Wednesday, January 26, 2022



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DGA Preview and Predictions – The Fifth Slot Killer

Best Director used to drive the Best Picture race: in the 69 years of Oscar history where there were five Best Picture nominees, the top two categories matched 77% of the time (53/69). Now in the current era of the expanded Best Picture lineup, it doesn't: since 2009, Picture and Director have agreed only 54% of the time (7/13). In other words, splits have occurred twice as often as before. So now, even if the director category is dominated by one...

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‘The Dress’ Director Tadeusz Lysiak On How Everybody Has the Right to Love

There is a brutal honesty that permeates through Tadeusz Lysiak's powerful short, The Dress. The director turns his attention to a woman of short stature, and he focuses on her desires and her need for love. You will go through a gamut of emotions while you are watching Lysiak's film, but you will leave it with affirmation that we all deserve to be seen and felt. (Please note that this interview discusses the entire film, and it should be seen before...

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Costume Designers Guild Announces 2022 Nominations

Here are your 2022 nominations from the Costume Designers Guild.   FILM Period Cruella - Jenny Beavan Cyrano - Massimo Cantini Parrini & Jacqueline Durran (Roxanne) House of Gucci - Janty Yates Nightmare Alley - Luis Sequeira West Side Story - Paul Tazewell   Contemporary Coming 2 America - Ruth E. Carter Don't Look Up - Susan Matheson In the Heights - Mitchell Travers No Time To Die - Suttirat Anne Larlarb Zola - Derica Cole Washington   Sci-Fi / Fantasy...

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American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Announces Nominees

Good as Gold – A Look Below the Line

Feature Film Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC "The Tragedy of Macbeth" Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS "Dune" Dan Laustsen, ASC, DFF "Nightmare Alley" Ari Wegner, ACS "Power of the Dog" Haris Zambarloukos, BSC, GSC "Belfast" Spotlight Ruben Impens, SBC "Titane" Pat Scola "Pig" Adolpho Veloso "Jockey" Documentary Jessica Beshir "Faya Dayi" Isabel Bethencourt and Parker Hill "Cusp" Daniel Schönauer "The Hidden Life Of Trees" Episode of a One-Hour Television Series – Non-Commercial Stuart Biddlecombe for Handmaid's Tale "Episode: The Wilderness" David Garbett for...

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Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Announces Nominees

Good as Gold – A Look Below the Line

MOTION PICTURE – LIVE ACTION Dune Production Mixer: Mac Ruth CAS Re-Recording Mixer: Ron Bartlett CAS Re-Recording Mixer: Douglas Hemphill CAS Scoring Mixer: Alan Meyerson CAS ADR Mixer: Tommy O’Connell Foley Mixer: Don White No Time To Die Production Mixer: Simon Hayes CAS Re-Recording Mixer: Paul Massey CAS Re-Recording Mixer: Mark Taylor Scoring Mixer: Stephen Lipson ADR Mixer: Mark Appleby Foley Mixer: Adam Mendez CAS Spider-Man: No Way Home Production Mixer: Willie Burton CAS Re-Recording Mixer: Kevin O’Connell CAS Re-Recording Mixer:...

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AD Exclusive: Mads Mikkelsen Chats with ‘Stenofonen’ Director Nicolaj Kopernikus

Shortlisted for Live Action Short, Stenofonen is a personal story about a young man longing for the love and approval from his father. As kids, we only want our parents to guide us in a loving way, but the young boy at the center of Nicolaj Kopernikus' short has to unexpectedly find his own path and strengthen his passions. When Jørn's father tells him that he can't take his violin to camp, he is crushed. On a typical day at the...

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Exclusive: Adam McKay and the Stars of ‘Don’t Look Up’ on the Criticality (and Comedy) of a World-Ending Event

Awards Daily presents an exclusive look at Don't Look Up from its creative team. Writer/director Adam McKay, co-writer David Sirota, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and Tyler Perry weigh in on the importance of not only striking the right comedy notes but also underscoring the film's core message. Don't Look Up remains one of Netflix's biggest films ever where it currently streams exclusively.  

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‘The Gilded Age:’ Gold Standard or Imposter Syndrome?

This week, the Water Cooler Gang visits HBO's newest drama The Gilded Age. Starring Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Christine Baranski, and many, many more, the Julian Fellowes drama envelops viewers in the historic Gilded Age period where new monied families struck out against the old money social mores. Is this a worthy successor to Fellowes' Downton Abbey? Or does the series collapse under the weight of its lofty ambitions? Plus, is this series a competitor to Succession or Squid Game at...

