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Posts Tagged ‘Denzel Washington’

Thursday February 23rd, 2017

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot #3: Denzel Washington “Talks Too Much,” ‘La La Land’ “Transported Me”

(Illustration by: James Steinberg)

(Illustration by: James Steinberg)

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

An anonymous member of the producers branch reveals 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 #3, below, here are the views of a member of the 504-member producers branch who — this season, anyway — is not associated with any of the nominees.

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Tuesday February 21st, 2017

Oscars: Listen to ‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast Episodes With 22 Nominees

(Courtesy: Photofest)

(Courtesy: Photofest)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

One of the great joys of my job at The Hollywood Reporter is getting to host our “Awards Chatter” podcast, for which I conduct in-depth interviews with awards hopefuls about their lives, careers and awards-contending work. Many of my recent guests are up for Oscars on Sunday night, while several others were integrally involved with films that received noms. Below is a listing of their names and links to those conversations, in case you would like to check them out. And you also can click here to subscribe — for free — to the podcast, providing you with access to all of our past episodes and alerts about future ones.

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Friday February 3rd, 2017

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Denzel Washington, on Campaign Trail for ‘Fences,’ Charms

Leonard Maltin and Denzel Washington (Courtesy: Rebecca Sapp/Getty)

Leonard Maltin and Denzel Washington (Courtesy: Rebecca Sapp/Getty)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“I appreciate your support for what I’ve done and I say thank you, in advance, for your support of what I’m about to do,” said Denzel Washington as he accepted the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Maltin Modern Master Award on Friday night. The 62-year-old’s remarks came after a two-hour conversation about his career with veteran film critic Leonard Maltin and a short but sweet tribute from his Fences co-stars Stephen McKinley Henderson and Saniyya Sidney, whom he also directed in the film.

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Tuesday January 31st, 2017

Oscars 2017: Denzel Washington on Track to Make History With Third Win

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in 'Fences' (Courtesy: Paramount)

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in ‘Fences’ (Courtesy: Paramount)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

Denzel Washington has already earned a spot in the history books with a seventh Oscar nomination and stands a solid shot at taking home an unprecedented third trophy across acting categories — both records for black thespians. Recent events suggest the 62-year-old stands a real chance at giving an acceptance speech come February 26 so, as this national treasure is set to win big — let’s take a look at the other non-white actors and actresses who are close behind.

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Tuesday January 24th, 2017

Oscars: Listen to ‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast Episodes With the Nominees

Meryl Streep; Denzel Washington; Casey Affleck

Meryl Streep; Denzel Washington; Casey Affleck

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

One of the great joys of my job at The Hollywood Reporter is getting to host our “Awards Chatter” podcast, for which I conduct in-depth interviews with awards hopefuls about their lives, careers and awards-contending work. I am delighted to report that 15 of my recent guests were recognized with Oscar nominations Tuesday morning, while several others were integrally involved with films that received noms.

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Saturday January 14th, 2017

Oscars 2017: Will #OscarsSoWhite End By Seeing Record Number of Non-White Wins in Acting Categories?

Denzel Washington and Halle Berry at the Oscars in 2002 (Courtesy: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Denzel Washington and Halle Berry at the 2002 Oscars (Courtesy: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

After two years of criticism it seems as though the #OscarsSoWhite controversy could become a thing the past should all the stars align. That’s because there’s a big chance actors and actresses of color could win in three out of the four acting categories — with others scoring nominations. Not only is this a change from recent events, but it could potentially be the biggest breakthrough for minorities in the history of the Oscars.

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Tuesday January 10th, 2017

BAFTA Nominations: Do Snubs of Denzel Washington, Barry Jenkins Merit #BAFTAsSoWhite Scrutiny?

Denzel Washington in 'Fences' (Courtesy: Paramount/Screenshot)

Denzel Washington in ‘Fences’ (Courtesy: Paramount/Screenshot)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced its nominees for the 70th BAFTA Awards early Tuesday morning. The group best known for bestowing the British equivalent of the Oscars included among its 20 acting nominees Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris, FencesViola Davis and Lion‘s Dev Patel, all in its supporting categories. (Harris and Patel are both British.) And yet, after reviewing the organization’s full list of nominees, it’s very hard to argue that it doesn’t have some sort of a race-related problem.

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Thursday January 5th, 2017

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Denzel Washington (‘Fences’)

Denzel Washington (Courtesy: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Denzel Washington (Courtesy: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“We’re all actors and we’re here to work” says Denzel Washington when I ask him, as we sit down to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast, if the actor who plays his son in Fences, the new film that he directed and stars in, was intimidated by working with him. The 61-year-old is, of course, a trailblazer for actors of color: An A-list movie star, following in the footsteps of his mentor Sidney Poitier, he became one of the most bankable stars of all time, with a filmography collectively responsible for more than $3.6 billion in worldwide grosses and a consistent track record of excellent work, which has resulted in a Tony and two Oscars. He continues, “There’s no difference. He’s an actor. I’m an actor. I’m just a more popular actor right now, but there’s really no difference. All that ‘movie star’/’celebrity’ stuff is stuff they call you; that’s not what I am, that’s a label that I’m given. The only title I use is ‘Actor.'”

(Click below to listen to this episode or here to access all of our 100+ episodes via iTunes. Past guests include Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Eddie Murphy, Lady Gaga, Robert De Niro, Amy Schumer, Will Smith, Jennifer LopezLouis C.K., Kristen Stewart, Harvey Weinstein, Sally Field, Jerry Seinfeld, Jane Fonda, Tyler Perry, Kate WinsletMichael Moore, Helen Mirren, J.J. Abrams, Taraji P. Henson, Warren Beatty, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Eisner, Brie Larson, Sting, Natalie Portman, RuPaul, Sheila Nevins, Justin Timberlake, Nicole Kidman and Michael Keaton.)

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Tuesday November 29th, 2016

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Denzel Washington to Receive Modern Master Award

Denzel Washington in 'Fences' (Courtesy: Paramount/Screenshot)

Denzel Washington in ‘Fences’ (Courtesy: Paramount/Screenshot)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Denzel Washington will receive the Maltin Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the fest announced Wednesday.

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Friday November 25th, 2016

How Well Do Plays Perform at the Oscars in the Best Picture Category?

'Fences' (Courtesy: Paramount)

‘Fences’ (Courtesy: Paramount)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

We already know what track record musicals have at the Oscars, but how well do works deriving from straight-up plays perform when the Academy is handing out the coveted trophy? With Fences being a frontrunner in the best picture category this year, does history indicate that a win could be in the work’s future? Let’s take a look back at how well this genre has performed at the awards show and see.

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