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Friday September 25th, 2015

‘The Walk’ Hopes to Follow in Oscar Footsteps of Past NYFF Opening Night Films

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

The 53rd New York Film Festival will begin this Saturday (postponed from today due to Pope Francis‘ visit) with Robert Zemeckis‘ high-wire biopic The Walk opening the event.

The Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starring picture, in which he plays French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, is Zemeckis’ first film since 2012’s Flight which earned two Oscar nominations, but none for Zemeckis himself.

Premiering on opening night in New York has led to Oscar success for films in past years, and with a season that has so far not seen a frontrunner, The Walk is hoping to capitalize.

Here’s a look at films that have premiered on New York Film Festival’s opening night and gone on to receive recognition from the Academy:

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Thursday January 15th, 2015

Oscars 2015: First-Time Oscar Nominees

By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor

The nominees for the 87th Academy Awards were announced this morning live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills in a two-part announcement. Joining some Oscar veterans, such as Meryl Streep, Marion Cotillard and Wes Anderson, are a number of first-time Oscar nominees. Of the five nominees for actor in a lead role, only Bradley Cooper has been nominated before. Two actresses in a lead role and two actresses in a supporting role are newcomers and one director and one supporting actor have never been nominated before. First-time Oscar nominees include:

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Thursday January 8th, 2015

Oscars: The Predicament of the M.I.A. Contender

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

A version of this story first appeared in a special awards issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

One can quickly recall the names of acting Oscar nominees (Joaquin Phoenix for The MasterRooney Mara for The Girl With the Dragon TattooEmmanuelle Riva for Amour) and winners (Christian Bale for The Fighter, Mo’Nique forPrecious, Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight) who got where they got without doing any real campaigning — because they number so few.

People might like to think that Oscar voting is solely about merit, but that’s naive and incorrect. Academy members are people, not machines, which means that they can be influenced. And when the prize at stake is one that carries as much prestige and potential for increased opportunity and earning as the Oscar does, well, of course contenders for it are going to try to influence the outcome by lobbying voters, in one form or another — participating in Q&As, granting interviews, taking out ads, making appearances, accepting tributes, etc.

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Monday January 5th, 2015

Palm Springs Film Fest: Oscar Hopefuls Like David Oyelowo and Reese Witherspoon Audition Before an Enthusiastic Crowd

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Brad Pitt sang David Oyelowo’s name. Shirley MacLaine said the only direction she ever received from Richard Linklater was “I don’t know.” Michael Keaton darted across the stage to the theme of Batman, while Benedict Cumberbatch later ran across it in slow motion. Eddie Redmayne had other movie stars blushing and gushing over him while he spoke. And Robert Duvall rambled on about a wide variety of topics for roughly 15 minutes.

The 14th edition of the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s annual awards gala took place Saturday night in the desert resort city, and, as always, it was a strange evening. Held in the Palm Springs Convention Center, an airplane hangar-like venue where festival volunteers lined up and applauded the 2,400 guests as they entered, it was emceed by Mary Hart, who stopped hosting Entertainment Tonight in 2011, but still performed her ET routine, theme music and all, over the course of several hours. The whole event could be written off as just another of the endless pseudo-events that comprise the awards season — but it shouldn’t be.

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Sunday December 14th, 2014

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Jenny Slate, Logan Lerman Among ‘Virtuosos’ Honorees

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Obvious Child’s Jenny SlateFury’s Logan Lerman, Boyhood’s Ellar Coltrane and Get On Up’s Chadwick Boseman were not nominated for either a SAG Award or a Golden Globe Award this week, but they are not yet conceding the possibility of a long-shot Oscar nom. They will join three other thesps who did garner recognition this week — Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike (SAG/Globe noms), Whiplash’s J.K. Simmons (SAG/Globe noms) and Selma’s David Oyelowo (Globe nom only) — as recipients of the 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Virtuosos Award.

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Friday November 21st, 2014

Palm Springs Film Fest: Rosamund Pike Lands Breakthrough Honor for ‘Gone Girl’

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Rosamund Pike, the British blonde beauty whose performance in David Fincher’Gone Girl has blown away critics and moviegoers alike, will receive this year’s Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 26th annual PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 3. The fest will run Jan. 2-12.

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Wednesday January 26th, 2011


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); column eleven about his nomination ballots; and column twelve about 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).

This week, he assesses three more films: “Barney’s Version” (Sony Pictures Classics, 12/3, R, trailer), “Love and Other Drugs” (20th Century Fox, 11/24, R, trailer), and “Tangled” (Disney, 11/24, PG, trailer).

