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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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Friday November 14th, 2014

‘Big Eyes’ Debuts, ‘Foxcatcher’ Finally Makes It to AFI Fest on Busy Night in Awards Season


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

On Thursday night, two very different Oscar hopefuls, which have tread two very different paths, both landed in Hollywood for the first time.

Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, a dark drama that was originally scheduled to have its world premiere at the AFI Fest last year before post-production delays forced it into this year’s race, finally made it to the fest (better late than never!), having already screened at just about every other biggie (Cannes, Telluride, Toronto and New York). The film, which stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, was feted with a gala Los Angeles premiere at the home of the Oscars, the Dolby Theatre, to which Sony Classics hopes it will return as an Oscar nominee on Feb. 22.

Meanwhile, across town, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, a biopic-dramedy that stars Academy favorites Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz as married artists Margaret Keane and Walter Keane, had its world premiere at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Weinstein Co. release screened as part of a Film Independent screening series — FI’s Elvis Mitchell noted, in pre-screening remarks, that it was the series’ first-ever world premiere — which struck some as an unusual way to unveil an awards hopeful, although it proved to be perfectly reasonable. It effectively managed hype and expectations, making it possible for the glossy film to more or less satisfy rather than disappoint its audience.

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Friday September 19th, 2014

Britannia Awards to Honor Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Mike Leigh

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The Judge‘s lead actor Robert Downey, Jr., Foxcatcher‘s supporting actor Mark Ruffalo, Mr. Turner‘s writer-director Mike Leigh and two beloved British actresses of different generations, Dame Judi Dench and Emma Watson, will be this year’s honorees at BAFTA Los Angeles’ 23rd annual Britannia Awards on Oct. 30 at the Beverly Hilton, the organization announced Thursday.

The gala dinner and ceremony, which raises funds for BAFTA-LA’s education, preservation and philanthropic efforts, is an early and high-profile stop on the annual awards circuit that fetes Brits and non-Brits alike “who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the US, UK and beyond.”

Comedian Rob Brydon will return as host for the second consecutive year. (The ceremony will air on BBC America on  Nov 2 at 9pm EST.) And BAFTA’s Bumble Ward and Deborah Kolar will serve as the event’s co-chairs.

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Monday September 1st, 2014

Telluride: ‘Foxcatcher’ Lands Stateside, Trio of Actors Strongly Embraced


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Bennett Miller‘s first two feature films, Capote (2005) and Moneyball (2011), were both nominated for the best picture Oscar. His third, Foxcatcher, has already garnered him the best director prize at May’s Cannes Film Festival. But if Foxcatcher is to follow in the footsteps of Miller’s earlier films, it will have to resonate stateside, too, which is why so much attention was paid to its North American premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on Saturday morning.

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Friday March 1st, 2013

Joey Magidson’s Initial Predictions for the 86th Academy Awards in 2014

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor

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Being an Oscar prognosticator for over a half decade now, I’ve developed some odd habits. One of the things that I do that I know makes people question my sanity is posting my Oscar predictions for the another season as soon as the previous one has ended. I like getting a jump on things and actually started organizing contenders for the 2014 show a few months ago, but unless you’re as hardcore a film junkie as me, that’s crazy-talk.

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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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Monday January 23rd, 2012

Casting Confirmed for Normal Heart Film

By Samuel Negin

Confirming earlier speculation, Oscar winner Julia Roberts has signed on to play Dr. Emma Brookner opposite Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks in Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s forthcoming movie adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, according to The Hollywood Reporter. They will be joined by 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin as Ned’s brother Ben Weeks, White Collar star Matt Bomer as Ned’s lover Felix Turner (the role that won a Tony for John Benjamin Hickey in the 2011 Broadway revival) and The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, who will reprise his Broadway role as AIDS activist Tommy Boatwright.

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Wednesday October 5th, 2011

THE FINISH LINE: Angelina Jolie Honored by U.N.; Anna Paquin’s ‘Margaret’ Tanks

Today’s recommendations of important, interesting and eccentric stories pertaining to the awards race…

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Friday February 11th, 2011

INTERVIEW: MARK RUFFALO, HYBRID OF CHARACTER ACTOR AND LEADING MAN

The great Mark Ruffalo finally received the first Oscar nomination of his career last month, garnering a nod in the best supporting actor category for his performance in “The Kids Are All Right” as a one-time sperm donor who is years later contacted by the products of his “contribution.” I just dug up some footage of an interview that I conducted with Ruffalo back on November 15, 2008, when he came to Brandeis University to participate in a Q&A with me (in my former capacity as a Los Angeles Times blogger) and undergraduate students (most of whom were studying film and/or theater) following a screening of “What Doesn’t Kill You” (2008), a little movie in which he starred that was inspired/directed by Brian Goodman, who joined Ruffalo on-stage. Unfortunately, the collapse of the Yari Film Group, the film’s distributor, prevented the film from getting much of a release, but Ruffalo’s performance in it — much like his performance in “You Can Count on Me” (2000) — should have brought him Academy recognition long ago.

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Wednesday February 9th, 2011

VIDEO: THE MELISSA LEO THAT YOU’RE NOT HEARING ENOUGH ABOUT

In the op-ed that I posted yesterday about Melissa Leo, the best supporting actress hopeful for “The Fighter,” I mentioned how much she impressed me during her November 13, 2008 visit to Brandeis University to participate in a Q&A with me (in my former capacity as a Los Angeles Times blogger) and undergraduate students (most of whom were studying film and/or theater) following a screening of “Frozen River,” the film for which she would ultimately receive a best actress nomination. As you can see by checking out this footage of the 50-minute “Inside the Actors Studio”-style session, Leo was as gracious, frank, and ultimately down-to-earth as anyone could be during the Q&A, just as she was during our dinner beforehand and while mingling with students in the lobby afterwards. We had a lot of other terrific people participate in this screening/Q&A series — among them Alan Alda, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Jenkins, Mark Ruffalo, and Michael Shannon — but no one quite like Melissa.