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20 Advance in Visual Effects Oscar Race: ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Isle of Dogs,’ ‘Mary Poppins,’ more

Isle of DogsMary Poppins Returns 20 films will compete for a Visual Effects Oscar nomination, the Academy announced today. They include Black Panther, Isle of Dogs, Mary Poppins Returns and A Quiet Place.  Curiously missing from the list was Annihilation. Alex Garland’s previous film, Ex Machina, was a surprise Oscar winner in this category for 2015. Also missing was high …

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Oscars: Marvin Levy, Lalo Schifrin, Cicely Tyson honored at the 10th Annual Governors Awards

Honorary Award recipient Cicely Tyson accepts the award at the 2018 Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, November 18, 2018.(credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted its 10th annual Governors Awards which honored publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin and actress Cicely Tyson, and …

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2019 Oscars: 166 Documentary Features Submitted for Academy Award Consideration

A near-record 166 documentary feature films have officially been submitted for the 91st Academy Awards. Last year saw 170 submissions. 2018 has been a blockbuster year for documentaries with RBG, Three Identical Strangers, Won’t You By My Neighbor? and Free Solo all certified box office hits.  Netflix, which won Documentary Feature last year with Icarus, is in the race again …

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Oscars: Shortlists to be revealed in nine categories on the same day

For the first time since 1979 we’ll have shortlists in Original Score and Original Song The Academy announced yesterday that instead of dropping shortlists in categories like Foreign Language Film, Makeup & Hairstyling and Documentary Feature on separate days, they will join six other categories for a single-day reveal in mid-December. Last year, as in previous years, these shortlists began …

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Student Academy Award Winners Announced

All Winning Films Now Eligible for Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film or Documentary Short Subject Oscars  The Academy has voted 19 students as winners of the Student Academy Awards®45th competition.  This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 1,582 entries from 278 domestic and 122 international colleges and universities, which were voted upon by a record …

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Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project Among 2018-19 Academy FilmCraft and FilmWatch Grant Recipients

Additional Support Awarded to Film Archives Impacted by Natural Disasters: Cinemateca de Cuba, Permanencia Voluntaria and Archivo de Imagenes en Movimiento LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today recipients of its 2018 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants.  In addition to the 51 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants awarded, the grants committee set aside $15,000 to …

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2019 Oscar Predictions

Oscar predictions for the 91st Academy Awards are here! Follow this page and links below throughout the season for live predictions, updated in real time, as we traverse film festivals, buzz and precursors all leading up the big night at the Dolby. All predictions are from Erik Anderson, founder and owner of AwardsWatch.com. BEST PICTURE DIRECTOR BEST ACTOR BEST ACTRESS …

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‘The Shape of Water’ is NOT a conventional Best Picture winner

I suppose it was inevitable. Almost immediately after Guillermo del Toro’s adult fantasy The Shape of Water was announced as Best Picture by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway came the claims that somehow its win was ‘conventional’ or ‘safe.’ Was it conventional in theme – underdog triumphing over a greater evil – sure. But in subject and execution – absolutely …

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2018 Oscars: ‘Shape of Water’ wins Best Pic; Jordan Peele makes history

  After one of the wildest awards seasons in years; a strange combination of rubber-stamped acting winners and a completely up in the air Best Picture race, Guillermo del Toro’s adult fairy tale The Shape of Water came out triumphant, winning Best Picture, Director, Score and Production Design. The Shape of Water came into the Oscars with wins from the …

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Did the Berlin Film Festival Kick off the 2019 Oscar Race?

  The Berlin Film Festival ended yesterday after a strong competition lineup and a shocking Golden Bear win for Touch Me Not, an explicit film about intimacy and sexual desires. Last year, the Berlinale played a considerable role in launching several Oscar hopefuls, having screened four of the 9 eventual Foreign Language Oscar shortlisted films in addition to Best Picture …

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