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Irish Film & TV Academy Gives ‘A Date For Mad Mary’, ‘Vikings’ Top Honors

The annual Irish Film & Television Academy named A Date for Mad Mary winner of its 2017 film award today. Vikings took the top prize in the TV category. Other winners from the Dublin-based awards were Colm Meaney, The Journey (best actor, film); Ruth Negga, Loving (best actress, film); Cillian Murphy, Peaky Blinders (best actor, TV); and Amy Huberman, Striking Out (best actress, TV). Actor Michael Gambon was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. Other top film prizes went… Read

Emmy Late-Night Preview: Widest Field Yet As Corden, Oliver & Others Battle It Out

In his Dateline interview with Tom Brokaw last week, David Letterman confessed to not missing his Late Night gig at all since leaving it in May of last year. He told Brokaw that he actually thought he might, but when he watched the debut of Late Show With Stephen Colbert he knew it was now “someone else’s problem” and he felt completely free of it. Letterman may not miss Late Show, but one place he will be missed is the Emmy race for Outstanding Talk Series, a category he… Read

Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Chris Will Rock Oscars, Spielberg Talks, Gwyneth Brings Mom To Tears

A new weekly column talking up the season with bits and pieces from the awards circuit. “I would love to do the Oscars again,” Chris Rock told me late last year when I asked if he thought he should have been chosen over Neil Patrick Harris to host the 2015 Oscarcast. “I think they got the right guy. Yeah, but it was weird because when you’re thinking of host, you’re thinking of me before Neil Patrick Harris,” Rock joked at the time, while praising Harris, who in the end… Read

Emmy Predictions: Can Sentiment For David Letterman & Jon Stewart Affect Final Results In Variety Talk Race?

This year for the first time the previously combined Variety Talk and Sketch Series distinctions have been split up into two categories, meaning Saturday Night Live no longer will have to compete with the likes of The Daily Show, The Colbert Report or Late Show With David Letterman and get its ass whipped. But wait — those three shows won’t be competing at all in their current form as all three hosts have had their farewell shows and are nominated for such in the Variety… Read

The Case For All Eight: How The Oscar Best Picture Race Is Anyone’s To Win

87th Oscars Nominations Announcement

The clock is ticking down and the Oscars are now just a few days away, but for the eight best picture nominees the opening of that envelope cannot come fast enough. Usually at this point we have some kind of clarity, but the usual tea leaves have been sending mixed signals this year. At one point it seemed as if IFC's little-indie-that-could, Boyhood, was sailing to an inevitable best picture victory. It had virtually dominated the early critics awards and then took top… Read

Oscar Rewind: How Martin Luther King Jr. Changed The Academy Awards In The Heat Of The ’67 Race

Martin Luther King Jr., Sidney Poitier and the 1968 Academy Awards

Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon B. Johnson are in the news for very different reasons. A movie set in the South, dealing with race relations, wins a best picture Oscar nomination even though the black star of the film does not. Its director ultimately is overlooked. The Oscars are shrouded in controversy over how it deals with that movie and its relation to real-life events. No, we're not talking about Selma, the stirring film about the King-led 1965 march in… Read

Oscars: History Says Controversy Could Kill Best Picture Chances – Or Not

Tom Wilkinson and David Oyelowo in Selma

Controversy.  It seems any Oscar campaign worth its salt has one, at least this year. Best Picture contenders Selma, American Sniper, The Imitation Game and Whiplash all have been tainted with the kind of accusations usually perceived as negative to a campaign. At least three of the five foreign-language film nominees have been put through the ringer as well. And there's negative spin going around about some of the documentary film contenders, too. But as online Oscar… Read

Oscars: Handicapping The Screenplay Contenders

The great thing about the screenplay nominations for the Academy Awards is that they aren't hampered by the same out-of-date thinking that makes the Writers Guild Award noms sometimes feel like also-rans. The difference between Oscar and WGA is that the guild steadfastly refuses to let any potential nominees into the party unless his or her film was a signatory to the guild's agreement and the writer is a bona fide WGA member in good standing. The Academy of Motion… Read

Oscars: Should There Be 10 Potential Spots In Acting Categories?

Michael Keaton in Birdman

I’ve said it before and I will say it again. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences lately has had a serious problem when it comes to at least one of the acting races. Too many contenders for best actor and only five slots. I know, I know. Readers are going to come after me for saying this again, but, just as the Academy did in expanding the best picture race to allow for as many as 10 nominees in any given year, they should do the same for the acting… Read

Oscar’s Golden Rule For An Acting Win: It’s The Role, Not The Star That Matters

Eddie Redmayne

Cary Grant never won an Academy Award for acting. Neither did Edward G. Robinson or Barbara Stanwyck or Deborah Kerr, despite her six nominations, or Peter O'Toole despite his eight. The list goes on and on. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tried to make up for such slights by giving everyone an Honorary Oscar, just as it did with never-even-nominated Maureen O'Hara, who was an honoree at this year's Governors Awards. It's a familiar story—some Hollywood… Read

Will Playing Alzheimer’s Victim Finally Be An Oscar Game Changer For Julianne Moore?

Julianne Moore

There is no question in a career that has included one risk-taking performance after another—including Oscar-nominated roles in The End of the Affair, Far from Heaven, The Hours and Boogie Nights, as well as her memorable Emmy-winning Sarah Palin in HBO's Game Change—that Julianne Moore is about as good as it gets. This year alone she is showing the depth and breadth of her talent, first as an aging actress trying to remain relevant in Hollywood in Maps to the Stars, a… Read

Oscars: No Movie Can Claim Frontrunner Status…Yet

The Imitation Game

Marlon Brando once uttered one of the most famous lines in movie history, "I coulda been a contender," from one of the most beloved best picture winners, 1954's On the Waterfront. The film was a shoo-in to sweep the Oscars, and it did. This year, however, there are a boatload of movies that might be saying "I coulda been a contender" but are lost and drifting in one of the most wide-open best picture races in memory, certainly since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and… Read