Fox Searchlight's amazing run doesn't appear as though it will be ending anytime soon. The mini-major may be on the verge of going back-to-back with Best Picture winners if "Birdman" takes it on Sunday, after already ending 2014 with hits "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (also nine Oscar nominations), "Wild," "Belle" and "The Drop." Searchlight also left Sundance in January with two of the most buzzed-about titles, Grand Jury and Audience Award winner "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" and potential awards season player "Brooklyn." Today, the distributor announced they had acquired U.S. rights to Luca Guadagnino's "A Bigger Splash."
When Mo'Nique accepted the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2010 for her performance in Lee Daniels' "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," she opened with a pointed remark. "I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics," she said. Well, according to Daniels anyway, that might have been giving them too much credit.
This sentiment is written every year around this time, so let's out with it: What else can you really say about this year's Oscar race? In some quarters it's been seen as a weak year. I disagree for a number of reasons, but it's subjective, of course. It's still interesting that so many were underwhelmed, from those in the media to those in the Academy, but all signs seem to be pointing to a Best Picture showdown between two excellent cinematic showcases from auteurs in full gallop. How can you complain?
At Awards shows, there are winners. And there are losers. Or, at least, there are people who lose the awards to the winners.
Then there are losers, as in they cannot contain the indignity of their loss.
There is only one correct way to prepare for the Oscars: resentfully watching every bad, dubious, or weird movie starring this year's honorees and feeling smug about it. StreamFix is here to help. Here are five weird choices streaming on Netflix to get you caught up on some of the 2014 nominees.
The guilds, British Academy (BAFTA) and critics have all had their say. We're now four days from the 87th annual Academy Awards, so it's time to finally analyze the race for the wins. Most categories are fairly predictable, but there are some wildcards.
We weren't kidding back in December when we wrote about how this year's Best Actor pool may have been the greatest ever. Two months later, and we seemingly have the tightest race in this category in at least 12 years. And let's put an emphasis on "seemingly."
One of the bigger surprises for many (ahem, not all) people when the Oscar nominations were announced was the inclusion of a little Polish indie called "Ida" in the Best Cinematography category. But the story of how the film came to feature two DPs — Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal — is an interesting one itself.
"Boogie Nights." "The End of the Affair." "The Hours." "Far from Heaven." And those were just the four times Julianne Moore found herself in the race. "Safe." "The Big Lebowski." "Magnolia." "The Shipping News." "Children of Men." "A Single Man." "Maps to the Stars." She's been turning out great work for years and now, finally, it looks like she's going to be an Oscar winner.
The final American film industry group has spoken in the run-up to the 87th Oscars, with "Birdman," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Into the Woods" taking top honors from the Costume Designers Guild. "True Detective," "Game of Thrones" and "American Horror Story: Freak Show" were victors in the TV ranks.