There are a few guaranteed things actors can do to get nominated for an Oscar. They can play someone with a disability or a disease, go to method extremes (hey, Leo), or play a transgender character. The only problem is, every major transgender role in a mainstream film has been played by a cisgender actor, or an actor who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth. Sean Baker’s low-budget indie Tangerine might change that, and make Oscar history along the way.
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The 69-year-old Sylvester Stallone reprises his Rocky Balboa for the seventh time in Creed. Alongside star Michael B. Jordan, Stallone gives a memorable supporting performance that could earn him at spot in the Oscar race.
In the event that you woke up this morning feeling great about your life and your accomplishments, now may be a good time to excuse yourself and navigate to a different, safer article. Because in today’s installment of his Variety awards column “In Contention,” writer Kris Tapley has noted that one Hollywood heavy hitter stands to collect a landmark nomination in this year’s Oscar cycle. It’s not that Meryl Streep is going to earn her kajillionth nod this year — her chances with Ricki and the Flash or Suffragette are, shall we say, slim — or that the ghost of Edith Head has returned from beyond the impeccably designed veil to earn yet another prize for her costuming talents.
Star Wars is not exactly synonymous with the Oscars. Those two words, forever known as the most famous film franchise in the world, have more in common with terms like “box office,” “special effects,” “sold-out tickets,” and many other things which are usually at the other end of the spectrum of awards season fodder. But what if J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens actually turned out to be a an Oscar sleeper? Before you roll your eyes, stop reading this and go back to analyzing those new Force Awakens photos, hear me out, for the sake of the Force.
What qualities signify the best movie of the year? Could it be one that thoughtfully examines the human condition in the most striking way? Perhaps one that makes you laugh as much as it makes you cry and introspect over hard-to-swallow truths. Maybe even a movie that’s so visually dynamic its detailed beauty elevates the wonder of its evocative story. Now here’s the kicker: what if that movie was animated?
This weekend proved once and for all that people care more about the new iPhone emojis than they do about Steve Jobs. But could the biopic’s box office failure signal a struggle for it come Oscar season?
Look who’s back! According to Variety, Chris Rock is reportedly in talks to host the 88th Academy Awards.
Each week, ScreenCrush will analyze the Oscar potentials. This past weekend saw the opening of three big studio films in wide release, with a handful of limited releases shining even brighter. It’s the little guys and festival favorites that are already garnering the most Oscar buzz: Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation and A24’s Room. But can Netflix and the up-and-coming indie distribution company make it all the way to the Academy Awards?
By the end of summer, Mad Max: Fury Road was ranking high on nearly everyone’s Top 10 list, and was even voted the best film of the year by the International Federation of Film Critics. With such praise, Fury Road soon popped up in Oscar discussions, and now Warner Bros. is planning to campaign the film for Best Picture, Best Actress, Actor and Best Supporting Actor. So what does it mean? Does Fury Road actually have a chance this year to not only get nominated, but win in any of those categories?
This is the most exciting time of the year for anyone who loves film, as critics and journalists no longer have to play the guessing game of what may or may not make it to the Oscars. The awards season frontrunners are already pretty clear, with the exception of a few titles yet to screen for press, including The Revenant, The Hateful Eight, Joy, By the Sea and Concussion. Here’s what your 2016 Oscar categories will most likely look like.