Academy Awards

Jan. 16, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.

Oscar nominations 2014 kick off superhero theme, honor genre films

The 86th Academy Awards aim to take a page from comic book movies. The 2014 Oscars ceremony will honor superheroes, real-life heroes and animated heroes, and Thursday morning’s nominations kicked off the heroic theme. Patrick Doyle’s “Thor” soundtrack played as Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, took her place onstage early Thursday morning. Isaacs introduced Chris Hemsworth, who plays the hammer-wielding demigod in the Marvel films. “I want to thank everyone for joining us for these exciting announcements, celebrating the heroes of movie-making,” she said. “And lucky for us, we have a superhero here with us today.” PHOTOS: Oscars 2014 top nominees The academy will expand on the hero theme with “The Oscars Celebrates Movie Heroes,” an exhibition at its Beverly Hills headquarters starting Friday to March 5. The show will feature still […]
Feb. 24, 2013 | 2:47 p.m.

Oscars 2013: Sci-fi, fantasy fail to capture academy’s imagination

It’s a rough time for science fiction and fantasy films at the 2013 Academy Awards. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “Prometheus,” two high-profile films with Oscar pedigrees, fell comparatively flat with critics. They made their share at the box office, but came up short come during the awards season. The closest either genre has to a place at the top of the Oscar honorees this year is through the more fantastical elements of best-picture nominees “Life of Pi” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” though both films spin narratives that are far from sci-fi/fantasy conventions. Both directors, Ang Lee and Benh Zeitlin are also nominated. Oscars 2013: Full coverage And in other categories, there’s barely a film in either genre. There’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” up for best costume design, “The Hobbit’s” three nominations in technical categories, and […]
Feb. 20, 2013 | 12:42 p.m.

Oscars 2013 host Seth MacFarlane: ‘I’m the wrong guy’ for the job

Academy Awards host Seth MacFarlane has a message for the Oscars: Be careful what you wish for ’cause you just might get it. The raunchy-minded creative genius behind TV’s “Family Guy” and “American Dad” and the summer box office hit “Ted” says the 85th annual Academy Awards on Sunday will be “a very thin-skinned room” for his ribald sense of humor. “It’s a really bad match,” MacFarlane told CNN. “I’m the wrong guy to do this.” Oscars 2013: Complete coverage What do you think? Is MacFarlane a good match for the Oscars? Will the Academy Awards regret turning over the reins to him? Will he push the envelope? MacFarlane was joking, of course, in his comments to CNN. Or was he? Let’s not forget MacFarlane’s surprising appearance at the announcement of the Academy Awards nominees last month. (MacFarlane is the only […]
Feb. 20, 2013 | 9:26 a.m.

‘Mirror Mirror’ looking for Oscar gold after top guild win

This post has been corrected. See the note below for details. “Mirror Mirror” on the wall: Will this fantastical twist on the tale of Snow White take home Oscar gold Sunday night at the 85th annual Academy Awards? [For the Record, 12:15 p.m., Feb. 20: Someone needs to get her fairy tales straight. An earlier version of this post said that “Mirror Mirror” was a fantastical twist on Sleeping Beauty. It’s a retelling of Snow White.] The lavishly costumed film starring Julia Roberts as the evil monarch who envies fresh-faced newcomer Lily Collins nabbed top honors Tuesday at the 15th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, winning for excellence in fantasy film. The guild awards come as the award season races toward its climactic finale, Oscar Sunday. The win suggests that “Mirror Mirror” could be the front-runner for the costume design Oscar. […]
Sept. 16, 2011 | 11:06 a.m.

Malcolm McDowell on Kubrick, killing Kirk and ‘Entourage’ [video]

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of “A Clockwork Orange,” the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is screening the film tonight at a sold-out tribute to Malcolm McDowell. Stanley Kubrick’s transgressive vision has influenced many of today’s top filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton, but  McDowell told Hero Complex’s Geoff Boucher that he’s only recently begun to appreciate the “revolutionary” film in which he starred. Boucher is hosting tonight’s tribute. Hero Complex readers can watch the onstage discussion with McDowell at 7:30 p.m. PDT. Tune in to the livestream video below. [UPDATE: Here’s footage from the sold-out event.] RECENT AND RELATED: McDowell finally appreciates “A Clockwork Orange” Spielberg: “Stanley Kubrick never really leaves” McDowell: Kirk deserved a better death scene Tim Burton’s “Clockwork Orange” vomit memory “Black Swan”: Taking a page from Kubrick Ford: Today’s special-effects films are soulless […]
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