'Hamilton' gets record 16 Tony nominations, of course

'Hamilton' gets record 16 Tony nominations, of course
Credit: Joan Marcus

The Tony nominations were announced today, and Hamilton got a record 16 of them, because of course it did.

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Oscars, Shmoscars: Here are your Razzie winners!

Oscars, Shmoscars: Here are your Razzie winners!
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Yeah, yeah, the Oscars were last night, congratulations to Leonardo DiCaprio and Spotlight and all, celebration of quality filmmaking, whatever. Let's look at the winners of what really matters: the Razzies! 

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Chris Rock rocks one of the most surprising Oscars in years

Chris Rock rocks one of the most surprising Oscars in years
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Tonight was the 88th Academy Awards, as all of Hollywood sat with bated breath to see who would take home the top prizes and how host Chris Rock would handle the telecast.

Here, Hitfix’s resident awards expert Louis Virtel and Roth Cornet talk about the good, the bad, and the weird of the Oscars.

What were the biggest surprises, misses, and wins of the night? And did we witness the most unnervingly bizarre moment in Oscar history? 

Take a look in the player above or below and chat with us here or on Twitter.

You can also take a look at Alan Sepinwall’s review of the Oscars here.

Louis: @LouisVirtel

Roth: @RothCornet

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The Spirit Awards honor those the Oscars can’t or won’t

The Spirit Awards honor those the Oscars can’t or won’t
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The 31st Independent Spirt Awards took place this Saturday, February 27 with the fiendishly talented and hilarious Kate McKinnon & Kumail Nanjiani co-hosting the event.

Take a look at their parody of one of this year’s best films Room below.

The show, as in years past, aligned with the Academy Awards in some moments, but also served to do what the Oscars can’t, or won’t in others. Perhaps that’s just as it should be.

Brie Larson won for Best Female Lead for Room, and is very likely to win the Academy Award for Best Actress tomorrow night.

However, Spotlight, which won Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay at the Spirit Awards is in a three way race with The Revenant and The Big Short for the top prize at the Oscars. Though it’s likely to take Best Screenplay there as well. Typically, the Academy favors flashier films, so it's a pleasure to see the restraint that Spotlight director Tom McCarthy demonstrated honored at the Spirit Awards.

The big divergence was in the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories. At the Spirit Awards, Beasts of No Nation’s Abraham Attah won Best Male Lead while his co-star Idris Elba took the Supporting Actor prize. Neither is nominated for an Academy Award.

The Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards serve different functions. In some ways, the Spirits function to honor the films that do not have the financial resources nor the experienced teams to run a viable Oscar campaign, and that’s a very good thing. Discussions and debates about awards fatigue aside, it’s important to see a variety of films get some additional attention and ideally a few more eyes on them as a result of these events.

It’s imperfect, and we’ll all have films that we wish would get some additional awards love – or any at all. The quiet, heartbreaking brilliance of Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa hasn’t caught fire, which is disheartening to those of us who value and appreciate the work. Additionally, in the video below Drew McWeeny and I discuss the one film we all seemed to miss this year, including nearly all awards shows -- Spike Lee's Chi-Raq.

You can take a look at the highlights from the Spirit Awards on the Film Independent YouTube channel HERE and the full winners list below.

Check back in with us tomorrow as we cover the Oscars live.

Best Feature

Beasts of No Nation
Spotlight (WINNER)

Best Director
Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation
Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, Anomalisa
David Robert Mitchell, It Follows
Sean Baker, Tangerine 
Todd Haynes, Carol
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight (WINNER)

Best Screenplay
Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa
Donald Margulies, The End of the Tour
Phyllis Nagy, Carol
S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight (WINNER)

Best First Screenplay
Emma Donoghue, Room (WINNER)
Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
John Magary, Russell Harbaugh, Myna Joseph, The Mend
Jonas Carpignano, Mediterranea
Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Best First Feature
James White
Manos Sucias
Songs My Brothers Taught Me
The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Best Female Lead
Bel Powley, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Brie Larson, Room (WINNER)
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine
Rooney Mara, Carol

Best Male Lead
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation (WINNER)
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Christopher Abbott, James White
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Best Supporting Female
Cynthia Nixon, James White
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anomalisa
Marin Ireland, Glass Chin
Mya Taylor, Tangerine (WINNER)
Robin Bartlett, H.

