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Viggo Mortensen on choosing projects, working with David Cronenberg and moving behind the camera

”’I’m a bad poker player; it would show if I didn’t believe in what I do.”Viggo Mortensen accepted the honorary Donostia award with a speech in perfect Spanish at the San Sebastian International Film Festival this week. The award was presented to him by Agustín Díaz Yanes who directed Mortensen in Alatriste in 2006. The […]

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‘Nomadland’ wins TIFF audience award

Oscar bellwether bodes well for Golden Lion winnerSearchlight Pictures’ Nomadland starring Frances McDormand has won the Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) audience award.The win is usually a good indication of Oscar success and Chloé Zhao’s Venice Golden Lion winner about itinerant life on the fringes has earned plaudits from critics.Regina King’s feature directorial debut One […]

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Bill Maher Blasts Academy’s New Diversity Rules: They Should Call Best Picture ‘Most Worthy’

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ new metrics for inclusion — which call for Best Picture contenders to check a certain number of boxes to meet diversity requirements — have been hotly debated since announcing on September 8. While some argue this levels the playing field to allow for more diverse creators to […]

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Viggo Mortensen to Receive 2020 San Sebastian Donostia Award

Viggo Mortensen is the first announced recipient of San Sebastian’s prestigious Donostia Award for this year’s 68th edition. In addition to picking up the career recognition award, Mortensen will also present his directorial debut “Falling” for its European premiere at the festival.A three-time Oscar nominee for his work in David Cronenberg’s “Eastern Promises,” Matt Ross’ […]

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‘Parasite’ Doubles North American Release After Historic Oscar Wins

Neon is doubling the North American run of best picture Oscar winner “Parasite” to as many as 2,000 locations.Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” is the first non-English-language movie ever to win the Oscar for best picture. The South Korean film took in $1.6 million at 1,060 domestic locations during Oscar weekend, lifting its cumulative take to […]

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Bong Joon-Ho’s Oscar Speeches Promoted International Film, Honored Scorsese & Prove The Academy Got It Right

Every year, the Academy hopes to inject a bit of drama and surprise into the Oscars. And most years, the drama is what ends up backfiring. Look at last year’s Best Picture win for “Green Book,” for example. But this year, the drama and the suspense not only made for an interesting evening that kept […]

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How Joaquin Phoenix and Rebel Wilson Blew Up the BAFTAs, and What It Means for the Oscars

Heading toward the Oscars next Sunday, the BAFTAs mark the last of the Oscar precursor award shows, timed right when Oscar voters are filling out their ballots (due February 4). Behind the scenes, Oscar campaigners took full advantage by having their winners send messages to the Academy, both overt and subliminal. But it’s not all […]

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PGA Awards Winners: Complete List (Updating Live)

The Producers Guild of America are announcing the winners in the motion picture and television categories for its 31st Annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday night at the Hollywood Palladium.The PGA Awards has been one of the most reliable bellwethers for the Oscar for best picture, matching award in 21 of its past 30 years, […]

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