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Tuesday January 12th, 2016

Does Writing the Screenplay to Your Film Help Best Director Chances?

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

With a number of big Golden Globe wins last night, including best director and best dramatic picture for The Revenant, director Alejandro G. Inarritu finds himself once more in the thick of the Oscar hunt. The Mexican-born filmmaker won big last year with three Oscars for his avant garde drama Birdman, which scored him the best original screenplay, best director, and best picture awards.

This year, with the western revenge thriller The Revenant, Inarritu has once more directed a film that he wrote himself, this time adapting the screenplay from the novel by Michael Punke with co-writer Mark L. Smith.

Inarritu is not the only writer/director with films in the race this year, however, as a number of other contenders boast a director who also penned the film’s script. The original screenplay hopefuls include Spotlight (directed and written by Tom McCarthy with co-writer Josh Singer), Inside Out (written and directed by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen), The Hateful Eight (written and directed by Quentin Tarantino), Ex Machina (written and directed by Alex Garland), Joy (written and directed by David O. Russell), Youth (written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino), 99 Homes (written and directed by Ramin Bahrani), Tangerine (directed by Sean Baker and written with co-writer Chris Bergoch), and Hungary’s official foreign language entry Son of Saul (directed by Laszlo Nemes and co-written by Clara Royer) while in the adapted category The Big Short (written and adapted from Michael Lewis’ book by Adam McKay and co-written with Charles Randolph), Beasts of No Nation (directed and written for the screen by Cary Fukunaga based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala), Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (directed by J.J. Abrams and co-written with Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt based on characters from George Lucas), and the stop-motion animated Anomalisa (written and directed by Charlie Kaufman based on his play).

Writing your own material may just give a director that extra boost with the Academy that ultimately leads to Oscar gold, as you can see in this breakdown of past instances.

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Thursday December 24th, 2015

Actor/Director Re-Teams That Lead to Oscar Success

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

In Joy, the biopic about Wonder Mop creator Joy Mangano from director David O. Russell, Jennifer Lawrence portrays the eponymous entrepreneur and has earned a Golden Globe nomination for best actress. Lawrence’s past two collaborations with Russell have netted Oscar nominations: best supporting actress in 2013’s American Hustle and best actress in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook (which she won).

Lawrence and Russell’s reunion is not the only example of an actor reconvening with a director they have previously received Oscar recognition with. In fact, Lawrence isn’t even the only actor in Joy to enjoy that fact, as both Bradley Cooper (who received a best actor nom in Silver Linings Playbook and supporting actor nom in American Hustle) and Robert De Niro (who was nominated for supporting actor in Silver Linings Playbook).

Similarly, Samuel L. Jackson has re-teamed with director Quentin Tarantino in The Hateful Eight. While Jackson has appeared in nearly every Tarantino film to date (he was rejected for Tarantino’s first feature, Reservoir Dogs) the only nomination the duo has ever netted for Jackson is a supporting actor nom in 1994’s Pulp FictionRead the rest of this entry »

Tuesday December 1st, 2015

Oscars: Will ‘Joy’ Return Jennifer Lawrence to the Best Actress Circle? (Analysis)

THR's awards analyst offers his take on the just-unveiled third pairing of writer/director David O. Russell with stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro.

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Joy, the third film that pairs writer/director David O. Russell with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, began screening for members of the press over the last few days. The highly-anticipated dramedy, which Fox will release nationwide on Christmas Day, was one of 2015’s last awards hopefuls to be unveiled. Reviews are embargoed for another few days, but general awards analyses are not.

So does Joy have the goods to compete with the year’s top guns in the Oscar race? Here’s my take.

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Wednesday October 21st, 2015

‘Concussion’: Will Smith’s Career as Box Office Star and Oscar Nominated Actor

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

Will Smith has been a major box office earner for nearly two decades, but recent years have seen some low points in the star’s career, with 2012’s Men in Black 3 and 2013’s After Earth both underperforming. Though the star is known primarily for big summer blockbusters, he has received recognition from the Academy for his work in serious dramas.

This year, with the release of the controversial football-centered film Concussion, Smith is hoping to reassert himself as a serious actor and garner further attention from Oscar. With a Christmas release slated for the film, however, it will have stiff competition at not just the box office, but for awards season momentum as David O. Russell‘s Joy, Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful EightAlejandro G. Iñárritu‘s The Revenant, and Adam McKay‘s The Big Short are all opening that week with big Oscar potential.

