THIS ceremony will have Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Kelly Marcel, 'Wadjda,' 'Rush,' Daniel Bruhl, Oprah Winfrey and the Coen brothers
A Star is Born
Rise to the Top
“12 Year's a Slave”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
Are you pissed off (as opposed to “pissed,” “taking the piss” or “standing in pissing down rain” at the omissions of the Oscar voters? Don't rant or rave, just rev up the Gulfsteam, get the Veuve (not the “plonk”) on ice and jet over to Blighty. Trust me, it's going to be a jolly good show positively plimming with all your fab faves!
Shirley Temple's first mention in Variety came in September 1932, when she was all of 4 years old and signed to star in film shorts produced by Jack Hays (who is not to be confused with the Hays' Office). The following year, Temple signed a seven-year deal with Fox.
Shirley Temple's swift rise as a B.O. goldmine inevitably led to salary disputes between her parents and Fox. By 1934, in the depths of the Depression, she was able to command $50,000 per picture.
Shirley Temple made several hit pics with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson including "The Littlest Rebel."
....and "The Little Colonel"
By 1936 Shirley Temple was considered Hollywood's B.O. leader.
And she was still a draw for 20th Century Fox in 1939.
By the 1940s, Shirley Temple's star was on the wane. She began working for other studios, including MGM, and dabbling in radio and commercials.
Voter No. 1: “From soup to nuts it is a perfect film. Steve McQueen did an extraordinary job of capturing things in the most extraordinary way and the casting was impeccable. The information, the tone of the film, as much as one hears about slavery, the whole idea that a man could have been free and brought back to that horrible, horrible world … it's almost incomprehensible. There were things in that film that you haven't seen in a film before. It was brutal, the acting was impeccable. And, while it was incredibly violent, it served its purpose and it was real. It was a perfect picture in every way. The coldness of the white people — the wife, the plantation owner, the way they treated those people as if they were animals. It was unconscionable and it's unforgivable and it goes on today in many places in the world. It's unfathomable to think about it.”
Voter No. 2: “It's the most important and also the most well-made film. It's a universal story that's important for people to see today, even though it is a historical film. You feel part of something by having it be nominated and maybe being able to win. It's really well-made. You can see the quality in the work.”
Voter No. 1: “It's a no-brainer for me. My favorite era of moviemaking is the 1970s in the United States. For me, those are the films that I have always loved and that have always inspired me in every way. 'American Hustle' really continues that tradition of moviemaking that for me I would call the golden age of Hollywood — the 1970s.”
Voter No. 2: “It is superb in every area of filmmaking: writing, acting, shooting, editing and directing. It is uninterruptedly surprising and entertaining and does not have one weak moment in it, which borders on the freakishly unbelievable.”
Voter No. 3: “'American Hustle' is without a doubt one of the best movies of the year. It features four great performances and a lot of that credit is due to director David O. Russell. He has made it clear that he is able to elicit emotions out of his actors that only a handful of directors ever could. A best picture winner for me is one that from top to bottom is first rate. With standout performances, a gorgeous look and a truly original screenplay that David wrote with Eric Warren Singer, 'American Hustle' fits that bill.”
Voter No. 1: “'Captain Phillips' is brilliant on so many levels. I felt white-knuckle tension, heart-pounding thrills, pure exhilaration, great relief and waves of emotion. And through every breathtaking moment, I understood the hopelessness that drives men to do the unthinkable and the deep moral compass that shapes a hero. I was rooting for the good guy, but was heartbroken for the bad guy. It's a rare film that can achieve all that. Billy Ray's masterfully nuanced script and the brutally honest performance by first-timer Barkhad Abdi got me right in the gut. 'Captain Phillips' is my favorite film of the year.”
Voter No. 2: “'Captain Phillips' is without a doubt the best film I have seen this year. It's well-acted and superbly written, and it's the best performance I've seen Tom Hanks give in a very long time.”
Voter No. 3: “The film is not your ordinary action thriller, elevated in a way that only Paul Greengrass can do. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.”
Voter No. 1: ''Dallas Buyers Club' is my No. 1 film this year because it is truly a film that makes a difference, educates and inspires, while simultaneously capturing its audience with its riveting performances.”
