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Huh! Oscar’s New Co-Producers Mull Multiple Changes

Huh! Oscar’s New Co-Producers Mull Multiple Changes

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Robert Richardson On Hateful Eight’s SuperPanavision 70

Robert Richardson On Hateful Eight‘s SuperPanavision 70

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Gurus o’ Gold: Pre-Festival Projections

The Gurus are back… for the pre-season. They split the contenders into three categories; films already seen, films coming at the festivals, and films due for release after the festivals.

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26 Weeks To Oscar: Resetting The Field For The Very First Time

It’s early in the awards season… movies come and go. Where do things lay for the Best Picture competitors after Toronto announced its line-up this week?

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Miramax-Veteran Awards Strategists Set Shingles For Upcoming Season

Miramax-Veteran Awards Strategists Set Shingles For Upcoming Season

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Suffragette Screenwriter Abi Morgan Says “I Can’t Not Be A Feminist”

Suffragette Screenwriter Abi Morgan Says “I Can’t Not Be A Feminist”

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Academy Elects 2015-16 Board Of Governors

Runoff election required for Writers Branch The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its newly elected 2015–16 Board of Governors.  A runoff election is required for the Writers Branch. “I’m excited to welcome our four new governors to the Board and congratulate those who have been reelected,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone…

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Here’s The 2015-16 Award Season Schedule, Including HFPA, SAG, DGA, PGA, WGA, AMPAS

11/18/15 SAG Nomination Ballots Mailed 11/25/15 Golden Globes Nomination Ballots Mailed 12/7/15 SAG Nomination Ballots Due at 12pm PT 12/7/15 Golden Globes Nomination Ballots Mailed TBD WGA Preliminary Screenplay online voting begins 12/8/15 PGA Nomination Polling begins 12/9/15 SAG Awards Nominations announced 12/10/15 Golden Globe Nominations announced 12/14/15 DGA open online voting 12/16/15 SAG Final…

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30 Weeks To Oscar: Trailer Parade (20 Currently Available)

Here are all the trailers currently available – some domestic, some international, one just a clip – for films from the broad contenders list published Monday.

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30 Weeks To Oscar: Setting The Field

So our big list is already at 14. Let’s take it to 25 with titles with serious awards potential from major Oscar-playing distributors…

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Fresh Off Charter Deal, John Malone Ready To Shake Up Smaller Studios, Channels

“Lionsgate could buy Starz and potentially other free radicals in the industry.” Fresh Off Charter Deal, John Malone Ready To Shake Up Smaller Studios, Channels

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The Thrill Is Gone: B. B. King Was 89

The Thrill Is Gone: B. B. King Was 89

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48 Weeks To Oscar: Academy In Crisis(?)

The grass always seems greener on the other side. But it is not always the case. In the case of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, it is a sad story of insecurity, fear, oversized yet easily bruised ego, and a lack of perspective on itself.

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“Nothing is going on that’s any more than any preproduction process with David Lynch. Everything is moving forward and everybody is crazy thrilled and excited.”

“Nothing is going on that’s any more than any preproduction process with David Lynch. Everything is moving forward and everybody is crazy thrilled and excited.”

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51 Weeks To Oscar

The Academy is acting like a supermodel who is deeply worried that her boyfriend is going to leave because she has a zit. And the answer is, men do leave supermodels. And that insecurity haunts the most beautiful and the most plain. But when you are going out there for the show, if people start noticing you are insecure, your career is over. When you are in public, you need to be all in, turned on, rocking the world because you “know” you have what everyone else wants.

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Oscar Winners 2015

Oscar Winners 2015 Birdman/Iñárritu/Redmayne/Moore/Arquette/Simmons Birdman – Picture/Director/Screenplay/Cinematography Grand Budapest – Production Design/Make-up/Costumes/Score Whiplash – Supporting Actor/Editing/Sound Mixing

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20 Weeks To Oscar… 3 Days Left

The irony of this moment is that with almost nothing left to say, the world’s media suddenly feels compelled to say EVERYTHING all at once.

Here’s the deal, as concisely as I can offer it…

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Gurus o’ Gold: The Final Vote – Every Category (2 of 2)

Page 1 Page 1 Pre-Venice/Telluride/Toronto Best Picture Field Post-Venice/Telluride/Toronto Best Picture Field After New York… Just Before Selma & American Sniper Just After Selma & American Sniper Gurus o’ Gold: A Week From Thanksgiving, aka Screener Time Thanksgiving Week The Rise of Selma Gurus o’ Gold-n-Globes) The Top 8 Categories Heading Into The Holiday Break…

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Gurus o’ Gold: The Final Vote – Every Category (1 of 2)

In the final vote of the season, The Gurus project only three changes in category leaders. They also envision The Grand Budapest Hotel winning the most Oscars, but not Best Picture. Boyhood will be the second most awarded with three. And two each for Birdman and American Sniper.

Are they right? The answers are coming on Sunday…

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20 Weeks To Oscar: One Week Left

So the question… is it the failure of the system that there isn’t more clarity… or the genius?

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“For me, the first draft is a really glorious ride, and it’s the next 17 that are like pulling teeth. There’s a great thing that happens after you’ve spent a morning writing, and you think, I haven’t got anything there, not anything, and then you go away and become depressed, and when you come back, you find a good sentence or a good speech buried somewhere in the yards you’ve written. It’s in those hours of writing crap where you find a little thing that’s worth it, that makes you believe in the process of writing.”
~ Emma Thompson On Screenwriting

“The core fear is what can happen to you, personally. Your body. That’s what horror films deal with, precisely. We are a very thin skin wrapped around a pumping heart and guts. At any given moment it can come down to that, be it diseases, or somebody’s assault, or war, or a car wreck. You could be reduced to the simple laws of physics and your body’s vulnerability. The edged weapon is the penultimate weapon to disclose that reality to you.”
~ Wes Craven, 1996, promoting Scream

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