After the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expanded its Best Picture list beyond five nominees, the door opened for big-budget Hollywood blockbusters to score a prestigious Best Picture nomination. As I wrote last year, it was likely that the Academy broadened the Best Picture shortlist after Christopher Nolan’s opus, “The Dark Knight,” was cruelly snubbed in 2009. Since then, “Avatar” and Nolan’s own “Inception” have managed to score Best Pic nods.
This year, all eyes were on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” since the film was the final in a critically acclaimed series that had never achieved the nomination before. Unfortunately, it was not to be, as the film only earned technical nods and ultimately walked away from last night's Oscars completely empty-handed.
However, 2012’s line-up of big budget popcorn fare looks like it might once again yield some love from the Oscars. Which of this year’s blockbusters might possibly score an Oscar Best Picture nod next year? Check out five possible contenders after the jump!
"The Artist," the schmartist. Adam Sandler was the real winner this weekend. Or at least he is if you consider more than doubling the record number of Razzie nominations an individual has ever received in a single year to be an accomplishment.
The actor's three films in 2011 -- "Just Go With It," "Jack & Jill" and "Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star" (which he helped produce) -- earned Sandler a grand total of 11 Razzie nominations this year, including Worst Picture and Worst Actor. That's pretty impressive, considering there are only 10 categories to be nominated in.
It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights! No, it's not the Muppet Show tonight, but the next best thing: it's Oscar night!
The 84th Annual Academy Awards are finally here to settle the biggest lingering movie questions of 2011 once and for all. Will "The Artist" dominate as many expect it to? Is there room for an upset from Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" or George Clooney's "Descendants"? How much mayhem will
Sacha Baron Cohen Admiral General Aladeen cause during the big show? And please, for the love of all things holy, can we please get a stealth "Man or Muppet" performance?
Stick with MTV Movies Blog all night long for these answers and more as our LIVE coverage of the Oscars continues. Keep refreshing those browsers as we bring you the latest updates on the winners, losers and much more!
11:37 PM ... And that's that -- another Oscar ceremony down and in the books. Exciting at times, predictable more often than not. What did you guys think? Was this a good showing by the Academy? Did you enjoy Billy's long awaited return to the stage? Happy with the winners? Tell us everything you thought about this year's Oscars in the comments section or on Twitter!
11:35 PM ... Silence is acceptance. "The Artist" wins Best Picture. No one will remember this in five days.
11:32 PM ... We're in the end game. Best Picture. It's going to be "The Artist." I want "Hugo" or "Tree of Life," but that's not happening. It is what it is. (What it is is boring, by the way.)
Hallelujah, J.K. Rowling is officially releasing a new book. Sure, there's no title yet, it doesn't have a release date, and the tease of "further details will be announced later in the year" could mean a variety of things. But the author whose only legacy right now is the beloved "Harry Potter" books is finally releasing a new novel -- this time for adults -- and I couldn't be more pleased.
Even though this novel is going to skew towards an older audience, there are still many elements from "Harry Potter" that Rowling can bring over into a new series. While I'm guessing this new book probably won't include children as much as "Harry Potter" did, there are still plenty of other components that worked great in that series and will likely work even better in an adult story.
Arguably the biggest news of the day was Lionsgate's announcement that the studio would be premiering the "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2" trailer in front of "The Hunger Games" in theaters on March 23. Though this is definitely a match made in young-adult heaven, it's far from the first time trailers for highly anticipated films have premiered before similarly big new releases.
We've decided to go back and pick our five favorite examples of big trailer premieres from the past couple decades. The movies haven’t always matched the hype (we're looking at you, "Phantom Menace"), but they certainly gave us good reason to get excited.
"Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace" before "Meet Joe Black"
Come with me back to a time long, long ago (1998) in a galaxy far, far away (where Brad Pitt was still playing romantic leads). "Meet Joe Black" was just hitting theaters, but fans weren't necessarily flocking to theaters opening night to catch Pitt playing the Death. Instead, many fans were anxiously awaiting the first trailer of George Lucas's highly anticipated "Star Wars" prequel, "The Phantom Menace." Considering the public's changed opinion on the movie as "The Phantom Menace" launches its 3-D rerelease today, it's hard to believe people were once so excited about the movie. But they were — seriously.
