THE BRIEF

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Scott Feinberg reports: The nominees are: Gone Girl, adapted by Gillian Flynn from her novel of the same name The Imitation Game, adapted by Graham Moore from Andrew Hodges’ book Alan Turing: The Enigma Inherent Vice, adapted by Paul Thomas Anderson from Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name The Theory of Everything, adapted by […]
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One of the casualties of awards season is the great David Cronenberg film, Maps to the Stars – totally buried and forgotten because it was deemed “too rough” for the delicate sensibilities of industry voters. I’m glad I came of age in the era of the David Lynch, Ken Russell, ...
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I wasn’t going to address this because it has nothing to do with awards season and is so inside baseball no one really gives a crap, but what the hell, Jeff Wells has libeled our very own Ryan Adams and something has to be done about it. Ryan has been banned ...
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The Imitation Game finally missed a guild nomination after getting every single one. I think now, the Grand Budapest Hotel is the only film in the race to hit every one. FEATURE LENGTH MOTION PICTURE (FEATURE FILMS) BEST CONTEMPORARY MAKE-UP Captain America: The Winter Soldier Make-Up Artists: Allan Apone, Nicole Sortillon and Lisa ...
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Good directors are everywhere. They populate the awards race this year and every year. They dazzle with their first movie, try to live up to it in their second movie and with each hyped film try to beat back the seduction of Big Hollywood and its long inappropriate affair with ...
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“Two Days, One Night” might be the best Dardennes movie yet. Marion Cotillard is mesmerizing in her role as Sandra, a young Belgian mother who discovers her co-workers were pressured to choose between getting a significant pay bonus and having her keep her job. The way Cotillard approaches each and ...
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What do Hollywood stars do before they walk the red carpet? Jazz Tangcay caught up with actress Emily Blunt before the London premiere of Into The Woods. Blunt was about to take a bath, but she still had time to talk about auditioning for director Rob Marshall, being pregnant on ...
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NOMINEES FOR THE 17TH COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FILM Birdman – Albert Wolsky Boyhood – Kari Perkins Gone Girl – Trish Summerville Interstellar – Mary Zophres Wild – Melissa Bruning EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD FILM The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero The Imitation Game – Sammy Sheldon ...
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ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater; IFC Films Foxcatcher, Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman; Sony Pictures Classics The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness; Fox Searchlight Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy; Open Road Films Whiplash, Written by Damien ...
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And they are, as follows: Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for Unbroken Óscar Faura for The Imitation Game Emmanuel Lubezki ASC, AMC for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Dick Pope, BSC for Mr. Turner Robert D. Yeoman, ASC for The Grand Budapest Hotel I believe that with this list we have only three films that have hit ...
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download We talk about the Selma shut out of the guilds, primarily the Producers Guild, and we talk a bit about the race in general, including American Sniper and what films we think will make it to the end.  
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“America is not so much a nightmare as a non-dream. The American non-dream is precisely a move to wipe the dream out of existence. The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set up by the non-dreamers.” ― William S. Burroughs If we set aside ...
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Carmen Ejogo is in London about to watch a show on the West End, but the busy actress found time to talk to Awards Daily about her latest role, Coretta Scott King in the film, Selma. This is not the first time Ejogo has played the role, so we chatted ...
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(press release) – Carrie Fisher will present the 51st SAG Life Achievement Award to her mother, Debbie Reynolds, at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today. The presentation of the union’s highest accolade will be the centerpiece of the annual Actors® ceremony which will ...
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The Writers Guild will announce their winners tomorrow AM. Where in previous years the WGA’s rules disqualified many of the writers who were up for Oscar nominations, this year, there doesn’t seem to be too much of a disconnect, with the exception of Selma and The Theory of Everything, neither ...
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This is really worth a watch for those of you who have any doubts about the dirty pool of the Oscar game. It was no coincidence that the Selma ‘controversy’ hit just before ballots sailed into mailboxes.
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Pete Hammond reports that there will be a disconnect between Whiplash’s category confusion. The Academy has decided the film’s script should be adapted since a short film existed before the feature film. The film was taken from Damien Chazzelle’s original screenplay as a feature. The short is the adaptation. The ...
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Film criticism has been taking a hit for the past ten years since the internet exploded. We’ve been writing about this subject for years because we’ve been here from the beginning of the sweeping change.  Filmmakers have noticed because the old guard film critics were careful about creating and maintaining ...
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This year’s race for Best Picture has some wonderful films in the lineup suddenly. There doesn’t seem to be room for movies that aren’t quite as good as the ones that are making it in. But the Producers Guild’s preferential ballot gives voters ten spots. One has to think that ...
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One of the reasons, probably the biggest reason, Selma was shut out of the Producers Guild was as simple as — they didn’t send out screeners. Much of the problem around awards season is the time crunch. Can you get as many screeners out as possible before the voting deadline? ...

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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