February 25, 2013
2013 Oscar winners: the full list

The 85th Academy Awards (also known as the 2013 Oscars) were handed out on Sunday 24 February 2013.

Seth MacFarlane hosted the ceremony to pass out the statuettes, and it was a fairly even split this year.

Steven Spielberg’s stately presidential biopic Lincoln lead the pack with 12 nominations. Ang Lee’s triumphant attempt to film the ‘unfilmable’ for Life Of Pi earned him another Best Director nominations, one of the adaptation’s 11 nods.

Close behind in the nomination stakes are Les Misérables and Silver Linings Playbook, with eight noms apiece, and Argo with seven.

The real story behind this year’s Oscars has revolved around Ben Affleck and Argo: Affleck failed to receive a nomination as a director, but despite that snub, Argo went on to take home Best Picture, the first Best Picture to win without receiving a director nomination since Driving Miss Daisy at the 1990 ceremony.

Daniel Day-Lewis was odds-on favourite to become the first actor to bag to three Best Actor statuettes, and he achieved that mighty feat. Anne Hathaway was seen as a shoo-in for Supporting Actress after her celebrated turn in Les Mis, and she collected that award as expected. This year’s Best Actress category features its oldest (Emmanuelle Riva) and youngest (Quvenzhané Wallis) ever nominees, though Jennifer Lawrence was the recipient on the night.

In terms of numbers, Life Of Pi was top of the table with four awards, whileArgo and Les Misérables scooped three each, and Django Unchained,Lincoln and Life Of Pi each took home two.

We highlighted the winners on the list of nominees below as they happen, so keep coming back to this page and refreshing for the very latest updates. Follow us at @totalfilm on Twitter for live updates and comment on the night.

Best Film
**WINNER** Argo
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life Of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Best Actress
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
**WINNER**Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Naomi Watts - The Impossible
Best Actor
**WINNER** Daniel Day Lewis - Lincoln
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman - Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
Denzel Washington - Flight
Best Director
Michael Haneke - Amour
**WINNER** Ang Lee - Life Of Pi
David O Russell - Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg - Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin - Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin - Argo
Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
**WINNER** Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams - The Master
Sally Field - Lincoln
**WINNER** Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook
Best Foreign Language Film
**WINNER** Amour
War Witch
A Royal Affair
Best Original Screenplay
Zero Dark Thirty
**WINNER** Django Unchained
Moonrise Kingdom
Best Adapted Screenplay
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
**WINNER** Argo
Silver Linings Playbook
Life Of Pi
Animated Feature Film
The Pirates! Band Of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph
**WINNER** Brave
Best Original Song
"Before My Time" from Chasing Ice
"Pi’s Lullaby" from Life Of Pi
"Suddenly" from Les Misérables
"Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from Ted
**WINNER** “Skyfall” from Skyfall
Best Art Direction
Anna Karenina, Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
Les Misérables, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
Life Of Pi, Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
**WINNER** Lincoln, Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson
Best Cinematography
Seamus McGarvey - Anna Karenina
Robert Richardson - Django Unchained
**WINNER** Claudio Miranda - Life Of Pi 
Janusz Kaminski - Lincoln
Roger Deakins - Skyfall
Best Costume Design
*WINNER** Jacqueline Durran - Anna Karenina
Paco Delgado - Les Misérables
Joanna Johnston - Lincoln
Eiko Ishioka - Mirror Mirror
Colleen Atwood - Snow White And The Huntsman
Best Film Editing
**WINNER** William Goldenberg - Argo
Tim Squyres - Life Of Pi
Michael Kahn - Lincoln
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers - Silver Linings Playbook
Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg - Zero Dark Thirty
Best Documentary (Feature)
5 Broken Cameras (Kino Lorber), Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
The Gatekeepers (Sony Pictures Classics), Nominees to be determined
How To Survive A Plague (Sundance Selects), Nominees to be determined
The Invisible War (Docurama Films), Nominees to be determined
**WINNER** Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics), Nominees to be determined
Best Makeup
Hitchcock, Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
**WINNER**Les Misérables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
Best Original Score)
Dario Marianelli - Anna Karenina
Alexandre Desplat - Argo
**WINNER** Mychael Danna - Life Of Pi
John Williams - Lincoln
Thomas Newman - Skyfall
Best Sound Mixing
Argo, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
**WINNER** Les Misérables, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
Life Of Pi, Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
Lincoln, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
Skyfall, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson
Best Sound Editing
Argo, Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained, Wylie Stateman
Life Of Pi, Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
**WINNER - TIED** Skyfall, Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
**WINNER - TIED** Zero Dark Thirty, Paul N.J. Ottosson
Best Visual Effects
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
**WINNER** Life Of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
The Avengers, Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Prometheus, Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
Snow White And The Huntsman, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson
Best Documentary (Short Subject)
**WINNER** Inocente, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
Kings Point, Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
Mondays At Racine, Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
Open Heart, Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
Redemption, Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
Best Short Film (Animated)
Adam And Dog, Minkyu Lee
Fresh Guacamole, PES
Head Over Heels, Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
Maggie Simpson In “The Longest Daycare”, David Silverman
**WINNER** Paperman, John Kahrs
Best Short Film (Live Action)
Asad, Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
Buzkashi Boys, Sam French and Ariel Nasr
**WINNER** Curfew, Shawn Christensen
Death Of A Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw), Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
Henry, Yan England

