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Wednesday February 17th, 2016

Domhnall Gleeson’s Incredible Breakout Year

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

It’s rare for any actor to have as big of a year as Irish breakout Domhnall Gleeson had in 2015. The 32-year-old actor, whose father is longtime character actor Brendan Gleeson, had an unprecedented year by any standard, appearing in four Oscar-nominated films last year (Ex Machina, Star Wars: Episode VIIBrooklyn, and The Revenant) two of which are nominated for best picture, Brooklyn and The Revenant.

Until his meteoric rise in 2015, Gleeson was perhaps best known for his small supporting role as the eldest of the Weasley brothers in the Harry Potter series, but now, with supporting roles of varying degrees in two best picture nominated films and a lead credit in Ex Machina, it can safely be said that Gleeson is among the top stars to watch in 2016.

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Monday December 28th, 2015

‘The Force Awakens’ Could Be the First Billion Dollar Best Picture Winner in Over a Decade

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens has officially crossed over the $1 Billion landmark in worldwide box office earnings, catapulting it into elite company. The film is only the 24th in history to achieve the feat and the fastest to do so, accomplishing the milestone in just 13 days.

The Force Awakens is not just a hit with audiences, though, as it currently sits at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and is shaping up to be a legitimate best picture contender.

Box office success does not necessarily translate to Oscar recognition, however, as the current list of billion dollar earners have all had varied levels of prosperity with the Academy.

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Tuesday December 22nd, 2015

Critics’ Choice Awards: ‘Star Wars’ Added as 11th Best Pic Nominee

The Broadcast Film Critics Association announced its other nominees last week.

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been nominated for the best picture Critics’ Choice Award — eight days after 10 other films received the same honor.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association — through a special vote held by its board of directors “in the wake of an unprecedented outcry” from its members, who were unable to see J.J. Abrams‘ film prior to casting their nomination ballots — made the decision, which was announced on Tuesday morning.

Only once before had the group granted a late best pic nom: 15 years ago, to Cast Away.

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Monday December 21st, 2015

‘Star Wars’ Awakens Its Force at the Oscars

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens has finally arrived and, as pretty much everyone expected, has shattered every opening weekend record. The latest journey to a galaxy far, far away is not just tearing things up at the box office, but has also been incredibly well-received by critics, as well, currently enjoying a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

With such a strong showing right out of the gate, The Force Awakens is all but assured to continue the series’ trend of scoring Oscar nominations, with each of the six films in the franchise earning at least one nomination from the Academy.

While many of the smaller categories may seem like shoo-in nominations for Episode VII, J.J. Abrams’ first foray into the Star Wars universe will likely compete in Oscar’s two biggest categories: best pic and best director.

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Friday December 18th, 2015

Critics’ Choice Voters May Add ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ as 11th Best Picture Nominee

The board of directors of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, in response to pleas from members, will poll members on Monday about adding an eleventh best picture nominee.

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was not screened for members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association in time to be considered for the Critics’ Choice Award nominations that were announced on Monday — but that may not keep the film from being celebrated on the group’s 21st annual awards show on Jan. 17.

BFCA members received an email on Friday morning from their board of directors announcing that they have decided, “in the wake of an unprecedented cry out from you,” to “poll the membership on Monday to determine whether we should add Star Wars: The Force Awakens to our list of Critics’ Choice Award nominees for Best Picture.”

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Wednesday December 16th, 2015

AFI Awards: What It Means When ‘Star Wars’ Is In, ‘Revenant’ Is Out (Analysis)

Unlike the Academy, AFI considers only American productions and tends to gravitate toward big-studio fare, THR's awards analyst reminds.

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The Force has awakened in a major way.

The only awards group that postponed its voting until it could see and consider Star Wars: The Force Awakens was impressed enough by J.J. Abrams’ film to include it on its year-end top 10 list — in place of The Revenant, The Hateful Eight, The Danish Girl,Trumbo, Joy, Steve Jobs, Creed, Black Mass and Sicario, among other highly-touted Oscar hopefuls — we learned on Wednesday afternoon when the AFI announced its honorees for the 16th annual AFI Awards, which will be presented at a luncheon in January.

