For the people who run Academy Awards campaigns — those months-long public-relations pushes that ideally end in an Oscar — a crucial element has always been the creation of a narrative. In a normal year, any number of narratives, from “It’s her turn” to “Everybody loves a comeback” to “It’s the consensus choice,” might find a route to victory. But for reasons that range from Donald Trump to Harvey Weinstein (if that counts as a range), 2017 is not a normal Oscar year. Questions hang heavily over the ceremony itself: How will Jimmy Kimmel navigate the treacherous shoals of … well, forget Weinstein and just consider all the news that’s likely to break between now and March. What balance of self-celebration and self-awareness can any Oscar show hope to strike? As for the campaigns themselves: In what promises to be an attempt at the First Woke Oscars, there is one narrative that threatens to overwhelm all others … [Read more...] about To Win an Oscar in 2017, You Have to Make the Movie That Speaks to the Moment
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One person who did get something from the IDA was Pioneer Award winner Ted Sarandos, whose Netflix was the main sponsor for the smartly produced event. In his acceptance speech, he pointed to the number of docs Netflix runs (two of his this year are on the Oscar shortlist as well). Before the show he told me he’s keeping his fingers crossed for Beasts Of No Nation, Netflix’s first foray into the Oscar race outside of documentaries, noting that it got mentions from a few critics groups. Netflix is putting a considerable financial commitment behind the effort to get Oscar voters to pay attention to a film that had very limited exposure in theaters and can be seen only on the streaming service. It’s definitely a new day though. Yesterday, A24 had a screening followed by lunch at Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills that drew a lot of Academy voters for the poker movie Mississippi Grind, which stars Ryan Reynolds … [Read more...] about Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Studio Bosses Throw Oscar Parties, Tarantino Turns ’70’, Stallone Sells Stallone
In the past six months, Tiffany Haddish has become so universally beloved that I’m surprised we haven’t found out a terrible secret yet. It seemed like everything Haddish touched turned into a delightful piece of internet gold: a late-night story about a swamp tour, an SNL sketch about video games, the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the typically snooze-worthy Oscar nominations. She even found a way to make grapefruits funny, and everyone knows grapefruits are the least-funny fruit. Had Haddish managed to snag that Oscar nom, she would have been a shoo-in for the top spot, but as it is, we can at least content ourselves with the knowledge that she’ll be presenting Sunday night. … [Read more...] about Who Won Awards Season?
And though having white filmmakers frame this topic is perhaps a contentious, imperfect approach — Ziering admits some of the subjects even had reservations about this aspect early on — it might also have been a necessity: “A lot of this is about power, right? And ecosystems of power. All of us have kept our stories to ourselves for decades. And there are people within that ecosystem who knew our story, and some of those people are filmmakers — it’s an entertainment industry story after all. But nobody told our story because the people who knew our story were subject to the same ecosystem,” Dixon said, answering an audience question after the Sundance premiere. “And to me, this is where allies matter. Allies who are not subject to that same dynamic. They have traction that they can use to pull you forward, centering you with deference — which they did — to tell the story because they are not subject to the same incoming that even … [Read more...] about HBO’s “On The Record” Asks: Will You Believe The Black Women Of Hip-Hop?
Heard responded with a 300-page filing of her own, cataloging the years of alleged abuse she suffered at the hands of 'the monster' and recalling many of the allegations she made during their divorce. These included a blood-curdling account of how Depp cut off his own finger after a booze and ecstasy bender one month into their marriage, an accusation he denies. … [Read more...] about Amber Heard called Elon Musk her ‘Rocketman’ while texting the SpaceX chief BEFORE she filed for divorce from Johnny Depp, new messages reveal