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Hollywood Contenders: New Oscar Predictions for July

You knew these were coming. Predictions are probably my favorite part of this job, so obviously I was going to oblige, as always. This is a fun one too, as it’s the first update for the second half of the year. 2016 is taking a turn now, moving through the summer blockbuster movie season, with awards season and Oscar bait only a few months away. Those films are really what the Academy will focus on, so that’s where my attention is today. There’s been some definite movement, which you’ll see below, making for a slate of predicted nominees that doesn’t 100% resemble the last few that I’ve done. It’s getting to be very exciting times, ladies and gentlemen…
Two of the more notable things that have happened since last time around have been the facts that Live by Night potentially has entered the race, while The Zookeeper’s Wife left. Factor those in with baity Trailers for La La Land as well as Loving and you have the makings of some awards season buzz. La La Land is continuing to make a big play for the juggernaut spot of the predictions, so keep that in mind. I also have tried to figure out the technical categories, as well as a new look at things few are thinking about, such as Best Documentary Feature and Best Foreign Language Feature. It makes for something to think about, at least. Plenty more will change next month too, so this is clearly just placeholder stuff for the most part. Enjoy it though, obviously.
Here now are my most up to date Academy Award predictions:
BEST PICTURE
1. La La Land
2. Silence
3. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
4. Manchester by the Sea
5. Loving
6. The Birth of a Nation
7. Live by Night
8. Lion
9. Passengers
10. Nocturnal Animals
Next in line: 11. Arrival 12. War Machine 13. Fences 14. The Light Between Oceans 15. Café Society 16. Collateral Beauty 17. The Founder 18. Bleed for This 19. Sully 20. The Lost City of Z 21. Allied 22. A United Kingdom 23. Rules Don’t Apply 24. Snowden 25. Hands of Stone
BEST DIRECTOR
1. Damien Chazelle – La La Land
2. Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
3, Ang Lee – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
4. Martin Scorsese – Silence
5. Ben Affleck – Live by Night
Next in line: 6. Jeff Nichols – Loving 7. Nate Parker – The Birth of a Nation 8. Morten Tyldum – Passengers 9. Tom […]

Hollywood Film Awards: The Race Is On! The Hollywood Awards Launch the Push toward Oscar – Associated Press

Once again, Hollywood Stars will be going to the first awards event of the season — The Hollywood Film Awards®.
The ceremony will be hosted by critically and globally acclaimed actor, comedian and late night talk show host, James Corden and will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. More than one hundred honorees have gone on to garner Oscar nominations and wins.
Our confirmed presenters include: Steve Carell, Russell Crowe, Ice Cube, Johnny Depp, Laura Dern, Vin Diesel, Jamie Foxx, Selena Gomez, Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dakota Johnson, Armie Hammer, Amber Heard, Mark Ruffalo, David O. Russell, Kurt Russell, Amy Poehler, Quentin Tarantino, and Reese Witherspoon.
Our confirmed honorees include:Robert De Niro, Ridley Scott, Will Smith, Carey Mulligan, Jane Fonda, Benicio Del Toro, Amy Schumer, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Saoirse Ronan, Kurt Russell, Samuel L Jackson, Jessica Jason Leigh, Channing Tatum, Bruce Dern, Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth, O’Shea Jackson, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchel, Ludacris, Jordana Brewester and Michele Rodriguez, Tom Hooper, Adam McKay, Asif Capadia and Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer. The craft categories include, Tim Alexander, Janusz Kaminski, David Rosenbloom, Alexander Desplat, Colin Gibson, Sandy Powell, Gary Rydstrom, and Lesley Vanderwalt.
This year, two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro will be honored with the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award.”
“Movie awards season kicks off with Hollywood Film Awards” – Reuters
““The first mandatory stop … in the awards season” – New York Times
“The Hollywood Film Awards has become a pre-Oscar showcase” – Los Angeles Times
“The Race Is On! The Hollywood Awards Launch the Push toward Oscar” – Associated Press
With participating Hollywood insiders, our Advisory Team identifies and selects the recipients of our honors. Our winners are pre-selected to receive our awards. Our selection is based on their outstanding achievement and contribution to the art of cinema. They are not “nominees.”
2014 honorees included some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Keira Knightley, Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley, Eddie Redmayne, Jean-Marc Vallée, Julianne Moore, Robert Duvall, Jack O’Connell, Mike Myers, Chris Rock and many more.
HFA co-chairs, advisory team and judges have included:
Ken Annakin,Simon Assaad, Alberto Barbera, Gilles Bianrosa, Irene Bignardi, Clare Binns, John Briley, Judith Bronowski, Elisabetta Brunella, […]

