Media For Lunch: Little Alfonso Cuarón

Alfonso Cuarón

Cuarteto para el fin del Mundo 

(Quartet for the End of the World)

 (1983) 

Alfonso Cuarón was once just another film student like so many others. That is, until his was kicked out of Mexico’s CUEC (Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos) along with his close friend and fellow director Luis Estrada (El Infierno). While the reasons for their expulsion are no doubt complex, Cuarón summed it up by saying he and Luis were “un par de mamones” (a couple of suckers). Guess that’s a good enough reason as any.

Cuarteto para el fin del Mundo (Quartet for the End of the World) was Cuarón’s second year project at the CUEC, and follows a depressive clarinet player through a fourteen day funk in which he plays with a turtle, throws some balloons out the window and sleeps in his closet. While Cuarteto is no Gravity, tell me that the extended zoom-out at 13:04 doesn’t echo Sandra Bullock silently drifting off into space in Gravity’s dizzying opening sequence. Some of Cuarón’s feature films include Les Pyramides Bleues (1986),  Romero(1989),  Sólo con tu pareja (1991),  A Little Princess (1995),  Great Expectations (1998),  Y Tu Mamá También (2001), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaba (2001), Crónicas     (2004), The Assassination of Richard Nixon    (2004),  Black Sun (2005), Children of Men (2006), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Year of the Nail (2007), Rudo y Cursi (2006), Biutiful (2006) and Gravity (2013). 

– Myrna E. Duarte

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Oscar Recap



The Academy has spoken and it proclaims 12 Years a Slave the Best Motion Picture of the Year.  12 Years a Slave began the Awards Season as the front runner, however, it began to lose momentum after tying with Gravity for the Producers Guild Awards.  In the end, Slave clinched the ultimate prize as well as awards for Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and Best Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley). 

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o
Gravity was also a big winner of the evening, nabbing seven awards, the most of any film nominated this year.  The breathtaking outer space drama won most of the technical awards and an award for the visionary work of director Alfonso Cuarón. 

Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto 

The other big winners of the night were the men of Dallas Buyers Club.  Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively, for their portrayals of men determined to survive AIDS at the height of the pandemic. Best Actress was awarded to Cate Blanchett for her performance as a modern-day Blanche DuBois in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett
The ceremony itself was a bit static.  While each of the night’s winners were much deserving of the awards, there were no surprises.  Our MoviefiedNYC experts (with one exception in the Best Supporting Actress race) called each of the top five categories.  Of course, they are experts, however, even people who hadn’t seen many of the films were able to make those calls.  I feel that since the Awards Season has become so long and filled with Guild awards, there have not been many surprises in several years. 
Also, Ellen DeGeneres was not a great host.  No, she is not as bad as the awful pairing of Anne Hathaway and James Franco (I still have PTSD from that evening), however, she was unfunny for much of the broadcast.  The monologue started strong, but all of the up and down the aisles, speaking to the celebrities got old, fast.  Granted, the retweeted selfie and the pizza delivery did deliver (sorry, I couldn’t help it!).  



Regardless, there is nothing quite like Oscar night.  I will return next year, as always, giddy as a child on Christmas morning.  Until then, I officially declare this Awards Season closed!

-Ariadne Ansbro

List of Winners
12 Years a Slave

Best Picture
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
 – WINNER
The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actor
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club — WINNER
Blue Jasmine

Best Actress
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine – WINNER
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club – WINNER
Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave – WINNER
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska
Gravity

Best Director
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity – WINNER
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
Her

Best Original Screenplay
Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, American Hustle
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, Dallas Buyers Club
Spike Jonze, Her – WINNER
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Best Adapted Screenplay
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight
Billy Ray, Captain Phillips
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave – WINNER
Terence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street
Frozen

Best Animated Feature
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
Frozen – WINNER
The Wind Rises
Best Original Song
“Happy,” Despicable Me 2; music and lyrics by Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go,” Frozen; music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez — WINNER
“The Moon Song,” Her; music by Karen O., lyrics by Karen O. and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; music by Paul Hewson, Dan Evans, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen, a.k.a. U2; lyrics by Paul Hewson, a.k.a. Bono
Best Original Score
John Williams, The Book Thief
Steven Price, Gravity – WINNER
William Butler and Owen Pallett, Her
Alexandre Desplat, Philomena
Thomas Newman, Saving Mr. Banks
 The Great Gatsby


