Interesting Facts About The Oscars

The Oscars

The Academy Awards (better known as The Oscars) is an annual American awards ceremony honouring cinematic achievements in the film industry. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially known as the Academy Award of Merit, but is better known by its nickname, Oscar. The awards, first presented in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, are overseen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

Oscars 2017: Early Predictions for Best Picture

Oscars 2017: Early Predictions for Best Picture

It's that time of year again when buzz builds around award season. This year's Oscars promises a slate of festival darlings to dominate the landscape across all major award shows, and distributors are already at full speed creating noise around their releases, looking go to any lengths to make sure they land that coveted nomination.

Oscars 2016: The Pros and Cons of Every Best Picture Nominee

Oscars 2016: The Pros and Cons of Every Best Picture Nominee

With the 88th Academy Awards just around the corner, we thought we'd take a look at the pros and cons of the eight Best Picture nominees as they look to bag the ultimate goal in Hollywood. With ballot papers just about ready to be turned in, the most wide-open Best Picture race in years is still up for grabs. Some still have a chance of stealing away the statuette from the grasps of current favourite, The Revenant.

Oscars 2016: Is 'The Revenant' Now the Clear Favourite for Best Picture?

Oscars 2016: Is 'The Revenant' Now the Clear Favourite for Best Picture?

Last night in London, The Revenant stood proudly atop the British film industry as it picked up five prizes at the BAFTA Awards. Before Sunday night, many still couldn't separate the Best Picture nominees for this years Oscars, with many having fully-formed arguments as to why films like Spotlight, The Big Short and Mad Max: Fury Road should end the 88th Academy Awards as Best Picture winners. But now, a new landscape has formed which may give The Revenant that much needed march on its competitors.

Oscars 2016: Spielberg, Scott, Tarantino, Sorkin and Carol All Get Snubbed

Oscars 2016: Spielberg, Scott, Tarantino, Sorkin and Carol All Get Snubbed

This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS) announced their nominations for the 88th Academy Awards. The Revenant is leading the race with 12 nominations with Mad Max: Fury Road scoring a strong 10, but some heavy favourites where left out in the cold. We expect the odd omission, the occasional left-field choice but this morning seemed to feature a few more shockers and jaw-droppers than usual.

Oscars 2016: Predicting the Nominations

Oscars 2016: Predicting the Nominations

With the Golden Globes resigned to the history books and the BAFTA Awards a matter of a few weeks away, attention is now shifting to Thursday morning when Guillermo del Toro, John Krasinski and Ang Lee will join Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs at 5:30am PT in announcing the 88th Academy Awards nominations.

An Early Look at the Contenders for Best Picture at Next Year's Oscars

An Early Look at the Contenders for Best Picture at Next Year's Oscars

Although we're only in June, it's not too early to throw down a few names of potential Oscar contenders for next years ceremony in February. At this point last year, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel had already had its theatrical run, and Richard Linklater's twelve year epic Boyhood had just been released. Whiplash had already opened the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and eventual Best Picture winner, Birdman, was making tracks on the festival circuit. So how might the race to the 88th Academy Awards pan out with the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in the history books?

Are the Academy Considering Reverting Back to the 5 Best Picture Nominee Format?

Are the Academy Considering Reverting Back to the 5 Best Picture Nominee Format?

How many nominees for Best Picture has been a topic of debate for a number of years, and it's now becoming another talking point once again. — It was back in 2009 that the Academy opened up the pool to 10 nominees for the best picture of the year Oscar, then slightly tweaking the rule to a minimum of five nominees to a maximum of 10 in 2011, and seeing how that format worked over a six-year experiment. According to the Hollywood Reporter, a "significant faction" of the 6,000 Academy members are lobbying for a return to the old 5 nominee format signaling that the 6 year experiment may have failed.

A Look Back at This Years Award Season

A Look Back at This Years Award Season

With the 87th Academy Awards now in the history books, it also brings down the curtain on this years awards season. The big award shows (The Oscars, Golden Globes, Guild Awards, and BAFTAs) all seemingly went in the same direction regarding with only a few minor differences of opinion, mainly in their respective Best Picture categories.

Lady Gaga to Perform at the 2015 Oscars

Lady Gaga to Perform at the 2015 Oscars

Six-time Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Lady Gaga will make a special tribute performance at the 87th Annual Academy Awards. — The Oscars will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and will air on Sunday 22nd February, live on ABC. The show producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, announced Lady Gaga's inclusion in the show today.

Oscars 2015 - Best Original Screenplay

Oscars 2015 - Best Original Screenplay

• Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo (Birdman)• Richard Linklater (Boyhood)• Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness (The Grand Budapest Hotel)• E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman (Foxcatcher)• Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)

Our Final Predictions for the 2015 Oscar Nominations

Our Final Predictions for the 2015 Oscar Nominations

The nominations for the 2015 Oscars will be announced at 5:30am PST, 8:30am EST and 1.30pm GMT on Thursday 15th January. For the first ever time, all 24 categories will be announced live, by directors J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuaron and actor Chris Pine with Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. There will be a live stream of the announcements on The Oscars website.

20 Animated Feature Films Submitted for 2014 Oscars

20 Animated Feature Films Submitted for 2014 Oscars

Twenty features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 87th Academy Awards. — Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfil 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.

Early Oscar Predictions for the Best Picture Category

Early Oscar Predictions for the Best Picture Category

Award season isn't too far away and maybe its time we began to think about what films may be contenders at the Academy Awards in February. — Early this year we where treated to Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was a critical success and found its way atop many people's best films of 2014 (including ours) after the six month mark. The only thing that may hold Grand Budapest Hotel back may be its early release date. In years gone by, the Academy seldomly nominate movies that have been released so many months in advance. In our opinion, it shouldn't be held back for this reason alone. Academy Awards rules clearly state that a movie will be eligible for nomination if it is released between January and December of the given year and has a premiere in Los Angeles— both of which Grand Budapest Hotel can tick off. Lets hope such a minor technicality like that doesn't hold back this throughly eccentric and utterly engaging tale.

A Look Back at Award Season

A Look Back at Award Season

With the 86th Academy Awards (Oscars) now in the history books— it also brought down the curtain on this year's awards season. — The big three award shows (The Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs) seemingly went in the same direction with there being not much in way of difference in opinion. Across the board, Gravity was the big winner claiming 15 awards in total— most of which came in the technical categories.

Predictions: 86th Academy Awards

Predictions: 86th Academy Awards

The 86th Academy Awards are upon us. A very strong line-up of films and talent await their fate on Sunday night to see who is the jewel in the crown of Hollywood for the previous twelve months. We've made our final predictions on who will walk away with what and who will be left empty handed.