Thursday, January 15, 2015

LIST OF OSCAR NOMINEES


AND THE OSCAR® NOMINEES ARE:

Best Animated Feature Film
"Big Hero 6"
"The Boxtrolls"
"How to Train Your Dragon 2"
"Song of the Sea"
"The Tale of the Princess Kaguya"

Best Documentary Feature
"Citizenfour"
"Finding Vivian Maier"
"Last Days in Vietnam"
"Salt of the Earth"
"Virunga"

Best Film Editing
Sandra Adair, "Boyhood"
Tom Cross, "Whiplash"
William Goldenberg, "The Imitation Game"
Joel Cox and Gary Roach, "American Sniper"
Barney Pilling, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Best Production Design
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"Imitation Game"
"Interstellar"
"Into the Woods"
"Mr. Turner"

Best Animated Short Film
"The Bigger Picture"
"The Dam Keeper"
"Feast"
"Me and My Moulton"
"A Single Life

Best Documentary Short Subject
"Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1"
"Joanna"
"Our Curse
"The Reaper"
"White Earth"

Best Live Action Short Film
"Aya"
"Boogaloo and Gram"
"Butter Lamp"
"Parvaneh"
"The Phone Call"

Best Original Song
"Glory" by Common and John Legend, "Selma"
"Lost Stars" by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood, "Begin Again"
"Everything Is Awesome" by Shawn Patterson, "The LEGO Movie"
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You," by Glen Campbell, "Glenn Campbell: I'll Be Me"
"Grateful," "Beyond the lights"

Best Sound Editing
"American Sniper"
"Birdman"
"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"
"Interstellar"
"Unbroken"

Best Sound Mixing
"American Sniper"
"Birdman"
"Interstellar
"Unbroken"
"Whiplash"

Best Visual Effects
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"
"Guardians of the Galaxy"
"Interstellar"
"X-Men: Days of Future Past"

Best Actor
Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"
Bradley Cooper, "American Sniper"
Benedict Cumberbatch "Imitation Game"
Michael Keaton, "Birdman"
Eddie Redmayne, "Theory of Everything"

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"
Felicity Jones, "Theory of Everything"
Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"
Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"
Reese Witherspoon, "Wild"

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

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
Laura Dern, "Wild"
Keira Knightley, "Imitation Game"
Emma Stone, "Birdman"
Meryl Streep, "Into the Woods"

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, "Birdman"
Roger Deakins, "Unbroken"
Robert D. Yeoman, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Dick Pope, "Mr. Turner"
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lynzewski, "Ida"

Best Costume Design
Colleen Atwood, "Into the Woods"
Anna B. Sheppard, "Maleficent"
Milena Canonero, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Jacqueline Durran, "Mr. Turner"
Mark Bridges, "Inherent Vice"

Best Director
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Birdman"
Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
Bennett Miller, "Foxcatcher"
Wes Anderson, "Grand Budapest Hotel"
Morten Tyldum, "The Imitation Game"

Best Foreign Language Film
"Ida" -   Poland, "Ida," Pawel Pawlikowski, director;
"Leviathan" -  Russia, "Leviathan," Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;
"Tangerines" - Estonia, "Tangerines," Zaza Urushadze, director;
"Timbuktu" - Mauritania, "Timbuktu," Abderrahmane Sissako, director;
"Wild Tales" - Argentina, "Wild Tales," Damián Szifrón, director.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
"Foxcatcher"
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"Guardians of the Galaxy"

Best Original Score
Hans Zimmer, "Interstellar"
Alexandre Desplat, "The Imitation Game"
Johann Johannsson, "The Theory of Everything"
Alexandre Desplat, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Gary Yershon, "Mr. Turner"

Best Adapted Screenplay
Graham Moore, "The Imitation Game"
Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash"
Anthony McCarten, "The Theory of Everything"
Jason Hall, "American Sniper"
Paul Thomas Anderson, "Inherent Vice"

Best Original Screenplay
Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, "Birdman"
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler"
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, "Foxcatcher"

Best Picture
"American Sniper"
"Birdman"
"Boyhood"
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"The Imitation Game"
"Selma"
"The Theory of Everything"
"Whiplash"

The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.


