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Screen Talk: How 'Room' Could Contend for Best Picture

12 February 2016 1:45 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Eric Kohn and I survey the pre-Oscar landscape as the balloting opens up on Friday. I report on Monday's Academy Luncheon, where I enjoyed a series of disparate encounters, along with everyone else mixing with nominees from all the different branches. I talked to several of the Governors about the new eligibility rules, which need rejiggering, as Steven Spielberg noted. Inclusion is a larger issue than the Academy. And we debate the merits of the new award-winner screen thank you scrolls.  The Best Picture Oscar race is so close—as the Guilds split among "Spotlight," "The Revenant," and "The Big Short"—and heated that it's a year when a surprise winner could sneak through, something like moving Toronto Film Fest audience award winner "Room," which inspires an emotional response. We go through why major movie star Leo DiCaprio will win—he's due—and frontrunners Brie Larson and Sly Stallone, as »

- Anne Thompson

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What Do Rachel McAdams, Kate Winslet, and Brie Larson Want to Be Remembered For?

12 February 2016 6:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

How would you like to remembered after all is said and done? People posed the question to several Oscar nominees as part of this year's portfolio and video series saluting the great female performances of 2015. Best Supporting Actress nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) joked, "It's like writing your own obit or something." Then she added she wanted "To have created characters that hit home that you recognize and understand somehow even if who they are and what they’re going through is antithetical to your own life." For more from this year's Oscar nominees - including exclusive portraits »

- Mary Green, MaryGreen1969

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What Do Rachel McAdams, Kate Winslet, and Brie Larson Want to Be Remembered For?

12 February 2016 6:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

How would you like to remembered after all is said and done? People posed the question to several Oscar nominees as part of this year's portfolio and video series saluting the great female performances of 2015. Best Supporting Actress nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) joked, "It's like writing your own obit or something." Then she added she wanted "To have created characters that hit home that you recognize and understand somehow even if who they are and what they’re going through is antithetical to your own life." For more from this year's Oscar nominees - including exclusive portraits »

- Mary Green, MaryGreen1969

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Watch Jacob Tremblay Do an Adorable Blue Steel Impression on Conan

11 February 2016 8:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Embedcode {}] Jacob Tremblay's super cuteness continues. On Thursday's episode of Conan, the 9-year-old actor gives his best "Blue Steel" impression, and while it might not be the scrunched up, duck lip pout we're used to, it's definitely the most adorable imitation we've seen. Which one do you like best? #bluesteel #canadianbacon #maplesyrup Watch #Conan to find out! #roomthemovie @teamcoco A video posted by Jacob Tremblay (@jacobtremblay) on Feb 11, 2016 at 5:04pm Pst "Which one do you like best? #bluesteel #canadianbacon #maplesyrup Watch #Conan to find out! #roomthemovie @teamcoco," Tremblay captioned a video of his Blue Steel face, teasing his appearance »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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Watch Jacob Tremblay Do an Adorable Blue Steel Impression on Conan

11 February 2016 8:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jacob Tremblay's super cuteness continues. On Thursday's episode of Conan, the 9-year-old actor gives his best "Blue Steel" impression, and while it might not be the scrunched up, duck lip pout we're used to, it's definitely the most adorable imitation we've seen. Which one do you like best? #bluesteel #canadianbacon #maplesyrup Watch #Conan to find out! #roomthemovie @teamcoco A video posted by Jacob Tremblay (@jacobtremblay) on Feb 11, 2016 at 5:04pm Pst "Which one do you like best? #bluesteel #canadianbacon #maplesyrup Watch #Conan to find out! #roomthemovie @teamcoco," Tremblay captioned a video of his Blue Steel face, teasing his appearance »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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Catching Up: Depp's Trump, Ladd's Gripe, Amy's Drama

11 February 2016 5:30 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We've been busy busy with interviews, awards pieces, Silence of the Lambs anniversary, and more so we're way behind on film news. So let's get caught up with news, awardage, and random recommended links...

Randomness

• Pajiba Meryl Streep getting herself into trouble with an African comment when asked about diversity

• LongReads Pregnancy in movies with Mad Max Fury Road as starting point

• Inverse The Rock gleefully warning fans he'll get naked on HBO's Ballers

• Funny or Die! Johnny Depp as Donald Trump. Didn't know they did 50 minute skits!

