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Saturday October 18th, 2014

‘Birdman’ Swoops Into Theaters, Will Attempt to Fly All the Way to Oscars With Clipped Wings

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’Birdman, an inventive Gotham-set dramedy about the mid-life crisis of a former movie star desperately trying to revive his career by going to Broadway — played, in an Oscar-caliber performance, by Michael Keaton, with support from Edward NortonNaomi Watts and Emma Stone — is being released by Fox Searchlight in select theaters Friday.

Over the past week, the aforementioned individuals made a barrage of appearances in New York (Keaton hit Los Angeles last month), some aimed at driving moviegoers to the box-office to see the $18 million film — which is not the easiest sell — but much of it geared toward courting Oscar voters during the small window in which these folks were available to do so.

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Sunday September 7th, 2014

Toronto: Hilarious ‘While We’re Young’ Script Could Earn Noah Baumbach Another Nom


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Noah Baumbach‘s While We’re Young, one of the most enjoyable films that I’ve seen in a long time — and one of the first two products of Barry Diller and Scott Rudin‘s new production company IAC Films (the other being Chris Rock‘s comedy Top Five, which is also playing at TIFF) — had its world premiere on Saturday night and played again on Sunday afternoon at the Toronto International Film Festival, after which it was greeted with considerable applause and, I’m told by reliable sources, multiple bids for its U.S. distribution rights, which remain unresolved as of this writing.

The film, a laugh-out-loud dramedy grown adults about the meaning of “adulthood” in the 21st century, feels to me like the best Woody Allen movie that Woody Allen didn’t direct — and one that will stand a strong shot at landing a nom in the Oscar category in which Allen has been nominated more often than anyone else in history, best original screenplay, if and when someone picks it up. (It feels to me like Fox Searchlight or A24’s cup of tea, but we’ll see.)

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Wednesday February 6th, 2013

Emmanuelle Riva: The True Sleeper Nominee Of Oscar Night?

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor

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We’ve been paying a lot of attention to Argo of late in regard to the Oscars, but there are some big races that don’t involve Ben Affleck’s film. Most notably, there’s a competitive Best Actress race going on.

Many pundits have made it out to be a competition between Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence, with the latter far out in the lead. While I agree that the Silver Linings Playbook actress is certainly ahead of her Zero Dark Thirty competitor, I do think she has to watch out for Emmanuelle Riva in her rear-view mirror. The sleeper candidate from Amour may just wake everyone up on Oscar night and steal the trophy.

Riva is immensely deserving of her nomination, but up until recently, it didn’t seem like many thought she had a legitimate shot at a win. I’ll confess to being there for a while, but the more I think about it, the more it seems like she’s at least the dark horse or spoiler of the category, if not the current alternative to Lawrence. Read the rest of this entry »

Monday January 14th, 2013

Which Film Festivals And Release Periods Were Most Effective For This Year’s Oscar Nominees?

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor

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If you’re like me, you’re still recovering from the surprises that the Academy threw us on Thursday. In an attempt to try and move away from figuring out the “why” of the Oscar nominations last week, I decided to look at the “when” and “where” of the films and performances that were nominated. I’m curious to see which release period of the year and which film festivals were the most effective launching pads for award nominees in 2012.

It’s no secret that certain periods of the year and certain festivals are lighter than others. Fests like Tribeca and months like January just don’t jive with Oscar. In fact, I recently looked at the festival season in a previous article (found here) to see which ones contributed the most awards players this year. Likewise, when I removed the late-season releases a week or so ago from the Oscar race (found here), I found just how many contenders are from the last few months of the year.

Now that we have the nominees for the Academy Awards at our disposal, we can look at the main categories and see if there’s anything more we can learn. Did any one film festival wind up doing especially well? Was there a choice period of release for the movies and performances that were cited by Oscar voters? Let’s take a look …

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Thursday September 13th, 2012

Toronto 2012: Naomi Watts Reflects On a Career That Once Seemed ‘Impossible’ (Video)

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

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TORONTO — Earlier this week, just hours before the Toronto International Film Festival world premiere of Juan Antonio Bayona‘s The Impossible — a harrowing film based on the true story of one British family’s 2004 trip to a beach resort in Thailand, where they were torn about from each other when a massive tsunami engulfed the nation’s coastline — I had the opportunity to spend some time with the star of the heartwrenching drama, Oscar nominee Naomi Watts.

