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Festivals Boost Contenders for Oscar International Film Race

If you wanted to name a winner from the Oscar international film shortlist right now, it would be the Cannes Film Festival. Nine of the 15 titles that made the cut came from the fest, even though the Palme d’Or winner, France’s submission “Titane,” did not. But then only those who were not paying attention […]

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Hulu’s Puppies Crash Christmas Is The Only Good Left In The World

The Critic’s Choice Awards have been postponed, “John Wick: Chapter 4” has been delayed until 2023, the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is spreading faster than a click-bait headline about a Marvel movie, and “Titane” was snubbed from the Oscars shortlist. I don’t know about you, but heading into the weekend holiday, it’s becoming harder and […]

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The Oscars Shortlist Contenders Have Been Announced, And Palme d’Or Winner Titane Was Left Out

The shortlists in 10 categories for the upcoming 94th Oscars ceremony have been announced by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and, uh, I have several questions. Shortlist voting ended last week, and nomination voting begins on January 27, 2022. The 10 categories announced include Original Song, International Feature, Documentary Feature, Makeup and Hairstyling, […]

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Japan’s ‘Drive My Car’ Is Asian Oscar Favorite in International Category

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car,” Japan’s entry to the Academy Awards’ international category, looks to be the odds on favorite from Asia to win the category.The drama with a theater world backdrop follows the trajectory of South Korean four-statuette winner “Parasite” in that it began its winning ways at Cannes and is festooned with awards […]

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‘Titane’ Filmmaker Julia Ducournau on How This Was The Hardest Script She Has Ever Written

French director Julia Ducournau, who burst onto the world filmmaking scene in 2016 with “Raw,” admits it wasn’t easy to come up with her latest film, “Titane.”“I think that it is the hardest script I’ve ever had to write, although I’m very young in my career,” she tells Variety’s Awards Circuit Podcast. “But I think […]

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Screen digital edition: December 3

Screen’s latest awards edition embraces the Bold Visions that have populated cinema in 2021.Read Screen’s December 3 digital edition – the first to look at Bold Visions, the films and filmmakers who have defied convention to create brave new works that have also received acclaim.The issue includes a feature on the celebrity documentary features competing […]

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The Father, Titane and Quo Vadis, Aida? lead European film awards nominations

Four nods each for the Oscar-winning dementia drama, the Palme d’Or-winning body-horror thriller and the shocking film about SrebrenicaThere is a three-way tie for the most nominations at the annual European film awards, with Titane, Quo Vadis, Aida? and The Father each scoring four.All three films have already achieved a high profile on the festival […]

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Oscars 2022: Best Original Screenplay Predictions

Academy voters give creators extra points for controlling their visions; that gives auteurs the advantage in the race for Best Original Screenplay.Getting a boost during 2021 is any film that debuted to real, live audiences at a film festival like Cannes. That’s where three-time screenplay nominee Wes Anderson debuted his omnibus valentine to The New […]

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Two Cannes Favorites Debut Outside the VOD Top 10, While an Indie Western Thrives

With no official word on “Dune” viewership on HBO Max, the world of home movie viewing still belongs to “Free Guy” (Disney/$5.99). Shawn Levy’s non-franchise (so far) action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds is the first film to take the #1 spot for four weeks on all VOD charts we follow. At Apple TV/iTunes and GooglePlay, […]

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