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Buchanan in as New Carpetbagger, Wloszczyna in at Gold Derby, Poland Out at MCN

Big changes are happening in terms of how the Oscar race is covered. If you've been around as long as I have you'll have gotten used to these by now. At some point, I really should write a book about it all. There are only a small handful of us independents still running our own sites who haven't been hired out to bigger outlets. Basically it's the Penske media empire vs. The Wrap, Hollywood Reporter, and other outlets that cover the Oscars but aren't solely devoted to them. Indiewire, Gold…


Crazy Rich Asians Tops Box Office, Becomes Major Contender for Oscar’s New Category

Crazy Rich Asians is a film that, if I put on the contender tracker in previous years, most would never consider for an Oscar. Romantic comedies aren't generally considered awards-worthy as such, without some other component to them. The discussion on Twitter about this was around My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which earned a screenplay nom in 2003. Could it, Tomris Laffly asked, have gotten in with an even ten nominees? And the answer to that is no. It could not have. In addition to the preferential…

Adele Lim “Representation Matters” Says The Malaysian Co-Writer Of Crazy Rich Asians

Adele Lim is in an elated mood, she's laughing as we share stories of growing up Asian in Western culture, checking marks as we agree on family time making dinner, or that Changi Airport is the best in the world. It does after all have a movie theater. We're talking about Crazy Rich Asians, Lim co-wrote the screenplay with Peter Chiarelli, bringing Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel to the big screen. Lim talks about the pressure of adapting the novel and how cultural details were important to her.…

Predictions Friday – Best Actress Is Crowded Already and It’s Not Even October

Let's get this party started right, shall we? Telluride and Venice are just two weeks out. The Academy still hasn't set what the rules will be for the popular film category – if there will indeed be such a category – but the rest of the Oscar race should follow according to plan. And that plan is this: Venice and Telluride hit, then Toronto, then New York and finally, the last gasp with the AFI Fest. But we're not anywhere near there yet. What we have right now are a lot of maybes floating…

Interview: Jesse Peretz On Why He Related To Juliet, Naked

Rock fans of the band Lemonheads will recognize the name instantly. Jesse Peretz. He was the bass guitarist for the band back in the 90s. Fan adulation is nothing new to him. He too, like most of us had an age-appropriate music obsession. Read on to learn who it is. Peretz switched the bass guitar to direct shows such as Girls and his latest outing is close to the heart in many ways. Juliet, Naked is a sweet and charming story of Duncan (Chris O' Dowd) and his long-term girlfriend Annie (Rose…


Peter Chiarelli g and Adapting Crazy Rich Asians

Peter Chiarelli is no stranger to writing rom-coms, having written the screenplay for The Proposal starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock. I caught up with Chiarelli who co-wrote the script and adapted Crazy Rich Asians with Adele Lim. How does one tackle adapting a global bestseller? Chiarelli says he consulted with author Kevin Kwan before making any major changes. He also talks about writing the scene where Nick brings Rachel home to meet his mother, Eleanor Young. Read about the…

Matt Smith On Presenting History Again and Passing the Torch

Matt Smith discusses getting certain emotions right for emotionally charged scenes in Season 2 of Netflix's The Crown. Prince Philip is lost at the beginning of the second season of The Crown. The first time we see him, he is in a fight with Queen Elizabeth about personal direction. She tells him that she thinks he's lost his way. For the past two seasons, Prince Philip has been embodied by Matt Smith in a quiet but well spoken performance. He received his first Emmy nomination this season for…

Contender Tracker

Best Picture

8th Grade
Black Panther
First Reformed
Leave No Trace
A Quiet Place
The Rider

Best Blockbuster/popular

Crazy Rich Asians
Black Panther
A Quiet Place
Ready Player One
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Avengers: Infinity War
Love, Simon
Solo: A Star Wars Story

Best Actor

John David Washington, BlacKKKlansman
Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Brady Jandreau, The Rider

Best Actress

Glenn Close, The Wife
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Toni Collette, Hereditary
Thomasin McKenzie, Leave no Trace
Natalie Portman, Annihilation
Charlize Theron, Tully
Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
Toni Collette, Hereditary
Michelle Pfeiffer, Where is Kyra

Best Supporting Actor

Adam Driver, BlacKKKlansman
Ben Foster, Leave No Trace
John Krasinski, A Quiet Place
Burt Reynolds, The Last Movie Star

Best Supporting Actress

Anne Dowd, American Animals
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Annihilation
Amanda Seyfried, First Reformed
MacKenzie Davis, Tully
Florence Kasumba, Black Panther
Lupita Nyong'o, Black Panther

Best Director

Spike Lee, BlacKKKlansman
Paul Schrader, First Reformed
Ryan Coogler, Black Panther
Chloe Zhao, The Rider
John Krasinski, A Quiet Place

Original Screenplay

Eighth Grade, Bo Burnham
Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley
First Reformed, Paul Schrader
Tully, Diablo Cody
The Rider, Chloe Zhao

Adapted Screenplay

Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, Leave No Trace




Eighth Grade
A Quiet Place
Black Panther
Mission Impossible: Fallout

Production Design

Black Panther

Sound Mixing

Black Panther
A Quiet Place
Mission Impossible
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Avengers: Infinity War
Deadpool 2

Sound Editing

Black Panther
A Quiet Place
Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom
Deadpool 2

Costume Design

Black Panther

Visual Effects

Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom
Deadpool 2

Original Score

Original Song

Makeup and Hair

Black Panther

Animated Feature

Incredibles 2

Documentary Feature

Notorious RBG
Dark Money
Won't You Be My Neighbor
Three Identical Strangers

Live Action Short

Documentary Short

Animated Short

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