It's always inevitable that the Academy will end up snubbing a deserving nominee in one category or another, but one big snub this year was Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell" in the feature documentary category. "Stories" won both the NYFCC and LAFCC best documentary honors and was a fixture on many critics' end-of-year top 10 lists. It was almost seen as a lock to make the cut, but appears to have been pushed out by either "Dirty Wars" or "Cutie and the Boxer." Leave it to the always classy Polley to send out a tweet flipping the narrative and heaping praise on one of the actual nominees, Joshua Oppenheimer for "The Act of Killing."
Oscar nomination morning may bring joy to the chosen few, but "few" is the operative word -- the list of who's out is always going to be longer than the list of who's in. A few shock omissions are par for the course, but it seems this morning's announcement brought even more than usual, and in a multitude of categories -- from Tom Hanks to Emma Thompson to Sarah Polley to Lana del Rey. After the jump, we list a few of the no-shows that surprised us most.
As it always does, the Academy had a few things of its own to say this morning as the 86th annual Oscar nominations announcement was full of intrigue. Never too closely resembling the buzz we're all going on as ballots are turned in, the organization went its own way in a few key areas, putting smiles on some faces, slapping frowns on others.
"American Hustle" and "Gravity" lead the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards, with nominations in 10 categories. "12 Years a Slave" is right on their heels with nine nods, while six other films made the Best Picture lineup. Full list of nominations below.
We're just about 15 minutes away from the big announcement. At 5:40am PT (good GOD), Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Chris Hemsworth will announce this year's Oscar nominees. If you're tuning in online and steering clear of the horrors of E! and whatnot, you can watch the announcement via the livestream below (and knock out any first-blush reactions instantly as we prepare our initial reactionary coverage). See you soon.
With the announcement of the Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Awards nominees this afternoon, all of the various industry guilds and societies have had their say on the season. And it's just under the wire, too, as we're all preparing for the Oscar nominations announcement tomorrow morning. So how did the various contenders fare?
This promises to be an interesting addition to the annual awards trail, which could always use new below-the-line honors. Previously, the American Society of Cinematographers has only given out one award for feature film work -- the nominees for which were announced last week. This year, however, they're introducing a second: the Spotlight Award, which will recognize outstanding cinematography in lower-profile films that have either premiered at festivals or opened in limited release.
Ever since he launched onto the scene with 2002's "Bloody Sunday," the work of director Paul Greengrass has been marked by intensity on the editorial side. Films like "The Bourne Supremacy," "The Bourne Ultimatum" (which won the Oscar for Best Film Editing), "United 93" and this year's "Captain Phillips" have really stood out for their assemblage, wrangling intense amounts of footage into narratives that reflect a docudrama style, putting you right in the action. Naturally, then, he's a fantastic choice for the American Cinema Editors' annual Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year award.
If it's January that means Sundance is once again upon us and the Park City institution appears ready to make some noise in what has become a very busy month for entertainment fans. Before the festival begins, much of the publicity and hype usually centers on the star-driven films in the U.S. Dramatic Competition and Premieres categories, but by the time Saturday rolls around it's a jaw-dropping documentary or unexpected surprise ("Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Little Miss Sunshine") that really have people talking and have film lovers wondering when these titles will find their way to a theater in their hometown. It's a recurring scenario that has made Sundance America's premiere and, arguably, most important film festival.
Nominations have been announced for the Motion Picture Sound Editors' (MPSE) 61st annual Golden Reel Awards, and it was "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" that led the way with three nominations each.