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Here are your 2016 Razzie winners and losers

Feb 29 // Nick Valdez
Worst PictureFantastic FourFifty Shades of GreyJupiter AscendingPaul Blart: Mall Cop 2Pixels Worst ActorJohnny Depp, MortdecaiJamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of GreyKevin James, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2Adam Sandler, The Cobbler and PixelsChanning Tatum, Jupiter Ascending Worst ActressKatherine Heigl, Home Sweet HellDakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of GreyMila Kunis, Jupiter AscendingJennifer Lopez, The Boy Next DoorGwyneth Paltrow, Mortdecai Worst Supporting ActorChevy Chase, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and VacationJosh Gad, Pixels and The Wedding RingerKevin James, PixelsJason Lee, Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road ChipEddie Redmayne, Jupiter Ascending Worst Supporting ActressKaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip and The Wedding RingerRooney Mara, PanMichelle Monaghan, PixelsJulianne Moore, Seventh SonAmanda Seyfried, Love the Coopers and Pan Worst Remake/Rip-off/SequelAlvin & The Chipmunks: Road ChipFantastic FourHot Tub Time Machine 2Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 Worst Screen ComboAll Four “Fantastics,” Fantastic FourJohnny Depp and His Glued-On Moustache, MortdecaiJamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of GreyKevin James and EITHER His Segue OR His Glued-On Moustache, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2Adam Sandler and Any Pair of Shoes, The Cobbler Worst DirectorAndy Fickman, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2Tom Six, Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)Sam Taylor-Johnson, Fifty Shades of GreyJosh Trank, Fantastic FourAndy and Lana Wachowski, Jupiter Ascending Worst ScreenplayFantastic Four (screenplay by Simon Kinberg, Jeremy Slater and Josh Trank, Based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby)Fifty Shades of Grey (screenplay by Kelly Marcel, Based on the Novel by E.L. James)Jupiter Ascending (written by Andy and Lana Wachowski)Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 (screenplay by Kevin James & Nick Bakay)Pixels (screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, Story by Herlihy, Based on a Work by Patrick Jean) Razzie "Redeemer" AwardSylvester Stallone                                                                                                                    
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I guess, in a sense, they're all losers
Just in case you thought cinema had a good year, the annual Razzie awards reminds you of several films you wish you'd forgotten about. Like years before the nominations and wins take pot shots at easy targets. Rather than tac...

