"I'd like to thank the Academy for this extraordinary honor. Congratulations to Matt Damon on his nomination. I'm especially grateful to Clint Eastwood, Invictus producer, Lori McCreary, and the entire cast and crew of
As another Oscar season kicks into gear, Clint Eastwood returns with his annual contribution to Hollywood's self-esteem, in this case a solidly uplifting historical drama about President Nelson Mandela and South Africa's bid to win the Rugby World Cup in 1995.
Every movie genre has special lessons to impart. Serious dramas offer sober reminders about how miserable people were in the olden days. A decent horror flick will teach you not to camp out in the woods with a group of rowdy, sex-crazed teenagers.
The blues are sometimes said to have spread from a single crossroads in Clarksdale, Miss. This month, fans celebrate the uniquely American art form at the city's annual Juke Joint Festival, which opens on Saturday.
We all have our favorites for the big honors at Hollywood's top awards show, but over its 80-year history there have been some classic films, performers and people behind the scenes that have been criminally overlooked by Oscar.
Ben Affleck's directorial debut, "Gone Baby Gone," may not have been a huge box office hit (it earned about $20 million domestically), but looking at it on DVD reminds you why it's at least three-quarters of a first-rate film.
Can a film be held together purely by the power of its cast? That's the risk director Rob Reiner's taken with "The Bucket List," a movie derided by some as little more than a shop-front for its megastars.
"Lucky Number Slevin" is not exactly an inviting title for a booby-trapped hipster gangster thriller -- it looks like a misprint and sounds, when you say it aloud, as if it were being uttered by Sylvester the Cat.
Despite the manipulative and trite mechanisms that detract from "Elizabethtown" -- the pop-addled soundtrack, the two-hour-plus run time -- the film is at least thematically consistent with director Cameron Crowe's more rewarding works.
"An Unfinished Life" gathered dust on a shelf at Miramax for two years before finally seeing the light of day. The belated release is understandable. Slowly paced with an extremely predictable ending, the film has its faults.
"Batman & Robin," the fourth installment in the Batman franchise, hit theaters with a loud thud in 1997. It was a bad time for the Caped Crusader, whose movies had started out so promisingly. The winged warrior was at least on life-support -- if not downright down and out.
Two years ago, Martin Scorsese won the best director Golden Globe for "Gangs of New York." However, the directing Oscar that year went to Roman Polanski -- who wasn't even nominated for a Globe -- for "The Pianist."
(CNN) -- Actors Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Liam Neeson, "Insomnia" director Christopher Nolan and "Blade" writer David Goyer are just a few of the incredibly robust and talented people involved in the making of a new movie.