"Birdman" Tops the 2015 Oscars!  


And the awards season is officially over! Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" was the big winner at the 87th Academy Awards taking home the Best Picture, Director, Cinematography and Original Screenplay trophies. Its closest competition, "Boyhood," only managed one trophy for Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. Honestly? I still believe that "Boyhood" is a better picture but the Academy loves movies about themselves, hence "Birdman" took the top prize!

Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won Best Original Score, Costume Design, and Production Design while "Whiplash" received the Best Supporting Actor trophy for J.K. Simmons, Film Editing, and Sound Mixing.

Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" won the Best Adapted Screenplay award with writer Graham Moore giving one of the night's best speeches about marching on and it does get better!

The one award that "Birdman" didn't take home was the Best Actor trophy. Michael Keaton lost out to Eddie Redmayne for "The Theory of Everything!" Everybody's favorite Best Actress, Julianne Moore, finally won the golden man with her performance for "Still Alice."

Neil Patrick Harris served as the host of the evening and opened the night with a show-stopping number along with Anna Kendrick and Jack Black. Many Twitter folks were upset about his Octavia Spencer joke though where he made her the guard of his Oscar predictions.

Here's the complete list of Oscar winners (highlighted) and nominees:

Best Picture
“American Sniper”
“Birdman” WINNER
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”
“Whiplash”

Best Actor
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything” WINNER

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” WINNER
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” WINNER

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” WINNER
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman” WINNER
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

Best Animated Feature Film
“Big Hero 6" WINNER
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2"
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“American Sniper”
“The Imitation Game” WINNER
“Inherent Vice”
“The Theory of Everything”
“Whiplash”

Best Original Screenplay
“Birdman” WINNER
“Boyhood”
“Foxcatcher”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Nightcrawler”

Best Cinematography
“Birdman” WINNER
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Ida”
“Mr. Turner”
“Unbroken”

Best Visual Effects
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Interstellar” WINNER
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Best Documentary Feature
“Citizenfour” WINNER
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“The Salt of the Earth”
“Virunga”

Best Documentary Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1" WINNER
“Joanna”

“Our Curse”
“The Reaper”
“White Earth”

Best Film Editing
“American Sniper”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Whiplash” WINNER

Best Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome,” from “The Lego Movie”
“Glory,” from “Selma” WINNER
“Grateful,” from “Beyond the Lights”
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
“Lost Stars,” from “Begin Again”

Best Production Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” WINNER
“The Imitation Game”
“Interstellar”
“Into the Woods”
“Mr. Turner”

Best Live Action Short Film
“Aya”
“Boogaloo and Graham”
“Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)”
“Parvaneh”
“The Phone Call” WINNER

Best Animated Short Film
“The Bigger Picture”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Feast” WINNER
“Me and my Moulton”
“A Single Life”

Best Sound Editing
“American Sniper” WINNER
“Birdman”
“The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies”
“Interstellar”
“Unbroken”

Best Sound Mixing
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“Interstellar”
“Unbroken”
“Whiplash” WINNER

Best Costume Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” WINNER
“Inherent Vice”
“Into the Woods”
“Maleficent”
“Mr. Turner”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Ida” WINNER
“Leviathan”
“Tangerines”
“Timbuktu”
“Wild Tales”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Foxcatcher”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” WINNER
“Guardians of the Galaxy”

Best Original Score
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” WINNER
“The Imitation Game”
“Interstellar”
“Mr. Turner”
“The Theory of Everything”

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2015 Oscar Predictions in All Categories! 


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The question on everybody’s mind is will it be “Boyhood” or “Birdman?” The Oscars this Sunday will be one of the most nail-biting Academy Awards in recent history. In the beginning of the awards season, Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” was winning the best picture category in many of the award-giving bodies.

And then, the Producers Guild and Directors Guild Awards happened where Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman” took the top prizes.

Same can be said with Michael Keaton. The actor was a surefire bet to win until the Screen Actors Guild decided to crown Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything.”

So this Sunday, it’s all up in the air. But this is my Super Bowl and so I analyzed all the statistics which led me to my predictions below. Beware! I am not a fortune teller, only a movie buff. But don’t forget me if you win your Oscar pool. I just want a dollar! Read More...

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The Worst Movie of 2014  


Kirk Cameron's "Saving Christmas" singlehandedly won the Worst Movie of the Year title at the recently concluded Razzies! The film also won Worst Screenplay, Worst Actor (Cameron), and Worst Screen Combo (Cameron and his ego).

