Fever Dream: the Collaboration of DiCaprio and Scorsese

The Oscar race might be straining the Santa Barbara film festival past its breaking point. Wednesday night, the appearance of Oprah Winfrey nearly broke the festival and last night’s appearance of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Martin Scorsese caused such a frenzy...
Posted On 07 Feb 2014

Ace Eddie Awards Preview and Predictions

Tonight’s Ace Eddie awards (Editors Guild) will test the power of Gravity – does it have massive pull to continue to dominate this awards season? That will show up tonight when the editors hand out their prize.  DGA + Eddie is a powerful combination, as is SAG...
Posted On 07 Feb 2014

The State of the Race: Academy’s Choice Embrace the Future or Redefine the Past

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ― Barack Obama There are many ways to interpret the upcoming choice for Best Picture the Academy will be...
Posted On 04 Feb 2014

For Women in Hollywood, Desperate Times call for Desperate Measures

All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a human being, God damn it! My life has value!’ So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window....
Posted On 03 Feb 2014

Emmanuel Lubezki wins ASC Award for Gravity

ASC AWARDS Feature Film Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity One-Hour Series Jonathan Freeman, Game of Thrones – “Valar Dohaeris” Half-Hour Series Television Blake McClure for Drunk History, “Detroit” Television Motion Picture or Miniseries Jeremy Benning,...
Posted On 01 Feb 2014

Her, Captain Phillips, Stories We Tell win WGA Awards

WRITERS GUILD AWARDS Best Original Screenplay Her, Written by Spike Jonze Best Adapted Screenplay Captain Phillips, Written by Billy Ray Best Documentary Screenplay Stories We Tell, Written by Sarah Polley Best New Series House of Cards Comedy Series Veep Drama Series Breaking Bad
Posted On 01 Feb 2014

The State of the Race: The Stuff that Dreams are Made On

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” Oscar ballots don’t go out until February 14th. That’s two whole weeks of madness that might occur just as ballots are sailing out to voters’ mailboxes. It’s too quiet....
Posted On 30 Jan 2014

WGA Preview, Predictions and Contest

WGA PREDICTION CONTEST It is sometimes the case that scripts that are ineligible for the WGA can go on to win the Oscar.   It depends on whether that film is a Best Picture frontrunner or not, like The King’s Speech for instance.  The general rule of thumb with screenplay,...
Posted On 29 Jan 2014

Can the BAFTA’s Change the Course of this Race?

It’s kind of interesting that it took a British film director to make the most essential film about American slavery, it might take the British Academy to reward 12 Years a Slave where our DGA couldn’t.  Kris Tapley takes a good long look at this over at In Contention...
Posted On 27 Jan 2014