The Academy Awards 2020: #OscarsNotSoWhiteAfterAll

February 11, 2020

When the 92nd annual Academy Award nominations were announced, it was difficult to not note the elephant in the room.  Within moments, #OscarsSoWhite was trending and more memes than you could possibly create were birthed making a mockery of the Academy’s decision to snub people of colour and women in a majority of categories; despite […]

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History in the making: here are all the winners from The 90th Academy Awards

March 5, 2018

Earlier today, The 90th Academy Awards in Hollywood celebrated not only 90 years of the most prestigious and recognised achievement in film, but an era of diversity, ultimately proving that power of film knows no boundaries. Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water had entered the ceremony as the overwhelming favourites with a whopping 13 nominations, […]

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Best Picture is anyone’s game: The Iris predicts the 90th Academy Awards

March 4, 2018

Well, the time has come. After a year of incredible cinema, plenty of controversy and a few box office records along the way, the 90th Academy Awards airs in the US this Sunday night and in Australia around lunchtime on Monday, live on Channel Nine. In the first “post-Weinstein” Oscars, it’s a year where underrepresentation […]

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The Shape of Water and Dunkirk top the 90th Academy Awards nominations; Margot Robbie leads the Aussie charge

January 23, 2018

After months of speculation, the 90th Academy Awards finally have their nominees – with The Shape of Water dominating the tally, sitting with an impressive 13 nominations. And no film even comes close to matching its domination. Sitting behind it, with eight nominations, the Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk has some out swinging with a Best […]

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Moonlight upsets with a Best Picture win as La La Land takes home six Oscars

February 27, 2017

In a moment that is sure to go down as one of the more embarrassing in Oscar History, the wrong winner was announced for Best Picture at the 89th Annual Academy Awards today, as Bonnie and Clyde’s Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway revealed the winner as La La Land, before Moonlight eventually accepted the prize. The […]

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Aussie cinematographer Greig Fraser talks about his Oscar Nomination for Lion

February 26, 2017

While at a special function to celebrate the Aussies nominated for Academy Awards in Los Angeles, our very own Jaime Lewis sat down with Greig Fraser, who has received an Oscar nomination as Director of Photography for Lion – one of three Australian films (alongside Tanna and Hacksaw Ridge), which is enjoying a slew of […]

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Behind-the-scenes with the Oscar Nominated visual effects of Doctor Strange with VFX Supervisor Stef Ceretti

February 26, 2017

Having already won himself a trophy at the Hollywood Film Awards and the Seattle Film Critics Awards for Doctor Strange‘s Visual Effects, VFX Supervisor Stef Ceretti is up for an Oscar tomorrow – the second time the French native has been up for the accolade (the first being for another Marvel film – Guardians of […]

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La La Land leads diverse Oscar nominations while Lion, Tanna & Hacksaw Ridge reward Aussies

January 24, 2017

This morning, the Oscar nominees were announced online through a live stream – breaking tradition from the annual early morning news conference that the film world had become accustomed to tuning into. Over about 20 minutes, past nominees reflected on their Oscar experiences as they revealed the nominees for the 89th Annual Academy Awards. What […]

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Australia receives its first ever Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

January 24, 2017

Amongst a slew of nominations for two of Australia’s biggest films of the last year – Lion and Hacksaw Ridge – comes a lesser known film called Tanna, directed by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler. The film, which is shot in the Navhal and Nafe languages of Vanuatu, premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where […]

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Seven soon-to-be-released films looking to take Oscar gold

September 7, 2016

The Oscars survived a prickly year last year. Media outlets hounded the lack of racial diversity amongst nominated actors, of which all twenty were of Caucasian heritage. Industry hallmark Spike Lee joined a spate of actors in a #boycotttheoscars / #oscarsowhite movement and actor Chris Rock thought it appropriate to poke fun at a child […]

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George Miller & David Stratton to appear in conversation at Chauvel Cinema as part of the French Film Festival

