August 26, 2016

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Hollywood Contenders – 112 Films are up for Best Original Score

Late last week, we had another shortlist hit the internet, courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (or AMPAS, as we all know by now). This one concerned which films were eligible to compete in the Oscar category of Best Original Score. Basically, the Academy decided that 112 movies had scores that met eligibility criteria, so they’re the ones who will be whittled down to the ultimate five Original Score nominees. Obviously, a group as large as this one doesn’t necessarily indicate anything about what Oscar voters might pick, but that won’t stop me from trying to do a bit of analysis, will it? Didn’t think so. So, let’s do it, let’s take a look at the Best Original Score contenders and see what Academy members might be likely to go for…
As a point of reference, here are the most recent winners in the Best Original Score category:
2014 – The Grand Budapest Hotel (Alexandre Desplat)
2013 – Gravity (Steven Price)
2012 – Life of Pi (Mychael Danna)
2011 – The Artist (Ludovic Bource)
2010 – The Social Network (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)
2009 – Up (Michael Giacchino)
2008 – Slumdog Millionaire (A.R. Rahman)
2007 – Atonement (Dario Marianelli)
2006 – Babel (Gustavo Santaolalla)
2005 – Brokeback Mountain (Gustavo Santaolalla)
2004 – Finding Neverland (Jan A.P. Kaczmarek)
2003 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Howard Shore)
2002 – Frida (Elliot Goldenthal)
2001 – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Howard Shore)
2000 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Tan Dun)
Well, as you can see above, it really does help to be a Best Picture nominee when competing in Original Score. Only once since the year 2000 has the winner not been also nominated in Picture. You can get nominations here without Picture, but it’s almost impossible to win. That certainly benefits a handful of 2015 contenders, but it still leaves this as a wide open category, to say the least. Frankly, I think this one is as hard to pin down as any other, especially within the technical fields. As a general rule, the tech categories hold surprises year in and year out, so this one should be no exception.
Even though well over 100 scores are eligible, there’s still some notable ones that aren’t. Love & Mercy and The Revenant are the main snubs here, even if neither were looking like safe bets for nominations either. The latter was more likely than the […]

Updated Oscar predictions after the Globes and SAG announce their nominees

In this post Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nomination world that we’re now living in, I think it’s a very apt time to update Academy Award predictions. In fact, I believe that anyone not in need of a prediction update needs to seriously take a look at themselves in the mirror. Either you’re some kind of prognostication savant and have been right all along (which I highly doubt), or you’re just ignoring the facts. I’ve spent all week tinkering, with the last hour or so being when I’ve really put my nose to the grindstone and tried to figure out what Oscar might do. Who knows if I’m any closer to being right, but at least now I have some material to look at in terms of these educated guesses.
What you’ll probably notice below, besides a facelift given to a number of the technical categories (I’ll admit it, I hadn’t been giving them enough attention), is a potential reflection of what the Globes and SAG did to the Academy Award race. They didn’t create any new frontrunners or anything of the sort, but they did more or less eliminate some candidates, while pushing forward some other ones. Among the contenders very pleased this week, we have Trumbo, which is no longer likely to get shut out. On the flip side, the actors in Spotlight now have reason to be nervous, though I ultimately think at least one will still get in. It’s a bit of a mess, as reflected in my prediction update. Stand by for another update very soon…
Here now is my latest set of Oscar predictions:
BEST PICTURE
1. Spotlight
2. The Martian
3. Room
4. Carol
5. The Revenant
6. Brooklyn
7. The Hateful Eight
8. Steve Jobs
9. The Big Short
10. Mad Max: Fury Road
Next in line: 11. Bridge of Spies 12. Trumbo 13. Beasts of No Nation 14. The Danish Girl 15. Sicario 16. Joy 17. Youth 18. Son of Saul 19. Inside Out 20. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 21. Love & Mercy 22. Black Mass 23. Creed 24. 45 Years 25. In the Heart of the Sea 26. Concussion 27. Suffragette 28. Straight Outta Compton 29. Anomalisa 30. Truth
BEST DIRECTOR
1. Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
2. Ridley Scott – The Martian
3. Lenny Abrahamson – Room
4. George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
5. Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant
Next in line: 6. Todd Haynes – Carol 7. Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight 8. John […]

