November 16, 2012 |
Two past Oscar winners lead this year's supporting actress Oscar field, but the race remains largely unsettled thanks to the late arrival of "Les Miserables. " The musical sports several juicy roles for women, most notably the desperate, starving mother, Fantine (Anne Hathaway); the lovestruck Eponine (Samantha Barks), who's famously on her own; and darling Cosette (Amanda Seyfried). We're guessing Helena Bonham Carter will kill opposite Sacha Baron Cohen as Madame Thenardier too, but voters typically favor the tragedy mask over its comic counterpart.
November 26, 2012 |
With high-profile Oscar contenders "Les Miserables" and "Zero Dark Thirty" screening for the first time for guild and academy members this weekend, a measure of clarity was expected to enter this year's best picture race. That happened, yes, but if you were among those who caught the two highly anticipated films over the Thanksgiving break, you probably woke up Monday morning suffering from a severe case of tonal whiplash. Tom Hooper's lavish adaptation of "Les Miz" screened six times around Los Angeles on Saturday, with Hooper and cast members ping-ponging between the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, the Mann's Chinese in Hollywood and the Television Academy in North Hollywood to introduce the movie and answer tightly scripted questions.
November 14, 2012 |
If the lead actress Oscar race already seems fairly settled for Jennifer Lawrence as we argued here , the outcome of the lead actor contest seems even more of a foregone conclusion. The best argument against Daniel Day-Lewis' inside-out, understated genius in "Lincoln" is that academy voters might be inclined to give the respected John Hawkes or the gonzo Joaquin Phoenix a first Oscar before bestowing Day-Lewis a third. Or that magazine covers like this one create a backlash of resentment that might work against the "world's greatest actor.
January 31, 2011 |
Ethel Waters The famed blues, jazz and gospel vocalist (1896-1977) made her movie debut in the 1929 musical "On With the Show!" She became the second African American to earn an Oscar nomination, for her supporting role in the 1949 drama "Pinky. " Hattie McDaniel The first African American (1895-1952) to win an Academy Award, for her supporting role as Mammy in 1939's "Gone with the Wind. " When the NAACP complained in the 1940s about her playing servant roles, she said, "I'd rather play a maid and make $700 a week then be one for $7. " Dorothy Dandridge The beautiful singer and actress (1922-65)
July 14, 2005 |
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a new regulation Wednesday taking aim at filmmakers it perceived to be "cheerleaders" for nominated films during the Oscar race. The new measure prohibits academy members who are not "directly connected" with a nominated film from hosting screenings of the film for fellow academy members -- a frequently utilized award season campaign tactic.
November 5, 2013 |
Can "The Square" put Netflix in Oscar circles? That's one of several questions raised by the company's decision to move into original documentaries with "The Square," filmmaker Jehane Noujaim's nonfiction feature about the Egyptian revolution. On Monday, Netflix announced it had acquired rights to the political film, which centers on real-life protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square. The movie is considered a frontrunner in the upcoming Academy Award race for best documentary, having won a coveted audience award at the Sundance Film Festival in January and another audience prize at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.