7 Films Advance in Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar Race as INTO THE WOODS Misses the Cut

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As the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards draws nearer, the Academy has been busy announcing the contenders that are advancing in certain categories.  We’ve seen the Best Visual Effects shortlist, a few days ago we got a look at the eligible contenders for Best Original Song and Best Original Score, and today seven films advanced in the race for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.  Surprisingly, the lavish Disney musical Into the Woods failed to make the cut, as did The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (though Desolation of Smaug was left out too) and, more disappointingly, Snowpiercer.  Regardless, the seven finalists showcase a number of fantastic pieces of work from the year, from Foxcatcher’s subtle and seamless transformations to more showy work like Guardians of the Galaxy.  Even The Theory of Everything made the list.  But only three films will be nominated, so this list will be whittled down by more than half.

Check out the full list of Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar finalists after the jump, along with a bit more analysis.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and BIRDMAN Lead Critics Choice Awards Nominations

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Individual critics groups are starting to weigh in with their picks for the very best of the year, and now the largest group of critics has unveiled its list of nominees for the 20th Critics Choice Movie Awards.  Made up of members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Critics Choice Awards recognize films and performances from all genres, with separate categories for Comedy, Action, etc.  Leading the pack in terms of quantity is Birdman with 13 nominations, followed by The Grand Budapest Hotel which raked in 11 nominations including Ralph Fiennes for Best Actor.  The brilliant Selma also fared well with 6 nods overall, and Unbroken rebounded a bit after being shut out of SAG and the Golden Globes with 6 nominations.  Additionally, you’ll find plenty of love for Guardians of the Galaxy and Edge of Tomorrow in the Action categories.

Check out the full list of nominees after the jump.  The 2015 Critics Choice Movie Awards will be telecast live on A&E on January 15th.

Oscar Beat: 5 Things the Golden Globe Announcements, SAG Nominations, and Critics Awards Tell Us About the Season Ahead

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As evidenced by the first rounds of critics group awards and announcements of both the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, we are in the thick of awards season.  I’ve been following the race closely these past few months and taking a closer look at specific categories like Best Picture, Best Actress, and most recently Best Supporting Actor over the past few weeks in regular Oscar Beat columns, but now feels like an opportune time to take a breath and consider what the awards thus far say about the race ahead.  Does Unbroken’s snub signal a surprisingly light Oscar presence?  Will Boyhood enjoy a near clean sweep of the critics groups?  Is Jennifer Aniston on her way to an Oscar nomination?  Read on after the jump.

2015 Screen Actors Guild Nominations Announced; BIRDMAN Leads with Four Followed By BOYHOOD, THE IMITATION GAME and THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

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The 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations have been announced and, yet again, Birdman scored the most nods including Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Michael Keaton), Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Edward Norton), Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Emma Stone) and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.  Boyhood, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything all received three nominations.

On the TV front, I’m glad to see Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany snag her very first SAG nomination, but where’s Eva Green in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series category?  Her work on Penny Dreadful needs some recognition.  Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  The 21st Annual SAG Awards will be simulcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 25th at 8pm EST.

New York Film Critics Circle Names BOYHOOD Best Film of 2014; Also Wins Best Director and Best Supporting Actress

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While there are all sorts of barometers and ways to gauge awards season, for me the season truly begins when the New York Film Critics Circle give out their year-end awards.  From there, we have The National Board of Review, American Film Institute, Golden Globe Nominations, Screen Actors Guild Nominations, and Critics Choice Nominations all within the span of 15 days, and that’s not to mention smaller critics groups as well.

Today, the NYFCC announced their winners for 2014, and awarded Boyhood for Best Film along with Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette)  Other choices that get my full support (because the New York Film Critics Circle deeply cares about my opinion) are J.K. Simmons for Best Supporting Actor (Whiplash), The LEGO Movie for Best Animated Feature, and The Babadook for Best First Film.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners, and remember if you want to keep up with the state of the awards race, be sure to read Adam’s regular column, Oscar Beat.

