Which 2012 Blockbusters Deserve Major Oscar Consideration?

Posted by Christopher Campbell on November 12, 2012

Will the infamous Oscar snub of The Dark Knight be fully avenged next year? Back in 2009, the failure of the Academy to recognize Christopher Nolan's Batman film as a Best Picture contender partly resulted in the expansion of the category. The next year, genre fans got their due with nominations for District 9 and Avatar. In 2011, Nolan's Inception made it in, but fans were disappointed that the filmmaker himself was snubbed for Best Director. Now, The Dark Knight Rises hopes to regain... More

Watch 'Hitchcock' Fight the Studios to Make 'Psycho' in International Trailer

Posted by Sean Oconnell on November 09, 2012

Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock – which checks in with the iconic filmmaker as he fought to get Psycho off the ground – recently held its official premiere at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles, and is gearing up for its limited release on Nov. 23. Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are earning raves for their portrayals of Hitchcock and his supportive wife, Alma. And the film is positioning itself for a lengthy awards race.    As is usually the case, the international trailer... More

Watch This Fascinating One-Hour Roundtable Chat with Jamie Foxx, Matt Damon and More

Posted by Alison Nastasi on November 09, 2012

  If you have an hour to spare, we highly recommend checking out The Actors installment in The Hollywood Reporter's Oscar Roundtables series. The video brings together Argo's Alan Arkin, Django Unchained's Jamie Foxx, Arbitrage's Richard Gere, Flight's Denzel Washington, The Sessions' John Hawkes, and Promised Land‘s Matt Damon. Sadly, Joaquin Phoenix is absent, but don't let the lack of Young Pheezy dissuade you from watching since there are plenty... More

Hear Russell Crowe Sing in UK 'Les Miserables' Trailer

Posted by Derrick Deane on November 08, 2012

Up until now, we've seen a teaser trailer and an extended behind the scene clip for Universal upcoming awards contender/holiday season release, Les Miserables. What we haven't seen, though, is Russell Crowe singing in the role of Inspector Javert. A new UK trailer has landed online and showcases not only Crowe's singing, but a fuller look at the film that co-stars Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfreid, Helena Bonham Carter, among others. Les Miserables is the follow-up film... More

How Sound Effects Created 'Flight''s Terrifying Plane Crash

Posted by Sean Oconnell on November 08, 2012

The coolest sound I’ve heard on screen so far this year – not a scene or a performance, but a sound – belongs to the hum of a refrigerator in Robert Zemeckis’ riveting Flight. If you caught the film after it opened last week, you know exactly what I’m talking about. And if you haven’t, that’s far from a spoiler … though I will tell you that when you hear the appliance’s hum, you will be perched on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what... More

Budweiser Asking to Be Removed from 'Flight' Footage

Posted by Derrick Deane on November 06, 2012

Following a strong opening weekend and re-affirmed buzz of being a potential Oscar contender, things are going well for Paramount's Flight. But it looks like it's not going to be smooth skies to Oscar night as Anheuser-Busch is requesting the studio "obscure or remove" the Budweiser logo from scenes in the film. For those who haven't had a chance to catch the Denzel Washington-led drama, the veteran actor plays a substance abusing alcoholic who manages to execute a heroic... More

Examining the 2012 Awards Race So Far

Posted by Erik Childress on November 05, 2012

Sometimes it falls on the award watchers to provide the lead story each year on the Academy Awards. Who is the real frontrunner? Where are the surprises? What is already dead in the water? This early without a lot of statistics and precursors to guide us towards the correct answers, it basically comes down to just a feeling. This movie feels like a contender. This other one less so for some categories but perhaps a major player in others. It is all we really have to go on at this point until something... More

'Lincoln' Debuts Stirring New Trailer and Louis C.K. Portrays Abe in Viral 'SNL' Skit

Posted by Derrick Deane on November 05, 2012

Lincoln is set to hit theaters this weekend, in limited release, before expanding nationwide next Friday as it continues its march through awards season. Most of the domestic trailers have centered on a few clips of dialogue from lead actor Daniel Day-Lewis along with some of the supporting cast. A stirring new international trailer gives us our best look yet at the Steven Spielberg directed film. The film is scheduled to close out the AFI Film Festival this Thursday. Meanwhile, this past... More

'Brave,' 'Wreck-It Ralph,' Among 21 Animated Features Submitted for Oscar Race

Posted by Derrick Deane on November 02, 2012

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences revealed 21 animated features that will be eligible for nomination in the Animated Feature Film category for the 85th Academy Awards. Several of the films listed below have not had their required Los Angeles qualifying runs yet. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category's other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. At least eight eligible animated... More

Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' Now Going Wide in January

Posted by Sean Oconnell on November 01, 2012

As the year closes out, films with Oscar dreams jockey for position around the release calendar … but there are only so many weekends, and far too many tantalizing titles hoping to play for audience members (and Academy members). Usually around this time, select feature shift their release dates to January while maintaining a limited December release, so as to still qualify for the Oscars this year.    That appears to be Sony’s plan for Kathryn Bigelow’s anticipated... More

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