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‘The Hateful Eight’: Ennio Morricone Receives 6th Oscar Nomination For Original Score
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The nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were announced this morning, and Quentin Tarantino‘s brutal, slow-burn western epic The Hateful Eight scored nods in three categories: Jennifer Jason Leigh in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance as the feral, fearsome criminal Daisy Domergue, with Robert Richardson‘s sumptuous widescreen cinematography also received well-deserved recognition.

The film’s third and final Oscar nomination was for the music score composed by the legendary Ennio Morricone – the first original soundtrack for a Tarantino film. This marks the sixth time Morricone has been nominated, but he has yet to win. Morricone did receive an honorary award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2007. The award was presented to him by Clint Eastwood, who shot to international movie stardom with Il Maestro’s musical backing.

I’ve embedded Morricone’s Oscar speech, in Italian with Eastwood translating into English best as possible, and you can check it out here below.

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86th Academy Awards: Who Will Win An Oscar? Here’s Our Picks and Predictions
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We’re only hours away from the live broadcast of the 86th Annual Academy Awards! As we do every year, we’ll be live blogging the entire event starting from the pre-show red carpet arrivals starting at 7pm EST through the final Oscar acceptance for Best Picture.

Before the show begins, we figured we’d just put a quick two cents with our predictions of who we think will win and also who we hope will win. Check it out here below and remember to turn into ABC for the broadcast and come back href=”https://www.geeksofdoom.com/2014/03/02/academy-awards-live-blog” target=”_blank”>HERE to us for the live blog, with red carpet arrivals beginning at 7pm EST and the awards ceremony starting at 8:30pm EST.

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86th Academy Awards Live Blog and Streaming Updates
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86th Academy Awards Live Blog

Tonight is the 86th Annual Academy Awards! As we do every year, starting at 7pm EST we’ll be live blogging the entire event from the pre-show red carpet extravaganza through the final Oscar acceptance speech and orchestral “wrap it up” movement.

This year’s Oscar nominees have some heavy hitters vying for the top awards, including 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Gravity, and The Wolf of Wall Street all up for multiple awards. Actors including Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetal Eijofor, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, and Meryl Streep are up for top awards and it’ll be interesting to see who gets the statue!

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Join Us For Our 2013 Academy Award Liveblog
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Academy & Gallery 1988 Team Up To Create Posters For Best Picture Nominees
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The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has partnered up with the people of Gallery 1988 and fellow artists to commission creating posters for the 2013 Best Picture Nominees. Oscar.com revealed the poster specs, which could mean that these posters could go on sale. And if you are a cinephile, a fan of any of these movies, or love to collect posters created by independent artists, then you should be hoping that these go on sale, because these posters look great.

Check out the posters of all nine of the nominees below and don’t forget to tell us which ones you would like to have hang on your walls.

Below is all the info you need to know about the posters, plus a small profile on the artist behind them. Be sure to check out Oscar.com and Gallery1988.com on occasions to see if these posters do go up on sale.

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85th Annual Academy Awards Nominations
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Usually the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announces their nominations for the annual Academy Awards sometime after the Golden Globes have been handed out. This year, however, the nominees are being revealed a few days before the Globes take place.

This year brings with it the 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, and this morning all of the year’s nominations were made official.

You can check out all of this year’s Oscar nominees below, and be sure to share your thoughts on who is deserving, and who got snubbed.

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Confirmed: Eddie Murphy To Host The Oscars
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A few days ago it was reported that Brett Ratner, who was chosen to produce the 84th annual Academy Awards along with Don Mischer, wanted Eddie Murphy to host this year’s Oscars. At the time, it was just Ratner’s choice for the job and multiple other candidates were said to be possibles, but now it’s a much more official selection.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts Sciences made the announcement earlier today, confirming that Ratner’s choice was the one they liked best for the job. It’s no secret that the organization has been attempting to appeal to younger audiences the last few years, and obviously they’re hoping that the classic Eddie Murpy humor will shine brightly when the awards air on February 26, 2012.

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Brett Ratner Chooses Eddie Murphy To Host Oscars; Billy Crystal Will Be Involved
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Deadline has learned that when Brett Ratner, the director of such titles as X–Men: The Last Stand, Red Dragon, and all three Rush Hour flicks, meets with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences this Tuesday to discuss who he thinks would be a good choice to host the 84th annual Academy Awards, he’s going to push for Eddie Murphy. Ratner was chosen by the Academy in early August to produce the ceremony along with Don Mischer.

This doesn’t mean that Murphy is hosting for sure yet—only that his name will be in the mix with whomever Mischer also suggests. According to sources, Mischer has a plethora of “big names” interested in hosting that he’s talking to.

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Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It: Get Sam Rockwell An Oscar Nomination For ‘Moon’!
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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science voters, lend us your eyes. Your attention is demanded!

In a Summer movie season dominated by gigantic science fiction and fantasy movies like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Terminator Salvation, two much smaller sci-fi films from lesser-known foreign directors were the ones who stole all of the spotlights. Those two films were Neil Blomkamp’s District 9 and Duncan JonesMoon.

Now that all of these movies have come, said their piece, and gone, it does not mean it has to be the last we hear of them. One fan of Moon has taken that a step further, and has begun a campaign to get Academy voters to take notice of Sam Rockwell‘s performance and give it the attention it deserves, hopefully resulting in a Best Actor nomination. The movie, director Duncan Jones, and Rockwell have all been praised numerous times for the film, and it’s difficult to over-look the performance as it is right up on par with Tom Hanks’ nominated work on Cast Away. Rockwell has been around a long time and has given a lot of memorable performances, including some that were the only watchable part of certain films that we’ve seen over the years. So whether he wins a spot on the ballot or not, the man absolutely deserves to be considered.

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The Academy Decides If All Songs Suck, No Oscars For Them
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Days after making the brave and surprising move to double the amount of Best picture nominees from 5 to 10 (Read: 2010 Academy Awards To Include Ten Best Picture Nominees), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has also decided that if there’s not a song worthy enough of an Oscar, then no Oscar will be given for Best Original Song.

Basically, this new rule states that if a song does not receive a minimum average score of 8.25 during the nominations voting, then it will not be considered for nomination. If not one song is given this minimum average score, than the category will just not be presented at the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony. If only one song gets the 8.25 average score, then that song and the next highest-rated song to it will be the nominees; if only two songs are deemed worthy, then, again, there will be only two nominees. This is also new as the minimum number of nominees used was three prior to this.

This is the second consecutive change made to the Best Original Song category. The year before last’s ceremony included a sickening three nominees from the movie Enchanted up against the lonely (and eventual winning) nominee from the movie Once — this was then changed to only allow a movie a maximum of two songs nominated.

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