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.
What follows isn't the gospel. And it's not quite statistics, either. It's a presentation of what it means when the industry begins to speak during the Oscar season, and with the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Producers Guild Awards, the Directors Guild Awards and the BAFTA Awards, the industry has most decidedly begun to speak in the run-up to the 87th annual Academy Awards.
The 2015 EE BAFTA Awards were handed out in London Sunday night and while the broadcast aired hours later in the United States, it didn't stop us from chronicling the twists and turns of a show often seen as a bellwether for the Academy Awards.
"Birdman" helmer Alejandro González Iñárritu won the Directors Guild of America's (DGA) award for best direction of a motion picture Saturday night, effectively firming up his film's march into the Oscars later this month. The Michael Keaton comedy also took top honors from both the Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild. With the DGA prize it joins films like "Argo," "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire," "No Country for Old Men," "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," "Chicago," "American Beauty" and "Apollo 13" as the only films to pull off the hat trick. Only one of those, "Apollo 13," failed to win the Best Picture Oscar.
J.M.W. Turner biopic "Mr. Turner" has been praised for its recreation of the world Turner's world manner that only director Mike Leigh could pull off. And of course instrumental in fabricating that universe was costume designer Jacqueline Durran and production designer Suzie Davies, each of them Oscar-nominated for their work on the film.
Behold the NAACP Image Awards, where somehow Antoine Fuqua did a better job directing "The Equalizer" than Ava DuVernay on Best Picture winner "Selma" or Gina Prince-Bythewood on "Beyond the Lights." Lots of dubious choices like that throughout this year's 46th annual awards, which tends to be a bit of a tradition, actually.