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BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ Stuns ‘Shape Of Water’ But Does This Mean Oscar Is Next? – Hammond Analysis

Pundits will probably look at today’s Outstanding Film BAFTA victory by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri over its (at least nominally) more favored Fox Searchlight stablemate The Shape Of Water as perhaps a game-changing moment in this year’s still unsettled Best Picture Oscar race. Certainly it gives the Martin McDonagh film new momentum, especially after his snub by the Academy’s directors branch. (And that may not matter much since the BAFTA directorial win… Read

Aubrey Plaza, ‘The Good Doctor’s Nicholas Gonzalez, Disney’s ‘Coco’ To Be Honored At NHMC Awards

Ingrid Goes West producer and star Aubrey Plaza, Nicholas Gonzalez (The Good Doctor, How To Get Away With Murder), and Disney’s Oscar frontrunner Coco have been tapped as honorees at National Hispanic Media Coalition's 21st Annual Impact Awards. Univision CEO Randy Falco, Spider-Man: Homecoming actor Tony Revolori and actress Diane Guerrero round out this year’s awards recipients during the ceremony, which highlights and recognizes the work of Latinos in the entertainment… Read

Oscars: Academy Controversy, Transgender Winner, And New Innovation Highlight SciTech Awards

Three Oscar statuettes, plus a slew of other plaques and certificates, were handed out at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences annual Scientific & Technical Awards dinner Saturday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. This is the occasion where the Academy makes good on the word “sciences” in its name by recognizing achievements for technical innovation over the course of several years, even decades, that have proven to be of lasting value to the industry. In… Read

Notes On The Season: ‘Three Billboard’s Martin McDonagh On Directing “Snub”; Senior Moments; Oscar Vets Return To Battle

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. Martin McDonagh finds himself in rarefied territory this season after the Academy’s directors branch rather shockingly “snubbed” him and failed to nominate him in their category for his much-acclaimed Golden Globe winner and Oscar Best Picture contender, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Despite the omission, the film has seven nominations, including writing and producing noms for McDonagh. It… Read

Jorden Peele, Ava DuVernay & More Celebrate The Best In Film & TV At The 9th Annual AAFCA Awards

The 9th annual African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) awards brought together some Hollywood heavyweights like Jordan Peele, Ava DuVernay, Rob Reiner, Frances McDormand, and Courtney B. Vance to honor the best achievements of 2017’s film and television slate. The winner’s list was unearthed this past December and among those who were in attendance were Peele, whose film, Get Out, picked up three awards, along with DuVernay and the stars of her OWN hit series Que… Read

Oscars: The Shape Of The Race After Guillermo Del Toro’s Big DGA Win; Could Another Shocking Upset Be Looming?

“This was a real shot in the arm for me,” DGA feature film winner Guillermo Del Toro told me last last night as he carried his latest trophy for The Shape Of Water out of the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom. “I feel like I got my tetanus shot tonight!”  Indeed he did. So, let’s get geeky and into the weeds of what it all means for the 90th Academy Awards. In terms of importance, predictive accuracy and history, the DGA is probably THE key indicator of Oscar success… Read

DGA President Thomas Schlamme Opens Awards Show Vowing to Continue Fight Against Sexual Harassment

DGA president Thomas Schlamme vowed tonight at the DGA Awards that the guild will do everything in its power to combat sexual harassment in the industry, which he said has now reached a “tipping point.” His opening remarks at the awards show come just two days after the guild issued a lengthy statement on its procedures for handling sexual harassment complaints. “Today we are witnessing a historic cultural shift in our industry and hopefully our society as well,” he told… Read

Notes On The Season: Willem Dafoe On Why He Likes Dying; Remaking Best Picture Winners; Guess Who’s Not Coming To Oscar’s Lunch

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit You know you are in the crux of Oscar season when you find yourself driving down the coast on a Thursday afternoon to host one of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s many, many awards-related events. That’s what I did when I hit the road to moderate the fest’s Cinema Vanguard Award tribute to Willem Dafoe, who landed this hot spot in the midst of final campaigning for his Best Supporting Actor… Read

Santa Barbara Film Festival Women’s Panel Attracts Multiple Oscar Nominees

EXCLUSIVE: The annual and ever-popular Women’s Panel at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will feature a quintet of newly minted Academy Award nominees among the group of six  who will gather for the event Sunday morning at the Lobero Theatre. Moderated again by Madelyn Hammond, the always-hot panel should be especially pertinent this year as women’s issues in the industry have soared to the forefront of conversation. Participating in this year’s “Creative Forc… Read

#GrammysSoMale Puts Music Industry Gender Dynamics In The Spotlight

While last night’s Grammy Awards produced highlights such as Kesha singing the #MeToo anthem “Praying” after a rousing introduction by Janelle Monae, the show’s big morning-after takeaway is a different Twitter hashtag: #GrammysSoMale. After male artists dominated the list of performances and winners, and the formidable statistic emerged that just 9% of the 899 nominees in the past six Grammy Awards fields were women, social media lit up with frustration. Many reactions… Read

Oscar ‘Shapes’ Up & Gets It Right With Very Inclusive List Of Nominees – Analysis

On the surface, it looks like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doesn’t have a lot of apologizing to do for a change. Fears of a return to #OscarsSoWhite were dashed. The LGBTQ community was pleased with lots of inclusion. Women, both in individual achievement and stories of female empowerment, triumphed in numerous areas, while James Franco didn’t. Oscar dodged a bullet, but in the end it was a glorious, movie-soaked love story between a mute cleaning woman… Read

Actor James Franco Snubbed for Oscar Nomination Amid Misconduct Allegations

James Franco, who’d collected scores of accolades for his performance in The Disaster Artist, was snubbed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences amid allegations of misconduct and inappropriate behavior. The bankable actor did not receive a nomination for best actor, despite collecting a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in the cult favorite The Room. The allegations surfaced soon after Franco collected his Golden Globe Award while sporting a Time… Read