Best Screenplay: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater
Best Screenplay: Woody Allen
Best Screenplay: Nicole Holofcener
Best Screenplay: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
John Cassavetes Award nominees
Best First Feature
Best First Screenplay Nominees
Film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Known for: excellent housekeeping, weakness for apples
What Variety said: Snow White is the embodiment of girlish sweetness and kindness, exemplified in her love for the birds and the small animals of the woods that are her friends and, as it subsequently develops, her rescuers.
Other Disney tie-ins: Snow White is played by Ginnifer Goodwin in ABC's "Once Upon a Time"
Film: Cinderella (1950)
Known for: helpful singing mice, not-so-nice family
What Variety said: Disney outfit makes entertainment capital out of the animal world with clever drawing-board personifications of a quartet of mice doing battle with an ornery cat. The cartoon, in fact, has far more success in projecting the lower animals than in its central character, Cinderella, who is on the colorless, doll-faced side, as is the Prince Charming.
Other Disney tie-ins: Walt Disney made a 7-minute "Laugh-o-Gram" cartoon short with Cinderella as a 1920s flapper and a helpful cat. Disney will also release a first-ever live action feature directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter.
Film Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Known for: aversion to needles, drowsiness
What Variety said: Mary Costa's rich and expressive voice for the title character gives substance and strength to that character. It is a stronger voice than Disney ordinarily uses, and its choice was wise.
Other Disney tie-ins: Angelina Jolie plays the Sleeping Beauty villain "Maleficent," to be released in 2014.
Film: The Little Mermaid (1989)
Known for: collecting doodads, an enchanting singing voice
What Variety said: Look for Disney to be awash in a sea of green thanks to this gloriously animated blend of classic fairy-tale elements and broad humor. Borrowing liberally from the studio's classics, "The Little Mermaid" may represent its best animated feature since "Jungle Book" in 1967 and, based on recent returns on lesser films, seems destined to swim into the sunset leaving box-office records for the genre in its wake.
Other Disney tie-ins: A stage adaptation of the film played on Broadway in 2008, starring Sierra Boggess.
Film: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Known for: literary prowess, garnering the first Best Picture Oscar nod for an animated film
What Variety said: Darker-hued than the usual animated feature, with a predominant brownish-gray color scheme balanced by Belle's blue dress and radiant features, "Beauty" engages the emotions with an unabashed sincerity that manages to avoid the pitfalls of triteness and corn.
Other Disney tie-ins: In 1994, "Beauty and the Beast" was the first animated film to be adapted into a Broadway musical.
Film: Aladdin (1992)
Known for: stealing apples for orphans, accepting rides on magic carpets
What Variety said: Floridly beautiful, shamelessly derivative and infused with an irreverent, sophisticated comic flair thanks to Robin Williams' vocal calisthenics, Aladdin represents the ultimate synthesis of filmmaking and marketing, extracting winning elements from Disney's last two animated hits (The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast) as well as more venerable sources, particularly the 1940 Thief of Bagdad.
Other Disney tie-ins: "Aladdin" spawned Disney's first direct-to-video sequel, "The Return of Jafar." A stage adaptation is expected on Broadway in 2014.
Film: Pocahontas (1995)
Known for: being Disney's first real-life princess, talking to trees
What Variety said: Will sticklers complain about the liberties Disney has taken with the facts that are known about the Powhatan girl who saved the life of Capt. John Smith? Undoubtedly. She was 11 or 12 years old when the incident happened, but for purposes of the movie she's been ripened a decade into the sexiest Disney heroine since Tinkerbell, and she's been given a free spirit to match.
Other Disney tie-ins: Pocahontas is the only Disney princess to have two different love interests (in the original film and its direct-to-video sequel).
Film: Mulan (1998)
Known for: cross-dressing, filial duty
What Variety said: Historically, at least, “Mulan” reps a full turn of the circle from such Disney classics as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Sleeping Beauty,” in which passive heroines were rescued by blandly noble princes. Here, it's the girl who does the rescuing, saving not only the prince but the emperor himself from oblivion, and this in a distant culture where women were expected to obey strictly prescribed rules.
Other Disney tie-ins: Jamie Chung plays Mulan in the ABC series "Once Upon a Time."
Film: The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Known for: culinary skills
What Variety said: Disney goes back to the drawing board with results more diverting than captivating in “The Princess and the Frog.” Conspicuously outfitted with an African-American heroine and a vibrant 1920s New Orleans setting, this cheeky update of a classic fairy tale boasts almost as many talking points as merchandising opportunities, and should enjoy jazzy holiday biz starting with its Thanksgiving weekend bicoastal engagement and extending well past its Dec. 11 wide release.