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 […]

Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds, Gena Rowland to Receive Academy’s 2015 Governors Awards

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds. All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.
“The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.”
Lee, a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers, made an auspicious debut with his NYU thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won a Student Academy Award® in 1983. He proceeded to blaze a distinctive trail with such features as “She’s Gotta Have It,” “School Daze” and “Do the Right Thing,” which earned him a 1989 Oscar® nomination for Original Screenplay. His work as a director ranges from the Oscar-nominated documentary feature “4 Little Girls” to such mainstream successes as “Malcolm X” and “Inside Man.” Lee’s other feature credits include “Mo’ Better Blues,” “Jungle Fever,” “Crooklyn,” “He Got Game,” “25th Hour,” “Miracle at St. Anna” and “Red Hook Summer.” He currently serves as the artistic director of the graduate film program at NYU.
Rowlands, an original talent whose devotion to her craft has earned her worldwide recognition as an independent film icon, received Academy Award nominations for her lead performances in “A Woman under the Influence” (1974) and “Gloria” (1980), both directed by her husband and frequent collaborator, John Cassavetes. She got her start on the New York stage and in live television in the 1950s and has appeared in 40 feature films to date, from “The High Cost of Loving” in 1958 to “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” which she starred in earlier this year. Her other notable films include “Lonely Are the Brave,” “Faces,” “Minnie and Moskowitz,” “Opening Night,” “Another Woman,” “Unhook the Stars,” “Hope Floats,” “Playing by Heart,” “The Notebook” and “Broken English.”
Reynolds, a Hollywood icon since she won hearts with her buoyant performance in “Singin’ in the Rain,” embarked on the role of a lifetime as […]

Oscars® select show dates for 2016, 2017 and 2018

The Academy and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 88th, 89th and 90th Oscar® presentations. The Academy Awards® will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016, February 26, 2017, and March 4, 2018, respectively.
Academy key dates for the 2015 Awards season are:
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Friday, January 8, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016
Friday, February 12, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016
The Governors Awards
Nominations voting opens 8 a.m. PT
Nominations voting closes 5 p.m. PT
Oscar Nominations Announcement
Oscar Nominees Luncheon
Final voting opens 8 a.m. PT
Scientific and Technical Awards
Final voting closes 5 p.m. PT
88th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT
The 88th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards—in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners — the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.
FOLLOW THE ACADEMY
www.oscars.org
www.facebook.com/TheAcademy
www.youtube.com/Oscars
www.twitter.com/TheAcademy

Oscars highlight next generation of filmmakers

The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2015 Student Academy Awards competition. All Student Academy Award® winners become eligible for Oscars consideration. The 42nd Student Academy Awards presentation will be held on Friday, September 18, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Beginning this year, students are able to submit their films online using FilmFreeway, a widely used festival and competition platform. Also new this year, the entry deadline has moved to June 1, and the awards ceremony date has been changed from June to September to better align the competition with the academic calendar.
Complete rules and a link to the online submission platform are available at www.oscars.org/saa.
Past winners have gone on to receive 47 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. Two previous Student Academy Award winners received 2014 Oscar nominations: J. Christian Jensen, a 2014 Silver Medal winner, received a nomination for Documentary Short Subject for “White Earth,” and Talkhon Hamzavi, a 2013 Silver Medal winner, received a nomination (with Stefan Eichenberger) for Live Action Short Film for “Parvaneh.” Past Student Academy Award winners include such acclaimed filmmakers as Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.
Awards may be presented to student filmmakers in the following categories: Alternative, Animation, Narrative, Documentary and Foreign Film.
The Student Academy Awards U.S. competition is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students whose films are made within the curricular structure of an eligible accredited institution. In the Foreign Film category, eligible schools are allowed to submit one film to the competition. The deadline to submit entries is Monday, June 1, 2015. For a list of eligibility requirements, visit www.oscars.org/saa.
In 1972, the Academy established the Student Academy Awards to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.
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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards—in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners — the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and […]

