Has 'The Huntsman' made Jessica Chastain the Queen of Comic-Con 2015?

Has 'The Huntsman' made Jessica Chastain the Queen of Comic-Con 2015?

Oscar nominee's glorious run with Sci-Fi and Fantasy continues

Is there any actress who appears as though she's having the time of her life than Jessica Chastain?  The two-time Academy Award nominee has joined Amy Adams as the next great American actress ready to be coronated for her body of work, but clearly isn't relegating herself to prestige fare.  Today, Deadline reported that Chastain is joining Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron in "The Huntsman," and, quite honestly, the news made us smile.

Read Full Post
The post-production secrets of 'Birdman' can finally be revealed

The post-production secrets of 'Birdman' can finally be revealed

Technicolor case study sheds light on how the projected yielded a newly developed DI process

With the Academy Awards a memory and the "Birdman" team walking away with a boatload of Oscars, nondisclosure agreements keeping a lid on the secrets of the film's elaborate post-production digital "stitching" process have allowed a revelation to out. Technicolor, it turns out, invented an entirely new digital intermediate methodology to meet director Alejandro González Iñárritu's visual demands for the project, adding a whole new layer of depth to the already startling craftsmanship on display.

Read Full Post
Relive the 2014-2015 film awards circuit

Relive the 2014-2015 film awards circuit

Charting the winners and losers of this year's Oscar season

The 2014-2015 film awards season has, for the most part, drawn to a close. In the end, it was a great season for Fox Searchlight and "Birdman," a film that dominated the guilds, hit a speed bump at the BAFTA Awards and cruised into Oscar weekend, first as a Spirit Award winner, and then as the Academy's ultimate champion.

Read Full Post
How did In Contention do with our 2015 Oscar picks?

How did In Contention do with our 2015 Oscar picks?

Ellwood says: 'Tapley is the co-king of the Oscar pundits!'

The 87th Academy Awards are finally over. Now that we've all had a chance to try and rid ourselves of our massive celebratory hangovers, let's tackle the most important question of the day:

How did Kristopher Tapley and Gregory Ellwood do with their 2015 Oscar predictions?

Read Full Post
Off the Carpet: Unexpected virtue at the 87th Oscars
Credit: AP Photo

Off the Carpet: Unexpected virtue at the 87th Oscars

A memorable ceremony despite itself sends the season off into the horizon

The fact is I think Alan Sepinwall's review said it perfectly, right there in the headline, really. The 87th Oscars was a memorable event despite itself. A number of touching speeches and human moments on the Dolby Theater stage mostly mitigated some tone deaf writing, late-night-level jokes and an overall flatly produced show that started off so promisingly with an inspired opening number. It was, within that, a rather fitting and organic end to an unusual film awards season. And of course it ended on a note of PC outrage. Who would expect less in this day and age?

Read Full Post
Academy addresses Joan Rivers' In Memoriam Oscars exclusion
Credit: AP Photo

Academy addresses Joan Rivers' In Memoriam Oscars exclusion

Red carpet maven's absence was a biggie

One of the more unfortunate exclusions from last night's "In Memoriam" montage was Joan Rivers. It's fair to say few have done more (for better or worse) for Oscars recognition than Rivers. There's an entire industry built on the place she carved for herself, and she was a filmmaker, so any notion that she didn't belong because she wasn't part of the community or something is just bogus. Well, the Academy has responded.

Read Full Post
Tech Support: 'Grand Budapest' and 'Whiplash' lead Oscar's craft categories
Credit: AP Photo

Tech Support: 'Grand Budapest' and 'Whiplash' lead Oscar's craft categories

Sunday proved a great night for celebrated below-the-line talent

Well, we're done. Another Oscar ceremony ends, and with it, another awards season and another year of Tech Support here at In Contention.

Read Full Post
'Birdman' puts Fox Searchlight and New Regency at the top of the Oscar mountain

'Birdman' puts Fox Searchlight and New Regency at the top of the Oscar mountain

Some major takeaways for all the players in the awards season game

The ripples from the 87th Academy Awards will be felt for years to come. Most are positive, some are negative, but beyond a disappointingly long and unfunny telecast this wasn't an Oscar season that will be forgotten anytime soon.

Read Full Post
Common on Julianne Moore's win: 'You all knew she was getting that though, right?'
Credit: AP Photo

Common on Julianne Moore's win: 'You all knew she was getting that though, right?'

John Legend: Mass incarceration is 'a waste of our national resources'

HOLLYWOOD — On a night that saw a lot of stars using the Oscar stage as a platform to discuss social issues, John Legend and Common made one of the biggest impressions when accepting the award for Best Original Song -- and it continued backstage.

Read Full Post
We can put that film editing statistic away now, OK?

We can put that film editing statistic away now, OK?

'Birdman' is the first film in 34 years to win Best Picture without a film editing nod

When it comes to the fun of predicting the Oscars, I'm as much of a stat hound as the next guy. I've always delighted in mentioning this notable or that and what it could mean. But, of course, contextualizing that information is of the utmost importance; the silliest thing you can do is lean on this information to guide your understanding of a season. One such stat has stood for so long its become religion to some, but happily, it crumbled this year.

Read Full Post