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‘Darkest Hour’ Is Gary Oldman’s “Man On A Mission” Movie

There are transformations and then there is Gary Oldman's Churchill in Joe Wright's Darkest Hour. The actor endured five hours in the makeup chair daily to transform into the rotund politician who rescued Britain from WWII. With the semi-retired makeup legend Kazuhiro Tsuji behind the making of the mask, Oldman worked intimately to disappear into the role. On set, nobody met Gary Oldman for months. And, he says, it gave him a new appreciation for the British politician… Read

Jake Gyllenhaal’s Fight To Mount ‘Stronger’ And Play A Real-Life Superhero

When Jeff Bauman set out to cheer on his fiancée at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the morning of April 15, 2013, he couldn't have imagined the way his life would change when he was caught up in the terrorist attacks that day. When the bombs exploded he lost both his legs in the blast and was captured in a striking photograph being evacuated from the scene. That photograph, and Bauman's relentless road to recovery, came to typify the "Boston Strong" attitude in… Read

Notes On The Season: Jeff Bezos Throws A ‘Big Sick’ Party, Praises ‘The Post’; Oscar And Tony Winners Pasek And Paul Are Truly The ‘Greatest Showmen’

A column about conversations and events on the awards circuit. On Monday after the Golden Globe nominations were announced, the six-time-nominated The Post was way up and The Big Sickwhich was shut out, was way down. On Wednesday after the SAG nominations were known, the shut-out Post was way down and The Big Sick was way up with noms for Holly Hunter and the all-important Outstanding Cast category. Such is just a small example of the topsy-turvy nature of this… Read

‘Detroit’ Breakout Algee Smith On Michigan Mayhem & Kathryn Bigelow: “A Leader That’s Not Afraid To Trust”

Anyone who has worked with Kathryn Bigelow knows her vision, her ambition and her facts-first approach to epic American stories. The director's oeuvre is filled with war stories of different shades, Detroit being the latest—and Algee Smith found himself amongst a batch of new recruits on the film, facing the horrors of race-related police brutality during the 1967 Algiers Motel incident in the titular Michigan city, a reality the actor had never himself experienced… Read

‘Wonder Wheel’ Production Designer On The Artist Who Has Breathed New Life Into Woody Allen’s Films

Having worked with the prolific Woody Allen on over 30 films since 1980’s Stardust Memories, three-time Oscar-nominated production designer Santo Loquasto is well-acquainted with the writer/director’s likes and dislikes, his aesthetic preferences, and his general approach to storytelling—which has made the introduction of a new collaborator in recent years all the more exciting. With Café Society, released last year, Allen brought three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer V… Read

‘Dunkirk’ & ‘Orient Express’ Star Kenneth Branagh On Poirot’s Personality & Christopher Nolan’s Stoic Leadership

Between a starring turn in Dunkirk and Murder on the Orient Express—a reimagining of the Agatha Christie classic, which saw him behind and in front of the camera—Kenneth Branagh has had a remarkable year. While the British Oscar nominee has been directing for about as long as he's been acting, he tends to approach projects as an actor first, and Murder was no exception. Branagh looked at his directorial duties through the eyes of his character—the mustachioed… Read

Getting To The Heart Of ‘Coco’ – The Contenders Video

Lee Unkrich

It’s not just about heart, emotion and laughs with a Pixar film — there also is a tremendous amount of research and time that goes into getting its backdrops authentically right. That couldn’t be more the case than with the animation studio’s November hit Coco, which takes place during the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos. Coco follows a young boy, Miguel, who wishes to be a star-studded crooner of standards, just like his grandfather, the legendary singer Ernesto de la… Read

‘The Shape Of Water’s’ Guillermo Del Toro Ranks His Favorite Del Toro Films, But Says “I Would Die For Each Of My 10 Movies” – Behind The Lens

Guillermo Del Toro

Since his The Shape of Water won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in early September to begin its awards-season runGuillermo del Toro has only added to the Oscar heat behind the film. It led all Critics’ Choice Awards nominees with 14, and this week nabbed seven noms at the Golden Globes including writing, producing and directing nods for del Toro personally. He stopped by the studio recently for a segment of my new Deadline video series Behind The Lens… Read

Clothes Make The Characters In ‘Phantom Thread’ – The Contenders Video

When it came to making a drama thriller about a perfectionist fashion designer, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson reached out to his longtime costume designer of seven films Mark Bridges for Phantom Thread. The film follows Daniel Day-Lewis as British couturier Reynolds Woodcock, who lives a lonely life among his staff and his caretaking sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) as he dresses 1950s London high society. While out in the country for breakfast one day, he stumbles upon a… Read

Oscars: Foreign Language Film Shortlist Cuts Field To Nine; France’s ‘BPM’ Snubbed

Whittling through 92 submissions, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its shortlist of nine titles to advance in the Best Foreign Language Film category this year. The final five Oscar nominations in the race will be announced along with the rest of the categories on January 23. As ever, the shortlist comes with its own share of surprises, including a snub for a lauded French film the second year running. The group advancing to the next stage… Read

Director Sean Baker On Building ‘The Florida Project’ – The Contenders Video

Sean Baker Brooklynn Prince Florida Project

There are few movies this year that leave moviegoers in tears, and you can count A24’s The Florida Project as one of them. Having been tipped about the families living in squalor in run-down Kissimmee, FL hotels by his screenwriter Chris Bergoch, filmmaker Sean Baker turned his camera on the emotional realities of the setting — specifically through the eyes of children who run freely begging for money, swimming, eating ice cream cones, and enjoying the heat of their… Read

Guillermo Del Toro On ‘The Shape Of Water’: “We Were Not Designing A Monster, We Were Designing A Leading Man” – The Contenders Video

Guillermo Del Toro

As should be clear by now, monsters are anything but monstrous to Guillermo del Toro, whose Venice hit The Shape of Water from Fox Searchlight portrays the surreal love affair between mute military-base cleaning woman Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and a captured psychedelic fish-man (Doug Jones) against the backdrop of Cold War America. "To me, monsters are different from anyone," said the Mexican director at Deadline's seventh annual The Contenders awards-season event last… Read