This year’s Oscar nominations were announced earlier today by the Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, actor Chris Pine and directors JJ Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron in a 2 part broadcast for the first time ever, revealing the nominations in all 24 categories. Leading the noms are Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel which both have 9 nods whilst the Brits have been nominated in the major categories.
The Hollywood ceremony will be held on Sunday 22nd February. Here are your nominees…
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
JK Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro G Inarritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Best Original Screenplay:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Animated Feature Film:
Big Hero 6
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
For the full lineup of nominations click here
As the curtain closes on 2014 and we enter a new, exciting year of film, it’s about time I got going with a ‘Top 20 Films of 2014’ list. I honestly wanted to just keep it nice and simple with a top 10, however, after looking back at what my eyes had devoured over the past 365 days, I felt the need to give credit to those that not only impressed me, but what I really enjoyed. Whether it was due to the fact that a franchise had just begun or was coming to a close, or the grand old superhero summer flicks that dominated the box office sales, my top 20 consists of the big blockbusters, a few rom-coms (which definitly deserved a spot seeing as the best rom-coms came from the late 90’s/early 2000’s) and a few flicks which impressed me due to the fact that I had no clue what I was in for. Here’s my top 20…
19. A Walk Among The Tombstones
18. Begin Again
16. The Grand Budapest Hotel
15. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
14. X-Men: Days of Future Past
13. About Last Night
12. That Awkward Moment
11. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Drum roll please for the Top 10!…
7. Jersey Boys
6. The Fault in Our Stars
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
4. The Guest
3. Guardians of The Galaxy
2. Gone Girl
1. The Imitation Game
Comment below and tell us what’s your Top 10 Films of 2014 and what are your most anticipated films of 2015.
Happy New Year and may the odds be ever in your favour 😛
Coming from the director who gave us Shanghai Knights and The Change-Up, it’s great to see a more serious/Oscar worthy effort from David Dobkin, and The Judge is exactly that.
Keeping his distance from his family, big shot city lawyer Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr) goes back to his childhood town for the funeral of his mother. During the opening of old wounds, his father, the town’s Judge (Robert Duvall) is suspected of murder. Hank is then forced to figure out the truth whilst reconnecting with his family.
It’s safe to say that The Judge is filled with the top end of Hollywood, with Oscar nominated actors and Winners. From the moment it was announced Robert Duvall would be playing Robert Downey Jr’s father (two of the most respected actors in Hollywood) in a film called The Judge, you can tell straight away that there would be some sort of family drama and not just courtroom drama. There is a good balance of both keeping you interested in both their professional and personal lives.
On the professional side of things, portraying a lawyer is fun and Downey Jr does it like a true pro. He has enough charisma and sarcasm (like always) that can fill a courtroom like Matthew McConaughey, but it was also great to see the more gritty side of Downey Jr when it came down drilling the facts into the jury’s heads to try and get them on his side and probing his father on the stand when it really mattered. He certainly took a step away from his Tony Stark persona that seems to be over riding his other huge successes in the past like the wonderful Chaplin.
On the personal side of things the saying “like father like son” and also “like mother like daughter” is very applicable. The tension between middle child Hank and the Judge is so raw and open for everyone to see and dwell in. It’s the good old argument of a father not being there but it’s played out so well, you can’t help but really feel the emotion that’s bouncing off the walls in the room to pull a tear from your eye with ease. Duvall is known for sucking you into the world he’s living in on screen and continues to bring his sheer brilliance to the rest of the cast. Slightly moving away from the family drama, Hank’s character is still witty, charismatic and charming enough to bring back old flames at his home town even though he has his own family drama back home in the city. From the moment the line “I’ll extract the truth from your ass like tree sap” is mentioned, you know for certain Downey Jr’s got game (watch out McConaughey).
Usually with courtroom flicks, there’s always a prick worthy lawyer on the other side, and in this case it’s Billy Bob Thornton, who plays the top notch lawyer Dwight Dickham who from the moment he is visible on screen, you see him flicking out his little, metal, fold-able cup in the way only a highly egotistical lawyer would. The only issue with Dickham was that they made him out to be the one to avoid, but in reality he wasn’t as bad-ass as he should have been but there was definitely potential.
With everything that’s being released recently on the big screen, it’s very refreshing to see a film you can actually relate to that isn’t about superheroes, a book adaptation that’s a franchise or a romance that will emotionally stab you causing a tear or two. The Judge will grip you in more ways than one and pull on those child hood memory strings you may have been holding back.
As we are gearing up for the end of 2013, a lot of talk has been going around about one of the best times for film makers and movie goers, Awards Season.
With not much justice, the Oscars will always be the biggest award of the night. Everyone wants to be holding that golden statue giving a speech up on stage and getting rushed off by the sound of music, adding a few tears here and there. But not everyone gets the chance to have this moment, not because they haven’t won, but for the mere fact that the category just doesn’t exist.
The Oscars is a huge event with tonnes of categories, from the biggest on screen, to the smallest behind closed doors, but it’s about time they revamped the categories and not expect the ceremony to just carry itself. Here are 3 categories they are definitely missing that should be added to the line-up…
With the light of Jason Statham having a say in a Vanity Fair interview, he’s definitely got it spot on. Stunt men/women and Co-ordinators should be recognised for the hard work they put into making these awesome stunts in film. It is quite unfair how an actor in front of a green screen can win an Oscar for their performance, whilst the stunt men who actually pulled of the stunt lay low on the sideline without a credit. Yes there are some actors who pull of their own stunts so fair enough, they could be nominated too. But those guys out there risking their lives to make the actor look good and give us that breathless feeling when their falling off somewhere really do need more credit for the amazing work they do.
Best Voice Actor:
We’re living in an age now where CGI is like second nature in a film with non human characters included. Whether it’s an animation of just live action with CGI inserted, voice actors should be getting a bit more attention when it comes to awards. There are already award categories for these special effects etc but to voice over a character does take quite a lot of skill. It’s not as simple as saying a line from a script. It’s just the same as normal acting, if not a bit more difficult because natural body language is absent as we can’t see the person, so why not? Most of the time, it’s the voice of a character that brings it to life rather than the way it looks. With the technology of Motion Capture suits, sometimes it’s the actors actually acting out these characters, quite like video games. So it really is a lot of work and great imagination.
Now for a lot of us, a trailer is the key to whether you go to watch a film or not. It’s the main source of research for a film. Yes there are reviews etc but they all have the reviewer’s opinion, so a trailer is just perfect because it’s neutral. A trailer isn’t just put together by splicing a few bits of a film together; it’s a huge part of the film’s marketing, so it has to engage the audience. There are a lot of trailers out there that deserve an award. Think about the trailers you’ve watched this past year, some even looked better than the film turned out to be, why? Because the editors know what the audiences want to see. But really there are a lot of trailers out there that make you watch it more than once and the people behind these trailers also deserve some credit.
So what do you think? What categories would you like to see in the Oscars?