Bradley Cooper wants "movie actor" to be one of many business cards he carries in his wallet. In 2014, he showed off that ambition, shepherding "American Sniper" to the big screen as a producer and jumping to Broadway after developing his take on "Elephant Man." Now, as many Renaissance men and women do, he’s looking to direct, with the stars are aligning for his debut.
After landing with authority and already weathering a significant storm of controversy, Ava DuVernay's "Selma" has arrived nationwide. The film did pretty well in limited release, amassing over $2 million at around 20 venues since its Christmas Day limited bow. Now, a week shy of the Martin Luther King holiday, it lights out for more territories.
The Academy announced Friday that next week's Oscar nominations announcement will be a "two-part presentation" and that for the first time ever, nominees all 24 Oscar categories will be announced live on television.
The Georgia Film Critics Association 2014 awards nominations were par for the course, sure-things with a sprinkle of outliers. Voting for the winners followed suit, with Jake Gyllenhaal, emerging as a likelier and likelier Oscar contender, taking Best Actor and "Snowpiercer" costar Tilda Swinton earning praise for her villainous caricature.
The Berlin International Film Festival announced early Friday morning that "Nobody Wants the Night," the most recent work by Spanish director Isabel Coixet, will open the festival as well as play in the international competition. Previous fest kick-offs included "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "The Grandmaster." We’re sure "Nobody Wants the Night" is quite grand in its own right, even if it doesn’t flaunt it in the title.
The most important thing to consider when looking at the 2015 BAFTA Awards nominations is that the voting process is actually (mostly) the opposite of the Academy Awards. For the Best Film and acting categories, the entire membership can vote on the nominations and winners. Other honors, such as Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Director, Editing, Make-Up & Hair, Original Music, Production Design, Sound, and Special Visual Effects, are determined completely by their respective branches. That means, for the most part, that the BAFTA nominations are a reflection of broad support in the top five races. Keep that in mind.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the nominees for the 2015 BAFTA Awards early Friday morning.
The complete list of this year's BAFTA Awards nominees is as follows:
With 10 mentions, "Birdman" was far and away the top nominations hog with the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, but there were some twists along the way, too. "Only Lovers Left Alive" was popular with the group, while the female focus and special categories serve as a nice opportunity to shake things up.
After "Birdman" led the Central Ohio Film Critics Association's list of nominees, it was "Selma" that proved the most popular effort of the bunch. The film won five awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Whiplash," meanwhile, each won a pair of honors.
There will be a ton of superstars in the audience of the Beverly Hilton for the Golden Globes on Sunday, but you won't see a lot of them taking home any hardware. In fact, most of them are presenting or expected to go home empty handed. This year's frontrunners will likely end up making the HFPA look classier than their sometimes eyebrow-raising picks in previous years. The problem for NBC is that most of them aren't "buzzworthy" movie or TV stars. Luckily, however, the Globes still have Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on board for one last hosting gig, and you never know what's going to happen once the alcohol starts flowing.