Watch host Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announce the Oscar nominations at 8:30 ET.
Get ready, guys. The Academy Awards nominations will be announced tomorrow morning. After months and months of speculating and campaigning and preparing we’ll finally get to see what Academy members have chosen. How many films will there be in the Best Picture category? Will there be any unexpected films, actors, or actresses who will sneak onto the list? Check back in with EW tomorrow for the nominations announcements, Prize Fighter analysis, and nominee reactions.
As a pre-Oscars nomination primer, we’ve compiled all the top contenders in each category, along with a list of the awards that they’ve been nominated for and have won thus far. Take a look!
Those who truly love movies tend to particularly appreciate the work of a good cinematographer, and the American Society of Cinematographers has come out with its list of the best in the field this past year.
Here’s the line-up: READ FULL STORY »
The Directors Guild Award nominations are out, and Tom Hooper is in.
The Les Miserables director has become a bit of a question mark as reviews for the epic musical have been less than kind, but with Oscar nominations due on Thursday, this nod from his peers in the union comes as a welcome bit of support.
The full list of nominees: READ FULL STORY »
In another break with tradition, Oscar host Seth MacFarlane will wake up early on Thursday to help announce the Academy Award nominations.
Usually, it’s the job of an actor (last year it was Jennifer Lawrence) and the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but this year MacFarlane will join the mix, alongside The Amazing Spider-Man and Gangster Squad actress Emma Stone.
007 has a new reason to put on a tux.
Skyfall is the James Bond franchise’s strongest-ever shot at an Oscar for best picture, but whether the movie gets a nod or not, the 23-film spy series will be the subject of a special tribute at this year’s ceremony.
The producers of the Academy Awards announced today that the Feb. 24 telecast will take time for a look back at the legacy of the shaken-not-stirred superspy.
Opening envelopes is an Oscar specialty but pushing the envelope? Not so much. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has added an extra day to the voting period (the new deadline is 5 p.m. on Jan. 4) in response to membership complaints about the new online voting option .“By extending the voting deadline we are providing every opportunity available to make the transition to online balloting as smooth as possible,” Ric Robertson, the chief operation officer of the Academy, said in a statement. “We’re grateful to our global membership for joining us in this process.”
The voting to determine the nominees for the 85th Annual Academy Awards opened on Dec. 17 and that day marked the first time in history that a member could vote online — if they were able to get signed-on to the system, that is. On Twitter, one voter venting about the system was filmmaker Morgan Spurlock who said his failed log-on attempts left him locked out and waiting for a paper ballot to arrive by “snail mail.” The Academy’s voting membership skews far older than Spurlock (at 46, he’s 16 years below the median age) and there has been concern that the system would be off-putting to them. The Academy has offered assisted voting stations in Los Angeles, New York and London and a 24-hour support hotline but with the variables of holiday travel the extra day is intended to give voters some breathing room. Still, pundit speculation is certain to circle the impact of a lower-than-usual turnout and how it might tilt the Oscar race.
I feel bad because I gave up on Ann Dowd.
Early in the Oscar season, when the field is so open and many films are still unseen, it’s easier to get behind an underdog. There’s more room to suggest a longshot for consideration’s sake, which to me feels a bit more interesting than just trying to “guess right” for … what exactly? A pat on the head for correctly predicting who might get a trophy?
That’s why I wish I’d had the nerve to give Dowd more of a push for her truly devastating performance in Compliance as a fast food manager who is manipulated into doing terrible things by a man who calls her restaurant and says he is a cop investigating one of her young employees. READ FULL STORY »
What makes the Oscar foreign language film category so special, though unfortunately less publicized than big ticket acting, directing, and best picture categories, is its gloriously wide range and inclusion of stories American moviegoers don’t usually get to see.
Whittled down from 71 films that qualified as official entries from countries all over the globe, the Oscar foreign film shortlist of nine movies announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday showcases different cultures, approaches and people, albeit with a general focus on Europeans.