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Sunday, February 19, 2017

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Barry Jenkins (‘Moonlight’)

Barry Jenkins (Courtesy: Getty Images)

Barry Jenkins (Courtesy: Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“I have this fundamental block — maybe I’ll always have it, maybe I’ll get past it — but I am essentially Chiron, I grew up like this kid and there are just certain ceilings that I never can imagine myself breaking through,” says Barry Jenkins, the writer and director of Moonlight, as we sit down in his downtown Los Angeles apartment to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. “When they happen,” the 37-year-old continues, “they genuinely are an extreme surprise. And for whatever reason, I can’t get through this block that Chiron does not grow up and make a film that gets eight Academy Award nominations.” He then pauses, smiles and quietly adds, “But I guess he does.”

Jenkins, for his work on the acclaimed drama about a young man growing up black and gay in Miami (he is black but not gay), is Oscar-nominated for best director and, alongside Tarell Alvin McCraney, best adapted screenplay. His film — only the second feature he has directed, following 2008’s critically applauded but underseen Medicine for Melancholy — is nominated for best picture. Whatever happens on Feb. 26, he has had one hell of an awards season. Moonlight was unveiled over Labor Day Weekend at the Telluride Film Festival, was greeted with massive acclaim and only continued to gain momentum, ending 2016 as one of the year’s best reviewed film (it has a 98 percent favorable rating on RottenTomatoes.com).

Oh, and Jenkins was chosen as the year’s best director by the National Society of Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review, and was nominated for that distinction by the Directors Guild of America and both Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice voters. Meanwhile, the script that he and McCraney adapted from McCraney’s unproduced play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue won the USC Scripter and Gotham awards for best screenplay and was nominated for that distinction by Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and BAFTA voters. The script also is nominated for a Writers Guild Award, and both Jenkins’ direction and the script are nominated for Spirit Awards.

(Click below to listen to this episode or here to access all of our 125+ 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, Lin-Manuel MirandaKate Winslet, Michael Moore, Helen Mirren, J.J. Abrams, Taraji P. Henson, Warren Beatty, Kate Beckinsale, Michael EisnerBrie 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, Charlotte Rampling, Tyler Perry, Isabelle Huppert, Vince Vaughn, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Emma Stone and Denzel Washington.)

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Oscars: A History of ‘Star Trek’ Films in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Category

'Star Trek Beyond' (Courtesy: Paramount)

‘Star Trek Beyond’ (Courtesy: Paramount)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

Just as the Star Wars films has been a force to be reckoned with in the best visual effects category, the Star Trek films have done the same in the best makeup and hairstyling category. Over the course of Oscar history — or at least since the addition of this award — this sci-fi franchise has amassed four nominations in this category with one of those being a win and one being up in the air this year. Let’s take a look back and see if history can help us predict how Star Trek Beyond will perform.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Isabelle Huppert (‘Elle’)

Isabelle Huppert (Courtesy: Getty Images)

Isabelle Huppert (Courtesy: Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“On the one hand they are extremely close to me, and on the other hand they have nothing to do with me,” the actress Isabelle Huppert says of the many characters that she’s played, as we sit down at the San Ysidro Ranch near Santa Barbara to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. The Frenchwoman — an Oscar nominee for the first time, at the age of 63, for her portrayal of a rape survivor in Paul Verhoeven‘s 2016 French-language drama Elle — continues, “I have nothing to do with this woman from Elle who runs a video game company — I don’t even know myself how to work my computer — so I’m completely far from the character. I’m not a philosophy teacher [as in Things to Come, her other 2016 film], I never killed my father or my mother [as in 1978’s Violette], so I have nothing to do with my characters. But yet, I’m completely my characters, emotionally.”

