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Thursday December 22nd, 2016

Oscars: The Landscape of the Best Adapted Screenplay Category Since 2000

'Nocturnal Animals' (Courtesy: Merrick Morton/Focus Features)

‘Nocturnal Animals’ (Courtesy: Merrick Morton/Focus Features)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

This year’s contenders for best adapted screenplay are quite the eclectic group based on their sources — something that can never be said for those competing for best original screenplay. When looking at this category’s past since the year 2000, can history dictate which type of adapted screenplays the Academy might be leaning toward at the 2017 Oscars?

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Tuesday December 20th, 2016

Oscars 2017: This Year’s Top 15 Oscar-Worthy Films Premiered at Which Festivals?

'Moonlight' (Courtesy: A24)

‘Moonlight’ (Courtesy: A24)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

The current Oscar race is turning into a real bloodbath, with a handful of films showing up in the discussion for Hollywood’s top prizes. This site’s namesake, The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, lists 15 movies as frontrunners in vying for the top categories across best picture, best director, and best acting categories for the top. When did these works debut at film festivals and, is there an overwhelming time of the year that seems to have churned out more buzz?

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Saturday December 17th, 2016

Oscars: How Often Do All Four Best Acting Awards Go to First-Time Winners?

Casey Affleck in 'Manchester by the Sea' (Courtesy: Claire Folger)

Casey Affleck in ‘Manchester by the Sea’ (Courtesy: Claire Folger)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

The acting categories at the Oscars are always full of so much talent — but just how often do all four trophies go to first-time winners in the same year? Per historical data of the Academy Awards, the occurrence of overlap across the board — best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress —is actually more commonplace than one might think.

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Thursday December 15th, 2016

Oscars: Why the Academy Decided ‘Loving’ and ‘Moonlight’ Are Adapted Screenplays — And How That Affects Their Prospects

'Moonlight' and 'Loving' (Courtesy: Photofest)

‘Moonlight’ and ‘Loving’ (Courtesy: Photofest)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Loving and Moonlight have been classified as original screenplays by the Writers Guild of America, but the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences has concluded that they should compete for the adapted screenplay Oscar. What, you might ask, gives?

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Monday December 5th, 2016

Oscars 2017: All Signs Pointing to Barry Jenkins as Best Director For ‘Moonlight’?

Barry Jenkins (Courtesy: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Barry Jenkins (Courtesy: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

Things are looking pretty promising for Barry Jenkins right about now. Putting the majority of Moonlight’s awards and accolades aside, the filmmaker was recently honored by both the New York Film Critics Circle Award as well as the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for his work behind the camera — but will this translate into a best director win at the Oscars in 2017?

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Tuesday November 29th, 2016

NBR Picks Keep Focus on Indie Standouts ‘Manchester’ and ‘Moonlight’

'Manchester by the Sea' (Courtesy: Claire Folger)

‘Manchester by the Sea’ (Courtesy: Claire Folger)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Midday on Tuesday, I was seated amid a throng of Academy members at a Peggy Siegal luncheon held at The Explorers Club in New York for Moonlight, the film that essentially swept the Gotham Awards on Monday night. Writer/director Barry Jenkins and stars Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris were fielding questions from moderator Dave Karger — all part of the requisite whistle-stop tour for Oscar hopefuls — when Karger was handed a smartphone, glanced at it and then announced that the National Board of Review had just released its picks for the best of 2016, and that we all were looking at its best director and best supporting actress of the year. The three representatives of the film smiled and exchanged kisses, the audience applauded and then most everyone snuck a peek at their own smartphones to find a full list of NBR winners, led by Manchester by the Sea, which was named best film.

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Monday November 28th, 2016

Gotham Awards: ‘Moonlight’ Gets a Shot of Momentum — or Does It? (Analysis)

'Moonlight' cast (Courtesy: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for IFP)

‘Moonlight’ cast (Courtesy: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for IFP)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The Gotham Awards are to the Oscars what the Iowa caucuses are to a presidential election and the NFL’s preseason games are to its regular season: they’re the first “results” to come in, so they get a lot of attention, but the reality is they don’t really tell us much of anything about what’s to come.

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Tuesday November 22nd, 2016

Spirit Awards: Nominations Don’t Predict Oscars So Everyone Should Relax

'Other People' (Courtesy: Sundance Institute)

‘Other People’ (Courtesy: Sundance Institute)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

As nominations were announced on Tuesday morning for the 32nd annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, Barry Jenkins’ widely-celebrated Moonlight and Andrea Arnold’s less-heralded American Honey, with six nominations each, grabbed the headlines. Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea also woke to a more-than-respectable showing, with five nominations. While those three films were nominated for the Spirit Awards’ best feature prize, along with Pablo Larrain’s Jackie and Michael Franco’s Chronic, several other contenders failed to crack the top category — among them 20th Century Women, Hell or High Water and Loving.

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Tuesday November 22nd, 2016

Oscars 2017: Introducing the Fresh Talent From ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Lion’ and ‘Moonlight’

'Moonlight' (Courtesy: David Bornfriend/A24)

‘Moonlight’ (Courtesy: David Bornfriend/A24)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

This year, maybe more than any other in recent memory, features a unique format of storytelling: having multiple actors play the same character in various stages of his or her life. It’s not a new trend by any stretch of the imagination but it has cropped up in this year’s Oscar race with the likes of Hidden Figures, Lion, and Moonlight all in the mix.

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Thursday October 20th, 2016

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Naomie Harris (‘Moonlight’)

Naomie Harris (Courtesy: Photoshot/Newscom)

Naomie Harris (Courtesy: Photoshot/Newscom)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“I think anybody who sees this movie cannot fail to be deeply affected by it,” says actressNaomie Harris in reference to Moonlight — the new film, in theaters Oct. 21, for which she is a frontrunner to win the best supporting actress Oscar — as we sit down to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. In Barry Jenkins‘ low-budget indie drama, the stunning 40-year-old Brit, heretofore best known for her work in two Pirates of the Caribbean and two James Bond blockbusters, plays the crack-addicted mother of a young gay boy over the course of 20 tumultuous years. She continues, “It’s one of these movies that is so subtle it just manages to get under your skin and to affect your heart. You come with all these judgments about what is right and what is wrong and morally correct and so on — and then it actually just connects with you on such a deep, profound level that you can’t help but to be moved, and you can’t help but to grow from the experience.”

(Click below to listen to this episode now or here to access all of our 90+ episodes via iTunes. Past guests include Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Eddie Murphy, Lady Gaga, Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Louis C.K., Kristen StewartHarvey WeinsteinAmy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld, Jane Fonda, J.J. AbramsKate Winslet and Michael Moore.)

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