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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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Sunday, February 12, 2017

BAFTAs: Casey Affleck, Dev Patel Wins Don’t Necessarily Point the Way to Oscars

Casey Affleck (Courtesy: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Casey Affleck (Courtesy: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Team La La Land, Manchester by the Sea‘s Casey Affleck and Lion‘s Dev Patel were among the big winners at the 70th BAFTA Awards on Sunday. But do the results of the U.K.’s equivalent of the Oscars actually tell us anything about the actual Oscars ceremony that will take place in exactly two weeks?

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

USC Scripter Awards: Why It Matters That ‘Moonlight’ Won (Analysis)

'Moonlight' (Courtesy: A24)

‘Moonlight’ (Courtesy: A24)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Bookmark Feb. 11 as the date pundits confirmed that Moonlight was the nominee to beat in the best adapted screenplay Oscar category.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Oscars: Jeff Bridges Only Bested By Two People in Terms of Academy Awards Career Length

Jeff Bridges in 'Hell or High Water' (Courtesy: CBS Films)

Jeff Bridges in ‘Hell or High Water’ (Courtesy: CBS Films)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

With yet another opportunity to win this year, Jeff Bridges expands his Academy Awards career to 45 years — with the chance to add to it. This is quite an accomplishment as there are very few actors and actresses with a span of that long between their last or most recent nomination. Let’s take a look at some of these other legends with Oscar stretches almost as long as or even longer than that of Bridges.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Oscars: How Does Runtime Factor Into the Three Shorts Categories?

(Courtesy: Danny Moloshok/Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

(Courtesy: Danny Moloshok/Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

Most people probably don’t pay any attention to the three shorts categories at the Oscars — we’re talking about best animated short, best documentary short, and best live-action short. While these categories are meant to honor shorter films than those in their related categories that honor feature-length films, let’s see if runtime still plays a part in determining the winners.

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