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‘Ozark,’ ‘Gilded Age’ Push to the Top of the Emmy Tracker

Two major titles have finally entered the Emmy Tracker, giving Succession and Squid Game some potential competition in the 2022 Emmy race: Ozark Season 4 and The Gilded Age. Netflix's Ozark premiered its final season on Friday. It's a dissected final season with a Season 4 Part 2 due sometime "soon," as Jason Bateman recently said on the Jimmy Kimmel show. I'm not exactly sure why they decided to cut the season into two parts. They don't appear to be following the Breaking...

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‘WandaVision’ Costume Designer Mayes C. Rubeo on Working in Marvel’s Many Fantastical Worlds

Mayes C. Rubeo has been at the forefront of science fiction costuming for two decades, earning her first Oscar nomination for her work in Jojo Rabbit in 2020. Rubeo's name has also appeared in the credits of monster hits like Avatar, Apocalypto, Thor: Ragnarok, and others. It's Rubeo's constant hunt for a challenge and penchant for fantastical worlds that has drawn her to such unique projects. Although, in some ways, WandaVision marks a return home as Rubeo drew on her childhood memories, growing...

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‘Yellowjackets,’ ‘Scream’ On This Week’s Podcast

This week, Megan returns and leads a look into the Yellowjackets season finale! Plus, Joey takes us back to Woodsboro to lead a discussion on Scream, the re-quel and first Scream film without Wes Craven. Thanks for listening and thank you, in advance, for subscribing and rating us on Apple Podcasts!     Music from “Cheery Monday” by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (

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Happy Birthday, Betty White

I don't know how to write this. I've been struggling to formulate words since I heard about Betty White's passing on New Year's Eve Day. In fact, I was drinking coffee out of a Rose Nylund mug when I heard the news. My husband's favorite show is The Golden Girls, so it is always playing at our house--whether we hunt for a channel playing it or we pop in one of our well-worn DVDs of the show. It is difficult for...

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2022 Oscar TRACKER

ASC Nominations*
CAS Nominations*
ADG Nominations*
SAG/AFTRA Nominations*
Critics Choice*
Golden Globes+winners/*nominees
AFI Top Ten*
National Board of Review winner+/* top ten

Best Picture
The Power of the Dog**+**
West Side Story**+**
Don't Look Up******
Nightmare Alley****
King Richard*+***
Licorice Pizza+****
tick tick ...Boom!***
The Tragedy of Macbeth****
Spider-Man: No Way Home*
The French Dispatch**
The Last Duel*
Being the Ricardos
The Lost Daughter*
Drive My Car
The Card Counter
No Time to Die*
In the Heights*

Best ActorWill Smith, King Richard+*+*
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog***
Denzel Washington, Tragedy of Macbeth***
Andrew Garfield, Tick Tick Boom***
Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos**
Peter Dinklage, Cyrano**
Leonardo DiCaprio, Don't Look Up*
Bradley Cooper, Nightmare Alley
Nicolas Cage, Pig*
Anthony Ramos, In the Heights*
Matt Damon, The Last Duel
Ansel Elgort, West Side Story

Best Actress
Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos*+*
Jessica Chastain, Eyes of Tammy Faye***
Lady Gaga, House of Gucci***
Jennifer Hudson, Respect*
Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter***
Kristen Stewart, Spencer**
Rachel Zegler, West Side Story++
Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza**
Jodie Comer, The Last Duel
Penelope Cruz, Parallel Mothers 
Frances McDormand, Tragedy of Macbeth
Tessa Thompson, Passing

Best Supporting ActorKodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog*+*
Troy Katsur, CODA***
Ben Affleck, The Tender Bar**
Bradley Cooper, Licorice Pizza*
Ciarán Hinds, Belfast+**
Jared Leto, House of Gucci*
JK Simmons, Being the Ricardos**
Jamie Dornan, Belfast*
Mike Faist, West Side Story
David Alvarez, West Side Story
Ben Affleck, The Last Duel

Best Supporting Actress Ariana Debose, West Side Story*+*
Caitriona Balfe, Belfast***
Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog***
Ruth Negga, Passing**
Cate Blanchett, Nightmare Alley*
Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard+**
Rita Moreno, West Side Story*
 Marlee Matlin, CODA
Nina Arianda, Being the Ricardos
Alia Shawcat, Being the Ricardos
Ann Dowd, Mass

Best Director Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog*+
Kenneth Branagh, Belfast**
Steven Spielberg, West Side Story**
Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza+*
Denis Villeneuve, Dune**
Adam McKay, Don't Look Up
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter*
Guillermo Del Toro, Nightmare Alley*
Reinaldo Marcus Green, King Richard
Aaron Sorkin, Being the Ricardos
Ridley Scott, House of Gucci
Ridley Scott, The Last Duel
Lin Manuel-Miranda, tick tick Boom
Joe Wright, Cyrano
Pablo Larrain, Spencer
Jon M. Chu, In the Heights
Leisl Tommy, Respect

