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Monday December 15th, 2014

Critics’ Choice Awards: Jessica Chastain Named 2014’s MVP of Film


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Jessica Chastain, Kevin Costner and Ron Howard will receive special awards at the 20th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association, which hosts the event, announced on Friday. The honors were determined by the BFCA’s executive committee and will be presented during the Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony on Jan. 15. A&E will broadcast the awards nationally.

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Thursday December 11th, 2014

Paramount Reboots ‘Interstellar’ Campaign, Placing Greater Emphasis on Its Actors


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The early teaser trailers for Interstellar, released back when nobody really had any idea what Christopher Nolan’s latest film was about, didn’t offer much information about it. All one could really deduce from the visuals and Matthew McConaughey’s vague ramblings (perhaps they were his audition tape for the Lincoln commercials?) was that its focus would be on the exploration of our solar system.

Now that the film has been unveiled and the awards race is heating up, Paramount wants to bring that focus back down to earth by highlighting its central performances by lead actor McConaughey, lead actress Anne Hathaway and supporting actress Jessica Chastain.

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Friday December 5th, 2014

Weinsteins Fire Up Best Actress Push for ‘Rigby’s’ Jessica Chastain


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

It looks like the best actress Oscar category might have to make room for two widely-revered redheads. Still Alice‘s Julianne Moore has been its clear front-runner since her film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Now she may be joined by the year’s most prolific actress, Jessica Chastain, as well.

What’s that, you say? Chastain’s being pushed for only her two supporting performances, in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and J.C.Chandor’s A Most Violent Year (the latter of which was singled out for a National Board of Review honor earlier this week), not her leading turns in Liv Ullmann’s Miss Julie or Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby?

That, it turns out, is no longer the case.

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Tuesday December 2nd, 2014

Who Got a Boost from the National Board of Review Nominations?


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

In addition to the Academy’s announcement of the shortlist for the best documentary feature Oscar (read my take here), Tuesday also brought the news of the National Board of Review’s selections for the 86th annual NBR Awards, which will be handed out during a gala fundraiser at Cipriani on Jan. 6.

Like the barrage of awards handled out on Monday, those given by the NBR don’t really offer any real indication of how Oscar voters are thinking. (The NBR is comprised of “knowledgeable film enthusiasts and professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students,” few if any of whom are also members of the Academy.) Still, their endorsement — and the opportunity for the winners to accept a prize and give a speech at their ceremony — are highly valued by contenders because they result in a considerable amount of media coverage that might motivate Oscar voters to give them greater consideration.

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Sunday November 9th, 2014

Governors Awards: Top Contenders Celebrate Legends at Dress Rehearsal for Oscars


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The Academy’s sixth annual Governors Awards was, like the five before it, as special a night as any on the Hollywood awards season calendar.

I refer to it as “special” because it was a beautifully orchestrated and moving ceremony (hat-tip to the evening’s producer Reginald Hudlin and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs) celebrating four remarkable people: Golden Age actress Maureen O’Hara, prolific writer Jean-Claude Carriere and animation master Hayao Miyazaki received honorary Oscars, and 87-year-old actor/activistHarry Belafonte became only the 37th recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

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Wednesday October 29th, 2014

Jessica Chastain’s Incredible Rise


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor 

From a newcomer award at the Deauville Film Festival in 2011 to a career tribute this fall, two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain has come a long way in just three years. This year, she has been a part of four films: Christopher Nolan’s potential best picture nominee Interstellar, which opens in select theaters Nov. 5; J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, which is opening AFI Fest Nov. 6; Liv Ullmann’s Miss Julie, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; and Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and is a combination of 2013’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him.

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Thursday October 9th, 2014

Chicago Film Fest: Liv Ullmann on an Iconic Half-Century Career, Fest Opener ‘Miss Julie’


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

On Thursday evening, the 50th annual Chicago International Film Festival will kick off with the U.S. premiere of Miss Julie, the latest film from the legendary Liv Ullmann, who made her name as an actress in the great films of Ingmar Bergman and Jan Troell, and who has since become a first-rate filmmaker in her own right.

At the recent Toronto International Film Festival, where Miss Julie — the latest adaptation of August Strindberg’s 1888 upstairs-downstairs dramatic play — had its world premiere, I had the rare opportunity to sit down with the 75-year-old for an hour-long interview about her remarkable life, career and latest project. It did not disappoint.

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Monday October 6th, 2014

Oscar Nominations Rare for Portrayals of the Same Character in the Same Film

By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor

[WARNING: Potential spoilers ahead for Interstellar.]

Only two times in Oscar history have there been Oscar nominations for two actors playing the same character in the same film. The first time this happened was in 1998 when Kate Winslet received a lead actress nomination for her portrayal of a young Rose in Titanic (1997) and Gloria Stuart received a supporting actress nomination for Old Rose. Winslet did it again in 2002 when she was nominated for her supporting role as Young Iris Murdoch in Iris (2001) and Judi Dench was nominated for her lead role.

More often than not, when there are multiple portrayals of a character in a film, there is a child actor and the adult who gets the more prominent role and the Oscar nomination, such as with Forrest Gump (1994). Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his portrayal of Forrest Gump, while Michael Conner Humphreys played Young Forrest.

Should Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar meet — or exceed — expectations after its release Nov. 5 or Nov. 7, depending on the theater, Jessica Chastain and Ellen Burstyn could have a shot at becoming the third pair of actresses to receive nominations for playing the same role.

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Wednesday February 6th, 2013

Emmanuelle Riva: The True Sleeper Nominee Of Oscar Night?

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor

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We’ve been paying a lot of attention to Argo of late in regard to the Oscars, but there are some big races that don’t involve Ben Affleck’s film. Most notably, there’s a competitive Best Actress race going on.

Many pundits have made it out to be a competition between Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence, with the latter far out in the lead. While I agree that the Silver Linings Playbook actress is certainly ahead of her Zero Dark Thirty competitor, I do think she has to watch out for Emmanuelle Riva in her rear-view mirror. The sleeper candidate from Amour may just wake everyone up on Oscar night and steal the trophy.

Riva is immensely deserving of her nomination, but up until recently, it didn’t seem like many thought she had a legitimate shot at a win. I’ll confess to being there for a while, but the more I think about it, the more it seems like she’s at least the dark horse or spoiler of the category, if not the current alternative to Lawrence. Read the rest of this entry »

Monday January 21st, 2013

FEINBERG FORECAST: Updated Projections (With 5 Weeks Until the 85th Oscars)

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

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Every week through the Oscars on Feb. 24, The Hollywood Reporter’s awards analyst Scott Feinberg will release a new “Feinberg Forecast,” a post in which he recaps the most noteworthy awards-related news of the past week and shares his latest assessment of the standings in each of the major awards categories. (For more information about Feinberg and how he arrives at his projections, as well as a key for the various colors and acronyms that appear throughout them, scroll to the bottom of this post.)