The 71st Golden Globes Awards nominations have been announced, and while the show isn’t much of a barometer in terms of how the Academy will vote, it’s still another marker on the awards race. 12 Years a Slave continues to be the favorite, earning seven nominations including Best Picture (Drama), Best Director (Steve McQueen) Best Screenplay (John Ridley), Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer), Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o). However, American Hustle managed to match the number of nominations, and I’m sure Adam will be able to say in Oscar Beat how much that changes the awards race. Looking solely at the Golden Globes, I have to say there aren’t really any big surprises both in terms of nominees and snubs. Some people gained some heat, and others lost a little bit of it, but I don’t see anything that’s going to significantly alter the awards conversation.
Hit the jump for the full list of nominees, including those for television. Winners will be announced on January 12, 2014 at the televised ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
In Collider’s ongoing awards feature Oscar Beat, we recently took a look at the state of the Best Actor Oscar race, which is looking to be one of the most competitive in recent memory. Likewise, this year’s Best Actress race is chock-full of fantastic performances and serious contenders, but we’ve had a frontrunner for the category since July and Cate Blanchett’s name remains atop the pile as we head into the thick of the race. Will Blanchett remain the favorite over the next three months or is there another contender more worthy of the trophy? Can any of the brilliant performances from this year’s smaller indies crack the top five? Read on after the jump as we examine the current state of the Best Actress category.
The nominations for the 16th annual Moet British Independent Film Awards were announced today, and David Mackenzie‘s Starred Up led the pack with eight including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Jack O’Connell), and two Best Supporting Actor nominations (Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend). I haven’t seen many of the other contenders, but I caught Starred Up at TIFF, and it absolutely deserves any acclaim it receives, especially for O’Connell.
Other notable nominees included possible Oscar contenders Blue Jasmine (Best International Film) and Judi Dench for Philomena (Best Actress). It’s a good collection of nominations, but if I had to note some absences, I would point out that The Double deserved some more love (Mia Wasikowska was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, so the film was eligible). Also, I don’t know if Dom Hemingway was eligible, but if so, ignoring Jude Law for Best Actor is criminal. Hit the jump for the full list of nominees. Winners will be announced on December 8th.
American Film Institute’s annual festival, AFI Fest, is setting up to be damned impressive. Although they were set to host the world premiere of Foxcatcher, the movie was delayed until 2014. However, as we previously reported, they’ve found a strong replacement with Out of the Furnace. They’re also hosting the North American premiere of Saving Mr. Banks as the festival opener. Today, they’ve announced additional films to their “Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings” line-up. The festival will include August: Osage County, The Last Emperor 3D, Her, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Philomena, The Unknown Known, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and the world premiere of Peter Berg‘s Lone Survivor. When you throw in the previously announced Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska, you have an absolutely killer line-up and a chance for folks in Los Angeles to get a jump on some likely awards contenders.
Hit the jump for the press release and to find out how you can attend. AFI Fest 2013 runs from November 7 – 14th.
The Weinstein Company has announced a trio of release date shifts.
- Philomena – Director Stephen Frears’ pleasantly surprising comedic drama will now open in US theaters on November 22nd. Judi Dench stars as a woman who, with the help of a BBC journalist (Steve Coogan) sets out to find the child she was forced to abandon. Read my review from TIFF here.
- St. Vincent – The Bill Murray/Melissa McCarthy dramedy will open in theaters on April 11, 2014 opposite the Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner Sabotage and the animated film Rio 2. Murray stars as an alcoholic war veteran who befriends his 12-year-old neighbor.
- Grace of Monaco – The biopic starring Nicole Kidman has been pushed out of this year’s awards contention and dated for March 14, 2014, where it will open opposite Need for Speed and the comedy Walk of Shame.
The Weinstein Company has released the US theatrical trailer for director Stephen Frears’ (The Queen) upcoming comedic drama Philomena. Based on a true story, the film centers on Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), an Irish woman seeking the illegitimate son she was forced to put up for adoption. Steve Coogan plays former BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith, who aided Lee in the search for her son. I caught the film at TIFF and it’s much less “gooey” than this trailer would suggest, but the trailer does do a nice job of showcasing Dench’s wonderful performance as the titular Philomena, even if it does verge on giving away too much of the story. Dench and Coogan make a truly great comedic duo, and the film is surprisingly thoughtful despite its Lifetime Movie-esque premise. Honestly, it’s one of the more pleasantly surprising films I’ve seen this year and will like put Dench in the Best Actress race. Read my full review here.
Hit the jump to watch the theatrical trailer. The film also stars Michelle Fairley, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham, and Charles Edwards. Philomena opens in the US in limited release on Christmas Day and expands nationwide on January 10th.
Steve Coogan and Judi Dench might not immediately jump out to most viewers as an obvious big screen dream team, but director Stephen Frears somehow saw a peanut butter and chocolate combination in the two legendary Brits and brought them together for a bittersweet dramedy (what else?) called Philomena. Mixing remorseful tragedy for Dench and sardonic a-hole comedy for Coogan, the film is an interesting combination and works fairly well. Sure, it’s not perfect. But really, what else could you expect from a clash of screen personalities this unexpected and diametrically opposed? Hit the jump for all the diddy-details.
