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Oscars 2015: Best Picture Nominees: Breakdown, Analysis, Prediction
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After spending the last two weeks watching all 8 Best Picture nominees for The 87th Annual Academy Awards, I am now fully qualified to give you the lowdown, determine which ones are the best, and more importantly which one will win the big prize.

The crop this year includes the usual Oscars suspects: we have some historical/war films and biopics (Selma, Imitation Game, American Sniper); the movie about the person overcoming adversity (Theory of Everything); the quirky comedy (Grand Budapest Hotel); an original film by an international director (Birdman); a film by a long-admired Hollywood director (Boyhood), and the little indie that could (Whiplash).

There’s a secret to picking these things. You see historically, Best Picture films don’t win without their directors nominated for Best Director. Simple math dictates that that leaves only 4 movies that can win Best Picture. But before I tell you who will win, let’s focus on the much more important question: Which movie should win? Let’s count them down from 8 – 1.

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2015 Golden Globes Winners: ‘Boyhood’, ‘Birdman’, ‘Transparent’ Grab Top Awards
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The 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, CA, tonight has come to a close, so it’s time to take a look at the winners of the evening.

Boyhood took home top honors, including Best Director (Richard Linklater), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), and Best Picture Drama, snagging the most amount of awards for the night. Birdman and The Theory of Everything both took home two each, including a Best Actor Globe for Birdman star Michael Keaton, who gave a moving acceptance speech. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel won Best Picture Comedy or Musical.

In television, Showtime’s The Affair, FX’s Fargo, and Amazon’s Transparent won two Globes each.

Check out the full list of 2015 Golden Globe winners here below.

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Golden Globes 2015: ‘Birdman’, ‘Boyhood’ & ‘The Imitation Game’ Up For Top Awards
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Tonight is the live telecast for the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, and the winners of these film categories, given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, often go on to snag an Oscar. Last year, 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture – Drama at the Globes, and then won the Oscar a month later; same with actors Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey (both for Dallas Buyers Club); actress Cate Blanchett (for Blue Jasmine); and director Alfonso Cuaron (for Gravity).

For the 2015 Globes, in the film Comedy/Musical category, Birdman leads the pack with seven nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu), and Best Actor (Michael Keaton), while in Drama, Boyhood and The Imitation Game are tied with five nods each.

Watch the live 2015 Golden Globe Awards ceremony, hosted by SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (their third year in a row hosting), tonight, January 11, 2015, at 8pm on NBC. You can view the full list of nominees here below and we’ll have a full list of winners posted here tonight after the ceremony.

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Adam Frazier’s 30 Favorite Films Of 2014
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Top 30 Films of 2014

2014 was a pretty amazing year for cinema. We saw new work by visionary filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson, Richard Linklater, David Fincher, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Bennett Miller, and Wes Anderson.

We witnessed incredible performances by Michael Keaton, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Carell, J.K. Simmons, Rosamund Pike, and David Oyelowo. And we were entertained and awe-struck by one of the best slates of summer blockbusters in recent history, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Edge of Tomorrow.

I saw 100 new releases this year. That’s a pretty low number, actually. To put it into perspective, The New York Times reviewed nearly 900 films in 2013. Usually, I see close to 200 new films a year, but this year I needed a break. Seeing 2-3 new releases a week can be great for a movie-lover, but doing it year after year can lead to burnout and an increase in overall disenchantment.

Luckily, I saw some truly great films that renewed my love for film and kept (most) of the cynicism and negativity buried beneath awe, joy, and optimism. Here are the films that did just that: 30 films that moved, inspired, and entertained me. Here are 30 reasons I love movies.

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2015 WGA Award Nominations: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy,’ ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Gone Girl’ & More
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Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy

With 2014 already behind us, critics and many others (including some of your favorite writers on the GoD staff) have already weighed in on what they felt were the top films of the year. Now, it’s time to recognize those films.

The Writers Guild Of America (WGA) has just announced their nominations for the best screenplays in the original, adapted, and documentary categories. Oftentimes, these nominations (and the winners) are a precursor to who may be nominated for Academy Awards – with the exception of Whiplash, but more on that later.

Hit the jump to see the nominations.

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The Digital Wire Blu-ray/DVD Release News: We’re Overstocked With News This Week!
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This week’s edition of The Digital Wire is positively epic and packed to capacity with major new release announcements. We’ve got some horror, some drama, some more horror, even more horror, action, comic book animation, a 3D documentary starring one of the world’s highest-grossing filmmakers, and finally….horror. Well we are getting pretty close to Halloween and all.

Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon. We would greatly appreciate it if you use those links to order because a small percentage of each order helps keep this website running at max power. The cover art for certain titles has yet to be finalized.

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The Digital Wire Blu-ray/DVD Release News: Murder, Morbidity, Maturation, Mischief
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Another week, another edition of The Digital Wire here at Geeks of Doom. Try not to look so enthusiastic. Major Blu-ray/DVD release announcements were scant this week, but news of some interesting titles soon to make their way to multiple home viewing platforms wasn’t, so I’ve compiled the best of the odds ‘n’ ends. We’ve got undead girlfriends, some Southern-fried slaughter, mismatched cops tearing up the Windy City, salacious studio hilarity, and one of the best-reviewed motion pictures of 2014. So I guess that last one is a pretty major announcement. My bad.

Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon. We would greatly appreciate it if you use those links to order because a small percentage of each order helps keep this website running at max power.

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SXSW 2014 Review: Boyhood
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Boyhood
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater
IFC Films
Not Rated | 164 Minutes
Release Date: March 9, 2014

Directed by Richard Linklater (Before Midnight), Boyhood covers 12 years in the life of a family. The film was shot intermittently over a 12-year period, beginning in the summer of 2002 and completed in October of 2013.

We follow a young boy, Mason (Ellar Coltrane), as he matures from first grade through high school graduation, along with his older sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), and his divorced parents, Olivia (Patricia Arquette) and Mason, Sr. (Ethan Hawke).

As the years go by, we find them facing the realities of not only growing up, but also the ongoing challenges of parenting in an ever-changing world. Boyhood is an unprecedented achievement in long-term storytelling, a time capsule that allows audiences to relive their own adolescence through a series of memories.

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