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Alfonso Cuaron dominates Empire Awards

March 31st, 2014 3:20am EDT
Alfonso Cuaron
Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron picked up two major prizes at the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 in London on Sunday (30Mar14), including trophies for Best Director and Best Film.

The Mexican filmmaker added even more statues to his awards haul during the star-studded ceremony at Grosvenor House, just weeks after earning his first Best Director prize at the Academy Awards.

Cuaron was unable to attend the event, but accepted his awards via video messages.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug also tied for two wins, including Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Best Male Newcomer for Aidan Turner.

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Tragic Midnight Rider camerawoman honoured at industry awards ceremony

March 9th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Gravity
The parents of tragic camera assistant Sarah Jones accepted an honorary membership to the Society of Camera Operators (SOC) during an awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday (08Mar14).

The 27 year old lost her life last month (Feb14) when she was hit by a train while working on Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider in Georgia.

Her parents, Elizabeth and Richard, joined members of the International Cinematographers Guild for a walk and vigil in Hollywood on Friday (07Mar14), and headed to the SOC's annual prizegiving the following day, when Jones was remembered by her peers.

Accepting ...
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'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Gravity' & '12 Years A Slave' Win Big At 2014 Oscars

March 3rd, 2014 1:13am EST
'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Gravity' & '12 Years A Slave' Win Big At
Dallas Buyers Club and Gravity were the toast of the 2014 Oscars on Sunday, but it was 12 Years a Slave which was named Best Picture on Hollywood's biggest night.

The Steve McQueen slave drama was a triple threat, also scoring Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'o and Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley.

AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club served up a double win in the male acting categories with Matthew McConaughey earning his first Oscar for Best Actor and Jared Leto claiming Best Supporting Actor, while Cate Blanchett took home the Best Actress title for her star turn in Woody Allen...
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Sandra Bullock Is Red Carpet Gorgeous At The Oscars

March 3rd, 2014 1:03am EST
Sandra Bullock Is Red Carpet Gorgeous At The Oscars
Sandra Bullock's hopes of winning Oscar gold for her role in "Gravity" may have been dashed after Cate Blanchett's win for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, but despite her own loss, her film was the night's biggest winner with seven awards in all.

The actress was simple and elegant on the red carpet prior to the show, wearing a deep blue Alexander McQueen gown.

"Gravity" landed Oscars for Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Film Editing, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects and Original Score.
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Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity & 12 Years A Slave win big at 2014 Oscars

March 3rd, 2014 12:30am EST
Gravity
Dallas Buyers Club and Gravity were the toast of the 2014 Oscars on Sunday (02Mar14), but it was 12 Years A Slave which was named Best Picture on Hollywood's biggest night.

The Steve McQueen slave drama was a triple threat, also scoring Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'o and Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley.

AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club served up a double win in the male acting categories with Matthew McConaughey earning his first Oscar for Best Actor and Jared Leto claiming Best Supporting Actor, while Cate Blanchett took home the Best Actress title for her star turn in W...
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Academy Awards 2014 - '12 Years A Slave' Wins Best Picture

March 2nd, 2014 7:03pm EST
Academy Awards 2014 - '12 Years A Slave' Wins Best Picture
The 86th annual Academy Awards are set to get underway soon, and we'll have full coverage of the winners right here on Starpulse.

Check this page throughtout the course of the night as we'll be posting the winners as they happen.

You can also join the #StarpulseOscars Twitter Party here!

86th Academy Awards Winners List

Best motion picture of the year
"American Hustle" Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
"Captain Phillips" Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers
"Dallas Buyers Club" Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers
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'Gravity', 'American Hustle' & '12 Years A Slave' Among Oscar Front-Runners

March 1st, 2014 4:05pm EST
'Gravity', 'American Hustle' & '12 Years A Slave' Among Oscar Fr
This year's Best Picture Oscar winner may well have to defy "Gravity" to take home the coveted trophy. Alfonso Cuaron's groundbreaking interstellar thriller leads a pack of nine movies vying for the top prize on Sunday in Los Angeles.

The film was one of 2013's biggest blockbusters, earning over $700 million dollars at the box office. The movie centers on a routine spacewalk that goes wrong. After their shuttle is destroyed, a brilliant engineer (Sandra Bullock) and veteran astronaut (George Clooney) are abandoned in space, tethered to nothing but each other as they try to get back home a...
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Oscar Predictions: Does 'Gravity' Carry Enough Weight?