Other Disney tie-ins: Tiana is now a part of New Orleans Square in Disneyland and the Walt Disney Resort.
Film: Tangled (2010)
Known for: the hair, duh
What Variety said: Old-fashioned storytelling barely prevails over sassy contempo attitude in “Tangled.” Updating its toon-princess line for the era of CG and 3D, the Disney team has infused this revisionist “Rapunzel” with the broad, catchphrase-ready humor that seems to dominate much of studio animation these days. But while its banter can be off-putting, the long-gestating fairy tale does demonstrate the sturdy narrative carpentry and musical pizzazz that have always been the studio's stock-in-trade, boding well for its prospects with a primarily but not exclusively girl-centric audience. Ancillary biz looks healthy, especially if merchandising opportunities extend to hair products.
Other Disney tie-ins: An animated short sequel, "Tangled Ever After," was released in 2012.
Film: Brave (2012)
Known for: archery skills, being the only Disney princess without a love interest
What Variety said: Though going all girly has made parent company Disney skittish in the past (most recently retitling its Rapunzel adventure “Tangled” to play to crossover interest), this new Celtic princess comes off as enough of a tomboy to ensure near-universal appeal. As its title suggests, “Brave” offers a tougher, more self-reliant heroine for an era in which princes aren't so charming, set in a sumptuously detailed Scottish environment where her spirit blazes bright as her fiery red hair.
Other Disney tie-ins: "Brave's" mobile video game was made by the creators of "Temple Run."
Film: Frozen (2013)
Known for (Anna): being a carefree ginger
Known for (Elsa): cool demeanor, volatile temper and ability to conjure ice and snow with her fingers, like a cross between Carrie and Mr. Freeze.
What Variety said: But this always enjoyable tale of mysterious magic, imperiled princesses and square-jawed men of action proves longer on striking visuals than on truly engaging or memorable characters. With the family crowd pretty much to itself this holiday season, “Frozen” should generate considerable box-office heat, if not quite the same level of critical and audience affection that attended the superior “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph.”
Other Disney tie-ins: Disney California Adventure's "World of Color" show features Olaf the snowman.
PRODUCERS: Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad
PRODUCERS: Neal Dodson, Anna Gerb
PRODUCERS: Noah Baumbach, Scott Rudin, Rodrigo Teixeira, Lila Yacoub
PRODUCERS: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin
PRODUCERS: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa
"All Is Lost"
"12 Years a Slave"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"12 Years a Slave"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"All Is Lost"
"Short Term 12"
"The Spectacular Now"
Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station)
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
Yolonda Ross (Go For Sisters)
June Squibb (Nebraska)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Will Forte (Nebraska)
James Gandolfini (Enough Said)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12)
"12 Years a Slave"
"The Spectacular Now"
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000.)
Computer Chess WRITER/DIRECTOR: Andrew Bujalski PRODUCERS: Houston King & Alex Lipschultz
Crystal Fairy WRITER/DIRECTOR: Sebastiàn Silva PRODUCERS: Juan de Dios Larraín & Pablo Larraín
Museum Hours WRITER/DIRECTOR: Jem Cohen PRODUCERS: Paolo Calamita & Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Pit Stop WRITER/DIRECTOR: Yen Tan WRITER: David Lowery PRODUCERS: Jonathan Duffy, James M. Johnston, Eric Steele, Kelly Williams
This is Martin Bonner WRITER/DIRECTOR: Chad Hartigan PRODUCER: Cherie Saulter
Blue Caprice DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Alexandre Moors PRODUCERS: Kim Jackson, Brian O'Carroll, Isen Robbins, Will Rowbotham, Ron Simons, Aimee Schoof, Stephen Tedeschi
Concussion DIRECTOR: Stacie Passon PRODUCER: Rose Troche
Fruitvale Station DIRECTOR: Ryan Coogler PRODUCERS: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker
Una Noche DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Lucy Mulloy PRODUCERS: Sandy Pérez Aguila, Maite Artieda, Daniel Mulloy, Yunior Santiago
Wadjda DIRECTOR: Haifaa Al Mansour PRODUCERS: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul
Lake Bell (In A World...)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon)
Bob Nelson (Nebraska)
Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight)
Michael Starrbury (The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete)