... Oscars 2015: A Weird Season Ends With Something for Just About Everyone (Analysis) ... Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 9: ‘Selma’ “Incredibly Misleading,” ‘Inherent Vice’ “Trash” ... Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 8: ‘Grand Budapest’ “Most Underrated,” “Gender Discrimination” Hurt Ava DuVernay ... An 88-Year-Old Oscar Voter Shares Her Picks, Reviews ’50 Shades of Grey’ (Podcast) ... Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 7: “No Better Filmmaker” Than Eastwood, “Loved” ‘Mr. Turner’ ... Spirit Awards 2015: ‘Birdman’ Tops ‘Boyhood’ on Saturday, Previewing Sunday? (Analysis) ... Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 6: ‘Birdman’ “Genius on Many Levels,” “Loved” ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ ...
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Oscars 2015: A Weird Season Ends With Something for Just About Everyone (Analysis)


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The 87th Oscars ceremony took place on Sunday night in Hollywood. Now that the winners have been announced and the red carpets have been rolled up and put in storage — at least until May’s Cannes Film Festival — it is incumbent upon me to try to perform a postmortem on the results (and my own performance as a prognosticator). What happened and why? Let’s take a look.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 9: ‘Selma’ “Incredibly Misleading,” ‘Inherent Vice’ “Trash”


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

This is a lightly edited transcript of a conversation with an Academy member about his ballot. A conversation with a different member will post each day leading up to the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22. Needless to say, their views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

VOTER PROFILE: A member of the Academy’s 386-member writers branch who has won an Oscar.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 8: ‘Grand Budapest’ “Most Underrated,” “Gender Discrimination” Hurt Ava DuVernay


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

This is a lightly edited transcript of a conversation with an Academy member about her ballot. A conversation with a different member will post each day leading up to the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22. Needless to say, their views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

VOTER PROFILE: A member of the Academy’s 378-member public relations branch.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

An 88-Year-Old Oscar Voter Shares Her Picks, Reviews ’50 Shades of Grey’ (Podcast)


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

In addition to attracting considerable interest and controversy, The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot” series has also made it patently clear that the public wants to know more about how Academy members think, act and approach their most sacred duty: filling out their Oscar ballots. To that end, I am pleased to announce the creation of a new monthly podcast — entitled “The Geezer and The Kid” — that will feature frank discussions between me and one of the Academy members who I like and respect most, the pioneering film executive Marcia Nasatir, who has also been a member of the Academy’s executive branch for 40 years.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 7: “No Better Filmmaker” Than Eastwood, “Loved” ‘Mr. Turner’


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

This is a lightly edited transcript of a conversation with an Academy member who is not associated with any of this year’s nominees about his ballot. A conversation with a different member will post each day leading up to the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22. Needless to say, their views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

VOTER PROFILE: A member of the Academy’s 1,150-member actors branch whose first credit came in the 1950s and who has acted in numerous films opposite people who received Oscar noms for their performances.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Spirit Awards 2015: ‘Birdman’ Tops ‘Boyhood’ on Saturday, Previewing Sunday? (Analysis)


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The old saying about Oscar weekend’s two awards shows — Saturday’s Independent Spirit Awards and Sunday’s Academy Awards — used to go, “Win on Saturday, lose on Sunday.” But it’s starting to look like this year, for the third time in the last four years — albeit only the fourth time overall — that “rule” will not apply to the winner of the 30th annual Spirit Awards’ top prize.

Why do I think that? Because on Saturday afternoon, in a tent by the beach in Santa Monica, even the indie film community — or at least the members of the Film Independent and IFP organizations — threw its weight behind the Oscar frontrunner, Birdman, over the indie feel-good story of the year, the 12-year project Boyhood.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 6: ‘Birdman’ “Genius on Many Levels,” “Loved” ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

This is a lightly edited transcript of a conversation with an Academy member who is not associated with any of this year’s nominees about her ballot. A conversation with a different member will post each day leading up to the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22. Needless to say, their views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

VOTER PROFILE: A member of the Academy’s 386-member writers branch who has won an Oscar.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 5: I “Love” ‘Sniper,’ “Just Can’t Do It Again” With Streep


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

This is a lightly edited transcript of a conversation with an Academy member who is not associated with any of this year’s nominees about his ballot. A conversation with a different member will post each day leading up to the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22. Needless to say, their views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

VOTER PROFILE: A member of the Academy’s 428-member sound branch who has been nominated for an Oscar.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

“Hypocrites, Liars, Thieves!” On the Scene as the Religious Right Pickets a Hollywood Red Carpet


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Two hours before the SAG Awards got underway at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 25, a crowd already had gathered behind barricades across the street from the red carpet. Most of the hundred or so bystanders screamed with excitement each time a star stepped out of a limo. But at least one claimed to not know any of them. A muscular middle-aged man clad in combat fatigues, sporting a shaved head and rumpled beard, was there to scream at celebrities, not for them, while holding a sign that read on one side, “WARNING GOD HATERS, ADULTERERS, GREEDY THIEVES, LIARS, DRUNKS, MOCKERS, FORNICATORS, HOMOSEXUALS: JUDGEMENT,” and on the other, “CRY TO GOD. JESUS SAVES.”

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