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Steven Spielberg Doesn’t Think Netflix Movies Deserve Oscars

Since Netflix began distributing movies, the industry has been rife with contention about whether such films deserve the same recognition as traditional theatrically released films, particularly when it comes to the Academy Awards.Evidently, legendary director Steven Spielberg is firmly of the mind that they do not.“Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV […]

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Steven Spielberg Says Netflix Films Shouldn’t Be Eligible for Oscars

The increasing ubiquity of Netflix has posed a serious issue for the Academy Awards and the industry at large, and thus far the Oscars have been reluctant to acknowledge Netflix’s increasing output of original films. Beasts of No Nation was the first Netflix film in awards contention, but it failed to score any Oscar nominations. […]

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‘Collateral’: Creator David Hare Broke Every Rule He Could While Writing His First TV Show, and He Won’t Do a Season 2

The reason two-time Academy Award nominee David Hare (“The Hours,” “The Reader”) wanted to write the BBC2/Netflix limited series “Collateral” is that he felt no one else was writing television about the issue at its center: Illegal immigration.“I think the movement of people is the biggest subject of the 21st century and nobody’s writing about […]

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AFI Fest Unveils 2018 Dates & Submission Deadlines

The 32nd annual AFI Fest is set for November 8–15 and is now accepting entries for feature, documentary, experimental, animated and short films. The festival has played a key role in launching awards-season contenders into the marketplace and is recognized by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Oscar-qualifying festival for the […]

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Virgil Williams On His Oscar Nod For ‘Mudbound’ And Adapting ‘A Journal For Jordan’ Next [Podcast]

“Mudbound’s” long journey from novel to screen has found co-screenwriter Virgil Williams lauded as an Adapted Screenplay Oscar nominee along with director Dee Rees. It’s a career peak for a writer and producer who cut his teeth working on broadcast series such as “E.R.” and “Criminal Minds” and he’s trying to enjoy every minute of […]

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‘Call Me by Your Name’: Sufjan Stevens to Perform ‘Mystery of Love’ at the Oscars

Now that he’s been nominated for an Academy Award, Sufjan Stevens is about to take the next logical step: performing at the actual ceremony. The singer/songwriter received a nod in the Best Original Song category for “Mystery of Love,” one of two tunes he contributed to the “Call Me by Your Name” soundtrack; his other, […]

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Mary J. Blige, Common, Sufjan Stevens, More to Perform at Academy Awards

Gael García Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Natalia Lafourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, Sufjan Stevens and Common will perform this year’s nominated songs at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced today. “The Oscars,” hosted again by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live on Sunday, March 4, on The […]

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‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees Teams With Anne Hathaway for ‘The Last Thing He Wanted’

While all of the attention has gone to socially conscious Oscar front-runners like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Get Out, Anne Hathaway and Dee Rees both quietly delivered two of the most powerful movies of 2017. Hathaway starred in the clever Colossal, whose themes of domestic violence elevated its quirky sci-fi underpinnings, while Rees […]

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