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2020 Indie Spirit Awards Winners List (Updating Live)

The winners of the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards are being announced live during today’s ceremony, hosted for the second year in a row by Aubrey Plaza (fresh off rave reviews from Sundance for her performance in the indie “Black Bear”). Unlike the Oscars where Netflix is the most-nominated studio, the Spirit Awards are dominated in […]

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The Truth About Oscar’s Reality-Based Films

In the first 72 years of the Academy Awards (1927-99), 14 fact-based movies won the best-picture prize, or 19%. In the 21st century, fact-based films have won 33% of the time.Last year, three of 2018’s four acting winners were playing real-life characters. And six of the eight best-picture contenders were fact-based, including winner “The Green […]

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As Specialized Movies Face Holiday Box Office Storm, ‘Parasite’ Hangs Tight

Specialty fare enjoyed a strong fall, well ahead of award kudos, as “Judy (“Roadside Attractions), “Harriet” (Focus Features), “Parasite” (Neon), and “Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight) all passed the $20 million mark. But being late to the party turned out to be a risky strategy this year.Both “Bombshell” (Lionsgate) and “Uncut Gems” (A24) are riding good […]

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‘Uncut Gems’ Keeps Rolling, Crosses $1 Million at Indie Box Office

Despite the presence of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” A24’s “Uncut Gems” held on to the top per screen average for the second straight weekend. In advance of its wide Christmas Day release, the Safdie Bros. thriller crossed the $1 million mark with $232,479 grossed from five screens, giving it an average of $46,496 […]

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Oscars: ‘A Hidden Life’ Will Compete in Adapted Screenplay After Fox Searchlight Campaigns for Original (Exclusive)

Despite Fox Searchlight’s Oscar campaign for Terrence Malick’s script for “A Hidden Life” to compete in the original screenplay category, the Academy sees things differently.A rep for the Academy confirms that its Writers Branch Executive Committee has ruled that the script for the real-life WWII drama be eligible to compete in the adapted category.The film […]

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‘Uncut Gems’ and ‘Bombshell’ Soar, Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ Drags

This pre-Christmas weekend often launches awards contenders into limited release ahead of wider audience attention. Both “Uncut Gems” (A24) and “Bombshell” (Lionsgate) gambled and won, clicking with strong New York/Los Angeles performances.On the other hand, Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” (Fox Searchlight), though never expected to have the same potential, fell far short of its […]

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Top Fox buyer Ray Strache departs studio after two decades (exclusive)

Veteran of more than 22 years played key role in acquiring close to 50 Searchlight titles.Ray Strache, who most recently served as executive vice-president global acquisitions and co-productions at Fox and Fox Searchlight and enjoyed a broad remit with an emphasis on international projects, has left the studio.Strache, a Fox veteran of more than 22 […]

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Laurence Fishburne, Jared Harris & Jillian Bell to be Feted at San Diego Intl. Film Festival

The San Diego International Film Festival will honor Laurence Fishburne with the annual Gregory Peck Award, Jared Harris with the Cinema Vanguard Award and Jillian Bell with the Fairbanks Award, Variety learned exclusively. The festival, produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, will present the awards at the Night of the Stars Tribute on Oct. […]

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‘Ford v Ferrari,’ ‘Uncut Gems,’ ‘Judy’ Headed to Telluride Film Festival

The world premieres of James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari,” the Safdie brothers’ “Uncut Gems,” Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn,” Tom Harper’s “The Aeronauts,” Kelly Reichardt’s “First Cow” and Rupert Goold’s “Judy” will highlight the lineup of the 2019 Telluride Film Festival. The festival announced its slate of films on Thursday, one day before the three-day event […]

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Watch the 2019 Cannes Awards: Live Stream Who Won the Palme d’Or

The 2019 Cannes Film Festival comes to a close today with the official awards ceremony. This year’s Cannes jury, headed by “Birdman” and “The Revenant” Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu, will be announcing their picks for the best films and performances at the 2019 festival. Iñárritu was joined on the jury by Elle Fanning, Maimouna […]

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