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Oscars 2023: After Jane Campion’s Record-Breaking Win, Academy Fails to Nominate Any Female Director

After last year’s record-breaking Best Director win for Jane Campion — who became only the third woman to ever win the Oscar for Best Director, joining Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland” in 2021) and Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker” in 2009) — the 2023 Oscar nominations failed to nominate any women in the Best Director category. Instead, […]

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Cate Blanchett, Ke Huy Quan and ‘Tár’ Win National Society of Film Critics, Completing Rare Major Critics Awards Trifecta

It was a rare hat trick victory for Todd Field’s “Tár,” as the drama added a best picture win from the National Society of Film Critics on Saturday. Following its prestigious wins from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Circle this season, it’s one of the few movies to win […]

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How Blue Steel Combined Two Different Eras of Kathryn Bigelow’s Filmmaking

The career of historic filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow is divided into two very distinct eras. Initially, Bigelow was a go-to master of over-the-top genre entertainment. The likes of Near Dark and Point Break were beloved for both their unique portraits of masculinity in mainstream American cinema and engaging in all kinds of entertaining mayhem (see: everything […]

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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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