Hollywood Costume Exhibition: Last chance to visit

The critically acclaimed exhibition Hollywood Costume, in the final days of its worldwide tour at Los Angeles’s historic Wilshire May Company building, will have extended hours through its closing on Monday, March 2. Presented by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hollywood Costume celebrates and examines costume design as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling. It brings together more than 150 iconic costumes from Hollywood’s Golden Age to the present, including such treasures as the Academy’s pair of the original ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz,” (Adrian, 1939) shown with Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress.
Hollywood Costume is sponsored by Swarovski and curated by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Academy Award®-nominated costume designer and founding director of UCLA’s David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design.
EXTENDED HOURS FOR FINAL DAYS:
Thursday, February 26, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday, February 27, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday, February 28, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday, March 1, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Monday, March 2, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Visitors who purchase tickets to Hollywood Costume will receive free admission to Hollywood Costume-related public programs held on the same day at the Bing Theater, a short walk from the exhibition on the LACMA campus.
EXHIBITION-RELATED PUBLIC PROGRAMS:
The Art of the Costume Designer: Spotlight on James Acheson
Friday, February 27, 7:30 p.m.
The Academy celebrates the work of three-time Oscar®-winning costume designer James Acheson (“Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life,” “The Last Emperor,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Spider-Man”) with an evening tribute to his remarkable career. Acheson will engage in a far-ranging discussion with Hollywood Costume curator Deborah Nadoolman Landis about his body of work.
Two Sides of a Costume Designer: Irene Sharaff
Saturday, February 28
“Meet Me in St. Louis” – 5 p.m.
“West Side Story” – 7:30 p.m.
The Academy’s Saturday evening series concludes with a double feature highlighting the impressive and varied work of five-time Oscar winner Irene Sharaff in two of her most beloved films from strikingly different eras of filmmaking.
TICKETING
Exhibition tickets for Hollywood Costume are on sale now at www.oscars.org/HC. Admission: $20 Adults ? $15 Seniors (62+) ? $10 for students with ID and children under 13.
Visitors who purchase tickets to Hollywood Costume will receive free admission to Hollywood Costume public programs held on the same day. Visitors must present their Hollywood Costume ticket at a LACMA Ticket Office to redeem their complimentary public program ticket.
Public program tickets are $5 for the general public, $3 for Academy members, LACMA […]

The Ten Best Moments from the 87th Academy Awards

As is always the case, there was plenty to complain about once the Oscars came to an end on Sunday night. That’s all well and good, but right now I want to focus on the positive take a quick look at the very best moments from the Academy Awards. They’ve done this 87 times now, and without fail, there’s at least a few things that you know you’ll remember from the ceremony. Below you’ll see the ten moments that I think were the very best from Oscar over the weekend, but they’re hardly the only ones. It was a bit of a mixed bag, but one with plenty of pleasures as well…
Here are the ten best moments from the Oscars on Sunday night:
10. Every nominated film for Best Picture took home an award – I’m a sucker for fairness, so seeing each of the eight nominees for Best Picture not go home empty handed pleased me. Sure, American Sniper, Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Selma, and The Theory of Everything only won a single Oscar each, but Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Whiplash managed to become multiple Academy Award recipients. Some of the awards may have gone in different directions than hoped, but the love was sufficiently spread around.
9. Big Hero 6 wins Best Animated Feature – Once we knew The Lego Movie wouldn’t be in the race, it was then a matter of if the pseudo Marvel superhero cartoon Big Hero 6 could pull off the win. Many, including myself, predicted How to Train Your Dragon 2, but Big Hero 6 deservingly took it in the end. In my mind, the best movie won, so that’s always a plus.
8. The reaction to Patricia Arquette’s speech – There was just something about Meryl Streep pumping her fist while Arquette rightly pushed for gender equality. It was a political moment, for sure, but it’s hard to be against equal pay for equal work, regardless of the job. Sure, actors are well paid, but equality should be across the board. There, done with my little soapbox.
7. Keeping the suspense going almost all night – The way the categories were organized left everything up in the air until well past 11pm on the east coast. Once we got to Best Film Editing and Boyhood came up short to Whiplash, we had our first hint, but there was suspense for literally hours. That’s rare, […]

