April 16, 2014

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And the Oscars will go to … — AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Do or die time. After month and months of tracking the Oscar race, it’s time to put up (and shut up) by posting my official picks for Sunday night’s Academy Awards.
And while I have been saying (OK, complaining) that too many of tonight’s winners are all but predetermined, there’s still a few mysteries to be solved, primarily in the below-the-line categories, where deserving films could take home Oscar gold.
So, without further ado, here are my selections for tonight’s winners, bolded in each category. I hope they help you win an Oscar pool or two. Enjoy the show!
Best Picture
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
“Hugo”
“Midnight In Paris”
“The Help”
“Moneyball”
“War Horse”
“The Tree of Life”
Best Actor
Demian Bichir, “A Better Life”
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”
Best Actress
Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis, “The Help”
Rooney Mara, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”
Best Director
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”
Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”
Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”
Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”
Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte, “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
Max Von Sydow, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain, “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”
Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
JC Chandor, “Margin Call”
Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation”
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, “Bridesmaids”
Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, “The Descendants”
John Logan, “Hugo”
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, “The Ides of March”
Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian, “Moneyball”
Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughn, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
Best Animated Feature
“A Cat In Paris”
“Chico & Rita”
“Kung Fu Panda 2″
“Puss in Boots”
“Rango”
Best Foreign Feature
“Bullhead” (Belgium)
“Footnote” (Israel)
“In Darkness” (Poland)
“Monsiuer Lazhar” (Canada)
“A Separation” (Iran)
Best Art Direction
“The Artist”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
“Hugo”
“Midnight in Paris”
“War Horse”
Best Cinematography
“The Artist”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“The Tree of Life”
“War Horse”
Best Costume Design
“Anonymous”
“The Artist”
“Hugo”
“Jane Eyre”
“W.E.”
Best Documentary Feature
“Hell and Back Again”
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”
“Pina”
“Undefeated”
Best Documentary Short
“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement”
“God Is the Bigger Elvis”
“Incident in New Baghdad”
“Saving Face”
“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”
Best Film Editing
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“Moneyball”
Best Make-Up
“Albert Nobbs”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
“The Iron Lady”
Best Original Score
“The Adventures of Tintin”
“The Artist”
“Hugo”
“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
“War Horse”
Best Original Song
“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
“Real in Rio” from “Rio” [...]

Oscars: Charlize Theron’s “Young Adult” heading to Berlin – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Jason Reitman’s successfully killing two birds with one stone.
The Oscar-nominated director revealed that his latest film, “Young Adult,” will screen at the Berlin Film Festival in February. The screening also will serve as the film’s German premiere.
“Young Adult” has been earning its stars awards recognition leading up to the Oscar nominations on Jan. 24. Charlize Theron, who plays a self-centered YA novelist, earned nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Satellite Awards and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who bestowed the beauty with a Golden Globe nom. Her co-star, Patton Oswalt, also has been collecting nominations for his performance as Matt, a handicapped nerd from Theron’s home town who helps her “connect” to her fading roots.
Diablo Cody, who penned Reitman’s “Young Adult” script, picked up the Hollywood Screenwriter Award at our Hollywood Film Festival in October. Her acceptance speech is below.
In addition to “Young Adult,” the Berlin festival also added to its slate “I, Anna,” the directorial debut of Charlotte Rampling’s son, Barnaby Southcombe. The film noir co-stars Gabriel Byrne, Hayley Atwell and Eddie Marsan.
And Chris Kenneally’s documentary “Side By Side” was put on the schedule. The doc looks at digital cinema, and featured interviews with the lieks of David Fincher, Keanu Reeves, Martin Scorsese and James Cameron.

Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Woody Harrelson for “Rampart.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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ANALYSIS: Writers Guild solidifies “Bridesmaids,” recognizes several frontrunners – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The guild nominations that continue to shore up the Oscar race transition from the Producers to the Writers, as the WGA reveals its selections for the 2012 Writers Guild Awards.
“Bridesmaids” continues to build up considerable good will, earning yet another significant nomination in the Original Screenplay category.
Other films that received a significant boost in their Oscar campaigns were “Young Adult” (written by Diablo Cody), “Win Win” (written by Tom McCarthy) and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (written by Steven Zaillian).
The rest of the nominees include most of the anticipated heavy hitters in the Oscar race, from “The Descendants” and “The Help” to “Moneyball,” “Hugo” and “Midnight In Paris.”
Surprises were in short surprise, primarily because the continued inclusion of “Bridesmaids” is now expected, and no longer shocking. The shock, at this point, would be seeing “Bridesmaids” left out on Oscar morning. Isn’t that a funny thing to say?
The 2012 Writers Guild Awards nominees are:
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
50/50, Written by Will Reiser; Summit Entertainment
Bridesmaids, Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig; Universal Studios
Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics
Win Win, Screenplay by Tom McCarthy; Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni; Fox Searchlight
Young Adult, Written by Diablo Cody; Paramount Pictures
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemming; Fox Searchlight
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian; Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, originally published by Norstedts; Columbia Pictures
The Help, Screenplay by Tate Taylor; Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett; DreamWorks Pictures
Hugo, Screenplay by John Logan; Based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick; Paramount Pictures
Moneyball, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin; Based on the book by Michael Lewis; Columbia Pictures
Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, [...]

Patton Oswalt on Charlize Theron, “Big Fan” fans and the comedy of “Young Adult” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult” finally opened in limited release last Friday, Dec. 9, though the dark comedy has been in the Oscar discussion for weeks.
Even before positive reviews started circulating, awards trackers highlighted “Adult” on their release calendars because it reunited Reitman with his “Juno” screenwriter, Diablo Cody (who won an Oscar the last time they collaborated). Then buzz started swirling around Charlize Theron’s performance as Mavis Gary, a self-centered author who heads back to her humble hometown to win back her ex-boyfriend (Patrick Wilson). And as more people started seeing the film, the conversation expanded to include Theron and her co-star, Patton Oswalt, who steals multiple scenes as Matt, Mavis’ former classmate who sees the shrew for who she really is.
“Adult” is a brutally honest comedy with a backbone, largely provided by Oswalt in his surprisingly dramatic scenes. He’s the ideal foil for Theron, and we talked about their chemistry, his “Big Fan” fans, and his efforts to distance himself from the natural instincts of a stand-up comic in a recent one-on-one interview. Here’s Patton Oswalt:
HollywoodNews.com: Jason Reitman told me earlier that you guys filmed in my hometown of Massapequa Park, NY, and I’m convinced that he’s pulling my chain.
Patton Oswalt: No, no. We did. We filmed in Upstate New York, and then went in and around Westchester County, so we went in and we used those suburbs. I was talking with one of the location scouts, and apparently there’s a lot of homogeny between suburbs all over the United States because when suburbs exploded, they used a lot of the same contractors, so if you travel from one suburb to the next, you’ll notice, “Oh, this is a lot of the same design.”
HollywoodNews.com: Which I’m sure you notice doing a lot of stand up.
Yes, exactly. I see a lot of that.

HollywoodNews.com: It bothers me how much I related to Mavis while watching this film.
I think everyone knows a Mavis. It can be female or male. So many people have been coming up to us after screenings and saying, “Oh, I know a Mavis.” But also, there’s something admirable and heroic about the fact that despite all odds, she is going to make things the way they were when she was 16, even though it’s obvious to everyone but her that that’s not going to happen.
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Jason Reitman, Diablo Cody talk Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt and “Young Adult” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The last time Jason Reitman directed a Diablo Cody script, audiences were treated to the goofily hip “Juno,” and the Academy was charmed. They went in different directions afterward – he to direct George Clooney through “Up In the Air,” and she to flex her inner demons for “Jennifer’s Body” – but are back together this month with a brutally honest and deceptively funny adult comedy with a teenage-friendly name.
“Young Adult” stars Charlize Theron as a bitchy YA ghost writer knocked off her axis by the announcement that her old flame (Patrick Wilson), now happily married, had a baby. She heads back to her tiny home town to win the poor sap back, and goes toe-to-toe with an ex-classmate (Patton Oswalt) who sees her for who she really is.
With the film preparing to open on Dec. 9 (before going wider a week later), Reitman and Cody met me in New York City to discuss music selections, mirror characters, Mavis Gary and the power of Patton Oswalt:
HollywoodNews.com: Whom do I have to thank for both Teenage Fanclub AND Suicidal Tendencies being used in the same film?
Diablo Cody: The Suicidal Tendencies, I think that was Jason. Teenage Fanclub is all me.
HollywoodNews.com: I honestly thought I was the only person who loved both bands. They wouldn’t run in the same circles, and yet, here they are. And I love Fanclub’s song, “The Concept” …
Cody: I love that song, too. The funny thing is, Jason doesn’t like that song, but he acquiesced to me and put it in there. I could listen to it over and over, just like Mavis.
Jason Reitman: Yeah, those songs were both in the screenplay, and I don’t like either of those songs. But you have to recognize when something is right for the movie.
HollywoodNews.com: That’s actually a bold move for a director, though. It’s the opening of the film. And it’s such a significant part later in the film.
Cody: I have to say, that even surprised me. I thought, “Wow, you really believe in my choices!”