January 14, 2013
Argo wins Best Picture at Golden Globes

Argo enjoyed a successful evening at last night’s Golden Globes, with the film scooping the award for Best Picture and Ben Affleck winning the gong for Best Director.

The awards retained their traditional populist slant, with Christoph Waltz winning Best Supporting Actor and Jennifer Lawrence scooping Best Actress In A Comedy Or Musical.

Best Actor and Best Actress followed a more Oscar-centric path, with Academy favourites Daniel Day-Lewis and Jessica Chastain winning in their respective categories.

Meanwhile, Adele’s ever-expanding trophy cabinet will need another shelf, with the star bagging the award for Best Original Song for her songSkyfall.

Take a look at the full list, below…


•    Argo
•    Django Unchained
•    Life of Pi
•    Lincoln
•    Zero Dark Thirty

BEST MOTION PICTURE (Comedy or Musical)

•    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
•    Les Miserables
•    Moonrise Kingdom
•    Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
•    Silver Linings Playbook


•    Ben Affleck – Argo
•    Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
•    Ang Lee – Life of Pi
•    Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
•    Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained


•    Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
•    Richard Gere – Arbitrage
•    John Hawkes – The Sessions
•    Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
•    Denzel Washington – Flight


•    Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
•    Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone
•    Helen Mirren – Hitchcock
•    Naomi Watts – The Impossible
•    Rachel Weisz – The Deep Blue Sea


•    Jack Black – Bernie
•    Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
•    Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables
•    Ewan McGregor – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
•    Bill Murray – Hyde Park on Hudson


•    Emily Blunt – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
•    Judi Dench – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
•    Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
•    Maggie Smith – Quartet
•    Meryl Streep – Hope Springs


•    Alan Arkin – Argo
•    Leonardo DiCaprio – Django Unchained
•    Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
•    Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
•    Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained


•    Amy Adams – The Master
•    Sally Field – Lincoln
•    Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
•    Helen Hunt – The Sessions
•    Nicole Kidman – The Paperboy


•    Brave
•    Frankenweenie
•    Hotel Transylvania
•    Rise of the Guardians
•    Wreck-It Ralph


•    Amour (Austria)

•    A Royal Affair (Denmark)
•    The Intouchables (France)
•    Kon-Tiki (Norway/U.K./Denmark)
•    Rust and Bone (France)


•    Argo (Chris Terrio)
•    Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)
•    Lincoln (Tony Kushner)
•    Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)
•    Zero Dark Thirty (Mark Boal)


•    Anna Karenina (Dario Marianelli)
•    Argo (Alexandre Desplat)
•    Cloud Atlas (Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil)
•    Life of Pi (Mychael Danna)
•    Lincoln (John Williams)


•    “For You” from Act of Valor
•    “Not Running Anymore” from Stand Up Guys
•    “Safe and Sound” from The Hunger Games
•    “Skyfall” from Skyfall
•    “Suddenly” from Les Miserables

November 24, 2012
2013 Oscar Preview: Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted and Original Screenplay, and Technical Category Quick Picks

We’re continuing on with our weeklong preview of the upcoming 85th Academy Awards, and after running down both acting categories it’s time to take look at some of the other races.  Today we’ll be looking at the Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay categories in depth, and I’ll also make some way-too-early quick picks in the technical categories.  The fun begins after the jump.

