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Watch: Original Short Film Version of WHIPLASH, Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons

March 2, 2015

(Re-posted from

by Oktay Ege Kozak

Writer/Director Damien Chazelle must be enjoying his well-deserved recent success after his excellent debut feature Whiplash was nominated for five Academy Awards and took home the gold for Editing, Sound Mixing, and Best Supporting Actor. However, there was a time when Chazelle’s original feature screenplay about the sado-masochistic relationship between an ambitious jazz drummer and his abusive instructor wasn’t necessarily a hot commodity in Hollywood.

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My Final Oscar Predictions

February 20, 2015

Michael Keaton in BIRDMAN (photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight. © 2014. All rights reserved.)


Best Picture — Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole (Birdman)

Director — Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman)

Actor — Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Actress — Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

Supporting Actor — J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Supporting Actress — Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

Original Screenplay — Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Adapted Screenplay — Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)

Animated Feature — Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold (How to Train Your Dragon 2)

Foreign Language Film — Ida

Documentary Feature — Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky (Citizenfour)

Cinematography — Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)

Production Design — Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Costume Design — Colleen Atwood (Into the Woods)

Makeup and Hairstyling — Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Film Editing — Sandra Adair (Boyhood)

Original Score — Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything)

Original Song — John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn (“Glory,” Selma)

Visual Effects — Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott Fisher (Interstellar)

Sound Editing — Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman (American Sniper)

Sound Mixing — John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Walt Martin (American Sniper)

Documentary Short — Aneta Kopacz (“Joanna”)

Animated Short Film — Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi (“The Dam Keeper”)

Live Action Short Film — Matt Kirkby and James Lucas (“The Phone Call”)

2015 Memo to the Academy

February 17, 2015

(Re-posted from Limité


Dear Academy,

It’s that time of year again. You’ve watched dozens of movies, you’ve seen plenty of “For Your Consideration” ads, and you’ve heard everyone’s reasons why one film or another deserves to win. There’s a lot going through your mind; maybe you’re confused. No worries. Once again, Limité’s Film Team is ready to step up with its picks in some of the most hotly contested categories. Read below, then mark your ballots with confidence.

Your friends,

Dan Quitério, Joy Ganes, Morgan Goldin

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Nomination? We don’t need no stinkin’ nomination!—Antonio Sánchez Drums up Live Performance of BIRDMAN Score

February 13, 2015


Often, this time of year, Oscar-nominated films attempt to drum up last-minute support with special live events—whether it be a live musical performance by the cast of Frozen or a Mary Poppins sing-along event for Saving Mr. Banks. These events usually highlight an aspect of the film that’s nominated (or would be potentially nominated), which is why I found it interesting that Birdman‘s score was recently performed live in LA during a screening of the film.

Since the film’s release in November, the unique jazz drum score has reverberated in viewers’ minds. The Golden Globe- and BAFTA Award-nominated music by Antonio Sánchez was famously disqualified for Oscar consideration because it samples about 17 minutes of previously recorded classical music (an Oscar no-no). Despite his ineligibility, Sánchez took to his drum kit for the live performance last night at the ACE Hotel. Although the performance does nothing to support the film’s (nonexistent) chances in the Original Score category, perhaps it does help further boost Birdman‘s profile, keeping it top of mind for voters who are currently filling in their ballots. And with only one other film acting as serious competition for Best Picture, Birdman can use the added boost to make it to the Dolby’s stage on Oscar Sunday.

On My DVR: Night Will Fall

February 8, 2015

When I heard that a lost Hitchcock film was found, I knew I had to learn more, even if it were a doc, perhaps unlike anything he had previously made. As a huge Hitch fan, I’m looking forward to learning more about the film that researchers only recently uncovered.

Synopsis (courtesy of IMDb):

Researchers discover film footage from World War II that turns out to be a lost documentary shot by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein in 1945 about German concentration camps.

Director: André Singer

Screenwriter: Lynette Singer

Cast: Helena Bonham Carter (narrator), Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Bernstein

Distributor: HBO Documentary Films

Runtime: 75 min.

Oscar-Nominated Films on Netflix

January 15, 2015

With 9 nominations, The Grand Budapest Hotel ties Birdman with the most nominations. Watch The Grand Budapest Hotel, currently available on Netflix.

This morning, the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced. View all nominees here.

If you’re like me, you watch as many of the nominated films as possible before the ceremony (on February 22 this year). Got some catching up to do? Watch 11 of the nominated films, currently on Netflix.

Available Via Streaming


  • Best Foreign Language Film (Poland)
  • Best Cinematography


  • Best Documentary

Available Via Netflix DVD

Begin Again

  • Best Original Song


  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Film Editing

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  • Best Visual Effects

Finding Vivian Maier

  • Best Documentary

The Grand Budapest Hotel

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Production Design

Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Best Visual Effects

The Lego Movie

  • Best Original Song


  • Best Costume Design

X-Men: Days of Future Past

  • Best Visual Effects

My Top 20 Films of 2014

January 10, 2015


Since 2002, I’ve been releasing my Top 20 Films of the year. Each list is composed of the top 20 movies I saw that calendar year in a theatre. Above is a video showcasing my Top 20 Films of 2014.


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