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Academy Awards make another change; Will now nominate 5 to 10 films for Best Picture

Academy Awards make another change; Will now nominate 5 to 10 films for Best Picture

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday to make another change to the nomination phase of the Best Picture competition. Anywhere from five to 10 films will now be nominated, and that number won’t be announced until January when the rest of the nominations are revealed. The change […]

‘The King’s Speech’ wins top prize at Oscars

‘The King’s Speech’ wins top prize at Oscars

Tom Hooper’s British period drama, “The King’s Speech” won the Academy Award for Best Picture Sunday, the film industry’s most coveted prize. Hooper also won top honors in the category of Direction, and Colin Firth, who played the titular speech-challenged king, won Best Actor. It was really a two dog race. David Fincher’s techno-hip “The […]

‘The King’s Speech’ reigns with 12 Oscar nominations

‘The King’s Speech’ reigns with 12 Oscar nominations

Tom Hooper’s period drama about King George VI and his debilitating speech impediment reigned supreme with 12 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), Best Director, Best Cinematography (Danny Cohen) and Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler). “True Grit” came in second place […]

Visual Effects Oscar Noms Upped to 5; Sign of the Times?

Visual Effects Oscar Noms Upped to 5; Sign of the Times?

After augmenting their rules for last year’s ceremony allowing 10 movies to be nominated for the prestigious Best Picture Oscar instead of five, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has decided to continue tweaking who they’re willing to bestow their little golden statuette upon. Variety has confirmed that the Academy, after some urging […]

Video: Oscar-Winning Animated Short ‘Logorama’ in its Entirety

Video: Oscar-Winning Animated Short ‘Logorama’ in its Entirety

As maligned as the Oscars are for the supposed politics of the voting process, their notorious neglect of some of the greatest films of all time and the shady campaigning of certain films, the awards remain a valuable tool for discovering some lesser-known work.  For instance, many people still are completely unaware that the Academy […]

Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz to Direct First Feature

Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz to Direct First Feature

24 Frames reports that Christoph Waltz, who recently joined Hollywood’s A-list after winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as the repugnant, ruthless Col. Hans Landa in “Inglourious Basterds,” will direct his first feature film, a German-language romantic comedy for Fox International Productions called “Up and Away.” Waltz, a 53-year-old veteran actor of […]

Independent Spirit Awards? Not Really

Independent Spirit Awards?  Not Really

What are the Indie Spirit Awards?  No, really, what are they?  What purpose do they serve?  Logic would suggest that they celebrate films that exemplify the spirit of independent filmmaking.  You know, like an ambitious director with loads of talent and a singular vision that all the studio big-wigs passed on who maxes out his […]

2010 Oscar Nominations: 82nd Annual Academy Awards

2010 Oscar Nominations: 82nd Annual Academy Awards

James Cameron’s juggernaut, “Avatar,” continued its dominance this week picking up a leading 9 Oscar nominations.  That number is matched only by one other film, the little Iraq-war thriller, “The Hurt Locker,” directed by Cameron’s ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow.  Here is the full rundown of this year’s Oscar contenders: Best Picture “Avatar” “The Hurt Locker” “The […]

Oscar Changes Standards for Best Song; Hopes to Quell Controversy

Oscar Changes Standards for Best Song; Hopes to Quell Controversy

The category of Best Original Song at the Academy Awards has been something of a controversy as of late. Many have complained that sub par or undeserving pieces have been nominated and even won due to technicalities in the rules. Take, for instance, last year’s snub of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Wrestler,” which virtually the entire […]

Oscars Doubling Best Picture Nominees to 10

Oscars Doubling Best Picture Nominees to 10

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis announced at a news conference that its board of governors has made the decision to expand the number of films to be nominated for Best Picture from five to 10. Ganis explained that the decision will allow the many other worthy films the chance to […]

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