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Monday, October 13, 2014

War Films at the Oscars

By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor

Set during the final months of World War II, Fury follows a tank commander (played by Brad Pitt) and his crew as they head into Nazi Germany as part of the Allies’ final push. The film also stars Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, John Bernthal and Michael Pena. The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy said the film is “a modern version of the sort of movie Hollywood turned out practically every week back in the 1940s and 1950s.” Fury opens Oct. 17.

Could Fury score a best picture nomination at the 87th Academy Awards? Both war biopics and fictional war films — about real wars or battles — have historically done well at the Oscars; however, the current projections show that the race will be a tight one. Here’s a look at some of the fictional war films that scored nominations for best picture:

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

FEINBERG FORECAST: As New York Film Fest Wraps, Only a Few Question Marks Remain


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Every week through the 87th Oscars on Feb. 22, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter‘s lead 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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Saturday, October 11, 2014

New York Film Fest: ‘Citizenfour’ Hacks Way to Top of Uber-Competitive Doc Oscar Race

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Steve JamesLife Itself, Alan Hicks‘ Keep on Keepin’ On, Gabe Polsky‘s Red Army and several other films look like formidable contenders for the best documentary feature Oscar. But Citizenfour, Laura Poitras‘ highly-anticipated new documentary about Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor-turned-famous/infamous whistleblower whose information Poitras and fellow journalist Glenn Greenwald helped to bring to the attention of the world, is going to be very hard to beat.

This authoritative portrait of Snowden — the first-ever late addition to the main slate of the New York Film Festival in the fest’s 52-year history — had its world premiere at Alice Tully Hall on Friday night, where a packed house greeted its end-credits and its filmmaker’s post-screening introduction with prolonged standing ovations. RADiUS-TWC released a trailer of the film on Friday and will distribute it in the U.S. starting on Oct. 24.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Father of Missing ‘Frozen River’ Actress Fears She Is “Suicidal”


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood

The father of missing actress Misty Upham fears his daughter “wasn’t in her right mind” when she was last seen leaving her sister’s apartment on Oct. 5. She told her family she was going to visit friends, and hasn’t been seen since.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

‘Frozen River’ Actress Reported Missing by Family


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter 

Misty Upham, a 32-year-old Native-American actress and activist who is best known for her roles in the films Frozen River and August: Osage County, has been reported missing by her family.

Upham, who appears in the forthcoming Jennifer Aniston drama Cake, was last seen leaving her sister’s apartment in Muckleshoot, Washington, on Oct. 5, her family said in a Facebook post. Police officials told Reuters that they responded to a suicide call at the apartment, but Upham was not there when they arrived. Her father reported her missing Oct. 6.

On Oct. 9, Jaime Rubio, describing himself as “one of her closest friends,” posted to her Facebook wall: “Misty Upham is missing,” adding that Upham’s father, Charles Upham, was filing a missing person report, and that his own “best guess as to where [Misty] is, considering her disappearance, is actually within forests/woods of Seattle, WA because she was a huge fan of nature.”

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Ten Films That Landed Best Editing Noms for Portraying the Passage of Time


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor 

Films have captured the passage of time in a variety of unique ways throughout the years. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which premiered at Sundance this year, presents the movement of time in an unprecedented manner. By filming the same cast three to four days per year for 12 years, Linklater was able to capture the real changes the cast went through instead of relying on CGI, makeup or different actors to show the aging process. The seamless way in which the passage of time is presented could garner a best editing nomination at the 87th Academy Awards. Here are 10 other films portraying the passage of time that have been nominated for best editing (in chronological order):

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chicago Film Fest: Liv Ullmann on an Iconic Half-Century Career, Fest Opener ‘Miss Julie’


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

On Thursday evening, the 50th annual Chicago International Film Festival will kick off with the U.S. premiere of Miss Julie, the latest film from the legendary Liv Ullmann, who made her name as an actress in the great films of Ingmar Bergman and Jan Troell, and who has since become a first-rate filmmaker in her own right.

At the recent Toronto International Film Festival, where Miss Julie — the latest adaptation of August Strindberg‘s 1888 upstairs-downstairs dramatic play — had its world premiere, I had the rare opportunity to sit down with the 75-year-old for an hour-long interview about her remarkable life, career and latest project. It did not disappoint.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Can Costume Designer Colleen Atwood Pull Off an Extremely Rare Oscar Feat?


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

An actor cannot be nominated for an Oscar more than one project in the same category in the same year — but can a costume designer?

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Who is Miyavi?


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor

Miyavi is a relatively unknown name in the States, but this soon may change. Miyavi (real name Takamasa Ishihara) is making his English acting debut as the brutal POW camp overseer Mutsuhiro Watanabe — known as “The Bird” — in the Angelina Jolie-directed film Unbroken. Based on the book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand, the film tells the true story of olympian and WWII Japanese POW survivor Louis Zamperini.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

New York Film Fest: ‘Time Out of Mind’ Star Richard Gere Receives Career Tribute


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“This is one of the great moments of my life, being here with you tonight,” the actor Richard Gere told a room filled with friends and fans on Wednesday night as the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrated his career with a tribute dinner and conversation at Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. (Last week, FSLC feted actor-writer-director Ethan Hawke similarly.)

Much of the hour-long conversation, which was moderated by Kent Jones, the director of the FSLC-sponsored New York Film Festival, focused on Oren Moverman‘s Time Out of Mind, a dramatic feature in which Gere plays a homeless man living on the streets of New York that is currently screening at the NYFF (and still seeking a U.S. distributor).

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