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‘Vice’, ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Among Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards Winners


The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards were handed out tonight at L.A. Live’s Novo Theater, recognizing work on the big and small screens. Oscar nominees for makeup and hair Mary Queen of Scots from Focus Features and Annapurna’s Vice were among the winners in 23 categories celebrating the year’s best in the craft. On the television side, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars also picked up trophies. Melissa McCarthy, nominated… Read

Bette Midler to Perform Song From ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ At Oscars

Bette Midler will be taking the stage at the 91st Academy Awards. The Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner shared the news on Twitter Saturday that she’ll be performing “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns. “So, (drum roll) Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be chanteusing (that’s singing) on the Oscars on Feb 24…the nominated song from “Mary Poppins”…”The Place Where Lost Things Go” …so excited!!” she wrote and was immediately retweeted by the Academy. So… Read

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Puts The Mass Incarceration Issue On The Big Screen – Guest Column

If Beale Street Could Talk

Gina Clayton-Johnson is executive director of the Essie Justice Group, which she founded (and named after her great grandmother) in 2014 to harness the collective power of women with incarcerated loved ones to end mass incarceration's harm to women and communities. She wrote this piece after seeing Annapurna’s If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel that is up for three Oscars on February 24 — for Jenkins’ screenplay, supporting… Read

‘Archival Quality’: Ghostly Graphic Novel Wins 5th Annual McDuffie Award

Archival Quality, a ghostly graphic novel from Oni Press that incorporates a compassionate and evocative portrayal of mental health issues in its tale of spectral mystery, has been named winner of the 5th Annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics. The award is shared by the book’s creative team, writer Ivy Noelle Weir and illustrator Christina “Steenz” Stewart. The finalists this year represented an impressively eclectic field of nominees with an array of… Read

Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Academy Crisis Averted; Spike Lee On 2 Words He Won’t Say; Is This Finally The Year For Oscar Bridesmaids?

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. Despite final balloting being halfway done (Oscar voters, you have until Tuesday at 5 PM PT), and campaigns still in high gear leaving no rock unturned and no opportunity to reach straggling voters untaken, much of the air in the room this week has been sucked up by the latest controversy to make this the most beaten-up Oscar broadcast in recent memory (and that is before it even happens). One source… Read

ASC Boss Thanks Academy In New Open Letter As Hollywood Reacts To Oscars Rethink

UPDATED with ASC open letter: Hollywood celebrated with statements and posts on social media today in the wake of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announcement that all awards presentations would be live on the February 24 Oscars broadcast. That included Kees van Oostrum, the president of the American Society of Cinematographers, the group that launched the first signs of industry protest hosting an open letter from a quickly-growing group of signatories… Read

Oscars Last Call: Adam McKay’s ‘Vice’ Analyzed By ‘One Percent Doctrine’ Author Ron Suskind


Ron Suskind has closely covered Dick Cheney and the George W Bush White House as a journalist and author of The One Percent Doctrine and The Price Of Loyalty, and he was the executive producer of the Emmy-winning Oscar-nominated feature documentary Life, Animated. His bold reporting included an inflammatory report that the blueprints for the Iraq invasion were drawn up way before 9/11, something that seems all too obvious when you watch Vice. Suskind acted as consultant fo Read

Antoine Fuqua Collaborators Sound Off On Working With Director Ahead Of Golden Reel Honor

Antoine Fuqua, the director behind Training Day, The Equalizer, The Magnificent Seven and Southpaw among other movie hits, is being recognized Sunday by the Motion Picture Sound Editors, who are giving him their Filmmaker Award at the 66th MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Ahead of the ceremony, sound editors Mandell Winter and David Esparza, both frequent collaborators with Fuqua, reflected on working with the music video director-turned-filmmaker. "Antoine uses sound as an… Read

Civil Rights Activist Dolores Huerta On The Power Of Women In ‘Roma’ – Guest Column

Roma Dolores Huerta

Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta co-founded with Cesar Chavez the United Farm Workers union where she currently serves as VP (Rosario Dawson played her in the 2014 biopic Cesar Chavez which starred Michael Pena as Chavez). Huerta is also founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which connects community-based organizing to local, state, and national movements. In 2012, President Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civil… Read

Oscars: Academy To Reverse Decision And Award All Categories On Live Broadcast


EXCLUSIVE, UPDATED with confirmation of Deadline scoop: The Motion Picture Academy has decided to reverse plans to award the four categories during commercial time — Cinematography, Editing, Make-Up and Hairstyling and Live Action Short — and the winners will be awarded during the live telecast. This become the latest in an Oscarcast that has been trying hard to bring the Academy Awards into the 21st century, but bucking up against an organization steeped in… Read

Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Joins Oscar Protest

Make-up Artists & Hair Styling Guild

The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild, IATSE Local 706, has joined the protest of the Motion Picture Academy's decision to hand out four Oscars – including those for Best Makeup and Hairstyling – during commercial breaks at the February 24 telecast on ABC. The Academy’s move, made official Monday, was made in order to bring the telecast in at under three hours. "We know from some of our members, as talented artists and professionals, that they are disappointed by… Read

Academy Tells Cinematographers It Will Respond Today After Thursday Night Meeting Over Oscar Flap


UPDATED with meeting details: The president of the American Society of Cinematographers and a contingent of Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated DPs met Thursday night with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Dawn Hudson and president John Bailey over the Academy’s plan to keep four categories out of the Oscarcast, a decision has met with much criticism since it was officially announced Monday. Sources said the meeting, held at Academy HQ, was cordial as both… Read