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Music From ‘Dunkirk’ And ‘Halloween’ Among Selections For 2018 Oscars Concert

Four years ago the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held the “first” Oscars Concert at UCLA. It was wonderfully staged and featured live performances of all of the nominated scores and original songs (Jill Scott singing “Happy” was a highlight). Perhaps because of costs or the fact it didn’t sell out the Academy […]

Beyond Larraín: 6 Chilean Directors You Should Know

Last week, Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie,” starring Natalie Portman as the embattled, shellshocked and grieving First Lady in the days immediately following the assassination of her husband JFK, came to Blu-ray. It’s a stunning film, one that marks the English-language debut of one of our favorite working filmmakers and that picked up three Oscar nominations. It’s also the highest-profile Larraín film […]

Oscars 2017: The Biggest Snubs & Surprises, Minus ‘Moonlight’ Of Course

Yes, the entire world knows “Moonlight” was the huge upset shocker of last night’s 89th Annual Academy Awards ceremony. Though there’s obviously a huge argument to be made that the biggest surprise of the night was the painful mix up itself. Still, as we continue our comprehensive post-mortem on the Oscars, we analyze the winners […]

72-Minute Screenwriters Roundtable With Kenneth Lonergan, Tom Ford, Pedro Almodovar, And...

The Hollywood Reporter finishes up its yearly roundtable discussions with a fascinating conversation with this year’s acclaimed screenwriters. This year includes Academy Award nominated screenwriters Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”), Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water”), and Allison Schroeder (“Hidden Figures”) in addition to Noah Oppenheim (“Jackie”), Pedro Almodovar (“Julieta”), and Tom Ford (“Nocturnal […]

1-Hour Producers Roundtable Talk With Matt Damon, Frank Marshall, Darren Aronofsky...

The Hollywood Reporter continues to provide insightful roundtables during awards season with their newest Producer’s Roundtable. The hour-long discussion features producers Matt Damon (“Manchester by the Sea”), Darren Aronofsky (“Jackie”), Todd Black (“Fences”), Emma Tillinger Koskoff (“Silence”), Frank Marshall (“Sully”), and Marc Platt (“La La Land”). The conversation is wide-ranging as each of the producers […]

Oscar Nominated Composer Mica Levi Breaks Down The Score For ‘Jackie’...

It isn’t always easy for newcomers to break into the Oscar field, which made Mica Levi‘s nomination for Best Score for “Jackie” all the more remarkable. The composer’s work on Pablo Larrain‘s film is arguably as vital to its dramatic impact as Natalie Portman‘s Oscar nominated performance. And in a new talk with The Frame, […]

The Best Movies Of 2016: Rodrigo Perez’s Picks

Ok, we’re done looking back on 2016, but if you have an appetite for more and or missed it, here’s all our Best Of 2016 coverage. OK, I know, I know. We’re waaaaaay past the sell by date on Top 10 lists, I’m all too painfully aware. My tombstone will read, “Life got in the […]

Oscar Nomination Voting Is Officially Over: Who’s In And Who’s Out?

It’s now 5 PM in Los Angeles on the final day of Oscar nomination voting and as fellow awards season watcher David Poland has said for years, “pencils down” everybody. READ MORE: 9 Things We Learned About This Year’s Oscars From the 2017 BAFTA Awards Nominations The 2017 Oscar season began early with “Birth of […]

‘La La Land,’ ‘Rogue One,’ And More Nominated For 2017 Costume...

I couldn’t tell a well stitched dress from a beautifully designed gown, but that’s why the Costume Designers Guild are here. The group have looked over the year in television and film and nominated the cream of the crop when it comes to the attire we’ve seen on screens both big and small. It’s a […]

9 Things We Learned About This Year’s Oscars From the 2017...

It wouldn’t be the 2017 Oscar season without another surprising turn in the road. The 2017 EE BAFTA Awards nominations were announced early Tuesday morning London time and, as expected, they loved “La La Land” giving it 11 nominations. What wasn’t expected were some of the snubs, some of the nominees and, most of all, […]

‘Jackie,’ ‘Rogue One,’ ‘The Crown’ And ‘Game of Thrones’ Earn Key...

The Art Directors Guild of America announced the 21st Annual Excellence In Production Design Awards nominations this morning, and the biggest surprise had to be the tie in two categories. Both the Period Film and Variety, Reality or Competition Series categories have six nominees due to a tie in the nominating voting process. Even with […]

Contender Countdown: Only Three Locks For A Best Picture Nod So...

Hollywood has returned from its annual 10 day break (which is really more like two weeks) and those in the awards season game are wondering who’s in and who’s really out. The problem is, in the Best Picture race, outside of three contenders we might be down to a pick ’em for the rest of […]

Jessica Kiang’s Top 20 Films Of 2016

I don’t think I’m the only person to have wondered about the usefulness of watching, discussing and writing about film — or any art — when it feels like outside the theater, the sky is falling. Great chunks of catastrophe are raining down from the heavens and I’m pondering crucial issues like the mythology of […]

2017 Best Production Design Oscars Predictions

Prediction based on nominations [Feb. 5] NOMINEES 1. “La La Land” 2. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” 3. “Arrival” 4. “Hail, Caesar!” 5. “Passengers” PREVIOUS CONTENDERS (for historical context) “Florence Foster Jenkins” “The Handmaiden” “Jackie” “Live by Night” “Passengers” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” “Rules Don’t Apply” “Silence” Gregory Ellwood’s Current Oscar […]

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