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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Mel Gibson’s Standing-O; Seth Rogen Talks Politics; No Denial Of Oscar Buzz For Timothy Spall


A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. MEL IS BACK It was an emotional night Monday at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater, where director Mel Gibson got a sustained standing ovation after Andrew Garfield, star of his new film Hacksaw Ridgebrought him up on the stage following the Los Angeles premiere screening of the movie. It’s the story of World War II hero and conscientious objector Desmond Doss, who saved 75 men without ever touching… Read


Oscars: 10 Films Make Documentary Short Subject Shortlist

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have unveiled 10 contenders in the Oscar Documentary Short Subject category that have made the shortlist for the 89th Academy Awards. Five will earn nominations when those are unveiled January 24. The Academy’s Documentary Branch culled the list from 61 eligible entries. Here are the films: "Brillo Box (3¢ Off)," Brillo Box Documentary "Close Ties," Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Association "Extremis," f/8 Filmworks in… Read


Norwegian Hit ‘The King’s Choice’ Gets Royal Welcome In N.A. Bow


After breaking Norwegian box office records, The King's Choice (Kongens Nei) is making its North American debut in high style. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway have committed to attend a glitzy screening of the Erik Poppe-directed film on November 8 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The King's Choice, Norway's official Foreign-Language Oscar submission, has special significance to the royals, since it is based on the true the story of the three dramatic days in April… Read


Marvel’s Annie Chang Joins Academy’s Tech Council


Annie Chang, VP Technology for Marvel Studios, has join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. During Chang's 11 years at Marvel parent Disney, she has shaped technology standards and strategies, helped research and implement new technologies into feature postproduction and mastering pipelines and helped the studio transition from tapes to files and launch consumer distribution platforms. A fellow of the Society of Motion… Read


Even At Minimum Wage, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Would Do Better

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Here's a modest proposal for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: How about paying president Cheryl Boone Isaacs something? Anything. Even the minimum wage. According to a tax filing that just popped up on the Guidestar monitoring service, Boone Isaacs — who in her day job is a marketing consultant — has been logging 24 hours a week at the Academy and its related foundations, for total reportable compensation of zero. Having watched her on the festival circuit… Read


Uh-Oh, Older White Male Contenders Are Piling Into A Diverse Awards Season

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Uh-oh, here they come again, that most annoying of Oscar problems, the Old White Men. While I was worrying about something else on Tuesday, someone recalled that John Lee Hancock's The Founder, starring Michael Keaton, is set for an Academy Awards qualifying run on Dec. 16, prior to its wider release by the Weinstein Company in January. Hancock, the film's director, will turn 60 the day before. Keaton, Oscar-nominated for Birdman in 2015, is already 65. For the record… Read


Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Irwin Winkler Breaks ‘Silence’; Oscar Winner Delays Assange Docu; Helen Mirren Rides Drone Into Race


A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. “This is Marty’s best movie,” Silence producer Irwin Winkler told me when I ran into him at the Motion Picture Television Fund’s 95th anniversary event. Sure, he is high on the film because he produced it, but keep in mind this is also the man who also produced Scorsese classics Raging Bull and Goodfellas, so this kind of praise is not to be taken lightly. His wife Margo concurred that the movie is a… Read


Oscars: 85 Countries Will Vie For Foreign Language Film Nominations


The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said today that 85 countries have submitted films for consideration to score a Foreign Language Oscar nom for the 89th Annual Academy Awards. Yemen is the lone first-time entrant this year, with I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced. The Academy will pare the entries down to a shortlist, and Oscar nominations will be announced January 24 from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The hardware will be handed out… Read


Black Themes And Ivory Hunts: Oscar Documentaries Fall In A Chaos Of Categories This Year


Pity the Film Academy's 300 or so certified documentarians. They are deep into the tiny meatball-slider part of their year, those taxing months when branch members are supposed to watch their allotted share of some 140 Oscar-qualified documentary feature films, while enjoying a few complimentary hors d'oeuvres, as long as the food doesn't violate this year's newly formulated rules on excessive campaigning. In truth, the rules aren't all that oppressive. Morgan Neville’s Th… Read


Oscars: Edward R. Pressman Launching Major Awards Campaign For Jeremy Irons In ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’

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EXCLUSIVE: Throw the name Jeremy Irons into the Best Supporting Actor Oscar race, that is if producer Ed Pressman has his way. Pressman, who produced 1990’s Reversal Of Fortune (among many others), the movie that won Irons the Best Actor Oscar, is trying for a reversal of fortune for his earlier April release, The Man Who Knew Infinitywhich earned a decent $4 million domestically when it was distributed by IFC Films, but came out in a period that is not exactly friendly… Read


Oscars & The New York Film Festival: How Will The Big Apple Event Affect The Race?

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When the 54th annual New York Film Festival opens tonight, it will be making history. Ava DuVernay’s powerful 13thwhich explores the history of race relations through the prism of prisons and the preponderance of young black and Latino men who make up a large part of their populations, will become the first documentary to open the Big Apple festival. It also will be the first one that will become available on television just a week later when it debuts on Netflix… Read


Oscars: Palestine Enters Hany Abu-Assad’s ‘The Idol’ In Foreign Language Race

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EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad is going for a trifecta. His latest film, The Idol, has been selected by Palestine as its official entry for the Foreign Language Oscar category. Tim Grady and Jeff Lipsky’s New York-based Adopt Films acquired the feelgood title on the heels of its Toronto Film Festival Special Presentations premiere last year. Partially filmed in Gaza, the movie tells the true story of Mohammad Assaf, the winner of 2013’s Arab Idol… Read