Oscars: A Closer Look at the Results That Were Overshadowed By the Chaos ... Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot #6: “Fell In Love With” Taraji P. Henson, “Turned Off” ’20th Century Women’ ... Oscars Primer: What You Need to Know Before Tonight’s Ceremony ... Brutally Honest Ballot #5: “Loved Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling Together,” “Gimme a Break” About ‘Arrival’ ... Oscars: Is There a Correlation Between Ceremony Runtime and TV Ratings? ... Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot #4: ‘Moonlight’ “Everything I Think An Oscar Picture Should Be,” ‘La La Land’ “A Piece of Shit” ... Publicists Awards: ‘Deadpool’ Hailed As Best PR Campaign, Nanci Ryder Gets Massive Ovation ... Oscars 2017: Isabelle Huppert Could Become the Third-Oldest Best Actress Winner Ever ...
Countdown to Oscars

Monday, February 27, 2017

Oscars: A Closer Look at the Results That Were Overshadowed By the Chaos

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

It’s early Monday morning, and I’m finally back at my desk and starting to process what I witnessed only a few hours ago. One thing’s for sure: Bonnie and Clyde ended better for Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway than the 89th Oscars did.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot #6: “Fell In Love With” Taraji P. Henson, “Turned Off” ’20th Century Women’

(Illustration by: Christopher Patey)

(Illustration by: Christopher Patey)

By: Anonymous, as told to Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

An anonymous member of the directors branch shares Oscar picks.

Each year around this time, I sit down with several Oscar voters who, under the warm cloak of anonymity, spill their true feelings about the current season’s crop of contenders. Not just what or whom they voted for, but exactly why and how they came to those decisions.

It’s not a scientific survey; it’s just the candid, unsugarcoated opinions of a handful of members (out of 6,687) of the most important and powerful movie club in the world.

For Brutally Honest Ballot #5, below, here are the views of a member of the 473-member directors branch who — this season, anyway — is not associated with any of the nominees.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Oscars Primer: What You Need to Know Before Tonight’s Ceremony

(Courtesy: Swarovski)

(Courtesy: Swarovski)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The 89th Academy Awards will take place Sunday night in Hollywood, bringing a close to six months of cut-throat competition. What sort of an evening should we expect? Who are the likely Oscar winners? And could history be made?

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Brutally Honest Ballot #5: “Loved Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling Together,” “Gimme a Break” About ‘Arrival’

(Illustration by: Kyle Metcalf)

(Illustration by: Kyle Metcalf)

By: Anonymous, as told to Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

An anonymous member of the actors branch shares Oscar picks.

Each year around this time, I sit down with several Oscar voters who, under the warm cloak of anonymity, spill their true feelings about the current season’s crop of contenders. Not just what or whom they voted for, but exactly why and how they came to those decisions.

It’s not a scientific survey; it’s just the candid, unsugarcoated opinions of a handful of members (out of 6,687) of the most important and powerful movie club in the world.

For Brutally Honest Ballot #5, below, here are the views of a member of the 1,158-member actors branch who — this season, anyway — is not associated with any of the nominees.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Oscars: Is There a Correlation Between Ceremony Runtime and TV Ratings?

Jimmy Kimmel (Courtesy: ABC/Jeff Lipsky)

Jimmy Kimmel (Courtesy: ABC/Jeff Lipsky)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

The time has arrived: the 89th Academy Awards will occur tomorrow, February 26, and we’ll finally know which films and which stars will take home those coveted statues. This is one of the most talked-about events on TV each year but, while everyone is excited for the spectacle and excitement of it all, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t garner critics. Before you go complaining about the show, let’s educate you on some statistics.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot #4: ‘Moonlight’ “Everything I Think An Oscar Picture Should Be,” ‘La La Land’ “A Piece of Shit”

(Illustration by: Skip Sterling)

(Illustration by: Skip Sterling)

By: Anonymous, as told to Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Each year around this time, I sit down with several Oscar voters who, under the warm cloak of anonymity, spill their true feelings about the current season’s crop of contenders. Not just what or whom they voted for, but exactly why and how they came to those decisions.

It’s not a scientific survey; it’s just the candid, unsugarcoated opinions of a handful of members (out of 6,687) of the most important and powerful movie club in the world.

For Brutally Honest Ballot #4, below, here are the views of a member of the 468-member executives branch who — this season, anyway — is not associated with any of the nominees.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Publicists Awards: ‘Deadpool’ Hailed As Best PR Campaign, Nanci Ryder Gets Massive Ovation

Nanci Ryder and Renee Zellweger at the ICG Publicists Awards (Courtesy: Mathew Imaging/WireImage)

Nanci Ryder and Renee Zellweger at the ICG Publicists Awards (Courtesy: Mathew Imaging/WireImage)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

How did Deadpool, a subversive superhero movie made by Fox for just $58 million, gross 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? One reason was publicity and, accordingly, its PR campaign, orchestrated by 20th Century Fox was hailed with Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Showmanship Motion Picture Award, recognizing it as the year’s best in the film arena at the International Cinematographer’s Guild’s 54th annual Publicists Awards luncheon. NBC’s This Is Us won the equivalent TV honor.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Oscars 2017: Isabelle Huppert Could Become the Third-Oldest Best Actress Winner Ever

Isabelle Huppert in 'Elle' (Courtesy: SBS Productions)

Isabelle Huppert in ‘Elle’ (Courtesy: SBS Productions)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

With the 89th Academy Awards right around the corner, it seems that the best actress category contains one of the tightest races with Emma Stone going head to head against Isabelle Huppert. While the La La Land ingénue is considered the favorite to take home the trophy, it’s the esteemed legend from Elle who would be the one making history. At 63 years of age — just shy of her 64th birthday — the French thespian would become the category’s third-oldest winner at the Oscars.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot #3: Denzel Washington “Talks Too Much,” ‘La La Land’ “Transported Me”

(Illustration by: James Steinberg)

(Illustration by: James Steinberg)

By: Anonymous, as told to Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

An anonymous member of the producers branch reveals Oscar picks.

Each year around this time, I sit down with several Oscar voters who, under the warm cloak of anonymity, spill their true feelings about the current season’s crop of contenders. Not just what or whom they voted for, but exactly why and how they came to those decisions.

It’s not a scientific survey; it’s just the candid, unsugarcoated opinions of a handful of members (out of 6,687) of the most important and powerful movie club in the world.

For Brutally Honest Ballot #3, below, here are the views of a member of the 504-member producers branch who — this season, anyway — is not associated with any of the nominees.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Oscars: How Well Do the Motion Picture Sound Editors Predict the Best Sound Editing Winner?

'La La Land' and 'Hacksaw Ridge' (Courtesy: Lionsgate; Summit Entertainment)

‘La La Land’ and ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate; Summit Entertainment)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

The best sound editing category is going to be tough to call at this year’s Oscars, but the race is boiling down to Hacksaw Ridge versus La La Land. While we won’t know who won the Academy’s favor until Sunday, we already know the Motion Picture Sound Editors have honored these two films — among others — at their annual Golden Reel Awards. How often does this society of sound editors predict the corresponding category at the Academy Awards? Let’s take a look and find out.

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