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Monday January 11th, 2016

Golden Globes: Fox’s ‘Revenant,’ ‘Martian’ and ‘Joy’ Dominate — But Oscar’s Still Up for Grabs (Analysis)

THR's awards analyst reminds the shut-out teams behind 'Spotlight,' 'The Big Short,' 'Carol' and 'Mad Max' that the HFPA also chose 'Avatar,' 'The Social Network' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' as best pics over different eventual Oscar winners.

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

It’s hard to know what to make of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s picks for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards. The Revenant for best picture and Alejandro G. Inarritu for best director? Joy‘s Jennifer Lawrence for best actress (musical/comedy)? Steve Jobs‘ Kate Winslet for best supporting actress? Steve Jobs for best screenplay? And nothing — not a single award — for Carol (which landed more Golden Globes noms than any other film), Spotlight (which was the Oscar frontrunner coming into the night),Mad Max: Fury Road (which could win more Oscar noms than any film) or The Big Short (which some thought was posed to become the new Oscar frontrunner), among other top Oscar hopefuls?

The reality is that those of us who have our eyes on the big prize, the Oscar, shouldn’t dwell on them much at all. Why? Because the HFPA is composed of just 82 people, all LA-based journalists for foreign outlets, whereas the Academy is composed of some 6,200 people, all of whom are associated with the production of movies; only one person, actress-turned-journalist Lisa Lu, belongs to both groups.

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Tuesday January 5th, 2016

National Board of Review Chief Responds to Claims of Favoritism and Murky Membership

As the controversial organization holds its annual award ceremony, some are questioning who the "film enthusiasts" are who make up the group and how they determine winners. Counters its leader Annie Schulhoff: "Sadly, there are people who have worked for the NBR who have not left under the best of circumstances and, as a result, harbor a grudge."

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The 106-year-old National Board of Review will present its 87th annual awards on Tuesday at a lavish, star-studded gala at Manhattan’s Cipriani 42nd Street. Topping the list of this year’s winners are best film Mad Max: Fury Road, best actor Matt Damon of The Martian and best actress Brie Larson of RoomWillie Geist will serve as host for the second year in a row, and many of the industry’s biggest names will be in attendance.

But at the same time, many inside and outside of the ceremony will also be questioning the legitimacy of the gathering. The NBR and its voting procedures have long been shrouded in mystery. And some industry insiders as well as several defectors from the group have alleged that its vote is manipulated to reward certain distributors over others and friends of some of the group’s most powerful members.

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Tuesday December 15th, 2015

Palm Springs Film Fest: ‘The Martian’ Star Matt Damon to Receive Chairman’s Award

The 45-year-old will be presented with the honor by his 'Martian' director Ridley Scott.

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Matt Damon, the star of Ridley Scott‘s space-set dramedy The Martian, has been tapped to receive the Chairman’s Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the 27th edition of which is set to run Jan. 1-11. Damon will collect his hardware at the annual PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 2.

The 45-year-old will be presented with his award by Martian director Scott.

Previous recipients of the Chairman’s Award include Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks,Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman and, at the most recent gala, Reese Witherspoon.

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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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Monday October 26th, 2015

‘The Martian’: Box Office Hits and Best Picture WInners

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

In its fourth weekend at the box office, The Martian has once more claimed the number one spot. The Matt Damon-led sci-fi film reclaimed the top position after a short stint at number two last week and has been as well received by critics as it has been with audiences.

With best picture hopes, director Ridley Scott has the possibility of having the first major commercial hit win the award since Peter Jackson‘s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King swept the Oscars in 2004.

In recent years, there has been a growing divide between what is considered artistic gravitas in a film and its success at the box office, according to the Academy.

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Friday October 9th, 2015

‘The Martian’: Commercial Success and Oscar Recognition

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

Last weekend The Martian opened in the number one spot at the box office with a $55 million debut, falling just short of director Ridley Scotts highest-grossing opening for 2001’s Hannibal, which grossed $58 million. Likewise, star Matt Damon also scored his second biggest premiere, just behind 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, which had a $69.3 million bow.

The film is not only a commercial success, however, as it has been earning high praise from critics as well. Early Oscar buzz is already surrounding the sci-fi flick, adapted from author Andy Weir‘s novel, and it is projected to maintain its position at number one this weekend against newcomers The Walk and Pan.

Big box office numbers are not necessary for Oscar success, as history has shown, but several of those films in the running for best picture nominations this year have been major hits with audiences.

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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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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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Friday January 18th, 2013

TV Rewind: ‘Globes’ Broadcast Dominates, ‘The Killing’ Resurges, ‘Idol’ Ratings Plummet

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements and gossip!

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• The 2013 Golden Globes dominated the ratings Sunday, drawing 20 million viewers. There was a 17 percent increase in audience members over last year’s ceremony, and the show was up 28 percent in the 18-49 demo, scoring a 6.4 adult rating.

• AMC’s The Killing, which got the ax this summer, is officially coming back for a third season. The drama will return to AMC along with stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, but not everything will be the same: Detectives Linden and Holder (Enos and Kinnaman) will be working on a new case a year after solving the Rosie Larsen (Katie Findlay) murder.

• Despite adding judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj, the new season of Fox’s American Idol debuted to its smallest premiere audience ever. Although the reality show still drew 17.9 million viewers, that’s a 19 percent drop from the previous season premiere.

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Friday January 11th, 2013

TV Rewind: ‘Arrested Development’ Creator Teases Movie, ‘Idol’ Judges Feud, Anna Faris Joins CBS Pilot

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements and gossip!

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• Although Netflix’s new season of Arrested Development will feature every member of the Bluth family, you won’t actually get to see all of them at the same time. “You don’t see them all together until you see the movie,” says creator Mitch Hurwitz. We thought we couldn’t wait for the movie, which has yet to be confirmed, any more than we did, but we’ve been proven wrong — very wrong.

• Unless Fox’s American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are great actors in addition to being talented singers/rappers, it seems they really are feuding.

Anna Faris is going from real motherhood to reel motherhood. The actress is joining the CBS pilot Mom, executive produced by Chuck Lorre (CBS’s Two and a Half Men), and will star as a recently sober single mom living in California’s wine-filled Napa Valley.

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