top Awards Season Choices

Argo with Ben Affleck. Actor-director-co-producer Ben Affleck's political thriller Argo chronicles – by way of Hollywood-style flights of fancy – the real-life rescue of six U.S. embassy employees hiding in the Tehran house of Canada's ambassador as most of their colleagues are taken hostage following the Iranian Revolution of 1979. […]

Best Documentary Oscar: Michael Moore Changes 'Miserable Failure'? + 'Subversive' Iranian Filmmaker In

This Is Not a Film with Jafar Panahi and the iguana Igi. Under house arrest[1] following accusations of spreading “propaganda against the Islamic Republic” of Iran, filmmaker Jafar Panahi (Cannes Caméra d'Or winner, The White Balloon; Venice Golden Lion winner, The Circle) got documentarian Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (Lady of Roses) to record his […]

Best Live Action Short Oscar: Children of Famous Parents in the Running + DC vs. Marvel Visual Effects

Edoardo Ponti, Nastassja Kinski, Enrico Lo Verso The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars. Edoardo Ponti & Bryce Dallas Howard live action shorts among 11 movies still in contention for Oscar 2013 A Brazilian inmate trying to convince his mother to get him a cell phone, two young Afghans' rite of […]

Oscars' Predictions: Robert Pattinson & Clint Eastwood Chances? + Marion Cotillard-Led European Invasion

Best Actor Oscar: Joaquin Phoenix a potential contender. 2013 Oscar predictions Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, Daniel Day-Lewis Joaquin Phoenix and Daniel Day-Lewis look like the two shoo-ins for the 2013 Best Actor Oscar at this stage. Phoenix's nod will be for Paul Thomas Anderson's critically acclaimed but commercially disappointing The […]

Oscar 2013: More on the Eight Documentary Shorts Semi-Finalists

'Paraiso' Nadav Kurtz documentary short is potential Oscar contender. Oscar 2013: Eight documentary shorts in contention Paraíso (photo), The Education of Mohammad Hussein, and Redemption are among eight documentary shorts still in the running for the 2013 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. Only […]

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Record Submissions

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2013: 71 submissions A record 71 countries, including first-timer Kenya, have submitted movies for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. (See below.) Entries range from France's international blockbuster The Intouchables to Cambodia's first submission in 18 years and the Southeast Asian country's second […]

Daniel Radcliffe 'Horns' + Seth MacFarlane Oscar Host: Good Idea?

Daniel Radcliffe: Horns. Daniel Radcliffe 'Horns': 'Equus' to Capricorn Daniel Radcliffe has gone from Equus to Capricorn – or from horn-rimmed glasses to horns, period (apologies for the horrible pun) – in Horns, Alexandre Aja's film adaptation of Joe Hill's novel about a young man, Ig Perrish, who wakes up […]

'Innocence of Muslims' vs. the Oscars: Real Reason for Iran Boycott?

Innocence of Muslims vs. Oscar 2013: Iran's official reason for boycotting the Academy Awards Innocence of Muslims, the amateurish but relentlessly vicious anti-Muslim “film” whose Arabic-language version has been used as a pretext for deadly riots in several Muslim countries, is the official reason for the Iranian government's decision to […]

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Australia Submits German-Language, German-Set Movie

Oscar 2013: Australia submits German-language, German-set World War II drama Cate Shortland's Lore is Australia's entry for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Obviously, Lore isn't in English. Curiously, the film's dialogue isn't in one of Australia's aboriginal languages, either. Besides, Lore isn't even set in Australia. (Image: Saskia […]

George Stevens Jr, Stunt Man Hal Needham: Honorary Oscar

Honorary Oscar 2012: George Stevens Jr George Stevens Jr. is the founding director of the American Film Institute. During his tenure, the AFI established the Center for Advanced Film Studies and various educational initiatives, and created the AFI Life Achievement Award. In 1977, Stevens co-founded the Kennedy Center Honors, which […]

'Barbara' & 'Amour' + 'The Hypnotist': Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Entries

Oscar 2013: Christian Petzold's Barbara is Germany's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Christian Petzold 'Barbara': Germany Oscar Submission Starring Nina Hoss, writer-director Christian Petzold's Barbara is Germany's submission for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The political romantic drama earned Petzold the Silver Bear […]

'Lincoln': Daniel Day-Lewis' Third Best Actor Oscar? + Golden Globes Skirt Academy Regulations

Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln: Daniel Day-Lewis for Oscar 2013? Ever since it was announced that Steven Spielberg was going to direct an Abraham Lincoln biopic, film pundits, bloggers, lovers, and gossipers immediately began predicting Oscar nominations – and/or victories – for the film, its director, its crew, and […]

Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Still Living

Best Supporting Actress Nominees pre-1950 still alive, Oscar nonagenarians / centenarian. (Image: Ann Blyth Mildred Pierce, with Joan Crawford.) Following Celeste Holm's death today and Ernest Borgnine's death last Sunday, there are only a handful of 90-year-old+ Oscar winners in the acting categories still alive: sisters Joan Fontaine (1941, Alfred […]

George Cukor Gay Woman's Director Nonsense

George Cukor 'gay Woman's Director'? Known as a refined “woman's director,” George Cukor has had his considerable output either relegated to the sidelines or simply dismissed by those who like their directors macho and their films male-centered. Not helping matters is the general perception that Cukor was merely a hired […]

Barbra Streisand Director Making Comeback? + 'Avatar 2' News Via Sigourney Weaver

Director Barbra Streisand to make film comeback? Barbra Streisand is reportedly going to work behind the cameras on her first film in 17 years. Skinny and Cat, about the romance between writer Erskine Caldwell (Tobacco Road, God's Little Acre) and photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White, should start filming in January 2013. Oscar […]

'On the Road' Film: Kristen Stewart & Garrett Hedlund Interview + Oscar Chances?

On the Road interview: cast members Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley March 21 update: “It's interesting to play characters that have existed,” says Kristen Stewart in an On the Road video interview posted at Screenslam. (Please scroll down.) “Especially when you have grown to love those people. When I […]

Donna Summer Songs: One Oscar Winner

Singer Donna Summer, who died of cancer at age 63 earlier today, was featured in only one movie: Robert Klane's Thank God It's Friday. The unpretentious 1978 disco comedy musical is chiefly notable for the Paul Jabara-written song “Last Dance” – one of Summer's biggest hits – which earned the […]

Lesbian Kiss: Rachel McAdams & Noomi Rapace 'Passion' + Marion Cotillard Oscar Buzz

Rachel McAdams kissing Noomi Rapace, Passion Rachel McAdams kisses Noomi Rapace in Brian De Palma's thriller Passion, a remake of Alain Corneau's Crime d'amour / Love Crime. McAdams replaces Kristin Scott Thomas; Rapace replaces Ludivine Sagnier in this tale of “a deadly power struggle between two women in the dog-eat-dog […]

Emma Thompson & Holly Hunter Double Oscar Nominations' 'Meaning'

Emma Thompson may be possibly reprising her role as human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce. Flashback to the 1993 Academy Awards. In early 1994, Thompson was nominated for two Oscars: as Best Actress for James Ivory's social/psychological drama The Remains of the Day (photo) and as Best Supporting Actress for Jim […]

Oscar Curse + Ann Sothern & Tarzan Warner Archive Movies

In Mason Wiley and Damien Bona's Inside Oscar, Luise Rainer is quoted as saying the following about winning back-to-back Best Actress Academy Awards for The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and The Good Earth (1937): “The industry seemed to feel that having an Academy Award winner on their hands was sufficient to […]

Bradley Cooper & Tina Fey, Rose Byrne & Kristen Wiig: Academy Awards

Kirk Baxter, Tina Fey, Bradley Cooper, Angus Wall Presenters Tina Fey and Bradley Cooper pose with Oscar winners Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall backstage at the 84th Academy Awards, held at the ex-Kodak Theater at Hollywood and Highland Center on Feb. 26, 2012. Baxter and Wall were the surprising Best […]

Melissa McCarthy & Husband Ben Falcone + Oscar Winners' Man-on-Man Kissing: Academy Awards

Maya Rudolph. Maya Rudolph attends the Governors Ball after the 84th Academy Awards ceremony held at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood on Feb. 26, '12. Rudolph wasn't nominated for any Oscars, but she was a presenter alongside fellow Bridesmaids actresses Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Kristen […]

Jean Dujardin Makes Oscar History

Jean Dujardin Jean Dujardin made film-award history after he won the 2012 Best Actor Academy Award for his performance as a fading silent film matinee idol in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. But before I proceed, I must say that those who compare Dujardin with former Best Actor Oscar winner Roberto […]

Michel Hazanavicius & Bérénice Bejo + 'The Artist' Makes Oscar History

'The Artist': Best Picture winner makes history. Best Picture winner 'The Artist': Two 'First Times' in Oscar history Pictured above are several cast members of Best Picture winner The Artist – Uggie, Jean Dujardin, James Cromwell, Bérénice Bejo, Penelope Ann Miller, and Missi Pyle – in addition to director-writer Michel […]

Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw + Sean Young vs. The Academy: The Oscars

Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw attend the Governors Ball following the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, CA Feb. 26, 2012. Along with Kathleen Kennedy, Spielberg produced Best Picture nominee War Horse, which he also directed, and which features Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, and Tom Hiddleston. (Image: […]

Octavia Spencer Academy Award Winner & Next Year's Oscar Dates

Octavia Spencer In this very artistic picture, Octavia Spencer admires her Oscar statuette at the Governor's Ball, following the 2012 Annual Academy Awards from Hollywood, CA February 26. Spencer was the year's Best Supporting Actress winner for her performance in Tate Taylor's The Help. In addition to Spencer, the Help […]

Meryl Streep Best Actress Oscar: When Margaret Thatcher Stares Back

Meryl Streep Best Actress Oscar winner: The Golden Lady and her golden little man. Meryl Streep Best Actress Oscar: Dressed to Win Best Actress Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, whose golden dress and earrings match – or rather, outshine – her golden Oscar statuette, poses backstage at the 84th Academy […]

Meryl Streep & Husband Don Gummer + 'Other Partner' J. Roy Helland & Tom Cruise

Meryl Streep, husband Don Gummer: Oscar 2012 Meryl Streep and husband Don Gummer at the Governors Ball after 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Streep won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida […]

Milla Jovovich & Asghar Farhadi + Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt: The Oscars

Milla Jovovich and Tim Gunn. Milla Jovovich and Tim Gunn: Academy Awards' Red Carpet Ukrainian-born actress Milla Jovovich (on Dec. 17, 1975, in Kiev, at the time part of the Soviet Union) is pictured above while interviewed – or about to be interviewed – by TV reality show celebrity Tim […]

Christopher Plummer: Not Oldest Oscar Academy Winner + 'Gay Oscar'

Elaine Taylor, Christopher Plummer Christopher Plummer and Elaine Taylor arrive for the 2012 Academy Awards from Hollywood, CA. The Oscar ceremony was held at Hollywood & Highland on Feb. 26, 2012. As expected, the veteran Plummer (The Sound of Music, The Man Who Would Be King) won the Best Supporting […]

Ingmar Bergman vs. The Oscar

Ingmar Bergman Jean Dujardin, Meryl Streep, Christopher Plummer, Michel Hazanavicius, Octavia Spencer, and surely Harvey Weinstein are thrilled they and/or their movies won Academy Awards last night at Hollywood & Highland. Not every Oscar nominee/winner, however, has felt that way. The Criterion Collection has posted (via dizzydentfilms) a May 12, […]

Martin Scorsese: Oscars' Top Actors' Directors

Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, The Departed Unless things change dramatically (apart from environmental chaos and apocalyptic wars), 30 or 40 years from now Martin Scorsese is going to be the best-remembered name of the current top-five Oscar directors for actors. (The others being William Wyler, Elia Kazan, George Cukor, and […]

Oscar Winners: Fearless Predictions Pitted Jean Dujardin vs. George Clooney + Meryl Streep vs. Viola Davis

Best Picture * The Artist - Thomas Langmann. The Descendants - Jim Burke, Jim Taylor & Alexander Payne. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - Scott Rudin. The Help - Brunson Green, Chris Columbus & Michael Barnathan. Hugo - Graham King & Martin Scorsese. Midnight in Paris - Letty Aronson & Stephen Tenenbaum. Moneyball - Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz & Brad Pitt. The Tree of Life - Dede Gardner, Sarah […]

Fred Zinnemann: Oscar Actors Director

Fred Zinnemann began his career during the studio era, but kept on going, however sporadically, long after most of his contemporaries had retired. Even so, today his name means little to most moviegoers and critics alike. But why? Quite possibly because, like William Wyler, Zinnemann covered just about every film […]

Elia Kazan: Oscar Actors Director

Dorothy McGuire, Gregory Peck, Gentleman's Agreement Elia Kazan: Actors Director Elia Kazan is best remembered today for two things: his association with Marlon Brando during the first half of the 1950s, and the fact that he claimed to be unrepentant about naming names – and ruining careers and lives – […]

William Wyler: Oscar Top Actors Director

William Wyler was one of the greatest film directors Hollywood – or any other film industry – has ever produced. Today, Wyler lacks the following of Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Frank Capra, or even Howard Hawks most likely because, unlike Hitchcock, Ford, or Capra (and to a lesser extent Hawks), […]