Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu , Maria Eladia Hagerman - Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2016 held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016
Leonardo Dicaprio , Alejandro González Iñárritu - EE British Academy Film Awards 2016 (BAFTAs) held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals at British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu , Maria Eladia Hagerman - 'The Revenant' director Alejandro González Iñárritu arrives at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at Los Angeles International Airport LAX - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 13th February 2016
The Oscars race is looking good for 'The Revenant' director.
Alejandro González Iñárritu was part of a landmark moment at the 68th Annual Directors Guild Of America awards when he became the first director ever to win the top prize for two consecutive years, with 'The Revenant' no doubt drawing him ever closer to the big prize at the Academy Awards.
Alejandro González Iñárritu wins for 'The Revenant'
With the Mexican born director landing the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film award, it also marks a new turn in the diversity debate; it's true he hasn't been shunned by the Oscars as film stars of other races have, but the fact that someone from outside the States has been recognised for his achievements yet again after last year's 'Birdman' is surely a step in the right direction (if you'll pardon the pun).
DiCaprio stars as frontiersman Hugh Glass in the Western directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu.
Leonardo Dicaprio has revealed he slept in animal carcasses and ate raw bison on the set of new movie The Revenant. In the Western, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, DiCaprio plays frontiersman Hugh Glass, who sets out on a revenge mission against his hunting team after they leave him for dead and murder his young son, following a bear mauling.
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant.
Speaking to Yahoo Movies, DiCaprio said, "I can name 30 or 40 sequences that were some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. Whether it’s going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping in animal carcasses, or what I ate on set. (I was) enduring freezing cold and possible hypothermia constantly.”
Hugh Glass is a skilled hunter, experienced in trapping some of the most predatory of beasts in the American West in order to claim their fur. However, it all goes wrong one day when he and his three friends and companions John Fitzgerald, Andrew Henry and Jim Bridger are travelling some untouched territory. They are confronted by a bear who wastes no time in viciously attacking Glass, leaving the other three men to flee without a second glance. Unfortunately for them, Glass is not dead after his mauling, and he's not happy about being left for dead by the people he's supposed to be able to trust. Determined to survive on his own even as a particularly bitter winter sets in, he just wants to find the cowards that betrayed him and take revenge.
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Is it a good idea for the Oscars to be reverting to five best picture nominees?
The Academy Awards are considering a major change that would see the category of Best Picture cut from ten nominees to just five. The Oscars expanded its category to ten in 2009 (and then anywhere between 5-10 in the following years) though it considering a return to the five nominees last seen in 2008 when Slumdog Millionaire beat The Reader, Milk, Frost/Nixon and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman won the Best Picture this year, against nine rivals
The initial change essentially came when there was uproar over the omission of The Dark Knight from the line-up, however, after experimenting over the past six years the Academy now believes its field is being watered down (The Blind Side, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, 127 Hours and Philomena were all Best Picture nominees). The flip side is that the expanded category gives lesser known films a chance to shine - we're thinking Whiplash and Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Continue reading: Oscars Could Revert To 5 Movies In 'Best Picture' Category
People across the world got together with friends on 22nd February to watch the Academy Awards - and for Sir Elton John, those friends happened to be some of the biggest names in entertainment!
Since 1992, EJAF (Elton John AIDS Foundation) has raised over 321 million USD to help combat AIDS/HIV. One of the biggest events on EJAF's calendar is that of the Academy Awards Ceremony - for the last 23 years, Sir Elton John has hosted a special Academy Awards viewing party, in which celebrities from all areas of the entertainment industry come together to watch the Oscars, whilst raising money for the foundation. This year was no exception.
Sir Elton John poses with Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne (Credit Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images)
Of course, as with any Oscar party, members of the Hollywood elite were in attendance, like Alec and Hilaria Baldwin. But also, tremendous musical talent flocked to West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. In addition to Sir Elton John, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne were there to pose for pictures, as were Miley Cyrus, LIL' KIM and Kylie Minogue. Moby and Beck also stopped by to help raise awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Sean Penn's green card joke was one of the more controversial jokes at the Oscars 2015 though it could be argued it kicked some life into a ceremony that was otherwise something of a snoozefest under the stewardship of Neil Patrick Harris.
Michael Keaton played the lead in the Oscar-winning movie Birdman
When presenting the Best Picture Oscars to Alejandro Gonzelez Inarritu, Penn said: "Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?"
Continue reading: Sean Penn's 'Green Card' Joke Causes Controversy At Oscars 2015
The Mexican-born director won his first Oscar with the Michael Keaton-starring fantasy movie.
The 2015 Oscar for Best Director has been won by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for his work on Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).
Inarritu beat Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which led the field at the start of the night with nine nominations in total, Richard Linklater’s epic Boyhood, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher and Morten Tyldum’s Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game.
'Birdman' won Inarritu the prize for Best Director
Continue reading: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Wins Best Director At 2015 Oscars
The 'Birdman' director pipped Richard Linklater to the DGA's major prize.
Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu beat his Oscars rival Richard Linklater to the major prize at the Directors Guild awards at the weekend. Both filmmakers opted to remain in the U.S instead of travelling to London for the BAFTA's, where both Boyhood and Birdman won awards.
Michael Keaton could win Best Actor for Birdman, but the film is now the favorite for Best Picture
At the DGA's, Inarritu fended off competition from Linklater, Clint Eastwood, Morten Tyldum and Wes Anderson to win the Feature Film prize for Birdman. The director told the audience at the Los Angeles' Century Plaza hotel that he was stunned by the victory.
Leonardo DiCaprio is currently starring as a mythic fur trapper and frontiersman in Alejandro González Iñárritu's follow up to 'Birdman'.
'Birdman' still has yet to open in some countries and already has multiple Academy Award nominations. One of these nomination is a 'Best Director' nod for Alejandro González Iñárritu, which will certainly help with his upcoming film's promotion. Said film is already in production, as it happens, and its premise alone is about as far away from 'Birdman' as you can get.
Leonardo Dicaprio as the mythic trapper John Glass in 'The Revenant'
'The Revenant' is based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Michael Punke, and follows the story of American fur trapper Hugh Glass, who was injured by a grizzly bear on a hunt, and left for dead by his fellow trappers. After coming to and discovering that he had suffered horrific wounds before being left 200 miles from civilisation, Glass was forced to crawl that distance through an area of disputed land that various Native American tribes were fighting over. All the time, Glass was unarmed, alone, and close to death from his wounds. And if you haven't guessed by now, yes, it is based on a true story.
'The Imitation Game' and 'The Theory Of Everything' stars among the 26th annual festival's honourees.
The 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards saw accolades going to some very well-deserved movies from the last year - with some even more well-deserved individuals picking them up.
Unsurprisingly, the Ensemble Cast Award went to the actors from 'The Imitation Game'; a movie depicting the era-defining career of codebreaker Alan Turing during World War II and his subsequent arrest for being homosexual. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, with the likes of Allen Leech, Matthew Beard and Alex Lawther - the latter of whom plays Turing's younger self. Directed by the BAFTA nominated Morten Tyldum, the movie has already been nominated for five Golden Globes, and it definitely looks to be in line for an Academy Award.
Continue reading: Biopics Win Big At 2015 Palm Springs Film Festival Awards [Photos]
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