The Hunger Games Nominated at the Grammys and the OSCARS?

Good news tributes! Accordingto HitFix, The Hunger Games was able to get two nominations for Grammy Awards. The nominations include Arcade Fire’s “Abraham’s Daughter” and Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars’ “Safe and Sound” for the Best Song Written For Visual Media category. 
The odds might not be totally on our favor since the two songs are competing with each other but it is already a big smile to fandom to have such recognition. Congratulations to Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire, The Civil Wars, the writers and especially to producer T-Bone Burnett. 
Let’s hope that Catching Fire will get more recognitions!

On the other hand, THR has reported that Arcade Fire’s “Abraham Daughter” was listed at the top 75 nominees for the 85th Academy Awards (OSCARS). Let’s hope Arcade Fire will make it to the top list.

Why The Hunger Games Will Be Nominated For A Best Picture Oscar from Shock Ya

Read an article from Shock Ya on why the Hunger Games deserves Oscar nom for Best Picture.
Last Friday, Lionsgate released the first installment in “The Hunger Games” trilogy to an extremely impressive box office response of a $152 million opening weekend, with a mixed but overall positive critical response and enthusiastic fanfare. What does this mean? Well, it means a lot in terms of longevity at theaters, expectations for the Young Adult fantasy genre and more importantly, the cinematic conversation. This gigantic opening cannot be ignored. Love it or hate it, “The Hunger Games” is a pop culture phenomenon feeding the current social and political zeitgeist.
This led me to thinking about the actual quality of the film as it reflects on popularity and box office. Yes, “The Hunger Games” has its problems, but I think overall it works. Even though there are ten months until the actual Academy Award nominations are announced, “The Hunger Games” has a very good chance of getting nominated for Best Picture and is the first film of 2012 that is part of that conversation.

In an era when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences now allows anywhere from five to ten Best Picture nominations, the odds are looking pretty good for “The Hunger Games” to fill one of those slots. Let’s assume ten movies become nominated for the 85th Academy Awards; movies like “The Hunger Games” are a big reason why the Academy decided to open the nominations to this larger number. Simply put, the Academy wants to have more populous entries in the race, i.e. “blockbusters.” The popular belief of why the nominations went from five to ten was due to the glaring snub of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” which many felt should have been in the running. Since the Academy opened up the number of nominations, movies like “The Blindside,” “District 9,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3″ and “Inception” can now add the words “Oscar Nominated For Best Picture” to their home entertainment releases. “The Hunger Games” fits this prototype of the Best Picture blockbuster.

As a level of pure TV ratings, “The Hunger Games” grossing $152 million on its opening weekend could translate into a high rating viewership for the Academy Award ceremony itself. Year in and year out, it seems like the ratings for the Oscar telecast depends on how popular the movies nominated for Best Picture are. The more popular the movie, the more people watch the ceremony, which equals higher ratings. In the past five years, the Oscar telecast that saw the highest ratings was the 82nd Academy Awards. If you remember 2009, the highest grossing movie of the year (and of all-time) was James Cameron’s “Avatar,” and the telecast itself brought in 41.62 million viewers worldwide. In contrast, the least watched ceremony in this time frame was the 80th Academy Awards at 31.76 million viewers worldwide. The movie that won the Oscar for Best Picture for 2007 was Joel and Ethan Coen’s “No Country For Old Men,” a movie that grossed $74.2 million domestically. If we were looking at pure numbers, box office vs. TV ratings for the Oscar Telecast, then the Academy of Arts and Sciences would be smart to nominate “The Hunger Games” for Best Picture.

Looking at the critical response of “The Hunger Games” to the nominations of last year gives a better case for a Best Picture Oscar nomination. A suspect nomination for Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” polarized many moviegoers as a film not worthy or good enough to be nominated for Best Picture. But the fact of the matter is it was nominated, despite a RottenTomatoes.com score of 47% “rotten” rating, a 46 (out of 100) score on MetaCritic.com. In contrast, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” received an “A-” CinemaScore rating. If we look at “The Hunger Games” critical rating, currently it has an 85% “fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes.com, a 67 (out of 100) on MetaCritic.com and a CinemaScore of an “A.” Compare the critical response of “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” to “The Hunger Games” and it seems evident that critics and general audiences prefer “The Hunger Games” more.

There’s a sense of past Oscar pedigree with “The Hunger Games” as well. Just look at the all-star cast that plays like Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s 11″ for Young Adult fantasy franchises (sorry Harry Potter). Going down the list: there’s Oscar nominated Woody Harrelson (Best Supporting Actor for “The Messenger”) as Haymitch Abernathy; Stanley Tucci (Best Supporting Actor for “The Lovely Bones”) as Caesar Flickerman; and of course, the lead of “The Hunger Games” Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress for “Winter’s Bone”) as Katniss Everdeen. Their performances in “The Hunger Games” give the film the charm and screen presence it needs to resonate with both general audiences and Academy voters.