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Saturday January 8th, 2011


  • Company Town: Ben Fritz writes that “the Hollywood awards screener is finally catching up with the digital age,” as Fox Searchlight becomes the first studio to make some of its films available to awards voters as free downloads off of Apple’s iTunes. (The nearly 100,000 voting members of the Screen Actors Guild will be provided with a special code that will enable them to access “127 Hours,” “Black Swan,” and “Conviction” as often as they’d like through the end of SAG voting.) The move, Fritz notes, “could mark the first step in an industry-wide shift toward making digital copies of movies available to voters for all awards, eventually ending the costly, time-honored practice of producing and sending physical copies of their DVDs.” According to the piece, Fox co-chairman Jim Gianopulos “said his studio is also in talks with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose members vote for the Oscars, and with the British Film Academy, about making iTunes downloads available to their voters as well.”
  • Inside TV: Christian Blauvelt reports that “the dream James Lipton has pursued for 17 years has finally come true,” as actor Jim Carrey recently consented to be interviewed by Lipton for “Inside the Actor’s Studio” after holding out for many years because — believe it or not — he’s actually “extremely shy,” at least according to Lipton. The episode will air on Monday night at 8pm EST on Bravo. (Carrey, who is promoting the raucous new comedy “I Love You Phillip Morris,” in which he plays a gay con-artist, will also be hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. According to PopWatch writer Margaret Lyons, “This is Carrey’s second time hosting. The first was way back in 1996 — back when Norm MacDonald was doing Bob Dole and Carrey was promoting ‘The Cable Guy.'”)
  • The Race: Tim Appelo notes that the up-and-coming actor Andrew Garfield “makes a point of never seeing the movies he stars in” — he fears that doing so will make him more self-conscious in front of the camera — “but at Thursday’s Spago [DVD release] party for ‘The Social Network’… Garfield said that even Spider-Man [the iconic role that he is inheriting from Tobey Maguire] is not strong enough to resist peer pressure from the makers of ‘The Social Network.'” “They made me watch that one,” he confessed to Appelo.
  • AMPAS: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences shares the news that “10 scientific and technical achievements represented by 22 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation” on February 12, noting that “unlike other Academy Awards to be presented this year, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards need not have been developed and introduced during 2010.  Rather, the achievements must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures.” This year’s honorees are being recognized for a wide variety of accomplishments — among them, the “development of influential facial motion retargeting solutions,” “the development of the Cablecam 3-D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies,” and “the software design and continued development of cineSync, a tool for remote collaboration and review of visual effects.”

Photo: Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech.” Credit: The Weinstein Company.

Thursday October 14th, 2010


  • Variety: Andrew Stewart notes that Julian Schnabel’s “Miral” isn’t the only film from The Weinstein Company with a release date change this week. According to the studio, Ben Affleck’s “The Company Men” has also been pushed back — but, unlike “Miral,” not out of this year’s race — from October 22 to December 10. No reason for the move was provided.
  • Deadline Hollywood: Nikki Finke passes along the Academy’s announcement that it has chosen eight short subject documentaries (from a list of thirty that were eligible) for its short list of contenders for a 2011 Academy Award, three to five of which will receive actual nominations and one of which will take home a statuette.
  • New York Times: Maureen Dowd calls “Fair Game” — the story of Valerie Plame Wilson (Naomi Watts) and Joe Wilson (Sean Penn) — “a vivid reminder of one of the most egregious abuses of power in history,” noting, “They were the Girl and Boy Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, and we should all remember what flew out.”
  • The Film Experience: Nathaniel Rogers spots the fun stat that Jesse Eisenberg would bump Matt Damon off the list of the top 10 youngest nominees for the best actor Oscar if — as he is widely expected to — he receives a best actor nomination for “The Social Network.” Eisenberg would be 27 years old, as was Damon when he was nominated for “Good Will Hunting” (1997), but 14 days younger.
  • Hollywood-Elsewhere: Jeff Wells writes that Rosamund Pike “easily gives the most arresting performance” in both “Made in Dagenham” and “Barney’s World,” portraying “elegant, well-educated wives of character and principle” in both, and urges Academy members to look beyond those films’ flaws and nominate one of her performances for best supporting actress. (Scott agrees.)
  • The Washington Post: Tim Craig and Bull Turque report that Michelle Rhee, the no-nonsense chancellor of Washington, D.C. public schools (who is featured prominently in Davis Guggenheim’s doc “Waiting for ‘Superman’”), has resigned from her post after 3.5 years. The city’s “presumptive mayor-elect” (who, in a recent primary, ousted the mayor who appointed Rhee) said it was a “mutual decision” to part ways, but Rhee described it as “heartbreaking.”
  • The Wrap: Steve Pond reports that Bruce Davis, the Academy’s executive director and “highest-ranking salaried employee,” will be retiring after 30 years spent overseeing some of the most monumental shifts within AMPAS. In an email to his staff, Davis wrote, “Organizations and individuals both benefit from periodic shifts in perspective.”
  • The Playlist: Oli Lyttelton believes there are “plenty of viral Internet comedy shows out there competing for your procrastination time,” but “none of them have managed to be as consistently funny and generally excellent” as Zach Galifianakis’s “Between Two Ferns” on the Funny or Die site. In the latest installment, Galifianakis sits down with “Red” star Bruce Willis, and hilarity quickly ensues.

Photo: Tommy Lee Jones and Ben Affleck in “The Company Men.” Credit: The Weinstein Company.

Friday September 17th, 2010


My strong sense is that as far as the awards season goes, Richard J. Lewis’s “Barney’s Version” (Sony Pictures Classics, TBD, trailer), which had its North American premiere this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, is dead-on-arrival. The film, which I saw on Tuesday, is an adaptation of Canadian author Mordecai Richler’s novel of the same title, which I’ve never read but know is quite well-regarded. Unfortunately, the film is meandering, overlong, and even somewhat offensive.

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