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Academy might return to five Best Picture nominees


Ten can be as bad as five, but the loneliest...
Mar 05
// Jackson Tyler
Once upon a time, The Dark Knight was released, and when it didn't get an Oscar nod for Best Picture, the people were upset. "We have failed you," said the Oscars, "from now on, there shall be not five, but ten nominatio...

Here are your 2015 Oscar winners

Feb 22 // Alec Kubas-Meyer
Best Picture“Birdman”“Boyhood”“Selma”“The Theory of Everything”“The Imitation Game”“The Grand Budapest Hotel”“American Sniper”“Whiplash” Actress in a Leading RoleJulianne Moore, “Still Alice”Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”Marion Cotillard, “Two Days One Night” Actor in a Leading RoleMichael Keaton, “Birdman”Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper” DirectingAlejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman”Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher” Actress in a Supporting RolePatricia Arquette, “Boyhood”Emma Stone, “Birdman”Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”Laura Dern, “Wild” Actor in a Supporting RoleJ.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”Edward Norton, “Birdman”Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”Robert Duvall, “The Judge” Foreign Language Film“Ida”“Leviathan”“Tangerines”“Wild Tales”“Timbuktu” Writing – Adapted ScreenplayGraham Moore, “The Imitation Game”Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”Jason Hall, “American Sniper”Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice” Writing – Original ScreenplayRichard Linklater, “Boyhood”Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, “Foxcatcher” CinematographyEmmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”Robert D. Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lynzewski, “Ida” Music – Original Song“Glory” by Common and John Legend, “Selma”“Lost Stars” by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood, “Begin Again”“Everything Is Awesome” by Shawn Patterson, “The LEGO Movie”“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” by Glen Campbell, “Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me”“Grateful,” “Beyond the lights” Visual Effects“Interstellar”“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”“Guardians of the Galaxy”“Captain America: Winter Soldier”“X-Men: Days of Future Past” Documentary Short Subject“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”“Joanna”“Our Curse”“White Earth”“The Reaper” Documentary Feature“Citizenfour”“Last Days in Vietnam”“Virunga”“The Salt of the Earth”“Finding Vivian Maier” Film EditingSandra Adair, “Boyhood”Tom Cross, “Whiplash”William Goldenberg, “The Imitation Game”Joel Cox and Gary Roach, “American Sniper”Barney Pilling, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Sound Editing“Interstellar”“Unbroken”“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”“American Sniper”“Birdman” Sound Mixing“Interstellar”“Whiplash”“Unbroken”“American Sniper”“Birdman” Original Score“The Grand Budapest Hotel”“Mr. Turner”“Interstellar”“The Imitation Game”“The Theory of Everything” Production Design“Into the Woods”“The Grand Budapest Hotel”“Interstellar”“The Imitation Game”“Mr. Turner” Costume Design“The Grand Budapest Hotel”“Inherent Vice”“Into the Wood”“Maleficent”“Mr. Turner” Makeup and Hairstyling“Guardians of the Galaxy”“The Grand Budapest Hotel”“Foxcatcher” Short Film – Live Action“Boogaloo and Graham”“Aya”“Butterlamp”“Parvenah”“The Phone Call” Short Film – Animated“Feast”“The Bigger Picture”“A Single Life”“The Dam Keeper”“Me and My Moulton” Animated Feature Film“Big Hero 6”“How to Train Your Dragon 2”“The Boxtrolls”“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”“Song of the Sea”
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Hmmm...
Despite what some may say (and even more might want), the Academy Awards are a huge deal. It's a club for old white men, sure, but the choices they make absolutely affect what projects studios do and don't greenlight going fo...

We're live-talking the Oscars!

Feb 22 // Alec Kubas-Meyer
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Live-blogging is so 2014
Hello everyone. With the Academy Awards just an hour away, we're finalizing our plans (which were thrown out of whack by the crazy news that someone on the Flixist staff is about to be a dad holy shit!). Check it out. Unlike...


My 10 favorite movies of the year ... as told by pictures of puppies

Feb 22 // Chad Concelmo
10. Life Itself 9. The Raid 2 8. Gone Girl 7. A Most Violent Year 6. Force Majeure 5. Birdman 4. Snowpiercer 3. Nightcrawler 2. Boyhood 1. Whiplash
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The Grand BARKapest Hotel or WhipLEASH?
I love making lists. Love it. At the end of every year, I genuinely look forward to putting together lists of the best movies I saw, best video games I played, best roller coasters I rode and best potato balls I devoured (#1 ...

Here are your 2015 Oscar nominees

Jan 15 // Matthew Razak
Best Picture“Birdman”“Boyhood”“Selma”“The Theory of Everything”“The Imitation Game”“The Grand Budapest Hotel”“American Sniper”“Whiplash” Actress in a Leading RoleJulianne Moore, “Still Alice”Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”Marion Cotillard, “Two Days One Night” Actor in a Leading RoleMichael Keaton, “Birdman”Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper” DirectingAlejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman”Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher” Actress in a Supporting RolePatricia Arquette, “Boyhood”Emma Stone, “Birdman”Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”Laura Dern, “Wild” Actor in a Supporting RoleJ.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”Edward Norton, “Birdman”Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”Robert Duvall, “The Judge” Foreign Language Film“Ida”“Leviathan”“Tangerines”“Wild Tales”“Timbuktu” Writing – Adapted ScreenplayGraham Moore, “The Imitation Game”Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”Jason Hall, “American Sniper”Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice” Writing – Original ScreenplayRichard Linklater, “Boyhood”Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, “Foxcatcher” CinematographyEmmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”Robert D. Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lynzewski, “Ida” Music – Original Song“Glory” by Common and John Legend, “Selma”“Lost Stars” by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood, “Begin Again”“Everything Is Awesome” by Shawn Patterson, “The LEGO Movie”“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” by Glen Campbell, “Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me”“Grateful,” “Beyond the lights” Visual Effects“Interstellar”“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”“Guardians of the Galaxy”“Captain America: Winter Soldier”“X-Men: Days of Future Past” Documentary Short Subject“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”“Joanna”“Our Curse”“White Earth”“The Reaper” Documentary Feature“Citizenfour”“Last Days in Vietnam”“Virunga”“The Salt of the Earth”“Finding Vivian Maier” Film EditingSandra Adair, “Boyhood”Tom Cross, “Whiplash”William Goldenberg, “The Imitation Game”Joel Cox and Gary Roach, “American Sniper”Barney Pilling, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Sound Editing“Interstellar”“Whiplash”“Unbroken”“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”“American Sniper”“Birdman” Sound MixingMark Weingarten, “Interstellar”Thomas Curley, ”Whiplash”“Unbroken”“American Sniper”“Birdman” Production Design“Into the Woods”“The Grand Budapest Hotel”“Interstellar”“The Imitation Game”“Mr. Turner” Short Film – Live Action“Boogaloo and Graham”“Aya”“Butterlamp”“Parvenah”“The Phone Call” Short Film – Animated“Feast”“The Bigger Picture”“A Single Life”“The Dam Keeper”“Me and My Moulton” Animated Feature Film“Big Hero 6”“How to Train Your Dragon 2”“The Boxtrolls”“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”“Song of the Sea”
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Don't everyone get too excited
And we have them! The nominations are in with Birdman and Grand Budapest pulling in the lead with nomination count. A few snubs and a few surprises. How about Whiplash sneaking in for a Best Picture nominations? It...