Voter No. 2: “Sure, 'Dallas Buyers Club' is a very moving film about acceptance and compassion, but most of all it's about realizing how valuable life is and that we need to protect and fight for that with every ounce of our being. It's clear that the filmmakers and actors approached bringing this special film to life with that same fierce passion and total commitment.”
Voter No. 1: “I always ask myself what movie is the most original achievement. That's the Academy's word, 'achievement,' and I think it's the right word. It means nobody else makes movies like that. I always like to have a new experience. Sometimes you see a good film but think, 'Yeah, but it's like all the other movies.' 'Gravity' is something you have never seen before: the way it looked, the way they shot it. I never saw anything like that before, and I'm still amazed how they pulled it off. If there's no movie like that in a year, I will look for the film that grabs ahold of your soul, the film that gives you the biggest emotional experience.”
Voter No. 2: “To me, a best picture winner has to be something not ever done before, where you look at it and have the feeling, 'Oh my God, I've never seen anything like this.' I also think, 'Is this something I will want to see again in 15 years? Is this a movie that will hold up in 15 years?' ”
Voter No. 3: “Does it seem unique and special? This is a really difficult year. but this year, even more so. I always weigh it carefully, because I know how important a win is to people's careers.”
Voter No. 1: “It was original. Spike Jonze created a whole world and a tone, and sustained them. It was also the most touching and wrenching relationship film this year. He did something really hard to pull off: It was light but substantial. There was a delicate mood of suspense and romance in the onscreen budding relationship.”
Voter No. 2: “The best picture is usually the only one that you want to see carved in stone. It's the film where you have the experience that renews your faith in what movies can be.”
Voter No. 1: “I liked 'Nebraska' and 'Philomena' not only because they were made from terrific screenplays, but primarily because of their key performances. It's a tough call but just from the sheer pleasure of the visuals, I would give the nod to” Nebraska.” Bruce Dern has had a brilliant career of playing eccentrics, which he's always done masterfully. Now he's gone into a depth of his soul that is outstanding and it's an achievement that towers over not only this year's [films] but over the last many years' as well. Close call, but 'Nebraska' wins my No. 1 vote.”
Voter No. 1: “Judi Dench is by now a world treasure. She is a legitimate star not because she's young and sexy and beautiful — all of which she is! — but because of her ability to show us her humanity.”
Voter No. 2:” When I saw 'Gravity,' I thought the race is over. Then I saw the others and liked a lot of them. I see them all, and I see them in theaters. 'Philomena' is such a charming story that it sneaks up on you. It's a simple, heartwarming story, old-fashioned in the good sense. And when I think back, I like it even more.”
Voter No. 3: “'Philomena' is a film that is so well-crafted, both in the writing and in the acting. The [writers and actors] tell a great story in a touching way, and make you laugh when you're crying. That's very hard to pull off.”
Voter No.. 4: “Sometimes I've worked on the contenders, but I try to always vote honestly and objectively. Given an equal playing field of skill and artistry, I think people go with the film they love, the one that talks to them emotionally. That's what I do. That's why I love 'Philomena.'”
Voter No. 1: “The first question I ask when I'm considering what I will give a 'No. 1' ranking is very simple: Will I watch this movie again? My No. 1 vote this year goes to 'Wolf of Wall Street' and my answer to that question is an emphatic 'Yes!' I also ask myself, 'Is this an important film in what is done, said or shown?' Again, 'Wolf' gets my vote on all three of those counts. It shows us the underbelly of the Wall Street culture of greed and it also shows us what makes that greed so attractive. This is not a story, like [Oliver Stone's]'Wall Street,' where the con artist is basically the Antichrist. Each viewer can see and feel that they could want the same things that the con artist wants. No one has done that before.”
Voter No. 2: “For me, it's a matter of how well the film flows. Story is important to me, but subject matter is not. If everything flows, any subject matter can be interesting. I have a wide range of what's important: Is it believable? How is the acting? The writing? Does it all work together? Is it smooth? This year, all the nominees are excellent, but 'Wolf of Wall Street' is my best picture choice. Everything flowed!”