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Founded in 1905, Variety is an entertainment newspaper published weekly by Reed Business Information. The subtitle of the paper is The International Entertainment Weekly. Variety features stories and columns pertaining to theatre, television, radio, music, records and movies. Variety's Vice President and Editor-in-Chief is Peter Bart. Charles Koones serves as President and Publisher. Dana Harris is the Editor and Olivia Hemaratanatorn is the Managing Editor.

Articles from Vol. 326, No. 11, 2014

Actor
Ben Affleck'GONE GIRL'Honored for writing and producing, he has yet to garner Academy love for his thesping. This spot-on re-creation of an attractive man-boy, whose apparent innocence hints at something more sinister behind the eyes, could be a force...
Actress
Amy Adams'BIG EYES'Domestic abuse comes in many guises. Adams' character endures one of the subtlest and crudest - the subjugation of a wife's talent by an ambitious spouse. Timely theme and demonstrable Academy affection for Adams could easily result...
Adapted Screenplay
Jason Dean Hall'AMERICAN SNIPER'Nominated war film scripts tend to wrestle a complex skein of public events into coherence while giving some thought to warrior psychology. Hall's probing of Chris Kyle's career fits squarely within the acclaimed "Hurt...
Animated Feature
'Big Hero 6'DON HALLCHRIS WILLIAMSBox office hit - $241 million worldwide and counting - based on obscure Marvel character is also a hit with critics. The film centers on a robot dubbed Baymax, whose smooth, white body may remind some of an out-ofshape...
A Slacker's Dozen
1 "Boyhood" Richard Linklater's 12-year epic of childhood is a work of such quietly unassuming mastery that it can be easy to overlook what an audacious gamble it represents, or the fact that it has no real precedent in a medium so uniquely suited to...
Best Pics of Oscar Past Pique Pundits
Carping at surprise best picture contenders is a favorite indoor sport among many Oscar mavens. (Confidently handicapping the field and getting picks wrong is their second favorite.) Some controversies have legs that lasted decades. 1968 outrage over...
Cinematography
Dion Beebe'INTO THE WOODS'With Arcadian settings that are both inviting and ominous, Beebe's work recalls the color-saturated canvases of Maxfield Parrish.Yves Belanger'WILD'Shot, according to Belanger, with 95% natural light, "Wild" takes place mostly...
Costume Design
'Exodus: Gods and Kings'From Ramses and Egypt's royal family to Moses and the 400,000 hardscrabble Hebrew slaves, this ripped-from-the-Bible story re-creates a world that existed more than 3,000 years ago.'The Grand Budapest Hotel'Blending historical...
Dga
DRAMA DIRECTORThe Directors Guild TV noms will be announced Jan. 14. Here's a look at leading contenders:Carl Franklin'HOUSE OF CARDS'Already an Emmy nominee for helming the shocking season 2 premiere.Cary FukunagaTRUE DETECTIVE'Rising star directed...
Director
Ava DuVernay'SELMA'A first nomination for an African-American female helmer would be no token. DuVernay brings to life the tumultuous events leading to the 1965 Voting Rights Act's passage with assurance and you-are-there intensity.David Fincher'GONE...
Documentary Feature
'Art and Craft'SAM CULLMAN, JENNIFER GRAUSMANFascinating portrait of a prolific art forger has won recognition from the National Board of Review.'The Case Against 8'BENCOTNER, RYAN WHITEThe legal twists of California's Proposition 8 banning gay marriage...
Don't Forget
'Big Eyes'THE WEINSTEIN CO.Tim Burton scrapes off the veneer of Margaret Keane's paintings and success.'Black or White'RELATIVITY MEDIAMike Binder's timely look at race relations with Oscar winners Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer providing fireworks.'Calvary'FOX...
Editing
'American Sniper'Expert editing helps this story move through time and across continents as the protagonist volunteers for four tours of duty in Iraq while his increasingly alienated wife waits for him back in Texas.'Birdman or (The Unexpected Virture...
Editor's Letter
Welcome to Variety's third annual "Ultimate Awards Nomination Guide," an editorial venture that is essential given an awards season that has never been more wide open.Unlike those years when a single film takes the front-runner position straight out...
Foreign-Language Film
'Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem'RONIT AND SHLOMI ELKABETZISRAELEngrossing drama from Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz debuted to strong reviews at Cannes' Directors' Fortnight. The film, about an Israeli Jewish woman seeking divorce in a country whose laws...
Godard Almighty
1 "Goodbye to Language" Decades from now, the inspired meeting of 3D and the singular cinematic poet/provocateur Jean-Luc Godard may claim a place in the canon alongside Charlie Chaplin's smile and Al Jolson's first words. But by any measure, Godard's...
Golden Globes
DRAMA SERIES'The Affair'SHOWTIMEThe HFPA anointed "Homeland" in sea- son one - might history repeat itself with the show's current schedule-mate?'Downton Abbey'PBSThe stalwart PBS drama has become a nom mainstay, but momen- tum rests with the other contenders.'Game...
Hair & Makeup
'Exodus: Gods and Kings'The pharaoh's guyliner alone is a standout, but there are other gems, such as Moses' beard, which grows progressively longer as his resolve deepens. The ragtag Hebrews are suitably distressed for their march into the desert and...
