On the movie calendar, it’s the third most important date behind your film’s release and the Oscar ceremony itself. This morning, live from Tinseltown, (or “La La Land” if you will), the nominations for the 89th annual Academy Awards were announced. There were some snubs, there were a couple of surprises, but for one film in particular, it was a very good morning. Think Titanic and All About Eve. (more…)
Talk about a dead pool! Yes, as proof of his cultural assimilation, Deadpool was been nominated for eight MTV Movie Awards as announced this morning by the so-called Music Television. Only Star Wars: The Force Awakens did better with 11 nominations, but both films will face-off against Avengers: Age of Ultron, Creed, Jurassic World, and Straight Outta Compton for Movie of the Year when Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart host the 2016 awards show next month. And on top of the usual categories like “Best Fight” and “Best Kiss”, MTV is also injecting some reality into this year’s program. Want the full list of nominees? Look below. (more…)
It’s the end of the year, and you know what that means: lots and lots of Best and Worst lists! True, but it also means that awards season is just around the corner. Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, AKA: the people who give out the Oscars, announced their short list of 10 potential nominees for the Best Visual Effects category, and you’ll notice a definite nerdy trend amongst the ten films that will be vying for that golden trophy early next year. (more…)
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning in Hollywood by future Oscar host Seth McFarlane and sidekick Emma Stone, and surprise, surprise, there wasn’t much love for nerdy movies outside the technical categories.
One nerd came out very well though. Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln got the most nominations with an even dozen, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis. Following closely behind Lincoln is Ang Lee‘s Life of Pi with 11 nominations, among them Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and several technical award nominations.
For the more nerdy minded fair, two movies tied for the most nominations. The more prestigious was Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, which scored five nominations for Best Picture, Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound Editing and Best Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz, who won the award in the same category for Inglourious Basterds three years ago. The latest James Bond film Skyfall was also nominated for five Oscars including Best Cinematography, Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Best Song for Adele‘s theme song.
The once mighty Oscar force of Middle Earth and Peter Jackson proved not to so powerful in the case of The Hobbit. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which received only three nominations for Best Make-Up, Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects, a far cry from the 11 awards that the final chapter of The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, won in 2004. Snow White and the Huntsman won two nominations, one for Best Costume Design and one for Best Visual Effects.
As for the biggest film of the year, box office-wise speaking, The Avengers, Marvel’s heroes received only one, singular nomination for Best Visual Effects, an award it also shares with Prometheus, which is that film’s sole nomination. And to all Dark Knight Rises haters, you’ll be pleased to know that Christopher Nolan’s final Batman received none.
In the animation categories, Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and Wreck-It Ralph were nominated for Best Feature, while Adam and Dog, Fresh Guacamole, Head over Heels, Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”, and Paperman were nominated for Best Short. So, for the record, in about a month its possible that The Simpsons might have an Oscar to their credit. (Possible, not likely. But I guess we’ll see.)
The Oscars will air on ABC on Sunday February 24, 2013.
The Emmy Nominations are out! How do you think your favorite shows fared? Well, if your favorite shows are the same shows the Emmy’s always choose to honor, they fared pretty good. Basically, if you’re not a fan of AMC and HBO dramas or Modern Family, you’re outta luck. Not many surprises here, but let’s run through what awesome nominations you should be excited for.
Game of Thrones has snagged 12 nominations, many in the technical categories, but also Outstanding Drama Series and Peter Dinklage is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Really? Supporting? Who do they consider the star of this show now that Sean Bean’s left? I think it’s a snub he wasn’t in the Actor category, what about you?
Otherwise, for Dramas I’m glad to see Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downtown Abbey and Mad Men. I have no idea what Homeland is soo, uh, good for them. But I’m not surprised by any of these picks. Nor am I surprised many of the actors and actresses from these same shows got noms.
I am pleasantly surprised – oh who am I kidding – I’m ecstatic to see Sherlock and its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman getting some Emmy love and I’ll be distraught if they don’t win.
I’m not nearly as impressed with their choices of Comedies. Don’t hate ’em, they’re just not what I watch. Besides 30 Rock, which I rarely watch as its airing, and The Big Bang Theory, which I’ve kind of given up on in recent years, I haven’t seen these shows. I’m happy to see Futurama was nominated for Outstanding Animated Program and Maurice LaMarche is nominated for Best Voice-Over Performance. Good luck, meatbags!
Below the cut is a list of the more popular categories, for the whole list check out the Emmy’s official site. The Emmy’s happen Sunday, September 23rd, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and will air on ABC. Who will you be rooting for? Who got snubbed?
While Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was an astounding end to a beloved franchise, does it deserve the prestige of being named Best Picture of the year? Well, Warner Bros. sure thinks so. They have gone all out in their campaign to get nods from the Academy for a nomination. Now according to Variety,
“Warners will ‘absolutely, hands-down, across-the-board’ push the last installment of Harry Potter hoping Academy members will consider a vote for Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as a wider nod to the entire franchise, a notion that very much helped propel Return of the King to Oscar glory.”
While it may assuredly claim a nomination, it seems a bit of a stretch to assume that they will take Best Picture. It will surely sweep a good many other nominations in the categories for visual effects, art direction, editing, sound and other technical categories. Warner Bros. wishes to attain notoriety for this last film in the Harry Potter franchise the way Lord of the Rings managed to take Best Picture for their last film, Return of the King.
I must say that I liked the last film, but I never saw it as anything that could hold a candle to what Return of the King did for the end of franchise/trilogy. Harry Potter was touching and made my eyes water a little bit, but did not deliver pure awesome sauce oozing from its theatrical pores.
What do you all think about Deathly Hallows Part 2 being pushed for Best Picture? Do you think it has a chance of winning?