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Thursday January 8th, 2015

Oscars: The Predicament of the M.I.A. Contender


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

A version of this story first appeared in a special awards issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

One can quickly recall the names of acting Oscar nominees (Joaquin Phoenix for The MasterRooney Mara for The Girl With the Dragon TattooEmmanuelle Riva for Amour) and winners (Christian Bale for The Fighter, Mo’Nique forPrecious, Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight) who got where they got without doing any real campaigning — because they number so few.

People might like to think that Oscar voting is solely about merit, but that’s naive and incorrect. Academy members are people, not machines, which means that they can be influenced. And when the prize at stake is one that carries as much prestige and potential for increased opportunity and earning as the Oscar does, well, of course contenders for it are going to try to influence the outcome by lobbying voters, in one form or another — participating in Q&As, granting interviews, taking out ads, making appearances, accepting tributes, etc.

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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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Sunday December 28th, 2014

Could ‘Nightcrawler’ Be the ‘Crash’ of This Season?


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Is Nightcrawler the best picture Oscar contender we’re all underestimating?

Earlier this week I caught up with Tom Ortenberg, who was the president of theatrical films at Lionsgate nine years ago when that operation’s Crash, a film about intolerance in the Los Angeles community, shocked the world by beating Brokeback Mountain to win best picture. Today, the 54-year-old runs Open Road Films, which is placing its chips this season on Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut that stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a paparazzo-like creep who documents and sells footage to the local news of accidents that occur throughout L.A.

Ortenberg raised an interesting point with me — albeit one that he obviously has a stake in pushing — which is that Nightcrawler shares an awful lot in common with Crash.

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Sunday November 16th, 2014

AFI Fest: Kristen Stewart, Jake Gyllenhaal and 6 Other Oscar Hopefuls on Making Indies


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

It’s not often that one gets to spend 75 minutes talking about the good, bad and ugly sides of indie filmmaking with eight distinguished filmmakers, but that’s precisely what I had the pleasure of doing last Sunday when I moderated the AFI Fest’s Indie Contenders Roundtable, which was presented by The Hollywood Reporter.

Each of the eight panelists were associated with top-notch 2014 indies: writer-director J.C. Chandor (AFI Fest opener A Most Violent Year); writer-director Damien Chazelle (Sundance grand jury and audience award winner Whiplash); Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard (Belgian Oscar submission Two Days, One Night, as well as 2013 Cannes selection The Immigrant); Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Toronto selections Nightcrawler and, from 2013, Enemy); actor Bill Hader (a best actor Gotham Award nominee for Sundance selection The Skeleton Twins); actress Michelle Monaghan (Fort Bliss); actress Kristen Stewart (Toronto selection Still Alice, as well as Sundance selection Camp X-Ray and Cannes selection The Clouds of Sils Maria); and Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer, as well as 2013 Cannes selection Only Lovers Left Alive and Berlin selectionThe Grand Budapest Hotel).

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Thursday October 23rd, 2014

AFI Fest: 8 Oscar Hopefuls Will Appear on THR Indie Contenders Roundtable (Exclusive)


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

An eclectic group of eight distinguished filmmakers who did celebrated work on independent films in 2014 will appear on the AFI Fest’s inaugural Indie Contenders Roundtable, presented by The Hollywood Reporter and moderated by yours truly, on Nov. 9 in Hollywood.

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Saturday September 6th, 2014

Toronto: Can the Acclaimed Genre Film ‘Nightcrawler’ Crack Into Oscar Race?


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Open Road Films’ Nightcrawler may or may not turn out to be “an awards movie” — “genre films” rarely do — but it is destined to become a classic and was received accordingly, with a loud and partial standing ovation, after its world premiere on Friday night at Roy Thomson Hall as part of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Monday January 7th, 2013

What Would Happen To The Oscars Race If Late-Year Releases Were Removed?

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor

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I always enjoy looking at alternate versions of the Oscar race. It’s just an experiment, but there are still a number of interesting dynamics that I notice about the year in awards contenders when playing around with eligible films.

In years past, I’ve wondered what were the No. 11 films in the two years that Oscar had a guaranteed crop of 10 Best Picture nominees. I’ve also considered what the Oscars nods would have looked like if you removed every contender that was actually nominated. This time around, I’m trying something a little different.

With the Academy only days away from announcing their noms, I wanted to look at how the race would look if you took out any of the contenders that hit in the final part of the year. Essentially, if you disqualified the films that went into release after September, what might the Oscar nominations look like this week?

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Thursday November 8th, 2012

Jake Gyllenhaal Declares That He’ll Only Take On Challenging Projects in the Future (Video)

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

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I recently had the opportunity to sit down in New York with the Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal following a screening of his hit film End of Watch for a wide-ranging conversation about his life and career. Gyllenhaal, who will turn 32 next month and has now been acting professionally for 21 years, says that he recently arrived at something of a turning-point in both: after his experience with End of Watch and now the acclaimed off-Broadway play If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, he has decided that he will only take on projects that challenge and mean as much to him as they do. Together — as you can see for yourself by checking out the video at the top of this page or read about below — we took a look back at his remarkable journey to this conclusion.

Wednesday September 12th, 2012

The Top 10 Actors Who Should Return To TV

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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Movies used to be gold standard for actors, with George Clooney, Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio leaving the small screen for the big to achieve great professional and financial success.

However, times are changing, and many actors who left TV to work in movies are coming back, including Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams and Michael J. Fox. Due to the addition of cable and subscription-based original programming, better roles are being created that will give actors a chance for the recognition, awards and job security that movies no longer  provide. Just look at Claire Danes, who returned to TV to star in Showtime’s Homeland, for which she’s nominated for an Emmy.

There are several actors who should return to TV, but not all of them will. Take a look at the top 10 TV stars who’ve left TV but should return:

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Tuesday May 8th, 2012

‘End of Watch’ Action Thriller Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña

By Josh Abraham

End Of Watch stars Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as young Los Angeles police officers Taylor and Zavala as they patrol the city’s meanest streets of south central Los Angeles.

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