The Academy Awards are coming

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The Academy Awards are tomorrow and, as you know, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has 9 nominations. Even when it’s not the movie that everyone expect to win (Birdman and Boyhood are the titles that sound mostly as the winners), remember that it won at the Writers Guild Awards and 5 BAFTAs (Make Up & Hair, Original Music, Original Screenplay, Costume Design and Production Design) which it could mean that the movie is going to have a good night, even if it doesn’t win in the main cathegory.

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Why he deserves to win? I think the main reason is that he has always been faithful to his style. Even when his movies have been as much loved as hated by people, he never changed. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 100% Wes Anderson movie and the people couldn’t help fall inlove with it and that’s why, even when it is one of the earliest released of the nominated movies, it is one of the most nominated and celebrated.

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Wes Anderson about his Oscar nominations

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“I’ve been asked to make a “statement” even though I feel it does sound more like bragging. Nevertheless, my producers and I send our very deepest thanks to the Academy and its 8000 members for a whole slew of Oscar nominations, especially for my long-time collaborators Robert Yeoman (our cinematographer who has worked with me on seven movies, if I count them right), Milena Canonero (our Italian costume designer), Alexandre Desplat (our French composer), Barney Pilling (our English editor), Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier (more English, hair/make-up), and Adam Stockhausen out of Wisconsin. Also, my friend Hugo Guinness (who co-wrote the movie with me) expresses his own gratitude. We feel very deeply honored and thrilled and, frankly, very, very pleased with ourselves all around.”

Source: Austin Movie Blog

And to continue with all the award seasons related, The Grand Budapest Hotel also won at the Critics’ Choice Awards in three categories: Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction and Best Comedy.

The Grand Budapest Hotel leads Oscars nominations along with Birdman

The love for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is bigger than you thought. Now we have more reasons to be happy for him and for that beautiful movie that we sure love. This morning we could know the nominations for the Academy Awards 2015. And guess what? The Grand Budapest has 9 nominations, just like Birdman. It could have been  nice that Ralph Fiennes also got nominated as an actor, but this couldn’t be. Anyway, these are all the nominations for the movie.

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David O. Russell Has Seen The Royal Tenenbaums Over 50 Times

Museum of the Moving Image recently did a retrospective of director David O. Russell’s work to celebrate the release of his fifth film The Fighter, for which he’s nominated for an Academy Award. To kick off the celebration, Russell did a live discussion with friend and sometime collaborator Spike Jonze. Russell offhandedly mentioned The Royal Tenenbaums and was prodded by Jonze to talk about the film, which as you’ll hear Russell is quite fond of. As the clip begins, Russell is talking about showing his first film Spanking The Monkey to his son.

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It’s an interesting hour-long talk if you’re a fan of Russell’s work. You can listen to and download the full recording at the Moving Image Source and read a report on the event, including an explanation for an interruption midway through, at The Playlist.

Fantastic Mr. Fox For Your Consideration Ad

Fox has begun its awards campaign for Fantastic Mr. Fox, the first ad is below. The ads are published in trade papers and online to encourage Academy members and the rest of the awards voting population to vote for the film. Check out AwardsDaily‘s full “For Your Consideration” gallery and see how the other animated films are stacking up. Click to view full size.

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A.V. Club Rates Mr. Fox on the Oscar-O-Meter™

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The A.V. Club takes a look today at Fantastic Mr. Fox‘s oscar chances with their trademark Oscar-O-Meter™.

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Premise: Indie film fave Wes Anderson supervises a stop-motion-animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book about a crafty fox, his family, his band of animal associates, and their human enemies.
Pedigree: Anderson reportedly worked with his actors (including George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson) on location rather than in a studio, looking for a different feel for the movie’s audio track. Then he instructed his animators—remotely, according to rumor—to give the movie a look halfway between Rankin-Bass and The Royal Tenenbaums.
Oscar-O-Meter rating: 6. Even though it’s been a strong year for animated films, it’s hard to believe this won’t get a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category. Although…
Advance word: …critics who’ve seen early screenings have been divided over whether Anderson’s quirky sensibility is even funnier in animated form, or Fantastic Mr. Fox just reinforces his limitations as a filmmaker.

Read the rest of their predictions here and here, and if you haven’t already, check out our look at Mr. Fox‘s box-office competition.