Best Production Design
Judy Becker (Production Design); Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration), American Hustle
Andy Nicholson (Production Design); Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration), Gravity
Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration), The Great Gatsby – WINNER
K.K. Barrett (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration), Her
Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Alice Baker (Set Decoration), 12 Years a Slave
Best Film Editing
Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten, American Hustle
Christopher Rouse, Captain Phillips
John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa, Dallas Buyers Club
Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Gravity – WINNER
Joe Walker, 12 Years a Slave
Gravity

Best Cinematography
Philippe Le Sourd, The Grandmaster
Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity – WINNER
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Phedon Papamichael, Nebraska
Roger A. Deakins, Prisoners

Best Sound Editing
Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns, All Is Lost
Oliver Tarney, Captain Phillips
Glenn Freemantle, Gravity – WINNER
Brent Burge, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Wylie Stateman, Lone Survivor
Best Sound Mixing
Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro, Captain Phillips
Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro, Gravity – WINNER
Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland, Inside Llewyn Davis
Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow, Lone Survivor
The Great Beauty

Best Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium
The Great Beauty, Italy — WINNER
The Hunt, Denmark
The Missing Picture, Cambodia
Omar, Palestine
Best Documentary — Feature
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet from Stardom – WINNER
Best Documentary — Short
CaveDigger
Facing Fear
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life – WINNER
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
Best Live Action Short
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Helium – WINNER
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem
Best Visual Effects
Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould, Gravity – WINNER
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick, Iron Man 3
Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier, The Lone Ranger
Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton, Star Trek Into Darkness
 Mr. Hublot


Best Animated Short
Feral
Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot – WINNER
Possessions
Room on the Broom
Dallas Buyers Club

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews, Dallas Buyers Club – WINNER
Stephen Prouty, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny, The Lone Ranger
Best Costume Design
Michael Wilkinson, American Hustle
William Chang Suk Ping, The Grandmaster
Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby – WINNER
Michael O’Connor, The Invisible Woman
Patricia Norris, 12 Years a Slave




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MoviefiedNYC’s 2014 Academy Awards Contest


In Honor of the 86th Annual Academy Awards, MoviefiedNYC invites you to celebrate this year’s awards by entering our very own Oscar contest. The participant who picks the most Oscar winners in each category will find themselves a winner of a Semi-Fabulous Prize made up of exciting movie swag and bragging rights. The sooner you enter the better. In case of a tie, the date of earliest entry serves as the tiebreaker.

Deadline to enter is 12:00 pm EST, Saturday, March 1, 2014.

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MoviefiedNYC – Ari’s Final Oscar Predictions

It is finally here: the day before the Oscar nominations. The air is crisp, sky is bright, and the Hollywood facelifts are lifted! All of Hollywood is on the edge of their seats to see whose work will be recognized by the highest honor that can be bestowed upon films.


Below are my nomination predictions for the top five categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.

Best Picture

12 Years a Slave

Gravity

American Hustle

Nebraska  

Philomena

Captain Phillips

Saving Mr. Banks

Her 

The Wolf of Wall Street

Dallas Buyers Club

The Academy rules state that there can be between five and ten nominees in the Best Picture category. (5% of the voters must rank a film as number 1 in order for the film to garner a nomination.) As such, I am going on the assumption that there will be 10 nominees. 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, and American Hustle are all but guaranteed nominations. Each of these films has been lauded by critics and they continue to receive nominations and awards from various critics’ circles and guilds. Nebraska has surprised many by garnering numerous nominations for its cast (Bruce Dern and June Squibb) and Alexander Payne’s quirky screenplay. In the past, this formula has worked for Payne (see Sideways), so this is a pretty safe bet. The phenomenal performances and incredible subject matter from Philomena, Captain Phillips, and Saving Mr. Banks will likely help catapult these into the Best Picture category. An original premise, quiet but amazing characters, and beautiful direction may help Her get a slot in this category. However, it is such a quiet film that the Academy may feel that a Best Original Screenplay nomination is enough. The Wolf of Wall Street could really go either way: on one hand, everyone loves Martin Scorsese films that push the envelope. On the other hand, Hollywood likes nothing more than saying Marty was robbed. While the transformative performances in Dallas Buyers Club will definitely be recognized, the film’s unfocused script may hold it back from a Best Picture nod.

