‘La La Land’ Has a Shot at Becoming the Most-Nominated Musical in Oscar History ... Feinberg Forecast: Oscar Standings During a Week of Purgatory ... Oscars 2017: All the Evidence That Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Will Be Completely Shut Out ... ‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Ryan Reynolds (‘Deadpool’) ... Oscars 2017: Will ‘Deadpool’ Be the First Superhero Film Nominated For Best Picture? ... ‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Vince Vaughn (‘Hacksaw Ridge’) ... LA Film Critics Association Awards: Big Night for ‘Moonlight,’ Other Indie Darlings ... Oscars 2017: Will #OscarsSoWhite End By Seeing Record Number of Non-White Wins in Acting Categories? ...
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

‘La La Land’ Has a Shot at Becoming the Most-Nominated Musical in Oscar History

'La La Land' (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

‘La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

It’s beginning to look like La La Land is going to sweep the entire awards season all the way through the Oscars — and to make history in the process. The L.A.-set musical that is chock full of Hollywood magic has been dominating every major awards show thus far and is poised to tie the record for garnering the most Oscar nominations — and potentially wins — for a film ever.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Feinberg Forecast: Oscar Standings During a Week of Purgatory

'Lion' (Courtesy: The Weinstein Company)

‘Lion’ (Courtesy: The Weinstein Company)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Oscar nomination voting ended Friday, but the noms won’t be revealed until Jan. 24. In the meantime, THR’s awards analyst offers his best guess of where things stand, factoring in the BAFTA, Directors Guild, Costume Designers Guild, Makeup and Hair Stylists Guild and American Society of Cinematographers noms, the LA Film Critics Association awards ceremony and the Palm Springs Film Fest.

These projections are a reflection of Scott Feinberg’s personal impressions (from advance screenings), publicly available information (release dates, genres, talent rosters and teasers/trailers often offer valuable clues), historical considerations (how other films with similar pedigrees have resonated), precursor awards (some awards groups have historically correlated with the Academy more than others) and consultations with industry insiders (including fellow members of the press, awards strategists, filmmakers and awards voters).

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Oscars 2017: All the Evidence That Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Will Be Completely Shut Out

Martin Scorsese and Andrew Garfield on the set of 'Silence' (Courtesy: Paramount Pictures)

Martin Scorsese and Andrew Garfield on the set of ‘Silence’ (Courtesy: Paramount Pictures)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

Martin Scorsese has been a force at the Oscars for decades now with nine films earning some sort of recognition by the Academy but his latest showing, Silence, is looking to be completely glanced over. There much evidence pointing to this happening — lack of precursor nominations, opening weekend box office numbers, domestic box office performance thus far, and critical evaluations. Let’s take a deep dive into these aspects and see if there’s any saving grace for Silence this awards season.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Ryan Reynolds (‘Deadpool’)

Ryan Reynolds (Courtesy: Getty Images)

Ryan Reynolds (Courtesy: Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“The movie is groundbreaking in a lot of ways,” asserts Ryan Reynolds of Deadpool, the blockbuster comic book adaptation released last February that he produced and stars in, as we sit down at the offices of The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of the Awards Chatter podcast. “It usurps certain tropes of the superhero genre that were well-ready to be usurped. And, again, timing, timing, timing, you know? We were kind of at peak superhero, in terms of tone, and it just offered something completely different in that respect. It also had just an unabashed commitment to its R rating. As I look back — and hindsight is obviously 20/20, but — it knew what it was, and I always knew what it was. I knew exactly how to play this guy [the irreverent title character], and I felt, in some weird way — not to sound too over the top or esoteric, but — like I was born to play this guy. I really understood him. And it just kind of popped.”

It sure did. After 11 years in development at multiple studios, the “labor of love” finally was made by Fox for just $58 million (a low budget for a movie of its genre) — and then grossed an astounding $132 million on its opening weekend and, by the end of its theatrical run, $363 million domestically and $783 million worldwide, making it one of the biggest hits of 2016. It also garnered rave reviews — it has an 84 percent favorable rating at RottenTomatoes.com. And now, against all odds, it has become a serious Oscar contender: Over the past month or so, Reynolds received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Critics’ Choice Award for Entertainer of the Year and a best actor (musical or comedy) Golden Globe nomination, while the film was recognized with a best picture (musical or comedy) Golden Globe nom, as well as PGA, WGA and DGA noms. Who knows what Jan. 24, the day of the Oscar nominations announcement, will bring?

(Click below to listen to this episode or here to access all of our 100+ episodes via iTunes. Past guests include Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Eddie Murphy, Lady Gaga, Robert De Niro, Amy Schumer, Will Smith, Jennifer LopezLouis C.K., Kristen Stewart, Harvey Weinstein, Sally Field, Jerry Seinfeld, Jane Fonda, Tyler Perry, Kate WinsletMichael Moore, Helen Mirren, J.J. Abrams, Taraji P. Henson, Warren Beatty, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Eisner, Brie Larson, Sting, Natalie Portman, RuPaul, Sheila Nevins, Justin Timberlake, Lily Collins, Jessica Chastain, Tracy Morgan, Alicia Vikander, James Corden, Lily Tomlin, Eddie Redmayne, Sarah Silverman, Michael Keaton, Charlotte Rampling, Vince Vaughn, Nicole Kidman and Denzel Washington.)

