The Wonderful Sally Hawkins Talks About “Paddington” 

Oscar-nominee and Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine,” “Happy-Go-Lucky”) stars as Mrs. Brown in the new delightful “Paddington.” I think she’s the heart of the film playing a sweet and loving adoptive mom of Paddington Bear.

I talked to Hawkins via satellite about “Paddington” and she revealed her attraction to the material and her role.

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“American Sniper” Movie Review – Possible Oscar Winner? 

“American Sniper” received six Oscar nominations including Best Picture but is the movie worthy of all the Academy Awards nods? Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper” is a strong biographical war drama based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American history.

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What Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones Are Saying About Their Oscar Nominations for "The Theory of Everything" 

Focus Features received 6 Oscar nominations, 5 for "Theory of Everything" and 1 for "The Boxtrolls." The studio sent quotes from the nominees including Best Actor contender Eddie Redmayne and Best Actress nominee Felicity Jones. Take a look at the quotes, then watch my fun interviews for both "Theory of Everything" and "The Boxtrolls" below.

“What a great day for everyone at Focus. The five nominations for THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, including one for Best Picture, recognize the heart and hard work that it took to bring this inspirational story to the screen. And the Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film for THE BOXTROLLS is a tribute to our partners at LAIKA, where hundreds of artists literally make magic every day. Congratulations to all our nominees! I’m so proud!”

-- Peter Schlessel, CEO of Focus Features

"THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features) - Nominee, for Best Actor- Academy Awards

“I’m so incredibly honored to be recognized by the Academy, and even more thrilled to share this honor with the entire family of filmmakers, cast, and crew of “The Theory of Everything.” This role was a once in a lifetime experience. Congratulations to my fellow nominees, thank you to the Academy, and thank you most of all to Stephen and Jane Hawking.”

-Eddie Redmayne, Academy Award Nominee for Best Actor In A Leading Role (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING)

“THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features) - Nominee, for Best Actress in a Leading Role- Academy Awards

“I’m overwhelmed at this incredible news. This is a huge, huge honor. My deepest gratitude to the members of the Academy. I’ll look forward to celebrating this with everyone involved in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. Thank you so much.”

-Felicity Jones, Academy Award Nominee for Best Actress In A Leading Role (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING)

“THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features) - Nominee, Best motion picture of the year- Academy Awards

"We are honoured that the Academy has recognised The Theory of Everything with five Oscar nominations today especially Eddie and Felicity's incredible performances as Stephen and Jane Hawking. We're delighted that Jóhann and Anthony were also recognised for their work on this film in a year with so many brilliant movies. ”

-- Eric Fellner, co-chairman, Working Title Films, Academy Award nominee for Best Picture (as producer of nominated film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING)

“THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features) - Nominee, Best Writing Adapted Screenplay and Best motion picture of the year- Academy Awards

“Thank you, members of the Academy! I am humbled to learn of our most prestigious nominations. To be in the company of such great writers and producers and artists is a tribute to our film, to our talented team who worked so hard to bring this story to life, and, most importantly, to the extraordinary example provided us all by Jane and Stephen Hawking.”

-- Anthony McCarten, Academy Award nominee for Best Picture (as producer of nominated film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING) and Best Adapted Screenplay (as screenwriter of nominated film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING)

“THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features) - Nominee, Best motion picture of the year- Academy Awards

“I am thrilled that the Academy members have embraced THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, as it is truly one of the most inspirational stories I have ever known. I hope our movie inspires people around the world to do as Jane and Stephen Hawking did: to reach beyond their realities and discover the unimaginable.”

-- Lisa Bruce, Academy Award nominee for Best Picture (as producer of nominated film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING)

“THE BOXTROLLS” (Focus Features) – Nominee, Best animated feature film of the year- Academy Awards

“One word - HONORED! We are honored and humbled to accept this nomination in recognition of our amazingly talented cast and crew - the artists, actors, craftspeople, and freaks who brought The Boxtrolls to life. We are eternally grateful to them and to our fearless leaders, producers Travis Knight and David Bleiman Ichioka, for making it all possible. Thank you so much, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, for including us in this great list of nominees! We would be thrilled to sit in the dark and clap for any one of them.”

-- Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, directors of THE BOXTROLLS, Academy Award nominee(s) for Best Animated Feature Film

“THE BOXTROLLS” (Focus Features) – Nominee, Best animated feature film of the year- Academy Awards

"What an odd and lovely way to greet the day. I’m overjoyed that the Academy has honored us with this nomination. Cobbled together over well-nigh a decade, THE BOXTROLLS was a labor of unwavering love crafted one frame at a time by a superb community of actors, artists, mad geniuses, steely-eyed pragmatists, and starry-eyed dreamers. I'm so pleased with the recognition of their artistry. It shows that original stories are valued, along with the weird people who make them."

-- Travis Knight, producer of THE BOXTROLLS, Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature Film

“THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features) - Nominee, Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)- Academy Awards

"I'm deeply honored to be nominated for composing this score. Filmmaking is a collaborative medium, and I was lucky to work with artists of amazing caliber on THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING: the actors, the screenwriter, and the director, James Marsh -- who has my gratitude for inviting me to be a part of his team and for being a brilliant, inspiring and generous collaborator. My thanks to the AMPAS members for this recognition."

