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Friday, October 24, 2014

Eleven Vietnam Documentaries That Garnered Best Documentary Oscar Nominations


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor 

Directed by Rory Kennedy, Last Days in Vietnam focuses on the final weeks of the Vietnam War in April 1975 and the Americans who tried to rescue as many South Vietnamese refugees that they could — against White House orders — as the North Vietnamese Army approached Saigon. Kennedy has never been nominated for an Oscar, but her 2012 documentary Ethel, about Ethel Kennedy (Rory’s mother), was nominated for five Emmys. Last Days in Vietnam, which premiered at Sundance, could garner Kennedy her first Oscar nom.

Historically, Vietnam documentaries have done well in the documentary category at the Oscars, and that may be due to many Academy members having come of age during the war. Here are 11 Vietnam documentaries that have been nominated for best documentary (in chronological order):

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

AFI Fest: 8 Oscar Hopefuls Will Appear on THR Indie Contenders Roundtable (Exclusive)


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

An eclectic group of eight distinguished filmmakers who did celebrated work on independent films in 2014 will appear on the AFI Fest’s inaugural Indie Contenders Roundtable, presented by The Hollywood Reporter and moderated by yours truly, on Nov. 9 in Hollywood.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gotham Awards: What to Make of the Nominations


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

This morning brought the first high-profile nominations of the season: those for prizes at the 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, which celebrates American indies, and which will take place at Cipriani Wall Street on Dec. 1. And while the announcement has been covered breathlessly by many outlets and studied closely by many industry insiders, I must caution, as I do each year at this time, that they should not be over-analyzed.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Are Pundits Underestimating the Awards Potential for ‘Boyhood’ Star Ellar Coltrane?


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

If the 87th Oscars were held tomorrow, as opposed to Feb. 22 of 2015, my strong suspicion — which is shared by others who watch this stuff closely — is that Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood would win the best picture Oscar.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Portraying Stephen Hawking on Screen

By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor 

Though there is a large group of potential lead actor contenders for the 87th Academy Awards, many believe the race will be between Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne. While Cumberbatch is up for The Imitation Game and his role as Alan Turing, one genius who made his name in the 20th Century, Redmayne is up for another genius, Stephen Hawking, who is still alive today. Redmayne’s portrayal of Hawking isn’t the first to hit the screen; in fact, Cumberbatch first portrayed him in Hawking, a 2004 television film by the BBC. Both portrayals have been praised. Here is a brief look at the roles and what Hawking thought of the portrayals.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ten Potential Oscar Contenders That Will Premiere by the End of the Year


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor

Since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen Oscar contenders premiere at Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Telluride, Toronto and New York, but as we approach the end of October, some films have yet to make their debut. Here are ten films that have been garnering Oscar buzz that will be debuting through December (in alphabetical order):

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Santa Barbara Film Fest: ‘Birdman’ Star Michael Keaton Tapped as Modern Master


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Michael Keaton, the star of last weekend’s art house hit Birdman, will receive the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the fest announced on Tuesday. The 63-year-old, who in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s film plays a character who was once a movie star but now hopes to be seen as a serious actor, will be honored Jan. 31 at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre as part of the festival’s 30th edition, which runs Jan. 27 through Feb. 7.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Edgier Films Do Well in Best Original Screenplay Category at the Oscars


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor

Justin Simien’s feature debut Dear White People is a satirical comedy that deals with intra- and inter-race relations at a fictional Ivy League university after a group of white students throw a “black-themed” party. The film — which has been critically acclaimed and holds a 97% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes — opened this weekend in limited release, receiving an average of $31,273 from 11 theaters. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival and won a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at the festival. Simien, who wrote and directed the film, used to work on studio publicity and is now getting his own Oscar campaign from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, the distributors for Dear White People. The film covers social issues that people often choose not to acknowledge and does so in a smart, humorous way. Though these types of films may cover topics the Academy is often wary of, screenwriters tend to embrace these topics, so Simien appears to have his strongest shot at landing an Oscar nom in the best original screenplay category.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

FEINBERG FORECAST: The Oscar Landscape Post-Hamptons, Pre-AFI


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Every week through the 87th Oscars on Feb. 22, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter‘s 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 …

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Could ‘Birdman’ Join These 10 Best Picture Nominees About Show Business?

By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor 

Hollywood films portraying the world — including the troubled side — of show business have garnered best picture nominations for years. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) could be a serious Oscar contender and features Michael Keaton as a former film star known for his portrayal of a superhero named Birdman. He attempts to renew his career by writing, directing and performing in a Broadway play. The film hit theaters Friday. Here are ten best picture Oscar-nominated films about show business (in chronological order):

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