Here’s a look back at Smith’s career from the small screen to box office star to Oscar-nominated actor.

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Monday October 19th, 2015

This Year’s Oscars Will Likely Feature Familiar Faces from Last Year’s Awards

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

This year’s Oscars may very well feature many nominees from last year’s Academy Awards. This is often the case for actors and actresses, but this year it’s not just those in front of the camera who are looking for repeat nominations.

Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who last year won best director, best original screenplay, and best picture for Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), is hoping that this year’s The Revenant will have similar success. Birdman producer John Lesher also may be in the running at this year’s awards with the Johnny Depp-starring “Whitey” Bulger biopic, Black Mass.

Many of last year’s acting nominees are also likely to earn repeat noms, including last year’s best actor Eddie Redmayne, who won for his depiction of physicist Stephen Hawking in 2014’s The Theory of Everything, and best actress Julianne Moore, for her performance as a woman suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s Disease in Still Alice. Both Redmayne and Moore have been the recipients of major Oscar buzz for their performances this year.

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Tuesday January 7th, 2014

DGA Noms Boost Scorsese and Greengrass, But Oscar Voting Works Differently (Analysis)


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

This afternoon, the Directors Guild of America, the oldest and largest union of film and television directors, announced its five nominees for the 66th feature film DGA Award, which will be presented on Jan. 25. Their selections: Gravity‘s Alfonso CuaronCaptain Phillips‘ Paul Greengrass12 Years a Slave‘s Steve McQueenAmerican Hustle‘sDavid O. Russell and The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Martin Scorsese.

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Tuesday December 31st, 2013

David O. Russell’s Hot Streak

By Mark Pinkert
Contributor

If David O. Russell gets nominated for Best Director this year, he will have accomplished something that Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola and many other great directors have not–that is, to earn three Best Director nominations in the span of only four years. In fact, only eleven other directors have been on comparable hot streaks in Academy Award history, and only one of those streaks (by Clint Eastwood) has occurred after 1960. (See below for reference.)

This is not a comparison of overall quality or career prolificity (not many can bout with Scorsese, Allen, Hitchcock and Coppola in those categories), but merely a tribute to Russell’s ultra-concentrated efforts in the past four years and a recognition of the difficulty of this feat. It’s also a relevant because it might shed some light on previous Oscar trends and on what we can expect at the 86th Oscars.

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Tuesday December 31st, 2013

Always An Oscar Bridesmaid…Till This Year?


By Terence Johnson
Managing Editor

The New Year is almost upon us and several Oscar contenders are hoping that with the new year comes new Oscar fortunes. Being overdue is a concept many trot out during the awards season, so I decided to take a look at some of the people in the race with multiple nominations that could possibly be shedding the Oscar bridesmaid label.

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Friday March 1st, 2013

Joey Magidson’s Initial Predictions for the 86th Academy Awards in 2014

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor

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Being an Oscar prognosticator for over a half decade now, I’ve developed some odd habits. One of the things that I do that I know makes people question my sanity is posting my Oscar predictions for the another season as soon as the previous one has ended. I like getting a jump on things and actually started organizing contenders for the 2014 show a few months ago, but unless you’re as hardcore a film junkie as me, that’s crazy-talk.

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Monday February 11th, 2013

‘Lincoln’ Oscar Noms A Reminder Of Spielberg’s Lauded Crew

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor

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Whenever Steven Spielberg decides to take up a new directorial endeavor, he doesn’t do it alone. He gets his stock company of talent on the phone, and once he has the gang together, they go off and make a movie. It’s certainly not the same as when Spielberg was making little films in his backyard as a kid, but in a way the spirit is still the same. One big difference, though, is that when these movies get made, Oscar often takes notice.

Spielberg films almost always receive Academy Awards attention. On his own, he has 15 nominations (one of which came for just producing Letters from Iwo Jima, which he didn’t direct), while his crew has gotten dozens of nods. The last film of his not to get at least a nom was The Terminal, and before that it was Always. Believe it or not, only one other flick he directed went without a citation, and that was his early movie The Sugarland Express. That’s a stunningly good run of nominated work, and while he deserves lots of credit, his stock company deserves just as much.

Spielberg’s newest film, Lincoln, has gotten the attention of the Academy, and that extends to his crew as well. The movie itself is nominated for 12 Oscars, and while Spielberg has a solo citation for directing to go along with a trio of acting nods, the rest of the dozen go to the Beard’s crew members (though he shares a Best Picture credit, too).

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