-- Jóhann Jóhannsson, Academy Award nominee for Best Original Score (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING)

*** Click on each link to see my full interviews for "The Theory of Everything" and "The Boxtrolls"

"The Theory of Everything" interview with Eddie Redmayne
"The Theory of Everything" interview with Felicity Jones

"The Boxtrolls" interview with Isaac Hempstead-Wright
"The Boxtrolls" interview with Sir Ben Kingsley
"The Boxtrolls" interview with Elle Fanning
"The Boxtrolls" directors, Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable

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Is "Transformers: Age of Extinction" the Worst Movie of 2014? See Full List of Razzie Nominations! Who Gets Redeemed? 

The Academy just announced the best in cinema of 2014 and now, here comes the Razzie saluting the worst! Michael Bay's "Transformers: Age of Extinction" receives the most nominations, all seven of them including Worst Picture and Screenplay! But somehow, Mark Wahlberg escaped the wrath of Razzie! And I thought he was horrible in the movie!

But this year, the Razzie introduces a new award. Maybe to show the softer side of Razzie! The new category is called the Redeemer Award which highlights previous Razzie regulars who redeemed themselves. My favorite is Ben Affleck who went from "Gigli" to "Argo" to "Gone Girl."

Winners of the 35th Golden Raspberry Award will be revealed on February 21st, the night before the Oscars!

Here's your complete list of Razzie nominees:

"Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"
"Left Behind"
"The Legend of Hercules"
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
"Transformers: Age of Extinction"

Kirk Cameron, "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"
Nicholas Cage, "Left Behind"
Kellan Lutz, "The Legend of Hercules"
Seth MacFarlane, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"
Adam Sandler, "Blended"

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

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

Cameron Diaz, "Annie"
Megan Fox, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Nicola Peltz, "Transformers: Age of Extinction"
Susan Sarandon, "Tammy"
Brigitte Ridenour (née Cameron), "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"

Michael Bay, "Transformers: Age of Extinction"
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"

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

Any Two Robots, Actors (Robotic Actors), "Transformers: Age of Extinction"
Kirk Cameron & His Ego, "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"
Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel, "Sex Tape"
Kellan Lutz & Either His Abs, His Pecs or His Glutes, "The Legend of Hercules"
Seth MacFarlane & Charlize Theron, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"

"Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"
"Left Behind"
"Sex Tape"
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
"Transformers: Age of Extinction"

Ben Affleck, from "Gigli" to "Argo" and "Gone Girl"
Jennifer Aniston, from four-time Razzie nominee to "Cake"
Mike Myers, from "The Love Guru" to directing "Supermensch"
Keanu Reeves, from six-time Razzie nominee to "John Wick"
Kristen Stewart, from six-time Razzie winner for "Twilight" to "Camp X-Ray"

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Your Complete 2015 Oscar Nominations! "Birdman," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Triumph! "Selma" Virtually Ignored! 

Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced this morning. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams and Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") announced the first 11 categories while Chris Pine ("Star Trek") and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs revealed the remaining 13 categories including Best Picture.

This was the first time the Academy announced all the categories live!

Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" and Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" got 9 nominations each. Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" was close with 8 nods while Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" and Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" each received 6 nominations.

Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," James Marsh's "The Theory of Everything," and Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" got 5 nominations each.

My biggest surprise? Ava DuVernay's "Selma" was virtually ignored except for a Best Picture nod and a Best Song nomination for John Legend and Common's "Glory."

Where's David Oyelowo who gave one of the best performances of 2014 as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.?

I was also bummed that "The Lego Movie" from director Chris Miller and Phil Lord was ignored and replaced by Tom Moore's "Song of the Sea" and Isao Takahata's "The Tale of Princess Kaguya."

So what did we learn from the Oscar nominations? The Academy loves "American Sniper" (a surprising strong showing for "American Sniper" even with no Best Director nod for Clint Eastwood), while Angelina Jolie? Not so much! "Unbroken" was largely ignored except for Cinematography, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.

AND I'M TOTALLY UPSET that "Nightcrawler" did not make a strong showing except for Best Original Screenplay! Where's the love for Jake Gyllenhaal who went deep into the psyche of his character?

Speaking of Best Actor, where's Ralph Fiennes' nomination for "The Grand Budapest Hotel?" He held that film from start to finish!

It just shows that in 2014, there were more Best Actor contenders than Best Actress although, I was hoping that Jennifer Aniston's turn in "Cake" would be blessed by the Academy.

We'll find out the winners on February 22nd.

Here's your complete list of nominations for the 87th Academy Awards! The Oscars! The granddaddy of the awards season!

Best Picture
“American Sniper”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”

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

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
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”

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

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

Best Animated Feature Film
“Big Hero 6"
“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”
“Inherent Vice”
“The Theory of Everything”

Best Original Screenplay
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Cinematography
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Mr. Turner”

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

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

Best Documentary Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1"
“Our Curse”
“The Reaper”
“White Earth”

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

Best Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome,” from “The Lego Movie”
“Glory,” from “Selma”
“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”
“The Imitation Game”
“Into the Woods”
“Mr. Turner”

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

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

Best Sound Editing
“American Sniper”
“The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies”

Best Sound Mixing
“American Sniper”

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

Best Foreign Language Film
“Wild Tales”

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

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

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