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Friday, February 20, 2015

Oscars 2015: Fast Facts and Stats


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor 

The Oscars are almost here.

In anticipation of the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22, here is a breakdown of some fast facts and statistics we’ve gathered. Click the links below for more information:

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 3: ‘Sniper’ Attacks “Not Legitimate,” Eddie Redmayne “Transformative”

By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor 

This is a lightly edited transcript of a conversation with an Academy member who is not associated with any of this year’s nominees about his ballot. A conversation with a different member will post each day leading up to the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22. Needless to say, their views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

VOTER PROFILE: A member of the Academy’s 386-member writers branch who was nominated for an Oscar within the last decade.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 2: Voter Finds ‘Whiplash’ “Offensive,” Doesn’t “Get” ‘Birdman’


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

This is a lightly-edited transcript of a conversation with an Academy member who is not associated with any of this year’s nominees about his/her ballot. A conversation with a different member will post each day leading up to the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22. Needless to say, their views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

VOTER PROFILE: A longtime member of the Academy’s 387-member short films and feature animation branch who has been nominated for an Oscar.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Feinberg Forecast: Scott’s Final Picks for the 87th Oscars


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

THR’s awards analyst expects the Academy’s love to be spread around to several films, including Birdman, Boyhood, American Sniper and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Four Different Directors Could All Win Oscars Sunday

By Anjelica Oswald 
Managing Editor

Four different directors whose films are nominated for best picture could all win Oscars at Sunday’s ceremony.

Birdman, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater, are frontrunners in the best picture race. Both directors are nominated as co-producers on their respective films and both are also nominated for best director. If Inarritu wins for best picture and Linklater wins for best director (or vice versa), it would be the 24th time in Oscar history where best picture and best director have split.

Wes Anderson, director of The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Damien Chazelle, director of Whiplash, are nominated for original screenplay and adapted screenplay, respectively. Anderson co-produced The Grand Budapest Hotel.

If Anderson and Chazelle win for their screenplays (and Linklater and Inarritu win), it would be the second year in a row where three or more directors won at the same awards ceremony.

In addition to last year, there have been two other years where three or more directors have all won Oscars, but last year is the only year where three different directors nominated as producers all won an Oscar. This could happen again if Anderson, Inarritu and Linklater all win.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Oscar Voter Reveals Brutally Honest Ballot: “There’s No Art to ‘Selma,'” ‘Boyhood’ “Uneven”


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

This is a lightly edited transcript of a conversation with an Academy member who is not associated with any of this year’s nominees about his/her ballot. A conversation with a different member will post each day leading up to the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22. Needless to say, their views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

VOTER PROFILE: A longtime member of the Academy’s 378-member public relations branch.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Julianne Moore Could Be 11th Actor With Five or More Acting Noms Before First Oscar Win


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor 

At Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, Julianne Moore could join the ranks of 10 actors and actresses who have had five or more acting nominations before their first win.

Moore earned her fifth nomination for her portrayal of a professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice, based on Lisa Genova‘s 2007 novel of the same name. She was first nominated in 1998 for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Oscars 2015: Who Will Win, Who Should Win (Analysis)


By Scott Feinberg and Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter

A version of this story appears in the Feb. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

In anticipation of the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22 (voting for which ended at 5 p.m. PT on Feb. 17), THR‘s chief film critic Todd McCarthy offers his picks for who deserves to win in the major categories and awards analyst Scott Feinberg predicts who is most likely to win in all 24 races.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Few Make-up & Hair Stylists Feature Award Recipients Win Oscars for Makeup and Hairstyling


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor 

Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Guardians of the Galaxy all received awards from the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild during its awards ceremony Feb. 14. Both Guardians and Grand Budapest are nominated for the Oscar for best makeup and hairstyling (along with Foxcatcher).

GuardiansElizabeth Yianni-Georgiou was awarded for contemporary makeup and David White won for special makeup effects. Grand Budapest’s Frances Hannon and Julie Dartnell won for best period and/or character makeup, as well as best period and/or character hairstyling. Birdman’s Jerry Popolis and Kat Drazen won for contemporary hairstyling.

Aside from feature films, the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards also recognizes make-up artists and hair stylists for television and new media, as well as television miniseries and made-for-TV movies. The guild first gave out awards in 2000 and continued through 2004 until they stopped for 10 years. The awards were again given out last year. In those six years, only three of the 30 films recognized by the Guild Awards have won the Oscar for best makeup and hairstyling (the hairstyling was added to the award name in 2012).

Chicago and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King are the only films to win a best picture Oscar and an award from the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

L.A., Italia Awards: ‘Imitation Game,’ ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ Get Final Push at Felliniesque Ceremony


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

With the clock ticking down to the close of Oscar voting at 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday, nominees are clamoring for face time with Academy members who may not have cast their ballots yet, and Sunday night’s 10th L.A., Italia Awards — a part of the weeklong L.A., Italia Film Fashion and Art Fest, and a sister event to Italy’s Capri-Hollywood and Ischia Global film festivals — offered several of them just that.

The annual gathering draws several hundred people, including a not inconsiderable number of Academy members — many with ties of some sort to Italy (i.e., Camelot actor Franco NeroCrash co-screenwriter Bobby Moresco and songwriter Tony Renis are members of the fest’s advisory board), but others as well (i.e. “Hound Dog” songwriter Mike Stoller) — and has been described by more than a few as “Felliniesque.”

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