HollywoodNews.com: I relate to Mavis in the movie, and I feel strange admitting that. It makes me feel … I don’t know, mean or nasty. Does that makes sense?
Reitman: Well, Mavis is a mirror for the audience. And hopefully … there are a lot of movies that you look at and you see all sorts of aspirational values in [...]

“Young Adult” scribe Diablo Cody says early Oscar buzz “freaks me out” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: You see? We’re not the only ones backing off of making bold predictions for Oscar contenders that’ve yet to screen. Even Diablo Cody, writer of Jason Reitman’s anticipated “Young Adult,” says she’s a little freaked out seeing their film on Oscar prognosticators’ lists, given the fact that the film has just started screening for select groups.
This clip was shot at the Hollywood Awards Gala in Beverly Hills over the weekend, where Cody collected the Hollywood Screenwriter Award for “Adult” from one of her heroes, Quentin Tarantino. It was one of many unbelievable and spontaneous moments that occurred on stage at the gala, and the clip hit so squarely on a topic we were discussing lately that I just had to post it. It’s from the L.A. Times (via Awards Daily):

Cody says “Young Adult” mainly is getting recognition on the awards circuit for Charlize Theron, who plays a spoiled, self-centered brat who returns to her hometown and raises hell. But she has to realize that a reunion of Team “Juno” would have Oscar tongues wagging. And now that some folks have seen the film, we’re hearing very good things about Theron, the script, the direction, and co-star Patton Oswalt.
“Young Adult” reaches theaters in December. We’ll see if it’s still in the Oscar discussion come January and February.
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Charlize Theron in first “Young Adult” trailer – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “Young Adult” marks the reunion of Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody and her “Juno” director, Jason Retitman (“Up In the Air”).
And while that powerful pairing will help lure people to theaters this December, it looks like Charlize Theron’s no-holds-barred performance as the “psychotic prom-queen bitch” returning to her home town to steal back her ex-boyfriend is what people will be talking about all Oscar-season long.
Here’s the film’s first trailer, which you can see in HD on Apple’s site. (I’m waiting for a proper YouTube embed).
If there’s an Oscar dark horse in the “Young Adult” mix, it could be Patton Oswalt, who looks to be playing the sarcastic soundboard to Theron’s unhappy character, the angry loner who will commiserate with our lead. If Cody wrote memorable dialogue for Oswalt, the comedian potentially could steal scene after scene and get himself into a currently cloudy Best Supporting Actor race.
But we won’t know anything for sure until we get a look at “Young Adult,” which is due un theaters on Dec. 16.

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Jason Reitman, Diablo Cody film “Young Adult” gets first poster – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I’m still surprised — make that shocked — that Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult,” with a script by “Juno” collaborator (and Oscar winner) Diablo Cody, is skipping the fall film festival circuit. Even if Reitman had decided to hold his film out of Telluride and Venice, a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival – practically the filmmaker’s backyard – seemed like a no-brainer.
But Paramount is keeping “Adult” under wraps until we get closer to its Dec. 9 opening. We’re hearing all sorts of explanations why, most centering around the fact that Cody’s story isn’t afraid to get very dark. Reitman’s film centers on a thirtysomething adolescent (Charlize Theron) sent into an tailspin when she returns home and fails to win back her ex-boyfriend (Patrick Wilson). Emotionally battered, Theron’s character strikes up an unlikely friendship with Patton Oswalt, playing another ex-classmate who also has refused to let the high-school glory days fade.
The decision to bypass the fall festivals set off internal alarms. If “Young Adult” was as good as we’d hoped, Paramount would bring it to TIFF, where Reitman would be guaranteed solid reviews. Right?
Lest we think the studio’s not prepared to make an awards push, however, Paramount strategically released a one sheet exclusively to THR, helping to put the film on readers’ (and writers’) radars right as we head into the awards-season push. We have it below.