Chris Rock will host the 88th Academy Awards

A bit of breaking news for you folks. It’s been announced that Chris Rock will be the host of the Oscars. Yes, the comedian/actor has been selected to lead the 88th Academy Awards telecast, marking the second time that Rock has been given this prestigious job. Not everyone wants to do it more than once, or accepts it when offered, so this now puts him into a small club of returning hosts. I didn’t include him in my recent speculation about how could get the gig, so it just goes to show how unpredictable things can be. It’s his job now, so let’s discuss that for a little bit…

First up, for comparison’s sake, here’s the other folks who are in Rock’s club of hosting the Academy Awards at least twice:
Bob Hope (19 times)
Billy Crystal (9 times)
Johnny Carson (5 times)
Whoopi Goldberg (4 times)
Jack Lemmon (4 times)
Jerry Lewis (3 times)
Steve Martin (3 times)
Conrad Nagel (3 times)
David Niven (3 times)
Jack Benny (2 times)
Chevy Chase (2 times)
Sammy Davis Jr. (2 times)
Ellen DeGeneres (2 times)
William C. deMille (2 times)
Jane Fonda (2 times)
Goldie Hawn (2 times)
Walter Matthau (2 times)
Richard Pryor (2 times)
Frank Sinatra (2 times)
James Stewart (2 times)
Jon Stewart (2 times)
Add in Rock to the two time club and those are all of the men and women who have been Oscar hosts more than once.
One thing to keep in mind about that above list is that a lot of those names that you might not have realized were hosts (let along hosts more than once) are there because they were part of a group that co-hosted the ceremony. I’ve often wondered if that could be something that the Academy goes back to for their show one day, but so far, they’ve just gone with two hosts of less in the modern era. There’s nothing wrong with that, especially since I’ve never especially disliked their choices, but I’d be thrilled to see them just have a group of stars co-host again one day. It’d be different, that’s for sure.
As for Rock, I enjoyed his last time around back in 2005, but I didn’t think he was the best choice ever. He’s not the worst either, and that’s the thing here…you rarely get raves or pans. Most just think of the job as a necessary evil. I’m a bit more generous, thinking that everyone pretty much has been fine so far, with a few doing slightly better than […]

Hollywood Film Awards: Will Smith and Jane Fonda to be Honored

Two-time Academy Award® nominated actor Will Smith will be honored with the “Hollywood Actor Award” for his performance in Concussion, and Academy Award® winning actress Jane Fonda will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award” for her role Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth. The “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards” will be hosted by critically and globally acclaimed actor, comedian and late-night talk show host, James Corden. The awards ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on Sunday, November 1, 2015.
The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. More than one hundred honorees have gone on to garner Oscar® nominations and wins.
“Will Smith and Jane Fonda, two of Hollywood’s finest actors, deliver tour de force performances in Concussion and Youth,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions. “We are thrilled to have them join the star-studded list of honorees at this year’s ceremony.”

