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Monday February 27th, 2017

Oscars: A Closer Look at the Results That Were Overshadowed By the Chaos

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

It’s early Monday morning, and I’m finally back at my desk and starting to process what I witnessed only a few hours ago. One thing’s for sure: Bonnie and Clyde ended better for Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway than the 89th Oscars did.

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Friday February 24th, 2017

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot #4: ‘Moonlight’ “Everything I Think An Oscar Picture Should Be,” ‘La La Land’ “A Piece of Shit”

(Illustration by: Skip Sterling)

(Illustration by: Skip Sterling)

By: Anonymous, as told to Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Each year around this time, I sit down with several Oscar voters who, under the warm cloak of anonymity, spill their true feelings about the current season’s crop of contenders. Not just what or whom they voted for, but exactly why and how they came to those decisions.

It’s not a scientific survey; it’s just the candid, unsugarcoated opinions of a handful of members (out of 6,687) of the most important and powerful movie club in the world.

For Brutally Honest Ballot #4, below, here are the views of a member of the 468-member executives branch who — this season, anyway — is not associated with any of the nominees.

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Sunday February 19th, 2017

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Barry Jenkins (‘Moonlight’)

Barry Jenkins (Courtesy: Getty Images)

Barry Jenkins (Courtesy: Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“I have this fundamental block — maybe I’ll always have it, maybe I’ll get past it — but I am essentially Chiron, I grew up like this kid and there are just certain ceilings that I never can imagine myself breaking through,” says Barry Jenkins, the writer and director of Moonlight, as we sit down in his downtown Los Angeles apartment to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. “When they happen,” the 37-year-old continues, “they genuinely are an extreme surprise. And for whatever reason, I can’t get through this block that Chiron does not grow up and make a film that gets eight Academy Award nominations.” He then pauses, smiles and quietly adds, “But I guess he does.”

Jenkins, for his work on the acclaimed drama about a young man growing up black and gay in Miami (he is black but not gay), is Oscar-nominated for best director and, alongside Tarell Alvin McCraney, best adapted screenplay. His film — only the second feature he has directed, following 2008’s critically applauded but underseen Medicine for Melancholy — is nominated for best picture. Whatever happens on Feb. 26, he has had one hell of an awards season. Moonlight was unveiled over Labor Day Weekend at the Telluride Film Festival, was greeted with massive acclaim and only continued to gain momentum, ending 2016 as one of the year’s best reviewed film (it has a 98 percent favorable rating on RottenTomatoes.com).

Oh, and Jenkins was chosen as the year’s best director by the National Society of Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review, and was nominated for that distinction by the Directors Guild of America and both Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice voters. Meanwhile, the script that he and McCraney adapted from McCraney’s unproduced play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue won the USC Scripter and Gotham awards for best screenplay and was nominated for that distinction by Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and BAFTA voters. The script also is nominated for a Writers Guild Award, and both Jenkins’ direction and the script are nominated for Spirit Awards.

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Sunday February 12th, 2017

USC Scripter Awards: Why It Matters That ‘Moonlight’ Won (Analysis)

'Moonlight' (Courtesy: A24)

‘Moonlight’ (Courtesy: A24)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Bookmark Feb. 11 as the date pundits confirmed that Moonlight was the nominee to beat in the best adapted screenplay Oscar category.

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Saturday February 11th, 2017

Oscars 2017: How Does This Year’s Crop of Female Producers Fit in With the Best Picture Category’s History?

Oscar statue (Courtesy: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Oscar statue (Courtesy: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

There was always a chance for the best picture category at the 2017 Academy Awards to feature solid representation for female producers and, with the nominations official, the numbers are in. Turns out there are five of the nine films in this year’s top category with women behind it — but how does that stand up to the rest of Oscar history?

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Sunday January 15th, 2017

LA Film Critics Association Awards: Big Night for ‘Moonlight,’ Other Indie Darlings

'Moonlight' director Barry Jenkins accepts the LAFCA's best director award (Courtesy: Scott Feinberg)

‘Moonlight’ director Barry Jenkins at the LAFCAs (Courtesy: Scott Feinberg)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The team from the Los Angeles-set musical La La Land was seated at the table directly in front of the podium at the 42nd annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards on Saturday night, but there was no confusion about which film was the favorite of the L.A. critics. That would be the Miami-set indie Moonlight, which — as was announced back on Dec. 4 — won for best film, director (Barry Jenkins), supporting actor (Mahershala Ali) and cinematography (James Laxton).

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Saturday January 14th, 2017

Oscars 2017: Will #OscarsSoWhite End By Seeing Record Number of Non-White Wins in Acting Categories?

Denzel Washington and Halle Berry at the Oscars in 2002 (Courtesy: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Denzel Washington and Halle Berry at the 2002 Oscars (Courtesy: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

After two years of criticism it seems as though the #OscarsSoWhite controversy could become a thing the past should all the stars align. That’s because there’s a big chance actors and actresses of color could win in three out of the four acting categories — with others scoring nominations. Not only is this a change from recent events, but it could potentially be the biggest breakthrough for minorities in the history of the Oscars.

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Wednesday January 11th, 2017

Oscars 2017: Does ‘Moonlight’ Scoring National Society of Film Critics Top Prize Mean Best Picture Win Is Next?

'Moonlight' (Courtesy: David Bornfriend/A24)

‘Moonlight’ (Courtesy: David Bornfriend/A24)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

At this point it seems as though the best picture Oscar race has narrowed down to two films: awards magnet La La Land and underdog Moonlight. Both picked up major trophies at the Golden Globes — though La La Land totally dominated the night — and it’s almost as if we’re gearing up for an epic showdown. With the National Society of Film Critics honoring Moonlight as their best picture, does that indicate that the Academy will follow suit?

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Tuesday January 10th, 2017

BAFTA Nominations: Do Snubs of Denzel Washington, Barry Jenkins Merit #BAFTAsSoWhite Scrutiny?

Denzel Washington in 'Fences' (Courtesy: Paramount/Screenshot)

Denzel Washington in ‘Fences’ (Courtesy: Paramount/Screenshot)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced its nominees for the 70th BAFTA Awards early Tuesday morning. The group best known for bestowing the British equivalent of the Oscars included among its 20 acting nominees Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris, FencesViola Davis and Lion‘s Dev Patel, all in its supporting categories. (Harris and Patel are both British.) And yet, after reviewing the organization’s full list of nominees, it’s very hard to argue that it doesn’t have some sort of a race-related problem.

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Saturday December 24th, 2016

Oscars: How Often Is There a Split Between Best Picture and Best Director?

'La La Land' and 'Moonlight' (Courtesy: Dale Robinette; David Bornfriend/A24)

‘La La Land’ and ‘Moonlight’ (Courtesy: Dale Robinette; David Bornfriend/A24)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

Nothing is certain at the Oscars, and that absolutely applies to the best picture and best director categories. While it is common for films to win both of these trophies in a given year, sometimes they can go to two different works. There’s a chance that La La Land and Moonlight could split these categories at the upcoming ceremony — but how often does that happen?

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