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Disney going all in for Black Panther Oscar categories

Disney wants Oscar voters to consider Marvel's Black Panther in 16 major categories for next year's Academy Awards. That's every major category available for a live-action domestic feature film except for Best Actress. Disney is running the main female actors, including Lupita Nyong'o, in the Best Supporting Actress category instead. The studio has launched their official For Your Consideration site for Academy voters, revealing the following categories and candidates they're campaigning for nominations: […]

todaySeptember 12, 2018


Netflix wants to kickstart its Oscar chances with these 6 movies

Netflix has a contentious history with film festivals, but the streaming service has been welcomed with open arms to this year's Venice Film Festival, which begins on Wednesday. It will premiere six movies at the fest. The movies hail from respected and Oscar-winning filmmakers like Alfonso Cuarón and the Coen Brothers. In fact, Netflix no doubt has its sights on the Oscars this year: you don't finance films from such […]

todayAugust 30, 2018


Welcome To The Permanent, ‘Popular’ Oscar Campaign

Here we are, 33 weeks into the Oscar season, just 19 weeks away from the new 2019 campaign cycle, and 26 weeks from the Feb. 24 Academy Awards ceremony for the films of 2018. If the math seems dizzying, that’s because it is. With the advent of the new best popular film Oscar—details of which have yet to be worked out—the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has joined […]

todayAugust 20, 2018


Yet another reason the new ‘Popular Film’ Oscar is a terrible idea

So far, people have been focusing on the perverse incentives the award creates for Academy voters. But even more pernicious could be the incentives it creates for filmmakers and studios. The votes are in, and the Oscar for Worst Idea goes to … the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for its plan to add a new trophy for “outstanding achievement in popular film.” Like the Academy’s 2009 decisionto expand […]

todayAugust 11, 2018


Flash and volume likely to defeat subtlety in this year’s acting Oscar races

Late in the World War II drama "Darkest Hour," Winston Churchill — played, in case you hadn't heard, by Gary Oldman — delivers his famous "We shall fight on the beaches" speech in the House of Commons, a piece of oration so rousing that it brings his listeners to their feet. For a moment ripped from the pages of history, the scene feels curiously prophetic: less a blast from the […]

todayFebruary 25, 2018


James Franco Is Reportedly “Relieved” About His Oscar Snub

One of the biggest surprises on Oscar-nominations morning was the omission of James Franco. The multi-hyphenate, who directed and starred in the critically lauded comedy The Disaster Artist, was well on track to get a best-actor nod for his kooky portrayal of cult filmmaker Tommy Wiseau. But just days before Oscar voting wrapped up, allegations of inappropriate and sexually exploitative behavior surfaced against Franco, derailing his awards-season campaign. (Franco, via his attorney Michael Plonsker, denied the accusations.) According to at least […]

todayJanuary 24, 2018


Oscars 2018: ‘Shape of Water’ Leads With 13 Nominations

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro’s romantic ode to the horror films of his youth, dominated the 90th Academy Awards nominations on Tuesday, picking up a leading 13 nominations. It was followed by “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with nine nominations, and “Dunkirk” with seven nominations. All three films earned best picture nods. The rest of the category was rounded out by “Call Me By Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” […]

todayJanuary 23, 2018


10 Oscar Movies That Time Forgot

Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selects the very best in cinema from the previous calendar year. This group of industry professionals and insiders is considered by some to be the authority on the subject, and thus the Academy Award is the highest honor a film can receive. But sometimes it’s an honor just to be nominated, and indeed when the Oscar nominations roll around, each […]

todayDecember 5, 2017


Disney-Film Critics Standoff: How It Could Impact the Oscar Race

Four critics groups have said they won't consider Disney titles for year-end awards — could the HFPA's Golden Globe Awards and BFCA's Critics' Choice Awards be next? The war between Disney and the Los Angeles Times — two of Hollywood's biggest powerhouses — is forcing others to take sides, with implications that could be as far-reaching as the Oscars. Disney, unhappy with a Los Angeles Timesarticle about the company's operations in Anaheim, banned Times film […]

todayNovember 8, 2017

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