NZEDGE Logo

Tag >> Academy Awards

Bret Mckenzie Nails Music for Old Spice Commercial

Bret Mckenzie Nails Music for Old Spice Commercial

Bret McKenzie has composed a “lunatic” 60-second musical for men’s aftershave brand Old Spice, and “Dadsong” “isn’t just an important component – it’s the main component, around which everything…

Shooting Vampires In NZ

Shooting Vampires In NZ

New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi — whose 2010 film Boy was recently released in the United States — talks to Rotten Tomatoes about his five favourite films and his upcoming vampire…

It’s Gone To His Head

It’s Gone To His Head

Bret McKenzie celebrated his Oscar nomination for best song with some Vegemite and toast. McKenzie, who wrote the meta-power ballad ‘Man or Muppet’ for The Muppets, is up against ‘Real…

Critic’s Choose McKenzie

Critic’s Choose McKenzie

Wellington-born comedian Bret McKenzie, 35, has trumped Elton John and Mary J. Blige to win the Critics’ Choice best song award for ‘Life’s a Happy Song’, which he penned…

Mystical Oscar Entry

Mystical Oscar Entry

Samoan-language feature The Orator (O Le Tulafale) is New Zealand’s first-ever entry into the best foreign-language film category for the 84th Academy Awards. New Zealand Film Commission…

Laughter in Waihau Bay

Laughter in Waihau Bay

Taika Waititi’s Boy recently won the Best Feature Generation Film award at the International Filmfestspiele in Berlin. The festival’s website describes it by saying  – ” is a film “with…

In killer frocks

In killer frocks

Anna Paquin “vamps it up” on the cover of the March edition of Marie Claire UK in an exclusive grocery store shoot by photographer Frederic Pinet wearing Alexander McQueen,…

Oscar for Kim Sinclair

Oscar for Kim Sinclair

Auckland production designer Kim Sinclair won the Academy Award for Art Direction on Avatar with American colleagues Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg. “Each virtual set had trees and plants…

Weta woos Hollywood

Weta woos Hollywood

Wellington-based Weta Digital, which was behind the effects work on blockbusters Avatar and District 9, has been nominated for nine Academy Awards; CNET Asia’s Daniel Terdiman says the “accolades…

Improbable classic

Improbable classic

Director Jane Campion’s 1993 film The Piano is considered a “classic” of the cinema by the Times which examines the merits of the film starring New Zealand actress Anna…

Rogue takes orders

Rogue takes orders

Wellington actress Anna Paquin, 25, will star as Sookie Stackhouse in HBO drama True Blood, to air in the US in September. Paquin, who won an Academy Award for…

King of the Castle

King of the Castle

The Return of the King has ruled them all at this year’s awards season, having won Oscar glory with 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. The…

Crowning Glory

Crowning Glory

Return of the King – the third and final film in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings series – made a clean sweep of the 2004 Academy Awards, winning…

Riding her wave of success

Riding her wave of success

Whale Rider star, Keisha Castle-Hughes, spoke to the New York Post about her week spent in Hollywood prior to the 2004 Academy Awards – for which she was the…

Stopping traffic

Stopping traffic

Cliff Curtis is one of the key protagonists in the US miniseries Traffic – an adaptation of the Oscar-nominated film by the same name. Ever the ethnic chameleon (previous…

Jackson fan club continued…

Jackson fan club continued…

Michael Scragow, former staff writer for The New Yorker and Rolling Stone, airs his opinions on this year’s Oscars. “I am just floored that Peter Jackson was not nominated…

Maximus vs. Hannibal

Maximus vs. Hannibal

NZ-born Russell Crowe has beaten Hollywood heavyweights including Anthony Hopkins, Paul Newman, Tom Hanks, and Robert DeNiro to be voted favourite Best Actor Oscar winner of all time, according…

Oscar Post

Oscar Post

They’ll need a nui kete: The technical and creative talent of the NZ film industry acknowledged with Oscars. The Andrew Adamson directed Shrek takes best animated feature. Peter Jackson’s…

Oscar Double?

Oscar Double?

Russell Crowe earns his third consecutive Best Actor Oscar nomination for his depiction of Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash Jr in A Beautiful Mind. If he were to win,…

Edge Factor

Edge Factor

Canadian-born, New Zealand-raised Anna Paquin is studying English literature of Columbia University and starring in two hot movies  X-Men and Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous. Winning the Oscar was…

Child Superstar Anna Paquin’s Vampish Turn

Child Superstar Anna Paquin’s Vampish Turn

Anna Paquin has got something tucked away in her closet: an Oscar … becoming the second-youngest Academy Award winner is a tough act to follow.