• Cinematic Corner we need to talk about Harrison Ford in Witness

• Library of America Carrie Rickey on The Age of Innocence

• Unseen Films would like you to consider Toni Collette in Glassland 

• Coming Soon Gal Gadot's career before Wonder Woman

• Regal Cinemas cute teaser poster for Finding Dory

Casting & Production

• Variety Amy Schumer trying her hand at drama. She's joined the »

- NATHANIEL R

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Greatest Fears? Set Secrets? Kate Winslet, Brie Larson and More Oscar Nominees Ask (and Answer) Questions for Each Other

11 February 2016 4:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If Brie Larson could ask Kate Winslet and Rachel McAdams anything, what would it be? And what would Alicia Vikander want to ask Charlotte Rampling?  This year, as part of People's annual Oscar portfolio and video series, we asked this year's incredible female acting nominees what they would want to ask one other if they had the chance.  Best Actress nominee Larson (Room) wants to know, "What's most important?" Best Supporting Actress nominee Winslet (Steve Jobs) says, "One word: Family," while fellow Best Supporting Actress McAdams (Spotlight) answers, "For me, what's most important is being present. So you can be fully engaged with your work, »

- Mary Green, MaryGreen1969

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Greatest Fears? Set Secrets? Kate Winslet, Brie Larson and More Oscar Nominees Ask (and Answer) Questions for Each Other

11 February 2016 4:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If Brie Larson could ask Kate Winslet and Rachel McAdams anything, what would it be? And what would Alicia Vikander want to ask Charlotte Rampling?  This year, as part of People's annual Oscar portfolio and video series, we asked this year's incredible female acting nominees what they would want to ask one other if they had the chance.  Best Actress nominee Larson (Room) wants to know, "What's most important?" Best Supporting Actress nominee Winslet (Steve Jobs) says, "One word: Family," while fellow Best Supporting Actress McAdams (Spotlight) answers, "For me, what's most important is being present. So you can be fully engaged with your work, »

- Mary Green, MaryGreen1969

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'Room' director Lenny Abrahamson on surprise Oscar nomination and frontrunner Brie Larson (Video)

11 February 2016 2:35 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"Room" helmer Lenny Abrahamson readily admits during our recent webcam chat (watch above) to being shocked when he heard his name among the Best Director Oscar nominees. “I think I knew it could be a really powerful film,” he explains, “but it would be impossible to predict this.” He does allow that while filming the harrowing story of a young woman (Brie Larson) trapped in a room for six years with her son (Jacob Tremblay), “you could see something special was happening." However, he quickly adds, "I don’t think I would ever have anticipated this. Maybe in a kind of fantasy football sort of way, but not really.” -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Emma Donoghue adapted her acclaimed novel, which follows the pair after they make their escape and struggle to adjust to life outside of those four walls. Abrahamson says he read. »

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BAFTA’s British Categories Highlight Next Gen of Talent

11 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Despite the ever-increasing proximity between the Oscars and the British Academy of Film and Televison Arts awards, Bafta still remains a terrific reminder of the British brand. But the love in this year’s noms has been given to a host of veterans: Ridley Scott, Maggie Smith, Kate Winslet, Julie Walters and Mark Rylance have already notched up a collective 33 Bafta nominations. The British Academy Film Awards take place Feb. 14 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.

That’s not to say the fresh blood isn’t there, but perhaps increasing overlap in Oscar and Bafta conversations have limited the expectation for the Brit awards to serve as a platform for discovery.

“Since Bafta has repositioned itself very deliberately and positively to overlap with the Oscar conversation, the consequence has been that the opportunity to profile exciting or emerging talents has been limited,” says British Film Institute Film Fund director Ben Roberts. »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Last chance to vote for the Ee Rising Star BAFTA before this Sunday’s awards

11 February 2016 5:27 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This Sunday sees the UK’s biggest award ceremony, The BAFTA’s, take place at London’s prestigious Royal Opera House, hosted by Stephen Fry. And while the big awards are to be voted for by the Academy, you still have a chance to vote for the Ee Rising Star Award!

The award celebrates the best young talent from across the acting world, and this year’s award sees a fantastic mix of young actors who have all had a hugely successful year. Up for the award are:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega, who has just began filming Star Wars: Episode VII

— Golden Globe Winner Brie Larson, who stars in BAFTA and Oscar hopeful Room, as well as featuring in hit comedy Trainwreck

Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson, who has two new films out in the next few weeks: How To Be Single and A Bigger Splash

— Taron Edgerton, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Marc Shmuger To Replace Christophe Lambert as Head of EuropaCorp

10 February 2016 4:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: Former Universal Pictures Chairman Marc Shmuger is replacing Christophe Lambert as chief executive of  EuropaCorp, the international production and distribution company behind the “Taken” and “Transporter” franchises, according to multiple sources.