Original ScreenplayBelfast++
Licorice Pizza**
Being the Ricardos**
King Richard*
Don't Look Up**
A Hero+
C'mon, C'mon 

Adapted Screenplay The Power of the Dog**
West Side Story*
The Lost Daughter*
Nightmare Alley
The Last Duel
The Tragedy of Macbeth+

Cinematography The Power of the Dog**
Tragedy of Macbeth+**
Nightmare Alley**
West Side Story*
The Last Duel
In the Heights

West Side Story*
The Power of the Dog*
Licorice Pizza*
The Last Duel
No Tme to Die
King Richard
In the Heights

Production Design Dune**
West Side Story**
Nightmare Alley**
The French Dispatch**
Tragedy of Macbeth*
Ghostbusters: Afterlife*
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings*
The Green Knight*
Don't Look Up*
In the Heights*
No Time to Die*
The Lost Daughter*
The Power of the Dog

The Last Duel

Sound Mixing + Editing Spider-Man: No Way Home*
The Power of the Dog*
No Time to Die*
West Side Story*
Last Night in Soho
The Matrix Resurrections
A Quiet Place Part II
tick, tick...BOOM!

Costumes Cruella*
West Side Story*
Nightmare Alley*
House of Gucci*
Being the Ricardos
The Last Duel
The Power of the Dog
French Dispatch
The Tragedy of Macbeth

Visual Effects Spider-Man: No Way Home
The Matrix Resurrections*
No Time to Die*
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings*
Black Widow
Free Guy
Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Godzilla vs. Kong

Original ScoreDune*+
The Power of the Dog**
The French Dispatch*
Parallel Mothers*
Don’t Look Up*
Being the Ricardos
The Green Knight
The Harder They Fall
King Richard
The Last Duel
No Time to Die
The Tragedy of Macbeth

Original Song No Time To Die from No Time to Die*+
Be Alive from King Richard**
Dos Oruguitas from Encanto**
Here I Am (Singing My Way Home) from Respect*
Guns Go Bang from The Harder They Fall*Down To Joy from Belfast*
So May We Start? from Annette
Right Where I Belong from Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road
Automatic Woman from Bruised
Dream Girl from Cinderella
Beyond The Shore from CODA
The Anonymous Ones from Dear Evan Hansen
Somehow You Do from Four Good Days
Your Song Saved My Life from Sing 2

Makeup and Hair Cruella*
West Side Story
The Eyes of Tammy Faye*
House of Gucci*
Nightmare Alley*
Coming 2 America
No Time to Die
The Suicide Squad

Animated Feature Encanto*+
The Mitchells vs. the Machines*
Raya and the Last Dragon*+

My Sunny Maad*
Sing 2
Spirit Untamed
The Addams Family 2
The Ape Star
Back to the Outback
Bob Spit – We Do Not Like People
The Boss Baby: Family Business
Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko
Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
The Laws of the Universe – The Age of Elohim
Paw Patrol The Movie
Pompo the Cinephile
Poupelle of Chimney Town
Raya and the Last Dragon
Ron’s Gone Wrong
The Spine of Night
The Summit of the Gods
Wish Dragon

Documentary Feature Summer of Soul+
The Rescue
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry
Faya Dayi
The First Wave
In the Same Breath
Simple as Water
The Velvet Underground
Writing with Fire

International Feature Japan, Drive My Car*+
Iran, A Hero**
Denmark, Flee*
Italy, The Hand of God**
Finland, Compartment No. 6*
The Worst Person in the Worldspan *
Austria, Great Freedom
Belgium, Playground
Bhutan, Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom
Germany, I’m Your Man
Iceland, Lamb
Kosovo, Hive
Mexico, Prayers for the Stolen
Panama, Plaza Catedral
Spain, The Good Boss

Live Action ShortAla Kachuu - Take and Run
Censor of Dreams
The Criminals
The Dress
Les Grandes Claques
The Long Goodbye
On My Mind
Please Hold
Under the Heavens
When the Sun Sets
You’re Dead Helen

Documentary ShortÁguilas
A Broken House
Camp Confidential: America’s Secret Nazis
Coded: The Hidden Love of J. C. Leyendecker
Day of Rage
The Facility
Lead Me Home
Lynching Postcards: Token of a Great Day
The Queen of Basketball
Sophie & the Baron
Terror Contagion
Three Songs for Benazir
When We Were Bullies

Animated ShortAffairs of the Art
Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice
Bad Seeds
Flowing Home
Mum Is Pouring Rain
The Musician
Only a Child
Robin Robin
Souvenir Souvenir
Step into the River
Us Again
The Windshield Wiper



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