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15 documentaries advance for Academy Awards


You probably haven't seen any
Dec 02
// Matthew Razak
Documentary film is awesome, but most people don't rush out to watch it or even have the ability to do that if they wanted. You usually get sucked into a documentary by accident and then you remember how great they can be. So...
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Flix for Short: The Missing Scarf


Oct 10
// Liz Rugg
The Missing Scarf by Eoin Duffy was my favorite short from this past year's Oscar nominated animated short films - and I'm excited to say everybody can finally watch it online! Narrated by George Takei, The Missing Scarf fol...
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Check out these cool, unused official poster designs for Gravity


Mar 21
// Liz Rugg
I may not be the biggest Gravity fan on the Flixist staff, but I do respect the film's cinematography and visual aesthetics. With most of the film's setting being the utter vastness of empty space, it would make sense that ca...

Here are you 2014 Oscar winners

Mar 03 // Matthew Razak
Best Picture American HustleCaptain PhillipsDallas Buyers ClubGravityHerNebraskaPhilomenaWINNER: 12 Years a SlaveThe Wolf of Wall Street Best Director WINNER: Alfonso Cuarón, GravitySteve McQueen, 12 Years a SlaveAlexander Payne, NebraskaDavid O. Russell, American HustleMartin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street Best Actor Christian Bale, American HustleBruce Dern, NebraskaLeonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall StreetChiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a SlaveWINNER: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Best Actress, Drama Amy Adams, American HustleWINNER: Cate Blanchett, Blue JasmineSandra Bullock, GravityJudi Dench, PhilomenaMeryl Streep, August: Osage County Best Supporting Actor Barkhad Abdi, Captain PhillipsBradley Cooper, American HustleMichael Fassbender, 12 Years a SlaveJonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall StreetWINNER: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club Best Supporting Actress Sally Hawkins, Blue JasmineJennifer Lawrence, American HustleWINNER: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a SlaveJulia Roberts, August: Osage CountyJune Squibb, Nebraska Best Adapted Screenplay Philomena, Steve Coogan and Jeff PopeBefore Midnight, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie DelpyCaptain Phillips, Billy RayWINNER: 12 Years a Slave, John RidleyThe Wolf of Wall Street, Terence Winter Best Original Screenplay American Hustle, David O. Russell and Eric SingerBlue Jasmine, Woody AllenDallas Buyers Club, Craig Borten and Melissa WallackWINNER: Her, Spike JonzeNebraska, Bob Nelson Best Cinematography The Grandmaster, Philippe Le SourdWINNER: Gravity, Emmanuel LubezkiInside Llewyn Davis, Bruno DelbonnelNebraska, Phedon PapamichaelPrisoners, Roger Deakins Best Costume Design American Hustle, Michael WilkinsonThe Grandmaster, William Chang Suk PingWINNER: The Great Gatsby, Catherine MartinThe Invisible Woman, Michael O'Connor12 Years a Slave, Patricia Norris Best Film Editing American Hustle, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, and Alan Baumgarten Captain Phillips, Christopher RouseDallas Buyers Club, John Mac McMurphy and Martin PensaWINNER: Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger12 Years a Slave, Joe Walker Best Makeup and Hairstyling WINNER: Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee and Robin MathewsJackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Stephen ProutyThe Lone Ranger, Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny Best Original Score The Book Thief, John WilliamsWINNER: Gravity, Stephen PriceHer, William Butler and Owen PallettPhilomena, Alexandre DesplatSaving Mr. Banks, Thomas Newman Best Original Song "Happy” from Despicable Me 2, Pharrell WilliamsWINNER: "Let It Go" from Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez"The Moon Song" from Her, Karen Orzolek and Spike Jonze"Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, U2 Best Production Design American Hustle, Judy Becker (Production Design); Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration) Gravity, Andy Nicholson (Production Design); Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration)WINNER: The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)Her, K. K. Barrett (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration)12 Years a Slave, Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Alice Baker (Set Decoration) Best Sound Editing All Is Lost, Steve Boeddeker and Richard HymnsCaptain Phillips, Oliver TarneyWINNER: Gravity, Glenn FreemantleThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Brent BurgeLone Survivor, Wylie Stateman Best Sound Mixing Captain Phillips, Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, and Chris MunroWINNER: Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, and Chris MunroThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, and Tony JohnsonInside Llewyn Davis, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, and Peter F. KurlandLone Survivor, Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, and David Brownlow Best Visual Effects WINNER: Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, and Neil CorbouldThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, and Eric ReynoldsIron Man 3, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan SudickThe Lone Ranger, Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, and John FrazierStar Trek into Darkness, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, and Burt Dalton Best Animated Feature The Croods, Kirk DeMicco, Chris Sanders, and Kristine BelsonDespicable Me 2, Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, and Chris MeledandriErnest & Celestine, Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner WINNER: Frozen, Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, and Peter Del VechoThe Wind Rises, Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki Best Documentary Feature The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge SørensenCutie and the Boxer, Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean PilcherDirty Wars, Richard Rowley and Jeremy ScahillThe Square, Jehane Noujaim and Karim AmerWINNER: 20 Feet from Stardom, Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen, and Caitrin Rogers Best Foreign Language Film The Broken Circle Breakdown, Felix Van GroeningenWINNER: The Great Beauty, Paolo SorrentinoThe Hunt, Thomas VinterbergThe Missing Picture, Rithy Panh Omar, Hany Abu-Assad Best Animated Short "Feral," Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden"Get a Horse!" Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim WINNER: "Mr. Hublot," Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares"Possessions," Shuhei Morita"Room on the Broom," Max Lang and Jan Lachauer Best Live-Action Short "Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)," Esteban Crespo"Avant Que de Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)," Xavier Legrand and Alexandre GavrasWINNER: "Helium," Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson"Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)," Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari"The Voorman Problem," Mark Gill and Baldwin Li Best Documentary Short "CaveDigger," Jeffrey Karoff "Facing Fear," Jason Cohen"Karama Has No Walls," Sara IshaqWINNER: "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life," Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed"Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall," Edgar Barens  
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12 Years a Slave wins big, American Hustle shut out
The Academy Awards have once again come and gone. Considering they ran about 30 minutes late it's quite possible you fell asleep before they were over, and since Flixist is your only source of movie news (right?) we thought i...

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You, the Flixist editors and a lovely night of awards lovin'
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So Bad its Good
Welcome one and all to one of the most well known and respected awards ceremonies for actors, directors, and everyone else vaguely related to this crazy world of show business. With such a prestigious ceremony, you know that...

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Have some pictures from the Oscar Red Carpet!


What an excellent decision Flixist made!
Mar 02
// Mike Cosimano
Today, fellow Associate Editor Michael Jordan swung by my place of residence and spirited me away for a spectacular adventure! We hit up the Oscar Red Carpet as it was essentially being put together and shot a pretty decent amount of video. That should be up very soon, but for now, enjoy these tantalizing shots!

The best damn Oscar predictions around: 2014 edition

Mar 01 // Matthew Razak
Best Picture What's Going to Win: 12 Years a Salve  It's a tighter race than most this year, but 12 Years a Slave should eek it out. While American Hustle and Gravity both have stellar casts neither is a historical drama or making a cultural statement and the Academy eats both of those things up. The factor is that it's an insanely good movie so it makes sense that it is going to win. It's hard to argue that a movie as striking and powerful as 12 Years a Slave shouldn't win. What Should Win: Gravity And yet we will. Gravity is probably one of the most important films of this generation from both a technical and artistic stand point. While it may not ever reach the full emotional power that 12 Years a Slave does, it far outstrips it everywhere else and ushers in a new generation of film making. The Oscars are for awarding great achievements in film making and nothing achieved more than Gravity this year.  Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: American Hustle wins it. It's unclear why the Academy has such a hard on for this film, but it is far from the best on this list. While a great film full of great performances the gushing over it is too much. Best Director Who Will Win: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) Since they're most likely not going to give Gravity the Best Picture award they'll give Alfonso Cuarón the Best Director one to make up for it. It's really tough seeing anyone take this from him. While the other directors all did a fantastic job none of them pushed the boundaries of cinema like he did. A combination of guilt for not giving Gravity the Best Picture statue and sheer awe at Gravity will net Alfonso Cuarón an Oscar. Who Should Win: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) Alfonso Cuarón made a movie that redefined what we should expect not only from our science fiction, but from our personal dramas and, possibly most amazingly, from 3D. It takes a great director to tell a great story, but it takes a truly legendary one to tell it in a way that requires completely rethinking how you shoot a movie. Cuarón not only made a great film, he changed film making. More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: Someone else than Cuarón wins and doesn't immediately get on stage and hand the Oscar off to Cuarón in a gesture of contrition because they know that their direction was great, but not as groundbreaking or as important. Best Actor Who Will Win: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) This one really seems like a lock. Matthew McConaughey's performance in Dallas Buyers Club was spectacular, and it's the kind of serious period piece that the Academy goes nuts over. Plus, he messed his body up hardcore for the part, and that as much as anything else makes for a noteworthy performance that people take notice of. (That's not necessarily a sign that someone will win, but it worked for Christian Bale for The Fighter.) Who Should Win: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) The thing about Matthew McConaughey in 2013 is not that he was amazing in Dallas Buyers Club; it's that he was amazing in everything. The man had a completely incredible year, with awesome performances in Mud and Wolf of Wall Street to boot. (Plus, True Detective was shot last year, so we may as well count that as a 2013 performance, even if it is technically a 2014 show). Since Oscars are periodically given for a body of work, there are arguments to be made that Leonardo DiCaprio should finally have his moment, but in the body of work for 2013, nobody can touch McConaughey. Not even close. More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: Members of the Academy don't give it to Tom Hanks in a surprise upset. Seriously, have you seen Captain Phillips? Those last five minutes feature some of the most mind-blowing acting in the history of acting. How the hell could the Academy not even nominate him? And what about Joaquin Phoenix? The category this year is total bullshit. For real.  Best Actress Who Will Win: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) Unlike the best actor category where there is a bit of doubt who will win, Cate Blanchett, basically has this in the bag. You could run this vote 1 million times and she'd win it 1 million times. Her performance in Blue Jasmine is transcendent; a thing of acting beauty. If you haven't seen it rent it and prepare to be blown away. In other years the other nominees would be dubbed good performances, but Blanchett's makes all of them look like high school drama dropouts.  Who Should Win: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) Didn't you hear us gushing above? Give Blancett all the Oscars ever. She can keep them in whatever room she keeps her massive acting ability in. More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: Anyone but Cate Blanchett wins, especially Meryl Streep who is just getting Oscar nods for being in movies now. If that happens it will finally drive the last nail into the aging Academy's coffin. The show will literally come to a screeching halt as the building collapses and Academy voters everywhere drop dead from being the most wrong people ever. Best Supporting Actress Who Will Win: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) While it's quite possible that Jennifer Lawerence steals this one away for her chameleon like performance in American Hustle the safe money is on Lupita Nyong'o. Lawerence is the closet to winning this, but she won last year and Nyong'o is in a historical film about slavery that probably won't win any other acting awards. She'll be making up for that fact and winning because her performance is amazing. Who Should Win: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) Lupita Nyong'o probably gave the most harrowing performance of the year in 12 Years a Slave. The whipping scene alone could have netted her this award, but she is powerful throughout the film. While it may be Oscar bait to play in a historical film about slavery, that doesn't mean she didn't knock it out of the park. That scene, and the rest of the movie, work because she makes us connect so well with her character. More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: Julia Roberts gets anywhere near an Oscar. We're not sure why August: Osage County netted two acting nominations, but the Streep one is at least explainable. Robert's performance in the film is out shined by so many others this year that it just seems like they threw her in here because no one had seen any other movies with supporting actresses. It's both a sad commentary on roles for women and on the Academy itself. Best Supporting Actor Who Will Win: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) First you put on a lot of makeup. Then you play an oppressed segment of the population. Then you win an Oscar. Jared Leto checked off the Oscar winning boxes and turned in a stunning performance so he stands to reason he's going to win. Jonah Hill still has the comedy stigma attached to him and no one can read Barkhad Abdi name, which is sadly a disqualification for many Academy members. Who Should Win: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) This guy was driving a taxi in the middle of the U.S. before he got this part and he went toe-to-toe with Tom Hanks. I mean come on. Even if it wasn't the best performance of the year -- it arguably was -- that has to count for something. You don't just keep up with one of our generation's greatest actors out of nowhere.  More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: Leto isn't awesome when accepting his award. Dallas Buyers Club seriously has the two most chill leading men to ever be nominated together. His speech better be as awesome as his hair-bunned one at the Golden Globes. Best Original Screenplay What Will Win: Her This is probably Her's only chance to win and the Academy will most likely recognize that, though they could also easily not recognize it and give it to American Hustle. While Her was a better scripted film, Hustle has far more cache and speed coming into the Oscars. It's really 50/50 between these two even though... What Should Win: Her Her should win this easily. It's one of the best constructed screenplays we've seen in years, perfectly building its characters and world up as the film unfolds. And it does this all with only a few actors, one of whom isn't on the screen ever. It's a clever, touching and enthralling story that actually can be called original (you know like in the award's name: BestOriginal Screenplay). For that alone it should really get this.  More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: I'm not sure where we'll find enough chairs to throw if Woody Allen wins this in some show of solidarity after all the crap that's been heaped onto his name in the past few months. Blue Jasmine doesn't deserve it in the first place and the guy doesn't even show up to awards shows. Best Adapted Screenplay What Will Win: 12 Years a Slave 12 Years a Slave is going to have a deservedly good night tomorrow night. It will be showered with awards, many of which it will deserve. But there will be one award it doesn't deserve: this one. John Ridley's script is excellent, but it was not the best of the year. It will win because, as we've said before, historical dramas pull in votes like hippos eating white marbles. What Should Win: Before Midnight This shouldn't even be a question. Richard Linklater's brilliant Before trilogy live and die by their spectacular writing and performances. Both Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy should have been nominated for their performances, and the screenplay that the three of them put together is unmatched except, perhaps, by its predecessor (and even that's questionable).  More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: The Academy continues to pretend like Before Midnight is not the second best film of the year and keep on snubbing it. Best Cinematography What Will Win: Gravity This one is all-but-guaranteed. It's a gorgeous movie and a technical marvel, with its long tracking shots and beautiful 3D visuals that stand so far above the competition that everybody else may as well not even show up. What Should Win: Not Gravity Because the majority of those spectacular visuals and 100% of the 3D effects were done on a computer in the years that followed the actual shoot. Cuarón unquestionably deserves the Director award because of what his vision pulled off, but Gravity should be winning the VFX award (which, of course, it will), not the cinematography one. More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: Gravity wins. Roger Deakins was robbed last year by the equally undeserving Life of Pi, and this year others who work in the real world and don't have the luxury of being able to create a world almost from scratch will be robbed as well. Inside Llewyn Davis should get it, if only as a token for not nominating it for everything else.  Best Animated Film What Will Win: Frozen Disney is back, bitches. That alone will pull Frozen an academy award. After years of giving this thing to Pixar there's finally no Pixar to give the thing to and Disney finally nailed it again. It is easily one of the best animated films in a long while and a spot where the Academy can actually line up with popular opinion and box office. Miracles do happen! What Should Win: The Wind Rises While flawed in ways, Hayao Miyazaki's final film is a swan song, love letter, bio-pic, social commentary and goodbye all wrapped up into one stunningly gorgeous film. If you want to see animated movies take on more than princesses and fantasy this is what you want to champion to win. It's not just touching, it's meaningful and relevant, and while Miyazaki already has an Oscar for Spirited Away one as he hits the road recognizing his contributions to animation is deserved.  More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: Anything but Frozen or The Wind Rises wins. The rest of these nominations are just filler to make it look like the Academy actually cares about animated film and isn't so antiquated that they still think it's all kids stuff. That is, of course, utter crap or they'd nominate more animated films for Best Picture and more independent animation for Best Animated. Best Original Song What's Going to Win: "Let It Go" (Frozen) And deservedly so. Idina Menzel is God's gift to man, so it's about damn time she gets her due. Even with a home video release on the horizon, Frozen remains in the top ten box office performances every week. The song itself has spawned several viral videos and interpretations, and within the span of a few minutes, manages to invoke everything we used to love about Disney Animation back in its prime. Idina Menzel. So good.  What Should Win: "The Moon Song" (Her) While Pharell's "Happy" will get its due in short time as it climbs the Billboard chart, Karen O's "The Moon Song" only has this shot in the spotlight. Bafflingly gone without a Golden Globe nomination, "The Moon Song" is quiet, methodical, and damn wonderful. It should take the Oscar win just by the very nature of its existence.  More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom's"Ordinary Love" wins. Because f**k Bono. Honestly, we wish we had more of a critic worthy reason that this shouldn't win, but we're still pissed off it took the Golden Globe. It has that whole "won because we want to see Bono" vibe and uggggggggggghhhhhhh Frozenwas robbed. We're happy with any of the other nominations taking the title, but we swear to Tanktop Jesus if "Ordinary Love" wins this, we're burning this effigy of Bono Nick made yesterday.
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Looking back over the years at our Oscar predictions its almost scary how often we're right. In fact we're right all the time. Some times the Academy might make the wrong choice, but feel safe in knowing that our Oscar predic...