Music Branch Scores New Tune
Last year's much-talked-about disqualification of a song nominee prompted rule changes for the 2014 Oscars, but they remain controversial for some of the Academy's 240-member music branch."Alone Yet Not Alone," from a little-seen, faith-based film, was...
New Names Sew Up Red Carpet
TanyaAfter working as an intern for the Olsen twins' label Elizabeth and James, Par sons graduate Taylor established her namesake line in 2012 Her punchy, pol ished aesthetic has attracted a following among established stars (Reese Witherspoon, UvTyler,...
No Country for Gold Men?
If you think making an Oscarwinning picture is tough, consider the difficulties in recouping onThe number of prestige pics produced by the majors has declined. Traditional adult audiences flock to cable. Ancillary revenue streams remain uncertain. All...
Nostalgia for the 20th Century
The 20th century and its landmark events are major sources of inspiration for at least eight major awards contenders this year and artisans had their hands full re-creating a period of turbulence, war and immense social change."Selma" takes us back to...
Original Screenplay
Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo'BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)'Any qualms about nominating a quartet for work which seems so personal should be overcome by the conception's originality and the...
Oscar Race's Head Games
The best picture race is always a sign of the times, as the films reflect the hopes, fears and mindset of filmmakers and audiences.Many of the 2014 contenders indicate that a lot of people in the film biz are evidently concerned about health - and specifically...
Production Design
'American Sniper*From the claustrophobic back streets of Iraqi cities to sweeping vistas over that country's landscapes, the re-creations make viewers feel like they're there. Some may quibble with the film's social implications, but its below-the-line...
SAG Comedy
ACTORTy Burrell'MODERN FAMILY'Defending SAG champ and recent Emmy winner picks up his fifth individual nom as hilariously dorky dad Phil Dunphy.Louis C.K.'LOUIE'The mastermind behind FX's quirky half-hour lands his second nom thanks to a bold and buzzy...
SAG Drama
ACTORSteve Buscemi'BOARDWALK EMPIRE'The two-time champ in the category lands his fifth individual nom for the HBO drama's final season.Peter Dinklage'CAME OF THRONES'His second consecutive nom suggests support is building for the HBO epic's most intriguing...
Score
Marco BeltramiTHE HOMESMAN'Taking inspiration from this 1850s-set western's stark landscape and the ever-present howling wind, Beltrami experimented with Aeolian harps and rigged instruments to produce "wind music."Alexandre Desplat'THE IMITATION GAME,'...
Song
Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois'LOST STARS' ('BEGIN AGAIN')This soaring ballad sums up the lonely pursuit of songwriting, "where you want each line to say how you see the world or yourself in it," according to Alexander.Common, John Legend'GLORY'('SELMA')The...
Sound Editing
'Fury'The sounds of war have never been so perfectly captured as in this film, even though sound designer Paul N.J. Ottosson had to use much artifice to make it all sound realistic in the theater.'Get on Up'Real tracks from James Brown's music were mixed...
Sound Mixing
'Annie*By nature, sound mixing on musicals is a highly challenging task, and the artisans who worked on this re-telling of the Broadway classic rose to the occasion, highlighting the popular favorites that makes this a perennial story.'Big Hero 6'Animation...
Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin'INHERENT VICE'Brolin's haunted cop stands apart from the year's other supporting freaks and geeks. His buzzcut Jack Webb mask is forever dropping to reveal behavior quirks and melancholy.Robert Duvall'THE JUDGE1A seventh nomination for the...
Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette'BOYHOOD'Always admired but never before in the Oscar derby, she's now a frontrunner as the single "Boyhood" protagonist most actively working to repair her life. Over 12 years she has had more downs than ups but she always pops up swinging.Jessica...
The Grammys
RECORD OF THE YEARFancyIGGY AZALEA FEATURING CHARLI XCXWhether one sees 24-year-old Australian rapper Iggy Azalea as an unlikely success story or a problematic modern-day minstrel, few argued with the infectiousness of her 2014 single.ChandelierSIAAfter...
The Power of One
Award shows have always wrestled with balancing art and commerce - weighing the noble ability to recognize deserving fare that might not be widely viewed against lauding projects with which more of the audience is familiar, which is generally beneficial...
The View from Abroad
1 "Calvary" While so many of my critical colleagues were swept off their feet by 12 years in the life of an all-American boy, I found myself riveted by a single week in the life of a small-town Irish priest. Reteaming with dark-comedy mastermind John...
Visual Effects
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'Standard superhero stuff? Maybe, but there's a lot of it, and it's diverse with digital doubles, water, helicarriers and falling skyscrapers. Part of the fun is its elegant art direction melding design and vfx.'Dawn...
Wga
DRAMA SERIES WRITINGThe Writers Guild announced five nominees in television drama series writing on Dec. 4:'Game of Thrones'Left out of contention last year, HBO's fiery epic returns to the nominees circle and also landed its first individual ep nom...
World's Wear Dearly
When the red carpet made its Academy Awards debut in 1961, it served merely as a means of guiding nominees Elizabeth Taylor and Janet Leigh to the event's new venue, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. However, with the advent of El's "Live From the Red...
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