But Ben Affleck has been redeemed. Previously on the "Gigli" kind, the actor/director has since moved on to "Argo" and "Gone Girl" hence, Affleck received the first ever Razzies Redeemer Award. Awww...

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2015 Razzie Awards:

Worst Picture
"Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" - WINNER

"Left Behind"
"The Legend of Hercules"
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
"Transformers 4: Age of Extinction"

Worst Director
Michael Bay, "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction" - WINNER

Darren Doane, "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"
Renny Harlin, "The Legend of Hercules"
Jonathan Liebesman, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Seth Macfarlane, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"

Worst Actor
Kirk Cameron, "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" - WINNER

Nicolas Cage, "Left Behind"
Kellan Lutz, "The Legend of Hercules"
Seth Macfarlane, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"
Adam Sandler, "Blended"

Worst Supporting Actor
Mel Gibson, "Expendables 3"
Kelsey Grammer, "Expendables 3," "Legends of Oz," "Think Like a Man Too," "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction" - WINNER
Shaquille O'Neal, "Blended"
Arnold Schwarzenegger, "Expendables 3"
Kiefer Sutherland, "Pompeii"

Worst Actress
Drew Barrymore, "Blended"
Cameron Diaz, "The Other Woman" and "Sex Tape" - WINNER
Melissa McCarthy, "Tammy"
Charlize Theron, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"
Gaia Weiss, "The Legend of Hercules"

Worst Supporting Actress
Cameron Diaz, "Annie"
Megan Fox, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" - WINNER
Nicola Peltz, "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction"
Susan Sarandon, "Tammy"
Brigitte Ridenour (nee Cameron), "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"

Worst Screenplay
"Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas," written by Darren Doane and Cheston Hervey - WINNER

"Left Behind," screenplay by Paul LaLonde and John Patus, based on the novel by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
"Sex Tape," screenplay by Kate Angelo and Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller
"Transformers 4: Age of Extinction," written by Ehren Kruger, based on Hasbro's Transformers action figures
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," written by Evan Daugherty and Andre Nemec & Josh Applebaum, based on characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman

Worst Remake, Sequel, or Rip-off
"Annie" - WINNER

"Atlas Shrugged #3: Who Is John Galt?"
"The Legend of Hercules"
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
"Transformers 4: Age of Extinction"

Worst Screen Combo
Any two robots, actors, or robotic actors, "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction"
Kirk Cameron and his ego, "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" - WINNER
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, "Sex Tape"
Kellen Lutz and either his abs, his pecs, or his glutes, "The Legend of Hercules"
Seth Macfarlane and Charlize Theron, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"

Redeemer Award
Ben Affleck: From Razzie "Winner" for "Gigli" to Oscar darling for "Argo" and "Gone Girl" - WINNER

Jennifer Aniston: From four-time Razzie nominee to SAG award nominee for "Cake"
Mike Myers: From Razzie "Winner" for "Love Guru" to Docu Director of "Supermensch"
Keanu Reeves: From six-time Razzie nominee to the critically acclaimed "John Wick"
Kristen Stewart: From six-time Razzie "Winner" for "Twilight" to the art house hit "Camp X-Ray"

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"Birdman," "Boyhood" Top 2015 Independent Spirit Awards 


And the Independent Spirit Awards have revealed the winners and it's looking a lot like the Academy Awards! "Birdman" beat "Boyhood" for the Best Feature trophy but Richard Linklater took away the Best Director award from Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu.

Is this a sign of what's going to happen at the Oscars tonight?

Stay tuned...

2015 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNERS (HIGHLIGHTED) AND NOMINEES

BEST FEATURE
(Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)
WINNER: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood
Producers: Richard Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland
Love is Strange
Producers: Lucas Joaquin, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, Jay Van Hoy
Selma
Producers: Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey
Whiplash
Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michael Litvak

BEST DIRECTOR
WINNER: Richard Linklater
Boyhood

Damien Chazelle
Whiplash
Ava DuVernay
Selma
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
David Zellner
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

BEST SCREENPLAY
WINNER: Dan Gilroy
Nightcrawler

Scott Alexander &Larry Karaszewski
Big Eyes
J.C. Chandor
A Most Violent Year
Jim Jarmusch
Only Lovers Left Alive
Ira Sachs &Mauricio Zacharias
Love is Strange

