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Gold Derby Oscar Rankings Have ‘Spotlight’ At The Top Of The Best Picture Race With 11-to-2 Odds

Open Road's Spotlight cast

According to Gold Derby founder Tom O'Neil, at this point in the Oscar race—remember, the actual event isn't until February 28—19 Oscar pundits are split between seven films. Here's Tom’s take on the current standings: Spotlight, Thomas McCarthy’s docudrama about the 2001 scandal over sex abuse by Catholic priests in Boston, has a huge lead with the backing of eight pundits, including Rolling Stone's Peter Travers and Variety's Tim Gray. A month ago, before Spotlight… Read


Spielberg & Hanks Back In Oscar Game With Stirring ‘Bridge Of Spies’ – NYFF World Premiere

Bridge Of Spies

“If they dropped a bomb here we would have no one left to write about awards season,” one publicist joked about the eager and heavy turnout of bloggers, critics, and other mainstays of Oscar spitballing that showed up at today’s 1 PM (PT) screening of Steven Spielberg’s much-awaited Bridge Of Spies at West Hollywood’s London Hotel. This screening was held by Disney (whose Touchstone label, with DreamWorks, Amblin, Fox 2000 Pictures and Participant Media along with… Read


Oscars: Argentina’s ‘The Clan’ Joins Foreign-Language Race; Iran, Canada Also Submit


Pablo Trapero's The Clan, which took the Best Director Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival after its world premiere there, has been selected as Argentina‘s entry in this year’s Foreign Language Oscar race. The pic about Argentina’s famed (and feared) Puccio crime family is produced by Spain's Almodovar brothers and their El Deseo shingle. It's already a box office smash at home as El Clan, topping the record set by Argentina’s last Oscar-winning pic, 2009’s The Secret… Read


Ian McKellen To Get Mill Valley Film Festival Honor As Roadside/Miramax Ramp Up ‘Mr. Holmes’ Oscar Campaign

mr holmes

Ian McKellen will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Tribute at the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival on October 11. This can also be viewed as a kickoff to Roadside Attractions/Miramax’s Oscar campaign for McKellen’s widely praised performance as an elderly Sherlock Holmes in their independent summer hit Mr. Holmesfrom director Bill Condon, which has grossed an impressive near-$18 million domestically to date. McKellen will appear for the honor which includes an… Read

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Deadline Studio @ TIFF Part 3: Behind The Scenes With Kate Winslet, Jean Dujardin, Elisabeth Moss And More

Photographer Chris Chapman with Sarah Silverman

Now that the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival finally has ended we thought we’d share some photos in this third and final gallery from the Deadline Presents AwardsLine photo and video studios that showcase some of the behind-the-scenes action. Edward Kowal was on-hand to assist photographer Chris Chapman as well as record these fun, candid moments. This year’s two-story studio space at the Templar Hotel allowed for us to simultaneously take pictures and shoot… Read

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Deadline Studio @ TIFF Part One: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Sarah Silverman And More

Deadline AwardsLine TIFF Gallery with The Dressmaker's Kate Winslet

Deadline Presents AwardsLine set up photo and video studios at the Templar Hotel for a second year at the Toronto International Film Festival, to capture talent and filmmakers traveling through town to promote films that run the gamut—docs, foreign, indie, not-so-indie. This pics above are from the first of two galleries we’ll be posting. Stay tuned for part two and for a special behind-the-scenes gallery to follow. Many thanks to Toronto-based photographer Chris Chapman… Read


Oscars: Ireland Selects Cuba-Set ‘Viva’ As Foreign Language Film Entry


EXCLUSIVE: Viva, a Cuban-set Spanish-language film which rocked the Telluride Film Festival during its world premiere over Labor Day weekend, has been selected as Ireland’s official entry for the 2015 Foreign Language Film Oscar competition. Although the subject matter and location of this film is anything but Irish, the Irish Film & Television Academy was able to choose it because it is directed by Irishman  Paddy Breathnach and a director’s birthplace goes a long way in… Read


Academy Loses Oscar-Cybersquatting Suit After Five Years

Oscar Dates 2016, 2017, 2018

In a surprise ruling against an entity not used to courtroom defeats, a federal judge today sided with GoDaddy in its long-running dispute with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Oscars’ governing body sued the popular Internet domain registrar in 2010 under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act for granting domain names that the Academy alleged infringed on its heavily guarded Oscar trademark. In a decision that weighed in at a hefty 129 pages… Read


Paul Haggis On Sweating Awards Season: “It’s So Childish”


We all hate being judged — or, at least I do — but most of us don’t have that as a months-long requirement. If you’re a filmmaker though, that’s half your year. Double Oscar winner Paul Haggis (Crash) has some experience with that, and in an exclusive clip from this week’s episode of Colaborator’s ongoing Gatekeepers series, he spills on the awards-season rat race and (politely) poxes the whole thing. Calling the trophy-show crush “childish,” Haggis makes it clear he’s… Read


Oscars: New Producers Reveal Show Plans Including Excitement & “A Little Hint Of Danger”

Oscar Opening Ceremony

Now that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced David Hill and Reginald Hudlin as producers of the 88th Academy Awards — with neither having any prior experience directly in producing the granddaddy of awards shows (that is always the instant target of critics) —  in what direction will they be taking the broadcast February 28 on ABC?  I talked to Hill late yesterday and Hudlin this morning to find out and how this first-time teaming came… Read


Governors Awards: ‘Albert Nobbs’ Duo Tapped To Produce


Now that the Academy has lined up producers for the 88th Academy Awards in David Hill and Reginald Hudlin, the Oscar org has pivoted to its seventh annual Governors Awards. It has tapped Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis, the principals in Mockingbird Films, to produce the event set for November 14 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. This years honorary Oscar Governors Awards are set for Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands. Debbie Reynolds will receive the Jean Hersholt… Read


Oscars: David Hill & Reginald Hudlin To Produce 88th Academy Awards

David Hill Reginald Hudlin 2-shot

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced that David Hill and Reginald Hudlin will produce the 88th Annual Oscars. Django Unchained Oscar nominee Hudlin is no stranger to the Academy, having been tapped by President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to produce last year’s nontelevised Governors Awards. As my colleague Mike Fleming and I pointed out in our piece last month on the search for new Oscar producers, Hudlin was thought to be a personal favorite of Boone… Read