Thomas Newman – Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing
"American Hustle" – Ensemble Performance Award
The wolves took their party to the Roseland.
Ella (Colleen Moore) wins a beauty contest sponsored by a movie magazine and is awarded a studio contract. New York Times reviewer Mordaunt Hall observed that the film was "filled with those wild incidents which are seldom heard of in ordinary society," and noted "Miss Moore is energetic and vivacious." The film is an archetype of 1920s comedy, featuring a star whose air of emancipation inspired her generation.
Directed by Fred M. Wilcox, MGM's "Forbidden Planet" is one of the seminal science-
fiction films of the 1950s. Since its production, the movie has proved inspirational to generations of speculative fiction visionaries, including Gene Roddenberry. Along with its literary influence, highly influential special effects and visual style, the film also pushed the boundaries of cinematic science fiction. For the first time, all action happened intergalatically and humans are depicted as space travelers, regularly jetting off to the far reaches of the cosmos. Additionally, "Forbidden Planet" is remembered for its innovative score--or lack thereof.
Director Charles Vidor capitalizes on the voyeuristic and sadomasochistic angles of film noir—and who better to fetishize than Rita Hayworth, poured into a strapless black satin evening gown and elbow-length gloves, sashaying to “Put the Blame on Mame.”
Conceived by screenwriter Abby Mann during the period of McCarthyism, the film argues passionately that those responsible for administering justice also have the duty to ensure that human-rights norms are preserved even if they conflict with national imperatives. "Judgment at Nuremberg" startled audiences by including in the midst of its narrative seven minutes of film footage documenting concentration camp victims, thus using motion-picture evidence to make its point both in the courtroom and in movie theaters. Mann and actor Maximilian Schell received Academy Awards and the film boasted fine performances from its all-star cast.
The popularity of this Western, based on Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" (1954), has continued to grow since its release due in part to its role as a springboard for several young actors on the verge of successful careers: Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn and Horst Buchholz. The film also gave a new twist to the career of Yul Brynner. Brynner bought the rights to Kurosawa's original story and hand-
picked John Sturges as its director.
The film, based on the novel by P.L. Travers (and whose journey to the screen is the basis of "Saving Mr. Banks"), was alleged to be Walt Disney's favorite of his films. Equal parts innocent fun and savvy sophistication, the artistic and commercial success of the film solidified Disney's knack for big-screen, non-cartoon storytelling and invention. With its seamless integration of animation with live action, the film prefigured thousands of later digital and CGI-aided effects.
By turns utterly derivative and audaciously original, Quentin Tarantino's mordantly wicked Möbius strip of a movie influenced a generation of filmmakers and stands as a milestone in the evolution of independent cinema in the United States, making it one of the few films on the National Film Registry as notable for its lasting impact on the film
industry as its considerable artistic merits.
Directed by John Ford, the film stars Maureen O'Hara and a much-praised John Wayne.
At its heart, "The Right Stuff" is a tribute to the space program's role in generating national pride and an indictment of media-fed hero worship. Remarkable aerial sequences (created before the advent of CGI) and spot-on editing team up to deliver a movie that pushes the envelope.
Michael Moore's controversial documentary chronicles the human toll and hemorrhaging of jobs in the auto industry during the 1970s and 80s, focusing on the firing of 30,000 autoworkers by General Motors in Moore's hometown of Flint, Michigan.
Edward Albee's 1962 stage triumph made a successful transfer to the screen in this
adaption written by Ernest Lehman. Elizabeth Taylor won an Oscar for her performance and Richard Burton was nominated.
Wrapping a prolific year that included roles as a homophobic HIV crusader (“Dallas Buyers Club”), a mythic folk figure (“Mud”) and an oily stock broker (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), the versatile star has Christopher Nolan's “Interstellar” and Cary Fukunaga's HBO series “True Detective” on the horizon.
Delivering two radically different performances, Bullock pulled off a near-one-woman show in “Gravity,” in addition to playing straight-woman opposite Melissa McCarthy in “The Heat.” The Oscar winner will continue her streak of “acting with nothing,” as she put it, with a voice role in 2015's “Despicable Me” spinoff, “Minions.”
Crowning a prolific career that features more than 80 feature credits, Dern found critical acclaim this year in Alexander Payne's “Nebraska,” a role that earned him lead actor honors at Cannes. Next year, he'll appear alongside Liam Hemsworth in the Matt Shakman thriller “Cut Bank.”
The actress held her own amid “August: Osage County's” distinguished ensemble, playing the stubborn daughter of a troublesome mother, played by Meryl Streep. Up next, she co-stars with Mark Ruffalo in HBO's “The Normal Heart” telepic, helmed by Ryan Murphy.
Add a New York Film Critics Circle win for director to the helmer's growing collection of “12 Years a Slave” prizes. Next, McQueen will co-write an HBO drama he plans to direct for exec producers Russell Simmons and “The King's Speech” duo Iain Canning and Emile Sherman.
Nyong'o broke onto the film scene this year with her heartbreaking portrayal of Patsey in Steve McQueen's “12 Years a Slave,” a role for which McQueen auditioned more than 1,000 actresses. Next, she accelerates to “Non-Stop,” an action-thriller starring Liam Neeson.
Thomas Newman's heartwarming score for “Saving Mr. Banks” heightened the movie magic while evoking different eras across three continents. The 11-time Oscar nominee, who scored Pixar's “Finding Nemo” and “WALL-E,” reteams with the studio to write music for “The Good Dinosaur.”
Director David O. Russell dipped into his alumni network to build a dream ensemble for “American Hustle.”
After wrapping up the “Hangover” series this year, Bradley Cooper will next appear in “Serena” alongside Jennifer Lawrence. He's filming an untitled Cameron Crowe pic and will shoot “American Sniper” next spring.
Following this year's hit “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Lawrence will reprise her roles as Katniss and Mystique in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” respectively.
Meanwhile, Christian Bale has “Out of the Furnace” and two Terrence Malick projects in the can; he's now filming Ridley Scott's “Exodus.”
Amy Adams appeared in “Man of Steel” and “Her” this year, and has Andrew Levitas' “Lullaby” and Tim Burton's “Big Eyes” upcoming.
Jeremy Renner's 2013 credits include “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” and “The Immigrant,” with roles in Gary Webb's “Kill the Messenger,” “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and his second turn as Jason Bourne in the pipeline.