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12:00 PM on 02.25.2015

Check out this awesome Birdman toy commercial

There's not really much to say other than this is a neat little ditty promoting Birdman's victory lap through some theaters after taking home the Best Picture Oscar. But it's just really, really neat. If you haven't yet, you should watch Big Birdman too.  "Smells like balls."

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 02.23.2015

Here are your 2015 Razzie winners and losers

With the 2015 Academy Awards come and gone, it's time to focus on the negative stuff...or at least the stuff that's popular to hate rather than actual bad movies. We've got expected "winners" like Michael Bay and lots of hate for Saving Christmas. I've never seen it myself, but was it bad enough to sweep these things?  Full list of winners below.

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Neil Patrick Harris to host the 87th Annual Academy Awards

The Academy Awards are a tough sell every year. Each year their relevance continues to fade as more and more folks rely on word of mouth from social media rather than purchasing their movie ticket or DVD based on how many awa...

Nick Valdez

What did you think of the 86th Academy Awards? photo
What did you think of the 86th Academy Awards?
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Bit late this week because reasons (same ones that explain why my video quality is so terrible), but opinions never die, so whatever!

Although most of us have probably already forgotten that the Oscars happened a mere 6 days ago, there are still things left to be said about it. Not a ton of things, necessarily, because this year was surprisingly acceptable, but things nonetheless.

Once you've watched, let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And then subscribe to our YouTube channel, because that's what all the cool kids are doing, and you want to be a cool kid, right? (Yeah you do!)

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2:00 PM on 02.26.2014

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

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 ...

Liz Rugg

4:00 PM on 02.25.2014

Check out this clip from animated short The Missing Scarf

The Missing Scarf is an animated short by Irish animator and filmmaker Eoin Duffy. I had the chance to see it when I recently saw a screening of the 2014 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films, and though it is a runner-up and...

Liz Rugg

4:00 PM on 02.19.2014

A look at the 2014 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films

One easily overlooked part of the flurry of The Academy Awards is the shorts sections. Perhaps they seem less interesting or less consequential due to their bite-size nature, but to me, short films are often all the more acce...

Liz Rugg

6:00 PM on 02.12.2014

Check out this trailer for Oscar nominated short Feral

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...

Liz Rugg

10:00 AM on 12.20.2013

Ellen DeGeneres will be the best Oscar host

Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the 86th Annual Academy Awards next March and it will be the best thing anyone has ever seen. Don't believe me? Watch this promo spot for the show (directed by Paul Feig) as Ellen dances around in a tuxedo. I love her so, so much.  I hope awards winners accept their Oscars with delightful dances instead of boring speeches. 

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 12.17.2013

There are 75 songs eligible for Best Original Song Oscar

Now that the Academy Awards have released their list of nominations for this year, it's time for the awards season to go into full swing. Naturally that means we all ignore the Golden Globes completely and just jump right int...

Nick Valdez

8:00 PM on 05.21.2013

Seth MacFarlane officially not hosting the 2014 Oscars

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...

Liz Rugg

2:00 PM on 04.19.2013

Seth MacFarlane asked to host the Oscars again

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...

Liz Rugg

3:00 PM on 02.26.2013

Mondo releases poster series for the 2013 Oscars

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...

Liz Rugg

6:00 PM on 02.21.2013

3 Mondo posters for the 2013 Oscars revealed

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 ...

Liz Rugg

5:00 PM on 02.21.2013

Puppies predict the 2013 Oscar winner for Best Picture

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'...

Liz Rugg

12:00 PM on 02.11.2013

2013's Best Animated Short nominees now online in full

With this year's Academy Awards now only two weeks away, it's finally time to get all of those last minute viewings of this year's nominees. Although it's still possible to catch, say a Best Picture nominee like Argo in theat...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 02.08.2013

2013 Best Picture nominees get pretty commission posters

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Gallery 1988 (which we've featured on this site before) commissioned a set of artists to create a batch of one sheet posters to celebrate this year's nine Best Picture nomin...

Nick Valdez

Flix for Short: Oscar winner The Fantastic Flying Books photo
Flix for Short: Oscar winner The Fantastic Flying Books
by Matthew Razak

Whenever I watch the Oscars and the short films pop up I'm always upset with all the amazing looking films I haven't seen. This is especially true for the animated category where everything usually looks utterly charming and wonderful. This year was no different, with the winner, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, looking beyond great. Unfortunately I'd only seen that clip... until now.

The short has popped up on YouTube (maybe to be taken down soon), and the 15 minute film is truly worth a watch. The animation style, which combines CGI, claymation, 2D art and a plethora of other techniques feels rich and alive and the story is fantastic. A little bit Wizard of Oz and a whole lot of love for books combine to make a great short.

I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that you can buy the film in HD for iTunes. You can check out our take on all the animated shorts nominated this year right here.

[The Film Stage, via /Film]

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The 2012 Oscar winners photo
The 2012 Oscar winners
by Matthew Razak

Many of you probably didn't stay up last night to catch the Oscars. If you didn't you missed a pretty middle of the road show. Billy Crystal was Billy Crystal, though he did seem to be attempting to be a bit edgy and there were some funny parts, but mostly just a bunch of bad one-liners like most years. Evidently, JLo had a nip slip, but I missed it.

Anyway, awards were given out as well. Below you'll find them all listed in some random order. Of note is The Artist taking Best Picture, which isn't much of a surprise, and is well deserved. It also snagged Best Director, and, in a bit of an upset, Best Actor. Other surprises were Meryl Streep taking home her third Oscar for The Iron Lady, and Hugo winning almost every sound and editing award out there. Big losers for the night were Moneyball and War Horse, both of which took home nothing.

Let us know what you think of what won last night.

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