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In the early stages before the Oscar race heats up, days can go by when nothing significant happens and then we’ll have an afternoon when a half dozen developments rain down all at once. Those bursts of activity are about to become more a lot frequent, so we’re inaugurating a new weekly roundup to help […]
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt star in By the Sea and it will open the AFI Fest, Tim Gray reports. Written and directed by Angelina Jolie, the film is about a couple weathering the storms of a marriage in the 1970s. Jolie went big with Unbroken and now is going ...
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The BFI are set to bestow it’s highest honor on Cate Blanchett at this year’s London Film Festival. Blanchett will be the receipient of the BFI Fellowship Award, the award is given to individuals in recoginition of their contribution to film or TV. Blanchett will make two appearances at the ...
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Debbie Reynolds, Gena Rowlands and Spike Lee will be recipients of this year’s honorary Oscars. Reynolds will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Oscar. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President said, “The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ We’ll be celebrating ...
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Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer have partnered up to write a comedy. Furthermore, they won’t only be writing the screenplay, they both plan to star in it too. Lawrence broke the news in an interview with the New York Times. Lawrence said, “We play sisters. We’re almost done writing. It ...
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From Sasha’s review of Youth at Cannes in May: Paolo Sorrentino just hit it out of the park here at Cannes, delivering what has to be the most compelling screening of everything I’ve seen here thus far with the possible exception of Carol. When it finally came to an end, ...
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Last year, Anne Thompson at Thompson on Hollywood @Indiewire did an interesting thing. She decided to only make predictions about films she had seen as opposed to what 99% of Oscar predictors do — give an assessment of movies already seen and make assumptions and educated guesses about all the ...
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In a year where the outlook appeared to be barren without Breaking Bad and True Detective in contention, House of Cards began as the default Emmy consensus front-runner earlier this year, says ADTV’s Ryan Showers. It just seemed to “fit” as the next Drama Series winner after having to stand ...
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Maggie Smith helms what will likely do pretty good business in limited release, The Lady in the Van. Maggie Smith played the character in the original 1999 production. It “tells the true story about an elderly woman called Mary Shepherd who lived in a battered car on the driveway of ...
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I’m not one of those people who thinks it’s a good idea to jump on everything people say. Outrage culture is a drag, most will agree. Political correctness threatens to strangle art. This we also know. But there is a reason why films about women and films directed by women ...
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Kyle Buchanan in his must-not-miss Oscar column asks whether Fury Road has the stuff it takes to go all the way, or at least to warrant nominations in the big five categories; we know it’s a shoo-in for the tech nods. The wholly original film (even though a sequel) has ...
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“Unbreakable! They alive, damnit! It’s a miracle!” sings ADTV’s Robin Write of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s brilliant first season. The instantly clever, quirky title sequence of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a viral video mash-up video of a neighbor being interviewed following the discovery of the mole women in an underground ...
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I am not sure I succeeded, ultimately, in convincing Devin Faraci and Amy Nicholson that Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker is worthy of entering their canon of the greatest films of all time but I certainly enjoyed myself.  Despite their casual rapport with each other, these two are total pros. ...
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The thing over at Gold Derby is to make predicting a game so why not put your predictions out front before anyone has seen anything and/or Telluride has hit. Premature expectations, though, can mostly guarantee that the movies in question will be obliterated come awards time. That doesn’t mean it ...
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Marya E. Gates was frustrated, as we women often are, about some list that came out – I don’t even remember what it was – oh right, the BBC’s ludicrous list of the 100 Greatest American films or some such. Naturally, no women were included on it. Women are not ...
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With tent-pole season winding to a close and the festival stretch quickly approaching, Jordan looks back with appreciation at some summer highlights we hope can maintain momentum as we round the turn and head toward September. – Ryan “Mad Max: Fury Road” & “Inside Out” Summer 2015 might very well ...
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Awards Daily TV’s Joey Moser thinks it’s criminal that Orange is the New Black is only nominated for 4 Emmys. Did everyone think that everyone else was going to nominate it for stuff, so they didn’t bother? Is this an example of the Netflix/binge schedule hurting one’s chances for awards ...
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Parks and Recreation had a great run on NBC thanks to a brilliant, tight-knit cast and lead Amy Poehler’s infectious enthusiasm. It was a unique series that spent time finding the humor in decent, ordinary people. It’s the rare sitcom that finely honed its craft as it aired, growing its ...
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Jennifer Lawrence has topped the 2015 list of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses. Forbes Magazine has estimated the Oscar Winning actress earned $52 million dollars last year. In second place was Avengers star Scarlett Johannson who earned $35.5 million. Rounding out the top 3 was Melissa McCarthy with $23 million dollars. ...
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Ryan, Craig and I discuss the 6th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Will Rogers and held in March of 1933. It was the longest span of time between Oscar ceremonies — almost a year and a half — in order to get the Oscars in sync with a Jan-Dec calendar ...

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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In a year where the outlook appeared to be barren without Breaking Bad and True Detective in contention, House of Cards began as the default Emmy consensus front-runner earlier this ...
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ADTV continues its Making the Case series with today’s entry for HBO’s Silicon Valley to win Outstanding Comedy Series. Clarence praises the shaggy-dog nature of the workplace sitcom and engaging ...
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From Sasha’s review of Youth at Cannes in May: Paolo Sorrentino just hit it out of the park here at Cannes, delivering what has to be the most compelling screening ...
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The Year of the Man marches on with Bradley Cooper in Burnt. Oh look, there’s Emma Thompson propping him up – and look, there’s Siena Miller helping him out. I ...
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