Your guide to the 86th Academy Awards

March 2nd, 2014 by

Some links and info for tonight’s Oscars. But first, my predictions for the two most important awards. Why, screenwriting, of course!

Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley

Best Original Screenplay: Her, Spike Jonze

Okay, some links!

The Week: Your definitive Oscar prediction list.

Mashable: Your complete list of all performers and presenters.

THR: Seven things you didn’t know about The Envelope’s surprising journey.

There’s this: Julie Delpy slams the Academy as ‘white men over 70 who need money’.

And in case you missed my Saturday Hot Links yesterday:

The Oscars will piss you off, but you’ll keep watching.

The 2014 hater’s guide to the Oscars.

5 shocking statistics about gender inequity and the Academy Awards.

10 fun and fascinating facts about the 2014 Oscar nominated movies.

58 Oscar stats you may not know.

Why are the Academy Award statuettes called Oscars.

Oscars 2014: Take a look at every visual effects winner ever.

20 celebrated directors who never won a Best Directing Oscar.

ABC to stream Oscars online for the first time.

Stream early films from Oscar nominees online for free.

10 Oscar winners whose speeches were under 11 words.

Oscar presenters and performers list.

Kareem: The Oscars addiction to lame historical dramas.

Best Picture math from Nate Silver and 538.

Supercut: The early roles of Oscar nominees [video].

Let me end with two videos. The first celebrates a really solid year in film:

And this: Every year TCM does a really classy video tribute for many of the notable men and women who have been involved in the film business who have passed away that year. Here is that video for 2013:

To everyone who works in the movie business and all of us who love movies, enjoy the 86th Academy Awards!

UPDATE: Jimmy Kimmel slams mean Tweeters:

UPDATE #2: Jared Leto’s acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor:

UPDATE #3: Darlene Love belts it out.

UPDATE #4: Congratulations to John Ridley and Spike Jonze for their Oscars.

UPDATE #5: I was supremely happy to see 12 Years a Slave win Best Picture as it is the best, most important movie of the year. But all 9 Best Picture nominated movies are strong stories and dozens more that were not on the Academy list. 2012 and 2013 have been good years for movies. Thanks to all the storytellers. To that end – and I know this is a commercial selling a product – just listen to the words, spoken by Andrew Stanton, a writer and director (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E) match up with some wonderful imagery.

Here’s to all you storytellers out there. May you find the Words… and may the Words find you!

Announcing the 2014 Black List Oscar Pool

February 5th, 2014 by

From the top secret underground headquarters of the Black List comes this message from Franklin Leonard:

Pretty straightforward. We’re running an Oscar Pool. It’s for entertainment purposes only, meaning there are no prizes, per se, except for bragging rights and the sense of pride in knowing that you know the mind of the Academy better than anyone else, or at least the people who end up beneath you in the rankings.
The process is simple:
  1. Go to http://www.runyourpool.com/join.cfm
  2. Enter the following information:
    1. In the Pool ID box, enter the number 29322
    2. In the Pool Password box, enter ‘theblacklist’ (without the single quotes)
  3. Fill out the form information, including a personal username and password (This information will NOT be sold or utilized for spam email under ANY circumstances.)
  4. Make your picks, with the ability to change it right up until the Awards show.
Any difficulties? Let us know, or email support@runyourpool.com.
Note: Every category is a 1 point category, except Best Picture and the two writing categories, which are worth 2 (for obvious reasons, hopefully.)

Okay, all you movie buffs, time to test for the best! And this year, it seems a lot of categories are up in the air including Best Picture. So gaze into your crystal ball and enter the 2014 Black List Oscar Pool!

How awesome is Jennifer Lawrence!

February 25th, 2013 by

HT to @HIGHzurrer for the link.

Your Oscar ceremony comments

February 24th, 2013 by

Post your thoughts here!

UPDATE: Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio for Argo. Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained. And very nice Tarantino zeroing in on the importance of characters. Congratulations!

UPDATE #2: Go here for THR’s complete list of Oscar winners.

Statistics driven Oscar predictions

February 24th, 2013 by

Franklin sends this along to help with your prognostications tonight:

2013 Oscar Predictions Slide1

2013 WGA Awards

February 18th, 2013 by

Per THR, here is the complete list [winners in bold]:

FILM CATEGORIES

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Flight, written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures

Looper, written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures

The Master, written by Paul Thomas Anderson; The Weinstein Co.

Moonrise Kingdom, written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola; Focus Features

Zero Dark Thirty, written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures

Life of Pi, screenplay by David Magee; based on the novel by Yann Martel; 20th Century Fox

Lincoln, screenplay by Tony Kushner; based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin; DreamWorks Pictures

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; based on his book; Summit Entertainment

Silver Linings Playbook, screenplay by David O. Russell; based on the novel by Matthew Quick; The Weinstein Co.

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

The Central Park Five, written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns; Sundance Selects

The Invisible War, written by Kirby Dick; Cinedigm Entertainment Group

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films

Searching for Sugar Man, written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classics

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, written by Brian Knappenberger; Cinetic Media

West of Memphis, written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin; Sony Pictures Classics

For television and all the rest of the awards:

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WGA 2013 Best Screenplay Nominations

January 4th, 2013 by

This year’s WGA screenplay nominations have been announced:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Flight, Written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures

Looper, Written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures

The Master, Written by Paul Thomas Anderson; The Weinstein Company

Moonrise Kingdom, Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola; Focus Features

Zero Dark Thirty, Written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures

Life of Pi, Screenplay by David Magee; Based on the novel by Yann Martel; 20th Century Fox

Lincoln, Screenplay by Tony Kushner; Based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin; DreamWorks Pictures

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; Based on his book; Summit Entertainment

Silver Linings Playbook, Screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick; The Weinstein Company

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

The Central Park Five, Written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns; Sundance Selects

The Invisible War, Written by Kirby Dick; Cinedigm Entertainment Group

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films

Searching for Sugar Man, Written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classics

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, Written by Brian Knappenberger; Cinetic Media

West of Memphis, Written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin; Sony Pictures Classics

Congratulations, writers!

2012 Golden Globe Nominations: Best Screenplay

December 13th, 2012 by

Here they are:

Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Chris Terrio, Argo
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Tough when they only allow five, but I sure would have liked to see The Master by P.T. Anderson and Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson included in that list.

What do you think of the honorees?

For all of the Golden Globe nominations, go here.

Snubbed 2012 — An Oscar Tribute

February 27th, 2012 by

What snubbed movies did you think deserved to get nominated for this year’s Oscars?

Academy Awards schedule

February 26th, 2012 by

Here is the supposed telecast schedule for the 84th Academy Awards. All times Pacific:

5:30pm: Show starts, Billy Crystal’s opening number.

5:40: 1st award – Cinematography.

5:43: Art Direction.

5:52: Costume Design.

5:54: Makeup.

6:03: Foreign Language Film.

6:07: Supporting Actress.

6:20: Editing.

6:23: Sound Editing

6:26: Sound Mixing.

6:33: Cirque du Soleil

6:37: Documentary Feature.

6:41: Animated Feature.

6:49: Visual Effects.

6:53: Supporting Actor.

7:04: Score.

7:08: Song (Muppets)?

7:17: Adapted Screenplay.

7:20: Original Screenplay.

7:31: Live Action Short.

7:34: Documentary Short.

7:37: Animated Short.

7:44: Direction.

7:58: In Memoriam.

8:07: Best Actor.

8:15: Best Actress.

8:27: Best Picture.