Top Trailers Available for Potential Oscar Contenders ... Can ‘True Detective’ Star Michelle Monaghan Land an Oscar Nom for ‘Fort Bliss’? ... FEINBERG FORECAST: The Race Takes Shape a Week Ahead of the New York Film Festival ... Toronto: Al Pacino’s ‘Manglehorn’ Still Lacks U.S. Distributor ... Ten Films to Catch at the New York Film Fest ... Tonys: ‘Love Letters’ and the Many Ways of Depicting the Passage of Time Through Art ... Britannia Awards to Honor Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Mike Leigh ... More Stars are Making the Transition from Actor to Director ...
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Top Trailers Available for Potential Oscar Contenders


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor

Offering us glimpses into new worlds and stories, movie trailers have just a few minutes to show the premise of a film and what viewers can expect to see. Teasers are often a minute or less. These minutes have the potential to create or destroy excitement surrounding a film. Potential Oscar contenders, such as Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, still haven’t released trailers to the public. As of right now, the only glimpse of Anderson’s anticipated film is in a minute long preview for the 52nd New York Film Festival. Many of the projected contenders have released their trailers or teasers, though. Here are some of the best trailers/teasers available:

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Can ‘True Detective’ Star Michelle Monaghan Land an Oscar Nom for ‘Fort Bliss’?


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Michelle Monaghan, one of the most underappreciated actresses working today, has starred in two films — both tiny indies — in which she portrays a character employed in a stereotypically masculine job who is struggling to juggle her work responsibilities with the stereotypically feminine responsibility of raising a young child.

The first, which came out six years ago, was James Mottern‘s Trucker, and she deserved a best actress Oscar nomination for her work. (Don’t take my word for it; the late Roger Ebert wrote at the time, “Her performance clearly deserves an Oscar nomination.”) Unfortunately, though, despite the best efforts of the film’s tiny distributor, Monterey Media, the film never quite made it onto the radar of the Academy’s acting branch.

The second, which was released in New York over the weekend, is Claudia MyersFort Bliss, in which Monaghan is equally good — and which even includes a little Truckerhomage. It is my hope, as an admirer of Monaghan and someone who recognizes how wide open this year’s best actress Oscar category is, that history will not repeat itself. (Disconcertingly, though, this film’s distributor, Phase 4 Films, was recently acquired by eOne, which may be more focused on VOD prospects than awards campaigning; it recently sold away the U.S. distribution rights to Cannes prize-winner Maps to the Stars, which it had co-financed.)

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Monday, September 22, 2014

FEINBERG FORECAST: The Race Takes Shape a Week Ahead of the New York Film Festival


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Every week through the 87th Oscars on Feb. 22, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter‘s lead awards analyst Scott Feinberg will post an updated “Feinberg Forecast,” wherein he presents a summary of major developments since the last update that helped to shape his current opinions and then lists his revised projections. For more about Feinberg and how he arrives at his projections, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Factoring into this week’s Feinberg Forecast (to which the best cinematography, best film editing, best makeup and hairstyling, best original score and best production design categories have been added)…

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Toronto: Al Pacino’s ‘Manglehorn’ Still Lacks U.S. Distributor


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

One of the most special things about this year’s Toronto Film Festival, which wrapped up earlier this week, was seeing Al Pacino in top form in not one but two special presentations screenings.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Ten Films to Catch at the New York Film Fest


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor

With the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival now over, all eyes are on the 52nd New York Film Festival, which runs Sept. 26 to Oct 12. The festival’s lineup includes some festival favorites from these past few weeks, including Whiplash and Foxcatcher, but the festival’s premieres have been gaining buzz since the lineup was released. Here is a list of the top 10 films to see in New York (in alphabetical order with their festival date):

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Tonys: ‘Love Letters’ and the Many Ways of Depicting the Passage of Time Through Art


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

As much as anything, Gregory Mosher‘s new Broadway revival ofA.R. Gurney‘s 1988 dramedy Love Letters — which opened Thursday night at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, will be running there through Feb. 15 (see THR‘s review) and may well contend for Tonys next spring — made me think about the wide variety of ways in which the passage of time can be conveyed through the different art forms.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Britannia Awards to Honor Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Mike Leigh

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The Judge‘s lead actor Robert Downey, Jr., Foxcatcher‘s supporting actor Mark Ruffalo, Mr. Turner‘s writer-director Mike Leigh and two beloved British actresses of different generations, Dame Judi Dench and Emma Watson, will be this year’s honorees at BAFTA Los Angeles’ 23rd annual Britannia Awards on Oct. 30 at the Beverly Hilton, the organization announced Thursday.

The gala dinner and ceremony, which raises funds for BAFTA-LA’s education, preservation and philanthropic efforts, is an early and high-profile stop on the annual awards circuit that fetes Brits and non-Brits alike “who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the US, UK and beyond.”

Comedian Rob Brydon will return as host for the second consecutive year. (The ceremony will air on BBC America on  Nov 2 at 9pm EST.) And BAFTA’s Bumble Ward and Deborah Kolar will serve as the event’s co-chairs.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

More Stars are Making the Transition from Actor to Director


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor

For some actors, it is a natural progression to move from using their talents in front of the camera to testing their skills behind it. Though actors have been making the transition for years, 2013 was a particular popular year for actors-turned-directors. Among some of the releases throughout the year were Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Lake Bell’s In A World…, her directorial debut. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival was the directorial launching pad of Jason Bateman’s Bad Words and Mike Myers’ Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, and the festival also screened Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon and Ralph FiennesThe Invisible Woman.

Though many of these actors’ projects may not garner any awards, there are some that make their way to the Oscars, such as Ben Affleck’s Argo (2012), which won the best picture Oscar and was his third film as director. 2014 also has its fair share of actors-turned-directors’ projects.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Best Animated Feature Oscar Race Just Got Even More Crowded

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

This year’s best animated feature Oscar race, which is already jam-packed with as many as 17 eligible contenders — having just 16 automatically triggers an increase in the number of eventual nominees from three to five — is about to get even more crowded. That’s because Barrett Esposito‘s Henry & Me, a simply animated but charming and inspirational children’s film that features the vocal talents of Richard Gere and many other big names, including quite a few members of the New York Yankees organization, is in the process of being qualified for Oscar eligibility by its independent distributor, Reveal Animation Studios.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Austin Film Fest: Writer-Centric Event to Screen Numerous Oscar Hopefuls

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference, which has become one of the many important stops on the awards season circuit over the last few years — particularly for Oscar- and Emmy-contending screenwriters — has announced the lineup for its 21st edition, which will take place in the Texas capital from Oct. 23-30.

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