Best Supporting Male
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation (WINNER)
Kevin Corrigan, Results
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk

Best Documentary
Best of Enemies
Heart of a Dog
The Look of Silence (WINNER)
The Russian Woodpecker

Best Cinematography 
Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation
Ed Lachman, Carol (WINNER)
Joshua James Richards, Songs My Brothers Taught Me
Michael Gioulakis, It Follows
Reed Morano, Meadowland

Best Editing
Julo C. Perez IV, It Follows
Kristan Sprague, Manos Sucias
Nathan Nugent, Room
Ronald Bronstein and Benny Safdie, Heaven Knows What
Tom McArdle, Spotlight (WINNER)

Best International Film
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Embrace of the Serpent
Son of Saul (WINNER)

John Cassavetes Award (For best feature made under $500,000): Krisha

Robert Altman Award: Spotlight

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The best movie of the year may just be one we all missed, including Oscar

The best movie of the year may just be one we all missed, including Oscar
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If we’re honest, we all know that The Oscars have very little to do with truly honing in on the best films of the year. That’s an entirely subjective assessment, first an foremost.

Additionally, the telecast primarily serves to get folks excited about film again, and maybe that’s okay. Even a good thing. With that in mind, they frequently honor films that feel both socially relevant and comfortable. As far as true merit is concerned, though, the campaigns for Best Picture, Actor, Actress and so on are expensive. The plain fact of it is the smaller films just can’t afford to include the cost in their marketing budgets. And not all distributers are as adept as say, Harvey Weinstein, at running an Oscar race.

None of that is to disparage the films that do win Academy Awards. It’s simply to say that when we look back, there’s typically a few that feel like blatant misses on the part of the Academy.

Every year there is at least one. This year it was extremely culturally significant and guess what? We still missed it ourselves.

Drew McWeeny and Roth Cornet talk about the film they and the Academy missed in the player above and below. There are others, particularly when it comes to the categories beyond Best Picture. This one is pretty significant, though.

Take a look and let us know what you think.

You can also read Drew's written piece on the film here.

Chat with us here or on Twitter.

Drew: @DrewAtHitfix

Roth: @RothCornet

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Our Critics' Most And Least Favorite Moments From The 2016 Emmys

Our Critics' Most And Least Favorite Moments From The 2016 Emmys


The Emmys happened and boy howdy was it a grand ol' time. Miri invited the always awesome Sasha Perl-Raver to break down the highs and lows of TV's biggest event of the year.

What did y'all make of it?

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' grabs 11 nominations for MTV Movie Awards

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' grabs 11 nominations for MTV Movie Awards

While it got shut out at the Academy Awards, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will have a chance to take home some gold at the silver anniversary of the MTV Movie Awards.  The epic sci-fi flick received 11 nominations including Ensemble Cast as well as for Adam Driver (Best Villain) and Daisy Ridley (Best Female Performance).  It was, however, shut out in the Movie of the Year category.

It was also a very good year for two major comic book-based films, Deadpool (8 nominations) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (6 nominations).  Both of those films were nominated for Movie of the Year alongside Creed, Jurassic World and Straight Outta Compton.

In its announcement, MTV took a dig at the Oscars and the fact that there were no minority nominees in any of the acting categories despite outstanding performances by Michael B. Jordan (Creed) and Will Smith (Concussion) among others.

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All of the reasons the Razzies need to go

All of the reasons the Razzies need to go
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While most were celebrating The Oscars this weekend, The Razzies were also revealed on Saturday night. It’s the annual “let’s name the worst of the worst in Hollywood" event, but is this a tradition that is best left in the past?

Louis Virtel and Roth Cornet list all of the reasons that it's time for the Razzies to go.

Take a look in the player above or below and chat with us here or on Twitter.

Roth: @RothCornet

Louis: @LouisVirtel

Editor's note: We previously indicated that The Razzies were revealed on Monday and have made the correction.

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Bruno Mars bets big and wins by screaming at the Grammys

Bruno Mars Grammys 2016

When Beyonce took the stage to give the award for Record of the Year, Bruno Mars did a brave thing. A stupid thing, but a brave thing. Like a gambler rolling the dice and hoping for big money, he bet on himself. 

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Taylor Swift Totally Subtweeted Kanye in her Grammy Speech

Taylor Swift Grammys

Taylor Swift made history tonight as the first female artist to win Album of the Year twice. When she took the stage, many wondered if she’d address the elephant in the room. Not only did she address it, she destroyed it with a glare so withering that Lucille Bluth would be proud.

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