March 9, 2010 |
Maybe it's the Neil Patrick Harris effect. Once again an award show featuring the star of CBS' hit sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" saw its ratings grow. While his opening number on Sunday night's Oscar telecast will not exactly go down in history as one of the show's greatest moments, it didn't send viewers running out the door either. About 41.3 million people watched ABC's coverage of the 82nd Academy Awards, according to Nielsen. That's roughly 39 million more than went to see best picture winner "The Hurt Locker" and a 14% gain from last year's Oscars when "Slumdog Millionaire" was the big winner.
March 7, 2010 |
Adam Shankman's love affair with the Oscars began with an act of petty larceny. Back when he was a little boy, his father -- an entertainment lawyer and manager -- attended the Academy Awards. "He brought home the program from the show, and I stole it," said Shankman, 45. "I kept it and would look through that program for years. I just thought it was the most glorious thing in the world." After being long-transfixed by the entertainment industry, Shankman has suddenly been catapulted directly into the center of it as the co-producer of the 82nd Academy Awards.
June 25, 2009 |
In January, all of Hollywood wondered exactly how close "The Dark Knight" came to earning an Oscar nomination for best picture. Now we know the answer: It missed by 12 months. If the "The Dark Knight" had been released this summer instead of last, it would have been part of the new Academy Awards era that began Wednesday with the out-of-the-blue announcement that the best picture category at the Oscars will double in size to 10 films.
February 20, 2010 |
Mark Boal's experience as a journalist in Iraq yielded "Death and Dishonor," a 2004 feature for "Playboy" about a veteran who was murdered by fellow soldiers after his deployment, and the effects of war-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on returning military personnel. The story was later adapted by Paul Haggis for the Oscar-nominated feature "In the Valley of Elah." Boal himself stepped into screenwriting (and producing) with "The Hurt Locker," which explores the devastating affect of repeated exposure to high-intensity combat situations on the members of an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.
November 12, 2009 |
It looks like the Oscars' best picture race won't be the only category getting a boost in nominees this year. Twenty animated films have been submitted for consideration in the best animated feature film race for the 82nd Academy Awards. According to the rules of the category, a maximum of five films can be nominated in a year when the field of eligible entries number at least 16. Since animated features got their own Oscar in 2001, there has only been one year -- 2002 -- when the number of nominated films has exceeded three contenders.
February 1, 2010 |
Movie fans are eagerly waiting to learn Tuesday morning if "The Hangover" gets an Oscar nomination for best picture. Don't laugh. The raucous R-rated comedy won the Golden Globe for best comedy or musical, and the screenplay is nominated for the Writers Guild of America top prize. And with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expanding its best picture nomination list from five to 10, such highly commercial films as "The Hangover," "Star Trek" and even "District 9" have a chance at the brass ring.