February 28th, 2014 8:01pm EST
Oscar Predictions: Does 'Gravity' Carry Enough Weight?
For the most part, the major categories at the Oscars are fairly easy to predict. But some years there are upset winners (‘Shakespeare in Love,’ Marcia Gay Harden, Juliette Binoche, Adrien Brody, to name a few) that remind us that anything can happen.

This year is a little different. Who remembers a year where the race for Best Picture is down to three films, two of which are so close that they tied at the Producers’ Guild? It seems like there are some definite locks this year (Hello, Cate Blanchett) but you read it here: Nothing is guaranteed. Nothing.

That said, here are the most likely...
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Oscar Voter Calls Sandra Bullock 'Weak Link' In Revealed Ballot

February 27th, 2014 10:03pm EST
Sandra Bullock
An anonymous Oscar voter has had his or her ballot revealed, and they had some unflattering things to say about several nominees.

The ballot is one of a handful The Hollywood Reporter will be revealing leading up to the Oscars on Sunday night. This particular ballot is from "a longtime member of the Academy's 377-member directors branch."

The director picks American Hustle as Best Picture and says making 12 Years a Slave would require courage, "if you made it in Mississippi in 1930." The director then snubs Gravity's Alfonso Cuaron for Best Director, writing, "I have seen things at the pl...
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Sandra Bullock Will Earn Over $70 Million From 'Gravity'

February 26th, 2014 10:03pm EST
Sandra Bullock
A smart contract has Sandra Bullock cashing in.

The Hollywood Reporter cites sources who claim popular actress negotiated a 15 percent cut of Warner Bros.' take from Gravity on top of her $20 million fee. The film was worldwide hit and made over $700 million at the box office.

Hollywood Reporter's calculations have Bullock pocketing $70 million - and that's their low estimate. She stands to make even more with the home release and television airings.

It stands to reason that Bullock's lucrative contract is extremely rare. THR reports most actors and actresses have contract stipulations t...
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Check Out 'Gravity' On DVD, Blu-ray & More Feb. 25

February 23rd, 2014 6:59am EST
Check Out 'Gravity' On DVD, Blu-ray & More Feb. 25
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a brilliant engineer, is on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes.

The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone, tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth...and any chance for rescue.

As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse ...
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2014 Oscars Favorites: A Year Of Adversity, Heroes, And Con Men

February 22nd, 2014 4:01pm EST
2014 Oscars Favorites: A Year Of Adversity, Heroes, And Con Men
2013 was one of the best years in a long time for great films and great performances - they were so great in fact, it was hard to come up with our favorites.

But we did! Now these aren't John's picks, but another 'Jew' (Marilyn) has opinions that are as strong as my wonderful husband's.

Two Jews on Film Oscars 2014 Favorites: This is the year that reminded us of how cruel and ignorant we humans can be...

'12 Years a Slave,' 'Mandela,' '42' and 'Philomena,' all these films demonstrated the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity and in the end, to more than prevail.

2013 was al...
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Director Edgar Wright lands BAFTA winner for Ant-Man score

February 18th, 2014 3:10am EST
Gravity
BAFTA-winning Gravity composer Steven Price has been commissioned to score director Edgar Wright's upcoming superhero film Ant-Man.

Wright made the announcement on Twitter.com while congratulating Price on his win in London on Sunday night (16Feb14).

He wrote, "Huge congrats to @SteveBPrice for his Bafta Award for the 'Gravity' score. I guess I should drop the news that he is scoring 'Ant-Man'."

This won't be the pair's first collaboration - Price helped create the score for Wright’s comedy The World’s End. He also worked on films like Batman Begins and the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and...
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'12 Years A Slave' Wins Best Picture At 2014 BAFTAs, 'Gravity' Is Night's Biggest Winner

February 17th, 2014 7:45am EST
12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave won the Best Film award at this year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards in London on Sunday, but the night belonged to Alfonso Cuaron's astronaut thriller Gravity.

The film, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as a pair of astronauts fighting for their lives after a freak accident during a space walk, was the big winner, pulling in six awards, including Best British Film, Best Director (Cuaron), and the awards for visual effects, sound, music and cinematography.

12 Years star Chiwetel Ejiofor won the best Leading Actor award, while Cate...
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Gravity Wins Big As 12 Years A Slave Stalls At BAFTAs

February 16th, 2014 9:03pm EST
Gravity Wins Big As 12 Years A Slave Stalls At BAFTAs
Space drama Gravity scooped a handful of top honours at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards on Sunday, including a Best Director prize for Alfonso Cuaron.

The sci-fi hit, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in outer space, also picked up awards for Best British Film, Best Cinematography, Best Music, and Best Visual Effects.