List from: mimiatthemovies.blogspot,com   1/15/2015





Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CHANGES THIS YEAR FOR TOMORROW'S 87TH OSCAR® NOMINATIONS



87TH OSCARS® NOMINATIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED
THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2015, 5:30 A.M.

SAMUEL GOLDWYN THEATER, BEVERLY HILLS
ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES


FOR THE FIRST TIME, ACADEMY TO ANNOUNCE LIVE OSCAR® NOMINATIONS
IN ALL 24 CATEGORIES 


NOMINATIONS TO BE DELIVERED IN NEW TWO-PART PRESENTATION

1

On January 15, 2015 at 5:30 a.m. PT,  Alfonso Cuarón  and 

and J.J. Abrams
will announce the 

nominees in 11 categories:


Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature,

Documentary Short Subject, Film Editing, Original Song, 

Production Design, Animated Short Film, Live 

Action Short Film, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and 

Visual Effects. 

2




At 5:38 a.m, PT,

Academy President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs,





and Chris Pine, will take the stage to unveil the 

nominations in 13 categories:


Best Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Costume 

Design, Directing, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and 

Hairstyling, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay,  

Original Screenplay and Best Picture. 


GLOBAL LIVESTREAM AVAILABLE AT - - oscars.org/live   

and a live feed is supposed to be here tomorrow:










Friday, December 26, 2014

THE INTERVIEW From A Woman's Perspective




Last night I watched the infamous movie, "The Interview". You know, the one that allegedly sparked North Korea to hack Sony Pictures. Frankly, this movie is juvenile to the max. To any educated adults over 21,it will probably be totally disgusting. The character's vocabulary mainly consists of any word that starts with F. If a word doesn't, they put it there anyway. The movie was directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, their second directorial work, and their inexperience shows. All the characters are stereotypes and campy, especially Rogan and Franco's journalism characters. Rogan's is so charged with misguided testosterone, he is on the verge of suffering a penis explosion, Franco's is in love with a puppy. Randall Park portrays Kim Jong-un as an idiot psychopath. Ho hum, we've seen that before many times from movie dictators.. Of course, it is shamelessly targeting the 17 - 24 male audience, and will probably gross a gillion dollars. Hopefully, the real Kim Jong-un may be narcissistic enough to relish the fact that he has been portrayed in a Hollywood movie. All this said, there are a few funny moments, but nothing side-splitting. My recommendation? Spend your Christmas at the movies, but watch one of the 10, or so, quality ones.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

NINE FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR® RACE - - SHORT LIST


 Nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards®.  Eighty-three films had originally been considered in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Argentina, "Wild Tales," Damián Szifrón, director;

Estonia, "Tangerines," Zaza Urushadze, director;

Georgia, "Corn Island," George Ovashvili, director;

Mauritania, "Timbuktu," Abderrahmane Sissako, director;

Netherlands, "Accused," Paula van der Oest, director;

Poland, "Ida," Paweł Pawlikowski, director;

Russia, "Leviathan," Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;

Sweden, "Force Majeure," Ruben Östlund, director;

Venezuela, "The Liberator," Alberto Arvelo, director
.



Foreign Language Film nominations for 2014 are being determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 15.  The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

The shortlist will be winnowed down to the category’s five nominees by specially invited committees in New York, Los Angeles and, for the first time, London.  They will spend Friday, January 9, through Sunday, January 11, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

323 FEATURE FILMS IN CONTENTION FOR 2014 BEST PICTURE OSCAR®


323 FEATURE FILMS IN CONTENTION FOR 2014 BEST PICTURE OSCAR®


LOS ANGELES, CA – Three hundred twenty-three feature films are eligible for the 2014 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced earlier this week.