About Will Smith
Two-time Academy Award® nominee Will Smith has enjoyed unprecedented success in a career encompassing films, television and multi-platinum records. For his memorable portrayal of Muhammad Ali in Michael Mann’s Ali, he received his first Academy Award® nomination, which was followed by his second nomination for the true-life drama, The Pursuit of Happyness. Smith recently wrapped production on the David Ayer-directed Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. Pictures. Based on the DC comic book, Smith will play Deadshot opposite Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne. The film is slated for release on August 5, 2016.
About CONCUSSION
Will Smith stars in CONCUSSION, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world. The film also stars Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, with David Morse and Albert Brooks. A Columbia Pictures presentation in association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures, the film is written and directed by Peter Landesman, based on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas, and produced by […]

Hollywood Film Awards: James Corden to Host the 2015 HFAs

James Corden, critically and globally acclaimed actor, comedian and late night show star to host the “19th annual Hollywood Film Awards.
The “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards” will be hosted by critically and globally acclaimed actor, comedian and late night talk show host, James Corden. The awards ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. More than one hundred honorees have gone on to garner Oscar nominations and wins.
“James Corden is one of the brightest stars on television today,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions. “We can’t wait to see what he has in store for the big night.”
In the past year alone, Corden has taken over The CBS Late Late show to critical acclaim, was one of the stars of the Golden Globe nominated film Into The Woods, and will be honored this month with BAFTA’s Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.
Previously announced honorees for this year’s show include:
• Robert De Niro – “Hollywood Career Achievement Award”
• Ridley Scott – “Hollywood Producer Award” for The Martian
• Tom Hooper – “Hollywood Director Award” for The Danish Girl
• Carey Mulligan – “Hollywood Actress Award” for Suffragette
• Benicio Del Toro – “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for Sicario
• Joel Edgerton – “Hollywood Breakout Actor Award” for Black Mass
• Saoirse Ronan – “New Hollywood Award” for Brooklyn
• Alicia Vikander – “Hollywood Breakout Actress Award” for The Danish Girl
• Cast of Straight Outta Compton: Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr. & Jason Mitchell – “Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award”
• Amy Schumer – “Hollywood Comedy Award” for Trainwreck
• Adam McKay – “Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award” for The Big Short
• Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer – “Hollywood Screenwriter Award” for Spotlight
• Furious 7 – “Hollywood Blockbuster Award”
• Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth – “Hollywood Song Award” for their hit “See You Again” from the Furious 7 soundtrack
• Asif Kapadia – “Hollywood Documentary Award” for Amy
• Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter – “Hollywood Animation Award”
• Janusz Kaminski – “Hollywood Cinematography Award,” for Bridge of Spies
• Alexandre Desplat – “Hollywood Film Composer Award” for The Danish Girl and Suffragette
• David Rosenbloom – “Hollywood Editor Award” for Black Mass
• Tim Alexander – “Hollywood Visual Effects Award” for Jurassic World
• Gary Rydstrom – “Hollywood Sound Award” for Bridge of Spies
• Sandy Powell – “Hollywood Costume Design Award” for […]

Hollywood Film Awards – Ridley Scott to be Honored For “The Martian”

Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated director and producer Ridley Scott will be honored with the “Hollywood Producer Award” for the film The Martian. The “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards” will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. More than one hundred honorees have gone on to garner Oscar nominations and wins.
This year, the multi-nominated Ridley Scott shows once again he is the master of all film genres as he produces and directs the story of astronaut Mark Watney, who is presumed dead after a firestorm and left behind by his crew. The film stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels and Kate Mara.
“Ridley Scott is one of the most prolific, talented and respected members of the film community,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions. “We are honored to have him as part of this year’s show.”