Here are your 2016 Oscar winners

Feb 29 // Nick Valdez
Best PictureThe Big ShortBridge of SpiesBrooklynMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantRoomSpotlight Best DirectorAdam McKay, The Big ShortGeorge Miller, Mad Max: Fury RoadAlejandro Inarritu, The RevenantLenny Abrahamson, RoomTom McCarthy, Spotlight Best ActorBryan Cranston, TrumboMatt Damon, The MartianLeonardo DiCaprio, The RevenantMichael Fassbender, Steve JobsEddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl Best ActressCate Blanchett, CarolBrie Larson, RoomJennifer Lawrence, JoyCharlotte Rampling, 45 YearsSaoirse Ronan, Brooklyn Best Supporting ActorChristian Bale, The Big ShortTom Hardy, The RevenantMark Ruffalo, SpotlightMark Rylance, The Bridge of SpiesSylvester Stallone, Creed Best Supporting ActressJennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful EightRooney Mara, CarolRachel McAdams, SpotlightAlicia Vikander, The Danish GirlKate Winslet, Steve Jobs Best Adapted ScreenplayThe Big Short, Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKayBrooklyn, Screenplay by Nick HornbyCarol, Screenplay by Phyllis NagyThe Martian, Screenplay by Drew GoddardRoom, Screenplay by Emma DonoghueBest Original ScreenplayBridge of Spies, Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel CoenEx Machina, Written by Alex GarlandInside Out, Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del CarmenSpotlight, Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthyStraight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff Best Documentary FeatureAmy, Asif Kapadia and James Gay-ReesCartel Land, Matthew Heineman and Tom YellinThe Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge SørensenWhat Happened, Miss Simone?, Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin WilkesWinter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, Evgeny Afineevsky and Den TolmorBest Documentary Short SubjectBody Team 12, David Darg and Bryn MooserChau, beyond the Lines, Courtney Marsh and Jerry FranckClaude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, Adam BenzineA Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid-ChinoyLast Day of Freedom, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi TalismanAchievement in Film EditingThe Big Short, Hank CorwinMad Max: Fury Road, Margaret SixelThe Revenant, Stephen MirrioneSpotlight, Tom McArdleStar Wars: The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey Best CinematographyCarol, Ed LachmanThe Hateful Eight, Robert RichardsonMad Max: Fury Road, John SealeThe Revenant, Emmanuel LubezkiSicarioi, Roger Deakins Best Foreign Language Film of the YearEmbrace of the Serpent, ColombiaMustang, FranceSon of Saul, HungaryTheeb, JordanA War, DenmarkAchievement in Makeup and HairstylingMad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian MartinThe 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared, Love Larson and Eva von BahrThe Revenant, Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert PandiniBest Original ScoreBridge of Spies, Thomas NewmanCarol, Carter BurwellThe Hateful Eight, Ennio MorriconeSicario, Jóhann JóhannssonStar Wars: The Force Awakens, John WilliamsBest Original Song“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey, Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction, Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty“Simple Song #3” from Youth, Music and Lyric by David Lang“Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground, Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga“Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre, Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam SmithAchievement in Production DesignBridge of Spies, Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard HenrichThe Danish Girl, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael StandishMad Max: Fury Road, Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa ThompsonThe Martian, Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia BobakThe Revenant, Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy Achievement in Costume DesignCarol, Sandy PowellCinderella, Sandy PowellThe Danish Girl, Paco DelgadoMad Max: Fury Road, Jenny BeavanThe Revenant, Jacqueline West Best Animated Short Film“Bear Story” Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala“Prologue” Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton“Sanjay’s Super Team” Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle“We Can’t Live without Cosmos” Konstantin Bronzit“World of Tomorrow” Don HertzfeldtBest Live Action Short Film“Ave Maria” Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont“Day One” Henry Hughes“Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)” Patrick Vollrath“Shok” Jamie Donoughue“Stutterer” Benjamin Cleary and Serena ArmitageAchievement in Sound EditingMad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David WhiteThe Martian, Oliver TarneyThe Revenant, Martin Hernandez and Lon BenderSicario, Alan Robert MurrayStar Wars: The Force Awakens, Matthew Wood and David AcordAchievement in Sound MixingBridge of Spies, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew KuninMad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben OsmoThe Martian, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac RuthThe Revenant, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris DuesterdiekStar Wars: The Force Awakens, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart WilsonAchievement in Visual EffectsEx Machina, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara BennettMad Max: Fury Road, Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy WilliamsThe Martian, Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven WarnerThe Revenant, Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron WaldbauerStar Wars: The Force Awakens, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould  
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Witness Fury Road's badass women
There we have it. Another awards season has come to a close and, despite a bevy of rightful protests leading up to the show, it was the best show in years. While diversity is still a huge issue in the industry as a whole, las...

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Birdman

Check out this awesome Birdman toy commercial


Feb 25
// Nick Valdez
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."
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Razzies

Here are your 2015 Razzie winners and losers


Had enough of the best of the best? Here are the rest.
Feb 23
// Nick Valdez
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.

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NPH 2015

Neil Patrick Harris to host the 87th Annual Academy Awards


Oct 16
// Nick Valdez
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...
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We answer The (Movie) Question!
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...

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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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Check out this clip from animated short The Missing Scarf


Feb 25
// Liz Rugg
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...
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Animated Short Films

A look at the 2014 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films


Reactions, predictions, and spoilers!
Feb 19
// Liz Rugg
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...
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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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Ellen the Oscars host

Ellen DeGeneres will be the best Oscar host


I love you, Ellen.
Dec 20
// Nick Valdez
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. 
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Academy Awards

There are 75 songs eligible for Best Original Song Oscar


Notable films include Frozen, Great Gatsby, and even Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Dec 17
// Nick Valdez
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...
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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...
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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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2013's Best Animated Short nominees now online in full


Every Oscar nominated short here below the jump
Feb 11
// Nick Valdez
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...
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2013 Best Picture nominees get pretty commission posters


The Academy commissioned a line of one-sheets to commemorate their nine nominees
Feb 08
// Nick Valdez
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...
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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...

The 2012 Oscar winners

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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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 we...


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