Best Actor


Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Chitewel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips

Christian Bale, American Hustle

There is no doubt in my mind that the first four actors on this list will be nominated. They have all continually been nominated or won every major award this season. The fifth slot is the hardest to predict. The Screen Actors’ Guild Awards nominated Forrest Whitaker’s work in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, but the film’s early release and mediocre reviews make Whitaker’s chances slim. Robert Redford, Joaquin Phoenix, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Christian Bale all received Golden Globe nominations for their performances, with DiCaprio winning the award. While all of them have a decent chance, I am going to give the edge to Christian Bale and his ridiculously intricate comb-over.

Possible Surprise: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street 

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Judi Dench, Philomena 

Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks 

Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Similar to the Best Actor race, the first four contenders in this category will most likely hear their names called in the wee hours of Thursday morning. In any other year, I would have automatically said Meryl Streep’s performance as the acid-tongued matriarch of the dysfunctional Weston clan in August: Osage County would receive the nomination. However, Amy Adams’s cleavage baring con-artist in American Hustle could benefit from the love that Hustle has been garnering in Hollywood. I am going to give the edge to Streep because, let’s face it, with a record 17 nominations and three wins, it is obvious that the Academy loves her.

Possible Surprise: Amy Adams, American Hustle

Best Supporting Actor


Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club 

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Daniel Brühl, Rush 

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

Even though the nominations have not yet been announced, it is pretty obvious that Jared Leto will win the Oscar. His performance as Rayon, the cross-dressing AIDS patient, has stunned audiences. Academy, just engrave the statuette now. Fassbender and Abdi’s performances as the villains in their respective films will also be nominated. Brühl and Cooper are the dark horses. Brühl has been a surprise nominee at both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards. This may be enough to give the German actor his first Oscar nomination. I’ve said it before and I will say it again: everyone loves American Hustle. Cooper’s horrifically permed federal agent may benefit from the love. The only exception here may be James Gandolfini for Enough Said. After his untimely death, Gandolfini’s sweet performance of a man trying to find love after 50 seemed like the perfect way for this gentle giant to say good-bye. The Academy may decide to honor that good-bye.

Possible Surprise: James Gandolfini, Enough Said

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

June Squibb, Nebraska

Julia Roberts, August: Osage County 

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

This was, by far, the most difficult category for me to predict. Obviously, there are the front runners (Lawrence, Nyong’o, and Squibb), however, I keep changing the last two slots. It is going to be some combination of Roberts, Hawkins, and Oprah Winfrey for Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Roberts does have an advantage over the other two actresses because she has benefited from multiple nominations for this performance. Hawkins work in Blue Jasmine was incredible. It is also a performance in a Woody Allen movie, and the Academy loves to nominate the actors in Allen’s films (i.e. Diane Wiest–twice!, Michael Caine, Chazz Palminteri). However, the leading performance by Cate Blanchett may make the Academy forget Hawkins like SAG did. Winfrey has a double disadvantage: The Butler came out in August and it may have faded from voters memories at this point. She also did not receive a Golden Globe nomination. Honestly, this may tarnish her chances. Winfrey did receive a nomination from SAG, and SAG members are Academy members, as well. Bottom line: Hawkins will prevail.

Possible Surprise: Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels’ The Butler


-Ariadne Ansbro


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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award Nominations


We are coming down to the wire, my little Award Show Buffs.  The British Academy of Film and TelevisionArts (BAFTA) Award nominations came out early this morning.  This is the last of the big nominations to be announced prior to the Academy Award nominations announcement on Thursday, January 16. 
While the BAFTAs are usually a good indicator of what to expect from the Academy Award nominations, several strong contenders from this year are not represented since the films were not released in Britain in 2013.  An example of this would be the omission of Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto’s performances in Dallas Buyers Club, as the film will not open in the UK until February 7, 2014.
The Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra is also being honored by the BAFTAs.  While this was a TV movie that premiered on HBO in the United States, it was released in theaters in the United Kingdom, making it eligible for the BAFTAs.
These various rules have allowed several surprise nominees to sneak into races that are most likely locked up for the Academy Awards.  For instance, the Best Actor race will probably be between Bruce Dern, Tom Hanks, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Matthew McConaughey.  However, that last slot is up for grabs.  Both Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio will benefit from this nomination, but a dark horse could be Robert Redford’s mostly silent performance in All is Lost.  The question is who will reap the benefits when it comes to the Oscars? 
Surprises? Snubs? What-were-they-thinking nominations?  Tweet us @moviefiednyc and let us know what you think!
-Ariadne Ansbro

