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Oscar Nominee Reactions: Rami Malek, Willem Dafoe, Rachel Weisz, Adam McKay & Many More

They woke up early, they ordered breakfast in, and they’re very grateful. Here’s a round-up of key Oscar nominee reactions from this morning: “It’s momentous, it’s something you dream of when you get into this business; it’s the ultimate accolade,” said Rami Malek scoring his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Fox/New Regency’s Bohemian Rhapsody, a movie several years in the making. Malek, akin to Robert De Niro in is prep for his… Read

Costume Designer Sandy Powell’s Risk-Taking Pays Off With Pair Of Oscar Nominations For ‘The Favourite’ & ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

In terms of Oscars won, Sandy Powell may be behind her peer, Colleen Atwood, down 3-4. But with dual nominations today for The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns, the costume designer takes her career tally to 14, becoming the most-nominated living artist in her field. With three wins — for The Young Victoria, The Aviator, and Shakespeare in Love — and those 14 nods, Powell moves ever closer to the accomplishments of Edith Head, the most decorated costume designer in the… Read

‘RBG’ Oscar Nomination Tops One Wild Year For Ruth Bader Ginsburg

RBG

This morning’s nomination for RBG as Best Feature Documentary serves a welcome cap to a banner year for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the SCOTUS whose culture status has been greatly elevated thanks, in part, to this film and the Felicity Jones-starring biopic On the Basis of Sex in which Ginsburg made a cameo. It didn’t hurt that RBG premiered at Sundance last year, too, where the longtime women’s rights advocate was in attendance and spoke on the rise of the #MeToo movement. The… Read

Spike Lee: Oscar Saga Links ‘Do The Right Thing’ & ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Thirty years after Do the Right Thing, Spike Lee is finally an Oscar-nominated director.  The 61-year-old firebrand filmmaker from Brooklyn also has a film nominated in the best picture category for the first time, all thanks to BlacKkKlansman, the screen adaptation of a memoir by a black Colorado police detective who successfully infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. Lee was ebullient Tuesday about the nominations and said he was being inundated by messages from well-wishers and… Read

Why ‘Cold War’, One Of Two Black-And-White Films Up For Cinematography Oscar, Didn’t Shoot In Color

Cold War

Two films shot in black and white this year have been nominated in the Oscar Best Cinematography category: Cold War and Roma. Interestingly, both take place in the past. For Cold War, Oscar-nominated cinematographer Lukasz Zal said he and director Pawel Pawlikowski thought about shooting the post-war film in color, but ultimately decided not to. And the reasons are similar to Roma‘s. “I think we link to this time to the past and in our film we wanted to link to the 1950s… Read

Oscars: Foreign Language Film Directors Muse On Today’s Nominations

During a heady morning for filmmakers situated from Los Angeles to Lebanon, Poland and beyond, directors of the five Oscar-nominated Best Foreign Language Film contenders took time to share reactions with Deadline. Capernaum helmer Nadine Labaki "screamed and danced" with part of her team in attendance as they watched the big reveal from Beirut, and contacted her actors all over the world while Ida FL winner Pawel Pawlikowski juggled a barrage of calls in Warsaw… Read

‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’: Oscar Animation Nomination Validates Experimental Spirit

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Sony’s innovative and evocative Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has been the runaway train among this year’s animation contenders, and rgw arachnid express kept that momentum going this morning by picking up an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. For the film’s producers, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the Spider-Verse nomination was the latest ringing endorsement of the film’s maverick ambitions to break away from Hollywood’s entrenched CG animation approaches to… Read

Hammond On Oscars: Why This Could Be One Of The Closest Races In Academy History

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ very public move to become more of a global organization by recruiting record numbers of new members from around the world (overall, 928 new members from 59 countries) paid off today with a list of nominees that had a strong international, and certainly diverse, flavor. The group also delivered a list, albeit with a surprise or two in it, that presents one of the most wide-open Oscar races in memory. The Best Picture… Read

Despite Two Years Of Gains, Women Got Just 25% Of Behind-The-Scenes Oscar Noms This Year

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There will be no Oscars this year for female directors, cinematographers, film editors, composers or visual effects artists. Of the 41 nominees in the five categories announced today for the 91st Academy Awards, none is a woman. And only two of the 20 screenwriting nominees are women – one of 12 for Adapted Screenplay and one for eight for Original Screenplay. Altogether, of the 211 individuals who received behind-the-scenes Oscar nominations this morning, 53 are females… Read

How An English Teacher, High Schoolers & A Hollywood Publicist Found Oscar With ‘Period. End Of Sentence.’

Period. End Of Sentence

Period. End of Sentence. is the little film that did, and it wouldn’t have come about without several high school girls, a high school English teacher and a Hollywood publicist who is one of the four lead producers on the film, which was just nominated for an Oscar this morning in the Best Documentary Short category. The film’s director, Rayka Zehtabchi, was the only female to be nominated in the category. The 25-year-old graduated from USC film school just two years… Read

Oscars: Foreign Language Film Nominees Populate Key Categories In Crossover Year

Roma

It’s been a big morning for foreign language films — and their filmmakers. Alfonso Cuaron's Roma today became the 11th foreign language movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar (though not all previous titles were nominated in the Foreign Language race). It also tied with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for the most nominations for a film not in English. Roma scored 10 overall, including in the Best Foreign Language Film category which is rife with titles that spread… Read

Oscar Nominations: Film And Studio Scorecard

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The 91st Oscar nominations were led this morning by The Favourite and Roma with 10 each, followed by A Star Is Born and Vice with eight and Black Panther with seven. Roma also handed Netflix its first best picture nomination, among the internet network’s 13 noms overall. Walt Disney scored the most nominations for studios with 17. Here are the lists of nominations by film and studio. NOMS BY FILM (2 or more) The Favourite — 10 Roma — 10 A Star Is Born — 8 Vice — 8 Black… Read