Previously announced honorees for this year’s show include:
• Robert De Niro – “Hollywood Career Achievement Award”
• Furious 7 – “Hollywood Blockbuster Award”
• Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth – “Hollywood Song Award” for their hit “See You Again” from the Furious 7 soundtrack
• Asif Kapadia – “Hollywood Documentary Award” for Amy
• Tom Hooper – “Hollywood Director Award” for The Danish Girl
• Carey Mulligan – “Hollywood Actress Award” for Suffragette
• Benicio Del Toro – “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for Sicario
• Saoirse Ronan – “New Hollywood Award” for Brooklyn
• Alicia Vikander – “Hollywood Breakout Actress Award” for The Danish Girl
• Cast of Straight Outta Compton: Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr. & Jason Mitchell – “Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award”
• Amy Schumer – ““Hollywood Comedy Award” for Trainwreck
• Joel Edgerton – “Hollywood Breakout Actor Award” for Black Mass
• Adam McKay – “Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award” for The Big Short
• Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer – “Hollywood Screenwriter Award” for Spotlight
• “Inside Out” directed by Pete Docter – “Hollywood Animation Award”
• Janusz Kaminski – “Hollywood Cinematography Award,” for Bridge of Spies
• Alexandre Desplat – “Hollywood Film Composer Award” for The Danish Girl and Suffragette
• David Rosenbloom – “Hollywood Editor Award” for Black Mass
• Tim Alexander – “Hollywood Visual Effects Award” for Jurassic World
• Gary Rydstrom – “Hollywood Sound Award” for Bridge of Spies
• Sandy Powell – “Hollywood Costume Design Award” for Cinderella
• Lesley Vanderwalt – “Hollywood Make-Up & Hair Styling Award” for Mad Max: Fury Road
• Colin Gibson – “Hollywood Production […]

Amy Schumer to be feted at Hollywood Film Awards

Amy Schumer Set to Receive “Hollywood Comedy Award” for Trainwreck at the “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards®”
Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, comedian and actress Amy Schumer will be honored with the “Hollywood Comedy Award” at the “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards.” The ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015.
The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. Honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins.
Schumer wrote and starred in her first feature film, Trainwreck, which garnered excelled critical acclaim and box office success. Schumer is also in her 4th season of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, of which she won this year’s Emmy for Outstanding Variety and Sketch Series.

It was previously announced that Robert De Niro will receive this year’s “Hollywood Career Achievement Award,” Furious 7 will receive the “Hollywood Blockbuster Award,” Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth will receive “Hollywood Song Award” for their hit “See You Again” off the Furious 7 soundtrack, Asif Kapadia will receive the “Hollywood Documentary Award” for Amy, Tom Hooper will receive the “Hollywood Directing Award” for The Danish Girl, Benicio Del Toro will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for Sicario, Saoirse Ronan will receive the “New Hollywood Award” for her performance in Brooklyn, Alicia Vikander will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Actress Award,” for The Danish Girl and the cast of “Straight Outta Compton,” Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Jason Mitchell will be honored with the “Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award.”
Other honorees include Janusz Kaminski (Bridge of Spies) for “Hollywood Cinematography Award”; Alexandre Desplat (The Danish Girl, Suffragette) for “Hollywood Film Composer Award”; David Rosenbloom (Black Mass) for “Hollywood Editing Award”; Tim Alexander (Jurassic World) for “Hollywood Visual Effects Award”; Gary Rydstrom (Bridge of Spies) for “Hollywood Sound Award”; Sandy Powell (Cinderella) for “Hollywood Costume Designer Award”; Lesley Vanderwalt (Mad Max: Fury Road) for “Hollywood Make Up & Hair Styling Award”; and Colin Gobson (Mad Max: Fury Road) for “Hollywood Production Design Award.” More honorees are set to be announced at a later date.
ABOUT AMY SCHUMER
Amy Schumer is the creator, star, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award winning Inside Amy Schumer, the popular Comedy Central television series which premiered in April 2013 to […]

Hollywood Film Awards Date Set for 2015

The next Hollywood Film Awards will take place on Nov. 1, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California
The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. Honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins.

