With "How to Train Your Dragon," DreamWorks has embraced maturity over fart jokes and emerged a force to be reckoned with come Oscar time.
Two words: Nicole Kidman. The Oscar-winning superstar returns as a mother coping with the death of her son in an emotional performance that has Academy recognition etched into its every icy stare and…
In David O. Russell's unconventionally conventional biopic of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo play Ward's brother and mother, respectively -- the two people standing in the…
The harried Academy member who happens to be a part of the foreign-language picture committee is in the thick of it this year.
Fifteen years after receiving the Irving Thalberg Award, Clint Eastwood remains an Oscar force.
If the name Lesley Manville doesn't ring a bell, you haven't been watching Mike Leigh movies closely enough. After "Another Year," you'll never forget her.
UK-based historical pageants have dazzled the Academy from 1933's best picture "Cavalcade" through 1998's "Shakespeare in Love" and 2006's "The Queen," marking "The King's Speech" as tailor-made, if…
When Darren Aronofsky's terpsichorean thriller bowed at Venice, Telluride and Toronto, the most passionate praise was reserved for Natalie Portman, whose gutsy, physically demanding star turn as a…
In the first 80 years of Oscar, only one animated film had ever been nominated for best picture: 1991's "Beauty and the Beast." Then the Academy went back to considering 10 contenders, and "Up" made…
One standout performance can seize the Academy's attention, but the actorly heft of "Get Low" should plant helmer Aaron Schneider's picturesque period piece squarely in Oscar's crosshairs.
Sally Hawkins' perf as the at-first reluctant union leader Rita O'Grady will instantly remind Acad voters of Sally Field's memorable turn in "Norma Rae."