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Community: What are your thoughts on this year's Oscars?


Feb 26
// Liz Rugg
Hello gentle readers of Flixist! Did you know that the 2014 Academy Awards is this weekend!? I sure forgot. What do you guys and girls think? Are you surprised by some of the nominees? (*cough cough* Lone Ranger *cough*) Are ...
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Let It Go will be at the Oscars


I'm 'Happy' about this.
Feb 13
// Mike Cosimano
So I wasn't the only person who thought Frozen got robbed at the Golden Globes, right? Look, U2 is fine, I like a couple of their songs, but they have to be the least interesting popular band out there. Even Nickelback is int...
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Check out this trailer for Oscar nominated short Feral


Feb 12
// Liz Rugg
This brief trailer for Daniel Sousa's short film Feral gives us a glimpse into the world and story of the Oscar nominated animated short film. Feral follows the story of a young boy who is raised by a pack of wolves in the w...
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Watch the adorable trailer for Ernest & Celestine


Feb 06
// Liz Rugg
Ernest & Celestine tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a young mouse and a big bear, in a world where inter-species friendships are highly discouraged, due to like eating each other and stuff. The movie is ...

Your 86th Academy Award nominees are here

Jan 16 // Matthew Razak
Best motion picture of the year American Hustle - Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, ProducersCaptain Phillips - Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, ProducersDallas Buyers Club - Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, ProducersGravity - Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, ProducersHer - Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, ProducersNebraska - Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, ProducersPhilomena - Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers12 Years a Slave - Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, ProducersThe Wolf of Wall Street - Nominees to be determined Performance by an actor in a leading role Christian Bale in American HustleBruce Dern in NebraskaLeonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall StreetChiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a SlaveMatthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club Performance by an actor in a supporting role Barkhad Abdi in Captain PhillipsBradley Cooper in American HustleMichael Fassbender in 12 Years a SlaveJonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall StreetJared Leto in Dallas Buyers ClubPerformance by an actress in a leading role  Amy Adams in American HustleCate Blanchett in Blue JasmineSandra Bullock in GravityJudi Dench in PhilomenaMeryl Streep in August: Osage County Performance by an actress in a supporting role  Sally Hawkins in Blue JasmineJennifer Lawrence in American HustleLupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a SlaveJulia Roberts in August: Osage CountyJune Squibb in Nebraska Best animated feature film of the year  The Croods - Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine BelsonDespicable Me 2 - Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris MeledandriErnest & Celestine - Benjamin Renner and Didier BrunnerFrozen - Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del VechoThe Wind Rises - Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio SuzukiAchievement in cinematography The Grandmaster - Philippe Le SourdGravity - Emmanuel LubezkiInside Llewyn Davis - Bruno DelbonnelNebraska - Phedon PapamichaelPrisoners - Roger A. DeakinsAchievement in costume design American Hustle - Michael WilkinsonThe Grandmaster - William Chang Suk PingThe Great Gatsby - Catherine MartinThe Invisible Woman - Michael O’Connor12 Years a Slave - Patricia NorrisAchievement in directing American Hustle- David O. RussellGravity - Alfonso CuarónNebraska - Alexander Payne12 Years a Slave - Steve McQueenThe Wolf of Wall Street - Martin ScorseseBest documentary feature The Act of Killing - Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge SørensenCutie and the Boxer - Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean PilcherDirty Wars -Richard Rowley and Jeremy ScahillThe Square - Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer20 Feet from Stardom - Nominees to be determinedBest documentary short subject CaveDigger -Jeffrey KaroffFacing Fear - Jason CohenKarama Has No Walls - Sara IshaqThe Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life - Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas ReedPrison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall - Edgar BarensAchievement in film editing American Hustle - Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan BaumgartenCaptain Phillips - Christopher RouseDallas Buyers Club - John Mac McMurphy and Martin PensaGravity - Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger12 Years a Slave - Joe WalkerBest foreign language film of the year The Broken Circle Breakdown - BelgiumThe Great Beauty - ItalyThe Hunt - DenmarkThe Missing Picture - CambodiaOmar - PalestineAchievement in makeup and hairstyling Dallas Buyers Club - Adruitha Lee and Robin MathewsJackass Presents: Bad Grandpa - Stephen ProutyThe Lone Ranger - Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-CasnyAchievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) The Book Thief - John WilliamsGravity - Steven PriceHer - William Butler and Owen PallettPhilomena - Alexandre DesplatSaving Mr. Banks - Thomas NewmanAchievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song) “Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone Yet Not AloneMusic by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel“Happy” from Despicable Me 2Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams“Let It Go” from FrozenMusic and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez“The Moon Song” from HerMusic by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze“Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomMusic by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul HewsonAchievement in production design American Hustle - Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather LoefflerGravity - Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne WoollardThe Great Gatsby - Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley DunnHer - Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena12 Years a Slave - Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker Best animated short film Feral - Daniel Sousa and Dan GoldenGet a Horse! -Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKimMr. Hublot - Laurent Witz and Alexandre EspigaresPossessions - Shuhei MoritaRoom on the Broom - Max Lang and Jan LachauerBest live action short film Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me) - Esteban CrespoAvant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything) - Xavier Legrand and Alexandre GavrasHelium - Anders Walter and Kim MagnussonPitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) - Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka SaariThe Voorman Problem - Mark Gill and Baldwin LiAchievement in sound editing All Is Lost - Steve Boeddeker and Richard HymnsCaptain Phillips - Oliver TarneyGravity - Glenn FreemantleThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Brent BurgeLone Survivor - Wylie StatemanAchievement in sound mixing Captain Phillips - Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris MunroGravity - Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris MunroThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony JohnsonInside Llewyn Davis - Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. KurlandLone Survivor - Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David BrownlowAchievement in visual effects Gravity - Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil CorbouldThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric ReynoldsIron Man 3 - Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan SudickThe Lone Ranger - Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John FrazierStar Trek Into Darkness - Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt DaltonAdapted screenplay Before Midnight - Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan HawkeCaptain Phillips - Screenplay by Billy RayPhilomena - Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope12 Years a Slave - Screenplay by John RidleyThe Wolf of Wall Street - Screenplay by Terence WinterOriginal screenplay American Hustle - Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. RussellBlue Jasmine - Written by Woody AllenDallas Buyers Club - Written by Craig Borten & Melisa WallackHer - Written by Spike JonzeNebraska - Written by Bob Nelson  
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And here they are. The real contenders for the real awards... that just don't matter anymore. In all honesty the Oscars are a great bit of fun, but we aren't expecting too many surprises this year. I don't think American Hus...

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19 animated films were submitted for Oscar consideration


Some big names, and some not so big.
Nov 06
// Nick Valdez
It's that time of year again, folks. It's the time of year where the bigwig films are all vying for an Academy Award nomination. It's going to be an interesting year given the amount of spectacular films that debuted this yea...
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Spike Jonze's Her pushed back because Oscars


Aug 14
// Matthew Razak
Looks like Warner Bros. is pretty confident in the quality of Her, as we all probably should be considering the trailer looked great. They've decided to bump the film's opening from November 20 to a limited release in Ne...
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Ellen DeGeneres hosting the 86th annual Academy Awards


Her second time as Oscars host
Aug 02
// Nick Valdez
For awhile it seemed that The Academy just wanted Seth MacFarlane to host the 2014 Oscars (despite his use of anti-women jokes), but then he dropped out because he was too busy. Scrambling to find a host with the same amount ...
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Seth MacFarlane officially not hosting the 2014 Oscars


May 21
// Liz Rugg
Feminism can breathe a collective sigh of relief, comedian, actor and director Seth MacFarlane will officially not be hosting the 2014 Oscars. But, it's not because the Academy has redacted their (probable) love of rape jokes...
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Seth MacFarlane asked to host the Oscars again


Apr 19
// Liz Rugg
After a very controversial run as last year's Oscar host, The Academy has reportedly asked director and comedian Seth MacFarlane if he would like to host next year's show too. Now, what's important is that MacFarlane's Oscars...
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Mondo releases poster series for the 2013 Oscars


Immediately sells out
Feb 26
// Liz Rugg
As we mentioned last week, the movie poster art mavens at Mondo commissioned and released a series of posters for various Oscar nominees this year. They showed us three posters before the Oscars were awarded, but now that the...

Here are your 2013 Oscar winners

Feb 24 // Matthew Razak
Best PictureAmourArgo–WINNERBeasts of the Southern WildDjango UnchainedLes MiserablesLife of PiLincolnSilver Linings PlaybookZero Dark Thirty Best Actor Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings PlaybookDaniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln–WINNERHugh Jackman, Les MiserablesJoaquin Phoenix, The MasterDenzel Washington, Flight Best ActressJessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook–WINNEREmmanuelle Riva, AmourQuvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern WildNaomi Watts, The Impossible Best DirectorMichael Haneke, AmourAng Lee, Life of Pi–WINNERDavid O. Russell, Silver Linings PlaybookSteven Spielberg, LincolnBenh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild Best Original ScreenplayAmour, Michael HankieDjango Unchained, Quentin Tarantino–WINNERFlight, John GatinsMoonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson and Roman CoppolaZero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal Best Adapted ScreenplayArgo, Chris Terrio–WINNERBeasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, Life of Pi, David MageeLincoln, Tony KushnerSilver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell Best Original Song“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice, music and lyric by J. Ralph“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted, music by Walter Murphy; lyric by Seth MacFarlane“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi, music by Mychael Danna; lyric by Bombay Jayashri“Skyfall” from Skyfall, music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth–WINNER“Suddenly” from Les Misérables, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil Best Original ScoreAnna Karenina, Dario MarianelliArgo, Alexandre DesplatLife of Pi, Mychael Danna–WINNERLincoln, John WilliamsSkyfall, Thomas Newman Best Production DesignAnna Karenina, Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie SpencerThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon BrightLes Misérables, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-RobinsonLife of Pi, Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna PinnockLincoln, Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson–WINNER Best Film EditingArgo, William Goldenberg–WINNERLife of Pi, Tim SquyresLincoln, Michael KahnSilver Linings Playbook, Jay Cassidy and Crispin StruthersZero Dark Thirty, Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg Best Supporting ActressAmy Adams, The MasterSally Field, LincolnAnne Hathaway, Les Miserables–WINNERHelen Hunt, The SessionsJacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook Best Sound EditingArgo, Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der RynDjango Unchained, Wylie StatemanLife of Pi, Eugene Gearty and Philip StocktonSkyfall, Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers–WINNERZero Dark Thirty, Paul N.J. Ottosson–WINNER Best Sound MixingArgo, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio GarciaLes Misérables, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes–WINNERLife of Pi, Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew KuninLincoln, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald JudkinsSkyfall, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson Best Foreign Language FilmAmour, Austria–WINNERKon-Tiki, NorwayNo, ChileA Royal Affair, DenmarkWar Witch, Canada Best Documentary Feature5 Broken CamerasThe GatekeepersHow to Survive a PlagueThe Invisible WarSearching for Sugar Man–WINNER Best Documentary ShortKings PointMondays at RacineOpen HeartRedemptionInocente–WINNER Best Live Action ShortAsadBuzkashi BoysCurfew–WINNERDeath of a Shadow Henry Best Supporting ActorAlan Arkin, ArgoRobert De Niro, Silver Linings PlaybookPhilip Seymour Hoffman, The MasterTommy Lee Jones, LincolnChristoph Waltz, Django Unchained––WINNER Best Animated ShortAdam and DogFresh GuacamoleHead over HeelsMaggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”Paperman–WINNER Best Animated FeatureBrave–WINNERFrankenweenieParaNormanThe Pirates! Band of MisfitsWreck-It Ralph Best CinematographyAnna Karenina, Seamus McGarveyDjango Unchained, Robert RichardsonLife of Pi, Claudio Miranda–WINNERLincoln, Janusz KaminskiSkyfall, Roger Deakins Best Visual EffectsThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher WhiteLife of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott–WINNERThe Avengers, Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan SudickPrometheus, Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin HillSnow White and the Huntsman, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson Best Costume DesignAnna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran–WINNERLes Misérables, Paco DelgadoLincoln, Joanna JohnstonMirror Mirror, Eiko IshiokaSnow White and the Huntsman, Colleen Atwood Best Makeup and HairstylingHitchcock, Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin SamuelThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami LaneLes Misérables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell–WINNER
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They're over! We stayed up late and watched them all and now we have the winners. If you missed our Google Hangout of the show you can check it out here. You'll learn about statue polishing robot technique, our ability to get...