“The Hollywood Film Awards is an incredible brand, previewing some of the biggest movies and stars of the year, while launching the award season,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions.
This year, two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro will be honored with the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award.”
With participating Hollywood insiders, our Advisory Team identifies and selects the recipients of our honors. Our winners are pre-selected to receive our awards. Our selection is based on their outstanding achievement and contribution to the art of cinema. They are not “nominees.”
2014 honorees included some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Keira Knightley, Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley, Eddie Redmayne, Jean-Marc Vallée, Julianne Moore, Robert Duvall, Jack O’Connell, Mike Myers, Chris Rock and many more.
Read more about the HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS®

Gerard Kennedy Joins the HollywoodNews.com Team

“There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?”
Yes, Oscar season has once again awoken and its force is powerful. (Oh, you thought I may have been referencing something else…)
The next several months will result in many of the leading contenders for the 88th Annual Academy Awards hitting screens across North America. We have seen many of them already at festivals. Stories of the actors and directors in contention will not be difficult to find. Indeed, they are already popping up on the covers of magazines.

Stories of the below-the-line or “crafts” artists whose work also immeasurably improves our movies are much rarer.
But are these individuals ever artists. Cinematographers whose camera work makes our films, well “movies.” Production designers and set decorators who create the world that characters inhabit. Costume designers and makeup artists who fashion our characters’ appearances. Editors who set the pace. Musicians whose compositions can transform mood and indeed theme. Sound mixers and editors whose audio work turns a movie into something resembling a “real world,” even one that is fantastical. And visual effects artists who create both spectacle and story.
Over the next ten weeks, we will seek to analyze each of the ten “crafts” categories honored by the Academy: Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup & Hairstyling, Music – Original Score, Music – Original Song, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects. In doing so, we will explain features of the individual races, such as their different important precursors (they all have different guilds, after all). The idiosyncrasies of the various branches will also be explored, from the independence of the costume designers to the bellwether-like film editors to the insular musicians to the creative makeup artists and hairstylists.
But perhaps most importantly, we will be talking about the artists who are frequently ignored elsewhere in the mainstream press. Many of them will be seeking an overdue first nomination. Others will be seeking an overdue first win. Still others will be veterans with several statuettes on their mantleplace. And many will have found a break that will be catapulting them into the race and, just possibly, their professions’ elites. All will have a unique career trajectory that has brought them to the Oscar race. No matter how they have arrived at where they are and regardless of where we may be going, it is our goal to shine a light on each individual journey.
By the […]

Could “The Martian” be this year’s blockbuster Hollywood Best Picture nominee?

I’ve written a fair amount about The Martian already this year, and still have more planned in advance of its release next week, but having seen the film now, I have more to say. First of all, it’s a terrific movie, one of my favorites of 2015 so far, and a legitimate Academy Award contender. Where exactly will depend on a few factors, but what I want to focus on today is how it can score a Best Picture nomination. Essentially, it will have to be a big financial hit and be the blockbuster nominee of the group. Can it do it? Believe it or not…I think that it can.
I mentioned that this will need to make money, and by that I mean that often Oscar will have a financial hit or two in its Best Picture lineup. Honestly, they almost always need to have made some money, but I’m specifically looking at things that were breakout financial hits. Just look at some of the previous nominees in the categories that have been of this ilk:
2014 – American Sniper
2013 – Gravity
2012 – N/A
2011 – The Help
2010 – Inception, Toy Story 3
2009 – Avatar, The Blind Side, Up
2008 – N/A
2007 – N/A
2006 – N/A
2005 – N/A
2004 – N/A
2003 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2002 – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2001 – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2000 – N/A
Obviously, there’s an exception with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, as it won Best Picture, but often it seems like these are meant as filler nominees, meant to boost ratings. Looking at those blockbuster nominees, aside from Avatar, which was kind of a one off situation, and Gravity, none were definitely considered heavily as winners. Luckily for The Martian, it does fit in with those, so that keeps its hopes very much alive…

As always, let me now double back for a quick summary of what The Martian is about, in case you’ve been ignoring this section all the previous times. For astronaut Mark Watney (Damon), the worst case scenario comes true for him on a mission to Mars when his crew (led by Jessica Chastain) thinks he’s been killed while on the surface and takes off for Earth without him. Still alive, but injured and only with supplies for a short period of time, Mark has […]

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