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Kathryn Bigelow to Direct ‘Aurora’ for Netflix, Based on David Koepp’s Upcoming Thriller Novel

Fresh off the heels of Jane Campion’s best director win at the Oscars, Kathryn Bigelow is also heading to Netflix for her next project. Bigelow, who became the first woman to win a directing Oscar in 2010 for “The Hurt Locker,” will direct “Aurora,” based on David Koepp’s upcoming thriller novel of the same name, […]

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‘Coda’ Has Changed Oscar Movies’ Release Strategies Forever

In analyzing how “Coda” achieved its Best Picture win, we must face a discomfiting reality: Beyond Oscar qualification, theatrical play had very little to do with its success.Most years, winning Best Picture includes a careful effort by its distributor to make it hit. Recent winners such as “Parasite” and “Green Book” played theaters during the […]

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Oscars 2022: Jane Campion Wins Best Director, Making Her Third Female Winner Ever

It’s a fitting end for an extended awards season that so often saw “The Power of the Dog” director Jane Campion running off with award after award: The Kiwi filmmaker has won the Oscar for Best Director for her work on the lauded Western drama. The award makes Campion only the third woman to pick […]

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‘You’ve got to try and worry about something bigger than yourself’: Riz Ahmed on rap, racism and standing up to Hollywood

Riz Ahmed has never been afraid of a challenge – he famously learned drumming and sign language for his role in Sound of Metal. But his most fearless performance? Taking on Hollywood…This summer, Riz Ahmed took aim at Hollywood and the wider film industry. In a speech that was somehow both measured and searingly furious, […]

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Chloe Zhao becomes second woman, first woman of colour to win top DGA Award

Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw win documentary prize for The Truffle Hunters; Darius Marder named best first-time feature director for The Sound Of Metal.Nomadland director Chloe Zhao confirmed her status as Oscar frontrunner on Saturday (April 10) as she became only the second woman and the first woman of colour to win the top honour […]

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DGA Awards Victory Pushes ‘Nomadland’ Toward Oscar Wins

There was never any suspicion that Chloé Zhao would not win the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Achievement for Direction of a Theatrical Feature Film for “Nomadland.” The Golden Globe, Critics Choice, and PGA winning film now heads to Sunday’s BAFTA Awards with seven chances to win again, followed by Oscar voting from […]

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Chloé Zhao, Emerald Fennell Make Oscars History as Two Women Nominated for Best Director

It’s about time. For the first time in its nearly hundred-year history, the Oscars have nominated a pair of female filmmakers in its Best Director category, with both Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell earning nominations for their films “Nomadland” and “Promising Young Woman,” respectively. Both filmmakers also received screenplay nominations for their films, and each […]

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Pixar’s ‘Soul’ Gets Its Heart From Two Ex-Journo Screenwriters

Is journalism the best training ground for screenwriting? Two-thirds of the writers of Pixar’s “Soul” have backgrounds as reporters: Mike Jones and Kemp Powers.They wrote “Soul” with director Pete Docter; Powers is also co-director of the film, which debuts Dec. 25 on Disney Plus and seems a likely contender for Oscars and other film awards.Jones […]

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