Lady Gaga will make a special tribute performance at the 87th Oscars

Six-time Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter Lady Gaga will make a special tribute performance at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
“Lady Gaga is a once in a lifetime artist who’s musical evolution keeps growing. We are proud to have her perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” says Zadan and Meron.
Since breaking in 2008, Lady Gaga has sold over 27 million albums, 130 million singles, and over 4 million tickets globally to her award-winning live performances. Lady Gaga has won a total of 6 Grammy Awards – her most recent this week for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Cheek To Cheek, her 2014 collaboration with Tony Bennett which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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87th Oscars Social Media Guide
Follow the Academy, Oscars producers and host Neil Patrick Harris for the latest updates throughout Oscar season.
Host
Neil Patrick Harris: http://twitter.com/ActuallyNPH
Oscars Producers
Neil Meron: http://twitter.com/neilmeron
Craig Zadan: http://twitter.com/craigzadan
Hashtags
#Oscars
Academy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAcademy
Twitter: http://twitter.com/theacademy
Instagram: http://instagram.com/theacademy
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/oscars
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Oscars
ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards—in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners — the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.
FOLLOW THE ACADEMY
www.oscars.org
www.facebook.com/TheAcademy
www.youtube.com/Oscars
www.twitter.com/TheAcademy

Jennifer Aniston, Sienna Miller, David Oyelowo, Chris Pratt, John Travolta and Kerry Washington to present at 87th Oscars®

Jennifer Aniston, Sienna Miller, David Oyelowo, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock and John Travolta will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
Aniston has starred in such films as “Cake” (2014), “We’re the Millers” (2013), “Horrible Bosses” (2011), “Marley & Me” (2008) and “Bruce Almighty” (2003). She also starred in all ten seasons of “Friends,” for which she won the 2002 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Miller co-stars in “American Sniper” and “Foxcatcher,” both of which have garnered multiple Oscar® nominations this year. She previously appeared in such features as “Factory Girl” (2006) and “Layer Cake” (2005). Her upcoming films include “High-Rise,” “Adam Jones” and “Lost City of Z.”
Oyelowo portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in this year’s Best Picture nominee “Selma.” His other recent feature credits include “A Most Violent Year” (2014), “Interstellar” (2014), “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (2013) and “Jack Reacher” (2012). He will next be seen in “Captive” due out later this year.
Pratt starred in two of 2014’s biggest box office hits, “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Lego Movie.” He previously appeared in the Best Picture nominees “Her” (2013), “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and “Moneyball” (2011), and co-starred in all seven seasons of the comedy series “Parks and Recreation.” He will next be seen in “Jurassic World,” in theaters June 12th of this year.
Washington is the star of the hit television drama “Scandal,” and received two Emmy® nominations for her role. Her film roles have included “She Hate Me” (2004), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), “I Think I Love My Wife” (2007), “Lakeview Terrace” (2008), “For Colored Girls” (2010) and “Django Unchained” (2012).
Travolta is a two-time Oscar nominee, for his leading roles in “Pulp Fiction” (1994) and “Saturday Night Fever” (1977). He also has starred in such features as “Savages” (2012), “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” (2009), “Hairspray” (2007) “Face/Off” (1997), “Get Shorty” (1995) and “Grease” (1978). His upcoming film, “The Forger” will be out later this year.
The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live […]

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