To be eligible for 87th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 87th Academy Awards” is available at http://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

10 CONTENDERS REMAIN IN VFX (Visual Effects) OSCAR® RACE - Short List



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 87th Oscars®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

    “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
    “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
    “Godzilla”
    “Guardians of the Galaxy”
    “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
    “Interstellar”
    “Maleficent”
    “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”
    “Transformers: Age of Extinction”
    “X-Men: Days of Future Past”


The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the short list.  All members of the Visual Effects Branch will now be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the short-listed films on Saturday, January 10, 2015.  Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The 87th Academy Awards® nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


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DOCUMENTARY FEATURES ADVANCE IN 2014 OSCAR® RACE - The Short List


15 films in the Documentary Feature category advance in the voting process.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 87th Oscars®.  One hundred thirty-four films were originally submitted in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

"Art and Craft," Purple Parrot Films
"The Case against 8," Day in Court
"Citizen Koch," Elsewhere Films
"CitizenFour," Praxis Films
"Finding Vivian Maier," Ravine Pictures
"The Internet’s Own Boy," Luminant Media
"Jodorowsky’s Dune," City Film
"Keep On Keepin’ On," Absolute Clay Productions
"The Kill Team," f/8 filmworks
"Last Days in Vietnam," Moxie Firecracker Films
"Life Itself," Kartemquin Films and Film Rites
"The Overnighters," Mile End Films West
"The Salt of the Earth," Decia Films
"Tales of the Grim Sleeper," Lafayette Film
"Virunga," Grain Media


The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting.  Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles.

     The 87th Academy Awards® nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.


      The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

TEN LIVE ACTION SHORTS ADVANCE IN TWENTY-FOURTEEN OSCAR® RACE



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® has announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards®.  One hundred forty-one pictures originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies (in parentheses) and writers or directors where applicable:

“Aya,” Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, directors (Chasis Films)

“Baghdad Messi,” Sahim Omar Kalifa, director, and Kobe Van Steenberghe, producer (a team productions)

“Boogaloo and Graham,” Michael Lennox, director, and Ronan Blaney, writer (Out of Orbit)

“Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak),” Hu Wei, director, and Julien Féret, producer
(AMA Productions)

"Carry On,” Yatao Li, director (Rochester Institute of Technology)

“My Father’s Truck,” Maurício Osaki, director (Lupi Filmes)

“Parvaneh,” Talkhon Hamzavi, director, and Stefan Eichenberger, producer (Zurich University of Arts)

“The Phone Call,” Mat Kirkby, director, and James Lucas, writer (RSA Films)

“SLR,” Stephen Fingleton, director, and Matthew James Wilkinson, producer (Stigma Films)

“Summer Vacation [Chofesh Gadol],” Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon, directors (GREENproductions)  




The Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting at screenings held in Los Angeles.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist.  Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.

The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards® will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.


The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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Sunday, November 09, 2014

TEN ANIMATED SHORTS ADVANCE IN 2014 OSCAR® RACE

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards®.  Fifty-eight pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“The Bigger Picture,” Daisy Jacobs, director, and Christopher Hees, producer (National Film and Television School)
“Coda,” Alan Holly, director (And Maps And Plans)
“The Dam Keeper,” Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, directors (Tonko House)
“Duet,” Glen Keane, director (Glen Keane Productions & ATAP)
“Feast,” Patrick Osborne, director, and Kristina Reed, producer (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
“Footprints,” Bill Plympton, director (Bill Plympton Studio)
“Me and My Moulton,” Torill Kove, director (Mikrofilm in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada)
“The Numberlys,” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, directors (Moonbot Studios)
“A Single Life,” Joris Oprins, director (Job, Joris & Marieke)
“Symphony No. 42,” Réka Bucsi, director (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest)


The Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting at screenings held in New York and Los Angeles.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist.  Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

TWENTY ANIMATED FEATURES SUBMITTED FOR 2014 OSCAR® RACE



Here, listed in alphabetical order, are the 20 Animated Feature Films submitted for possible nomination in the Animated Feature Film category for the 87th Academy Awards® _ _ _

“Big Hero 6”
“The Book of Life”
“The Boxtrolls”
“Cheatin’”
“Giovanni’s Island”
“Henry & Me”
“The Hero of Color City”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart”
“Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return”
“The Lego Movie”
“Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants”
“Mr. Peabody & Sherman”
“Penguins of Madagascar”
“The Pirate Fairy”
“Planes: Fire & Rescue”
“Rio 2”
“Rocks in My Pockets”
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”


Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process.  At least eight eligible animated features must be theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year for this category to be activated.
Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES SUBMITTED FOR 2014 OSCAR®