As the first weekend of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival heads toward a close, we’ve already seen a number of serious Oscar contenders emerge. While 12 Years a Slave and Gravity will certainly be heavy hitters in a number of categories, there are a couple of other TIFF films that could nab just one or two nods comes Oscar time. Judi Dench’s wonderful turn in the pleasantly surprising drama Philomena may very well put her back in the Best Actress race, and Hugh Jackman’s strong performance in the taut thriller Prisoners has a slight possibility of landing him a second Best Actor nomination.
Hit the jump for my rundown of the Oscar prospects of Philomena and Prisoners in this special TIFF edition of Oscar Beat.
At first glance, Philomena’s premise reads like that of a Lifetime movie of the week. An older, unassuming woman sets out in search of her long-lost son with the help of reluctant journalist. Life lessons are learned, hearts are warmed, and humor ensues. However, director Stephen Frears and co-writers Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope take this simple logline (based on a true story) and run with it in complete earnestness, crafting a sweet, thoughtful, and endearing story of guilt, redemption, and friendship that is buoyed by a remarkable performance from Judi Dench and excellent chemistry between the actress and her co-star, Steve Coogan. Hit the jump for my full review.
The 70th Venice Film Festival is a wrap and the award-winners have been announced. While showcasing some of the world’s top talent, the festival also serves to illustrate just how out of touch I am personally with the global cinematic world. While the overall award for Best Film (the Golden Lion) went to Gianfranco Rosi’s Sacro Gra, a couple of other notable names made the list: Tye Sheridan earned the Best Young Actor award for his work in David Gordon Green’s Joe, and Gabe Klinger’s Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater won the Best Documentary on Cinema award. Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope earned the Best Screenplay Award for Stephen Frears’ Philomena.
Hit the jump to view all the winners.
The first trailer for director Stephen Frears’ (The Queen) new film Philomena has landed online. Based on a true story, the film centers on Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), an Irish woman seeking the illegitimate son she was forced to put up for adoption. Steve Coogan plays former BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith, who helped Lee locate her son. While Frears’ most recent directorial effort Lay the Favorite was pretty much universally panned, Philomena looks to be a nice, simple return to form for the director. It’s nice to see Dench stretching her comedic side, and Coogan gets a chance to shine as the straight man for once. There is a chance that the film could be a tad overly sentimental, but this trailer is nevertheless promising. Moreover, Dench makes a wonderfully off-color joke at the end.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Philomena will play at the Toronto Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival and is slated to open in the UK on November 1st. A U.S. release date has yet to be set.
Earlier this week, the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled part of its 2013 line-up, and there were plenty of must-see movies. But the Venice Film Festival, which begins a week earlier, has countered with an equally impressive array of picture. While there’s the inevitable cross-over like Venice opener Gravity playing at TIFF along with Philomena, Under the Skin, Parkland, Joe, and many more, the Venice exclusives (at this point) make me want to book a Transatlantic ticket. The fest will play host to the world debuts of Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, Errol Morris’ Donald Rumsfeld documentary The Known Unknown, Steven Knight’s Locke (starring Tom Hardy and shot in one take), and more. Also set for the festival is Hayao Miyazaki’s new movie, The Wind Rises as well as Lee Sang-Il’s Japanese remake of Unforgiven. Last year, most of the movies in Venice eventually ended up in TIFF’s line-up, and since I’ll be going to the latter, I hope most of these movies find their way to Toronto this September.
Hit the jump for the full line-up. The 2013 Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its stellar line-up for their 2013 Galas and Special Presentation programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are:
- The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (Directed by Ned Benson) Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, and Jess Weixler.
- Dom Hemingway (Directed by Richard Shepard) Starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Condon, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Ghenea, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.
- Enough Said (Directed by Nicole Holofcener) Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Eve Hewson, and Tavi Gevinson.
- Hateship Loveship (Directed by Liza Johnson) Starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Christine Lahti, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Sami Gayle.
- Philomena (Directed by Stephen Frears) Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced part of its line-up for 2013. The festival will kick off with Bill Condon’s Julian Assange movie, The Fifth Estate, and close with Daniel Schecter’s Jackie Brown prequel, Life of Crime. In between, you have the premieres of Ron Howard’s Rush; Jason Reitman’s Labor Day starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet; Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender; Richard Ayoade’s The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg; David Gordon Green’s Joe starring Nicolas Cage; Atom Egoyan’s West Memphis Three movie Devil’s Knot starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon; the North American premiere of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, and many more. Even the Mike Meyer’s documentary Supermensch that we reported on yesterday will be on hand, so it looks like he’s already completed it. Unfortunately, I’m sure TIFF will front-load their schedule like they always do, so there will be plenty of tough choices, but Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are the must-sees that immediately jump to mind.
Hit the jump for a list of the Galas and Special Presentations. Please note that there are plenty of other categories that will be announced soon including the full Midnight Madness, Documentary, and Masters line-up so stay tuned. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.
We previously reported that Stephen Frears (The Queen) is attached to direct Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Film, and from our interview with on the film’s stars, Benjamin Walker, it looks like that will be Frears’ follow-up to the disappointing Lay the Favorite. The director is also the frontrunner to helm a Freddie Mercury biopic, and now Variety reports that he’s set to direct Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in Philomena. Based on a true story, the film centers on Philomena Lee (Dench), an Irish woman seeking the illegitimate son she was forced to put up for adoption. Coogan will play former BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith, who helped Lee locate her son.
Hit the jump for more.