The Selfish Giant

Oustanding British Film

The Wolf of Wall Street

Actor

Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Blue Jasmine

Actress

Amy Adams, American Hustle
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Rush

Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Brühl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
August Osage County

Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniel’s The Butler
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Director

Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
Behind the Candelabra

Adapted Screenplay

John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Richard LaGravenese, Behind the Candelabra
Billy Ray, Captain Phillips
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, Philomena
Terence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street
Nebraska

Original Screenplay

Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, American Hustle
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
Alfonso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón, Gravity
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Frozen

Animated Film

Despicable Me 2
Frozen
Monsters U
The Armstrong Lie

Documentary

Act of Killing
The Armstrong Lie
Blackfish
Tim’s Vermeer
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
Blue Is The Warmest Colour

Film Not in the English Language

Blue Is The Warmest Colour
Abdellatif Kechiche, Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval
The Great Beauty
Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima
The Act Of Killing
Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
Wadjda
Haifaa Al-Mansour, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul
Metro Manila
Sean Ellis and Mathilde Charpentier
Kieran Evans, Kelly + Victor

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer

Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson, Good Vibrations
Kelly Marcel, Saving Mr. Banks
Kieran Evans, Kelly + Victor
Paul Wright and Polly Stokes, For Those in Peril
Scott Graham, Shell
John Williams, The Book Thief

Original Music

Hans Zimmer, 12 Years A Slave
John Williams, The Book Thief
Henry Jackman, Captain Phillips
Steven Price, Gravity
Thomas Newman, Saving Mr. Banks
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis

Cinematography

Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years A Slave
Barry Ackroyd, Captain Phillips
Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Phedon Papamichael, Nebraska
Christopher Rouse, Captain Phillips

Editing

Joe Walker, 12 Years A Slave
Christopher Rouse, Captain Phillips
Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Gravity
Dan Hanley and Mike Hill, Rush
Thelma Schoonmaker, The Wolf of Wall Street
Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn, The Great Gatsby

Production Design

Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker, 12 Years A Slave
Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler, American Hustle
Howard Cummings, Behind the Candelabra
Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woodlard, Gravity
Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn, The Great Gatsby
Michael O’Connor, The Invisible Woman

Costume Design

Michael Wilkinson, American Hustle
Ellen Mirojnick, Behind the Candelabra
Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby
Michael O’Connor, The Invisible Woman
Daniel Orlandi, Saving Mr. Banks
Debra Denson, Beverly Jo Pryor, Candace Neal, The Butler 

Make Up & Hair

Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell, American Hustle 
Kate Biscoe, Marie Larkin, Behind The Candelabra 
Debra Denson, Beverly Jo Pryor, Candace Neal, The Butler 
Maurizio Silvi, Kerry Warn, The Great Gatsby 
Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug 
Richard Hymns, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, Micah Bloomberg, Gillian Arthur, All Is Lost

Sound

Richard Hymns, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, Micah Bloomberg, Gillian Arthur, All Is Lost
Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro, Oliver Tarney, Captain Phillips
Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro, Gravity
Peter F. Kurland, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, Inside Llewyn Davis
Danny Hambrook, Martin Steyer, Stefan Korte, Markus Stemler, Frank Kruse, Rush
Hal Hickel, John Knoll, Lindy De Quattro, Nigel Sumner, Pacific Rim

Special Visual Effects

Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny, Gravity
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Bryan Grill, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick, Iron Man 3
Hal Hickel, John Knoll, Lindy De Quattro, Nigel Sumner, Pacific Rim
Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton, Patrick Tubach, Roger Guyett, Star Trek Into Darkness
I Am Tom Moody

British Short Animation

Everything I Can See From Here
I Am Tom Moody
Sleeping With The Fishes
Orbit Ever After

British Short Film

Island Queen
Keeping Up With The Joneses
Orbit Ever After
Room 8
Sea View

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Golden Globe nominations are heating up Awards season

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has spoken and the Golden Globe nominations are in.


By separating the movie categories into Drama and Musical or Comedy, the Golden Globes is able to honor more of the potential Oscar hopefuls and, alternatively, completely disrupt my prediction process. 


