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.
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.
Surprise after the jump!
“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 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.
Today were announced the nominations at the Directors Guild Awards (DGA) and we are happy to let you know that Wes Anderson is nominated for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel. He will be competing along with Clint Eastwood (American Sniper), Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu (Birdman), Richard Linklater (Boyhood) and Morton Tyldum (The Imitation Game). It is the first nomination at the DGA for Wes Anderson and so it is for Linklater and Tyldum. The winner will be announced on February 7.
It was unexpected, maybe, because the movie had several nominations but along the night it wasn’t winning any of them.
Best Director went to Richard Linklater for Boyhood.
Best Screenplay went to the several writers of Birdman.
Best Comedy/Musical Actor went to Michael Keaton for Birdman, too.
But when it was time to hear the Best Movie Musical or Comedy we had such a nice surprise…
Here you can watch the moment when Wes and part of the team came to the stage to receive the award.
The latest movie by Wes Anderson has more BAFTA nominations than big award season contenders like Birdman and Boyhood.
These are all the categories where it is nominated:
In case you didn’t know, The Grand Budapest Hotel has became one of the favorite movies of 2014. Not only it has been a success at the box office but it also got tons of good reviews and now, we are in December and everyone is making their balances, the movie appears in several lists of the best movies of the year. Even it is the #1 movie for Time Magazine.
But being at this time the year it also means that the Awards season is just starting. We know that the Oscars doesn’t happen till late February and we don’t know yet which nominations it is going to have, but we can’t expect less than the best for it.
Let me keep you updated with some of them with this graphics made by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Wes and co. had a good night last night in New York at the IFP Gotham Awards. Moonrise Kingdom took home the top prize of the evening, the Best Feature award, which was accepted by Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman, Sam and Suzy themselves. We’ll have more, including pictures of the night, and hopefully the acceptance speech, in the coming days.
We here at The Rushmore Academy are fans of all types of films, including those of director Darren Aronofsky whose Black Swan has very deservedly been making the awards rounds this year. Wes is a fan too, and sat down with the editor of the film Andrew Weisblum for HitFix ahead of the upcoming Oscars, for which Weisblum is nominated. The two have a deeper connection than mutual admiration though, Weislbum edited both The Darjeeling Limited and Fantastic Mr. Fox. The full conversation can be found at HitFix and after the jump. Thanks to Yankee Racer jexxica for the tip.
Editing is one art form that moviegoers rarely have a firm grasp on. The process is hardly as easy as just cutting from one shot to another. Different directors have different editing techniques to make their shot material work and some filmmakers don’ even know how a film is going to come together until they get in the editing room. This years best editing nominees include “The Fighter” (deft), “127 Hours” (pace setting), “The Social Network” (intricate), “The King’s Speech” (old school) and “Black Swan” (deliberate). The latter film owes just as much of its town to Andy Weisblum’s work as to fellow nominees Mathew Libatique (cinematography) and director Darren Aronofsky.
Weisblum has hit another level in his career after successive collaborations with both Aronofsky on “The Wrestler” and “Swan” as well as Wes Anderson on “The Darjeerling Limited” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Fox Searchlight passed along this transcript of a conversation on Skype between Anderson and Weisblum and it’s worth a read not just for more background on the creative process for “Swan,” but on how Anderson views editing and his intriguing interview skills.
Shall we begin the interview process?
I think I once read an interview with Peter Weir where he said that he did two movies in a row, Witness and then Mosquito Coast, and he said Mosquito Coast was the most difficult movie to edit that he had ever worked on — it took a long time to cut and it was a struggle — and Witness was just assembled and then he was done. Where does ‘Black Swan’ fall on that spectrum of difficulty?
If you take ‘Mosquito Coast’ and you cram it into the ‘Witness’ schedule, you have our experience. It was a pretty intense, concentrated raw period working on that movie. There was a lot of technical logistics and other things that the movie required from us. It was difficult both technically and psychologically, but we got out on the other side.
What was your biggest challenge?
Performances weren’t a challenge in that they were all there. It was really just a question of calibrating it correctly to get from point A to point B through the course of the movie and letting her insanity spill over. The biggest challenge in the movie is the tone, because it’s not a simple thing to define. It’s not strictly horror, it’s not strictly scary, it’s not strictly campy. It’s kind of all those things. You take this ballet and you put it in this new setting and put realism on top of it and you have this curious hybrid that we had to play with to make it feel satisfying, comfortable and engaging.
Esteemed French cinema journal Cahiers du Cinéma, once home to nouvelle vague pioneers Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Eric Rohmer, among others, has named Fantastic Mr. Fox the #5 film of 2010. The film received general release in France on February 17, 2010. To read more about the French release, please visit our older posts on the matter.
The full top ten is after the jump.