The reason behind Lambert’s sudden ouster was not clear, though one individual familiar with the situation speculated that it may have been tied to Lambert’s reported difficulties working with filmmakers. They were said to find him arrogant and irrational, “leading with his ego,” according to one source, who had first-hand knowledge of Lambert’s relationships with directors and producers.

Lambert’s ouster came after an emergency meeting of the EuropaCorp board Wednesday, with the embattled CEO reportedly recalled from California to Paris and fired, said two sources. EuropaCorp’s spokeswoman could not immediately be reached for comment. Lambert also could not be reached.

Despite his ouster, others who worked with Lambert say he is a smart, »

- Brent Lang and James Rainey

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Screen Junkies targets Scott Pilgrim vs. the World with latest Honest Trailer

10 February 2016 9:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the latest video by the folks over at Screen Junkies, Edgar Wright’s critically acclaimed Scott Pilgrim vs. the World gets the Honest Trailer treatment. Screen Junkies pokes fun at a couple aspects of the film, including the offbeat and occasionally hipster-like characters, as well as the pure ridiculousness of the visual style and story.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World underperformed at the box office when it was released in 2010, only taking in a little over $47 million on a $60 million budget, but many of those who saw it fell in love with the graphic novel adaptation. In the years since, the film has become a cult classic with a decent amount of people finally discovering it.

Michael Cera starred as Scott Pilgrim and was joined by a now star-studded cast comprised of such actors as Mary Elizabeth WinsteadKieran CulkinEllen WongAlison PillAnna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Aubrey Plaza, »

- Justin Cook

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Jacob Tremblay Is This Awards Season's Adorable Little Mvp - and His Cute Instagrams Offer All the Proof

9 February 2016 8:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jacob Tremblay's celebrity squad keeps growing and growing. The 8-year-old actor was the hottest star at the Oscar nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday, as a who's who of the recognized stars clamored for a photo opp with the pint-sized cutie. After already solidifying his friendship with Leonardo DiCaprio at the Screen Actors' Guild Awards, Tremblay moved on to other awards darlings. First, the Room star posed with Creed's Sylvester Stallone, jokingly delivering a punch to Rocky Balboa, himself. "Hangin' with the Champ," Tremblay wrote on Instagram. Next up was Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence. Tremblay might already »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Jacob Tremblay Is This Awards Season's Adorable Little Mvp - and His Cute Instagrams Offer All the Proof

9 February 2016 8:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jacob Tremblay's celebrity squad keeps growing and growing. The 8-year-old actor was the hottest star at the Oscar nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday, as a who's who of the recognized stars clamored for a photo opp with the pint-sized cutie. After already solidifying his friendship with Leonardo DiCaprio at the Screen Actors' Guild Awards, Tremblay moved on to other awards darlings. First, the Room star posed with Creed's Sylvester Stallone, jokingly delivering a punch to Rocky Balboa, himself. "Hangin' with the Champ," Tremblay wrote on Instagram. Next up was Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence. Tremblay might already »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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2016 Oscar Previews: Part 2

9 February 2016 7:09 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

For Part 1 of our 2016 Oscar Previews, click here.

Best Actor Nominees

Bryan Cranston - as Dalton Trumbo, Trumbo

Age: 59

Previously Best Known For:

Walter White - TV’s Breaking Bad

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

None

Interesting Fact: Became an ordained minister while he was in college as a part-time job.

Matt Damon - as Mark Watney, The Martian

Age: 45

Previously Best Known For:

Jason Bourne - The Bourne Films

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Actor in a Leading Role 1998 - Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting

Won - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen 1998 - Good Will Hunting

Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2010 - Francois Pienaar in Invictus

Interesting Fact: Started a bowling league in Berlin while making The Bourne Supremacy.

Leonardo DiCaprio - as Hugh Glass, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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FILM4 is the Company with 15 Academy Award Nominations Nobody is Talking About but Should Be

9 February 2016 4:04 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Titles backed by Film4 this year have a total of 15 Oscar nominations including a Best Picture and Best Director nomination and three of the five Oscar Best Actress Nominees: Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Charlotte Rampling.  The total tally of Film4’s awards nominations and wins across the Academy, BAFTA, critics groups, guilds, etc. in 2015 to date is: 181 wins out of a total 581 nominations (95% of which were in the U.S.) across 11 films -  “Room”, “Carol”, “Suffragette”, “Youth”, “The Lobster", "Ex Machina", "45 Years”,  “Amy”, “Macbeth”, “Slow West”, and “Dark Horse”.

