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Never Die Young

Luxembourg submits doc to Oscar race

By Michael Rosser

Never Die Young submitted by Luxembourg for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

White God

Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award submissions 2015

By Michael Rosser

Entries for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the Academy Awards 2015.

AWARDS FEATURES

Awards 2014: The prize fighters

As Venice, Telluride and Toronto introduce a slew of prestige titles, Jeremy Kay examines the season’s possible awards contenders

Oscars

Awards: They want your consideration

Behind the films in the running for awards every season are the teams ensuring they are seen and talked about by the right people. Louise Tutt meets the awards whisperers who help great work to stand out from the pack.

American Hustle

American Hustle: the American way

The hustling started a year and a half before David O Russell’s American Hustle hit cinemas. Jeremy Kay speaks to the director and producers about the film’s high-speed, high-stakes production.

12 Years

12 Years A Slave: Freedom fighters

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave is a box-office hit in the US and has been attracting major awards attention, including 10 Bafta nominations. Andreas Wiseman speaks to the film-maker, star Chiwetel Ejiofor and other key members of the team about creating an unflinching film about slavery.

Frozen

Oscars 2014: Animation

With 19 films submitted for the animated feature Oscar, John Hazelton explores how this year’s crop points to the way animated features might evolve.

Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips: High seas adventure

Jeremy Kay talks to the team behind Captain Phillips about the challenges and rewards of recreating a real-life drama for the big screen.

BAFTA

Baftas: Brits putting on the glitz

The EE British Academy Film Awards are a cornerstone of the awards season. Andreas Wiseman looks at how the Baftas keep a British flavour while growing globally.

Saving Mr Banks behind the scenes

Saving Mr Banks: There's something about Mary

Saving Mr Banks tells the inside story of how Walt Disney persuaded reluctant author PL Travers to let him film Mary Poppins. Sarah Cooper speaks to the film-makers about a project which, like the story, spanned Australia, the UK and Hollywood.

BIFAs

BIFAs: Independent's day

The Moet British Independent Film Awards celebrate the diverse output of the UK film industry, and provide a significant platform for films and film-makers.

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Visual effects: the spectacular now

With effects-heavy films more visible than ever and films across the board including more individual visual-effects shots, John Hazelton surveys this year’s crowded field of awards contenders

AWARDS COUNTDOWN: INTERVIEWS

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

In service of The Butler

Pulling together the financing for an epic about the civil-rights movement was not easy, but Lee Daniels’ box-office hit The Butler has challenged conventional wisdom about audiences for African-American and political stories. John Hazelton reports.

Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

For The Desolation of Smaug, the second part of his Hobbit trilogy, Peter Jackson had the tricky task of bringing the story’s raging, intelligent dragon to life. He tells John Hazelton about how the second film brings certain freedoms.

Ron Howard

Ron Howard, Rush

Ron Howard talks about the challenges and rewards of returning to independent film-making with Formula 1 character study Rush. He also tells Wendy Mitchell about the adventure of his new film Heart Of The Sea.

Catherine Martin

Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby

Costume designer and production designer Catherine Martin talks about upping the ante for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

John Wells on the set of August: Osage County

John Wells, August: Osage County

The August: Osage County ensemble is winning multiple nominations during this awards season. Director John Wells talks about cast concerns ahead of the shoot and why he insisted they all live together.

Paul Greengrass

Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips

Paul Greengrass was drawn to Captain Phillips not only to work with Tom Hanks, but also to pay tribute to his merchant marine father.

JC Chandor, All Is Lost

The director talks to Jeremy Kay about why he knew Robert Redford was right for the challenging lead role in All Is Lost.

Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks & Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi come from wildly different backgrounds but find truth in their roles in Captain Phillips, they tell Jeremy Kay.

Nicole Holofcener

Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said

Enough Said is Nicole Holofcener’s most commercial work yet, but stays true to the film-maker’s devotion to character. She talks to Wendy Mitchell about working with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini.

Hugh Jackman in Prisoners

Hugh Jackman, Prisoners

Hugh Jackman took on darkest role yet for Prisoners’ Keller Dover, he tells Jeremy Kay.

Prisoners

Jake Gyllenhaal, Prisoners

Jake Gyllenhaal tells Jeremy Kay how people like Detective Loki in Prisoners need to get their gangster on.

Inside Llewyn Davis

Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis

Joel and Ethan Coen tell Jeremy Kay about the musical collaborations behind Inside Llewyn Davis, and give an insight into life on the Coen brothers’ set.

Inside Llewyn Davis

Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis

Oscar Isaac is one of 2013’s breakout stars for his role as the titular conflicted musician in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. He talks to Jeremy Kay.

Roger Deakins

Roger Deakins, Prisoners

Acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins talks to Jeremy Kay about creating a brooding, wet atmosphere for Prisoners.