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Palm Springs Film Festival Names ‘Toni Erdmann’ Best Foreign Film

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Updated below with audience award winners. Toni Erdmann was named Best Foreign Film at the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The prize was one of the juried award winners revealed at a luncheon today, with narrative feature and documentary to be announced tomorrow. Gael García Bernal took the Best Actor in a foreign language film for Neruda, and Isabelle Huppert took Best Actress, foreign film, for Elle. Today’s awards were named by a special jury of… Read

Academy’s Dawn Oscar Nominations Drill Goes Digital: No More Media In The Goldwyn Theater

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The media and publicists won’t be shivering at dawn at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences headquarters when Oscar nominations are announced January 24. Instead, the Academy announced it will go straight to digital platforms and a satellite broadcast feed, bypassing reporters who traditionally gathered in its Goldwyn Theater for announcements in the early-morning hours, the group said Friday. In a further change, past Oscar nominees, in pre-recorded videos… Read

Ben Affleck’s ‘Live By Night’ Uses Strong Production Values To Return To The Era Of Cagney And Robinson Gangster Films – The Contenders Video

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Five-time Oscar-nominated editor William Goldenberg, who won the Academy Award for editing Ben Affleck’s Argo, has returned to work with the actor-director in his latest film Live By Night, which opens in wide release today. Goldenberg, who also worked with Affleck on his first directorial effort Gone Baby Gone, appeared as part of Deadline’s big annual event The Contenders Presented By Deadline to discuss details of the movie, a throwback to the kind of gangster pictures… Read

Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Oscar Ballots Due Today; Is ‘Deadpool’ On A Path For A Best Picture Nomination???

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A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. OSCAR NOMINATION BALLOT DEADLINE LOOMS  It has all come to this. Nomination ballots for the 89th annual Academy Awards are due today at 5 PM PT. Months of campaigning and attempts to influence the some 7000 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have come down to the final few hours of what is commonly known at Phase I of the seemingly endless awards season that lasts half a… Read

Peter Bart: Adam Driver & Andrew Garfield Emerge As Unlikely Champs Of Awards Circuit

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With kudos being dispensed almost hourly at this time of year, there is one category of work that bestows no glittering statuettes yet occupies center stage for months at a time. In short, I think there should be an award for campaigning, aimed at those stars and filmmakers who deliver blizzards of interviews in support of their films while never blowing their cool. And I have two actors I would nominate to share this award. Mind you, I am aware of the stakes: A shot at… Read

Between Tentpole Commitments, Jeremy Renner Builds His Producing Portfolio With John Lee Hancock’s ‘The Founder’

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Celebrated this season for his role as theoretical physicist Ian Donnelly in Denis Villeneuve’s brainy sci-fi film Arrival, alongside friend and frequent collaborator Amy Adams, two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner this year hopes to bring attention to another, lesser-known role, as a producer on John Lee Hancock’s Ray Kroc biopic The Founder. In the case of Arrival, Renner saw a terrific leading role for Adams, and hoped only to offer support; with The Weinstein… Read

WGA Unveils Videogame Writing Nominees

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Twelve weeks into the actors' strike against selected video game companies, the WGA announced its nominees for outstanding achievement in videogame writing during 2016. None of the nominations are for on struck games. Brian Bloom was nominated for Activision's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and while SAG-AFTRA is on strike against five Activision games, Infinite Warfare isn't one of them. Winners will be announced February 19 at the WGA Awards in New York and Los… Read

‘Patriots Day’ Composers Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross On How David Fincher’s Approach Influenced Their Own Process

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Known for their long standing collaboration with David Fincher, from The Social Network through Gone Girl, Oscar-winning composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have gone on in recent years to work with a wider variety of directors on both narrative features and documentaries—including Fisher Stevens’ climate change doc Before the Flood—with their score for Peter Berg’s Patriots Day being their latest to enter the awards race. While demonstrating a concern for… Read

Directors Guild Film Nominations: ‘La La Land’, ‘Moonlight’, ‘Manchester’, ‘Arrival’ & ‘Lion’

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The Directors Guild of America has unveiled nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for its 69th annual DGA Awards, with helmers Damien Chazelle for La La Land, Barry Jenkins for Moonlight, Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea, Denis Villeneuve for  Arrival and Garth Davis for Lion earning noms. All are first-time nominees in the category, though Davis previously was nominated in the TV Commercial category. The latter was perhaps the most… Read

‘The Little Prince’ Helmer Mark Osborne To Receive High French Honor

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EXCLUSIVE: The Little Prince director Mark Osborne is getting a very special honor from France in recognition of his work in making the first-ever animated feature adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic. He will be conferred the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in March at a ceremony led by the cultural counselor of the French Embassy in New York, Bénédicte de Montlaur. The Order of Arts and Letters was established in 1957 to recognize… Read

Denzel Washington Named Publicists Guild’s Motion Picture Showman Of The Year

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ICG Publicists will honor Denzel Washington with its Motion Picture Showman of the Year award at the 54th Annual Awards luncheon on Friday, February 24. The two-time Oscar winner will receive the award in recognition of his career achievements, including producing, directing and starring in Fences, a major contender in this year's Academy Awards race. "Denzel continues to excel as a major creative force in filmmaking while also recognizing the key role that publicity and… Read

‘La La Land’, ‘Rogue One’ & ‘Game Of Thrones’ Among 2017 Costume Designers Guild Award Nominees

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Costume Designers Guild this morning has announced the nominees for the 19th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards with La La Land, Rogue One, and Game of Thrones among the 35 hopefuls for the guild’s biggest honors. Celebrating excellence in film, television, and short form costume design, this year’s ceremony, to be hosted by actress and singer Mandy Moore, will be held February 21 at the Beverly Hilton. “I am honored to be hosting this year's ceremony. I've always been… Read