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Sunday February 8th, 2015

BAFTA Awards: ‘Boyhood’ Shows Signs of Life With Big Wins After DGAs (Analysis)


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter 

A weird awards season just got even weirder.

Just hours after Birdman’s big win at the DGA Awards — hot on the heels of the dramedy’s PGA and SAG wins — seemed to seal the coffin on all of its Oscar competition, Boyhood, which was once thought to be the Oscar frontrunner, reached out from beneath the soil and across the pond to collect the top two BAFTA Awards and wag a finger at those who had written it off for dead.

But does Boyhood’s little surge come too late to make a difference, in light of the fact that Birdman has already done so well with the top guilds? (Only one film has ever won the big three and not gone on to win the best picture Oscar, and that was Apollo 13 19 years ago.) And does BAFTA actually have a good track record of predicting Oscar winners?

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Sunday February 8th, 2015

DGA Awards: Alejandro G. Inarritu Upsets, ‘Birdman’ Looks Tough to Beat at Oscars (Analysis)

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Well, at this point, it looks like nothing can ground the soaring contender that is Birdman.

Alejandro G. Inarritu’s dramedy won the Directors Guild of America’s 67th DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures — aka the DGA Award — on Saturday night, which, on the heels of the film winning the top prizes of the Producers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild, suggests that it will take something of a miracle to stop the film from winning the best picture Oscar on Feb. 22.

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Sunday January 25th, 2015

PGA Awards: ‘Birdman’ Upsets ‘Boyhood,’ Creating a Real Oscar Race (Analysis)


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The Golden Globe Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards and Hollywood Film Awards, like the many other awards ceremonies that took place this season prior to Saturday night, were fine and dandy, but their winners were chosen by foreign journalists, film critics and an unnamed committee, respectively. They were not chosen by people who actually make movies, like those who are represented in the Academy. The people who work in the business tend to reveal their leanings at the various guild awards that precede the Oscars. And the first of those — the 26th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards — took place in Century City on Saturday night.

And that is why it is big news that the PGA awarded its Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures to Birdman, not Boyhood, which had previously won just about everything for which it was eligible. In just 24 hours, the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards will follow the PGA Awards, and the result could be the same.

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Tuesday January 13th, 2015

DGA Noms: The Story Behind the Snub Everyone’s Talking About (Analysis)


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The Directors Guild of America announced its nominees for the 67th annual DGA Award for direction of a feature film this morning: The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Wes AndersonAmerican Sniper’s Clint Eastwood, Birdman’s Alejandro G. Inarritu, Boyhood’Richard Linklater and The Imitation Game’s Morten Tyldum.

You’ll notice that the list does not include Selma’Ava DuVernay, Gone Girl’s David FincherFoxcatcher’s Bennett Miller, Interstellar’Christopher Nolan, Inherent Vice’s Paul Thomas Anderson, The Theory of Everything’s James Marsh, Unbroken’s Angelina Jolie, Into the Woods’ Rob Marshall or A Most Violent Year’s J.C. Chandor.

So, with Oscar nominations less than 48 hours away, what does it all mean?!

Not all that much, I would argue.

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Saturday December 20th, 2014

Palm Springs Film Fest: Robert Duvall, Alejandro G. Inarritu Join List of Honorees


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The Judge’s supporting actor Robert Duvall will receive this year’s Icon Award and Birdman‘s co-writer and director Alejandro G. Inarritu will receive this year’s Director of the Year Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 26th annual Awards Gala on Jan. 3, PSIFF announced on Friday. The fest will run Jan. 2-12.

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Saturday October 18th, 2014

‘Birdman’ Swoops Into Theaters, Will Attempt to Fly All the Way to Oscars With Clipped Wings

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’Birdman, an inventive Gotham-set dramedy about the mid-life crisis of a former movie star desperately trying to revive his career by going to Broadway — played, in an Oscar-caliber performance, by Michael Keaton, with support from Edward NortonNaomi Watts and Emma Stone — is being released by Fox Searchlight in select theaters Friday.

Over the past week, the aforementioned individuals made a barrage of appearances in New York (Keaton hit Los Angeles last month), some aimed at driving moviegoers to the box-office to see the $18 million film — which is not the easiest sell — but much of it geared toward courting Oscar voters during the small window in which these folks were available to do so.

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Monday September 1st, 2014

Telluride: ‘Birdman’ Flies Into Fest, With Slightly Bumpier Landing Than in Venice


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The most coveted ticket at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival, so far, was easily one to Saturday night’s North American premiere of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s Birdman. The genre-defying pic arrived at the Werner Herzog Theatre after opening the Venice Film Festival days earlier — just like last year’s Gravity, from Inarritu’s Mexican compatriot Alfonso Cuaron – and the rave reviews that it received overseas (several labeled it a “masterpiece”) created a clamor to see it stateside. In the end, 650 lucky people got in, while hundreds more were turned away.

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Thursday September 13th, 2012

Toronto 2012: Naomi Watts Reflects On a Career That Once Seemed ‘Impossible’ (Video)

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

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TORONTO — Earlier this week, just hours before the Toronto International Film Festival world premiere of Juan Antonio Bayona‘s The Impossible — a harrowing film based on the true story of one British family’s 2004 trip to a beach resort in Thailand, where they were torn about from each other when a massive tsunami engulfed the nation’s coastline — I had the opportunity to spend some time with the star of the heartwrenching drama, Oscar nominee Naomi Watts.