The boys could be back in town for a new installment of "The Hangover," but not before they get some ginormous paychecks for the movie. Meanwhile, Chloe Sevingy could be getting Demi Moore's recently-vacated spot in "Lovelace," Russell Brand is headed to family-friendly territory and Paul Giamatti is ready for some Shakespearean tragedy.
It's January 26, and you're tuning in to today's casting call.
The MTV Movie Brawl 2012 is officially on! After the initial play-in, wild card, Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds, we're finally down to only four movies competing to be crowned the can't-miss movie of the year. As always, the choice remains entirely up to YOU. Which movie will win the brawl for it all? Vote at MTV Movies Blog and make your choice known!
Against all odds, defying all expectations, "The Twilight Saga" is no more… in the MTV Movie Brawl 2012, that is.
In the second Robert Pattinson vs. Robert Pattinson duel of this competition, it was the fan-favorite "Breaking Dawn: Part 2" that went down for the count, despite its status as the top vote getter in the initial play-in round and its performance in the Sweet 16. Rob's fans have made a grand statement by pushing "Cosmopolis" into the Final Four over "Twilight," showing that the majority of them are more invested in the actor's unknown future than his sparkly-skinned past.
"Cosmopolis" beating "Breaking Dawn" is easily the upset of the tournament so far, but is there enough momentum to defeat "The Dark Knight Rises," Christopher Nolan's final dance with the Bat? Batman is a fearsome foe indeed, proving unexpectedly strong against both "The Avengers" and "Dark Shadows." If Gotham City can rally behind their hero one more time, Batman could well beat Rpattz for a trip to the final round.
Forget the Volturi. In "Twilight" star Peter Facinelli's screenwriting debut, "Loosies," the actor's traded in villainous vamps for a more real (albeit, less toothy) foe: NYPD's finest. Facinelli plays Bobby, a charismatic pickpocket who roams the New York City subway looking for hapless marks while alluding the cop whose badge he pilfered. The script took Facinelli only three weeks to write, but seven years to bring to the big-screen, giving him plenty of time to prepare—including mastering his character's career skills.
"I worked with a magician. I tried to keep it all on the up and up," Facinelli told MTV News when asked if he consulted any real-life lifters for authenticity. "His forte was pickpocketing, so he taught me how to swipe watches. It's very much a distraction. You distract them in one area and go for the other area. And then I just practiced on crew members."
The MTV Movie Brawl 2012 is officially on! After the initial play-in, wild card and Sweet 16 rounds, only eight movies remain to compete in a series of head-to-head single elimination matches in our March Madness-style bracket. In the end, only one of these flicks can be crowned the can't-miss movie of the year, and the choice is entirely up to YOU. Which movie will win the brawl for it all? Vote at MTV Movies Blog and make your choice known!
If you thought the choice between "Cosmopolis" and "Bel Ami" was difficult, it gets worse. Robert Pattinson fans were literally divided in half with the seemingly impossible decision, ultimately voting the David Cronenberg thriller into the Elite Eight by only three votes. Not exactly a wide margin!
Still, if it was that hard to choose between two indie Pattinson projects, how can fans possibly pick between "Cosmopolis" and the final round of the "Twilight" films? On the one hand, "Cosmopolis" represents the next stage in Rob's career, a life after "Twilight." On the other hand… it's "Breaking Dawn," guys! The grand finale! It's what we've all been waiting for! Not an easy decision, to say the least, but it's a decision that needs to be made all the same. Good luck, voters — you're going to need it.
The MTV Movie Brawl 2012's Sweet 16 round draws to a close at 12 AM EST tonight (January 11), and while that seems only a few short hours away, there's still plenty of time to vote your favorite movies into the Elite Eight. Click below to vote on the official bracket, and read on for links to the individual polls!