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Wednesday December 16th, 2015

Todd Haynes Has Best Shot at Best Director Oscar Nomination for ‘Carol’

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

Todd Haynes has built a reputation as an actors’ director over the past few decades. This year, his latest film, Carol, about the secret lesbian affair between a housewife (Cate Blanchett) and a retail clerk (Rooney Mara) in 1950’s New York City, has asserted itself as a serious Oscar contender.

Both Blanchett and Mara were nominated for Golden Globe and SAG awards last week, while Haynes also earned a best director nom from the Globes.

Haynes, a gay man himself, has long been an iconic figure in the LGBT community, and with Carol he hopes to connect with Academy voters who not only can relate to the film’s themes of sexuality but also notes of nostalgia for its setting. He won the Queer Palm award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Though Haynes has been nominated for an Oscar in 2003, it came for his work as a writer (original screenplay for 2002’s Far from Heaven) and Carol looks to be his best shot at a best director nom from the Academy thus far in his career. Though never personally nominated, his films have translated into Oscar success for a number of his actors.

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Friday December 11th, 2015

Palm Springs Film Fest: ‘Carol’ Star Rooney Mara Set to Pick Up Another Honor

It previously was announced that the 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Oscar nominee will collect the Cinema Vanguard Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Rooney Mara, one half of the 1950s lesbian couple at the center of Todd Haynes’ critically acclaimed Carol, has been tapped for the Spotlight Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the 27th edition of which is set to run from Jan. 1-11.Mara will collect her hardware at the annual PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 2.

Mara will have a busy January: she has also been nominated for a SAG Award and Golden Globe Award, and is set to receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Cinema Vanguard Award.

Previous recipients of the Spotlight Award include J.K. Simmons, Julia Roberts, Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams and Helen Hunt, all of whom received Oscar noms in the year they were nominated. (Simmons won.)

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Tuesday December 8th, 2015

Santa Barbara Film Fest: ‘Carol’ Star Rooney Mara Tapped for Honor

Mara previously was honored by the fest in 2012 and returned to it in 2014 to present an award to Cate Blanchett, who will return the favor in February.

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Rooney Mara, who is being pushed by The Weinstein Co. for the best supporting actress Oscar for her work in Todd Haynes‘ Carol, has been tapped to receive the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 2016 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the fest announced Tuesday.

The ceremony will take place at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre, on a date still to be determined, as part of SBIFF’s 31st edition, which is set to run Feb. 3-13.

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Tuesday November 24th, 2015

Awards “Category Fraud”: The Insane Inflation of Supporting Roles

'Carol' star Rooney Mara is being pushed for supporting actress, even though "lead" Cate Blanchett spends less time onscreen, as awards campaigners try every strategy in the book to nail a nomination for their films and stars.

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Never have there been as many disputes over awards categorization of actors as there have been this year.

Consider Alicia Vikander, the 27-year-old actress from Sweden who has won raves for her portrayal of the wife of a painter (Eddie Redmayne) who reveals he actually is a she in The Danish Girl. (The title is meant to refer to either character.) Focus Features announced its intentions to campaign for Vikander for the Oscar and all other prizes in the supporting actress category, in which many supportive wives have been nominated and even won (A Beautiful Mind‘s Jennifer Connelly). But some cried B.S., including the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the group that hands out the Golden Globes), which unlike the Academy requires distributors to request formally a specific placement on the ballot then votes whether to approve it; the HFPA rejected Vikander’s placement, meaning she will compete for a Globe in the lead actress category. But Vikander and Focus are staying the supporting course for the SAG Awards, for which actors appear on the ballot in whichever category they request (SAG-AFTRA declines to make placement requests public), and for the Oscars. However, Academy voters can nominate actors as lead or supporting players as they deem fit.

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Thursday November 19th, 2015

‘Carol’: Lesbian Performances at the Oscars

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

Tomorrow marks the wide opening for Carol, the 1950’s-set romantic drama from director Todd Haynes that was nominated for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film, which stars Cate Blanchett as a married woman engaging in an affair with a young department store clerk (Rooney Mara), won the Queer Palm award at Cannes and earned Mara the best actress award (which she shared with Mon roi‘s Emmanuelle Bercot).