Specifically, Jennifer Lawrence’s performance is the key to the film’s success. Her presence on screen is simply alluring. She has this certain command of the screen and her surroundings. Lawrence is truly a unique talent, and it is interesting seeing her make the transition from indie filmmaking in “Winter’s Bone” to big Hollywood filmmaking in “The Hunger Games.” Even from last year’s “X-Men: First Class,” it was plain to see that Jennifer Lawrence is an actress we should keep our eyes on. Her dynamic adds a layer to “The Hunger Games” overall. It feels like no matter what you think of the end product, you still have to hand it to Jennifer Lawrence for a fantastic performance.

Director Gary Ross also comes from that ilk of Academy Award pedigree. His previous film, “Seabiscuit” was nominated for a handful of Academy Awards in 2003, including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Sound, Best Costume Design and Best Picture. Ross’ film before “Seabiscuit,” 1998′s “Pleasantville,” also had a handful of nominations. In many ways, “The Hunger Games” shares the same art direction and costume quality as “Seabiscuit,” and it also has that same social and political satire as “Pleasantville.” It’s not really out of the realm of possibilities that “The Hunger Games” will be nominated for Best Picture. Gary Ross has been to the party before and more importantly, he knows how to get there.

“The Hunger Games” could’ve easily been a disaster both in quality and at the box office. While not a perfect film, I feel it has great entertainment value that may garner a number of nominations come awards season. But there’s no telling if “The Hunger Games” will have the kind of staying power to keep within the conversation for a solid year. The film will remain in theaters for at least two months, then it won’t hit home entertainment until six months later, so roughly around November 2012- unless Lionsgate really wants to extend it to a Holiday Blu-ray/DVD release to perhaps make more money. Hey! That’s around awards season. When January 2013 rolls around and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announce their Oscar nominations, it wouldn’t be so unbelievable to hear the presenters say, “may the odds be ever in your favor,” before the announcement. Didn’t Jennifer Lawrence announce the nominations a few months ago? Maybe in 2013, Elizabeth Banks can participate in the Oscar announcement.

by @Rudie_Obias

Jennifer Lawrence for Another OSCAR Nomination for her Role as Katniss, Catching Fire Might Be Shot in Hawaii

Read this article from EW. It talks about the rapport between director Gary Ross and Jennifer Lawrence in making the Hunger Games movie and find out why Ross thinks that Jen should have an Oscar nomination for her role. Plus, Jen also shares some bits of information about the upcoming sequel of the franchise, Catching Fire.

 With less than two months to go before the March 23 premiere of The Hunger Games, the first installment of Suzanne Collins’ breathlessly addicting  trilogy, director Gary Ross is already predicting the possibility of another nomination for his 21-year-old star Jennifer Lawrence come next year’s Oscars. “The range in this performance, the emotional terrain that she investigates, the demands of what this role are,” he raves of Lawrence’s portrayal of series heroine Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old forced alongside other children into a televised fight-to-the-death. “It’s such an intensely physical role and an emotional one. She carries the entire movie. To be able to do that at that age is so kind of incredible that I was in a little bit of awe. Do I think she should be nominated? Absolutely.”
Ross and Lawrence bonded hard on the 83-day shoot, weathering the sweltering North Carolina heat and afternoon storms together. “We were all a family,” says Lawrence. “Everything that I love about the movie, and everything that got me to say yes to this movie, was Gary.” On set, however, she says Ross liked to float the possibility of him leaving everyone in the hands of a new director. “He wanted me to worry about it, because he enjoys my anxiety,” she says with a laugh. “That was a huge, huge thing that he used to lure over my head. Like a bastard!” Lawrence says that because of the tremendous rapport enjoyed by the cast and crew, she always assumed Ross would sign on again for Catching Fire, but it was still a hand-wringer. “I still don’t know for sure,” she says. “Is he definitely doing it?” she asks EW. Indeed!
Ross shared with EW his love for the meaty material that soon awaits them. SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! “I love the title Catching Fire because from the moment Katniss was willing to eat the berries,” he says, “the moment she was willing to give her life for something larger than herself, she set off a chain reaction that was at once bigger than her and also because of her. That’s a very exciting movie to make because you’re seeing the emergence of a leader. It’s the birth of a revolution so it has context that’s larger than just the Games themselves.”
There’s a risk when signing onto a franchise, especially one as beloved and anticipated as The Hunger Games, that the weight of an iconic role will leave the star herself feeling crushed. Lawrence herself sounds surprised herself by how ready she is to shoulder Katniss’ burdens once more. “Signing onto the movies I was like, ‘Well, I’ll probably love the first one and then I’ll just want to get the rest of them out of the way,’” she says. “But I can’t wait to start training. As soon as they were like ‘We need to start training in July,’ I was like ‘Woohoo!’ I can’t wait to get back.” She pauses to laugh. “Though I don’t know if that’s because I think we might shoot in Hawaii.” The tropical location would make sense, as much of Catching Fire‘s pivotal action takes place on a Capitol-constructed beach. Just yet another reason for Lawrence to look forward to the shoot.