21 Films Submitted for Best Animated Feature Oscar Consideration

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With the number of Academy screenings picking up and the holiday season fast approaching, we’re starting to get into the thick of awards season.  A full list of the animated films submitted for the Best Animated Feature Oscar consideration has now been unveiled, and it looks like we’ll see 21 films vie for the coveted trophy.  The films include the big studio releases like Brave, Frankenweenie, and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, as well as Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill and the adult-oriented A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman.

It’s been a strong year for animated features, and Pixar is in no way a lock to take home the trophy for Brave given the film’s fairly lukewarm reception. It’s probably safe to assume that Brave will be still be nominated, and I’d venture to say ParaNorman and the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph and Rise of the Guardians are also pretty good bets as well.  Hit the jump to check out the full list of animated films under Academy consideration, and be sure to leave your thoughts on the Best Animated Feature race in the comments.  Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced on January 10th.

Academy Sets Key Dates for Oscars; Nominations Announcement Moved Up to January 10

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That sound you heard after the end of the Toronto Film Festival was the starting gun for the awards season race.  A number of contenders emerged out of TIFF, as they do every year, and the Academy has now announced the key dates for the 85th Academy Awards to officially get things started.  The nominations will be announced on January 10th this year, five days earlier than previously expected, giving voters more than a month to see all the nominated films before their ballots are due (February 19th).  This also puts the Oscar nominations announcement in front of the Golden Globe Awards, as in the past the nominations have always followed the Golden Globe ceremony.

The Academy also announced that they will begin the process of phasing in electronic voting this year.  Hit the jump to check out the full list of key dates for the upcoming Oscars, including when voting begins/ends, the Sci/Tech Awards presentation and more, and be sure to look out for our Oscar preview coverage here on Collider soon. The 85th Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 24th.

Jimmy Fallon Says He’s Not Hosting the Oscars

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Just a few days ago, we got word that the Academy was possibly closing in on a host for this year’s Oscar ceremony.  They were apparently keen on having Jimmy Fallon tackle hosting duties with SNL’s Lorne Michaels producing, but ABC wasn’t exactly thrilled to have Fallon—who competes against the network’s Jimmy Kimmel in late night—take the spotlight.  At the time I wrote that Fallon could actually be a nice fit for the gig, but apparently it’s not meant to be.  During a Today Show interview with Matt Lauer (via The Wrap), Fallon revealed that he graciously turned the job down:

“I’m not gonna do the Oscars. I was honored to be asked by the Academy, but it’s not my year.”

The SNL vet did a terrific job hosting the 2010 Primetime Emmys, so I sincerely hope he reconsiders in the future.  Nevertheless, we press on as the Academy continues their search for the 85th Academy Awards host.  Sound off in the comments with your picks.  My vote enthusiastically goes to Emma Stone.

Jimmy Fallon in Talks to Host the Oscars

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Summer is finally, hopefully winding down to a close, and it’s time to start talking about Oscar yet again.  Though we’ve likely only seen a couple of possible contenders for the 85th Academy Awards thus far, the Academy is busy with their first priority: sorting out who will host the ceremony.  According to the LA Times, Jimmy Fallon is in talks to host this year’s Oscars, but there may be a bit of a hiccup.  The Academy president is keen on the idea of Fallon hosting, but ABC—who broadcasts the show—apparently has some reservations.  They’re not high on showcasing Fallon, since the late night talk show host competes with ABC’s Jimmy Kimmell for viewers.  Hit the jump for more. 

Must-Watch: Best Animated Short Oscar Winner, THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE

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There were some quality nominees for this year’s Best Animated Short Oscar, but none of them came close to the winner, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.  The short is filled with clever visuals, vibrant colors, and a lot of heart.  At first, it almost seems like it’s going to be the intro for Reading Rainbow if the intro took up half the show.  But as the short develops, you see how stories (symbolized by books) shape and enrich our lives especially once we tell our own.  And it does all of this without dialogue.  The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore made me tear up by the end, and after watching the short, I hope you’ll understand and share my reaction.

Hit the jump to watch The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Winners of the 84th Academy Awards; THE ARTIST Wins 5 Including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor

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The Oscars are finally over.  The front-runner, The Artist, won the awards race by picking up Best Picture, Best Director (Michael Hazanavicius), Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Costume Design, and Best Score.  There were also some big upsets as “locks” like The Tree of Life for Best Cinematography and Rise of the Planet of the Apes for Best Visual Effects were no match for Hugo, which ended up taking those categories and three more (Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Art Direction).  As for nice surprises…not really (unless you loved Hugo).

