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The Actors — How Ensemble Cast Drives Best Picture

One of the things that separates the Oscars from any other award show is that it is, in its purest sense, about all the people who make movies awarding the movies they think are best. That's what it is supposed to be — but it is, of course, not quite that. There are too many films to watch ,so most of them don't even get seen. The voters tend to favor films with the best publicity teams (these unsung heroes of awards season should have their own category, considering the expert and essential job they do...

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‘Billie’ Doc Acquired by Greenwich Entertainment

Photo Courtesy of Getty Images / Marina Amaral. Greenwich Entertainment announced today that they have acquired the Billie Holiday documentary Billie. The doc, written and directed by James Erskine (The White Room), premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and was later received at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Billie features legendary performances of the great singer painstakingly restored in color for the first time. It also offers unique interviews detailing her life as she became one of the most beloved jazz singers in American history. “Billie Holiday’s rare and dynamic voice speaks to us from across the American century, and yet the songs she sang and the urgency with which she sang them are as vital to contemporary audiences as when they were...

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Oscar Primer — Why No Women Were Nominated for Best Director

I didn't think I'd ever be in the position of defending the Academy, but I find myself in that exact position after the internet, in typical fashion, lost its mind over the absence of any women in the Best Director race — specifically, one director. It's presumed by many who write the headlines at major outlets that Greta Gerwig was somehow "snubbed" for Best Director. With this piece, I hope to explain why that was the wrong way to look at how the Oscar nominations came down. Anyone not familiar with how the Oscar race actually works might feel shock, dismay, and despair over how Greta Gerwig could have been left off the list, but trust me, the Directors Branch is not the conspiratorial...

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2020 Athena Film Festival at Barnard College Announces Full Lineup

NEW YORK (January 15, 2020) – The Athena Film Festival (AFF) at Barnard College announced today its opening night, closing night, and additional programming for the 2020 festival. The 10th annual festival, a joint program of Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies and the initiative Women and Hollywood, will take place February 27 to March 1, 2020, at Barnard College in New York City. AFF showcases films, television, and other media that tell the extraordinary stories of fierce and fearless women leaders from all walks of life — stories of ambition, courage and resilience. The festival amplifies the voices and stories of strong, bold women, curating a public discourse on gender equality and changing the cultural conventions surrounding leadership. The festival will open on Thursday, February 27, with the New York premiere of “I Am...

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Screen Actors Guild Preview and Contest

The Screen Actors Guild will also announce their top prizes this weekend. Since the Screen Actors Guild is now SAG-AFTRA and not just SAG, they don't always align with the Academy as well as they used to. Last year, for instance, Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk was not nominated for a SAG but won the Oscar, while Emily Blunt for A Quiet Place was not nominated for an Oscar but won the SAG. Idris Elba was not nominated for the Oscar for Beasts of No Nation but won the SAG in a year of protesting the preponderance of white nominees at the Oscars. The big focus heading into this weekend won't just be on what is going to win the Best...

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Predict the Producers Guild Contest Open for Business

Next week's awards-apalooza will decide the Best Picture race. Or not. Either way, you smart Oscar watchers can figure it out. First up, the Producers Guild announces on Saturday, January 18. Remember that they have ten nomination slots and ten nominees and they count their votes using the preferential system. Because of how the dates have been pushed up, we don't have a lot of stats to go on. In fact, the race is continuously fluid. Even now, as I write this, it's fluid. I would bet that not everyone has made up their mind about which film they want to vote for. In general, you have either a first round winner (like Argo) or you have a recount winner (like The Big Short)....

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The Cooler Gang Reacts to Those Oscar Nominations

Well, they are here! The nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards have been announced, and people have opinions! Clarence is off this week, so it's like the loons running the asylum with Joey at the helm. With Joker leading the nominations, does that make it a frontrunner? Is it still between 1917, Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood, and Parasite? Let's take a moment of silence for Jennifer Lopez's miss. The Cooler Gang tries to focus on some positive nominations with the inevitable brouhaha over this year's announcement. We close our podcast, as always, with the...

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WGA Awards (Feb 1)
Oscars - Final Voting Closes (Feb 4)
Oscars - 92nd Academy Awards (Feb 9)

Best Picture

DGA Nominations*
BAFTA Nominations*
PGA Nominations*
WGA Nominations*
SAG nominations*
ACE Eddie nominations*
CAS Nominations*
Costume Design Guild Nominations* Art Directors Guild Nominations*
Golden Globe Win+ /nomination*
Critics Choice nominees*
NBR winner*/top ten+
NYFCC winner+

The Irishman++**********
Jojo Rabbit***********
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*+**********
Marriage Story*******
Ford V. Ferrari*****
Little Women+**

Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker ++***
Adam Driver, Marriage Story****
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood****
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes**
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory+*+*

Best Actress

Renee Zellweger, Judy++***
Charlize Theron, Bombshell ****
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story****
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet***
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women***

Best Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood++***
Joe Pesci, The Irishman+*+***
Tom Hanks, Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood***
Al Pacino, The Irishman****
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes***

Best Supporting Actress

Laura Dern, Marriage Story+++****
Margot Robbie, Bombshell****
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit****
Florence Pugh, Little Women**
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell+*

Best Director

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood+****
Sam Mendes, 1917+***
Bong Joon-Ho, Parasite*+***
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman****
Todd Phillips, Joker**

Original Screenplay

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino++**
Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach*+***
Parasite, Bong Joon-Ho, Jin Won Han*+***
1917, Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Sam Mendes*
Knives Out, Rian Johnson***

Adapted Screenplay

Little Women, Greta Gerwig+**
The Irishman, Steve Zaillian+****
Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi***
Joker, Todd Phillips, Scott Silver***
The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten***


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*
The Irishman**
The Lighthouse**


Ford v Ferarri***
The Irishman***
Jojo Rabbit*

Production Design

The Irishman***
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood***
Jojo Rabbit*

Sound Mixing

Ford v Ferrari*
Ad Astra
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sound Editing

Ford v Ferarri
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Costume Design

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood**
Little Women**
The Irishman**
Jojo Rabbit*

Visual Effects

The Irishman**
Avengers: Endgame**
The Lion King*
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker*

Original Score

Marriage Story**
Little Women***
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker*

Original Song

“(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”
“I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away” from “Toy Story 4” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
Music by Elton John; Lyric by Bernie Taupin
“I'm Standing With You” from “Breakthrough” Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“Into The Unknown” from “Frozen II” Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“Stand Up” from “Harriet” Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo

Makeup and Hair

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Animated Feature

Toy Story 4***
Missing Link+
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World**
I Lost My Body+

Documentary Feature

For Sama*
American Factory*
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy

Language Feature

Parasite, South Korea+++
Pain and Glory, Spain*
Les Misérables, France*
Honeyland, North Macedonia
Corpus Christi, Poland

Live Action Short

Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window
A Sister

Documentary Short

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
In the Absence
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Animated Short

Hair Love
Dcera (Daughter)




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