Due to all of the hype and critics awards, it comes as no surprise that 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle each received seven nominations, more than any other film.  Submitting American Hustle as a Comedy was a bold choice for the producers, but one that ultimately paid off for the actors.  The crowded Best Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama category may not have made room for Christian Bale or Amy Adams, especially since they were noticeably absent from the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

The Best Supporting Actor category did not vary much from the SAG nominees.  Daniel Brühl was nominated for his portrayal of Formula One racer Niki Lauda and newcomer Barkhad Abdi’s powerhouse performance as a Somali pirate who takes over a US cargo ship in Captain Phillips, triumphed over their early fall release dates and any possibility that the films may have faded from voters’ memories.  The only variation from the SAG nominees in this category is the inclusion of Bradley Cooper for American Hustle instead of the late James Gandolfini’s final performance in Enough Said

Indie favorite Nebraska continues to prove itself by garnering nominations for the film (Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy) and actors Bruce Dern and Jane Squibb.  Greta Gerwig also gained a nod as the title character of the acclaimed indie darling, Frances Ha

A surprise omission was the absence of any nominations for Lee Daniels’ The Butler.  While the film garnered mediocre reviews, the SAG nominated the cast, Forrest Whitaker, and Oprah Winfrey.  This oversight may be enough to make Academy voters hesitate before casting their votes for the melodrama.

The Golden Globes will be announced on January 12, 2014 and hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.
So, readers, now it’s your turn to weigh in. Tell us who you’d vote for and why! Tweet us @moviefiednyc
–Ariadne Ansbro

Best Motion Picture — Drama
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

Best Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
American Hustle
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
The Wolf of Wall Street


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Brühl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Director — Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Foreign Language Film
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Past
The Wind Rises

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
12 Years a Slave, John Ridley
American Hustle, Eric Singer, David O. Russell
Her, 
Spike Jonze
Nebraska, 
Bob Nelson
Philomena
, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

Best Original Song — Motion Picture
“Atlas,” The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
“Let It Go,” Frozen
“Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
“Please, Mr. Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” One Chance

Best Original Score — Motion Picture
All is Lost
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
12 Years a Slave

The Book Thief
Gravity

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Woody Allen

MoviefiedNYC’s Opening in October

Gravity
You can smell the fall in the air, the leaves are beginning to turn and the theater screens are filling up with Oscar contenders. October brings us the following heavy weights; Gravity, Captain Phillips, 12 Years a Slave, All is Lost, Blue Is the Warmest Color and Machete Kills (don’t judge), to just name a few. So whether you choose to check out that indie you heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title to view the trailers. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.

– Myrna Duarte

October 4
Gravity (3D) MoviefiedNYC Most Anticipated
Director Alfonso Cuarón is back! Gravity, stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as NASA astronauts caught in an epic space catastrophe. 

Runner Runner


Runner Runner
Directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer), Ben Affleck, having some fun as the villan brings a financially struggling college student (Justin Timberlake) into his corrupt business of underground gambling and crime. the stakes are high when JT turns FBI informant. 


A.C.O.D. (Limited)
Adam Scott plays a seemingly well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce that is forced to encounter the craziness of his mother (Catherine O’Hara) and father’s (Richard Jenkins) divorce all over again when his younger brother (Clark Duke) decides to get married. 

Argento’s Dracula (3D)
Horror master Dario Argento’s latest film stars Thomas Kretschmann, Asia Argento, Marta Gastini and Rutger Hauer. This blood and sex steeped adaptation of the classic vampire tale follows Count Dracula as he tries to lure an unsuspecting Englishman’s young wife into his clutch. 

Five Dances

Five Dances
Writer-director Alan Brown’s collaborating with renowned choreographer Jonah Bokaer, has taken five gifted New York dancers, and fashioned a story about Chip as he is initiated into the rites of passage of a New York dancer’s life, where discipline and endless hard work, camaraderie and competitiveness, the fear of not being good enough, and the joy of getting it just right, inform every minute of every day.


Bad Milo
A horror comedy centered on a guy who learns that his unusual stomach problems are being caused by a, some what adorable, demon living in his intestines.

All is Bright

Ex-con Dennis (Paul Giamatti) and fast talker Rene (Paul Rudd) try to make a quick buck selling Christmas trees in New York. These two not-very-bright guys stuck together on the cold streets of Brooklyn, this holiday season may bring some of the most unexpected miracles of all.


October 11

Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips
Directed by Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks is the true story of a shipping vessel overtaken by Somali pirates. Phillips spent three days as a hostage of the pirates before being rescued by Navy Seals in a raid. Sounds like Oscar material.