It was a forgettable year for the Oscars, and Billy Crystal, turning in his safe, predictable, and family-friendly routine was the perfect fit for a year that screamed “Don’t rock the boat!”  Last year’s Oscars took a chance on pairing Anne Hathaway and James Franco, and the show was a mess.  This year, they played it safe and the ceremony was still dull.  Quite simply, there was no films to root for and the “upsets” were for the establishment.  It was also funny to have the show and actors celebrate the theater when audiences are moving to OnDemand services, and studios are trying to make the theatrical release window even shorter.   Hit the jump for a full list of the winners, click here for mine and Adam Chitwood’s Oscar predictions (he did way better than me), and click here for my live-blog of the ceremony.

Matt Live-Blogs the 84th Academy Awards

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We’re here at last.  The seemingly endless award season has reached its zenith/nadir.  I have never been less enthusiastic for the Oscars.  And I used to love the Oscars.  I loved the competition, I loved seeing the films and actors I loved get recognized with Hollywood’s highest honor, and this year I hardly have anything or anyone to root for.  This year, it’s mostly “Yeah, I can live with that.”  I know the awards don’t really matter, I know that the voting body is old white men, and I know my Oscar predictions are probably going to go down in flames (if you’re still trying to figure out your Oscar ballot, go with Adam’s picks; I’m playing the odds).

But this live-blog will keep me sane.  Sharing my frustrations and mockery with you fine people will help me get through this charade.  My live-blogging will kick in around 8:00pm (EST) and then just keep refreshing the page for my latest thoughts on the 84th Academy Awards.  I’ll also be live-tweeting (cross-platform mocking!) and you can follow me on Twitter at @MattGoldberg.  Together, we will survive.  The ceremony begins at 8:30pm (EST).

Matt and Adam Predict the Winners of the 84th Academy Awards

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This Sunday, Hollywood will give itself a big, hearty slap on the back and hand out statues that can boost careers and boost box office (although the latter is somewhat debatable).  But since art is being forced into competition, we may as well make our predictions as if this were a sporting event.  I usually bat around .750, and it will be interesting to see who’s better at guessing how old white men vote.  I’ll also note that I think I’ll do far worse this year in my predictions since films I thought were a lock for a nomination didn’t even receive one.  My nomination predictions were so awful that I’m throwing caution to the wind.

Adam has been running point on our Oscar coverage this year, and I’m happy to have him join me in my annual Oscar prediction article.  Hit the jump for what we think should win and what we think will win.  The 84th Academy Awards will air live this Sunday on ABC at 7pm EST.

Full List of 2012 Oscar Presenters Includes Christian Bale, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis and the Cast of BRIDESMAIDS

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We’re only a few short days away from the 84th Academy Awards, which means all that prognosticating and “fake controversy” business will finally come to an end on Monday morning. Until next year, that is. Nevertheless, a number of presenters have been announced over the past few weeks and we figured we’d bring you a full list of all the pretty celebrities scheduled to appear during Sunday night’s telecast. Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Emma Stone, The Muppets and the leading ladies from Bridesmaids will (hopefully) be bringing the funny, and today the Academy announced that last year’s winners in the acting categories will return to present. I really, really liked the way the awards were given out a few years back with past winners speaking directly to each of the nominees, so I’m hoping Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Natalie Portman, and Colin Firth will be doing something similar.

Hit the jump to read the full list of presenters and performers, and be sure to check back this weekend to see how yours truly and Matt Goldberg think the awards will stack up in our predictions feature. Billy Crystal hosts the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26th.

Sacha Baron Cohen Banned from the Oscars?

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Sacha Baron Cohen is not someone you would describe as uncontroversial. Now, his over-the-top antics may have gotten him banned from the 84th Annual Academy Awards. He’s been a British hip-hop artist (Ali G Indahouse), a Kazakhstani immigrant (Borat) and a flamboyant Austrian fashionista (Bruno), each one more polarizing than the last. Apparently his new character from The Dictator, General Aladeen, is not welcome at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual awards show. Hit the jump to find out what got The Dictator banned and to see why this might all just boil down to a publicity stunt one way or another.