Often described as ‘the French Meryl Streep,’ Huppert has appeared in more films that were part of the Cannes Film Festival’s lineup than any other performer in history, and twice has won the fest’s best actress award. She has received 16 nominations for France’s Cesar Award, more than any other actress in its history, and won once. And this year, en route to the Oscars, she was awarded — for her performance in Elle and, in several cases, also her performance in Things to Come — the best actress Gotham, New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Golden Globe awards and nominated for best actress Critics’ Choice, European Film and Cesar awards. That’s quite a year.

(Click below to listen to this episode or here to access all of our 125+ 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, Lin-Manuel MirandaKate Winslet, Michael Moore, Helen Mirren, J.J. Abrams, Taraji P. Henson, Warren Beatty, Kate Beckinsale, Michael EisnerBrie 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, Charlotte Rampling, Tyler Perry, Isabelle Huppert, Vince Vaughn, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Emma Stone and Denzel Washington.)

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Oscars 2017: Can ‘La La Land’ Win in the Best Sound Editing Category?

'La La Land' (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

‘La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

Not only has La La Land made history by tying the record for the most Oscar nominations ever, but it also has the honor of being the first-ever musical nominated in the best sound editing category. With breaking boundaries for the genre, Damien Chazelle’s song-and-dance masterpiece could also become the first musical to actually win the trophy in this little-known category. Let’s do a deep dive and try to figure out how the Academy will react to La La Land in regards to this specific race.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Oscars: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway Planning ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ Reunion (Exclusive)

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in 'Bonnie and Clyde' (Courtesy: Photofest)

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ (Courtesy: Photofest)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who co-starred in 1967’s classic Bonnie and Clyde, have agreed to mark the 50th anniversary of the film’s release by co-presenting the best picture Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards on Feb. 26, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Oscars: A History of ‘Star Wars’ Films in the Best Visual Effects Category

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' (Courtesy: Lucasfilm)

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ (Courtesy: Lucasfilm)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

Star Wars is one of the biggest — if not the biggest — franchises in film history and they have certainly left their mark on the Academy Awards. One of the most consistent categories these space operas have popped up in throughout the years is the best visual effects category, with only one of the films not making the cut between the ceremonies of 1978 and 2017 to varying success. Let’s take a look back at how well the eight installments have done in terms of wowing us with optic splendor.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Oscars 2017: Which Country Nominated For Best Foreign Language Film Has the Best Track Record of Winning?

'The Salesman' (Courtesy: Amazon Studios and Cohen Media Group)

‘The Salesman’ (Courtesy: Amazon Studios and Cohen Media Group)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

The one chance for the entire world to get involved with the Academy Awards has always been the best foreign language film category. Since any country can submit a film each year, though, that means the competition is intense. Let’s take a look at the countries that have snagged nominations this year and see how they’ve performed in the past in the hopes of shedding some light on what might happen come February 26.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

How ‘La La Land’ Brought to Life That Crazy Party Sequence (Exclusive Video)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

One of the most memorable sequences in Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land, the original musical that scored a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations last month, is the somewhat surreal, Gatsby-esque “Someone in the Crowd” party sequence that comes early in the film and displays a remarkable combination of beautiful choreography, production design, cinematography, film editing and music.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Feinberg Forecast: The Final Round of Oscar Voting Is Underway

'Manchester by the Sea' (Courtesy: K Period Media)

‘Manchester by the Sea’ (Courtesy: K Period Media)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

THR’s awards analyst updates his picks in the aftermath of the BAFTA, USC Scripter, Art Directors Guild, Society of Camera Operators, NAACP Image and Grammy awards.

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, February 14, 2017

Oscars 2017: How Will ‘La La Land’ Perform in Relation to Previous Best Picture-Winning Musicals?

'La La Land' (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

‘La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

La La Land has officially earned a spot in the history books by tying the record for the most Oscar nominations ever — but just how many of those 14 chances will it see a win? This critical darling is widely considered to take home best picture come February 26, which would make it just the 11th musical to do so, so let’s examine how it stands in the other categories by doing a deep dive into the track records of the 10 musicals that took home top honors before it.

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