The critics may have taken Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" to task when it was released last summer, but the film is having the last laugh after a nice box office haul and a few scattered wins on the awards circuit.
Going in to tonight's Oscars ceremony, it was a pretty foregone conclusion that Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" would gobble up a number of crafts categories. It has dominated each of the fields it has been nominated in thus far at the 86th annual Academy Awards, including the quartet of Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.
'12 Years a Slave' star Lupita Nyong'o holds off Jennifer Lawrence to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar
Ending months of tense debate as to whether "American Hustle" star Jennifer Lawrence would be a back-to-back Oscar winner or whether lovely "12 Years a Slave" ingenue Lupita Nyong'o would complete her Cinderella story on the Academy's stage, it was the former taking home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and on her first major film, no less.
After nearly sweeping the precursor circuit, from the New York Film Critics Circle to the Independent Spirit Awards, Jared Leto has capped off his 2013 with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar win for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club."
Over the last week and a half we've asked In Contention readers for their preference in each of the Academy's 24 Oscar categories in our daily Oscars Lowdown features. The results are in and, like a number of people and organizations this year, our readership had a tough time deciding between "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" for top honors. In the end, Steve McQueen's film was voted Best Picture by those who participated, while Alfonso Cuarón was the preference in Best Director.
When I awoke this morning to the unhappy news that Alain Resnais, the French director of "Last Year at Marienbad," "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" and "Night and Fog" among many, many others, had passed away at the age of 92, my first thought was how different the moment felt to most other announcements of veteran artists' departures -- more sorely immediate than the usual solemn, remove-your-hat mourning. Most nonagenarian directors who die do so with their life's work complete; Resnais's certainly wasn't lacking, but the man wasn't finished either.
The rain is touch and go in LA as the Independent Spirit Awards have come and gone. "12 Years a Slave" was the big winner, but throughout the show, as usual with these things, there was plenty to praise and plenty to pan. From cool and rousing speeches to an audience that just couldn't sit down and shut up, check out our survey of the best and worst of the show in the gallery story below.
It's time to put up or shut up. After months and months and months of campaigning, stretching as far back as Cannes 2013 (or maybe even Sundance?), the Oscar season is finally drawing to a close.
The 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards found a place in the sun away from (most of) the rain for a few hours Saturday afternoon. "12 Years a Slave" led the pack, picking up five awards, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography. The film could take the industry's top prize at the Oscars Sunday night.
Acting winners included Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto for their work in "Dallas Buyers Club," supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o for "12 Years a Slave," and Cate Blachett for best actress in "Blue Jasmine."
It may be raining. It may be chilly. One thing is for sure, the drinks will be flowing and the giant tent that is the annual home for the Independent Spirit Awards will be buzzing.