TOP 5: 2012 Oscar Nods, CHUCK Series Finale Interviews, THE GREY, MAN ON A LEDGE, 2012 Sundance Coverage

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So, after two weeks of talking about it, I finally caught Steven Soderbergh‘s Haywire. My thoughts? I was satisfied. Not blown away. Not shaking my head in disappointment. Satisfied. Soderbergh’s fight scenes were as beautifully executed as can be reasonably expected. In my opinion, though, there just weren’t enough of them. David Holmes’ score was fantastic when set behind said fight/chase/action sequences so, by default, there just wasn’t enough of it. The same could be said for much of the ensemble cast. In large part, their screen time was time well served. There just wasn’t enough of it to go around. So, do I recommend Haywire? Sure. As long as you go in with the expectation of seeing a slick action/thriller that is somewhat light on action and thrills. Now, onto business…

…After the jump, you’ll find that this week’s “Top 5″ is comprised of the 2012 Oscar nominations, interviews from our Chuck series finale set visit, a number of interviews for both The Grey and Man on a Ledge, and an ode to all of our 2012 Sundance coverage. A quick recap and link to each follows.

Oscar-Nominated Short Films Coming to a Theater Near You

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With the theatrical releases of such Oscar-nominated features as The Artist, War Horse and Hugo, most people are at least aware of the movies going into the live Oscars broadcast on February 26th. Slightly less well-known are the short films nominated for this year’s awards. Luckily for you, all of them will be shown in a limited theatrical release on February 10th via ShortsHD and Magnolia Pictures. Similar to their successful release of last year’s nominated shorts, three theatrical programs will provide audiences access to short films from the animation, live action and short subject documentary categories. Hit the jump to check out the details.

2012 Oscar Nominations Announced; HUGO and THE ARTIST Lead the Pack

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The nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards have finally been unveiled. Many of the categories have fallen in line just as most have predicted (I fared alright with my predictions, but not great), with Hugo scoring 11 nods, followed closely by The Artist with 10. The biggest surprises are War Horse and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close getting in for Best Picture, the exclusion of The Adventures of Tintin from Best Animated Feature, and The Tree of Life nabbing Best Picture and Best Director nods (hooray!). On the snub side of things, despite landing the most precursor critics awards of any other actor in the race thus far, Albert Brooks was denied a Best Supporting Actor nod for his stellar work in Drive (boo). Additionally, Tilda Swinton was overlooked for giving the best performance of the year in We Need to Talk About Kevin, and AMPAS has no love for Michael Fassbender‘s haunting work in Shame.

There’s still plenty to be happy about, as Gary Oldman has his first ever Oscar Nomination (yes, that’s right) and Melissa McCarthy is a Best Supporting Actress nominee. Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees. The 84th Academy Awards will be presented by Billy Crystal on February 26th.

Oscars 2012: Adam Predicts the Nominees

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As I’ve been covering awards season pretty extensively here on the site over the past few months, I figured it would be appropriate to (foolishly) try to predict the upcoming Oscar nominations. It’s been a fairly tame year, as a few frontrunners were singled out early in the race and have held their ground throughout the grueling awards season. We haven’t been without a few surprises, as Steven Spielberg’s War Horse took a massive tumble following snubs from most of the major guilds, and David Fincher has surged back into the race bringing his adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with him.

Though there are plenty of safe bets when it comes to the 2012 Oscar nominations, there are still a few wildcards and tricky categories. I’ve put on my prognosticating cap (those interested can purchase one of these nifty hats at your local Target) and compiled a list of who and what I think will make the cut. Hit the jump to see how I think the nods will stack up when they’re announced on January 24th.

9 Films Advance in Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Category; A SEPARATION and PINA Make the Cut

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The Oscar countdown continues as AMPAS announced today that nine films have advanced in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Early favorite A Separation (Iran) made the cut, as did the modern dance documentary Pina (Germany). Shockingly, Zhang Yimou’s period epic The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale was left off the shortlist. The Chinese entry was the most expensive film in the country’s history, and many had pegged it as a shoo-in for a nomination. Also missing the cut were Mexico’s Miss Bala and the Finland dramedy Le Havre.

Voters will screen the nine shortlisted films this weekend, after which they’ll make their official selection. The five nominees will be announced alongside all the other Oscar nominees on Tuesday morning. The 84th Annual Academy Awards will be held on February 26th. Hit the jump to read the full press release.

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