THE BRIEF

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Woody Allen has revealed the cast of his latest film. The film will star; Kristen Stewart, Bruce Willis, Jeannie Berlin, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Corey Stoll and Ken Stott. Anna Camp, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick and Paul Schneider will co-star. The new untitled film will start shooting in New York. Ronald L. Chez, […]
In this photo provided by the Producers Guild of America, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures for “Birdman” on stage at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

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When this website first began its grand experiment of cracking the code of why some films make it into the Oscar race and why other films don’t, there were three major forces determining Best Picture: the public, film critics and the DGA. All three of these forces have faded and become ...
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After Hitfix (stupidly) lost Kris Tapley and In Contention, there was some speculation as to where he would land. Now, Variety reports that Kris has joined the publication as co-editor: Tapley will help lead the publication’s awards coverage, providing daily, on-the-spot coverage under the In Contention banner on Variety.com as ...
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With the release of “The Revenant” just a few months away we caught a sneak peek of its trailer last week and, suffice to say, we were thrilled to see the potential on display. The impact this movie could have on awards season is HUGE and we couldn’t be more ...
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The race for Best Actor this year already feels full and the season has not yet even begun. The big names crowding the race already include Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant, Johnny Depp for Black Mass, Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl, Bryan Cranston for Trumbo, Idris Elba for Beasts ...
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Cate Blanchett will enter this year’s Oscar race with another lead performance in James Vanderbilt’s Truth, about Mary Mapes, an award-winning news journalist who broke the Abu-Ghraib prison story. It was the same moment in history when Mapes and Dan Rather uncovered a story questioning whether George W. Bush may ...
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To celebrate the release of Pixels, Awards Daily is giving away three prize packs. The pack includes a t-shirt, a Fandango gift card and a mini water pistol. Pixels is an action-packed sci-fi where aliens invade Earth using classic arcade games as models of attack. Whether these attacks involve Pacman ...
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Glenn Kenny started a bit of trouble (I’m told) online after writing a piece about how wrong The End of the Tour got David Foster Wallace. Kenny then writes a nice tribute to Wallace, with whom he had a friendship ongoing for many years. AO Scott writes: Some of the ...
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His accent is spot on. Johnny Depp could go toe to toe with his Gilbert Grape/Basketball Diaries co-star Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor. You can’t really win an Oscar if you’re too good looking. The best looking actors have to ugly themselves up in order to get taken seriously by ...
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Indiewire’s Ryan Lattanzio reports that Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation could be headed to the Oscar race now that is has gotten a theatrical release date. They are doing the HBO dance of giving the pic a theatrical release alongside its streaming World Premiere: Netflix is partnering with indie ...
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Oh man, I can’t wait for this film. It gave me chills up and down my spine watching the trailer. It also appears as though someone is really using Brie Larson to full capacity finally. She’s mostly been cast so far in supporting parts that waste what this girl can ...
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There are two films involving the Boston Globe this year. Black Mass, about Whitey Bulger and Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight. If you split Martin Scorsese into two films you have would each of these stories. Here is Spotlight’s trailer.
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La Biennale di Venezia has announced all 7 slates at once.  Here’s the delicious list. (Thanks to Paddy Mulholland at ScreenOnScreen) Venezia 72 11 Minutes (Jerzy Skolimowski) Anomalisa (Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman) l’Attesa (Piero Messina) Beasts of No Nation (Cary Fukunaga) Behemoth (Zhao Liang) A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino) ...
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Michael Fassbender as The Dude? Patton Oswalt as Walter? Jennifer Lawrence as Maude? Mae Whitman as Donny? Dennis freakin Quaid as the real Lebowski? Mike Judge stepping in for Sam Elliott as deep voiced, wise-ish narrator? It shouldn’t work, right? On a humid Friday night in Montreal, a live reading ...
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The first of the Toronto Film Festival announcements just in.  If it says World or North American premiere I assume that means it’s not going to Telluride. If it says Canadian Premiere, it is. Opening Night Film Demolition Jean-Marc Vallée, USA World Premiere In Demolition, a successful investment banker, Davis ...
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Documentarian filmmaker Michael Moore announced via Twitter that his new film, Where to Invade Next, will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. He made the announcement via Twitter. The secret's out – My new film WHERE TO INVADE NEXT just selected for our World Premiere at the ...
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The New York Times just announced that the Danny Boyle film, “Steve Jobs,” starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet will be the centerpiece gala for the New York Film Fest. With a crackling script by Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs will be poised to take the Oscars by storm, or certainly ...
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Jurassic World just passed The Avengers to become the third highest grossing domestic and international hit of all time. When you adjust it for inflation it drops to number 27, which is still impressive, considering. This means not only did millions of people want to see it, but once they ...
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Robin Write of Write Out of LA decided to interview Yours Truly for some unknown reason. He asked a variety of questions and afterwards we debated whether anyone would want to read such a thing. He seemed to think they would. If you’re interested, you can check out the interview, ...
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You’d may wonder why a man would choose to write and direct a movie like Grandma. It flies against everything we know about what sells in Hollywood, what kind of stories win awards – no central male figure who’s coming of age, coming of middle age or coming of old ...

The State of the Race

In this photo provided by the Producers Guild of America, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures for “Birdman” on stage at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

When this website first began its grand experiment of cracking the code of why some films make it into the Oscar race and why other films don’t, there were three major ...
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