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A24 Hits The Festivals & The Oscars With Diverse Slate And Savvy Digital Marketing Strategy — Deadline Disruptors

A24, the company founded in 2012 by Daniel Katz, David Fenkel and John Hodges, has been hitting the motherlode—for indie companies, anyway—with smart film choices and even smarter ways of bringing them to marketplace, particularly in their increasingly innovative—and, yes, disruptive—use of digital marketing. It not only has been working at the box office, but also at the Academy Awards, where the company defied expectations and watched their first in-house production… Read

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Awards Consultant Lisa Taback On The Evolving Art Of Oscar Strategy – Deadline Disruptors

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"The formulas don't work," says awards consultant Lisa Taback, reflecting on the two most recent Academy Award Best Picture winners, Spotlight and Moonlight, which felt like long-shots for the Oscar stage when they first started their journeys. There are no easy paths to awards glory, she insists. "It really comes down to the individual film and filmmaker. The fun part is to venture in and figure out what the narrative is going to be, and to stick with that even as the… Read

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Damien Chazelle Finds The “Fertile Terrain” Of An Industry In Upheaval – Deadline Disruptors

Damien Chazelle has never been one to take the path of least resistance. That was certainly the case when he was mounting La La Land, his ode to the musical's golden age. At every turn he was told that a project like that, on the scale he wanted, would be an impossible sell. And yet he persevered, delivering to the fall festivals a movie that captured the hearts of all who saw it. He was the youngest-ever winner of the Best Director Oscar in February when, at just 32, he… Read

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Barry Jenkins On ‘The Underground Railroad’ And The Power Of “No” – Deadline Disruptors

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As Barry Jenkins sits down to discuss disruption, on the eve of his first trip to Cannes—a newly minted Oscar winner—there's a knock on his front door. A courier has arrived with a very special package. "You're my best friend, bro," Jenkins tells the courier. "I have just finally received the card that says, "Best Picture: Moonlight." The fabled card. The one held aloft on Oscar night by La La Land producer Jordan Horwitz, to announce to the world that Moonlight had, in… Read

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70 Years Of Cannes: How The World’s Premier Film Festival Has Repeatedly Set The Stage For Industry Disruption

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In Deadline’s special issue being published on the occasion of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, and dedicated to those people or entities that have disrupted the normal show business order, it occurred to me it would be entirely appropriate to label the festival itself as a key annual disruptor on the industry calendar. Each year, it seems there is some sort of significant Cannes-related moment that turns things on their head, causes controversy, or signals a new wave in… Read

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Oscars: ABC Confirms Jimmy Kimmel Will Return To Host 90th Academy Awards

He missed his network’s upfront, but Jimmy Kimmel will be back to host the 90th annual Academy Awards. This is the move Deadline told you in March was coming after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences moved quickly to lock up this year’s producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd. The Academy was also moving aggressively to bring back Kimmel for a reprise as host. The announcement puts this year’s Best Picture fiasco in the rearview mirror as the team behind… Read

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A Modest Oscar Proposal: Reserve One Of Those Governors Awards For Brad Grey

Here's a modest proposal for the Academy's new board when it assembles this summer: Reserve one of those annual Governors Awards for Brad Grey, who died last night. Grey wasn't fully recognized as an Oscar player — public acknowledgment seemed more often to land with Harvey Weinstein or with the co-chiefs of Fox Searchlight, Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley. But it's hard to think of a studio chief who more consistently put films in the Best Picture ranks over the past dozen… Read

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Academy Re-Ups CEO Dawn Hudson To 2020 – Update

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UPDATED, 5:25 PM: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officially has renewed CEO Dawn Hudson’s contract to June 2020. She has been in the post since 2011. Here is the letter that went out to members: Dear Members, As you may know, on Tuesday, March 28, the Board of Governors met for a regularly scheduled meeting to discuss topics ranging from the Oscars to the Academy Museum.  Additionally, at this meeting, we’re pleased to report that the Board voted to renew… Read

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Oscars Dates Set For 2018 And Beyond

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The 90th Academy Awards will air live on ABC on March 4, 2018. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC also set dates for the 91st, 92nd and 93rd Oscars presentations: February 24, 2019, February 23, 2020, and February 28, 2021, respectively. Nominations for the upcoming Oscars will be announced January 23, 2018. The news comes as Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr reported that this year’s Oscar show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd are near a deal to… Read

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Oscar Buzz Begins With Studios Showing Off Awards Possibilities At CinemaCon

If, as Deadline reported exclusively yesterday, it’s not too early to name next year’s Oscar show producers (Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd will return, with Jimmy Kimmel eyed to host again), then it’s not too early to speculate on just who might be nominated. I am talking specifically about what I see as awards and Oscar possibilities coming out of the week I just spent at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, where eight studios showed off their product reels to the theatrical… Read

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Academy Setting Producers Mike De Luca & Jennifer Todd For 90th Oscars Encore

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EXCLUSIVE: The ink might not be dry yet, but sources said that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will lock in Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd to return and produce the 90th Academy Awards next year. It is expected that they will shortly be set for an encore. At the same time, sources said the Academy is also moving aggressively to bring back Jimmy Kimmel for a reprise as host. This comes days after an Academy board meeting about the Oscars, and the… Read

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Oscar Academy Keeping PwC Despite Envelope Snafu

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to retain its longtime accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, with the decision reached during a board of governors meeting last night. That had been the way the wind was blowing despite the historically epic fail at the end of last month’s Oscars, when the content of the wrong envelope was read to announce the marquee Best Picture winner. Word of the decision went to Academy members in a memorandum from Cheryl… Read