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Awards Season: Animation

Reports on the making of Inside Out, Shaun The Sheep Movie, The Good Dinosaur, Anomalisa, The Peanuts Movie and Minions

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Awards Season: Animation

Reports on the making of Inside Out, Shaun The Sheep Movie, The Good Dinosaur, Anomalisa, The Peanuts Movie and Minions


'Minions': the three stooges

Charlie Chaplin, Peter Sellers and Mr Bean were the inspirations behind animation success story Minions. John Hazelton explores the rise of the be-goggled ones.

The Peanuts Movie

'The Peanuts Movie': Snoopy's welcome return

When the Schulz family entrusted the Peanuts characters with director Steve Martino, they had two stipulations: no twerking and no iPhones.


'Anomalisa': existential risk

Animator Duke Johnson had to convince writer-director Charlie Kaufman that his spoken-word play Anomalisa would work as a feature film.

'The Good Dinosaur': Jurassic bark

The Good Dinosaur director Peter Sohn talks to Elbert Wyche about bringing a friendly dinosaur and a dog-like boy to life and hatching the film’s environment from present-day reality

Shaun The Sheep Movie

'Shaun The Sheep Movie': silence of the lambs

For a film with no dialogue, Shaun The Sheep Movie still took two years to write. The runaway hit’s creative team at Aardman talk to Ian Sandwell about the rigours and rewards of remaining mute.

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'Inside Out': ode to joy

The team behind Pixar’s Inside Out found inspiration for their strikingly ambitious trip into the human mind in some unlikely places, as Pete Docter tells Jeremy Kay.

BIFA opens the doors

How do you turn a great evening ceremony into a meaningful year-round brand? That’s the challenge the new co-directors of the British Independent Film Awards have set for themselves.

kate winslet

We need to talk about Kate: Kate Winslet on 'Steve Jobs'

In Steve Jobs, Kate Winslet plays the Apple genius’s closest confidante and moral conscience. She tells Matt Mueller about looking out for Michael Fassbender and finding good roles in the industry.

Alicia Vikander

The Swedish Girl: Alicia Vikander

How did the Swedish actress who made her name in a Danish film climb up the international A-list so quickly? Charles Gant charts the stellar career so far of The Danish Girl’s Alicia Vikander.

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Idris Elba: a commanding turn

Idris Elba’s mesmerising performance as the predatory soldier Commandant in Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation is based on the actor’s empathy with his character, as he tells Jeremy Kay.

The Assassin

Oscars 2016: inside the 81 Best Foreign-Language Film submissions

The 81 features submitted for foreign-language Oscar contention will be whittled down to a shortlist of nine in mid-December, before being narrowed further to the final five nominations. Screen delivers the lowdown on this year’s contenders.

Son Of Saul

Laszlo Nemes talks Hungary's Oscar submission 'Son Of Saul'

Since its debut at Cannes, Laszlo Nemes’ Son Of Saul has become one of the most admired films of recent years. So why did so few financiers want to back it?

Labyrinth Of Lies

Giulio Ricciarelli talks German Oscar submission 'Labyrinth Of Lies'

Making a film about how Germany dealt with the aftermath of the Holocaust was an educational journey for Labyrinth Of Lies director Giulio Ricciarelli, as he tells Jeremy Kay.


Naji Abu Nowar talks Jordan's Oscar submission 'Theeb'

Director Naji Abu Nowar describes how the optimism and energy of the Arab Spring inspired him to make his debut feature, Theeb, Jordan’s entry to the best foreign-language film Oscar.

The Clan

Oscars 2016: Latin American contenders

The last time a Latin American film won the foreign-language Oscar was in 2009 with The Secret In Their Eyes, now remade with Nicole Kidman. Screen meets four of this year’s hot contenders.

The Danish Girl

Awards season preview: a shot at glory

As the autumn festival line-ups are revealed, Screen analyses the titles in pole position for a competitive awards season.


'Goodnight Mommy': the directors of Austria's Oscar submission on their creepy debut

Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala discuss the challenges of casting twins and fighting in the editing suite 

The End of the Tour

Jason Segel: a spirited turn in 'The End Of The Tour'

Portraying Infinite Jest author David Foster Wallace in the indie drama, Jason Segel explains how he tuned into the late writer 

Awards season actors

Awards Season: The Actors

Interviews with Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, Idris Elba, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet and Benicio del Toro.

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Target acquired: Benicio del Toro on 'Sicario'

Benicio del Toro talks to Jeremy Kay about his role as a ruthless killer in Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario and the disheartening lack of progress in the war on drugs since his work on Traffic in 2000.

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Saoirse Ronan and John Crowley discuss 'Brooklyn'

John Crowley, the director of Brooklyn, talks to his leading lady Saoirse Ronan about dancing with the camera, connecting to the role and a fortuitous meeting with Patti Smith. Wendy Mitchell reports.

brie larson

Brie Larson: up close and personal

Brie Larson went to startling lengths to prepare for the role of a lifetime in Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, as she reveals to Jeremy Kay.

michael fassbender

Michael Fassbender: the master and the mastermind

Following a series of charismatic turns, Michael Fassbender finishes 2015 on a high with a suitably meticulous portrayal of Apple saviour Steve Jobs. Tom Grater chats to the actor about method and motivation

Mark Johnson

Oscars 2016: Mark Johnson talks chairing foreign-language category

Mark Johnson, chairman of AMPAS’s foreign-language film award committee, tells Matt Mueller about the quiet revolution that has led to films such as Amour and Ida winning the coveted Oscar


Deniz Gamze Ergüven talks French Oscar submission 'Mustang'

Deniz Gamze Ergüven reveals how the production of her debut feature Mustang is itself a tale of female emancipation.

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