Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Mel Gibson’s Standing-O; Seth Rogen Talks Politics; No Denial Of Oscar Buzz For Timothy Spall
A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit.
MEL IS BACK
It was an emotional night Monday at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater, where director Mel Gibson got a sustained standing ovation after Andrew Garfield, star of his new film Hacksaw Ridge, brought him up on the stage following the Los Angeles premiere screening of the movie. It’s the story of World War II hero and conscientious objector Desmond Doss, who saved 75 men without ever touching… Read
Oscars: 10 Films Make Documentary Short Subject Shortlist
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have unveiled 10 contenders in the Oscar Documentary Short Subject category that have made the shortlist for the 89th Academy Awards. Five will earn nominations when those are unveiled January 24. The Academy’s Documentary Branch
culled the list from 61 eligible entries. Here are the films:
"Brillo Box (3¢ Off)," Brillo Box Documentary
"Close Ties," Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Association
"Extremis," f/8 Filmworks in… Read
Norwegian Hit ‘The King’s Choice’ Gets Royal Welcome In N.A. Bow
After breaking Norwegian box office records, The King's Choice (Kongens Nei) is making its North American debut in high style. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway have committed to attend a glitzy screening of the Erik Poppe-directed film on November 8 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
The King's Choice, Norway's official Foreign-Language Oscar submission, has special significance to the royals, since it is based on the true the story of the three dramatic days in April… Read
Marvel’s Annie Chang Joins Academy’s Tech Council
Annie Chang, VP Technology for Marvel Studios, has join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
During Chang's 11 years at Marvel parent Disney, she has shaped technology standards and strategies, helped research and implement new technologies into feature postproduction and mastering pipelines and helped the studio transition from tapes to files and launch consumer distribution platforms. A fellow of the Society of Motion… Read
Colin Firth & Ged Doherty Take Lessons From ‘Filmmaking For Dummies’ To Hatch Two Genuine Oscar Contenders
EXCLUSIVE: “You’re popping our cherry,” Colin Firth laughed as I sat down to lunch with him and his production partner Ged Doherty last week at the Four Seasons.
He was referring to the fact that he and Doherty had not done any interviews to date about Raindog Films, the production company they founded in 2011. It has been five years since the Oscar-winning actor of The King’s Speech, and so many other films, teamed with Doherty, the former music company executive who was… Read
How Amanda Knox Opened Up; Netflix Doc Directors Talk – Video
Last night, Netflix’s Amanda Knox kicked off Awardsline’s fall screening series with pic’s directors Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn expounding on the challenges in mounting their doc about the Seattle exchange student who served time in an Italian prison for the murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher. In the above video, Blackhurst and McGinn tell Deadline Senior Editor Dominic Patten about how they first approached Knox in 2011, following her first of two… Read
Sony’s Tom Rothman To Receive PGA’s Milestone Award
The Producers Guild of America will bestow its prestigious 2017 Milestone Award to Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman at their 28th PGA Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 in Los Angeles.
The Milestone Award recognizes an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry, and during Rothman’s 30-year film career, 400-plus titles under his purview earned more than $50 billion at the global B.O., 150-plus Oscar… Read
‘Moana’ Will Make Its World Premiere At AFI Fest
Prior to opening during Thanksgiving weekend on November 23, Disney’s animated title Moana will have its world premiere at AFI Fest. The pic starring Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson joins the fest’s list of special screenings that also includes the world premiere of EuropaCorp’s Miss Sloane and the previously announced Sony Pictures Classics title The Comedian from Taylor Hackford.
Also announced in the special screenings section is the Alexis Bloom-Fisher Stevens… Read
Mel Gibson Scores Hollywood Film Awards Director Honor
Mel Gibson, in the heat of the movie awards season with his upcoming World War II tale Hacksaw Ridge, will receive the Hollywood Director Award at the 20th annual Hollywood Film Awards, set for November 6 at the Beverly Hilton. Lionsgate’s Hacksaw Ridge, Gibson’s first directorial effort in 10 years, hits theaters two days before the ceremony.
Gibson won the Best Director Oscar in 1996 for Braveheart and seen critical acclaim for Hacksaw Ridge, the tale of Army medic… Read
Gotham Awards Nominations: ‘Manchester By The Sea’, ‘Moonlight’ Lead Way
UPDATE with full list: Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight were in the spotlight as the IFP Gotham awards revealed nomination for its 26th annual awards this morning. The group’s award noms usually marking the unofficial official start of the film awards season.
Manchester, which bows November 18 via Amazon and Roadside Attractions after a fest run that began at Sundance, landed a Best Feature nom along with Best Actor for star Casey… Read
Uh-Oh, Older White Male Contenders Are Piling Into A Diverse Awards Season
Uh-oh, here they come again, that most annoying of Oscar problems, the Old White Men.
While I was worrying about something else on Tuesday, someone recalled that John Lee Hancock's The Founder, starring Michael Keaton, is set for an Academy Awards qualifying run on Dec. 16, prior to its wider release by the Weinstein Company in January.
Hancock, the film's director, will turn 60 the day before. Keaton, Oscar-nominated for Birdman in 2015, is already 65. For the record… Read
Hollywood Film Awards To Honor Tom Ford, Marc Platt & Kenneth Lonergan
The 2016 Hollywood Film Awards will honor Tom Ford, Marc Platt, and Kenneth Longergan, the organization has announced. Ford will receive the "Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award" for his Nocturnal Animals. Meanwhile, Platt will receive the "Hollywood Producer Award" for his work on several projects this year including Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, La La Land and The Girl on the Train. And Lonergan will receive the "Hollywood Screenwriter Award" for his script for Manc… Read