Awards Watch

Gurus o’ Gold: At The Start of The Season 2018/19

The festival season has started and contenders are getting their first screenings. The Gurus take a close squint and the known-knowns and the maybe-knowns in the first charts of the season. Off to the movies! Let the surprises begin!

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For Oscar 91, Academy Issues More Rules Arcana

AWARDS RULES APPROVED FOR 91ST OSCARS® CAMPAIGN REGULATIONS UPDATED FOR NEW AWARDS SEASON LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy’s Board of Governors has approved Oscars® rules and campaign regulations for the 91st Academy Awards®. Submission deadlines for awards eligibility have been changed. There is now one submission deadline – Monday, October 1, 2018 – for…

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Gurus o’ Gold: Final Guesses

The Gurus are nearly exhausted, predicting 11 unanimous selections, including all four Acting categories, Directing, Original Screenplay and Animated Feature. The most competitive categories? Best Picture and Best Documentary.

The Gurus also pick three potential upsets each, with Get Out as Best Picture leading the way, followed by both screenplay categories and Supporting Actress.

And with that, The Gurus head back to the mountain to hibernate until September. May The Show Be With You.

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Oscar Spots More Stars As Presenters

MORE STARS TO PRESENT AT 90TH OSCARS® EMILY BLUNT, SANDRA BULLOCK, DAVE CHAPPELLE, EUGENIO DERBEZ, ANSEL ELGORT, JANE FONDA, JODIE FOSTER, EIZA GONZÁLEZ, ASHLEY JUDD, NICOLE KIDMAN, MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, HELEN MIRREN, RITA MORENO, LUPITA NYONG’O AND CHRISTOPHER WALKEN LOS ANGELES, CA – Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced additional presenters for the 90th Oscars telecast. …

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20 Weeks To Oscar: A Week To Go

Every one of the five films that is considered to have a real chance of winning Best Picture has a position of strength and a soft underbelly.

Do you want to go through them all again?

I don’t either.

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Performers for 90th Oscars Announced

 90TH OSCARS® PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED GAEL GARCÍA BERNAL, MARY J. BLIGE, COMMON, ANDRA DAY, NATALIA LAFOURCADE, MIGUEL, KEALA SETTLE AND SUFJAN STEVENS LOS ANGELES, CA – Gael García Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Natalia LaFourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, Sufjan Stevens and Oscar® winner Common will perform this year’s nominated songs at the 90th Oscars®ceremony, show producers Michael De…

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Gurus o’ Gold: Top 3

As The Gurus count down to Oscar night, they pick their Top 3 in every category (except picture, where it’s still Top 5). The group is unanimous in a surprising nine categories, including all four acting awards, while Editing and Doc Feature are toss-ups. The Gurus see the maximum number of Oscars going to one film being… three.

Next week… Top 2.

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Oscar Names Ten More Diverse Presenters, Including Kelly Marie Tran, Zendaya, Wes Studi, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Armie Hammer

10 MORE PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR 90TH OSCARS® GAL GADOT, MARK HAMILL, ARMIE HAMMER, OSCAR ISAAC, LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, GINA RODRIGUEZ, EVA MARIE SAINT, WES STUDI, KELLY MARIE TRAN AND ZENDAYA LOS ANGELES, CA – Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd today announced 10 more presenters for the 90th Oscars® telecast. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the…

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Blade Runner 2049 Wins American Society of Cinematographers Award

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC claimed the coveted Theatrical Award for best cinematography in a motion picture for his work on “Blade Runner 2049” at the 32nd Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Mart Taniel, ESC was given the Spotlight Award for “November.” In the TV categories, winners included Adriano Goldman, ASC, ABC…

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Oscar 90 Names First Batch Of Diverse Presenters

AHERSHALA ALI, CHADWICK BOSEMAN, VIOLA DAVIS, LAURA DERN, JENNIFER GARNER, GRETA GERWIG, TIFFANY HADDISH,TOM HOLLAND, KUMAIL NANJIANI, MARGOT ROBBIE, EMMA STONE AND DANIELA VEGA LOS ANGELES, CA – Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd today announced the first slate of presenters for the 90th Oscars® telecast.  Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live Sunday, March…

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Gurus o Gold: Counting Down To Oscar Night

The Gurus are working through this final stage of the Oscar season. This week, The Top 4s. Next week, The Top 3s. Then, The Top 2s. And on show week, Only The Winners. (They’re all winners… it is an honor just to be nominated.)

And as you asked… The Gurus currently thinking no movie wins more than four Oscars. And the second biggest number of Oscars to… Dunkirk.

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33rd Santa Barbara Film Festival Award Winners

Audience Choice Award: Mark Hayes’ SKID ROW MARATHON Best Documentary Short Film Award: Kyle Morrison’s MOTT HAVEN Bruce Corwin Award – Best Live Action Short Film: Richard Van’s AUDITION Bruce Corwin Award – Best Animated Short Film: Randall Christopher’s THE DRIVER IS RED Best Documentary Award: Grant Korgan and Geoff Callan’s THE PUSH Jeffrey C….

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20 Weeks To Oscar: The Big Quiet

Can you hear it?

Listen carefully.

Silence.

We are still a month from The Oscars.

We are still weeks from voting.

And in what has felt like a pretty open season is not accelerating into a passionate discussion of the top movies of 2017. The discussion is about the Solo trailer and Black Panther.

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“Academy Gold” Mentor Program Enters Second Year With 22 Entertainment Industry Partners

ACADEMY GOLD ENTERS SECOND YEAR WITH 22 ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY PARTNERS LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is proud to announce the launch of the 2018 Academy Gold internship enhancement and mentorship program for students and young professionals from underrepresented communities.  Currently, there are 22 entertainment industry partners, including Annapurna Pictures, Creative Artists…

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And The Sundance Jury Awards Go To…

Top Prizes Go To The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Kailash, Of Fathers and Sons, and Butterflies Search, Burden, The Sentence and The Guilty Win Audience Awards After 10 days and 123 feature films, the 2018 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony took place tonight, with host Jason Mantzoukas emceeing and jurors presenting 28 prizes for feature…

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ACE Eddies Awarded

“DUNKIRK,” “I, TONYA” AND “COCO” TAKE TOP HONORS  AT THE 68TH ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS  RECOGNIZING THE BEST FILM EDITING OF THE YEARVINCE GILLIGAN RECEIVES ACE GOLDEN EDDIE AWARD CELEBRATING HIS PROLIFIC CAREER LEON ORTIZ-GIL, ACE AND MARK GOLDBLATT, ACE RECEIVE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS “Dunkirk” (edited by Lee Smith, ACE) and “I, Tonya” (edited by Tatiana S….

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Gurus o’ Gold: Nomination Day (Page 1 of 2)

Most of the Gurus marked up the Oscar nominations and ranked every category. If they are seeing the future correctly, no movie will take home more than four statues, but it’s early. And the winners are…

Page 2 of Prognostications

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Gurus o’ Gold: Nomination Day (Page 2 of 2)

Best Picture, Acting, Directing & More

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Nomination Morning

In meetings all over town this morning, the question of whether Phase II will be a war or a love letter is being determined. Me? I think the door is open just wide enough for people to come out fighting. But we shall see… about this time next week, just before every single person alive is honored in Santa Barbara, we will know.

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Oscar Nominations 2017…

Call Me By Your Name, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, Shape Of Water, Three Billboards DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan, Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo del Toro ACTRESS: Sally Hawkins, Frances McDormand, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep ACTOR: Timothée Chalamet, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Kaluuya, Gary Oldman, Denzel Washington

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Awards Watch

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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch