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.
March 6, 2010 |
When the stars hit the red carpet at the 82nd Academy Awards, the gathering will represent the culmination of a process that includes designer meetings, fittings and hours of stylists' stress, all geared to get an actress looking her absolute best. Those stylists have been working since fall to create the right look and feeling for their clients, and each has his or her own approach to cutting through the craziness, pressure and politics of award season. "The No. 1 thing is to get everything done ahead of time," says Cristina Erlich, stylist to lead supporting actress nominee Penelope Cruz.
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.
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.