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We promise everyone will have pants on... at first
Update: And we're live! All dressed up and ready for the Oscars! You can watch the Hangout right here and talk with us in the comments. If you want to join the hangout just let us know and we can invite you. You know wh...

The best damn Oscar predictions around: 2013 edition

Feb 22 // Matthew Razak
Best Picture What's Going to Win: Argo Thanks to that Golden Globe win for Best Picture and Best Director along with a slew of other award nabs Argo has gone from somewhat hopeful to big front runner. It's great Oscar fodder since it's based on a true story, political and actually really good. Plus, Ben Affleck's return to glory is one of those Hollywood stories that Hollywood people really like. There's also the fact that he somehow didn't get nominated for best director so Argo should be raking in some pity votes as well. What Should Win: Les Misérables It's actually a real tough year to pick one movie above all the rest. Many years you can kind of point to one that really deserves it for a plethora of reasons, but this year it's really hard to choose because there's so many different flavors to select from and we're a bunch of different people. That being said a film the likes of Les Misérables only comes along once in a blue moon. Daringly directed (sometimes to a fault) the movie is a powerhouse and should be recognized for pushing boundries.  More Chairs will be Thrown Through Windows If: Skyfall doesn't get a surprise nomination for that tenth open spot. It's ridiculous it wasn't nominated simply because it's a James Bond film. Best Director Who's Going to Win: Stephen Spielberg (Lincoln)  You have to give Stephen Spielberg an Academy Award every so often. It's just one of those things that has to happen. Was Lincoln his best effort ever? Not really, but the man is due an award and it definitely wasn't bad. Plus, it's not going to win best picture so that means people will be giving him the vote to make up for it. Who Should Win: Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) Great directors can take truly inacuous things at turn them into wonder. That's what Benh Zeitlin did with Beasts of the Southern Wild. Not only did he cull an amazing performance out of a child actor, but he created a film that probably couldn't have been made by anyone else. Having your own directorial stamp and that stamp being as good as Zeitlin's is well deserving of an Oscar. More Chairs will be Thrown Through Windows If: David O. Russel wins. What the hell is he doing on this list? Silver Lining Playbook was a competently directed film with great stars. Competence doesn't get you Academy Award nominations. Best Actor Who's Going to Win: Daniel-Day Lewis (Lincoln) For one thing Daniel-Day Lewis always wins. For another he's absolutely amazing in Lincoln. For a third... no wait, I don't need a third. He's Daniel-Day Lewis, winning Academy Awards is what he does. Who Should Win: Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) It's tough to argue that either Lewis or Phoenix gave a better performance, though it could be said that Phoenix's was far more nuanced thanks to the subject matter. The simple fact is they both gave stellar performances and Phoenix should get it because Dainiel-Day Lewis always wins. Phoenix completely transformed himself for the roll and it is simply a stunning performance to watch even if people have soured a bit on the film for some reason. More Chairs will be Thrown Through Windows If: *puts chair down* Huh, there's actually no reason to be upset by anything in this category. Any of these actors deserve to win. What should we do with this chair? Maybe we'll throw it for Javier Bardem's Best Supporting snub in Skyfall.  Best Supporting Actor Who's Going to Win: Alan Arkin (Argo) Argo is going to win every award but the one it wasn't nominated for (Best Director). It swept the Golden Globes, PGAs, SAGs, and WGAs, and everyone loves them some Alan Arkin. Part of me knows he's going to win for "Ar-go f**k yourself," alone. Besides, Alan Arkin is an award magnet.  Who Should Win: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) Django Unchained was a great film, but Waltz's performance elevates it to classic status. He pretty much carries the film by himself. Jamie Foxx was okay, but his lack of lines subdued him in the face of Waltz's commanding presence. And that's what a supporting actor does. They support the main character, elevate the film, and make the entire thing watchable while still backing out of the way for the main actor to do his thing.  More Chairs will be Thrown Through Windows If: Robert De Niro wins. Silver Linings Playbook was good, but no one but the main two actors were Oscar quality. And he better not win based on reputation alone.  Best Supporting Actress Who's Going to Win: Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) As if the giant publicity push for her to win didn't seal the deal even before the movie came out Anne Hathaway then went ahead and basically reinvented one of the most cliche songs in musical history. She's been dominating awards in the category and there's no reason to think that the Academy is going to steer away from the norm here. Plus, she's got no competition here. Many of the other nominations seem like filler. Who Should Win: Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) This is one of those rare moments where a brief performance dominates a film. Unlike Judi Dench winning for Shakespeare in Love for ten minutes of screen time, Anne Hathaway's short performance actually rocks the entire film.  More Chairs will be Thrown Through Windows If: Jacki Weaver wins. Did you even know she was in Silver Linings Playbook?  Best Animated Film What's Going to Win: Brave Pixar wins Academy Awards even when they're not deserving. Brave wasn't bad, but compared to other films in this category it wasn't that great. The problem is animated film always gets voted on reputation and Brave's closest competitors are a movie involving videogames (the scariest thing to an ancient academy member) and another involving zombies. Unless the voters were all thinking "Let's surprise everyone" this is a lock. What Should Win: ParaNorman Smart, fun, touching and gorgeously animated in a style that isn't CGI ParaNorman is the clear winner for anyone that was paying attention to animated movies this year. Let's just forget that it was painstakingly done by hand, and focus on the fact that it was also a really good movie. Sadly, the film didn't even get a Globe nomination so that's telling in how aware people in Hollywood are of it. One of those gems that won't win because people just assumed it shouldn't. More Chairs will be Thrown Through Windows If: Frankenweenie wins. Seriously, every damn chair we can find through all of the windows. Not that it was bad, but that means an animated horror film could win and ParaNorman didn't. Best Original Screenplay What's Going to Win: Django Unchained Controversy coupled with smarts? Nothing gets Oscar voters votes better than that combination. Of course if you're Quentin Tarantino and you make movies about movies with screenplays that drop references only film buffs would know it doesn't hurt either. Django isn't the definitive winner here, but it's the most likely with Zero Dark Thirty slipping in buzz and nothing else really pushing forward unless Amour pulls an upset.  What Should Win: Django Unchained Complain about its racial issues and use of the n-word, it's still a wickedly smart screenplay full of fantastic lines and compelling characters. Beyond its western stylings and pop culture nods it's way smarter than you're giving it credit for. Tarantino also deserves another Golden man since he hasn't won since 2005. More Chairs will be Thrown Through Windows If: Flight wins. Denzel Washington was amazing in Flight, but the screenplay was not. Great performances don't make great sceenplays. Best Cinematography Who's Going to Win: Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi) Life of Pi is a stupidly pretty film and it is all about the visuals and people vote for cinematography that way. This kind of visually striking film is always what pulls academy awards voters in in this category and it shouldn't be any different this year. The film is stunningly shot, but the fact that its a ton of CGI leave something to be desired. Who Should Win: Roger Deakins (Skyfall) Roger Deakins has been nominated for an Academy Award 10 times and never won. That only should net him this statue. But the fact that Skyfall was easily one of the best shot movies of the year and had even non-film people talking about cinematography. Sadly because one of his best pieces of work is a Bond film and less visually striking than Life of Pi he probably won't win. More Chairs will be Thrown Through Windows If: If Skyfall doesn't win. It will literally be an insult to one of cinemas greatest cinematographers and the worst snub of the night. 
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3 Mondo posters for the 2013 Oscars revealed


