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Live-action, animation shorts advance in Oscar race


The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced on Thursday the shortlists for both categories.

'Anomalisa', 'Inside Out' among 16 animation Oscar contenders


The Academy has announced the titles submitted for consideration in the animation feature category for the 88th Academy Awards.

KEY DATES 2015/16

  • Nov 14 The Governors Awards
  • Dec 30 Nominations voting opens
  • Jan 8 Nominations voting closes
  • Jan 14 Oscar nominations
  • Feb 8 Oscar Nominees Luncheon
  • Feb 12 Final voting begins
  • Feb 13 Scientific Technical Awards
  • Feb 23 Final voting closes
  • Feb 28 88th Academy Awards


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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.


Oscars 2015: Acting nominations in pictures

Slideshow of actors up for leading and supporting Academy Awards.

American Sniper

Oscars 2015: Best Film nominations in pictures

Slideshow of Best Film nominations at the 87th Academy Awards.


The hunt for Best Picture

The best picture nominations race is on the final lap. Jeremy Kay analyses the contenders.


The making of Boyhood

The team behind Richard Linklater’s Boyhood talks to Jeremy Kay about the challenges and rewards of bringing to life this extraordinary 12-year project

The Lego Movie behind the scenes

Phil Lord & Chris Miller, The Lego Movie

Phil Lord and Chris Miller talk to Michael Rosser about their animated hit, The Lego Movie, which far exceeds its commercial spin-off roots to become an emotional story that celebrates human creativity

Big Hero 6

Don Hall & Chris Williams, Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams tell Jean Noh about building the world of San Fransokyo for their Marvel comic superhero adaptation

The Book of Life

Jorge Gutierrez, The Book of Life

Despite a disastrous first pitch to Guillermo del Toro, Jorge Gutierrez succeeded in making a unique animated feature inspired by Greek mythology and Mexico’s Day of the Dead.

Dean DeBlois & Bonnie Arnold, How To Train Your Dragon 2

How To Train Your Dragon 2 director Dean DeBlois and producer Bonnie Arnold talk to John Hazelton about the film’s more mature themes and making the most of the latest animation technology


Cast talk 'The Revenant' at LA screening

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu joined Leonardo DiCaprio and assorted cast and crew from his latest film on Monday to talk weather, guacamole and Swiss watches.


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.

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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.

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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.

Life Itself

Steve James, Life Itself

Documentarian Steve James talks to John Hazelton about capturing the career and spirit of Roger Ebert while avoiding the pitfalls of hagiography.

Nick Broomfield

Nick Broomfield, Tales Of The Grim Sleeper

Nick Broomfield tells Wendy Mitchell why his doc Tales Of The Grim Sleeper is about a whole neighbourhood, not just one killer.

Academy Museum

AMPAS’s global reach

AMPAS boss Dawn Hudson talks to Wendy Mitchell about advancing the Academy’s influence across the world and its efforts to protect film’s legacy

Laura Poitras

Laura Poitras, Citizenfour

Film-maker Laura Poitras becomes part of the story with her history-in-the-making documentary, Citizenfour, about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.


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Screen November 20 2015

Browse the digital edition of Screen International here, which includes a focus on the leading contenders for acting nominations this awards season…