Black Film Critics Circle Winners Led By ‘Mudbound’, ‘Get Out’; ‘Three Billboards’ Scores Double Honor
EXCLUSIVE: The Black Film Critics Circle has set its 2017 winners in 13 categories, along with special Signature Awards and an overall Top 10 for the year. Dee Rees’ Mudbound leads the main pack of laureates with prizes for Best Film, Best Supporting Actress (Mary J Blige), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Ensemble. Jordan Peele’s Get Out also gets shout-outs in the Best Director and Best Original Screenplay categories.
Gary Oldman and Frances McDormand take top acting… Read
Kobe Bryant’s Oscar-Contending Short ‘Dear Basketball’ Launches On Verizon As His Iconic Lakers Jersey Numbers Are Retired
Kobe Bryant Oscar winner? The basketball great is one step further along to that improbable feat, with his first attempt at filmmaking since his retirement from the game and the Los Angeles Lakers has been shortlisted as a finalist for Best Animated Short this year. Ten films were named, and Dear Basketball — from Bryant’s poem, about his love for the game and having to let it go — is one of 10 shorts to make the cut for a shot at being one of the five nominees when the… Read
‘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 Sick, which 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 Passion Project
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
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
Since his The Shape of Water won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in early September to begin its awards-season run, Guillermo 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