Feb 21
// Liz Rugg
For the second year in a row, Mondo (the movie poster art powerhouse) has commissioned a set of posters for select Academy Award nominees. Three of the set have been officially announced, and others are going to debut during ...
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Puppies predict the 2013 Oscar winner for Best Picture


Feb 21
// Liz Rugg
Another year, another round of puppies predicting Oscar winners. On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Fallon enlisted the help of an adorable and snazzily-dressed gang of puppies to predict the Best Picture winner for this year'...
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Gallery 1988 & Olly Moss create incredible Oscars poster


Feb 12
// Liz Rugg
The Academy appears to be getting a little bit more hip this year! For their annual Oscars poster, the Academy actually approached the up and coming pop-culture gurus at Gallery 1988 to create an official "85th Anniversary" p...
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Adele to perform Skyfall for the first time at Oscars


Jan 23
// Matthew Razak
Adele hasn't sung her Golden Globe winning, Oscar nominated song "Skyfall" live before. As with most Bond songs it came out and was a hit, but doesn't always jump into the artists actual repertoire of songs. She also hasn't b...
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Illustrated Moonrise Kingdom script available to download


Jan 23
// Liz Rugg
Focus Features has released online an illustrated version of Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola's Academy Award nominated script for their 2012 film, Moonrise Kingdom. You can click through the script on their website and downloa...
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PSA: How to pronounce Quvenzhane Wallis' name


Jan 17
// Liz Rugg
In this adorable public service announcement from Mikey Glazer, Hollywood, the press and the rest of the world get straightened out about how to pronounce 2013 Academy Award Best Actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis' name. Goodness, she's so freaking adorable. [via Youtube, image via Buzzfeed]

