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Monday, November 28, 2016

Gotham Awards: ‘Moonlight’ Gets a Shot of Momentum — or Does It? (Analysis)

'Moonlight' cast (Courtesy: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for IFP)

‘Moonlight’ cast (Courtesy: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for IFP)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The Gotham Awards are to the Oscars what the Iowa caucuses are to a presidential election and the NFL’s preseason games are to its regular season: they’re the first “results” to come in, so they get a lot of attention, but the reality is they don’t really tell us much of anything about what’s to come.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Feinberg Forecast: The State of the Oscar Race As the Indie Community Weighs In

'Manchester by the Sea' (Courtesy: Calire Folger/Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

‘Manchester by the Sea’ (Courtesy: Calire Folger/Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

THR awards analyst offers his latest assessment in the wake of Spirit Award noms, just ahead of the Gotham Awards and a slew of other announcements.

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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Monday, November 28, 2016

Zootopia vs. Moana: Will the Box Office Dictate Which Film Wins Best Animated Feature?

'Zootopia' and 'Moana' (Courtesy: Disney)

‘Zootopia’ and ‘Moana’ (Courtesy: Disney)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

This year’s best animated feature race could very easily be a Disney showdown between Zootopia and Moana — but could their box office performances dictate who takes home the title? Taking a look back the category’s history, it appears the trophy does generally go to the highest-earning animated film of the year unless, of course, that film isn’t even nominated.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Robert De Niro (‘The Comedian’)

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“I’m different in certain ways,” Robert De Niro says of the actor that he is today versus the one that he was when he first was establishing himself as one of film’s all-time greats back in the 1970s. As we sit down in a Los Angeles hotel room to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast, he acknowledges, “I don’t spend as much time on certain things that I would have concerned myself more about when I was younger because I don’t feel that I need to put that much time and effort in it.”

Some have suggested that the 73-year-old’s work, in recent years, has reflected a certain lack of attention and drive, at least in comparison to his earlier work in instant-classics like 1973’s Mean Streets, 1974’s The Godfather Part II, 1976’s Taxi Driver, 1978’s The Deer Hunter, 1980’s Raging Bull, 1990’s GoodFellas and 1995’s Casino. “If someone said that,” he responds, “I’d say, ‘Well, look, I’m happy I did Raging Bull. If you think nothing compares, fine. At least I did one or two.”

But the best way for De Niro to quiet the naysayers is, of course, to show, on the big screen, that he’s still got the magic. And the good news is that that’s precisely what he does in Taylor Hackford’s new dramedy The Comedian, which premiered at AFI Fest on Nov. 11, goes into limited release on Dec. 2 and then opens wide on Jan. 13. In that film, ironically enough, De Niro plays a guy who struggles to escape from the shadow of his past work as he tries to move on and do new things. Sound familiar?

(Click below to listen to this episode now or here to access all of our 100+ episodes via iTunes. Past guests include Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Eddie Murphy, Lady Gaga, Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Louis C.K., Kristen Stewart, Harvey WeinsteinAmy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld, Jane Fonda, Tyler Perry, Kate Winslet, Michael Moore, Helen Mirren, J.J. Abrams, Taraji P. Henson, Warren Beatty, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Eisner, Brie Larson, RuPaul and Sally Field.)

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Sally Field (‘Hello, My Name Is Doris’)

Sally Field (Courtesy: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Vital Voices)

Sally Field (Courtesy: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Vital Voices)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“Nothing has ever been easy for me,” says the actress Sally Field as we sit down in the kitchen of her Pacific Palisades home to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. “Not one moment of my career except Gidget — ‘Hey, be Gidget,'” the 70-year-old adds in reference to her first professional role, which made her a star when she was just 17. “Everything else has been a struggle. Nothing ever fell in my lap. When I won an Emmy for Sybil, when I won an Oscar for Norma Rae, when I won an Oscar for Places in the Heart, whatever it was, it didn’t mean, ‘Open the doors, the scripts are falling in!’ It never, ever happened for me like that. I don’t know if it was me, or that I don’t fit into some category, or that I’m not good enough — I don’t know what. So I never expected it to be any different.”

