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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

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Kevin O’Connell (‘Hacksaw Ridge’)

Kevin O'Connell (Courtesy: Getty Images)

Kevin O’Connell (Courtesy: Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“I’ve never been more appreciative, humbled and just overall excited about the fact that I’ve been nominated,” says Hacksaw Ridge sound mixer Kevin O’Connell of his 21st Oscar nomination — which he shares with Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright — as we sit down at The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of THR‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. “I don’t want to say I took it for granted in the past, but I certainly don’t take it for granted anymore.”

O’Connell, 59, has worked in Hollywood for nearly 40 years, and is one of the most respected practitioners of his craft. But he is best known for a dubious distinction: in Oscar history, no person has accumulated more nominations without ever winning. His noms span 33 years, from 1983’s Terms of Endearment through Mel Gibson‘s 2016 war film, with noms inbetween for Dune (1984), Silverado (1985), Top Gun (1986), Black Rain(1989), Days of Thunder (1990), A Few Good Men (1992), Crimson Tide (1995), Twister (1996), The Rock (1996), Con Air (1997), The Mask of Zorro (1998), Armageddon (1998), The Patriot (2000), Pearl Harbor (2001), Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Apocalypto (2006) and Transformers (2007).

(Click below to listen to this episode or here to access all of our 130+ 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, Lin-Manuel MirandaKate Winslet, Michael Moore, Helen Mirren, J.J. Abrams, Taraji P. Henson, Warren Beatty, Kate Beckinsale, Michael EisnerBrie Larson, Sting, Natalie Portman, RuPaul, Sheila Nevins, Justin Timberlake, Lily Collins, Ryan Reynolds, Jessica Chastain, Tracy Morgan, Alicia Vikander, James Corden, Lily Tomlin, Eddie Redmayne, Sarah Silverman, Michael Keaton, Charlotte Rampling, Tyler Perry, Isabelle Huppert, Vince Vaughn, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Emma Stone and Denzel Washington.)

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Thursday January 19th, 2017

Oscars 2017: What Are Mel Gibson’s Chances of a Best Director Nomination For ‘Hacksaw Ridge’?

Mel Gibson on the set of 'Hacksaw Ridge' (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

Mel Gibson on the set of ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

Mel Gibson has a chance at being nominated in the best director category at the 2017 Oscars for Hacksaw Ridge — but there is definitely some competition. While the 61-year-old multihyphenate has already received nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, snagging one from the Academy is not certain. How often have directors been gotten those two precursor nominations only to fall short of the all-important Oscar nomination?

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Sunday January 15th, 2017

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Vince Vaughn (‘Hacksaw Ridge’)

Vince Vaughn (Courtesy: AP Images)

Vince Vaughn (Courtesy: AP Images)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“I think what happened to me after The Break-Up was I was kind of more ‘booking jobs’ and not working from that same catalyst of, ‘I really believe in this and we all want to make the same movie,'” acknowledges the actor Vince Vaughn as we sit down at the London West Hollywood hotel to discuss his career on The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. Following a remarkable run of hit comedies in the early 2000s — among them, 2003’s Old School, 2004’s Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and Starsky & Hutch and 2005’s Wedding Crashers — Vaughn had deliberately pivoted towards drama with the 2006 dramedy.

“But I didn’t follow through on it,” the 46-year-old says with unmistakable regret. Instead, he lost his way for a decade, during which he was humbled by critical and commercial disappointments — see Fred Claus (2007), Four Christmases (2008), Couples Retreat (2009), The Dilemma (2011), Delivery Man (2013) and The Internship(2013), or better yet, don’t. He has found his footing again, though, in Mel Gibson‘s 2016 war film Hacksaw Ridge, in which he plays a tough sergeant who oversees — and ultimately goes into battle alongside — a soldier who refuses to touch a gun, and for which the actor has received some of the best notices of his nearly 30-year career.

(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, Lily Collins, Ryan Reynolds, Jessica Chastain, Tracy Morgan, Alicia Vikander, James Corden, Lily Tomlin, Eddie Redmayne, Sarah Silverman, Michael Keaton, Nicole Kidman and Denzel Washington.)

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Sunday January 1st, 2017

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Andrew Garfield (‘Hacksaw Ridge’ and ‘Silence’)

Andrew Garfield (Courtesy: Getty Images)

Andrew Garfield (Courtesy: Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“I like the idea that our greatest wounds are our greatest gifts,” says Andrew Garfield, the 33-year-old U.S.-born British actor currently generating best actor Oscar buzz for his performances in both Mel Gibson‘s Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorsese‘s Silence, as we sit down at The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of the Awards Chatter podcast. “My sensitivity, I think, gets me in so much trouble, and also gives me a tremendous amount of wonderful things in my life, as well. It means that I can connect deeply to things, whether it’s other people, characters I play, the struggles of others. But, in the same breath, it means I can just as easily connect to the stuff that really fucks with me — I’m very permeable in that way.”

(Click above 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 and Nicole Kidman.)

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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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Tuesday December 6th, 2016

Oscars 2017: Broadway Writers in Best Original and Best Adapted Screenplay Categories

Kenneth Lonergan (Courtesy: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Kenneth Lonergan (Courtesy: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

While some of the biggest writers in Hollywood typically populate the best original screenplay and best adapted screenplay categories, it’s not uncommon for Broadway vets to pop up as well. This year is no different as some folks from the Great White Way are up for the biggest honor in Tinseltown: a golden Oscar statuette. Let’s take a closer look at these great talents, shall we?

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