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Saturday February 25th, 2017

Brutally Honest Ballot #5: “Loved Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling Together,” “Gimme a Break” About ‘Arrival’

(Illustration by: Kyle Metcalf)

(Illustration by: Kyle Metcalf)

By: Anonymous, as told to Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

An anonymous member of the actors branch shares Oscar picks.

Each year around this time, I sit down with several Oscar voters who, under the warm cloak of anonymity, spill their true feelings about the current season’s crop of contenders. Not just what or whom they voted for, but exactly why and how they came to those decisions.

It’s not a scientific survey; it’s just the candid, unsugarcoated opinions of a handful of members (out of 6,687) of the most important and powerful movie club in the world.

For Brutally Honest Ballot #5, below, here are the views of a member of the 1,158-member actors branch who — this season, anyway — is not associated with any of the nominees.

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Thursday February 23rd, 2017

Oscars: How Well Do the Motion Picture Sound Editors Predict the Best Sound Editing Winner?

'La La Land' and 'Hacksaw Ridge' (Courtesy: Lionsgate; Summit Entertainment)

‘La La Land’ and ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate; Summit Entertainment)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

The best sound editing category is going to be tough to call at this year’s Oscars, but the race is boiling down to Hacksaw Ridge versus La La Land. While we won’t know who won the Academy’s favor until Sunday, we already know the Motion Picture Sound Editors have honored these two films — among others — at their annual Golden Reel Awards. How often does this society of sound editors predict the corresponding category at the Academy Awards? Let’s take a look and find out.

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Tuesday February 21st, 2017

Oscar Voter Reveals Her Brutally Honest Ballot: Meryl Streep “Like a Clown,” ‘La La Land’ “Not Memorable,” ‘Arrival’ “Just Sucked”

(Illustration by Kyle Metcalf)

(Illustration by Kyle Metcalf)

By: Anonymous, as told to Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

An Academy voter makes her case for ‘Hell or High Water’ (“It will be remembered as a true American classic”), says Emma Stone wasn’t “as wonderful as people are saying,” and explains why Viola Davis is in the wrong category (“That really irks me”).

Each year around this time, I sit down with several Oscar voters who, under the warm cloak of anonymity, spill their true feelings about the current season’s crop of contenders.

Not just what or whom they voted for, but exactly why and how they came to those decisions. It’s not meant to be a scientific survey; it’s just the candid, unsugarcoated opinions of a handful of members (out of 6,687) of the most important and powerful movie club in the world.

Below is an edited transcript of one such conversation: with a longtime female member of the 1,158-member actors branch who — this season, anyway — is not associated with any of the nominees.

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Saturday January 28th, 2017

Oscars 2017: Can ‘Arrival’ Pull Out a Best Picture Win With No Acting Nominations?

Amy Adams in 'Arrival' (Courtesy: Paramount)

Amy Adams in ‘Arrival’ (Courtesy: Paramount)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

With the dust settling after the big reveal of the nominations for the 2017 Academy Awards, there’s one film with a very uncertain future: Arrival. Yes, the film was nominated for best picture as well as garnered attention in a slew of other categories, but it was noticeably overlooked in one major area. We are, of course, talking about Amy Adams not being nominated for best actress. How does not having any acting nominations had an effect on a film’s chances at winning best picture in Oscar history?

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Thursday December 22nd, 2016

Oscars: The Landscape of the Best Adapted Screenplay Category Since 2000

'Nocturnal Animals' (Courtesy: Merrick Morton/Focus Features)

‘Nocturnal Animals’ (Courtesy: Merrick Morton/Focus Features)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

This year’s contenders for best adapted screenplay are quite the eclectic group based on their sources — something that can never be said for those competing for best original screenplay. When looking at this category’s past since the year 2000, can history dictate which type of adapted screenplays the Academy might be leaning toward at the 2017 Oscars?

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Tuesday December 20th, 2016

Oscars 2017: This Year’s Top 15 Oscar-Worthy Films Premiered at Which Festivals?

'Moonlight' (Courtesy: A24)

‘Moonlight’ (Courtesy: A24)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

The current Oscar race is turning into a real bloodbath, with a handful of films showing up in the discussion for Hollywood’s top prizes. This site’s namesake, The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, lists 15 movies as frontrunners in vying for the top categories across best picture, best director, and best acting categories for the top. When did these works debut at film festivals and, is there an overwhelming time of the year that seems to have churned out more buzz?

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Friday November 18th, 2016

Could ‘Arrival’ Be the First Sci-Fi Film to Ever Win Best Picture?

'Arrival' (Courtesy: Paramount)

‘Arrival’ (Courtesy: Paramount)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

Amid a sea of awards-worthy cinema this year, Arrival stands out from the pack for one simple reason: it’s different. Thanks to excellent reviews, solid cast performances, and a strong showing at the box office, the Denis Villeneuve-directed flick stands a chance at being nominated for best picture — but how does it fit into the history of the sci-fi genre at the Oscars?

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Monday November 14th, 2016

Amy Adams Is Always a Nominee and Never a Winner at the Oscars — Will That Ever Change?

'Arrival' (Courtesy: Jan Thijs/Paramount Pictures)

‘Arrival’ (Courtesy: Jan Thijs/Paramount Pictures)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

You might be surprised that one of today’s biggest actresses, Amy Adams, has never won an Oscar. Despite being nominated five times in the timespan of a decade, the 42-year-old has been denied in both the best actress and best supporting actress categories — but is she alone among her peers when looking at history?

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