134 Documentary Features Submitted For 2014 Oscar Race

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

“Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq”
“Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case”
“Algorithms”
“Alive Inside”
“All You Need Is Love”
“Altina”
“America: Imagine the World without Her”
“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs”
“Anita”
“Antarctica: A Year on Ice”
“Art and Craft”
“Awake: The Life of Yogananda”
“The Barefoot Artist”
“The Battered Bastards of Baseball”
“Before You Know It”
“Bitter Honey”
“Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity”
“Botso The Teacher from Tbilisi”
“Captivated The Trials of Pamela Smart”
“The Case against 8”
“Cesar’s Last Fast”
“Citizen Koch”
“CitizenFour”
“Code Black”
“Concerning Violence”
“The Culture High”
“Cyber-Seniors”
“DamNation”
“Dancing in Jaffa”
“Death Metal Angola”
“The Decent One”
“Dinosaur 13”
“Do You Know What My Name Is?”
“Documented”
“The Dog”
“E-Team”
“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”
“Elena”
“Evolution of a Criminal”
“Fed Up”
“Finding Fela”
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Food Chains”
“The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden”
“Getting to the Nutcracker”
“Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
“Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia”
“The Great Flood”
“The Great Invisible”
“The Green Prince”
“The Hacker Wars”
“The Hadza: Last of the First”
“Hanna Ranch”
“Happy Valley”
“The Hornet’s Nest”
“I Am Ali”
“If You Build It”
“The Immortalists”
“The Internet’s Own Boy”
“Ivory Tower”
“James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge”
“Jodorowsky’s Dune”
“Journey of a Female Comic”
“Keep On Keepin’ On”
“Kids for Cash”
“The Kill Team”
“Korengal”
“La Bare”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“Last Hijack”
“The Last Patrol”
“Levitated Mass”
“Life Itself”
“Little White Lie”
“Llyn Foulkes One Man Band”
“Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles”
“Manakamana”
“Merchants of Doubt”
“Mission Blue”
“Mistaken for Strangers”
“Mitt”
“Monk with a Camera”
“Nas: Time Is Illmatic”
“National Gallery”
“Next Goal Wins”
“Next Year Jerusalem”
“Night Will Fall”
“No Cameras Allowed”
“Now: In the Wings on a World Stage”
“Occupy the Farm”
“The Only Real Game”
“The Overnighters”
“Particle Fever”
“Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes”
“Pelican Dreams”
“The Pleasures of Being Out of Step”
“Plot for Peace”
“Point and Shoot”
“Poverty Inc.”
“Print the Legend”
“Private Violence”
“Pump”
“Rabindranath Tagore – The Poet of Eternity”
“Red Army”
“Remote Area Medical”
“Rich Hill”
“The Rule”
“The Salt of the Earth”
“Shadows from My Past”
“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry”
“A Small Section of the World”
“Smiling through the Apocalypse – Esquire in the 60s”
“Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon”
“The Supreme Price”
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper”
“Tanzania: A Journey Within”
“This Is Not a Ball”
“Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence”
“Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People”
“True Son”
“20,000 Days on Earth”
“Unclaimed”
“Under the Electric Sky”
“Underwater Dreams”
“Virunga”
“Waiting for August”
“Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago”
“Warsaw Uprising”
“Watchers of the Sky”
“Watermark”
“We Are the Giant”
“We Could Be King”
“Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger”
“A World Not Ours”
Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules in order to advance in the voting process.  A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December.

Films submitted in the Documentary Feature category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.


The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.


The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

SUBMISSIONS FOR BEST FOREIGN FILM OF 2014



A RECORD 83 FOREIGN COUNTRIES HAVE OSCAR® ON THEIR MINDS

First, a word to my readers and followers. I was very busy the last six months of 2013, and the first eight months of this year, 2014. So, I slacked in my duties for "Mimi at the Movies," both on this blog and the "Mimi at the Movies" on Facebook. Twitter fared better, because it is so easy and quick to pass the news there. But today, I received an email from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announcing the submission of the feature motion pictures 83 countries have submitted to enter the race for Best Foreign Language motion picture Oscar, and I realized I better get busy.


Yes, another record. Last year was a record for that time with 76 submissions. This year's first-time entries are Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama. Welcome, all, to Mimi at the Movies, and may you have a happy and exciting experience with the Academy!

