‘A Taxi Driver’: South Korea Hails Its 2017 Box Office Champ For Foreign-Language Oscar Race
South Korea’s attention understandably is focused elsewhere at the moment, but the country has put up the Oscar meter on A Taxi Driver: The historical drama is its official entry for the 2017 Foreign Language Film race. Well Go USA confirmed the news to Deadline.
Set during 1980 Gwangju Uprising, director Jang Hoon’s A Taxi Driver is based on a real-life local hero — an anonymous cabbie (Snowpiercer star Song Kang-ho) who drives a German journalist (Thomas Kretschmann) to… Read
Oscars: Fox Plans Big Best Picture Push For ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’; Peter Chernin Says The Time Has Come
EXCLUSIVE: With the six-month-long awards season kicking off today in Venice with the already critically well-received Downsizing (which now heads to Telluride and Toronto along with countless other hopefuls debuting in the fall/holiday corridor so friendly to Oscar contenders), there is one major studio determined to make sure everyone knows their summer blockbuster will also be going for the gold– and they aren’t about to let you forget it.
20th Century Fox will be… Read
Belgium Picks ‘Racer And The Jailbird’ For Oscar Race
Belgium has submitted Michaël R Roskam’s Racer And The Jailbird as the country’s entry into this year’s Foreign Language Oscar race. The dark romantic thriller stars Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos and is having its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival before heading to Toronto next month. It’s the second submission for Roskam, whose feature debut Bullhead was nominated in the category in 2012.
The pic (original title: Le Fidèle) is a love story set at… Read
Diane Kruger-Starrer ‘In The Fade’ Is Germany’s Foreign Language Oscar Entry
Fatih Akin’s In The Fade, the German drama for which Diane Kruger won the Best Actress award in Cannes last May, has been selected as the country’s submission to the Foreign Language Oscar race this year. The film, set in the aftermath of a terrorist bombing, was chosen by an independent jury out of 11 candidates.
The nine-person jury said, “Akin relates law and justice, revenge and pain — with complexity, unsparingly, and with a stirring narrative. The film gives a… Read
Cannes Winner ‘The Square’ Is Sweden’s Foreign Language Oscar Pick
Ruben Ostlund’s Palme d’Or winner The Square is Sweden’s choice to represent it in the race for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. This is Ostlund’s third time at the rodeo for the Scandinavian country; his Involuntary was in the running in 2009 and he made the shortlist with 2014’s Force Majeure — before being shockingly omitted from the nominations.
When the filmmaker did not get a nom in 2015, he released a video that included what he called a "worst man-cry."… Read
For Hollywood’s Film Academy, Time To Let The Thalberg Award Shine
The solar eclipse has come and gone. Now, will Hollywood's Thalberg Award come out of the shadows?
Named for producer-executive Irving G. Thalberg, the award is given periodically — very periodically, of late — by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to "creative producers, whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production." First bestowed on Darryl F. Zanuck in 1938, the award has been granted 39 times, an average of once… Read
‘White Sun’ Is Nepal’s Foreign-Language Oscar Submission
Nepal has selected Deepak Rauniyar's social drama Seto Surya (White Sun) as its entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 90th Academy Awards. Exec produced by Danny Glover (via his Louverture banner), the film is set after the Nepalese civil war, a conflict that raged from 1996-2006, and centers on a former Maoist rebel who struggles to reintegrate with his community and family.
The picture world premiered in the Venice Horizons section last year and went… Read
New Academy President John Bailey Talks Diversity, The Museum, CEO Dawn Hudson & That Best Picture Envelope Disaster
In our first interview since his election last week, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President John Bailey has good things to say about the organization’s move toward diversity, the long-awaited museum, CEO Dawn Hudson, the Best Picture “screwup” at this year’s Oscars, and his wife, who also happens to be a longtime board member — just like her husband who now takes on the job as leader.
Bailey, who turned 75 last week, is the first from the Cinematographers… Read
Oscars: Switzerland Selects ‘The Divine Order’ As Foreign Language Entry
Getting its bid in early, Switzerland has selected The Divine Order to represent it in the Foreign Language Oscar race. Directed by Petra Volpe, the period drama about the fight for equal rights for women has sold more than 300,000 tickets at home. In April, it played the Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Audience Narrative Award, the Nora Ephron Prize for Volpe, and Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature Film for Marie Leuenberger.
By accounts… Read
In The Tea Leaves Of Summer, Some (Speculative) Outlines Of A Laura Dern Presidency At The Film Academy
"It's just speculation at the moment," Laura Dern told the Los Angeles Times last month, describing talk that she has become a prospect for the presidency of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when new officers are elected on August 8. But it's a hot summer afternoon, and all the serious people are at Comic-Con. So what the heck? Let's peer at the leaves in our iced green tea and speculate, just a little.
If indeed she were to become the Academy's 36th… Read
Whoopi Goldberg & Participant’s David Linde Among First-Timers Elected To Movie Academy’s Board Of Governors
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its new Board of Governors today, and 10 of them are first-timers including Oscar winner and The View mainstay Whoopi Goldberg in the Actors branch and Participant Media CEO David Linde in the Executives branch.
Here is the list of newcomers and incumbents whose election was announced today:
Whoopi Goldberg, Actors Branch
Mandy Walker, Cinematographers Branch
Isis Mussenden, Costume Designers Branch
Wynn P. Thomas… Read
Film Academy Invites Record 774 New Members, From Gal Gadot To Betty White
UPDATED with Cheryl Boone Isaacs interview: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have unveiled 774 new members (although 30 0f those names are duplicates over several branches) invited to join the Oscars organization, bringing the total membership closer to 8,500 -ish. This is a record number, up from last
year’s 683. The invitees come from 57 countries, the organization says in unveiling its list, with the list comprising 39% female and 30% people of color… Read