Here are your 2013 Oscar nominees

Jan 10 // Matthew Razak
Best motion picture of the year "Amour" Nominees to be determined "Argo" Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers "Django Unchained" Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers "Les Misérables" Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, Producers "Life of Pi" Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers "Lincoln" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers "Silver Linings Playbook" Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, Producers "Zero Dark Thirty" Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers Achievement in directing "Amour" Michael Haneke "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Benh Zeitlin "Life of Pi" Ang Lee "Lincoln" Steven Spielberg "Silver Linings Playbook" David O. Russell Performance by an actor in a leading role Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook" Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln" Hugh Jackman in "Les Misérables" Joaquin Phoenix in "The Master" Denzel Washington in "Flight" Performance by an actor in a supporting role Alan Arkin in "Argo" Robert De Niro in "Silver Linings Playbook" Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Master" Tommy Lee Jones in "Lincoln" Christoph Waltz in "Django Unchained" Performance by an actress in a leading role Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty" Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook" Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour" Quvenzhané Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Naomi Watts in "The Impossible" Performance by an actress in a supporting role Amy Adams in "The Master" Sally Field in "Lincoln" Anne Hathaway in "Les Misérables" Helen Hunt in "The Sessions" Jacki Weaver in "Silver Linings Playbook" Best animated feature film of the year "Brave" Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman "Frankenweenie" Tim Burton "ParaNorman" Sam Fell and Chris Butler "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" Peter Lord "Wreck-It Ralph" Rich Moore Achievement in cinematography "Anna Karenina" Seamus McGarvey "Django Unchained" Robert Richardson "Life of Pi" Claudio Miranda "Lincoln" Janusz Kaminski "Skyfall" Roger Deakins Achievement in costume design "Anna Karenina" Jacqueline Durran "Les Misérables" Paco Delgado "Lincoln" Joanna Johnston "Mirror Mirror" Eiko Ishioka "Snow White and the Huntsman" Colleen Atwood Best documentary feature "5 Broken Cameras" Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi "The Gatekeepers" Nominees to be determined "How to Survive a Plague" Nominees to be determined "The Invisible War" Nominees to be determined "Searching for Sugar Man" Nominees to be determined Best documentary short subject "Inocente" Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine "Kings Point" Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider "Mondays at Racine" Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan "Open Heart" Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern "Redemption" Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill Achievement in film editing "Argo" William Goldenberg "Life of Pi" Tim Squyres "Lincoln" Michael Kahn "Silver Linings Playbook" Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers "Zero Dark Thirty" Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg Best foreign language film of the year "Amour" Austria "Kon-Tiki" Norway "No" Chile "A Royal Affair" Denmark "War Witch" Canada Achievement in makeup and hairstyling "Hitchcock" Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane "Les Misérables" Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) "Anna Karenina" Dario Marianelli "Argo" Alexandre Desplat "Life of Pi" Mychael Danna "Lincoln" John Williams "Skyfall" Thomas Newman Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song) "Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice" Music and Lyric by J. Ralph "Everybody Needs A Best Friend" from "Ted" Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane "Pi's Lullaby" from "Life of Pi" Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri "Skyfall" from "Skyfall" Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth "Suddenly" from "Les Misérables" Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil Achievement in production design "Anna Karenina" Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration:    Katie Spencer "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright "Les Misérables" Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson "Life of Pi" Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock "Lincoln" Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson Best animated short film "Adam and Dog" Minkyu Lee "Fresh Guacamole" PES "Head over Heels" Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly "Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare"" David Silverman "Paperman" John Kahrs Best live action short film "Asad" Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura "Buzkashi Boys" Sam French and Ariel Nasr "Curfew" Shawn Christensen "Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)" Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele "Henry" Yan England Achievement in sound editing "Argo" Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn "Django Unchained" Wylie Stateman "Life of Pi" Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton "Skyfall" Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers "Zero Dark Thirty" Paul N.J. Ottosson Achievement in sound mixing "Argo" John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia "Les Misérables" Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes "Life of Pi" Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin "Lincoln" Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins "Skyfall" Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson Achievement in visual effects "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White "Life of Pi" Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott "Marvel's The Avengers" Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick "Prometheus" Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill "Snow White and the Huntsman" Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson Adapted screenplay "Argo" Screenplay by Chris Terrio "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin "Life of Pi" Screenplay by David Magee "Lincoln" Screenplay by Tony Kushner "Silver Linings Playbook" Screenplay by David O. Russell Original screenplay "Amour" Written by Michael Haneke "Django Unchained" Written by Quentin Tarantino "Flight" Written by John Gatins "Moonrise Kingdom" Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola "Zero Dark Thirty" Written by Mark Boal
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Feb 27 // Matthew Razak
BEST PICTURE War Horse The Artist Moneyball The Descendants The Tree of Life Midnight in Paris The Help Hugo Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close BEST ACTOR Demian Bichir – A Better Life George Clooney – The Descendants Jean Dujardin – The Artist Gary Oldman – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Brad Pitt – Moneyball BEST ACTRESS Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs Viola Davis – The Help Rooney Mara – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Kenneth Brannagh – My Week With Marilyn Jonah Hill – Moneyball Nick Nolte – Warrior Christopher Plummer – Beginners Max Von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Berenice Bejo – The Artist Jessica Chastain – The Help Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs Octavia Spencer – The Help BEST ANIMATED PICTURE  A Cat in Paris Chico and Rita Kung Fu Panda 2 Puss in Boots Rango BEST DIRECTOR Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist Alexander Payne – The Descendants Terrance Malick – The Tree of Life Martin Scorsese – Hugo Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash – The Descendants John Logan – Hugo George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon – Ides of March Steve Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin – Moneyball Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan -  Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo – Bridesmaids J.C. Chandor – Margin Call Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris Asghar Farhadi – A Separation BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Bullhead (Belgium) Footnote (Israel) In Darkness (Poland) Monsieur Lazhar (Canada) A Separation (Iran) ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION Laurence Bennett, Robert Gould – The Artist  Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiago – Hugo Anne Seibel, Hélène Dubreuil – Midnight in Paris Rick Carter, Lee Sandales - War Horse ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY Guillaume Schiffman – The Artist Jeff Cronenweth – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Robert Richardson – Hugo Emmanuel Lubezki – The Tree of Life Janusz Kaminski – War Horse ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN Lisy Christl – Anonymous Mark Bridges – The Artist Sandy Powell – Hugo Michael O’Connor – Jane Eyre Arianne Phillips – W.E. BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Hell and Back Again If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Pina Undefeated BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement God is the Bigger Elvis Incident in New Baghdad Saving Face The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist Kevin Tent – The Descendants Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Thelma Schoonmaker – Hugo Christopher Tellefsen – Moneyball ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston, Matthew W. Mungle – Albert Nobbs Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk, Yolanda Toussieng – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland – The Iron Lady BEST ORIGINAL SCORE John Williams – The Adventures of Tintin Ludovic Bource – The Artist Howard Shore – Hugo Alberto Iglesias – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy John Williams – War Horse BEST ORIGINAL SONG “Man or Muppet,” by Bret McKenzie – The Muppets “Real in Rio,” by Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, Siedah Garrett – Rio BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM Dimanche/Sunday The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore La Luna A Morning Stroll Wild Life BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM Pentecost Raju The Shore Time Freak Tuba Atlantic ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING Lon Bender, Victor Ray Ennis – Drive Ren Klyce – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty – Hugo Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl – Transformers: Dark of the Moon Richard Hymns, Gary Rydstrom – War Horse ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, Bo Persson – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Tom Fleischman, John Midley – Hugo Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco, Ed Novick – Moneyball Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Peter J. Devlin – Transformers: Dark of the Moon Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Stuart Wilson – War Horse ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler, John Richardson – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman, Alex Henning – Hugo Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor, Swen Gillberg – Real Steel Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White, Daniel Barrett – Rise of the Planet of the Apes Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler, John Frazier – Transformers: Dark of the Moon
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Flixist's Oscar Live Chat kicks off at 7 p.m. EST


Feb 26
// Matthew Razak
It's almost time again and we're almost ready to lend our completely professional, very serious, entirely legit commentary to the Oscars once again this year. We'll be talking serious stuff like drama, dresses and things that...
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Oscar Shorts: Live Action

Feb 21 // Geoff Henao
PentecostDirectors: Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane Pentecost is about an altar boy chosen last-minute to help with a very important mass in his small 1977 Irish town. However, reluctance surrounds his performance as, just two weeks prior, he was "benched" for causing a priest to fall. An interesting duality is drawn between the young boy's church duties and his interests in soccer, highlighted by a pre-game/mass lecture given by one of the priests. The short is shot with playful use of heavy shadows and chiaroscuro, giving the material an ironic, visual look. Pentecost proves that a lot can be accomplished in small doses. [65] -- Geoff Henao RajuDirector: Max Zahle Raju is about a german couple who travels to India in effort to adopt a young orphan named Raju. What starts off as a video pamphlet for adoption soon turns into a cautionary tale as Raju mysteriously disappears under the watch of his new father. While Calcutta serves as a wonderful backdrop to a film about culture shock and the notion of "providing a child from a third world country a better life", it still doesn't redeem heavy handed moments poor character decisions. Still, the kid is cute and it is a beautifully shot film. [55] -- Andres Bolivar The ShoreDirector: Terry George and Oorlagh George Returning to his native Ireland after 25 years, Joe reunites with all of the people from his past... except for his best friend, Paddy, and his former fiancee, Mary. Will a quarter-century of silence be enough to keep the three of them apart? The Shore is a highly-emotional film with dashes of humor used to lighten the otherwise heavy short film. The cinematography plays just an important role as the actors themselves, as the short is full of gorgeous wide-angle shots. While the tension between the three primary characters could have been higher, the acting is superb and fitting. I wouldn't be surprised if The Shore ends up winning the Oscar. [70] -- Geoff Henao Time FreakDirector: Andrew Bowler Time Freak follows a neurotic genius who invents a time machine and becomes obsessed with constructing the perfect day, no matter the cost. Though riddled with cheesy after effects and over the top acting, it still manages to be a short but rapid narrative that is filled with charming and funny moments. Though I can't whole heartedly classify this as a traditional short, it's satisfying to see this "sketch of sorts" find some way to be nominated for an Oscar. [70] -- Andres Bolivar Tuba AtlanticDirector: Hallvar Witzo Given six days to live, a 75 year-old Norwegian man, Oskar, simply wants to live the rest of his life at home killing a flock of seagulls that have tormented him. However, a young girl, calling herself the Angel of Death for the Jesus Club, insists on watching over him until he dies. The often whimsical short has funny scenes involving the extreme measures Oskar goes to in order to kill the seagulls surrounding his house. However, it's anchored emotionally by his own mortality and a decades-long feud between him and his brother that relocated across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. Tuba Atlantic is a solid short film that shows a lighter side to death. [65] -- Geoff Henao
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Sometimes, a short film can accomplish so much more than a full-length film. Given the truncated amount of time, it allows the filmmakers to expriment and explore what can be accomplished in such a short window. Have you ever...


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