It was a disappointing night for Oscars favorite 12 Years A Slave - although the drama took home Best Film and Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, it lost out in a string of other top categories, including Best Supporting A...
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Her, Gravity and The Great Gatsby triumph at Art Directors Guild Awards

February 9th, 2014 2:29pm EST
Her
Oscar-nominated sci-fi movies Her and Gravity and period drama The Great Gatsby were among the big winners at the Art Directors Guild Awards on Saturday night.

Joaquin Phoenix's film was honoured for its production design in the Contemporary Film category during the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California, while Gravity was named best Fantasy Film and The Great Gatsby Period Film.

In the TV categories, awards went to Game Of Thrones, Veep and Michael Douglas' small screen movie Behind The Candelabra, while legendary Hollywood director Martin Scorsese accepted the guild's presti...
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Alfonson Cuaron Takes Top Prize At DGAs For 'Gravity'

January 26th, 2014 10:24am EST
Alfonson Cuaron wins top price at DGAs
Director Alfonso Cuaron won the top prize at this year's Directors Guild of America awards on Saturday night for space thriller Gravity.

Thanks to the top honor, Cuaron is now the frontrunner for the Best Director Oscar after his win for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures. Last year's winner, Ben Affleck ("Argo"), presented the director with the award.

"What you cannot see from up there (in space) is this bizarre experiment of nature that is the human experience," Cuaron said during his acceptance speech. "That experiment is what directors try to sort out with our film...
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Alfonso Cuaron teams up with J.J. Abrams for new TV series

January 21st, 2014 3:10am EST
Alfonso Cuaron
Oscar-nominated director Alfonso Cuaron is heading to the small screen after teaming up with old friend J.J. Abrams for a new TV series.

The Gravity filmmaker is the brains behind upcoming drama Believe, about a gifted 10-year-old girl who has to fend off sinister forces.

He has shot the first few episodes with a cast that includes actors Delroy Lindo, Kyle MacLachlan, Jamie Chung and Jake McLaughlin, with Lost co-creator Abrams serving as an executive producer.

Cuaron and Abrams announced the new project during an interview at the Television Critics Association press tour in California ...
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'Gravity' And '12 Years A Slave' Share Improbable Tie At PGA Awards

January 20th, 2014 1:03pm EST
12 Years A Slave
After correctly predicting the Best Picture winner at the Oscars 17 times in the last 24 years, the Producers Guild Awards named two films for its best movie of the year.

Over the last six years, the film to win the Darryl F. Zanuck award also won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. This year, Gravity and 12 Years A Slave tied for the award, something that has never happened in the history of the awards show.

One of the reasons for the improbability of the tie is the fact that PGA Awards votes with a preferential ballot, meaning voters mark first, second, third, and so on - not just their...
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Gravity and 12 Years A Slave share top PGA prize

January 20th, 2014 3:10am EST
Gravity
Critically-acclaimed movies Gravity and 12 Years A Slave have tied to share the top prize at the 2014 Producers Guild Awards.

The two films are dominating this year's (14) awards season, and it was a dead heat at the PGA prizegiving in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday night (19Jan14). The movies landed the ceremony's first ever tie as they were both awarded the night's top prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.

Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt was among the producers of 12 Years A Slave and he joked about the tie during his speech, tellin...
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Oscar Nominations 2014: No Sure Thing – Looking At The Snubs And Surprises

January 17th, 2014 12:00pm EST
2014 Oscar Nominations
The 2014 Oscar nominations have arrived in a busy week filled with Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Awards and SAG Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences filled this competitive film year with quite a few snubs. Left off the Oscar list are big names like Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Redford. Movies that seemed to be sure-things in September are nothing but a distant memory to Oscar voters like Saving Mr. Banks and Lee Daniels' The Butler. Who will come out on top? Well, it no longer seems to be handed to 12 Years a Slave because Gravity and American Hust...
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Gravity Dominates Critics' Choice Movie Awards

January 16th, 2014 11:10pm EST
Gravity
Gravity was the toast of the Broadcast Film Critics Association's 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Thursday.

The science-fiction film nabbed seven awards including Best Actress In An Action Movie for Sandra Bullock, Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron and Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie.

The multiple wins bookended a successful day for Cuaron and company, as his movie led the pack for Oscar nominations with 10 nods including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Director, which were announced Thursday morning.

Coming in second with four wins was David O. Russell's American Hustle. The cas...
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'Gravity,' 'American Hustle' & '12 Years A Slave' Dominate 2014 Oscar Nominations (See Full List Of Nominees)

January 16th, 2014 9:38am EST
Gravity
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards® today (January 16).