BOYHOOD Tops Sight & Sound’s 20 Best Films of 2014 List

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It’s nearly December, which means awards are a’comin.  The New York Film Critics Circle will kick off the slew of critics group awards next week, but the folks over at the UK-based Sight & Sound have gotten a jump on everyone by announcing their Top 20 today.  Richard Linklater’s groundbreaking drama Boyhood tops the list, and it’s hard to argue with that choice.  The film is a favorite to land a number of Oscar nods, but I’ll be very curious to see which movie(s) the critics groups rally around throughout December.  Coming in second place in the Sight & Sound poll is Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, with Under the Skin landing at #5 and films like Whiplash, Birdman, and the Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour also making the list.

Check out the full Sight & Sound Top 20 of 2014 after the jump. 

Awards Season Has Begun: BOYHOOD Leads Gotham Award Nominees; FOXCATCHER Stars Receive Special Jury Award

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And here we go.  The 2014 Awards Season has begun, and it begins with Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood leading with four nominations from the Gotham Awards.  Linklater’s terrific film picked up nominations for Best Feature, Ethan Hawke (Best Actor), Patricia Arquette (Best Actress), and Ellar Coltrane (Breakthrough Performance).  Also of note was Oscar Isaac receiving a Best Actor nomination for A Most Violent Year even though it has yet to be screened for the public (it will debut at AFI Fest next month).  Finally, I’m very amused that rather than choose between nominating Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher, they received a Special Jury Award jointly for their performances.  That’s one way to do it.

It’s also worth noting that the Gotham Awards mean next to nothing in the overall awards race.  They have the distinction of being the starting gun, but I’m glad they’re continuing to honor worthwhile movies.  Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  Winners will be announced on December 1st.

Oscar Beat: What Awards Prospects Does the First Half of 2014 Have to Offer?

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We’ve now passed the halfway point of 2014, and while we dusted off our awards column Oscar Beat to rundown the post-Cannes Film Festival atmosphere back in May, the Oscar season doesn’t begin in earnest until September.  That said, given that fall isn’t the only time of the year that’s considered eligible for awards notice, I thought it fitting to take a look back at the last six months to see what films might pop up in the Oscar conversation later this year.  Read on after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: THE LEGO MOVIE, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, HOUSE OF CARDS Season 2, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include an impossibly great movie based on a line of building blocks, the latest delightful film from Wes Anderson, a critically praised dramatic turn from Nicolas Cage, a documentary about male genitalia, and more.  Briefly:

Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Goes LEGO Ahead of Its Blu-ray Release

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The Grand Budapest Hotel and The LEGO Movie will both be released on Blu-ray/DVD on Tuesday, so it’s fitting that the two worlds are combining for a LEGO Grand Budapest Hotel. Now before you get your hopes up, this isn’t a set that will be released for consumers (market research shows that kids might not buy products based on Wes Anderson movies; we are failing our children). However, it’s still a remarkable effort from Ryan Ziegelbauer and his team of eight model builders. They spent 575 hours building and designing the replica. The final build has more than 50,000 LEGO bricks, and it will weigh around 150 pounds, stand 7 feet tall, and be 6.5 feet wide. M. Gustave would be proud.

Hit the jump to check out the Grand Budapest Hotel LEGO build video, and click here to pre-order The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Friday Box Office: NOAH Keeps It’s Head Above Water with $15.2 Million Opening

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This weekend will not be a wash for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.  The controversial biblical epic opened with $15.2 million from 3,500 locations yesterday, including $1.6 million from Thursday pm previews.  That puts Noah on course for close to $44 million through Sunday – well above the $33 million Paramount said it was expecting.  Anything above $43.5 million would also give Russell Crowe the best opening of his career (outside of his supporting turn in Man of Steel).

The weekend’s second major release should also mark a career milestone for star Arnold Schwarzenegger, though not the kind stars typically strive for.  Sabotage – Arnie’s third major release since January 2013 – could end up as his worst debut since Red Sonja, in 1985.  From its 2,486 locations, Sabotage brought in $1.82 million on Friday, which suggests an opening weekend in the $5-$6 million range.  Finally, after two weeks in limited release, director Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel expanded to almost 1,000 locations on Friday, making it into the domestic top five with just under $2.4 million.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Noah $15,238,000 $15.2
2.  Divergent $8,100,000 $76.8
3.  Muppets Most Wanted $2,626,000 $24.4
4.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $2,375,000 $18
5.  God’s Not Dead $2,353,000 $15.3

Wes Anderson and Adam Stockhausen Talk THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, Collaborating on the Film, Creating a Lush Cinematic World, and Varying Aspect Ratios

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The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s eighth feature film and one of his best, chronicles the bittersweet adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel in a fictional country between wars, and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who became his loyal and devoted friend.  A timeless tale of friendship and honor as well as a kinetic caper in constant motion, the film features an impressive ensemble cast that includes F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson.

