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Monday November 2nd, 2015

‘Burnt’ and ‘Our Brand is Crisis’ Show Growing Divide Between Box Office and Academy

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

With The Martian once again claiming the top spot at the box office this weekend (the film’s fifth week in theaters and fourth week in the number one position) it has solidified its status as a bonafide blockbuster. However, Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film is not just resonating with fans, but critics as well and looks poised to make a run at Oscar.

On the other side of the token this past weekend are two films that were aimed at Oscar nominations but failed to generate much attention at the box office. Burnt, which stars Bradley Cooper as a troubled chef, is the star’s second flop in a row, following writer/director Cameron Crowe’s Aloha earlier this year. The film opened in the number five spot over the weekend, making an unimpressive $5 million.

Cooper, who has been nominated for an Oscar the last three years, will not likely receive any recognition for his role in Burnt from the Academy. Luckily for Cooper his next film reunites him with director David O. Russell, in the drama Joy, this Christmas. Cooper’s last two films with Russell resulted in Oscar noms, best actor in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook and best supporting actor in 2013’s American Hustle.

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Friday October 30th, 2015

Unexpected Contenders for This Year’s Oscars

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

Every Oscar season there is a new name or unexpected performer whose work thrusts them into the awards’ season spotlight. Though it is generally only one or two names that audiences must get accustomed to saying in the same breath as Oscar, this year there are a slew of potential actors and actresses that, this time last year, could not have been farther from the Oscar conversation.

Not since Annie Hall‘s best picture win in 1978 has a comedy won the night’s big award, and, possibly as a result, comedic actors are generally not associated with Oscar night. However, this year may see a number of big name comedy stars earning nominations from the Academy.

Seth Rogen, who has proven himself to be a bankable comedy star at the box office over the past decade, has not often had his name bandied about in the Oscar conversation. His role as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in director Danny Boyle’Steve Jobs may change that perception. The film has serious Oscar buzz Rogen may receive his first nomination, in the supporting actor category, that will earn him the same status as friends and fellow Judd Apatow alums, James Franco and Jonah Hill.

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Monday October 12th, 2015

‘Steve Jobs’: Controversial Public Figures Make for Oscar-Worthy Biopics

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

After its premiere at the New York Film Festival at the beginning of this month and a limited release this past weekend, Steve Jobs, the latest biopic about the Apple co-founder from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle, has been generating buzz as a serious Oscar contender, with attention for star Michael Fassbender‘s portrayal of the late tech titan.

Jobs’ personal and professional life have been the subject of much argumentation in recent years, as some view him as an innovative genius while others regard him as a tyrannical businessman who demanded too much of his employees.

Such controversial figures have traditionally been great Oscar fodder for filmmakers working in the biopic genre despite the negative perception many audience members may have of the films’ subjects.

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Friday September 18th, 2015

The 5 TIFF Audience Award Winners That Went On to Win Best Picture

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

Winning the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival is a major feather in the cap for any film — and, for many, the launching pad for even loftier goals. Indeed, five went on to win best picture at the Academy Awards.

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Friday September 11th, 2015

Scott Feinberg’s ‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast: ‘Steve Jobs’ Danny Boyle, Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen

Thursday January 29th, 2015

Damien Chazelle or Paul Thomas Anderson Could Become Fifth Adapted Screenplay Winner to Also Direct the Film

By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor 

Adapted screenplay nominees Damien Chazelle and Paul Thomas Anderson have been nominated for films that they also directed.

Chazelle’s Whiplash, about an aspiring jazz drummer and his sadistic instructor, is his second feature film and is adapted from a short film of the same name that he also wrote and directed. The short won the jury award for short films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Whiplash was nominated for four other awards, including best picture.

Anderson received his second adapted screenplay nomination for Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. The film was also nominated for costume design. Anderson previously received an adapted screenplay nomination for 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which he also directed. He received a best director nomination, and the film was nominated for best picture.

If either wins, they will become the fifth adapted screenplay winner in the 21st century to also direct the film, joining Joel and Ethan CoenPeter Jackson and Alexander Payne, who won twice.

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Wednesday September 19th, 2012

Hollywood Film Awards to Honor Producers of ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘Anna Karenina’

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter


The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, the Brits who co-run Working Title Films and are the producers of the upcoming awards contenders Anna Karenina and Les Miserables, will receive the Hollywood Producers Award at the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards — the first awards show of the 2012 Oscar season — when its gala ceremony is held Oct. 22 at the Beverly Hilton.

The Hollywood Awards, which are determined by Hollywood Film Festival founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu and his advisory team, recognize individuals for both career achievement and work released within the calendar year. Previous recipients of the Hollywood Producers Award include Mel GibsonMike MedavoyRyan KavanaughChristian Colson and Danny Boyle, and, last year, Letty Aronson.

Of Bevan and Fellner, de Abreu tells THR, “It will be our great pleasure to recognize these two talented and prolific producers at this year’s event.”

Sunday September 9th, 2012

Summer Recap: From Olympics To ‘Newsroom,’ The Season’s Highs and Lows

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist


A week ago, Breaking Bad finished the first half of its fifth and final season. In other words, summer TV has ended.

Although some shows, such as FX’s Louie and AMC’s Hell on Wheels, still have more episodes to go before their seasons conclude, NBC will be unveiling some of its new fall series this week — and the other networks won’t be too far behind.

To be honest, summer TV isn’t my favorite. I use the season to catch up on TV I’ve missed more than I do to watch such new offerings as TBS’s Men at Work and E!’s Married to Jonas.

However, this doesn’t mean all of summer TV is a bust.

Here are the choices for the brightest and darkest spots of summer TV 2012:

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Wednesday October 5th, 2011

Hollywood Film Festival Announces Producer, Screenwriter, Breakthrough Director and Composer Honorees (Exclusive)

The 15th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, will honor Golden Globe winner Letty Aronson with its Hollywood Producer Award for Midnight in Paris, Michel Hazanavicius with its Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award for The Artist, Oscar winner Diablo Cody with its Hollywood Screenwriter Award for Young Adult and two-time Oscar nominee Alberto Iglesias with its Hollywood Film Composer Award for both Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Skin I Live In. All four individuals will collect their statuettes at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton on Oct. 24.

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Monday January 10th, 2011


Tomorrow, the Directors Guild of America will announce its five nominees for the 2010 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. I believe that they will be (in alphabetical order)…

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