We made a list and checked it twice: Here are the best holiday-themed films released since 2000 to work into the rotation alongside "A Christmas Story" and "It's a Wonderful Life."
Related: 2016 Oscar Predictions: Our Picks in Every Category There are two particularly egregious examples of this so-called “category fraud” in the 2016 Oscar race. Alicia Vikander is the favorite to win Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl, despite the fact that she is the historical drama’s clear-cut female lead. She’ll be up against Rooney Mara, who is the clear-cut co-lead in Carol alongside Cate Blanchett. Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl (2015) As mentioned, the Swedish breakout is the frontrunner in Best Supporting Actress, and does indeed deliver an Oscar-caliber performance as portrait artist Gerda Wegener.
We’re inching closer to Sunday’s 88th Annual Academy Awards, where Cate Blanchett will glam up for the red carpet and attend the ceremony as a nominee for the seventh time (having won twice, for The Aviator and Blue Jasmine). This year’s honor comes for her typically mesmerizing work in the acclaimed romance Carol, about a troubled housewife who subtly seduces a younger shopgirl (Rooney Mara) in 1950s New York.
Nominated for her second Oscar, this time for her supporting turn in the drama Carol, Rooney Mara has been out promoting the film since its debut in May at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Here’s a look back at how the 30-year-old Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star has worked the festival circuit and other red-carpet events leading up to the Academy Aweards on Feb. 28.
Eddie Redmayne, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Brie Larson, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba were shortlisted in the acting categories.
With any luck, you’ve got a whole bunch of days off for the holidays on the horizon, which would make it the perfect time to catch up with all the movies you’ve been dying to see this year. Derived from our ranking of the top 40 films of 2015, here is a visual guide to the top half of that list. Starting with our 20th ranked film — the revealing, heartbreaking documentary about the late musical prodigy Amy Winehouse, Amy — the list has something for everyone: more documentaries (The Look of Silence), searing satires (Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq and Anchorman director Adam McKay’s The Big Short), animated wonders (Inside Out), smash hit biopics (Straight Outta Compton), big budget sci-fi flicks (The Martian) and the best of the Oscar contenders.
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2' narrowly beats the seafaring epic — starring Chris Hemsworth — to stay at No. 1; Adam McKay's 'The Big Short' mints money in specialty box office debut after earning multiple Golden Globe nominations.
The 25th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street in New York yielded moving speeches and jabs at GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation scored five nominations, with Spotlight taking four and the Robert Altman Award for its ensemble cast. By Hilary Lewis The nominations for the 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced on Tuesday morning, with Todd Haynes’ 1950s-set lesbian love story Carol scoring a leading six nominations. Netflix’s first original feature film, Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation, landed five nominations. Spotlight, about the Boston Globe’s investigation into years of child sex abuse by Catholic priests and the subsequent cover-up scored four nominations and is set to receive the Robert Altman award for its ensemble cast.
Carol star Kyle Chandler is a far more relaxed a guy than you might expect, given the number of serious characters he’s played on screens both big and small over the last decade. The 50-year-old Georgia native made his name as the stern-but-sensitive Coach Taylor in the beloved football series Friday Night Lights, for which he won an Emmy in 2011. In director Todd Haynes’ period romance (opening in select theaters Friday), Chandler plays Harge, the desperate and controlling husband of the title character (Cate Blanchett), a WASP-y housewife who falls for a younger woman named Therese (Rooney Mara) in 1950s New York. Based on the 1952 novel The Price of Salt by The Talented Mr. Ripley author Patricia Highsmith, Carol — which has been earning strong reviews since its Cannes premiere in May — follows the women’s fraught love affair as Harge rages about his disintegrating marriage.
