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Why Bridge Of Spies Has An Ace Up Its Sleeve In The Best Picture Race
19 February 2016

Quick, name your favorite Steven Spielberg movie. You likely said Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark or Jurassic Park. Some might even have said E.T. If you are a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, however, your answer probably involved one of Spielberg’s classic dissections of American or global history, for whenever the director aims his camera at the past, the Academy tends to sit up straight and listen. They did it again this year with Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, an admirable account of a Cold War negotiation. But do they love it enough to reward it with Best Picture? Bridge of Spies has most of the ingredients you would put in an “imaginary” Oscar contender. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks, the movie is set during the heated moments of the Cold...see full article at cinemablend.

Why Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' Will Likely Win Best Picture
18 February, 2016

Whatever challenges Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu faced while directing "The Revenant" on location in wintry Canada and Tierra del Fuego, he always felt good about the film he was making, and with reason — the film leads the Oscar field with 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and Best Supporting Actor Tom Hardy. In the month since the nominations, "The Revenant" has built steady momentum toward an eventual Best Picture win. For the first time in DGA history, Iñárritu won the DGA directing Award for the second time in a row, and also nabbed BAFTA awards for Picture and Director that had eluded "Birdman" last year, when the Brits went for Richard Linklater and "Boyhood." If "The Revenant" wins Best Picture, it will make Oscar history as the first time a director has won two years in a row. If Iñárritu takes Best Director as well, he joins two others, John Ford and Joseph Mankiewicz. See full article at Thompson on Hollywood.

We May Finally Know Who Leaked The Deadpool Footage
16 February 2016

This past weekend, Deadpool made a killing (figuratively) at the box office and earned numerous positive reviews. However, only two years ago, the Merc with the Mouth leading his own solo movie was still just a dream. It was only after animated test footage leaked online in August 2014 that any significant progress began. After positive reception from fans, Fox fast-tracked Deadpool only weeks later, with shooting beginning in March of last year. Since then, the mystery of who posted that footage online has continued to loom, and a new report points to director Tim Miller as a possible culprit. After speaking with several inside sources connected to Deadpool, The Hollywood Reporter is almost positive that it was Tim Miller, or some close to him at Blur Studios, the company which made the test footage and that Miller co-founded. See full article at cinemablend.

13 Reasons to Be Outraged at The Hateful Eight's Oscar Snub
10 February 2016

Oscar nominations have been out for weeks, and it's time to pick them apart. One of the biggest snubs of the year, and one I'm personally shocked about, is the nearly complete absence of The Hateful Eight in the main categories. It might not be Quentin Tarantino's greatest film, but it's every bit as good as Django Unchained, which was nominated for five Academy Awards and won two. The story follows a bounty hunter (Kurt Russell) and his prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who find themselves trapped at Minnie's Haberdashery, a small cabin filled with mysterious characters. The movie is so grand that it even has an intermission! Read on to find out why The Hateful Eight's snub is so tragic. See full article at POPSUGAR.

2016 Academy Awards Nominees
14 January, 2016

Nominations were announced on January 14, 2016. Chris Rock will return as host for the ceremony, which will air live on Sunday, February 28, at 8pm ET/5pm PT on ABC. See full list at indiewire.

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