As the Oscars approach and I check over the stats in the category that matters most* (Best Actress), I can't help but marvel again at Rosamund Pike's performance and long for more female roles that destroy us with sheer nerve and a dollop of evil. Bring me the diabolical ladies. The unscrupulous doyennes. The terrors who bewitch us with insane smarts and dubious intentions. Give that to me always.
With films like "Birdman" and "Boyhood" dominating the conversation, Harvey Weinstein's prediction that "The Imitation Game" will win the Best Picture Oscar might be looking a little shaky as the awards season heads into its final lap. But in the final analysis, the mission was accomplished as he dropped a considerable amount of money ($7 million) to acquire the picture out of the European Film Market and has already ushered it to over $100 million in box office receipts and counting. That's largely because the independent film has maintained a significant presence throughout the season, ultimately racking up eight Academy Award nominations.
Sigh. Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are apparently threatening to drown this year's show in musical numbers. No, really, according to the most recent press release, the pair are "creating several musical sequences," and they keep lining up talent to participate.
The meticulously detailed sets of "The Imitation Game" have earned production designer Maria Djurkovic and set decorator Tatiana Macdonald their first Oscar nominations, a journey that began with delving into well-worn period tropes to present a unique slice of British history that had not been seen on the big screen before.
When talent appears in introductions for movie trailers it should always give you pause. If you've got the goods you don't really need to try and make a movie preview more "special" than it already is. That being said, the inclusion of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube driving through the streets of Compton discussing "where it all started" before the new trailer for "Straight Outta Compton" works.
The 2015 Grammy Awards telecast was, it turned out, bookended by reminders of Paramount's "Selma" just as Oscar ballots are making their way to the hands of voters for the final phase of Academy Awards voting. Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, currently in release, was profiled on CBS' "60 Minutes" news program, while Common and John Legend closed out the Grammy ceremony with a rousing rendition of the film's Oscar-nominated original song "Glory."
Last year's Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature, "20 Feet From Stardom," has rounded out its long awards run beginning as a competition player way back at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival with a Grammy for Best Music Film.
Earlier today, Alexandre Desplat was a rather surprising winner for Best Film Music at this year's BAFTA Awards in London for his work in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Well, it's a great day for the prolific composer as he has just won a Grammy for the score as well, in the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Category.
Did you think "Frozen" was finished winning awards yet? Don't be silly. Remember, the Grammy calendar tends to straddle years, so 2013's Disney juggernaut is up against a couple of last year's players, and it won two big prizes at the Grammys Sunday.
Glen Campbell has won the Best Country Song Grammy Award for his final song, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," featured prominently in the documentary "Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me" and an Oscar nominee for Best Original Song. Could he rain on Common and John Legend's "Selma" parade? It's possible.