The nominations for the 2015 Gotham Independent Film Awards were unveiled Thursday morning, with Diary of a Teenage Girl receiving four noms, including one for best feature. Other films receiving multiple nominations included Carol, Heaven Knows What, James White, Love & Mercy, Spotlight and Tangerine. A full list of the 2015 IFP Gotham Independent Film Award nominations follows. Best Feature Carol Todd Haynes, director; Elizabeth Karlsen, Tessa Ross, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley, producers (The Weinstein Company) The Diary of a Teenage Girl Marielle Heller, director; Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit, Miranda Bailey, producers (Sony Pictures Classics) Heaven Knows What Josh and Benny Safdie, directors; Oscar Boyson, Sebastian Bear-McClard, producers (RADiUS) Spotlight Tom McCarthy, director; Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagan Faust, producers (Open Road Films) Tangerine Sean Baker, director; Darren Dean, Shih-Ching Tsou, Marcus Cox & Karrie Cox, producers (Magnolia Pictures) Best Documentary Approaching the Elephant Amanda Rose Wilder, director; Jay Craven, Robert Greene, Amanda Rose Wilder, producers (Kingdom County Productions) Cartel Land Matthew Heineman, director; Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin, producers (The Orchard and A&E IndieFilms) Heart of a Dog Laurie Anderson, director; Dan Janvey, Laurie Anderson, producers (Abramorama and HBO Documentary Films) Listen to Me Marlon Stevan Riley, director; John Battsek, RJ Cutler, George Chignell, producers (Showtime Documentary Films) The Look of Silence Joshua Oppenheimer, director; Signe Byrge Sørensen, producer (Drafthouse Films) Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award Desiree Akhavan for Appropriate Behavior (Gravitas Ventures) Jonas Carpigano for Mediterranea (Sundance Selects) Marielle Heller for The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Sony Pictures Classics) John Magary for The Mend (Cinelicious Pics) Josh Mond for James White (The Film Arcade) Best Screenplay Carol, Phyllis Nagy (The Weinstein Company) The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Marielle Heller (Sony Pictures Classics) Love & Mercy, Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner (Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate, and River Road Entertainment) Spotlight, Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Open Road Films) While We’re Young, Noah Baumbach (A24) Best Actor* Christopher Abbott in James White (The Film Arcade) Kevin Corrigan in Results (Magnolia Pictures) Paul Dano in Love & Mercy (Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate, and River Road Entertainment) Peter Sarsgaard in Experimenter (Magnolia Pictures) Michael Shannon in 99 Homes (Broad Green Pictures) Best Actress* Cate Blanchett in Carol (The Weinstein Company) Blythe Danner in I’ll See You in My Dreams (Bleecker Street) Brie Larson in Room (A24 Films) Bel Powley in The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Sony Pictures Classics) Lily Tomlin in Grandma (Sony Pictures Classics) Kristen Wiig in Welcome to Me (Alchemy) Breakthrough Actor Rory Culkin in Gabriel (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Arielle Holmes in Heaven Knows What (RADiUS) Lola Kirke in Mistress America (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in Tangerine (Magnolia Pictures) Mya Taylor in Tangerine (Magnolia Pictures) * The 2015 Best Actor/Best Actress nominating panel also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award jointly to Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Brian D’Arcy James for their ensemble work in Spotlight.
Three film festivals in three countries over the course of three weeks kick Hollywood’s awards season into gear: Italy’s Venice Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, and the Toronto International Film Festival, which wraps up this weekend in Canada. The Buzz: After mostly positive early reviews from Venice and Telluride, the film got a huge reaction at TIFF.
Will fall audiences swoon for Carol? Early reports from Cannes and Telluride suggest many critics did, at least. The period romance from director Todd Haynes (I’m Not There, Safe) stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women who find themselves stunned to be falling for each other in 1950s New York City. Watch the first U.S. trailer above.
A day after Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees got some boos from the press corps at Cannes, Todd Haynes’s period romance Carol earned bravos at its press screening. The cheers were well-deserved — as was the insanely early awards-season chatter both for the movie and for the stunning performances from Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. A remarkably well-made in-competition drama, Carol is a marvel: A stirring, obsessive romance, it evokes a 1950s New York that feels both impossibly distant and unmistakably familiar. Carol is structured as a flashback: We open with Therese (Mara) and Carol (Blanchett) sitting at a table in an elegant tea room.