Did you know that Kristen Stewart made history a week ago? The 24-year-old actress became the first American woman to win a prestigious Cesar Award, France's own version of the Academy Award. She also won it for an English-speaking role. Think about that for a second. This honor hasn't been bestowed upon Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Sigourney Weaver, Natalie Portman, Glenn Close, Susan Sarandon or any other globally acclaimed American actress over the past 30 years. No, it was Kristen Stewart who broke the French's reticence to reward anyone but their own. Stewart, an actress who continues to (mostly) put studio work behind her following a string of acclaimed performance in indie films over the past year. That career path continues with her next endeavor, the "Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project,"
Leonard Nimoy will be remembered for many things. Foremost is creating an iconic character known the world over, but his contributions to the world of entertainment go far beyond what he achieved in front of the camera. He was also a writer, an artist and a director. As a filmmaker, he actually helmed two of the biggest hits of the 1980s, "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and "Three Men and a Baby." If moviegoers should have any regrets for Nimoy it's that he only made a few more films after those blockbusters. But his legacy lives on in many ways. It certainly lives on with me.
It took a long time to get off the ground, but the big screen adaptation of David Ebershoff's novel "The Danish Girl" is finally in production. The fictionalized account Lili Elbe's life features Eddie Redmanye in the title role and reunites him with his "Les Miserables" director Tom Hooper. The first image of this year's Best Actor winner as Elbe has now been revealed.
Excuse us if we go out on a limb here, but something tells us the collective brain trust at The Academy is glad this awards season has mercifully come to an end.
Is there any actress who appears as though she's having the time of her life than Jessica Chastain? The two-time Academy Award nominee has joined Amy Adams as the next great American actress ready to be coronated for her body of work, but clearly isn't relegating herself to prestige fare. Today, Deadline reported that Chastain is joining Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron in "The Huntsman," and, quite honestly, the news made us smile.
With the Academy Awards a memory and the "Birdman" team walking away with a boatload of Oscars, nondisclosure agreements keeping a lid on the secrets of the film's elaborate post-production digital "stitching" process have allowed a revelation to out. Technicolor, it turns out, invented an entirely new digital intermediate methodology to meet director Alejandro González Iñárritu's visual demands for the project, adding a whole new layer of depth to the already startling craftsmanship on display.
The 2014-2015 film awards season has, for the most part, drawn to a close. (There are still things like the Saturn Awards and the MTV Movie Awards to keep the mood light on the horizon.) In the end, it was a great season for Fox Searchlight and "Birdman," a film that dominated the guilds, hit a speed bump at the BAFTA Awards and cruised into Oscar weekend, first as a Spirit Award winner, and then as the Academy's ultimate champion.
The 87th Academy Awards are finally over. Now that we've all had a chance to try and rid ourselves of our massive celebratory hangovers, let's tackle the most important question of the day:
How did Kristopher Tapley and Gregory Ellwood do with their 2015 Oscar predictions?
The fact is I think Alan Sepinwall's review said it perfectly, right there in the headline, really. The 87th Oscars was a memorable event despite itself. A number of touching speeches and human moments on the Dolby Theater stage mostly mitigated some tone deaf writing, late-night-level jokes and an overall flatly produced show that started off so promisingly with an inspired opening number. It was, within that, a rather fitting and organic end to an unusual film awards season. And of course it ended on a note of PC outrage. Who would expect less in this day and age?
One of the more unfortunate exclusions from last night's "In Memoriam" montage was Joan Rivers. It's fair to say few have done more (for better or worse) for Oscars recognition than Rivers. There's an entire industry built on the place she carved for herself, and she was a filmmaker, so any notion that she didn't belong because she wasn't part of the community or something is just bogus. Well, the Academy has responded.