Oscars: Palestine Enters Hany Abu-Assad’s ‘The Idol’ In Foreign Language Race
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
David Rubin Set To Produce 2016 Governors Awards
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has tapped veteran casting director David Rubin to produce the eighth annual Governor Awards. The November 12 event at the Roy Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland will honor actor Jackie Chan, Oscar-winning film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentarian Frederick Wiseman.
An Emmy winner for the 2012 HBO telefilm Game Change, Rubin has more than 100 as casting director including Warren… Read
Oscars: Italy’s Foreign Language Entry ‘Fire At Sea’ Also Will Be Pushed In Documentary
Italy on Monday announced its candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race, selecting timely documentary Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare). The pic by Gianfranco Rosi is a study of the island of Lampedusa, which has become a metaphor for the flight of refugees to Europe. It won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in February and next screens at the New York fest. Rosi previously won the Venice Golden Lion in 2013 with another doc, Sacro Gra.
Kino Lorber picked u… Read
France Selects Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Elle’ As Foreign Language Oscar Submission
France has chosen to put forth Paul Verhoeven's first French-language film, Elle, as its submission for the Foreign Language Oscar race. The selection committee at national film board the CNC made the decision on the Isabelle Huppert-starrer Monday, after “long and passionate debates.” It chose from a field of four movies that had been shortlisted. They also included François Ozon's Frantz; Anne Fontaine's Agnus Dei; and Danièle Thompson's Cézanne Et Moi.
Elle was a hit… Read
France Sets Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist; Felicity Jones To Be Honored At Britannia Awards; More – Global Briefs
France has shortlisted four films for the Foreign Language Oscar race with the official entry to be determined later this month. The selection committee will be voting on two films that Music Box has Stateside: Anne Fontaine's Sundance pic Agnus Dei which was released as The Innocents and has grossed about $1M to date; and François Ozon's Frantz which just debuted in Venice and won the Best New Actress prize for Paula Beer. Also on the list is Paul Verhoeven's lauded Elle… Read
Oscars: Spain Selects Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Julieta’ As Foreign Language Entry
Spain has selected Pedro Almodovar's drama Julieta for its submission in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race, marking the sixth time the director has represented Spain in the category.
The film, which Sony Pictures Classics will release in the U.S. on December 21, was selected by the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from a shortlist of three titles including Iciar Bollain's The Olive Tree and Paula Oritz's The Bride.
Julieta, Almodovar's 20th… Read
In Oscar Seasons To Come, Foreign Voters Will Bring Their Tastes With Them
Did you feel it last year, that tug-of-war between Spotlight, a very American movie (though shot in Canada) about the dying domestic news industry and priestly sexual abuse in Boston, and The Revenant, an essentially global film, with locations that ranged from Calgary to Tierra del Fuego, an international superstar in Leonardo DiCaprio, and a director whose name, Alejandro González Iñárritu, requires a load of diacritical marks?
(Spotlight got less than half of its… Read
Governors Awards Honorees: Jackie Chan, Anne V Coates, Frederick Wiseman & Lynn Stalmaster
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced honorees for its 2016 Governors Awards, with Jackie Chan, Oscar-winning film editor Anne V Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and prolific documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman landing the annual honorary Oscars. The gala is November 12 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
"The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman – true… Read
Sweden Picks ‘A Man Called Ove’ For Oscar Foreign Language Race
The Swedish Film Institute has nominated Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) to represent Sweden in this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The movie based on Fredrik Backman’s 2012 novel became the third-highest-grossing domestic film in Swedish history after its December 2015 premiere, and Music Box Films is releasing it the U.S. on September 30.
The pic centers on Ove, a grumpy yet loveable man who finds his solitary world turned on its head… Read
ABC Re-Ups With AMPAS, Will Broadcast Oscars Through 2028
ABC will continue to broadcast the Academy Awards in an agreement extension through 2028. The network’s previous contract was set to expire in 2020.
The 89th Academy Awards returns to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 26, 2017. The ceremony is televised live to 225-plus countries and territories around the globe.
"We're honored to continue our storied and successful partnership with ABC in broadcasting the most watched live entertainment event of the year," said… Read
Belgium Selects ‘The Ardennes’ For Foreign Language Oscar Race; Korea Taps Spy Film ‘Age Of Shadows’
Belgium has tapped Robin Pront’s The Ardennes as it selection for this year’s Oscar Foreign Language race. The pic, which premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, was acquired by Film Movement earlier this year and a fall U.S. debut is in the works. The movie, from Belgium's 2012 Foreign Language Oscar nominee Bullhead producer Savage Films, kicks off when a brutal robbery goes hopelessly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off leaving his brother… Read
Student Academy Award Winners Unveiled
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have selected 17 students as winners of the 43rd Student Academy Awards. The awards ceremony is set for September 22 at he Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where gold, silver and bronze medals in the seven categories will be announced.
The Academy said it received a record 1,749 film submissions this year from 286 domestic and 95 international colleges and universities. The winners are eligible to compete for 2016… Read