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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Mamo #342: MamOscar 2014

Oscars 2014! This omnibus episode stitches together all 9 of the minisodes from last night’s Oscar telecast. Ellen, Slave, Gravity, selfies, Blanchett, McConnaughey, Hustle, Menzel, Midler, Minelli, the pizza guy and much, much more!

To download this episode, use this URL: http://rowthree.com/audio/mamo/mamo342.mp3

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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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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Oscar Doc Short List Nominations

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There were 147 documentary films contending for an Oscar nomination in 2013. In the end, there can only be five nominations, but The Academy has whittled the initial list down to fifteen.

Most of the titles are unsurprising to my eyes. These are all of the bigger profile docs that people were talking about throughout the year. Front-runner predictions? I’d have to think Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell has got to be a favorite. Also, Blackfish and The Act of Killing have gotten a lot of buzz as well.

The Act of Killing
The Armstrong Lie
Blackfish
The Crash Reel
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
First Cousin Once Removed
God Loves Uganda
Life According to Sam
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
The Square
Stories We Tell
Tim’s Vermeer
20 Feet from Stardom
Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

A couple of titles notably missing from the short list are After Tiller, Gideon’s Army, Let the Fire Burn and Leviathan; four films I’ve seen on some other favorite lists and have been getting recognition in other venues. I think At Berkeley is another one I’ve seen cropping up on some best of lists as well.

What say you? Any commentary you have on the list? Anything missing or more interestingly, are there any titles on the short list that absolutely should not be there?

Also, the full list of 151 films is printed under the seats…
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Oscar’s Foreign Language “LONG” List.

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Courtesy of Variety, here is the list of each countries submission. I’m sure we will see a narrowed list to about 10 entries at some later date, prior to the January 19th Nominee announcement, but if you want to start checking them all out, of the few I am aware of, I’d start with my favourite, Belgium’s Broken Circle Breakdown. I’ve been trying to track down Sean Ellis’s Metro Manila after missing it at Fantasia to no avail, maybe things will get easier now. Asghar Farhadi’s Parisian set The Past covers similar ground to his Oscar winning follow up to A Separation and is quite excellent. The Hunt is solid enough even though I had some issues with it, and The Grandmasters has already played wide, albeit the Chinese cut is the one being nominated, not the truncated USA version.

The rest either have only mild festival awareness wholly unknown properties for yours truly. The full list is tucked under the seat for you to explore at will.

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Ellen DeGeneres Hosting Oscar Ceremony 2014

Ellen DeGeneresSome people watch Oprah, some people watch The View (dear God, why? squak squak squak!) and some people watch Fox and Friends. Me? I subscribe to the Ellen channel on YouTube. Although her stint at the Oscars a few years back didn’t work all that well, I still think she’s great at being funny with her stand-up and guest interviews alike. She does all sorts of good humanitarian work and makes people laugh while doing it. Also, she’s great in Finding Nemo. It’s safe to say I’m a fan.

And now we get this Tweet from her earlier today:


So yeah, I guess this is official. I’m willing to give her a second try on this one and actually look forward to it. Would I have chosen someone different to host if I were in charge? Yeah probably. But I’m happy with this choice.

Dueling Oscar News

1) As if the Oscars weren’t already meaningless enough, Oscar voters will now no longer have to actually watch movies in certain categories before voting. Now I actually thought that this is the way it whas been for years but apparently just yesterday The Academy announced it would now be sending Oscar Voters DVDs for the following categories: Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film.

So voters are no longer required to see the movies on the large screen and can now just ignore them from the comforot of their own home as the screening sit idly on a coffee table or kitchen counter before putting a check mark on their ballots. Perhaps I’m being cynical?

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2) To the chagrin of many and the joy of many more, Seth McFarlane has reportedly been offered the Oscar hosting gig for 2014. Both The Academy and Seth’s people have remained silent on the issue, but this is the rumored news. Not to get into yet another debate about who an ideal Oscar host would be, but there you have it. Discuss.