The 43-year-old British-born, Aussie-raised actress and I talked about her early struggles to find work that almost prompted her to quit the profession (it took her 10 years before she “made it”); the film that changed the course of her career and made her one of the most respected and sought-after actresses of her generation, David Lynch‘s Mulholland Dr. (“That’s sort of the marking point of my career… I couldn’t get a handshake before”); and her eerily consistent streak of appearing in at least one noteworthy film almost every year since: Gore Verbinski‘s The Ring (2002), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s 21 Grams (2003), David O. Russell‘s I Heart Huckabees (2004), Peter Jackson‘s King Kong (2005), John Curran‘s The Painted Veil (2006), David Cronenberg‘s Eastern Promises (2007), Rodrigo Garcia‘s Mother and Child (2009), Doug Liman‘s Fair Game (2010), and Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar (2011).

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Thursday January 12th, 2012

Top Challengers to ‘The Artist’ Get Big Boosts at National Board of Review Awards (Analysis)

Last night, the National Board of Review — a group of film historians, educators and students that has been bestowing best-of-the-year honors since 1930, only one year less than the Academy — held their annual awards gala at majestic Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.

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Tuesday October 25th, 2011

FEINBERG FORECAST: George Clooney Heads to Hollywood, Angelina Jolie’s Trailer Debuts, Viola Davis Wows at Women Event

Among the things that factored into this week’s projections (which appear further down on the page) …

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Tuesday October 4th, 2011

THE FINISH LINE: Melissa McCarthy’s Latest Performance, ‘50/50,’ Brad Pitt’s ‘Moneyball’ Earn Praise

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

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Wednesday February 2nd, 2011

VIDEO: RUSH AND “KING’S SPEECH” ENSEMBLE CELEBRATED AT SBIFF

I was sick with food poisoning yesterday, so I am only now getting around to writing up the exciting events of Monday night, when the Santa Barbara International Film Festival honored Geoffrey Rush with its Montecito Award for his outstanding body of work (previous honorees have included Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Javier Bardem, Kate Winslet, and Julianne Moore) and Rush and his co-stars from “The King’s Speech” with its inaugural Best Ensemble Award.

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Wednesday January 19th, 2011

“DEEP VOTE” ON “ALL GOOD THINGS,” “ANIMAL KINGDOM,” “THE WAY BACK”

Deep Vote,” an Oscar winning screenwriter and a member of the Academy, will write this column — exclusively for ScottFeinberg.com — every week until the Academy Awards in order to help to peel back the curtain on the Oscar voting process. (His identity must be protected in order to spare him from repercussions for disclosing the aforementioned information.)

Thus far, he has shared his thoughts in column one about his general preferences; column two about Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions, 6/11, R, trailer) and Solitary Man” (Anchor Bay Films, 5/21, R, trailer); column three about Alice in Wonderland” (Disney, 3/5, PG, trailer), “Toy Story 3” (Disney, 6/18, G, trailer), and “Mother and Child” (Sony Pictures Classics, 5/7, R, trailer); column four about Get Low” (Sony Pictures Classics, 7/30, PG-13, trailer), “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features, 7/9, R, trailer), and “The Social Network” (Columbia, 10/1, PG-13, trailer); column five about “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight, 11/5, R, trailer), “Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions, 12/17, R, trailer), and “Shutter Island” (Paramount, 2/19, R, trailer); column six about Inception” (Warner Brothers, 7/16, PG-13, trailer), “Made in Dagenham” (Sony Pictures Classics, 11/19, R, trailer), and “Somewhere” (Focus Features, 12/22, R, trailer); column seven about Another Year” (Sony Pictures Classics, 12/29, PG-13, trailer), “Fair Game” (Summit, 11/5, PG-13, trailer), and “Rabbit Hole” (Lionsgate, 12/17, PG-13, trailer); column eight about Blue Valentine” (The Weinstein Company, 12/29, R, trailer), “The Fighter” (Paramount, 12/10, R, trailer), and “True Grit” (Paramount, 12/22, PG-13, trailer); column nine about The Ghost Writer” (Summit, 2/19, PG-13, trailer), The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company, 11/26, R, trailer), and “The Town” (Warner Brothers, 9/17, R, trailer); column ten about Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight, 12/3, R, trailer), “Conviction” (Fox Searchlight, 10/15, R, trailer), and “I Am Love” (Magnolia, 6/18, R, trailer); and column eleven about his nomination ballots.

This week, he assesses three more awards hopefuls: All Good Things” (Magnolia, 12/3, R, trailer), “Animal Kingdom” (Sony Pictures Classics, 8/13, R, trailer), and “The Way Back” (Newmarket, 12/29, PG-13, trailer).

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