Academy reveals eight contenders for 2015 documentary short subject Oscar race

Academy reveals eight contenders for 2015 documentary short subject Oscar race

Nominees will be announced on Jan. 15

The Academy has unveiled the shortlist of eight contenders for this year's Best Documentary Short Subject race. Voters from the organization's Documentary Branch viewed 58 eligible entries and squeezed it all down to this field from which five will be nominated for Oscar.

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Tech Support: 'Godzilla,' 'Fury,' 'Interstellar' and more square off for Best Sound Editing

Tech Support: 'Godzilla,' 'Fury,' 'Interstellar' and more square off for Best Sound Editing

Will an animated film finally be nominated here again?

Cling. Clang. Crash. Welcome to the category of Best Sound Editing, which awards the creation and integration of artificial sounds into a movie's soundtrack. This distinguishes this category from Best Sound Mixing, which awards the mixing of the film's overall soundtrack.

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<p>&quot;Clouds of Sils Maria&quot;</p>

"Clouds of Sils Maria"

Credit: IFC Films

'Still Alice,' 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' Roger Deakins and more set for AFI Fest

Michael Keaton and Edward Norton will also be on hand to talk 'Birdman'

AFI Fest has announced that Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" will screen as a Centerpiece Gala selection as well as eight Special Screenings and programs for the festival's Conversations series, which will include a look at the upcoming release, "Unbroken," with cinematographer Roger Deakins.

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Moana
Credit: Walt Disney Animation

Walt Disney Animation announces South Pacific-set 'Moana' for 2016

CG adventure will mark the studio's 56th feature

With only a few weeks left before Walt Disney Animation’s Marvel Comics adaptation “Big Hero 6” hits theaters, the studio has added another feature to its pipeline. The Mouse House revealed plans Monday for “Moana,” a CG-animated comedy-adventure about “a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest.”

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Billy Boyd singing Edge of Night in Lord of the Rings
Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

'Rings' star will sing 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' credits song

Actor wrote the tune with series writers Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh

Billy Boyd’s performance of “Edge of Night” in “Return of the King” is among the most stirring sequences in Peter Jackson’s original “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. After Denethor (John Noble) requests a ditty, Boyd’s Pippin serenades the king’s court with the memorable, falsetto ballad. Adapted by screenwriter Philippa Boyens from J.R.R. Tolkien’s poem, “A Walking Song,” and scored by composer Howard Shore, Jackson juxtaposes the haunting melody with shots of Faramir (David Wenham) battling over Osgiliath. “Return of the King” won 11 Oscars at the 2004 Academy Awards, “Edge of Night” didn’t earn any love — Best Song honors that year went to another “Lord of the Rings” tune: Annie Lennox’s “Into the West.”

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Leviathan
Credit: Sony Pictures Classics

'Leviathan' takes top honors at the London Film Festival

Russia’s Best Foreign Language Film submission adds fest cred to its resume

On Sunday evening, the 58th BFI London Film Festival announced this year’s Festival Awards winners. Top honors went to Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan,” Russia’s Best Foreign Language Film submission.

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<p>Miles Teller in &quot;Whiplash&quot;</p>

Miles Teller in "Whiplash"

Credit: Sony Classics

Off the Carpet: So let's talk about that crowded Best Actor Oscar race

If four spots are indeed spoken for, who gets the last seat at the table?

Let's start with a broad assessment that may or may not be true, but can be taken as close enough for the purposes of this column: there are four Best Actor slots spoken for. What are they? Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher," Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game," Michael Keaton in "Birdman" and Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything." Only one of those films, mind you, has opened and screened for the Academy ("Birdman"). But if I were a betting man, I'd say that quartet is secure. So who slides in besides?

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<p>Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in &quot;Birdman&quot;</p>

Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in "Birdman"

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

'Birdman' warmly received at Academy screening as Norton and company hold court

The film netted a sizable turnout at its official AMPAS exhibition Sunday

BEVERLY HILLS — Fox Searchlight's "Birdman" flew into limited release this weekend with a fantastic $103,750-per-screen average and plenty of Oscar potential. This comes on the heels of a New York press blitz built around a closing night New York Film Festival berth for the film and with the expectation for limited availability from the ensemble and key crew members during the upcoming awards season (and in lieu of a proper Los Angeles premiere, to boot). At the film's official Academy screening Sunday afternoon, Alejandro González Iñárritu's thematically rich, formally inventive opus drew a sizable turnout (800 or so people in the 1,000-seat venue) and a warm reception that seemed to indicate this one will do well with voters.

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<p>Andrea Riseborough</p>

Andrea Riseborough

Credit: AP Photo

Andrea Riseborough says 'Birdman' was like working with a theater company of actors

'In so many ways, all of the characters in the film are looking for love.'

"Birdman" flies into theaters this weekend, and with it comes one of the year's most finely tuned and vibrant ensembles. Indeed, as wonderful as Michael Keaton is in the leading role, and as much as actors like Edward Norton and Emma Stone stand out on the periphery, one of the unsung stories of the film is how well the cast jumped through the hoops of production, turning out an incredibly organic community performance.

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<p>&quot;Fury&quot;</p>

"Fury"

Credit: Sony Pictures

Tell us what you thought of 'Fury'

David Ayer's WWII actioner hits theaters this weekend

David Ayer's World War II actioner "Fury" with Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman and Shia LaBeouf has arrived in theaters nationwide. The film enters the awards season without bothering with a festival bow (aside from this weekend's post-release closing night London Film Festival slot). It might be an Oscar contender at the end of the day, it might not, but surely Sony is mostly concerned with finding some box office capital before worrying too much about that.

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