‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Adam Driver (‘Paterson’ and ‘Silence’) ... Feinberg Forecast: The Dust Settles After a Jam-Packed First Week of December ... In 2013 Interview, Bernardo Bertolucci Denies Forced Sex Took Place In ‘Last Tango’ Rape Scene ... Oscars: Jimmy Kimmel Pick a Sign of ABC Flexing Its Muscles in Wake of New Academy Deal ... Oscars 2017: All Signs Pointing to Barry Jenkins as Best Director For ‘Moonlight’? ... Will Alan Menken Get Oscar Love For His R-Rated ‘Sausage Party’ Song? ... ‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Natalie Portman (‘Jackie’) ... Which Critics’ Choice Noms and Snubs Could Actually Change the Fortunes of Oscar Hopefuls? ...
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Monday, December 5, 2016

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Adam Driver (‘Paterson’ and ‘Silence’)

Adam Driver (Courtesy: Getty Images)

Adam Driver (Courtesy: Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“I felt like I was kind of good at it and I was like, ‘Well, I’ll just stick with things that I’m good at,’ because I wasn’t really good at anything else,” Adam Driver says of his foray into acting during high school as we sit down at The Hollywood Reporter‘s offices to record an episode of THR‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. Clearly, Driver’s instinct was sound, because today he is one of the most respected and in-demand actors of his generation.

Mid-day on Sunday, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association chose the 33-year-old as 2016’s best actor for his portrayal of a bus driver/poet in Jim Jarmusch‘s indie Paterson. Later in the afternoon, Paramount unveiled Martin Scorsese‘s latest, Silence, for which Driver dropped 51 pounds to portray a 17th century Jesuit priest. Oh, you’ll also see him over the next year, reprising his two most famous roles: Adam Sackler on HBO’s Girls, the sixth and final season of which begins airing in February, and Kylo Ren, Darth Vader’s grandson, in the eighth Star Wars film, which opens across America next December.

In other words, now and for the foreseeable future, it’s Adam Driver’s world and we’re all just living in it.

(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 Lopez, Louis C.K., Kristen Stewart, Harvey Weinstein, Sally Field, Jerry Seinfeld, Jane Fonda, Tyler Perry, Kate Winslet, Michael Moore, Helen Mirren, J.J. Abrams, Taraji P. Henson, Warren Beatty, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Eisner, Brie Larson, RuPaul and Natalie Portman.)

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Feinberg Forecast: The Dust Settles After a Jam-Packed First Week of December

Adam Driver in 'Paterson' (Courtesy: Cannes)

Adam Driver in ‘Paterson’ (Courtesy: Cannes)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

THR’s awards analyst sorts through the debris in the wake of several big announcements (Critics’ Choice noms, National Board of Review winners, critics groups’ picks from both coasts) and the first screenings of ‘Silence.’

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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Monday, December 5, 2016

In 2013 Interview, Bernardo Bertolucci Denies Forced Sex Took Place In ‘Last Tango’ Rape Scene

Bernardo Bertolucci

Bernardo Bertolucci

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

What exactly happened during the filming of the controversial sodomy scene in 1972’s Last Tango in Paris?

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Oscars: Jimmy Kimmel Pick a Sign of ABC Flexing Its Muscles in Wake of New Academy Deal

Jimmy Kimmel (Courtesy: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Jimmy Kimmel (Courtesy: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

With a less than three months remaining before the 89th Oscars on Feb. 26, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally has found a host for the biggest non-sports-related television event of the year, and it’s Jimmy Kimmel.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Oscars 2017: All Signs Pointing to Barry Jenkins as Best Director For ‘Moonlight’?

Barry Jenkins (Courtesy: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Barry Jenkins (Courtesy: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

Things are looking pretty promising for Barry Jenkins right about now. Putting the majority of Moonlight’s awards and accolades aside, the filmmaker was recently honored by both the New York Film Critics Circle Award as well as the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for his work behind the camera — but will this translate into a best director win at the Oscars in 2017?

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Will Alan Menken Get Oscar Love For His R-Rated ‘Sausage Party’ Song?

