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BAFTA Sniffs At Diversity Criticism: “Everyone Looks For The Snubs”


Is BAFTA at risk of drawing wrath like last year’s Oscars did? With the British org’s nominations now on the table, a handful of media outlets have criticized a lack of diversity, a defining headline from 2016’s #OscarsSoWhite furor. But let's take a closer look: Sure, this year’s roster has offered up its fair share of surprises. And Denzel Washington, a two-time Oscar winner and four-time Oscar nominee, has still never been even nominated for a BAFTA award – a blatant… Read


To Win A Best Picture Oscar, Producers Need A Great Film – And It Helps To Have Three Little Letters

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The film nominees for the PGA Awards were announced today in the latest stop on the Oscar trail, but it’s no doubt going to be bittersweet for the producers of some of the films who'd dreamed of getting onstage to accept a Best Picture Academy Award. That's because among this year's crop of films that have received the most Oscar buzz, many of their producers will be, in all likelihood, on the outside looking in if their films go on to win Best Picture – in large part… Read

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’20th Century Women’ & ‘Paterson’ Join Year-End Awards-Season Fray – Specialty Preview

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The travails of three women led by Annette Bening "coming of age" in Santa Barbara in the 1970s is among the specialty films rolling out this holiday week. Awards contender 20th Century Women, an Annapurna/A24 film which also stars Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig, is opening in New York and Los Angeles starting Wednesday. Only two months following the release of his Stooges documentary Gimme Danger, Jim Jarmusch is back with his latest narrative feature, Paterson, starring… Read

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How Critics’ “Schoolyard Assault” On ‘Collateral Beauty’ Turned Ugly For Will Smith Pic

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This weekend, Will Smith saw a career-low opening at the box office with Warner Bros./New Line/Village Roadshow’s holiday melodrama Collateral Beautywhich debuted to $7M at 3,028 theaters. Typically the recent go-to excuse whenever Smith tanks at the B.O. is that the actor is out of his tentpole wheelhouse, venturing into more offbeat dramas (i.e. last year’s Focus’ $18.7M opening, $53.9M domestic), but Collateral Beauty‘s bombing is about more than a leading star’s… Read

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Denzel Washington & Viola Davis Revisit ‘Fences’; ‘Neruda’ Is Pablo Larraín’s Third Pic of 2016: Specialty Preview

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Denzel Washington directed and stars in Fences, which Paramount will tease in New York and Los Angeles this weekend in just four locations ahead of a Christmas national rollout. Washington tapped a number of his fellow performers from the Tony-winning 2010 Broadway revival of Fences for the big-screen awards contender. After a solid start with Jackie, starring Natalie Portman, Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín has another feature opening theaters this weekend. Mexican actor… Read


Oscars: Snubs Abound In Foreign Language Shortlist With Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Elle’ & More – Analysis

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Updated with more detail: Today’s reveal of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar shortlist is particularly notable for the films it does not include. Shockingly omitted is France’s submission, Elle. Directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Isabelle Huppert, this has been one of the most talked- and raved-about movies since it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and was roundly considered a shoo-in for a slot. Huppert has been picking up awards and nominations including… Read


Oscar Shakeup: ‘Moonlight’ & ‘Loving’ Not Eligible For Original Screenplay, Placed In Adapted Script Category

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EXCLUSIVE: In a surprising development that could affect for Original and Adapted Screenplay Oscar races, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has confirmed that A24’s Moonlight and Focus Features’ Loving — both of which were being campaigned for Original Screenplay and determined to be originals by the Writers Guild in their WGA Awards — have been ruled out of that Oscar category. Instead, the Academy’s writers branch ruled them eligible only in the Adapted… Read


SAG Movies: Surprises, Diversity & True Ensembles Dominate As First Guild Weighs In On The Race

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The Screen Actors Guild, the first industry guild to announce awards nominations, has a history of throwing a wrench into the Oscar race, which it did in select categories this morning (particularly Lead Actress). But it also has an enviable track record of correlation with eventual Oscar nominations in acting categories. Last year, with Spotlight winning Best Cast (or the Ensemble award, as it is commonly known), along with Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Actress Brie Larson… Read

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Will ‘Rogue One’ Vanquish The Christmas B.O. Competition?


Last year we said that all boats would rise in the holiday box office shadow of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which generated a $248M opening and wound up as the highest-grossing domestic release of all-time at $923M. But that wasn’t necessarily the case for eight other wide releases that opened or expanded between Force Awakens’ opening day of December 18 and New Year’s weekend. Looking back, comedies fared quite well. The only title to make it past $100M was the Mark… Read


Cinéma Mondial: A Preview Of Possibles For Oscar’s Foreign Language Shortlist

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The Oscar shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film will be announced later this week in what is an earlier-than-usual reveal for the nine films that will vie for the ultimate five nomination slots. As with each year, there are dozens of distinct submissions from a host of countries — 85 this time around — with new voices and old hands entered in the race. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Phase One and Executive Committees, which weed out the lead crop, can… Read


Golden Globes Movies: Despite Surprises, Nominations Keep The Race Exactly Where We Thought It Would Be

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As usual the Hollywood Foreign Press Association delivered a mixed bag of inclusions and exclusions (sorry, Sully), but this morning’s nominations cemented one thing that was increasingly expected: La La Landwith a leading seven Golden Globe nominations, was named in every category for which it was eligible. Combine that with last night’s leading eight wins including Best Picture, Director and Screenplay at the Critics' Choice Awards and Damien Chazelle’s contemporary… Read


Golden Globes TV: HBO Back On Top; ‘This Is Us’ Ends 10-Year Drought; Epix, ‘The Americans’ & ‘Black-ish’ Nab First Noms

THIS IS US -- Pilot -- Pictured: (l-r) Chrissy Metz as Kate, Chris Sullivan as Toby -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

The (old) order was restored at the 2017 Golden Globe TV nominations, with HBO comfortably atop the list of networks with 14 nominations, five more than the No.2, FX, with Netflix, Amazon, ABC and AMC tied for third place with five each. Last year, Netflix shook up the Golden Globes TV race by edging HBO eight nominations to seven to end the premium cabler’s 14-year streak as the most nominated network. With such awards heavyweights as House of Cards, Orange Is the New Bla… Read