What’s Your Gut: Are The Oscars Headed For A “Hollywood Ending”?
Back in 2000, we self-appointed geniuses at Inside.com built an elaborate statistical tracker for Oscar contenders. We measured factors large and small — hair color, past awards record, relatives in the business, daily publicity breaks, whatever. Then we turned the crank once a day, and assigned a numerical score to the pictures, actors and filmmakers. On the advice of Michael Hirschorn, one of Inside's founders, we ran the point system all the way out to the first… Read
Oscars: Deadline’s Pete Hammond & Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil Predict Final Best Picture Nominees In Latest Smackdown (Watch)
With Oscar nominations just a few days away (Tuesday at 5:18 AM, to be exact), Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and I go at it again, trying to determine exactly how it will all fall into place in the hotly contested Best Picture race this year.
Is La La Land invincible, or can crowd favorites and Lion ride a last-minute surge and steal the momentum? Will critics’ love for Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea become a major factor outside the acting and writing… Read
Jimmy Kimmel Talks Oscars, Politics & What He’d Ask A Certain President-Elect
After taping tonight’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jimmy Kimmel reflected on his upcoming Oscar hosting duties and his plans for his late-night program in the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise victory.
Taking on the Oscar hosting gig for the first time, Kimmel doesn’t seem fazed, despite finding himself at a potential turning point in the #Oscarssowhite controversy. “I'm mostly focused on myself. I just want to be funny,” Kimmel laughed. “My guess is that it's going to… Read
Academy’s Dawn Oscar Nominations Drill Goes Digital: No More Media In The Goldwyn Theater
The media and publicists won’t be shivering at dawn at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences headquarters when Oscar nominations are announced January 24. Instead, the Academy announced it will go straight to digital platforms and a satellite broadcast feed, bypassing reporters who traditionally gathered in its Goldwyn Theater for announcements in the early-morning hours, the group said Friday.
In a further change, past Oscar nominees, in pre-recorded videos… Read
Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Oscar Ballots Due Today; Is ‘Deadpool’ On A Path For A Best Picture Nomination???
A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit.
OSCAR NOMINATION BALLOT DEADLINE LOOMS
It has all come to this. Nomination ballots for the 89th annual Academy Awards are due today at 5 PM PT. Months of campaigning and attempts to influence the some 7000 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have come down to the final few hours of what is commonly known at Phase I of the seemingly endless awards season that lasts half a… Read
Peter Bart: Adam Driver & Andrew Garfield Emerge As Unlikely Champs Of Awards Circuit
With kudos being dispensed almost hourly at this time of year, there is one category of work that bestows no glittering statuettes yet occupies center stage for months at a time. In short, I think there should be an award for campaigning, aimed at those stars and filmmakers who deliver blizzards of interviews in support of their films while never blowing their cool. And I have two actors I would nominate to share this award.
Mind you, I am aware of the stakes: A shot at… Read
Between Tentpole Commitments, Jeremy Renner Builds His Producing Portfolio With John Lee Hancock’s ‘The Founder’
Celebrated this season for his role as theoretical physicist Ian Donnelly in Denis Villeneuve’s brainy sci-fi film Arrival, alongside friend and frequent collaborator Amy Adams, two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner this year hopes to bring attention to another, lesser-known role, as a producer on John Lee Hancock’s Ray Kroc biopic The Founder. In the case of Arrival, Renner saw a terrific leading role for Adams, and hoped only to offer support; with The Weinstein… Read
‘Patriots Day’ Composers Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross On How David Fincher’s Approach Influenced Their Own Process
Known for their long standing collaboration with David Fincher, from The Social Network through Gone Girl, Oscar-winning composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have gone on in recent years to work with a wider variety of directors on both narrative features and documentaries—including Fisher Stevens’ climate change doc Before the Flood—with their score for Peter Berg’s Patriots Day being their latest to enter the awards race.
While demonstrating a concern for… Read
‘La La Land’ Lyricists Benj Pasek And Justin Paul Recall Their Passionate Chase After The Role Of A Lifetime
Between the triumphant release of their film debut, with Damien Chazelle's La La Land, and the Broadway premiere of their latest musical, Dear Evan Hansen, lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are in a "can't believe this" moment of their lives. In demand after continued Broadway success and musical contributions to NBC's Smash, Pasek and Paul nonetheless had to fight for their essential role in La La Land—the recipient of a record-breaking 7 Golden Globes and numerous… Read
In The Throes Of War, A Love Theme: Rupert Gregson-Williams On The Score For ‘Hacksaw Ridge’
"It’s about the story, not about the music."
That's the wisdom that Rupert Gregson-Williams received from Hans Zimmer 18 years ago when the composer was cutting his teeth, writing cues for DreamWorks Animation's The Prince of Egypt. And it's a rule of thumb that the British composer still abides by, especially in his latest contemporary classical score for Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson's account of World War II army medic and Conscientious Objector Desmond T. Doss, who saved… Read
‘Deadpool’ Scribes Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick On This Awards Season’s Biggest Surprise Candidate
In a year filled with high achievements in entertainment, the Ryan Reynolds-starring Marvel film Deadpool was among the greatest and most surprising; and while T.J. Miller’s Weasel thinks it sounds like a “f*cking franchise,” to writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the extent of the film’s success was as startling as it was to anyone else. Released February 12 with a typically tongue-in-cheek Valentine’s marketing campaign, the movie about the “merc with a mouth” went on… Read
For ‘Sing Street’, Director John Carney Cast Musically-Oriented Non-Actors Who Could ‘Drive It Like They Stole It’
Breaking onto the global stage with 2007's Once, a minimalist Irish musical which took the Oscar for Best Song, writer/director John Carney has had great success with a string of original musicals, including the Mark Ruffalo-starring Begin Again, and his latest, the Golden Globe-nominated Sing Street. In tandem with La La Land helmer Damien Chazelle, Carney is among a select few revitalizing the Hollywood musical.
Sharing certain influences with that director—Singin’ in th… Read