Alan Menken (Buena Vista Pictures/Courtesy of Everett Collection)

Alan Menken (Buena Vista Pictures/Courtesy of Everett Collection)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

Alan Menken is far from being a newcomer at the Oscars, but this year the composer could be nominated or even win for a venture into the new territory of R-rated films. Having usually created award-worthy songs for Disney, Menken connected himself with a more mature project with Sausage Party and stands to win an Oscar for a song in a movie about weenies and buns.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Natalie Portman (‘Jackie’)

Natalie Portman (Alessandra Benedetti - Corbis/Getty Images)

Natalie Portman (Alessandra Benedetti – Corbis/Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“I loved the experience of making this,” Natalie Portman says of Pablo Larrain’s Jackie, the new film in which she stars as Jackie Kennedy, as we sit down on the Fox lot to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. Portman, the 35-year-old Israeli-born actress who has grown up in the movies since making her film debut at 12 in The Professional, looks and sounds eerily like the former First Lady in the film, which jumps around in time, covering, in no particular order, her first solo exposure to the public on a Feb. 14, 1962 TV special; the Nov. 22, 1963 assassination of her husband; the days of personal and national mourning thereafter; and a closed-door interview she granted a week after her husband’s death. She is in every scene, has received tremendous notices for her work and might well garner a second best actress Oscar six years after her first, for Black Swan. “I had one of the most incredible creative experiences — if not the most incredible creative experience — of my life,” she says.

(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 Lopez, Louis C.K., Kristen Stewart, Harvey Weinstein, Sally Field, Jerry Seinfeld, Jane Fonda, Tyler Perry, Kate Winslet, Michael Moore, Helen Mirren, J.J. Abrams, Taraji P. Henson, Warren Beatty, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Eisner, Brie Larson and RuPaul.)

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Which Critics’ Choice Noms and Snubs Could Actually Change the Fortunes of Oscar Hopefuls?

'Hell or High Water' (Courtesy: Lorey Sebastian/CBS Films)

‘Hell or High Water’ (Courtesy: Lorey Sebastian/CBS Films)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

What are we to make of the Critics’ Choice Award nominations announced Thursday morning?

On the one hand, the hundreds of members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which decides the Critics’ Choice film nominees (and of which I am a voting member), has precisely zero overlap with the thousands of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which decides the Oscar nominees. On the other hand, I would argue that the Critics’ Choice noms are as likely to impress Oscar voters as any set of noms that precede their own — deservedly or not, they confer a sense of importance and prestige upon a film, albeit slightly less so when there are, say, seven nominees for best director, as there are this year — and therefore could jump-start or stunt a contender’s momentum.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Can Isabelle Huppert Overcome the Language Barrier to Score an Oscar Nomination For ‘Elle’?

Isabelle Huppert in 'Elle' (Courtesy: Guy Ferrandis/SBS Productions/Sony Pictures Classics)

Isabelle Huppert in ‘Elle’ (Courtesy: Guy Ferrandis/SBS Productions/Sony Pictures Classics)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

One potential surprise in the current best actress race would be the first-ever nomination and/or win of Isabelle Huppert. The leading lady has turned in yet another stellar performance — this time for Elle, France’s submission for best foreign language film this year — and there are is speculation that the Academy might finally give Huppert the recognition she so deserves.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

From ‘O.J.’ to ‘Weiner’: Directors of 10 of 2016’s Top Documentaries Tell All

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

This year, 145 documentary features qualified for consideration for the best documentary feature prize that will be presented at the 89th Oscars on Feb. 26. Before a winner is crowned, though, the Academy’s documentary branch must first pick a shortlist of 15 films (voting spanned late October through Tuesday) from which five nominees will be chosen (nominations in all categories will be revealed on Jan. 24). Since few doc branch members have the time to see all of the eligible titles, the Savannah Film Festival, for the past three years, has offered a little bit of help by highlighting ten standouts as part of its “Docs to Watch” sidebar and then inviting each film’s director or directors to participate on a 90-minute panel that I have the privilege of moderating.

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