The 43-year-old British-born, Aussie-raised actress and I talked about her early struggles to find work that almost prompted her to quit the profession (it took her 10 years before she “made it”); the film that changed the course of her career and made her one of the most respected and sought-after actresses of her generation, David Lynch‘s Mulholland Dr. (“That’s sort of the marking point of my career… I couldn’t get a handshake before”); and her eerily consistent streak of appearing in at least one noteworthy film almost every year since: Gore Verbinski‘s The Ring (2002), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s 21 Grams (2003), David O. Russell‘s I Heart Huckabees (2004), Peter Jackson‘s King Kong (2005), John Curran‘s The Painted Veil (2006), David Cronenberg‘s Eastern Promises (2007), Rodrigo Garcia‘s Mother and Child (2009), Doug Liman‘s Fair Game (2010), and Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar (2011).

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Monday December 13th, 2010

“BLACK SWAN” EARNS RECORD NUMBER OF BFCA CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARD NODS

The Broadcast Film Critics Association, of which I am a voting member, released its 2010 nominations for its 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards this morning. “Black Swan” earned a record 12 nods (picture, director, actress, supporting actress, original screenplay, art direction, costume design, cinematography, editing, makeup, sound, and score), while 11 were bestowed upon “The King’s Speech” and “True Grit,” 10 upon “Inception,” and 9 upon “The Social Network.” Nicole Kidman, meanwhile, became the most nominated actor in the organization’s history when she received her seventh career nod (for best actress in “Rabbit Hole”).

Noteworthy inclusions: Noomi Rapace (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) for best actress; Jeremy Renner (“The Town”) for best supporting actor; Mila Kunis (“Black Swan”) for best supporting actress; “The Town” for best adapted screenplay; “The Fighter” for best ensemble; 13-year-old Chloe Moretz was nominated twice in the best young actor category (“Kick-Ass” and “Let Me In”); “I Love You Phillip Morris” for best comedy; “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” for best documentary; and “127 Hours” for best editing

Noteworthy snubs:Blue Valentine” and “The Kids Are All Right” for best picture; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Biutiful”) for best director; Javier Bardem (“Biutiful”) and Mark Wahlberg (“The Fighter”) for best actor; Julianne Moore (“The Kids Are All Right”) and Tilda Swinton (“I Am Love”) for best actress; Justin Timberlake (“The Social Network”) for best supporting actor; “Black Swan” for best ensemble; “Hot Tub Time Machine” for best comedy; “Shutter Island” for best art direction; “The Social Network” for best cinematography; “Shutter Island” for best costume design; “The King’s Speech” for best editing; and “Iron Man 2” for best visual effects

The BFCA’s picks — which have correlated with the Academy’s picks as often as any awards group’s in recent years — will be announced at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 9pm EST/PST. VH1 will broadcast the gala live around the world.

The full list of nominees follows…

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Thursday December 2nd, 2010

YOUR DAILY FIX OF OSCAR: 12/2/10

  • The Envelope: Reed Johnson nabs a rare interview with best actress hopeful Annette Bening, one of the two female leads in “The Kids Are All Right,” as well as Lisa Cholodenko, the film’s co-screenwriter/director. Cholodenko says that when it came to casting the part of Nic — “who in many ways is the film’s dramatic fulcrum, just as she is her family’s emotional anchor — mostly for the better, though not without the usual quotient of occasional slammed doors and raised voices” — she thought of only Bening. Fortunately, it turned out that a mutual-admiration existed between the two — Cholodenko thought of Bening because of one particularly special scene of hers from “American Beauty” (1999), and Bening always remembered enjoying Cholodenko’s earlier film “Laurel Canyon” (2002).
  • 24 Frames: Steven Zeitchik scans the newly-released slate of films that will play at January’s Sundance Film Festival, and points out some potential “critical darlings” for which we should probably keep an eye out. Among them are “Higher Ground,” the Oscar nominated actress Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut, and “Pariah,” a Bronx-set film that many are likening to last year’s Sundance breakout-hit “Precious.”
  • The Film Stage: Jordan Raup passes along a letter from “Adaptation” (2002) director Spike Jonze to online film critic Peter Sciretta in which he emphasizes how much he loves David O. Russell’s “The Fighter.” Jonze wrote, “Hey Peter — Spike here. I’m writing on behalf of my friend David Russell, regarding his new movie The Fighter. Did you get a chance to see it yet? How insanely great is Christian Bale? Can you do me a favor and post this 2 minute trailer called ‘Pressure’ on your site? The trailer that they put out originally makes the film feel a little generic and I just want to help David get the word out. I got to see it a few weeks ago, and I loved it, and if all you saw is the trailer that’s out, you might not know that it’s as interesting and strong as it is. Thanks for your help! Spike”
  • The Contenders: Brad Brevet has, through a variety of means, gathered the scripts of 23 of this year’s top awards contenders and posted them on his site for anyone who would like to read them. His most recent acquisitions? “I Love You Phillip Morris” and “Winter’s Bone.”

Photo: Mia Waskinowska, Lisa Cholodenko, and Julianne Moore on the set of “The Kids Are All Right.” Credit: Columbia University.