Film4 has already had two Academy Best Picture wins in recent years with "Slumdog Millionaire" and "12 Years A Slave" amid other Academy Award nominations, so we can declare they are a force to be reckoned with.

This year again they have more nominations than most Hollywood Studios!  The New York based Distribution and Production Company A24 has seven nominations, and people are talking about them as serious players in the Oscar race, so let’s talk about Film4

Film4 is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative, both new and established, talent. It develops and co-finances films and is well known for its involvement with “The Last King of Scotland” (2006), “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “This is England” (2006), “Seven Psychopaths” (2012), “12 Years a Slave” (2013) as well as its most recent crop of successes in the current awards season which has also already garnered a record number of BAFTA nominations this year - 22 in all.

Sue Bruce Smith is the head of distribution and brand strategy at Channel 4’s feature film division, Film4.  She supports the building and financing of projects from the U.K. broadcaster. She works in some capacity across most of the Film4 slate but has been particularly associated with films like “Room”, “The Lobster”, “Slumdog Millionaire”, “The Last King of Scotland”, “Tyrannosaur”, “The Imposter” and “Le Weekend”,

Sue has been at Film4 over 12 years. Prior to this she has worked variously in U.K. distribution, broadcaster investment in film, international sales and independent production at Palace Pictures, BBC Films, Littlebird and Film4.

Sl: Can you define what exactly you do at Film4?

Sue Bruce Smith: What I do varies quite a bit from film to film.  Some of the seasoned producers are more adept at finding partners and don’t need much in the way of help putting their finance together.  However, we also work with emerging producers and directors who require more guidance so I am on hand to help them access the right co-production or distribution partners to ensure the film is built in the best possible way.  Once the film is completed, I again get involved in the strategy for the launch of the film and I oversee the distribution activity.  Protecting and maximizing the strength of our Film4 brand is a key consideration in everything I do.  We are also the only free-to-air channel dedicated to film in the U.K. so this really helps define our strong brand.

 

Sl: How are productions greenlit at Film4?

Sue Bruce Smith:The creative and commercial team within Film4 will guide a project through development to final greenlight.  David Kosse, Director of Film4 is a key part of the whole progression of the film and his final decision, based very much on the soundings he gets from his senior team, also obviously draws heavily on his valuable experience and understanding of film investment and the international marketplace.  The Film4 team is a very inclusive team of about 23 people working across development, production, finance and distribution.  it is also able to draw upon additional resources within the Channel4, most specifically in marketing and press.

Sl: Do you do co-productions?

Sue Bruce Smith: If you mean financial co-productions, yes lots.  These tend to be U.S. set financial co-productions or they might come out of Europe.  But official co-productions are relatively rare as it is more difficult and takes longer to set up.  “Room”, however, was an official co-production with Telefilm Canada and “The Lobster” was the result of a wonderful collaboration of over five different European co-producers.

Sl: What sort of budget parameters do you work with?

Sue Bruce Smith: We span from the very low to sometimes quite high.  We try not to limit ourselves and allow the project to find its optimum level.   When we developed “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk” with Ink Factory, in the course of looking for partners we found a fan in Tom Rothman who at that time was in the process of rebuilding production at TriStar and we have ended up, as a result, being involved in an Ang Lee film!  However these are the exceptions and the range is usually between Us $3m to Us$15m.

Going forward, we are keen to be bolder in how Film4 invests especially when we feel a film is a potential break out.  We operate a cross subsidy model where the bigger, more commercial investments allow us to generate revenue that then supports the new emerging talent.  It is worth noting that absolutely everything we earn from our films goes straight back into more development and film investment.

Sl: Do you have special “strands” for particular types of films?

Sue Bruce Smith: We don’t really distinguish films in strands we just work across many levels and genres. First time filmmakers tend to have smaller budgets - around Us$3m and they are built in a slightly different way.  For our larger projects I’d say our sweet spot is $10 – 15 million. 

Sl: How do you find projects?

Sue Bruce Smith:: We are constantly scouting for interesting new talent, watching shorts like “Robots of Brixton” where we found Kibwe Tavares, culling talent from our TV arm (like Yann Demange who worked with us on the TV series “Top Boy” before making “'71”) from theater (Lucy Kirkwood who we are making a short film with and developing a feature), the arts (which is where Steve McQueen originated and is still very active) and writing (Alex Garland who adapted “Never Let Me Go” for us and went on to make his striking debut “Ex Machina”)

Sl: I notice you don’t do international sales like you used to in the 80s.

