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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

Alejandro G Inarritu Oscars 2016

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

Jackie Chan Governors Awards

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

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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’

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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


‘Adam Ruins Everything’ Including The Oscars – With A Little Help From Pete Hammond

Adam Ruins Everything

I made my comedy series acting debut this week in the season premiere of truTV’s hit sketch comedy/educational hybrid Adam Ruins Everythingstarring Adam Conover as a guy who likes to correct myths about various things in society that we only think we know about. Topics he took to debunking in Season 1 included cars, security, work, voting, nutrition, sex, death and others. The second-season premiere in which I appear as Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond (clever… Read


Oscars: Germany Picks Cannes Standout ‘Toni Erdmann’ As Foreign Language Entry

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A hit with critics and festgoers in competition at Cannes this year, Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann has been chosen to represent Germany in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. Produced by Komplizen Film, 99 Filmproduktion, knm and Missing Link Films, the bittersweet comedy was scooped up by Sony Pictures Classics on the Croisette in May. The movie did not take home any major Cannes statues, but yesterday was named Best Film of the year by international critics group… Read


Oscars: Saudi Arabia Enters ‘Barakah Meets Barakah’ In Foreign Language Race; Kingdom’s Second Submission Ever


Barakah Meets Barakah, the debut feature of writer/director Mahmoud Sabbagh, has been selected to represent Saudi Arabia in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The movie, which debuted in Berlin, thus becomes the second-ever entry from the kingdom. It follows Haifaa Al Mansour's 2013 charmer Wadjda, which was Saudi Arabia's first official entry. Though roundly-lauded, that film failed to make the Oscars shortlist. The crowd-pleasing Barakah Meets Barakah debuted to… Read


‘Tanna’ Tapped As Australia’s Foreign Language Oscar Film


Tanna, the first feature to be fully shot in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, has been selected by Australia as its selection for the 2017 Foreign Language Oscar race. The Romeo and Juliet tale is directed by Aussie documentary filmmakers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year and won the audience award in the International Critics Week sidebar as well as the Best Cinematography prize for Dean. The news comes as Lightyear… Read


Academy Pulls Back Curtain On 12 Focus Areas For Sci-Tech Oscars

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said today that 12 distinct scientific and technical investigations have been launched for the 2016 Sci-Tech Oscars, which will be held February 11. They are made public so individuals and companies with devices or claims of innovation within these areas will have the opportunity to submit achievements for review. The deadline to submit additional entries is 5 PM PT August 30. The Academy's Scientific and Technical Awards… Read