This year's submissions, with the director(s), are:
 
Afghanistan, "A Few Cubic Meters of Love," Jamshid Mahmoudi;
Argentina, "Wild Tales," Damián Szifrón;
Australia, "Charlie's Country," Rolf de Heer;
Austria, "The Dark Valley," Andreas Prochaska;
Azerbaijan, "Nabat," Elchin Musaoglu;
Bangladesh, "Glow of the Firefly," Khalid Mahmood Mithu;
Belgium, "Two Days, One Night," Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne;
Bolivia, "Forgotten," Carlos Bolado;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, "With Mom," Faruk Lončarevič;
Brazil, "The Way He Looks," Daniel Ribeiro;
Bulgaria, "Bulgarian Rhapsody," Ivan Nitchev;
Canada, "Mommy," Xavier Dolan;
Chile, "To Kill a Man," Alejandro Fernández Almendras;
China, "The Nightingale," Philippe Muyl;
Colombia, "Mateo," María Gamboa;
Costa Rica, "Red Princesses," Laura Astorga Carrera;
Croatia, "Cowboys," Tomislav Mršić;
Cuba, "Conducta," Ernesto Daranas Serrano;
Czech Republic, "Fair Play," Andrea Sedláčková;
Denmark, "Sorrow and Joy," Nils Malmros;
Dominican Republic, "Cristo Rey," Leticia Tonos;
Ecuador, "Silence in Dreamland," Tito Molina;
Egypt, "Factory Girl," Mohamed Khan;
Estonia, "Tangerines," Zaza Urushadze;
Ethiopia, "Difret," Zeresenay Berhane Mehari;
Finland, "Concrete Night," Pirjo Honkasalo;
France, "Saint Laurent," Bertrand Bonello;
Georgia, "Corn Island," George Ovashvili;
Germany, "Beloved Sisters," Dominik Graf;
Greece, "Little England," Pantelis Voulgaris;
Hong Kong, "The Golden Era," Ann Hui;
Hungary, "White God," Kornél Mundruczó;
Iceland, "Life in a Fishbowl," Baldvin Zophoníasson;
India, "Liar's Dice," Geetu Mohandas;
Indonesia, "Soekarno," Hanung Bramantyo;
Iran, "Today," Reza Mirkarimi;
Iraq, "Mardan," Batin Ghobadi;
Ireland, "The Gift," Tom Collins;
Israel, "Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem," Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz;
Italy, "Human Capital," Paolo Virzì;
Japan, "The Light Shines Only There," Mipo O;
Kosovo, "Three Windows and a Hanging," Isa Qosja;
Kyrgyzstan, "Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains," Sadyk Sher-Niyaz;
Latvia, "Rocks in My Pockets," Signe Baumane;
Lebanon, "Ghadi," Amin Dora, director;
Lithuania, "The Gambler," Ignas Jonynas;
Luxembourg, "Never Die Young," Pol Cruchten;
Macedonia, "To the Hilt," Stole Popov;
Malta, "Simshar," Rebecca Cremona;
Mauritania, "Timbuktu," Abderrahmane Sissako;
Mexico, "Cantinflas," Sebastián del Amo;
Moldova, "The Unsaved," Igor Cobileanski;
Montenegro, "The Kids from the Marx and Engels Street," Nikola Vukčević;
Morocco, "The Red Moon," Hassan Benjelloun, director;
Nepal, "Jhola," Yadav Kumar Bhattarai;
Netherlands, "Accused," Paula van der Oest;
New Zealand, "The Dead Lands," Toa Fraser;
Norway, "1001 Grams," Bent Hamer, director;
Pakistan, "Dukhtar," Afia Nathaniel, director;
Palestine, "Eyes of a Thief," Najwa Najjar;
Panama, "Invasion," Abner Benaim;
Peru, "The Gospel of the Flesh," Eduardo Mendoza;
Philippines, "Norte, the End of History," Lav Diaz;
Poland, "Ida," Paweł Pawlikowski;
Portugal, "What Now? Remind Me," Joaquim Pinto;
Romania, "The Japanese Dog," Tudor Cristian Jurgiu;
Russia, "Leviathan," Andrey Zvyagintsev;
Serbia, "See You in Montevideo," Dragan Bjelogrlić;
Singapore, "Sayang Disayang," Sanif Olek;
Slovakia, "A Step into the Dark," Miloslav Luther;
Slovenia, "Seduce Me," Marko Šantić, director;
South Africa, "Elelwani," Ntshavheni Wa Luruli;
South Korea, "Haemoo," Shim Sung-bo;
Spain, "Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed," David Trueba;
Sweden, "Force Majeure," Ruben Östlund;
Switzerland, "The Circle," Stefan Haupt;
Taiwan, "Ice Poison," Midi Z;
Thailand, "The Teacher’s Diary," Nithiwat Tharathorn;
Turkey, "Winter Sleep," Nuri Bilge Ceylan;
Ukraine, "The Guide," Oles Sanin;
United Kingdom, "Little Happiness," Nihat Seven;
Uruguay, "Mr. Kaplan," Álvaro Brechner;
Venezuela, "The Liberator," Alberto Arvelo.


