72nd Annual Golden Globe Nominations

 
This is the second of three awards shows we I care about each year. The others being The Spirit Awards and of course The Oscars. Of course The Globes are poo-pooed for their self-congratulatory nature and general feeling of “just being created” for the sake of another awards show. But in my view, all awards shows are exactly this. So what makes The Globes so unspecial?

I’m come to the conclusion in the past couple of years that outside of the context of conversation, I don’t really care all that much about The Awards themselves. I care more about the production of the show and seeing the stars ham it up and have fun. The Globes are infinitely more entertaining to watch than The Oscars and their hosts (this year brings back Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the third and final time) are usually classier and funnier, yet still willing to takes risks and be “edgy”. Also, I like the inclusion of television and comedy categories. But I digress…

The awards this year are fairly obvious in their picks. Following in the footsteps of The SAG nominations, Birdman led the way with se7en nominations. Television nominations are under the seats.

Best Motion Picture, Drama
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

Best Director – Motion Picture
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Pride
St. Vincent

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Big Eyes” (Big Eyes)
“Glory” (Selma)
“Mercy Is” (Noah)
“Opportunity” (Annie)
“Yellow Flicker Beat” (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

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21st Annual Screen Actor’s Guild Nominations

Tons of awards start hitting the scene this time of year. We’re not going to post all of them, or even very many, but the Screen Actors Guild we usually pay attention to. Usually the wins will give you a pretty good head start on your Oscar ballot. If you’re interested in more than just the movies, television nominees are under the seats if you’d like a look at the boob tube crew.

The Nomination Score:
Birdman = 4
Boyhood = 3
The Theory of Everything = 3
The Imitation Game = 3

“Modern Family” = 4
Cast in a Motion Picture
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Actor
Steve Carell (Foxcacther)
Benedict Cumberbatch(The Imitation Game)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Actress
Jennifer Aniston (Cake)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall (The Judge)
Ethan Hawke(Boyhood)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Emma Stone (Birdman)
Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
Naomi Watts (St. Vincent)

Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Fury
Get on Up
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Unbroken
X-Men: Days of Future Past

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2015 Independent Spirit Awards

It’s awards season yet again. And again we’re all sitting in the third row with baited breath to see what films, stars and storytellers will be given the opportunity to bring home a congratulatory gold-plated statue (or embarrassing figurine if you happen to take home a Razzie). While The Academy Awards (Oscars) tend to get all the glory and pizzazz, the award show that is held in fairly high esteem around here is The Spirit Awards ceremony:

Along with being a fantastic party, the Spirit Awards ceremony also brings together top talent from Hollywood and throughout independent film. Awards are presented for the year’s best achievements in independent film, with statues given for Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best Feature Made for Under $500,000 (the John Cassavetes Award) and many more.

In keeping with its Los Angeles roots, the Spirit Awards takes place each year in and around a beachfront tent in beautiful Santa Monica. Currently in its 30th year, the show remains as original as the films and filmmakers it honors.

Winners are chosen by those in the know: Film Independent Members and Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) members. Voting members receive select DVD screeners and are invited to attend free screenings of all nominated films before choosing the Spirit Award winners.

Film Independent is a non-profit arts organization. Its voting members include filmmakers, film industry leaders and film lovers. Anyone passionate about the art of film can join as a Member and vote for the winners of the Spirit Awards.

Since starting in 1984, The Spirits have had a lot of fun times at their ceremony. As part of this “rich” history, the main site has put together a list of highlights from each year over the past 29 years (including Sarah Silverman’s vagina).

This year’s show will play on February 21st, 2015 (the night before the Oscars). So blah-di-blah-di-blah, here are the nominees for this years ceremony (which in my opinion is mostly correct ;).

BEST FEATURE
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
Love is Strange
Selma
Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Ava DuVernay, Selma
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
David Zellner Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

BEST SCREENPLAY
Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, Big Eyes
J.C. Chandor, A Most Violent Year
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Jim Jarmusch, Only Lovers Left Alive
Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, Love is Strange

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Marion Cotillard – The Immigrant
Rinko Kikuchi – Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Jenny Slate – Obvious Child
Tilda Swinton – Only Lovers Left Alive

BEST MALE LEAD
André Benjamin – Jimi: All Is By My Side
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
John Lithgow – Love is Strange
David Oyelowo – Selma

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Carmen Ejogo – Selma
Andrea Suarez Paz – Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
Emma Stone – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Riz Ahmed – Nightcrawler
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Alfred Molina – Love is Strange
Edward Norton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
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Foreign Language Oscar Submissions – 83 of Them!

Wait, it’s Oscar nom time? But I haven’t seen anything good this year! Well, perhaps you’re in the wrong country or not hitting the festival circuit; because apparently the world seem to think that there are at least 83 films worthy of Oscar consideration. It’s a record year for the Foreign Language submissions this year. Last year there were 76 submissions (also a record), but 2014 has bested that number by seven.

Of course not all 83 will be up for an actual nomination. Eventually this list of 83 will be whittled down to five (which you will likely have heard of by then) and then on the big night only one will survive. I’ve always contended that the foreign language category is the one category that The Academy actually gets (mostly) right – both in nominations and often the winner.

At any rate, come February 22nd, one of the following titles will be crowned king of the films not funded by American monies:

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2014 Cannes Winners

Jury president, Jane Campion, admitted that she was a “little afraid” to watch Ceylan’s film. “I was thinking, oh my god, I’m going to need to take a toilet break, but I sat down, and the film had such a beautiful rhythm and it took me in. I could have stayed there for another couple hours. It was masterful.” She added further, “The real gift of the film is how honest it is,” she added. “It’s ruthless. If I had the guts to be as honest as [Ceylan], I’d be proud of myself.”