The poster’s clever. It looks like the cover of a young adult novel, which Theron’s character reportedly pens in the movie. But the photo also captures Theron’s arrested development.
I still can’t figure out why Paramount skipped Toronto, where Reitman collected accolades for all three of his films, including eventual Oscar nominees “Up In the Air” and “Juno.” TIFF seems like a slam dunk for a movie like this that needs to build buzz. But Paramount has a plan. Let’s see how it unfolds.
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Charlize Theron spotted in Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: From an awards perspective, I’m still trying to figure “Young Adult” out.
A collaboration between “Juno” teammates Jason Reitman (director) and Diablo Cody (writer) should be enough to get the Awards Alley’s juices flowing. Then you factor in the success Reitman had with his “Juno” follow up, “Up In the Air,” and “Young Adult” sounds like a slam dunk.
Then, the warning signs started lighting up. At the moment, “Young Adult” isn’t on the Venice or Toronto schedules. The latter is a true headscratcher as Reitman, a Canadian, is a favorite son at TIFF, and he rode the fall festival circuit (Telluride, included) with great success for both “Juno” and “Air.”
But “Adult,” from what we’re hearing, isn’t as much of an awards slam dunk as Reitman’s other two. It’s reportedly darker, as scripter Cody pens an original story about a 30-something slacker (Charlize Theron) who travels back to her hometown after she learns her childhood boyfriend (Patrick Wilson) is about to have a baby. Reitman and Cody have done a few early interviews, and both make it known this material is not the feel-good stuff of their previous work.
That doesn’t mean the film won’t work. “Air” had it’s own dark side, as did “Juno” (buried beneath a layer of forced pop culture references). I wouldn’t mind seeing Reitman trying darker material … but it still feels like Paramount is hiding the film a little ahead of its Dec. 16 release.
The studio isn’t hiding this first look at Theron in character. They released this a few hours ago. It’s all we’ve got on “Young Adult” for the time being. I’m still holding out hope that the title is on the next wave of TIFF announcements. We shall see.

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Will Meryl, Jason and Clint ride the film festival circuit? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Three titles were conspicuously absent from the recently announced programming at this fall’s Venice and Toronto film festivals: Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult,” Phyllida Lloyd’s “The Iron Lady” and Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” all of which are expected by most pundits to make some noise in the upcoming awards race.
And while it’s possible Clint’s biopic, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead, could appear at one fall fest (more on that in a minute), it’s looking more and more likely that Reitman will hold his film back from the publicity circuit until he gets closer to the film’s announced Dec. 9 release date.
That’s a surprise. Reitman’s last two films – “Juno” and “Up In The Air” – benefitted from splashy bows at TIFF, Telluride and Venice, the launch pads for pictures with Oscar hopes. But HollywoodNews.com columnist Pete Hammond writes for Deadline that Reitman “definitely won’t be riding the fest circuit” with his picture this year. Speculation over on The Playlist says it’s because the film – written by Diablo Cody – is darker than either “Juno” or “Air,” with Charlize Theron playing a woman forced to move back home when life doesn’t go the way she planned. But it’s also believed that Paramount will follow the same release pattern as David O. Russell’s “The Fighter,” which strategically picked its spots in last year’s awards race and parlayed that into seven nominations and two wins at the Academy Awards.
As for Eastwood’s J. Edgar Hoover picture, Hammond speculates that Warner Bros. might be angling for the opening or closing slot at the New York Film Festival, which would lead right into the film’s announced release date of Oct. 21. As Hammond notes, NYFF “demands complete exclusivity for their opening-night film,” which might explain why Eastwood’s film isn’t at Venice or Toronto … yet. But Clint ventured to TIFF with “Hereafter” last year, and could return to the Great White North with another winner underneath his arm of things don’t quite work out in Manhattan.
As for Lloyd’s “Iron Lady,” which stars Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, Hammond figures (rightfully so) that The Weinstein Company will follow the formula they established with “The King’s Speech” last year, bringing the film to Telluride and Toronto … so long as it’s ready in time. Lloyd’s film isn’t due out until Dec. 16, but can ride a wave of positive buzz if [...]

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