It's been two days since the Academy Awards nominations were announced and Hollywood is still getting over the snubs and surprises. Like Nancy Kerrigan's primal cry of "Why? Why? Why?" echoing through time, industry pundits, critics across the globe, a plethora of Sony Pictures employees and Academy members not in the directing branch are opening questioning how Kathryn Bigelow could have been overlooked in the best directing category. And the outrage over Ben Affleck's omission is only slightly quieter. Clearly, it's never to late to review the lessons the Academy's collective membership have taught us so far this year. With that in mind, here's 10 things we've learned so far.
Sony Pictures chairwoman Amy Pascal appears to have had enough of the accusations that "Zero Dark Thirty" advocates torture. Likely prompted by Academy member David Clennon's assertion "I will not be voting for Zero Dark Thirty - in any Academy Awards category" from a post on Truth-Out.org, Pascal released a statement with her opinion on the matter.
For the first time since In Contention first teamed up with HitFix in October of 2011, Kris Tapley, Guy Lodge and I posted our Oscar nominations side by side for comparison's sake. There were a couple of easy takeaways.
Ang Lee likely woke up this morning knowing his critically acclaimed 3D epic "Life of Pi" would earn a number of key Academy Awards nominations. Speaking to HitFix earlier today, the helmer of of such classics as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Brokeback Mountain" admitted that he wasn't expecting "Pi" to land a mammoth 11 nominations.
A two-time Oscar nominee at the age of 22? The face of one of Hollywood's biggest new franchises? Yep, life is good for Jennifer Lawrence.
The "Silver Linings Playbook" star spoke with HitFix about her second best actress nomination this morning calling the news, "unreal."
We're halfway there. Well, we're halfway there as of Thursday morning.
Seth MacFarlane and Emma "already hunting for an Oscar" Stone will announce the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards at the crack of dawn. "Lincoln," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi" and "Argo" should all be rewarded with a slew of nominations. The rest? Needless to say, there are some nervous potential nominees and consultants today. With that in mind, Kris Tapley, Guy Lodge and I have made our final (and we mean final) nominations predictions which you can compare in the gallery story below. Some intriguing observations:
If you're reading this, you may be among the millions of otherwise level-headed individuals who are convinced that the "Twilight" series is one of the greatest achievements in the history of cinema. Enter the Razzie nominating committee, who are here to tell you that you're wrong.
There are only a few days until the nominations are announced for the 85th Academy Awards and you can feel the tension in the air from the 405 to the 101. Potential nominees, Oscar consultants and studio execs all have something on the line whether it's prestige, their reputation or a marketable number of nominations to help a prestige flick get into the black. And for those that care too much this is likely the most nerve wracking week of the entire season. For awards fans? It's close to heaven.
PALM SPRINGS - The talking points are getting a little repetitive, but some of the biggest players of the 2013 awards season charmed a packed Palm Springs Convention Center Saturday night for the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. And, shockingly, longtime veterans of the event said 10-time host Mary Hart wasn't as bad hokey as she'd been during previous ceremonies. That's a scarier thought than anything on display in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D" this weekend, but I digress…
Academy members received a reprieve of an extra 24 hours, but as of 5 PM PT voting for the 85th Academy Awards nominations is now officially over.