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
WINNER: Nightcrawler
Director: Dan Gilroy
Producers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Producers: Justin Begnaud, Sina Sayyah
Dear White People
Director/Producer: Justin Simien
Producers: Effie T. Brown, Ann Le, Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Lena Waithe
Obvious Child
Director: Gillian Robespierre
Producer: Elisabeth Holm
She's Lost Control
Director/Producer: Anja Marquardt
Producers: Mollye Asher, Kiara C. Jones

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
WINNER: Justin Simien
Dear White People

Desiree Akhavan
Appropriate Behavior
Sara Colangelo
Little Accidents
Justin Lader
The One I Love
Anja Marquardt
She's Lost Control

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD - Given to the best feature made for under
$500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.
WINNER: Land Ho!
Writers/Directors: Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens
Producers: Christina Jennings, Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy

Blue Ruin
Writer/Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Producers: Richard Peete, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani
It Felt Like Love
Writer/Director/Producer: Eliza Hittman
Producers: Shrihari Sathe, Laura Wagner
Man From Reno
Writer/Director: Dave Boyle
Writers: Joel Clark, Michael Lerman
Producer: Ko Mori
Test
Writer/Director/Producer: Chris Mason Johnson
Producer: Chris Martin

BEST FEMALE LEAD
WINNER: Julianne Moore
Still Alice

Marion Cotillard
The Immigrant
Rinko Kikuchi
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Jenny Slate
Obvious Child
Tilda Swinton
Only Lovers Left Alive

BEST MALE LEAD
WINNER: Michael Keaton
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

André Benjamin
Jimi: All Is By My Side
Jake Gyllenhaal
Nightcrawler
John Lithgow
Love is Strange
David Oyelowo
Selma

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
WINNER: Patricia Arquette
Boyhood

Jessica Chastain
A Most Violent Year
Carmen Ejogo
Selma
Andrea Suarez Paz
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
Emma Stone
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
WINNER: J.K. Simmons
Whiplash

Riz Ahmed
Nightcrawler
Ethan Hawke
Boyhood
Alfred Molina
Love is Strange
Edward Norton
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
WINNER: Emmanuel Lubezki
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Darius Khondji
The Immigrant
Sean Porter
It Felt Like Love
Lyle Vincent
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Bradford Young
Selma

BEST EDITING
WINNER: Tom Cross
Whiplash

Sandra Adair
Boyhood
John Gilroy
Nightcrawler
Ron Patane
A Most Violent Year
Adam Wingard
The Guest

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)
WINNER: CITIZENFOUR
Director/Producer: Laura Poitras
Producers: Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky

20,000 Days on Earth
Directors: Iain Forsyth &Jane Pollard
Producers: Dan Bowen, James Wilson
Stray Dog
Director: Debra Granik
Producer: Anne Rosellini
The Salt of the Earth
Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders
Producer: David Rosier
Virunga
Director/Producer: Orlando von Einsiedel
Producer: Joanna Natasegara

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)
WINNER: Ida
Poland
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

Force Majeure
Sweden
Director: Ruben Östlund
Leviathan
Russia
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Mommy
Canada
Director: Xavier Dolan
Norte, the End of History
Philippines
Director: Lav Diaz
Under the Skin
United Kingdom
Director: Jonathan Glazer

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD - (Given to one film's director, casting director and ensemble cast)
Inherent Vice

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Casting Director: Cassandra Kulukundis
Ensemble Cast: Josh Brolin, Martin Donovan, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom,Joaquin Phoenix, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short Serena Scott Thomas,Benicio Del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Michael Kenneth Williams, Owen Wilson,Reese Witherspoon

SPECIAL DISTINCTION AWARD
Foxcatcher

Director/Producer: Bennett Miller
Producers: Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik
Writers: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman
Actors: Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum

18th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 18th annual Producers Award, sponsored by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
WINNER: Chris Ohlson ("Kumiko The Treasure Hunter")

Chad Burris
Elisabeth Holm

21st ANNUAL KIEHL'S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 21st annual Someone to Watch Award, sponsored by Kiehl's Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a
$25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl's Since 1851.
WINNER: H.

Directors: Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
The Retrieval
Director: Chris Eska

20th ANNUAL LENSCRAFTERS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 20th annual Truer Than Fiction Award, sponsored by LensCrafters, is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a
$25,000 unrestricted grant funded by LensCrafters.
WINNER: The Kill Team

Director: Dan Krauss
Approaching the Elephant
Director: Amanda Rose Wilder
Evolution of a Criminal
Director: Darius Clark Monroe
The Last Season
Director: Sara Dosa

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