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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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Thursday January 22nd, 2015

Oscars: Should ‘Selma’ and ‘American Sniper’ Be Penalized for Taking Liberties With the Truth? (Opinion)


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Is it okay to like Ava DuVernay’s Selma even though by some accounts it misrepresents the role that President Lyndon Johnson played in the Civil Rights movement, portraying him as more an impediment than a facilitator of progress? And is it okay to like Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper even though it basically disregards overwhelming evidence that Chris Kyle was not quite as upstanding he appears in the movie?

I hope so because, in both cases, I do.

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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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Thursday January 1st, 2015

Scott Feinberg’s Top 10 Films of 2014


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

With just hours remaining in 2014, I wanted to document for myself — and share with you — the films that I enjoyed the most this year. I have seen hundreds of titles — on the big screen and on screeners, at festivals and at multiplexes — among them all of the top Oscar contenders, up to and including every film on the documentary and foreign language film shortlists. In other words, I have done my best to be well-versed in what’s out there — but, needless to say, no list of this sort is anything but a subjective exercise for anyone.

It pains me that I do not have room to acknowledge, on the list itself, more of 2014’s extraordinary films (i.e. the 12-year project Boyhood, the acting showcases Birdman and The Imitation Game, the timely Selma and films both profound and moving, such as Citizenfour, Finding Vivian Maier and Leviathan, and funny, such as The Humbling and Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon); performances (i.e. Selma’s David Oyelowo, Still Alice’s Julianne Moore, Get On Up’s Chadwick Boseman, Dear White People’s Tessa Thompson,The Skeleton Twins’ Bill Hader, Fort Bliss’ Michelle Monaghan, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’s Jessica Chastain); and scenes (i.e. the silent sparring in Foxcatcher, the highway showdown in A Most Violent Year, the firing of a man for being gay in Love Is Strange, the courtroom speech in Black or White and the pantomimed soccer game in Timbuktu) — so I’ve taken the liberty of doing so here in the intro.

The last thing that I’ll note, for those who primarily follow me for my objective assessments of the awards race, is that the list that the following list and remarks reflect my personal opinions and do/will not in any way impact my projections or analysis on this site, through which I strive above all else to accurately report what has happened and forecast what will happen. My demonstrated ability to do that over the years is what has led many of you to my coverage, and any failure on my part to do that would undoubtedly lead many of you away from it, so you can rest assured that I mean it when I say that one has/will have no bearing on the other.

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Tuesday December 23rd, 2014

Potential Age Records Could Be Set at the 87th Academy Awards


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor 

No age records were set at the 86th Academy Awards earlier this year, but three actors joined the top 10 oldest nominees for lead actor (Bruce Dern, 77), lead actress (Judi Dench, 79) and supporting actress (June Squibb, 84). Dern and Squibb both became the second oldest in their nominated categories and Dench became fourth. Depending on what occurs at the upcoming awards ceremony, some new age records could be made Feb. 22.

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Sunday December 21st, 2014

See Bradley Cooper Play a Reluctant Hero in New ‘American Sniper’ Clip (Exclusive)


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter 

American Sniper is not off to the sort of start that Warner Bros. wanted for its principal Oscar hopeful this season — after landing a spot on the AFI’s year-end top 10 list, it was completely excluded from the SAG and Golden Globe nominations and recognized only in the action movie categories of the Critics’ Choice noms — but Oscar nomination voting doesn’t begin until Dec. 29, and there is still time for Academy members to catch up with and/or come around on Clint Eastwood’s drama about the deadliest American sniper of the Iraq War, Chris Kyle, who is played in the film by Bradley Cooper.

I think they might.

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Monday December 8th, 2014

Clint Eastwood: “I Was Against Going Into the War in Iraq”


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“I was against going into the war in Iraq since I figured we would probably trip over ourselves in some way,” Clint Eastwood revealed after screening his new film American Sniper on Saturday at the Academy of Motion Picture Artists and Sciences’ Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

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Monday December 8th, 2014

Bradley Cooper on How He Brought ‘American Sniper’ to the Screen and ‘The Elephant Man’ to Broadway


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Allow me to take a moment to talk about Bradley Cooper.

Why? Because the 39-year-old star of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper — a harrowing portrait of the life of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who was the most effective American sniper during the Iraq War, which Warner Bros. will release on Dec. 25 — is not available to talk much about himself at the moment, being in the midst of starring in The Elephant Man eight times a week on Broadway. (The production officially opened Sunday night at the Booth Theatre, where its original incarnation premiered 35 years ago, and where I caught a preview performance last week. THR‘s theater critic David Rooney writes that Cooper gives a performance “staggering in its physical discipline, its piercing emotional transparency and, most surprisingly, its restraint.”)

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Wednesday November 12th, 2014

AFI Fest: Oscar Race Gets Adrenaline Shot From ‘Selma,’ ‘American Sniper’ Premieres


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Talk about a double feature! On Tuesday night, two highly anticipated Oscar hopefuls — Ava DuVernay’s Selma (Paramount) and Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper (Warner Bros.) — had back-to-back world premieres at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre as part of AFI Fest.

And while the films each deserved nights of their own, those who were lucky enough to catch both witnessed something that has been strangely uncommon this season: projects that actually lived up to great expectations.

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Thursday September 18th, 2014

More Stars are Making the Transition from Actor to Director


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor

For some actors, it is a natural progression to move from using their talents in front of the camera to testing their skills behind it. Though actors have been making the transition for years, 2013 was a particular popular year for actors-turned-directors. Among some of the releases throughout the year were Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Lake Bell’s In A World…, her directorial debut. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival was the directorial launching pad of Jason Bateman’s Bad Words and Mike Myers’ Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, and the festival also screened Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon and Ralph FiennesThe Invisible Woman.

Though many of these actors’ projects may not garner any awards, there are some that make their way to the Oscars, such as Ben Affleck’s Argo (2012), which won the best picture Oscar and was his third film as director. 2014 also has its fair share of actors-turned-directors’ projects.

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