George Burns

The 10 Most Badass Oscar Speeches Ever

Thank God these ten folks won Oscars. Thank the effing lord.

I am ready for Oscar speeches. I am ready for badass Oscar speeches. And here are 10 that remind you what it looks like when a bad-ass wields a gold statue and tells it like it is. 

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Michael Mann wants to derive an aesthetic from what digital photography can do

Michael Mann wants to derive an aesthetic from what digital photography can do

Also: The real problem with the look of 'Public Enemies'

BEVERLY HILLS — When sitting down for a "Blackhat" chat with director Michael Mann a few weeks ago, I had to ask him about the transition to digital filmmaking as an industry standard. Having already queried a number of our top cinematographers on the matter and written a piece about "Collateral's" legacy in that regard, and given the techno-drive of a movie like "Blackhat," it felt like territory worth digging into.

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How did In Contention do with our Oscar nod predictions?

How did In Contention do with our Oscar nod predictions?

All in all, not bad

We knew going into the announcement of the 87th Academy Awards nominations that there were a number of tight races. We knew Lead Actor could flip upside down and surprise. We knew Directing was a questionable field and that, as always, categories such as Sound Mixing and Sound Editing could throw everyone a major curve ball or two. No one was surprised, then, when all those "surprises" and "snubs" actually came to pass. That being said, how did In Contention's Oscar pundits do with their own predictions? Let's take a look…

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'Concrete Night,' 'The Immigrant' and 'Under the Skin' up for ASC's Spotlight Award

'Concrete Night,' 'The Immigrant' and 'Under the Skin' up for ASC's Spotlight Award

The prize newly minted Oscar nominee 'Ida' won last year

One of the "surprise" nominations Thursday morning that I felt like I saw coming once the BAFTA nominees were revealed was "Ida's" recognition in the Best Cinematography category. Part of my reasoning was that just last year, the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) handed it the organization's inaugural Spotlight Award. If industry cinematographers were still nominating the film a year later (i.e., the BAFTA nod), then surely it still had enough heat to make it in. And so it did. Now, a day later, this year's ASC Spotlight Award nominees have been unveiled.

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With 'The LEGO Movie' out of the mix, the animated feature battle is on

With 'The LEGO Movie' out of the mix, the animated feature battle is on

You can bet a lot of gears are turning now that the frontrunner is on the sidelines

The biggest Oscar shocker yesterday morning, bar none, was "The LEGO Movie" missing out on a nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. For many, it was the frontrunner to win the Oscar, and indeed, its absence has everyone still in the category thinking they might have a play on this thing.

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Jessica Chastain speaks on diversity in the wake of #OscarsSoWhite

Jessica Chastain speaks on diversity in the wake of #OscarsSoWhite

The MVP Award-winning actress quoted Dr. King at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards

Lots was made yesterday of "Selma" missing out on key Oscar nominations across the board, save for Best Picture and Best Original Song. A hashtag — #OscarsSoWhite — even ended up trending in the US. on Twitter. The question I was left with was whether the outrage was being properly placed.

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'Force Majeure' director breaks down after missing Oscar nomination

'Force Majeure' director breaks down after missing Oscar nomination

Likely a staged joke but it reminds us of the emotions invested in this time of year

One of the best pieces of Oscar-related video is the footage of Steven Spielberg watching the nominees be revealed in 1975. Spielberg's "Jaws" was up for tons of awards, of course, but one of them — shockingly — was not Best Director. As Spielberg watched every name but his be called, he held his head in his hands and looked on with disbelief. "I got beaten out by Fellini" and the documented hand-wringing over the miss lived on in infamy.

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10 things we learned from the 2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards

10 things we learned from the 2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards

At least 'The LEGO Movie' won something

The Critics' Choice Movie Awards have made the smart move holding their annual ceremony the same day as the Academy Awards nominations. It keeps any intriguing narrative, snub or surprise at the top of everyone's minds during the show and, potentially, should increase viewership.

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Live blogging the 2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards

Live blogging the 2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards

Follow along as we watch Michael Strahan wrestle with the material

Hey everyone! We've been up working almost non-stop since 5:30 AM for the Academy Award nominations and haven't napped yet.  That means it's time to live-blog the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards right?  Who's excited?  Anyone got an over/under for a "LEGO Movie" or "Dick Poop" call out? 

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Rosamund Pike wishes Carrie Coon and Kim Dickens were also nominated for 'Gone Girl'

Rosamund Pike wishes Carrie Coon and Kim Dickens were also nominated for 'Gone Girl'

First timer has been sort of busy with a new addition

LOS ANGELES — Rosamund Pike has had other things on her mind lately than the Oscar nominations. She's been on the circuit attending the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala and the Golden Globes, but there's been this new addition who has sort of preoccupied her free time.  The "Gone Girl" star says she was "stunned" and that her lead actress Oscar nomination is "amazing," but that she was also completely unprepared for it all.

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