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Anonymous Oscar Ballots 2021: Two Producers Go All In on ‘Nomadland’ and ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

With final Oscar ballots in Academy voters’ hands as of April 15, we’re moving forward with our fourth annual series of interviews with Academy voters from different branches for their candid thoughts on what got picked, overlooked, and overvalued in this odd pandemic year.Producer #1:One of the best things to come out of this challenging […]

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‘Da 5 Bloods’ Composer Terence Blanchard Reflects on Being the Film’s Surprise Sole Oscar Nominee

After collaborating on nearly 20 movies for more than 30 decades, it’s easy to see why composer Terence Blanchard calls his creative rapport with Spike Lee “more like a no-hand” than a short-hand. That could explain why, on the morning of March 15, the jazz musician and the iconic filmmaker didn’t have to say much […]

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‘Tenet’ and ‘Mank’ Win Top Honors at Art Directors Guild Awards

David Fincher’s “Mank” and Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” were among the winners at the Art Directors Guild Awards on Saturday night — both are also Oscar nominees for best production design.In a hybrid ceremony, the Adg (IATSE Local 800) awarded 11 categories across television, film, music videos and commercials.Other winners included, “Da 5 Bloods” (Wynn Thomas), […]

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Art Directors Guild Awards: ‘Mank, ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Take Top Honors

David Fincher’s “Mank,” Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” and Pete Docter’s “Soul” were the big film winners at the 25th annual Art Directors Guild Awards Saturday evening, taking production design honors for period, fantasy, contemporary, and animated feature, respectively. Additionally, “The Mandalorian,” “Ozark,” and “The Queen’s Gambit” were among the TV winners […]

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SAG Awards Film Predictions: How the Winners Could Shift the Oscar Race

It’s tradition to scrutinize the SAG Award winners as an Oscar-race bellwether — the acting branch dominates Academy voting — but this year the SAG nominations are out of sync. Final SAG film voting closed March 31 for the ceremony’s one-hour TNT broadcast April 4, but the awards are pre-taped in actors’ homes April 1 […]

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Chadwick Boseman’s Wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, Advocates for Cancer Awareness at NAACP Image Awards

Simone Ledward Boseman has been the emotional center of the 2021 awards season, accepting several honors on behalf of her late husband, Chadwick Boseman. The actor posthumously earned two NAACP Image Awards this year, for outstanding supporting actor for his work in “Da 5 Bloods” and outstanding actor in a motion picture for “Ma Rainey’s […]

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2021 Writers Guild Awards Winners List (Updating Live)

Before the Indie Spirits, before the Oscars, there are the guilds, and as Hollywood inches its way through a protracted awards season, it’s up to each voting body to dole out their own accolades. Tonight, it’s time for the writers to shine, as the Writers Guild of America presents their awards for film, television, news, […]

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Spike Lee Accepts 2021 Cannes Film Festival Jury: ‘Book My Flight Now. We’re Coming!’

Spike Lee is set to preside over the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which is expected to take place July 6-17. The director and activist will be the first Black president of the festival’s jury.Lee was on track to preside over last year’s festival which was canceled due to the pandemic, and had […]

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Oscar Noms Analysis: ‘Nomadland,’ ‘Minari,’ ‘Judas’ Surge in Surprise Show of Force Against Streamers

This year’s Oscar season was always going to be unconventional, with nominations taking place almost two months later than usual ahead of April’s delayed ceremony, but one aspect of the awards cycle remains unchanged: There were plenty of snubs and surprises, with the Academy delivering a diverse set of nominations that challenge many of the […]

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After the Oscar Noms, Mighty ‘Mank’ Faces Competition in the Craft Races

David Fincher’s monochromatic “Mank” dominated the Oscar crafts on Monday for Netflix, grabbing six nominations for Erik Messerschmidt’s cinematography, costume design, makeup and hair, production design, score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and sound. Paul Greengrass’ post-Civil War western, “News of the World,” followed with four nominations.Netflix also did well by collecting three nominations […]

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