March 3, 2016

Palace Cinemas will be hosting Academy Award-winning director George Miller and David Stratton in conversation on Wednesday 9 March at the Chauvel Cinema from 6:15pm as part of the French Film Festival. Just coming back from the Oscars, Miller is also president for this year’s Cannes International Film Festival and joining him will be film critic David Stratton. […]

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Spotlight, Mad Max and Leonardo Dicaprio the big winners of 2016 Oscars

February 29, 2016

The verdict is in and this year’s Oscar Awards had plenty of big moments from Ex Machina‘s surprise win in VFX to Leonardo Dicaprio’s long anticipated-Oscar victory for Best Actor. Check out Leo’s brilliant acceptance speech below: While Spotlight may have won Best Picture and Alejandro G. Iñárritu taken Best Director (for the second year in a row), it was […]

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The Iris’ 2016 Oscar Picks – Who Will Win at the 88th Annual Academy Awards?

February 26, 2016

Hollywood’s night of nights is only a few days away (Monday from Noon!) and Larry Heath and Fergus Halliday are here with The Iris’ predictions for how the prestigious awards show will go down. Do we think Leo will finally win the Oscar? Read on. Best Picture Fergus’ Pick: This year’s Best Picture race is intense. My heart […]

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What is #OscarsSoWhite and why does it matter?

February 25, 2016

As we approach the 88th Annual Academy Awards – screening live in Australia on Monday February 29th from Noon on Channel Nine – it feels pertinent to reflect on one of the most justifiably endearing topics of this year’s awards: race. #OscarsSoWhite is a hashtag (engineered by April Reign, Managing Editor of BroadwayBlack.com) that circulated the social […]

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Help Leo attain his prized Oscar in new flash game

February 17, 2016

With his Oscar hopes recently bolstered by The Revenant win at the WGAs, you can now help Leonardo DiCaprio achieve his goal in a new browser game. Called Red Carpet Rampage, it’s a charming 2D sidescrolling-brawler that pokes fun at everything from DiCaprio’s fellow Oscar forerunners Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne to the […]

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The Iris Interview: O’Shea Jackson Jr talks Straight Outta Compton, Oscars, career goals & more

January 27, 2016

O’Shea Jackson Jr. is following in his father’s footsteps alright. His dad, better known as Ice Cube, hit the acting scene hard in 1991 (the year O’Shea Jr was born) with Boyz n the Hood, an in-depth drama about South Central L.A that remains one of the most highly praised films about African-American youth ever […]

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The Revenant and Aussie flick Mad Max: Fury Road lead unpredictable Oscars nominations for 2016

January 14, 2016

The 88th Annual Oscar nominations were revealed overnight in Los Angeles by Guillermo del Toro, Ang Lee, John Krasinski and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and like the Globes earlier this week, there were plenty of surprises. Aussie flick Mad Max: Fury Road, and Spielberg drama Bridge of Spies likely sit atop that pile, receiving […]

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The full list of winners at the 87th Academy Awards

February 23, 2015

What a year in film 2014 has been; we’ve seen some highly creative, innovative cinematic achievements come our way, some really big actor comebacks, powerful soundtracks, innovative designs, and more. Going into the 87th Academy Awards, people who fancied themselves able to predict winners, found their hobby cut out of them; there hasn’t been a […]

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12 Years a Slave and Gravity win big at the 86th Academy Awards

March 3, 2014

Well the 2013 Awards Season has officially come to a glorious end with the 86th Academy Awards. The big winners of the night were Gravity with 7 wins and 12 Years a Slave with three, including Best Picture. This is a rare year where the Academy really can’t be faulted with any of their selections and […]

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Alex and Larry from The Iris predicts The Oscars 2014!

February 28, 2014

Well, it’s that time of the year again. The biggest awards show of the season, The 86th Academy Awards, screens Monday afternoon in Australia live on Channel Nine from 12.30pm AEDT, with Ellen Degeneres as our host. In anticipation, myself and Iris writer Alex King thought we’d take you through the list of nominees and […]

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