Hemsworth and Boone Isaacs announced the nominees at a 5:38 a.m. PT live news conference attended by more than 400 international media representatives. For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Academy Awards website, www.oscar.com.

Academy members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories - actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Featur...
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Predictions: 2014 Oscar Nominations Could Be A 'Hustle'

January 15th, 2014 8:50pm EST
American Hustle
The Oscar nominations are relatively easy to predict most years, but there are always a couple of nominees that seem to sneak in out of nowhere. Remember Maggie Gyllenhaal in ‘Crazy Heart’ a couple of years ago? Or Jacki Weaver for ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ last year?

That being said, there are a few question marks this year. Let’s take a look at who has the best shot at being nominated tomorrow morning.

Best Picture

Most likely:

’12 Years a Slave’

‘Gravity’

‘American Hustle’

‘Dallas Buyers Club’

‘Her’

‘Captain Phillips’

‘Nebraska’

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

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Gravity tops Visual Effects Society Awards nominations

January 14th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Gravity
Gravity looks set to rule the 12th annual Visual Effects Society Awards after landing eight nominations.

Alfonso Cuaron's space drama, starring Sandra Bullock, is up for the top prize of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-driven Feature, as well as awards for Created Environments, Outstanding Compositing and Simulation Animation.

Following Gravity with the most nominations in features is Pacific Rim, with six, and Iron Man 3 and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, with five each.

The awards will be handed out at the Beverly Hilton hotel in California on 12 February (14).
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'Gravity' Leads BAFTA Nominations

January 8th, 2014 4:20am EST
Sandra Bullock
'Gravity' leads the BAFTA Film nominations with 11 nods.

The space drama is up for a string of accolades, including the coveted Best Film and Outstanding British Film, while its star Sandra Bullock is also nominated for Best Actress and filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron is nominated for Best Director.

'American Hustle' and '12 Years a Slave' received nominations in 10 categories, while 'Captain Phillips' is up for nine awards.

All four of the top nominated movies will contest for Best Film, along with 'Philomena'.

'Gravity' will contest for Outstanding British Film along with 'Mandela: Long Walk...
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Gravity tipped for big night at BAFTAs with 11 nominations

January 8th, 2014 3:40am EST
Gravity
Gravity is the movie to beat at this year's (14) British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards after landing 11 nominations.

The space thriller is up for top awards including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron and Best Actress for Sandra Bullock.

Other films tipped for a big night include 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle, which boast 10 nods each. Tom Hanks' Captain Phillips has nine while his other movie, Saving Mr. Banks, is nominated in five categories.

Gravity, 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips and Philomena will c...
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'American Hustle,' 'Her' And '12 Years A Slave' Top Producers Guild Nominees

January 2nd, 2014 11:38pm EST
American Hustle
American Hustle, Her and 12 Years a Slave are among the top films of 2013, according to the Producers Guild of America, which announced its list of nominees for the 25th annual Producers Guild Awards on Thursday.

The three films, along with Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska were all given a strong Oscar boost as they were announced as the nominees for the 2014 Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award.

The films that make the short list of nominees each year usually go on to land several Golden Globe and O...
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Sandra Bullock 'depressed' after George Clooney left Gravity set

December 30th, 2013 8:30pm EST
George Clooney
Sandra Bullock fell into a "depression" after co-star George Clooney finished filming his scenes in their hit film Gravity.

The Oscar-winning actress, who portrays Dr. Ryan Stone in the outer space drama, really did feel as lonely as her character for much of the movie - after here pal completed his scenes.

She tells Variety, "When George came, it was like this energy for us and you were so appreciative of him being there. And then when he left, I had never been hit with a depression like that. We had so much fun for three weeks, but then my friend left.

"I was amazed at how I was affect...
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Golden Globe 2014 Nomination Predictions

December 11th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Dallas Buyers Club
The Golden Globe nominations are tomorrow morning. The Globes tend to nominate big films and big actors. Case in point, the Globes nominated The Tourist. So, smaller actors in smaller films are likely to get lost. This is not the awards show for Fruitvale Station. That being said, there are always a few performances from new actors that can’t be ignored. Even though no one knows who she is, Lupita Nyong’o is still going to get a globe nomination. Here’s a brief overview of what I think will land where:

BEST DRAMA:
12 Years A Slave
Gravity
Captain Phillips
Saving Mr. Banks
Dallas Buyers Clu...
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