(Click below to listen to this episode now or here to access all of our 100+ episodes via iTunes. Past guests include Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Eddie Murphy, Lady Gaga, Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Louis C.K., Kristen Stewart, Harvey WeinsteinAmy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld, Jane Fonda, Tyler Perry, Kate Winslet, Michael Moore, Helen Mirren, J.J. Abrams, Taraji P. Henson, Warren Beatty, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Eisner, Brie Larson and RuPaul.)

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Feinberg Forecast: Analyzing the SAG Awards’ Best Ensemble Contenders

'Lion,' 'Hidden Figures' and '20th Century Women'

‘Lion,’ ‘Hidden Figures’ and ’20th Century Women’

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

SAG-AFTRA doesn’t bestow a best picture honor — but its ensemble award is the closest thing, and this year sees 16 formidable contenders, with nominations to be announced Dec. 14.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

How Well Do Plays Perform at the Oscars in the Best Picture Category?

'Fences' (Courtesy: Paramount)

‘Fences’ (Courtesy: Paramount)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

We already know what track record musicals have at the Oscars, but how well do works deriving from straight-up plays perform when the Academy is handing out the coveted trophy? With Fences being a frontrunner in the best picture category this year, does history indicate that a win could be in the work’s future? Let’s take a look back at how well this genre has performed at the awards show and see.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Jeff Bridges (‘Hell or High Water’)

Jeff Bridges (Courtesy: Getty Images)

Jeff Bridges (Courtesy: Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“The word that comes to mind is ‘momentum,'” says actor Jeff Bridges as we sit down in Los Angeles to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast and begin to discuss why he hasn’t given in to his temptation to retire. The 66-year-old Oscar-winner and fan favorite, who currently is the subject of significant best supporting actor buzz for his portrayal of a chatty Texas ranger out to solve one last case before retiring in David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water, mulls over the matter for a moment before continuing. “I’ve been doing this for such a long time, and even though my m.o. is to try to turn down as many movies as I can — what’s that Pacino line? ‘Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!'”

(Click below to listen to this episode now or here to access all of our 100+ episodes via iTunes. Past guests include Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Eddie Murphy, Lady Gaga, Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Louis C.K., Kristen Stewart, Harvey WeinsteinAmy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld, Jane Fonda, Tyler Perry, Kate Winslet, Warren Beatty, Helen Mirren, J.J. Abrams, Taraji P. Henson and Michael Moore.)

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Oscars 2017: Are Films Based on Recent Events on the Upswing?

Tom Hanks in 'Sully' (Courtesy: Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros.)

Tom Hanks in ‘Sully’ (Courtesy: Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros.)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

One trend in the Oscar race this year seems to be films that are about recent events. This, of course, is not a new fad in cinema as hot-button topics have always lent themselves to being a solid jumping-off point for storytelling on the big screen. A few of the films grabbing attention this time around — Sully and Patriots Day for best picture as well as a few others from various categories — tackle some of the biggest recent events and narratives in recent memory.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Spirit Awards: Nominations Don’t Predict Oscars So Everyone Should Relax

'Other People' (Courtesy: Sundance Institute)

‘Other People’ (Courtesy: Sundance Institute)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

As nominations were announced on Tuesday morning for the 32nd annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, Barry Jenkins’ widely-celebrated Moonlight and Andrea Arnold’s less-heralded American Honey, with six nominations each, grabbed the headlines. Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea also woke to a more-than-respectable showing, with five nominations. While those three films were nominated for the Spirit Awards’ best feature prize, along with Pablo Larrain’s Jackie and Michael Franco’s Chronic, several other contenders failed to crack the top category — among them 20th Century Women, Hell or High Water and Loving.

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