The AFI’s nine other selections for 2015, in addition to Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Disney), are The Big Short(Paramount), Bridge of Spies (Dreamworks), Carol (The Weinstein Co.), Inside Out (Disney-Pixar), Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.), The Martian (20th Century Fox), Room (A24), Spotlight (Open Road) and Straight OuttaCompton (Universal).

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Wednesday December 16th, 2015

Oscars: ‘Star Wars’ and the All-Out Scrum of a Race Without a Frontrunner

As 'The Force Awakens' premieres, Academy voters reveal their favorites and annoyances with the season: "I have never been so assaulted by screenings and events and screeners."

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Just when it looked as if the most wide-open Oscar race in years couldn’t become more unpredictable, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered Dec. 14 and was met with enthusiastic reactions from Academy members and early critics (“The Force is back. Big time,” wrote THR‘s Todd McCarthy). Many of them grew up on George Lucas’ first trilogy and had braced themselves to be disappointed by the Disney relaunch, as they were with Lucas’ own prequel films. But their reactions suggest Force Awakens could become the franchise’s first installment since the 1977 original to land not only below-the-line nominations but also a nom for best picture.

Still, Force Awakens faces awards challenges, even as it likely will break several box-office records. Sequels always face hurdles, and the film didn’t screen in advance for critics or awards bodies, so it hasn’t appeared on any of the year-end lists or among the Golden Globe, SAG Awards or Critics’ Choice nominations, typical Oscar indicators. (AFI postponed its voting by a week to consider Force Awakens so its AFI Awards could consider the film.)

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Wednesday December 2nd, 2015

‘Star Wars’: How the Galaxy Far, Far Away Has Fared With Oscar

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

With Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens set to break box office records later this month, the conversation for the film’s Oscar chances is also blasting off.

Though the film is headlined by two little-known stars, the roster of Oscar talent that The Force Awakens boasts is noteworthy. The cast includes Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o (who won best supporting actress in 2014 for 12 Years a Slave) and Oscar nominees Max Von Sydow and Harrison Ford.

Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote the film with director J.J. Abrams and Oscar winner Michael Arndt (who won best original screenplay in 2007 for indie dramedy Little Miss Sunshine) whose resume includes both Episodes V and VI in the Star Wars series as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark, has earned four nominations in his career (though none for Star Wars).

Legendary composer John Williams also returns to score the film. The five-time Oscar winner has composed the music for every Star Wars film to date, and received a nomination for best original score for each film in the original trilogy (Williams took home the Oscar for the original entry in the franchise).

Looking back at the series’ history with the Academy, the number of nominations and Oscars for George Lucas‘ epic space saga is staggering.

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Tuesday October 27th, 2015

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: The Original ‘Star Wars’ History With Oscar and ‘Annie Hall’

By Patrick Shanley
Managing Editor

With the official trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens receiving over 13 million views in the first day of its release last Monday, it is safe to assume that full-scale Star Wars hype has settled in. The film, directed by J.J. Abrams, looks poised to break box office records when it finally hits theaters this December, but it may also be a Oscar contender, just as George Lucas’ original film in the iconic sci-fi series was nearly 40 years ago.

Traveling back to 1977, the year Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (then simply titled Star Wars) was originally released, the landscape of film was far different from today’s plethora of box office franchises. Lucas took audiences to a galaxy far, far away and was rewarded with the highest grossing film ever at that time as well as 10 Oscar nominations, including best picture.

The epic of Luke and Darth Vader has become legendary, but the story of how the film lost out to Woody Allen’s Annie Hall for best picture at the 50th Academy Awards is significantly lesser known.

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Friday October 23rd, 2015

‘The Awards Pundits’ on Chris Rock Hosting Oscars, Gotham Noms, Sarah Silverman

Scott Feinberg and Stephen Galloway also compare notes on the box-office performance — in many cases, underperformance — of Oscar hopefuls so far, and the impending arrival of 'Star Wars.'

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Scott Feinberg and Stephen Galloway also compare notes on the box-office performance — in many cases, underperformance — of Oscar hopefuls so far, and the impending arrival of ‘Star Wars.’

This is the seventh installment of what will be an ongoing dialogue, throughout the awards season, between THR‘s awards analyst Scott Feinberg and executive editor, features Stephen Galloway.

GALLOWAY Scott, I have a bone to pick with you.

FEINBERG Again?