Palme d’Or (best picture)
Winter Sleep
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Grand Prix (runner-up)
The Wonders
Director: Alice Rohrwacher

Prix de la Mise en Scene (best director)
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Prix du Scenario (best screenplay)
Leviathan
Writers: Andrey Zvyaginstev and Oleg Negin

Camera d’Or (best first feature)
Party Girl
Directors: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis

Prix du Jury (jury prize)
Mommy
Director: Xavier Dolan
and
Goodbye to Language
Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Prix d’interpretation feminine (best actress)
Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars

Prix d’interpretation masculine (best actor)
Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner

 

86th Annual Academy Award WINNERS [Oscars]

 
This is the nominee and winners list for the 2014 Academy Awards. The results will be updated as the winners are announced. Or as close to live as possible. The party I’m at like to pause and chill and distract themselves so as our TiVO catches up the results below will begin to emerge in RED.

If you’re interested in hanging out with the crew, you can join up with the live blog and up-to-the-minute commentary from RowThree staff and readers. Kurt Halfyard should be in fine form. Anything you like, he will hate. Guaranteed.

TOTAL NOMINATIONS COUNT:
American Hustle 10
Gravity 10
12 Years a Slave 9
Captain Phillips 6
Dallas Buyers’ Club 6
Nebraska 6
Her 5
The Wolf of Wall Street 5

 
 

TOTAL WIN COUNT:                 
Gravity 7
12 Years a Slave 3
Dallas Buyers’ Club 3
The Great Gatsby 2
Frozen 2
Her 1
American Hustle 0
Captain Phillips 0
Nebraska 0
The Wolf of Wall Street 0

 

BEST MOTION PICTURE:
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Nebraska
Her
The Wolf of Wall Street
Philomena

DIRECTOR:
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

ACTOR:
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Christian Bale (American Hustle)

ACTRESS:
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
June Squibb (Nebraska)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)

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2013 Independent Spirit Award WINNERS

spirit awards 2013

 
Tomorrow is Oscar Night. But the real party is tonight at “The Spirit Awards.” While 12 Years a Slave unsurprisingly pretty much cleaned house (earning 5 wins of its 7 nominations), it was nice to see some recognition for other, smaller films like Mud and Short Term 12.

Mostly nothing overly surprising from this end. How bout you? Anything on the below list catching your eye? Winners are obviously in RED

BEST FEATURE
12 Years a Slave
All is Lost
Frances Ha
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

BEST DIRECTOR
Shane Carruth, Upstream Color
J.C. Chandor, All is Lost
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Jeff Nichols, Mud
Alexander Payne, Nebraska

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Gaby Hoffman, Crystal Fairy
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now

BEST MALE LEAD
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost
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Six Annual Row Three Oscar Live Blog and Prize POOL – Oh Yeah!

It’s hard to believe we’ve been at it this long but alas, it’s true. Once again, Row Three will be Live Blogging the Oscars. For the 6th year in a row.

Kurt is going to play master of ceremonies (and uber-priss), guiding us through the night with quips and observations but other R3 staff will be dropping in to share in the festivities and if you’ve participated in previous years, you’ll know that things get very interesting as the night (and drinking) progresses. Oh yes, ’tis a barrel of laughs that will never see the light of day again once the event is over so be sure to mark your calendar and drop on by and join us for the action. I cannot guarantee anything but I have a feeling there will likely be more than one “FU” spat at a TV/computer/phone screen. I am saddened that Seth MacFarlane will not be back (Hey, I liked the boobs song, so sue me) but heck, Ellen should manage quite well. She has those magical shoes and all.

    In the meantime, drop your Oscar picks for the main categories

– Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Documentary, Animated, Foreign Language, Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Best Song, Editing, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Makeup, Production Design and Score —

    in the space below and we’ll send you some Blu Rays if you score the most correct guesses.

The show kicks off at 4PT/7ET though if last year is any indication, the “official” red carpet will eat into the first 30 minutes of air time with the show kicking off at 4:30/7:30.

‘Till Sunday…

86th Annual Academy Award Nominations [Oscars]

 
Good morning! Welcome to dark o’clock for the live blogging of the 2014 Oscar Nominations! We’re going to be posting the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards right here on this page (almost) as quickly as they are announced – and you can watch the presentation in the video above.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Chris Hemsworth (aka James Hunt, aka Thor) took to the stage today to present this year’s nominees. I’ll be trying to keep up with them as they (very very quickly, traditionally) announce the titles and names for all of the major categories.

You can check out all of the nominees printed below and be sure to sound off in the comments section with your thoughts/rants. The major categories will be posted here immediately (as they are announced) and the rest will be posted once they’re made public from the Academy (usually within a couple of hours).

**UPDATE** All categories are now posted including the final nomination tally.

Take a look at the full list of nominees printed below. See anything interesting or surprising? Anyone snubbed or is anything garnering undeserved attention? Make it known in the comments below!

The award winners will be announced on Sunday, MARCH 2nd at 7pm ET live on ABC at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Ellen DeGeneres returns from a seven year hiatus to host the ceremony. Haters be damned, I’m excited for Ellen – it will be classy and most assuredly funny. We’ll see you in a month or so for a live blogging/discussion session and hopefully some good times (and lots of snark from our resident buzzkill, Kurt Halfyard!).

TOTAL NOMINATIONS COUNT:
American Hustle 10
Gravity 10
12 Years a Slave 9
Captain Phillips 6
Dallas Buyers’ Club 6
Nebraska 6
Her 5
The Wolf of Wall Street 5

 

BEST MOTION PICTURE:
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Nebraska
Her
The Wolf of Wall Street
Philomena

DIRECTOR:
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

ACTOR:
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Christian Bale (American Hustle)

ACTRESS:
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
June Squibb (Nebraska)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)

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