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Oscars 2017: Will ‘Deadpool’ Be the First Superhero Film Nominated For Best Picture?

'Deadpool' (Courtesy: 20th Century Fox)

‘Deadpool’ (Courtesy: 20th Century Fox)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

The Oscars have never recognized a comic book film in the best picture category — but that could very easily change this year with Deadpool. The Tim Miller-directed and Ryan Reynolds-led Marvel movie was promoted to perfection, sustained hype, wowed critics, made a ton of money, and has been gaining steam throughout the entire awards season. Now, with mere days until Oscar nominations are announced, let’s see if this foul-mouthed fellow can surprise everyone and become the first superhero film to ever be nominated for best picture.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Vince Vaughn (‘Hacksaw Ridge’)

Vince Vaughn (Courtesy: AP Images)

Vince Vaughn (Courtesy: AP Images)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“I think what happened to me after The Break-Up was I was kind of more ‘booking jobs’ and not working from that same catalyst of, ‘I really believe in this and we all want to make the same movie,'” acknowledges the actor Vince Vaughn as we sit down at the London West Hollywood hotel to discuss his career on The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. Following a remarkable run of hit comedies in the early 2000s — among them, 2003’s Old School, 2004’s Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and Starsky & Hutch and 2005’s Wedding Crashers — Vaughn had deliberately pivoted towards drama with the 2006 dramedy.

“But I didn’t follow through on it,” the 46-year-old says with unmistakable regret. Instead, he lost his way for a decade, during which he was humbled by critical and commercial disappointments — see Fred Claus (2007), Four Christmases (2008), Couples Retreat (2009), The Dilemma (2011), Delivery Man (2013) and The Internship(2013), or better yet, don’t. He has found his footing again, though, in Mel Gibson‘s 2016 war film Hacksaw Ridge, in which he plays a tough sergeant who oversees — and ultimately goes into battle alongside — a soldier who refuses to touch a gun, and for which the actor has received some of the best notices of his nearly 30-year career.

(Click below to listen to this episode or here to access all of our 100+ episodes via iTunes. Past guests include Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Eddie Murphy, Lady Gaga, Robert De Niro, Amy Schumer, Will Smith, Jennifer LopezLouis C.K., Kristen Stewart, Harvey Weinstein, Sally Field, Jerry Seinfeld, Jane Fonda, Tyler Perry, Kate WinsletMichael Moore, Helen Mirren, J.J. Abrams, Taraji P. Henson, Warren Beatty, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Eisner, Brie Larson, Sting, Natalie Portman, RuPaul, Sheila Nevins, Justin Timberlake, Lily Collins, Ryan Reynolds, Jessica Chastain, Tracy Morgan, Alicia Vikander, James Corden, Lily Tomlin, Eddie Redmayne, Sarah Silverman, Michael Keaton, Nicole Kidman and Denzel Washington.)

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

LA Film Critics Association Awards: Big Night for ‘Moonlight,’ Other Indie Darlings

'Moonlight' director Barry Jenkins accepts the LAFCA's best director award (Courtesy: Scott Feinberg)

‘Moonlight’ director Barry Jenkins at the LAFCAs (Courtesy: Scott Feinberg)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The team from the Los Angeles-set musical La La Land was seated at the table directly in front of the podium at the 42nd annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards on Saturday night, but there was no confusion about which film was the favorite of the L.A. critics. That would be the Miami-set indie Moonlight, which — as was announced back on Dec. 4 — won for best film, director (Barry Jenkins), supporting actor (Mahershala Ali) and cinematography (James Laxton).

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Oscars 2017: Will #OscarsSoWhite End By Seeing Record Number of Non-White Wins in Acting Categories?

Denzel Washington and Halle Berry at the Oscars in 2002 (Courtesy: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Denzel Washington and Halle Berry at the 2002 Oscars (Courtesy: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

After two years of criticism it seems as though the #OscarsSoWhite controversy could become a thing the past should all the stars align. That’s because there’s a big chance actors and actresses of color could win in three out of the four acting categories — with others scoring nominations. Not only is this a change from recent events, but it could potentially be the biggest breakthrough for minorities in the history of the Oscars.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Does the Academy Have a Bias Toward Foreign-Language Films Based on World War II?

'Land of Mine' (Courtesy: Toronto International Film Festival)

‘Land of Mine’ (Courtesy: Toronto International Film Festival)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

If there’s one thing for certain about the foreign-language film category at the Oscars it’s that the Academy sure has a soft spot for films about World War II. Just this year alone there are three movies on the Academy’s shortlist that are set during that very tumultuous time — Denmark’s Land of Mine, Norway’s The King’s Choice, and Russia’s Paradise. How often has the Academy nominated or given the win to films based specifically during the World War II era?

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Palm Springs Fest: Foreign-Language Directors on Their Movies’ Origins, Obstacles and Oscar Hopes

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

No film festival showcases more films from around the world than the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the 28th edition of which began on Jan. 5 and runs through Jan. 16. This year, the fest’s lineup includes eight of the nine films that won spots on the Academy’s shortlist for the best foreign-language film Oscar (the only one of the nine that isn’t screening in Palm Springs is Australia’s Tanna). And with Oscar voting running from Jan. 5-13, many of those films’ directors visited the desert to be present for their films’ screenings — and, on Monday night, to participate on the “Eyes on the Prize” panel, which I moderated for the third consecutive year.

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