In case you missed them, click here to read our preview for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, and click here to read our preview for Best Actor and Best Actress.

Best Animated Feature 



Likely to Be Nominated: 

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • Wreck-It Ralph 

Other Contenders: 

  • Rise of the Guardians
  • ParaNorman
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 

The Best Animated Feature race is a little all over the place at the moment.  Many were expecting a frontrunner to emerge in the way of DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians, but that film has received a much more mixed reception that most were expecting.  The film is still likely to nab a nomination, though, as is Pixar’s Brave even though most agree the fairy tale isn’t exactly in the same league as many of the studio’s other films.  It’s still leagues better than Cars 2, but that’s not really saying much.

frankenweenieSurprisingly, the closest thing we have to a frontrunner right now may be Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie.  Though the film’s box office isn’t spectacular, it was warmly received by critics and generally liked overall by most who saw it.  For my money, Laika’s ParaNorman is the best of the bunch, but it may be edged out byFrankenweeenie if voters are remiss to include two “Halloween” movies on their ballots.

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph is a safe bet for a nomination as well, and also has a decent shot at the win.  It nabbed quite a few high marks from critics and a hefty box office total of $159 million.  Also in the mix is DreamWorks Animation’sMadagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, which netted the best reviews and highest box office of any film in the franchise thus far.

Best Adapted Screenplay 


  • Tony KushnerLincoln

Likely to Be Nominated: 

  • Chris TerrioArgo
  • David O. RussellSilver Linings Playbook
  • Behn Zeitlin and Lucy AlibarBeasts of the Southern Wild

Other Contenders: 

  • David MageeLife of Pi
  • William NicholsonLes Miserables
  • Ben LewinThe Sessions
  • Peter JacksonFran Walshand Phillipa BoyensThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Judd ApatowThis Is 40

john-goodman-ben-affleck-argoFor Your Consideration: 

  • Steven ChboskyThe Perks of Being a Wallflower

As many are expecting a big Oscar night for Lincoln, screenwriter/playwright Tony Kushner’s script for the Steven Spielberg film is undoubtedly a major contender here.  The language in Lincoln is splendid, and much of the pic’s success is owed to Kushner’s magnificent screenplay given that the film is an incredibly talky drama that mostly takes place in rooms full of people.  Kushner manages to make a story about political process wildly engaging, funny, and even thrilling, so I expect him to be this category’s primary frontrunner once nominations are announced.

Chris Terrio’s nail-biting script for Argo is also a big player in this category, and I imagine he’ll be singled out for skillfully blending the film’s lighter, Hollywood side with the dramatic hostage crisis.David O. Russell also looks poised to land another screenwriting nomination for Best Picture hopeful Silver Linings Playbook, but one of the more interesting contenders here is Behn Zeitlinand Lucy Alibar’s wonderful screenplay for Beasts of the Southern Wild.  The tiny-budget drama is a magnificent piece of filmmaking due in large part to Zeitlin and Alibar’s fascinatingly original script, and it has a very good shot at netting a Best Screenplay nom.

the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower-emma-watson-logan-lermanThe adaptation of Life of Pi could draw notice for its script given that the source novel was considered “unfilmable,” and it’s wise to consider Peter JacksonFran Walsh, and Phillipa Boyens for The Hobbit given that they were previously nominated for penning The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King, winning the award for the latter.  It’s also smart to keep an eye on Judd Apatow forThis Is 40.  The Academy recognized Bridesmaids in the Original Screenplay category last year, and Apatow was previously nominated by the Writers Guild of America for his The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up screenplays.

For my For Your Consideration pick, I’d like to single out Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his own novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Adapting a book as beloved as this was a hard enough task as is, but Chbosky made it that much more difficult by tackling the screenplay himself.  He brilliantly translated the essence of the novel to the screen, making some pleasantly surprising alterations and additions that enhanced the book’s themes and even enriched a few characters in the feature film version.  We’ve seen countless uninspired “translations” of books to screen in the past few years (ahem, Twilight), and I applaud Chbosky for recognizing the need to make changes when turning a book into a movie.  Chbosky crafted not only one of the best films of the year, but he also turned in one of the best book-to-film adaptations in a long, long time.

Best Original Screenplay 


  • Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola –Moonrise Kingdom
  • Michael HanekeAmour

Likely to Be Nominated: 

  • Quentin TarantinoDjango Unchained
  • Paul Thomas AndersonThe Master

Other Contenders: 

  • Mark BoalZero Dark Thirty
  • John GatinsFlight
  • Ava DuVernayMiddle of Nowhere
  • Rian JohnsonLooper

Jean-Louis-Trintignant-amourFor Your Consideration: 

  • Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon –The Cabin in the Woods 

The Original Screenplay category is a bit tougher to parse out at the moment, but there are a few clear major contenders that stand out from the rest of the pack. Wes Anderson made one of the best films of his career with this year’s delightfully charming Moonrise Kingdom, and the film’s crackerjack screenplay by Anderson and Roman Coppola will undoubtedly be one of this year’s nominees in the category.

Also at the top of the pile is Michael Heneke’s script for his devastating drama Amour.  The film is an incredibly tough watch, but it’s been hailed as one of the best films of 2012 for quite some time now (it won the Cannes Palm d’Or back in May), so look for it to be a major contender in the Original Screenplay category.

Sight unseen, it’s pretty safe to say that Quentin Tarantino will find himself among the nominees for Django Unchained.  The guy just doesn’t make bad movies, and depending on how things shake out he might pull off his first Oscar win since taking home the Best Original Screenplay trophy in 1995 for Pulp Fiction.

django-unchained-movie-image-christoph-waltz-jamie-foxxAnother living legend, Paul Thomas Anderson, should also land among the nominees for his The Master screenplay.  Even though the film has gathered a rather polarizing response, Anderson’s talent is unlikely to be overlooked.  It’s shocking to think that the guy behind Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood has yet to win an Academy Award, but it’s entirely possible that he could find himself standing at the podium come Oscar night.

The last time Mark Boal wrote a screenplay he won an Oscar, and he’s reteamed with his The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty so look for him to be a major player in this category as well.  We’ll have a better idea of his chances of winning once the film screens for critics, but he’s already talked extensively about the lengths to which he and Bigelow went to maintain accuracy when dramatizing the hunt for Osama bin Laden.  I also don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility for Rian Johnson to nab a nomination for his refreshingly original sci-fi film Looper.  The pic was incredibly well-received by critics, and I’m really hoping it picks up some steam this awards season.

cabin-in-the-woods-movie-image-1When I see the words Best Original Screenplay, one of the first 2012 films that comes to mind is my For Your Consideration pick for this category:Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods.  The duo turned the horror genre entirely on its head with a brilliantly fresh genre film that was packed to the brim with humor and smarts.  I know it’s a very long shot for a nomination, but when running down the best original screenplays of the year, I don’t see how it’s possible to leave this one out.

The technical categories are tricky enough to predict just before Oscar night, so in lieu of running down each category by frontrunners, likely nominations, and other contenders, I’ve simply listed four or five picks that are currently a part of the conversation.  A lot can change between now and when the nominations are announced, so don’t be surprised if the end result is a tad different.

Many of the categories will be easier to parse out once the official list of eligible contenders is released.  The Original Score category is particularly difficult to weigh in on as there are many strange rules that keep some worthy scores from being eligible to compete.  Nevertheless, here’s a look at some of the contenders:


  • daniel-craig-skyfallMichael KahnLincoln
  • William GoldenbergArgo
  • Jay CassidySilver Linings Playbook
  • Peter McNultyThe Master


  • Cloudio MirandaLife of Pi
  • Roger DeakinsSkyfall
  • Robert RichardsonDjango Unchained
  • Mihai Malaimare Jr.The Master

Production Design

  • martin-freeman-ian-mckellan-the-hobbitLincoln
  • Anna Karenina
  • Les Miserables
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Sound Mixing 

  • Les Miserables
  • Skyfall
  • The Dark Knight Rises

Sound Editing

  • Skyfall
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Avengers

Costume Design 

  • mirror-mirror-julia-roberts-nathan-laneAnna Karenina
  • Lincoln
  • Mirror Mirror

Original Score

  • Dario MarianelliAnna Karenina
  • Tom Tykwer, Reinhold Heil, Johnny KlimekCloud Atlas
  • Behn Zeitlin, Dan RomerBeasts of the Southern Wild
  • John WilliamsLincoln


  • Lincoln
  • Cloud Atlas
  • the-avengers-hulk-imageHitchcock
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Visual Effects

  • Life of Pi
  • Cloud Atlas
  • The Avengers
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Foreign Language Film

  • Amour – Austria
  • The Intouchables – France
  • No – Chile
  • A Royal Affair – Denmark

Documentary Feature 

  • The House I Live In
  • The Central Park Five
  • West of Memphis

That’s it for today’s run of Oscar categories.  Check back tomorrow for our final installment of Oscar Preview 2013 when we take a look at the big ones: Best Picture and Best Director.


