The three-ring circus has finally rolled into town: the Oscars are bringing the 2014 awards season to a climactic end.
That's right, ladies and gentlemen, the Oscars finally happen tonight, capping off months of fevered speculation with an event of such pomp, circumstance, and red carpet glamor that it is a global event, broadcast live in more than 225 countries and territories around the world.
The 86th Annual Academy Awards are going down tonight at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood & Highland Center in rain-soaked Los Angeles, California. The ceremony, presided over with infectious exuberance by Ellen DeGeneres, finds 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Captain Phillips, Philomena, Her, The Wolf of Wall Street, Nebraska, American Hustle, and Dallas Buyers Club all vying for Best Picture, the ultimate honor bestowed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Just yesterday, the penultimate awards season event, the Independent Spirit Awards, found 12 Years a Slave taking home the big prize, with favored Oscar frontrunners Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave), and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) all winning in the four major acting categories. Watch IAR's video from the winner's tent at yesterday's more freewheeling awards show.
Will the 86th Academy Awards find these heavy hitters repeating their Spirit Awards wins? Or will an entirely different set of films and filmmakers receive the most coveted trophies in the film industry? After all, 12 Years a Slave faces much stiffer competition at the Oscars; both David O. Russell's American Hustle and Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity racked up the most nominations this year with ten each, compared to the nine of Steve McQueen's slavery saga.
So, with the biggest event on the movie calendar unfolding this evening, we here at IAR are providing winner updates throughout the ceremony right here. See how your own picks stack up against the predictions of Managing Editor Jami Philbrick and IAR's resident Oscar expert Brett Gursky.
We'll be adding new info as the trophies are handed
out tonight, so keep checking back for regular doses of Oscar glory.
As the world prepares for tomorrow night's climactic orgy of awards season hoopla, the 29th Annual Independent Spirit Awards are here to steal Oscar's thunder.
While the Academy Awards take place in the ostentatious Dolby Theatre, shutting down traffic for blocks in every direction, the Spirit Awards go down on the Santa Monica Beach, with the world's biggest movie stars safe from this year's downpour of rain under a massive tent just yards away from the whipping winds of the Pacific Ocean. And while the Academy Awards are characterized by pomp, circumstance, and awed reverence, the Spirit Awards are typified by a seat-of-your pants freewheeling style and a celebration of movies often overlooked during the rest of awards season.
This year's host, Patton Oswalt explained to IAR, the Spirit Awards acknowledge films which "took risks and rolled the dice." This awards program, he said, "rewards people that are clearly emerging and are going to be doing great stuff with their careers. You get to see them early.”
"These are the people that are going to be making the movies down the road that we’re going to be fighting over at the Oscars," Oswalt declared of this year's crop of nominees.
In all probability, the road between the Spirit Awards and the Oscars is probably isn't too far, as a number of this year's Spirit nominees are also vying for glory at the Academy Awards on March 2nd.
But their proximity to the big show does not define these awards. The Spirit contenders this year are the cream of the contemporary filmmaking crop, form young talents like Michael B. Jordan of Fruitvale Station or Brie Larson of Short Term 12 to established heavy hitters like Robert Redford of All Is Lost or Cate Blanchett of Blue Jasmine.
Strap in and prepare for a full-blown awards extravaganza. We'll be updating with the winners throughout the ceremony right here. We'll be updating as the trophies are handed out, so keep checking back for more winners.
Oscar ballots are in and there are mere days to go until the awards are handed out on Sunday, March 2nd.
So it's time to take a look at how things stand in the race for the gold. For the last four months, seemingly everyone has been talking about the films and performances bound for Oscar glory. In less than a week, all that discussion culminates in the climactic shindig of awards season, an all-out frenzy of pomp and circumstance in which the industry's highest honors are awarded.
Some categories seem to be a lock, while others may surprise us when the envelopes are opened.
IAR's Oscar expert Brett Gursky and IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick give their predictions on who will win at the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
Airing Sunday, March 2nd on ABC is the 86th Annual Academy Awards. The nominees for Best Motion Picture of the Year include American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street.
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick has has the opportunity to speak exclusively with several of the nominees over the last year about their Oscar-nominated work including Best Adapted Screenplay nominees Ethan Hawke, Julie Deply, and Richard Linklater (Before Midnight), Best Documentary Feature subjects Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill (20 Feet from Stardom), Best Actor in a Leading Role nominee Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Best Actress in a Supporting Role nominee June Squibb (Nebraska), Best Directing nominee Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street), Best Actor in a Supporting Role nominee Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), and Best Animated Feature Film of the Year directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (Frozen). The Oscar-nominees discussed their acclaimed work, their performances and/or films, their scripts, working with their directors and/or cast members, the success of their projects, and how it feels to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Matthew McConaughey is riding a gravy train with biscuit wheels.
Lately the actor has been on an unparalleled roll, doing career-best work in seemingly every new performance. Just a few short years ago, McConaughey was synonymous with generic romantic comedies in which he played "The Matthew McConaughey Type" rather than real characters.
Now here we are, at a time when the dude everybody dismissed half a decade ago reveals new layers and depths on the regular. Thanks to his devastating and dramatically physical work as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey is heavily favored to take home a Best Actor statuette at the 86th Academy Awards.
Even as rakes in accolades and awards for Dallas Buyers Club, he's turning in a riveting performance week-by-week on HBO's elegant and desolate True Detective, running with the opportunities for longer, more nuanced acting that cable television now provides. And that's on the heels not only of his Oscar-nominated role, but a vital appearance in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and acclaimed work in Magic Mike and Killer Joe, just to name a few.
Next year, he ups his blockbuster game with Christopher Nolan's huge, ambitious, and mysterious Interstellar.
So here, at or near the pinnacle of McConaughey's success, well beyond the turning of the tide, we've rustled up our latest Rogue 10 compiling ten outstanding Matthew McConaughey performances that are above reproach, that stand the test of time, that are worth remembered, and that you just can't McConaughate.
The awards bug isn't limited to our shores; it's a pandemic, having hopped the pond to the U.K.
At the 62nd Annual BAFTA Awards this weekend, 12 Years a Slave won the top prize yet remained in a virtual awards season deadlock with Gravity, which won six major awards.
Surprising no one, Gravity won in a whole mess of categories at the 12th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards.
A month out from the Oscars, and Gravity is shaping up to be the movie to beat in some crucial categories.
Director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki has joined director Alfonso Cuaron in being lauded by his professional peers. Cuaron took home the Directors Guild Award, while Lubezki has been given a high honor by the American Society of Cinematographers.
The acclaimed drama Dallas Buyers Club arrives on Blu-ray this week, so there's absolutely no excuse for missing Matthew McConaughey's remarkable performance before the Academy Awards next month.
The Seahawks weren't the only champs this weekend.
On Saturday, the WGA handed out its contributions to awards season at the 66th Annual Writers Guild Awards. On the feauture side of this particular awards ceremony, Spike Jonze and Billy Ray won big on account of Her and Captain Phillips.