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Moonlight causes Oscars upset

Moonlight causes Oscars upset

Two of the producers of the musical La La Land – the equal most nominated film in Oscar’s history and one of the hottest favourites for years – had already given their Best Picture acceptance speech when it emerged that the veteran actress Faye Dunaway had read out the wrong winne...

Why is La La Land sweeping the awards?

Why is La La Land sweeping the awards?

Last month, “La La Land” broke the record for most Golden Globes won by a single film after snagging 7 trophies out of 7 nominations. Two weeks later, it made history again when it collected 14 Academy Awards nominations, record-tying with “All About Eve (1951)” and “Titanic (1997)”. It ...

What Foreign Language films get nominated for Golden Globes and Oscars?

What Foreign Language films get nominated for Golden Globes and Oscars?

When the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences released its 5 Oscar nominees in the Foreign Language Film category, no one was surprised by the absence of  The People’s Republic of China’s submission, Huo Jianqi’s Xuanzang, which depicts the legendary seventh-century spiritual journey ...

The Awards Machine Behind the Golden Globes and Oscars

The Awards Machine Behind the Golden Globes and Oscars

Before I joined the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) in 2010, and became a Golden Globe awards voter, I had often been baffled by the Oscars and Golden Globes choices of nominated films and talent, and vexed by the absence of my favourite movies, which I thought were more artistically dese...

Oscar spoils shared between Revenant, Spotlight, Mad Max – & SPECTRE

Oscar spoils shared between Revenant, Spotlight, Mad Max – & SPECTRE

At an Oscars ceremony where there was as much talk about who was not nominated as about who was, there were a number of big surprises, not least in the top category. Spotlight was a surprise Best Picture Oscar winner Spotlight, about the Boston journalists who exposed the scale of child sex abuse w...

Birdman and Grand Budapest Hotel lead Oscar nominations

Birdman and Grand Budapest Hotel lead Oscar nominations

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced this year’s Oscar nominations at a pre-dawn ceremony, here in Los Angeles. Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel top the list, each receiving nine nods, with The Imitation Game close behind them on eight. Academy members have narrowe...

Neil Patrick Harris to host 2015 Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris to host 2015 Oscars

In recent years, he’s hosted the Emmys and the Tonys and now, Neil Patrick Harris – currently starring in the box office chart topping Gone Girl– is to add the Oscars to his CV. He’s taking over from Ellen De Generes, who – as a safe pair of hands – brought in the highest ratings for the...

300 rises to the top spot in the UK

300 rises to the top spot in the UK

300: Rise of an Empire hits the top spot after making £2,761,612 on its opening weekend. The American action film is a follow up to the 2007 film 300, which follows a fictionalised retelling of the Battle of Salamis, taking place before, during and after. Zack Snyder, who directed and co-wrote the ...

The Lego Movie can’t be moved at the UK top spot

The Lego Movie can’t be moved at the UK top spot

Third week in the top spot for the computer animated, The Lego Movie which made another £3,266,594 and after three weeks on release has totalled £26,671,764 in cinema ticket sales. New in second place is the American thriller, Non-Stop, which made £2,652,364 on its opening weekend and stars Liam ...

Christian film loses Oscar nomination

Christian film loses Oscar nomination

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has withdrawn the Oscar nomination from one of the contenders for Best Original Song at this year’s ceremony. The musician, Bruce Broughton, who wrote the song “Alone Yet Not Alone” – for the independent Christian film of the sa...

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