November 3, 2012
21 Films Submitted for Best Animated Feature Oscar Consideration

With the number of Academy screenings picking up and the holiday season fast approaching, we’re starting to get into the thick of awards season.  A full list of the animated films submitted for the Best Animated Feature Oscar consideration has now been unveiled, and it looks like we’ll see 21 films vie for the coveted trophy.  The films include the big studio releases like Brave,Frankenweenie, and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, as well as Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill and the adult-oriented A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman.

It’s been a strong year for animated features, and Pixar is in no way a lock to take home the trophy for Brave given the film’s fairly lukewarm reception. It’s probably safe to assume that Bravewill be still be nominated, and I’d venture to say ParaNorman and the upcoming Wreck-It Ralphand Rise of the Guardians are also pretty good bets as well.  Hit the jump to check out the full list of animated films under Academy consideration, and be sure to leave your thoughts on the Best Animated Feature race in the comments.  Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced on January 10th.

wreck-it-ralph-poster-main-charactersHere’s the press release from the Academy:

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Twenty-one features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®. The 21 submitted features, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

“Adventures in Zambezia”
“Delhi Safari”
“Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
“From Up on Poppy Hill”
“Hey Krishna”
“Hotel Transylvania”
“Ice Age Continental Drift”
“A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman”
“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”
“The Mystical Laws”
“The Painting”
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“The Rabbi’s Cat”
“Rise of the Guardians”
“Secret of the Wings”
“Walter & Tandoori’s Christmas”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

Several of the films listed have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying runs. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. At least eight eligible animated features must be theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year for this category to be activated.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category may also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

June 23, 2012
New UK trailer for Pixar’s Brave: watch online now

Brave, this year’s Disney-Pixar offering, has unveiled a new trailer for the UK.

It’s a testament to the reputation of Pixar, that we’ve come to expect incredibly lush animation, vibrant characters, humour and a fair amount of heartstring-tugging, and this delivers them in spades.

There’s not a great deal of new footage in there, but it’s nice to see a blockbuster being advertised without giving up all of its secrets (the nature of the pivotal curse is still shrouded in mystery, and we don’t get a good look at that bear).

And it’s looking like Pixar’s first female lead will be one to shout about, thanks to some nuanced animation, Kelly Macdonald’s vocal chords, and an authentic dash of girl power.

Check out the UK trailer for Brave below:

And it seems US audiences (who have the film an infuriating couple of months earlier than UK cinemagoers), are flocking to it, with Deadlineestimating a $70m opening weekend.

Brave opens in the UK on 17 August 2012 (and, yes, we are going to sulk about that).

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May 3, 2012
Brave debuts a pair of new images

Brave, Pixar’s latest animated feature, has released a pair of new images featuring the feisty Princess Merida, proving she’s not only a dab hand with a bow and arrow, she can swing a sword as well!

The first image shows Merida sparring with her father, the venerable King Fergus (Billy Connolly), while her mother Elinor (Emma Thompson) watches on disapprovingly. 

Throughout the material we’ve seen so far, it seems as though Fergus, a proud warrior himself, is more tolerant of Merida’s lust for adventure. It’s Elinor who has to keep reminding her daughter of her duty to maintain the customs of the land and take a respectable husband.

The second image shows Merida flying in the face of such caution, brandishing a broadsword against an unseen threat, while the menfolk attempt to subdue a rather sad-eyed grizzly in the background.

After a few uninspiring early images, it’s good to see Pixar’s marketing team focusing upon the film’s action-orientated scenes, and we’re finally beginning to get quite excited about this tale of Highland adventure.

Brave opens in the UK on 17 August 2012.

April 26, 2012
Pixar unveil details on forthcoming features

Disney have revealed more details on the Pixar films announced at last year’s Disney D23 event, including an official title and a tidbit of Monsters University info, as well as a whole new feature.