The Fifth Estate 
I do not want to miss Bendict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in director Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, the Hollywood version of the Wikileaks story. We already have an excellent Wikileaks doc out this year, We Steal Secrets, but this version seems much more cinematic.

Machete Kills


Machete Kills 
This looks fun and full of the crazy antics we’ve come to expect from a grindhouse-style, B-movie sequel in the hands of Robert Rodriguez. Mel Gibson as the main villain, clearly having a blast, and his super soldier army which includes Lady Gaga, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Vanessa Hudgens, Antonio Banderas and more. It seems like Danny Trejo vs.the World.


The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (Limited)
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is the story of two adolescent boys Mister and Pete, forced to hit the hot summer street’s of New York City on their own after the oldest’s mother (Jennifer Hudson) is apprehended by police. The two have to dodge the dangers of the Brooklyn projects and child protective services while using their surprising resources and attitude to survive on their own.


Romeo & Juliet (Limited)
This generations adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. This one doesn’t look like it has anything on Baz Lurhmann’s 1996 version, just saying. 

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane has been waiting for it’s theatrical release since 2006. This is the story of a good girl who becomes the object of all the boy’s affection after returning from summer break, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to mysteriously drop one at a time.

CBGB
CBGB follows the story of Hilly Kristal’s New York club from its origins as Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) to what it ultimately became: the birthplace of underground rock ‘n roll and punk. Hilly had one demand of the acts he booked, they could only play their own original music. No top 40’s, no covers. It was the credo he lived by, support the artist at whatever the cost.


Broadway Idiot
The documentary feature chronicling the creation of the legit musical version of Green Day’s album “American Idiot”. How much more can the squeeze out of this album?

October 18

Carrie MoviefiedNYC Most Anticipated 
MoviefiedNYC’s Media For Brunch: Carrie
Kimberly Peirce’s new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror tale Carrie stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie and Julianne Moore as her lovely mom. This looks like an interesting approach with the heightened telekinetic powers. There may even be some awards buzz for the ladies? 




Escape Plan

Escape Plan
A new prison escape movie co-starring both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. Looks a throw back to a bad-ass 90’s action movie. 












12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave (Limited)
Steve McQueen’s new film 12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. It looks phenomenal and is getting raves every film festival it plays. The ensemble cast includes Michael Fassbender, Dwight Henry, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti and even Brad Pitt. This appears to be the one to beat during awards season.


All is Lost (Limited)
J.C. Chandor’s All is Lost, the lost at sea film starring Robert Redford and only Robert Redford. This takes place entirely in the Indian Ocean with Redford navigating his damaged sailboat and attempting to survive being lost. 

Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings (Limited)
Taking us back to the beatnik culture from decades ago, with a stellar cast that features Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg, Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac the film from writer/director John Krokidas appears to have the energy of The Social Network, but with a much darker emotional center.

Paradise
From writer-director Diablo Cody, Paradise is the story of conservative young woman who suffers a crisis of faith after having survived a plane crash. Cody is a polarizing figure, you either love her or hate her.I curious to see where Paradise lands.


October 25

The Counselor

The Counselor
Crazy-haired Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Michael Fassbender is really all one needs to see to be curious about The Counselor. Add to rumors that director Ridley Scott is back on his game and now I’m really interested. 








Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Johnny Knoxville reprises his old man character role of 86 year-old Irving Zisman from the Jackass series, this time on a road trip to take his 8 year-old grandson back to his father. No surprise, they get into the same kind of trouble we’ve come to expect from the Jackass crew. 

Blue Is the Warmest Color

Blue Is the Warmest Color (Limited)
At last we get to see this year’s Palme d’Or winner. A 15-year old, Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) has no doubt: a girl must date boys. Her life is turned upside down when she meets Emma (Léa Seydoux), a blue haired young woman, who allows her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and an adult.


Wilde Salome
This unconventional feature documentary invites audiences into Al Pacino’s (director) private world, as he explores the complexities of Oscar Wilde’s acclaimed play Salome, Wilde himself and the birth of a rising star, in actress Jessica Chastain.

Spinning Plates

Spinning Plates
Spinning Plates follows three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are. These stirring stories range from Alinea, recipient of three Michelin stars and the seventh-best restaurant in the world, whose chef must battle life-threatening cancer, to a 150 year-old family restaurant in Iowa with an unbreakable bond with its community, to a fledgling Mexican restaurant whose immigrant owners risk everything to provide a better life for their young daughter. 



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