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Friday, July 04, 2014

Some News About International Animation

FROZEN from Walt Disney Studios
The movie-going public in the USA fell in love with this
animated feature like hardly any other, "Frozen" (2013). It not only won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but almost anyone who is a child or has a child in the family knows the featured song by memory, almost if not totally. It received the Oscar for Best Song, same as the title. It was written by the husband-and-wife songwriting team of Robert and Kristen Lopez, who wrote all the songs for the movie.

There is no doubt in the minds of the American movie-going public that the U.S. leads the animation parade in quality, but there is high quality animation in other countries as well. Unfortunately, the language barrier is keeping those quality works from being distributed in English-speaking countries. There is no law against it. Americans, in general, do not like to read subtitles and any motion picture requiring them for the movie-going public immediatly raises a red flag for U.S. distributors. It is more profitable to saturate America with animation from Disney or Pixar and rake in the quick dough. Both are a sure bet.

Here's the trailer for "The Tale of Princess Kaguya" ('Kaguya-hime no Monogatari', 2013), the latest from Isao Takahata, also director of "Grave of the Fireflies" ('Hotaru no Haka', 1988). Language is not a problem with most of the products coming from Studio Ghibli. One can enjoy them by simply viewing them as a silent movie while enjoying a music soundtrack.


Interestingly, the films from the two founders of the legendary animation Studio Ghibli premiered in 2013 and 14. This one by Takahata and the other from the "master," Hayao Miyazaki , "The Wind Rises" ('Kaze Tachinu', 2013). Miyazaki announced it was his farewell as a director of animation. Takahata's last film before "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," was "My Neighbors the Yamadas, 1999) but he seems not to have any intention of retiring officially.
The script, for "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," which Takahata did not write, is  based on an anonymous ninth-century folk tale with the title "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter." It is the story of an elderly farming couple, who find a tiny newborn baby girl inside a bamboo plant, and decide to adopt her as their daughter. She grows more quickly than normal and many men desire her, even the emperor.

Hayao Miyazaki

 A Few Words About Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, the other founder of Studio Ghibli.This is what I wrote before I had a chance to see "The Wind Rises". I did see it and loved it as I have all of his other works: 
 http://mimiatthemovies.blogspot.com/2013/11/a-few-words-about-japanese-animator.html 

 The Wind Rises
THE WIND RISES
"The Wind Rises," Official Trailer. A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes, called Zeros, during World War II. Popular song in USA was, "Johnny Got A Zero". This movie written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and he wrote it is his last motion picture.



THE LATINO CONNECTION

Ale Abreu’s "The Boy and the World" (O menino e o mundo),  premièred at the Rio Film Festival, Brazil 2014, in the New Trends category. In June, "The Boy and the World" took the top prizes at the most recent prestigious international 38th Annecy International Animated Film Festival. The Brazilian feature, for which Ale Abreu drew all the frames, earned the top honors from both the jury and the audience. The film won both the festival’s Cristal Award as well as the audience award for favorite film during the 38th festival. This is the second year in a row that a Brazilian feature has won the top prize. In 2013 the Cristal Award went to Luiz Bolognesie’s "A Story of Love and Fury" ("Uma história de amor e fúria"). Sorry, no trailer available for "The Boy and the World" or "A Story of Love and Fury."