The latest word on all the animation house’s project comes from the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas.

The previously untitled Pixar ‘film about dinosaurs’ directed by Bob Peterson, the animator who voiced the talking dog Dug in Up, will be called, imaginitively, The Good Dinosaur.

The film will ask the question: “What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?” and the official plot synopsis promises a “hilarious, heartfelt and original tale.” It should arrive on 30 May 2014.

Pete Docter, director of Monsters Inc. and Up, is directing ‘The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside The Mind’ in which they claim “Pixar takes audiences on incredible journeys into extraordinary worlds: from the darkest depths of the ocean to the top of the tepui mountains in South America; from the fictional metropolis of Monstropolis to a futuristic fantasy of outer space.” That one’s not due until 19 June 2015.

And, most intriguingly of all, the Toy Story 3 production team of director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson are working on “a wholly original Pixar Animation Studios film that delves into the vibrant holiday of Día de los Muertos.”  But we’ll have to hang onto our seats until Autumn 2015 or Summer 2016 for this Mexican themed marvel..

Apparently too Monster Inc.'s Sully used to play practical jokes on Mike whilst he slept in his dorm: and we'll find out exactly what he did in a teaser trailer coming soon. Eek!

Rumours are also rife of a second Muppets movie and future adventures for Winnie The Pooh. A whole load of Disney magic to come in the next few years then.

Pixar’s Brave opens in the UK on 17 August 2012.

February 23, 2012
New trailer for Pixar’s Brave

Brave, the latest offering from Pixar, has released a new teaser trailer, in which Kelly Macdonald’s feisty princess Merida shows off her skills with a bow and arrow.

The new trailer takes the shape of a single scene, rather than the usual hotpotch of dialogue and action, and focuses upon an archery contest to determine who will win Merida’s hand in marriage.

Fed up with the saps and show-offs vying to become her husband, Merida soon takes matters into her own hands, much to the chagrin of parents Emma Thompson and Billy Connolly.

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

The film will follow the mayhem caused in the kingdom following Merida’s rebellion, a situation compounded still further when the young princess hastily demands a wish from a mysterious Wise Woman (Julie Walters).

We’ve still not seen much from Brave to really get the adrenaline pumping, but given the quality of the voice cast and Pixar’s exemplary track record, we’re sure they’re holding the best material back for the finished film.

Brave opens in the UK on 13 August 2012.

November 19, 2011
Pixar’s Brave gets a new trailer

A new trailer has arrived for Brave, the latest sword-swinging adventure from Pixar, and it looks to be shaping up very nicely indeed.

Brave tells the story of Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), a feisty young princess whose determination to blaze her own trail in life leads to the defiance of an ancient custom and all hell breaking loose in the Kingdom of her parents, King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson).

Distraught at the pain she has caused her family, Merida seeks out a mysterious wise woman (Julie Walters) to help her put things right again. Take a look at the trailer below, and see what you think…

The trailer looks suitably epic, packed with sweeping aerial shots of the rolling hills and brooding landscape of the Scottish Highlands. Meanwhile, there’s a tip-top cast providing the supporting vocals, including Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane.

It’s nice to see Pixar doing something different subject-wise, and it will be interesting to see how their first attempt at a fairytale measures up to the likes of Tangled and How To Train Your Dragon.

Brave is released in the UK on 17 August 2012.

July 19, 2011
John Lasseter responds to Toy Story 4 rumours

After Tom Hanks’ suggestion that they’re already “working on it”, Pixar head John Lasseter has been grilled by the normally reserved hosts of the BBC’s Breakfast show about a fourth instalment of Toy Story.

"We haven’t announced anything, so I can’t really talk about it" was his official-ish response after agreeing that he found Hanks’ gaffe "interesting".

The shuffling, raised eyebrows and awkward humming are certain to get rumour-mongers thinking that an official announcement could be imminent. Check out the video here.

Is it too hard to imagine the perfect Pixar trio becoming a quartet without destroying a little of the magic?

Although, with some critics suggesting that the ‘Hawaiian Vacation’ short preceding Cars 2 is outdoing the main attraction at the theatres, it may be required.

Will Brave and Monsters University get Pixar back to the heights we know they can scale? Even if they do, Toy Story could just be too valuable a property to be put away in the attic..

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