At the film’s recent press day in Los Angeles, Wes Anderson and production designer Adam Stockhausen spoke about how the project first emerged, their collaboration on the vision for the film, how they created a lush cinematic world to invite the audience into, Viennese writer Stefan Zweig’s influence on the film’s multi-layered storytelling style, the selection of memorable books and films Anderson offered the cast during production and the sense of community he fostered on set, using different aspect ratios to tell each story within the larger tale, and one of their favorite scenes directing mobile haystacks.  Check out the Grand Budapest Hotel interview after the jump.

Tony Revolori Talks THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, Physicality and Pace on Set, Bowling with F. Murray Abrahams, and More

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Tony Revolori, the young star of Wes Anderson’s latest work, The Grand Budapest Hotel, turns in an engaging and memorable performance as Zero Moustafa, the resourceful lobby boy and trusted confident of Monsieur Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), the fastidious concierge at the center of the story.  Revolori shares a wonderful on-screen chemistry with Fiennes and holds his own with a strong ensemble cast that includes F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson.

At the film’s recent L.A. press day, Revolori spoke about what it was like to be a part of the Wes Anderson universe, his preparation, working with the amazing cast, the communal family atmosphere Anderson created on set, the specific style of acting, physicality and pace required for the film’s adventure set pieces, the advice Fiennes gave him for his kissing scene with Ronan, the face abuse he endured at the hands of Harvey Keitel in sub-zero weather, bowling with F. Murray Abrahams, and his upcoming Bollywood film, Umrika, directed by Prashant Nair , in which he plays Lalu, a character whose name means smart ass in Hindi.  Check out the interview after the jump:

Jeff Goldblum Talks THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, Being Part of Wes Anderson’s Universe, Preparing for His Role and Its Challenges, MORTDECAI, and More

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Jeff Goldblum, who first worked with Wes Anderson on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, was thrilled to reunite with the director again on his new comedy-drama caper, The Grand Budapest Hotel.  Goldblum plays Deputy Vilmos Kovacs, the attorney representing the estate of the late Madame D (Tilda Swinton) whose sudden and mysterious death kicks off the main action of the story and sets in motion a scramble to lay claim to her vast fortune.  The charge is led by her son Dmitri (Adrien Brody), the film’s ruthless and darkly comic main villain.  The impressive cast also includes Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Ed Norton, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson and Tony Revolori.

At the film’s recent press day, Jeff Goldblum spoke about being a part of the Wes Anderson universe, why he considered it a fantastic privilege and found the collaborative experience creatively inspiring, what the rehearsal process was like, his preparation for the role, what he brought to the character, and why he liked the challenge.  He also discussed his recent internet fame, his upcoming film Mortdecai with Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany and Gwyneth Paltrow, and plans to perform with his jazz band at Rockwell in Los Feliz.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.

Movie Theaters Received Instructions on How to Project Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

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Once upon a time, film projectionists used to be valued employees of movie theaters.  Then movie theater corporations figured out that they could just get Jimmy from the snack bar to run upstairs and press a button before running back down to sell junk food (which is where theaters make most of their money).  Properly projecting a movie isn’t a priority for major theater chains, and so they were sent instructions on how to screen Wes Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.  Because the movie uses different aspect ratios, the instructions make it clear on how to frame the picture since it could be understandably confusing due to the shifting frame size.  The instructions also provide the optimal light level, but I assume that will be ignored since theaters cheap out on bulbs (that’s why most 3D movies are so dim).

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a great movie, and I hope theaters will follow these instructions to provide the optimal experience their customers deserve.  The Grand Budapest Hotel is currently playing in New York and L.A., and will open in more major cities this weekend.  Hit the jump to check out the image of the projection instructions.

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