Blanchett, who has won two Oscars and will be honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Award next January at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, is a strong threat for a best actress nom, as is Mara. However, the track record for lesbian roles resulting in Oscar wins in Academy history is not necessarily strong.

Mara, herself, was nominated for best actress in 2012 for her performance as a brilliant, if dangerous, hacker in David Fincher’The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. While Mara’s character was not an expressed, out, lesbian, she did share onscreen lesbian relations in the film. This year her performance in Carol is much more clear-cut, though her character is forced to hide her lesbian feelings due to the time period and the illicit nature of her affair with a married woman.

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Tuesday October 20th, 2015

1950’s-Set Films May Spark Nostalgic Sentimentality in Older Academy Voters

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

It is no secret that a number of Academy voters are a bit older. It also comes as no big surprise, then, that certain Oscar-seeking films find themselves set in a time period that may hearken back to the youth of those older Academy members.

Director Steven Spielberg‘s latest film, Bridge of Spies, had a strong opening weekend this past week considering it is aimed primarily at an older demographic. The film, which stars two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks, begins in the late 1950’s and follows an American lawyer (Hanks) who is recruited by the CIA to help rescue a detained pilot from the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The film’s subject matter, coupled with the pedigree of past Spielberg/Hanks collaborations, could very well resonate with Academy members who remember that period of history and influence their decisions regarding nominations for the film.

Bridge of Spies is just one in a number of films with high Oscar hopes this year that are set in the 1950’s.

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Thursday October 1st, 2015

Where Your Film is Set May Be an Issue for Oscar Hopefuls

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

With the 53rd New York Film Festival well under way, many east coast Academy members are enjoying films that hope to earn some attention at this year’s awards. The widely-held public assumption, however, is that the majority of Academy voters reside on the west coast.

Possibly as a result of this belief, many Oscar contenders are set in and around Hollywood. Best picture winners Argo, The Artist, and Crash are recent examples with major plotlines revolving around Los Angeles.

Yet, this year, there are serious Oscar hopefuls set in other major American cities. Could this shift in locale be disastrous with the largely west coast-based Academy?

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Thursday September 24th, 2015

The Problem With Multiple Oscar-Worthy Performances for Cate Blanchett

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

Cate Blanchett is no stranger to the Oscars. The Australian-born actress has two statues already, as well as three other nominations, and is hoping to add to that award season resume this year with buzz surrounding both Carol, a 1950’s-set period drama about a lesbian relationship between a department store clerk (Rooney Mara) and her relationship with a married woman (Blanchett), and Truth, the story of Dan Rather‘s (Robert Redford) dismissal from CBS’ 60 Minutes following investigations into president George W. Bush‘s military service.

This year Blanchett appears in two buzzed about films, Carol and Truth. Blanchett lost out to costar Marat for the best actress award at Cannes earlier this year. In Truth, she could possibly push to get nominated for the lead position in that film while also pushing for a nomination for her work in Carol. Double nominations is an area, as we will explore below, Blanchett knows well.

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Wednesday September 9th, 2015

The Awards Pundits: Scott Feinberg and Stephen Galloway on Telluride’s Rocky Mountain Highs (and Lows)

The two reporters discuss the films, performances and moments they loved (and didn't love) in the Rockies — and speculate about why other contenders have opted to head directly to Toronto.

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

 

 

 
Monday February 3rd, 2014

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Cate Blanchett Adds Another Accolade to ‘Blue Jasmine’ Stockpile


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The third night of the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival was highlighted by the presentation of the fest’s Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to Blue Jasmine‘s Cate Blanchett, the prohibitive favorite to take home the best actress Oscar on March 2. The elegant leading lady, who would have fit in beautifully during any age of cinema history, was previously honored at the fest in 2008, when she received its Modern Master Award. This go-around, her Q&A was moderated by Deadline’s affable awards columnist Pete Hammond and her award itself was presented to her by Rooney Mara, her admirer and costar on Terrence Malick‘s next film.

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