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Thursday October 29th, 2015

SAG Awards’ Best Ensemble Helps Predict Oscar Winners

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

The SAG Awards are one of the great indicators of who may be looking at walking the stage at the Oscars to receive a statuette. In particular, SAG’s ensemble award has often been presented to casts that have later gone on to receive nominations, and wins, from the Academy.

This year there are a number of films with star-studded casts who look to make the SAG voters task difficult. Possible best picture contenders SpotlightThe Big Short, Joy, and The Martian  all boast stellar casts featuring Oscar winners.

Spotlight, which many theorists have as their best picture frontrunner at the moment, was just awarded the best ensemble prize at the Gotham Awards. The film features Oscar nominees Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucciand last year’s best actor nominee Michael Keaton. Keaton’s close loss to Eddie Redmayne last year may prompt the Academy to show him some extra love this season.

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Wednesday September 16th, 2015

Space May Be the New Frontier for Oscar Hopefuls

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

There has been a trend towards the stars in the past few years in Hollywood, and Oscar has finally begun to take notice. Films set in outerspace are no longer just the realm of niche science fiction, but rather have begun to get serious awards recognition.

The Martian, the new space epic from director Ridley Scott and star Matt Damon based on the novel by Andy Weir, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this past weekend and has high hopes for Oscar gold. Scott has been nominated for best director three times in his career (1991’s Thelma &Louise, 2000’s Gladiator, 2001’s Black Hawk Down) and hopes that his latest will finally earn him the statue.

Space-set films have been getting more respect as potential award season threats, with 2013’s Gravity earning a best director award for Alfonso Cuarón and a best picture nom. The trend is somewhat new, however, as a look back at years past show just how far the genre has come in terms of Oscar recognition.

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Wednesday January 7th, 2015

NBR Awards Celebrate ‘A Most Violent Year’ As ‘Sniper,’ ‘Birdman,’ Others Share Spotlight


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Just about all of the major Oscar contenders except for the presumptive favorite, Boyhood, were feted in one way or another at Tuesday night’s 86th annual National Board of Review Awards. Handed out at the stately Cipiriani 42nd Street restaurant by a 106-year-old group comprised of “knowledgeable film enthusiasts and professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students” — few if any of whom are also members of the Academy — it was a marathon three-hour evening, hosted by NBC’s Willie Geist, that featured the presentation of no fewer than 19 awards, the winners of which were announced on Dec. 2.

The winner of the most and biggest prizes was J.C.Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, a crime drama starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain that was awarded best film, one-half of best actor (Isaac) and best supporting actress (Chastain). Birdman took home two big prizes, the other half of best actor (Michael Keaton) and best supporting actor (Edward Norton), while American Sniper (best director Clint Eastwood) and Still Alice (best actress Julianne Moore) were also accorded major recognition.

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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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