Sue Bruce Smith: Yes we shed the international sales division and the U.K. Distribution arm back in 2002 and brought the focus back to our core development and co-financing activities.  We currently work with a wide range of sales agents like Protagonist, Hanway, Cornerstone, FilmNation, Westend, Pathe, Studio Canal, Independent and others.

Sl: In the early days in the 1980s operations were different.

Sue Bruce Smith: David Rose, in 1982, was the real visionary behind Film4.  He decided Channel4 would be different from all other TV channels.  Channel4 was the first U.K. broadcaster, through its film arm, Film on Four, to develop and co-finance films and, crucially, to allow these films to play in cinemas before their television transmission on Channel4. Our theatrical model became Film on Four and HBO, Sbs and Arte followed this lead. “Walter” by Stephen Frears followed this route in 1982.   Frear's next film “My Beautiful Laundrette” followed shortly after in 1985

(An aside here by Sydney Levine):

If my readers will indulge me for a little history lesson in how films change with technological change, I want to point out that in the early days of home video, in 1985, Sue and I (a couple of the pioneer women in the modern business) shared in the good fortune resulting from the shift in the movie and TV business.  

Working for the biggest TV production house in U.S. in the days of “Dallas”, I came to Lorimar to buy for home video, the fastest growing new technological distribution tool yet.  We put up $175,000 advance to acquire home video rights to the Film4 feature “My Beautiful Laundrette” for U.S.  $75,000 of that was to be used as P&A by theatrical distributor Orion Pictures Classics’ platform theatrical release – to platform first in N.Y. and L.A for critical reviews, and then, if profitable, to expand across the nation.  It was the first British film to come to U.S. in many a year (except of course for the James Bond franchise).  Orion Classics was headed by Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Donna Gigliotti who paid no advance but used the P&A allotment wisely and well.  It was a happy association that we shared a couple of more times before they moved on to form Sony Pictures Classics and I moved on to Republic Pictures, reconstructed by Cnb’s Russell Goldsmith, former CEO of Lorimar. This Film4 picture, “My Beautiful Laundrette” was by complete unknowns in the U.S. and was a first for us all.  We did not know it would go on to gross $7 million at the box office (a huge amount at that time for an independent film) and would sell 75,000 video units (at $50 wholesale a piece = $3,750,000).  We at Lorimar made a $1 million profit and overages of $1 million went to Channel 4 and $1 million went to Working Title.  I got a $100 bonus, and we were all delighted.  My association with Film4 was followed by many loyal and loving years and reunions, but that is another lesson.  

To quote Adam P. Davies, the writer of the U.K. Film Finance Handbook 2005/6: How to Fund Your Film:

Stephen Frears’s 1985 “My Beautiful Laundrette” signalled a change in direction for the industry in that TV backed film investment started to feed local productions.  The Channel4 film encouraged the broadcasters to increase investment in filmmaking over the late 80s and also launched Working Title, initially run by Tim Bevan and Sarah Radcliffe (who left in 1992 to run her own company) and later Eric Fellner, with whom Bevan runs the company today [in a longstanding deal with Universal-Focus].  Video distributor and producer Palace Pictures, run by Nik Powell and Stephen Woolley, followed the success in 1985 of Neil Jordan’s “Company of Wolves” with “Mona Lisa” in 1986.  The British Film Commission launched in 1992 [when “The Crying Game” had its world success]. 

Sue was at Palace Productions when I was at Lorimar and Republic and our paths crossed many times and so I was quite eager to share the latest good fortune of the 2016 Academy Awards at a time when the Academy is being besieged by negative publicity.  At that time, back in ’85, I suggested to Michael and Tom that they put up Daniel Day Lewis for Best Actor Nomination and as I recall, they told me British films or British actors in British films were not acceptable to the Academy, and so neither he nor the film was put up for nomination. 

My Beautiful Laundrette” obviously had Asian actors; it was about a gay skinhead and a Pakistani.  Diversity was at its core, but it did not get past the British line of demarcation the Academy had drawn in ’85.  Its ethnic boundaries might have existed if anyone had tried to test them but that was not even an issue in 1985. “Diversity” in those days did not exist as a word one used and the very idea of diversity was even more limited than today.  

Film4 has had a key role in proactively promoting different voices and stories since the 1980s. And today diversity is a crucial consideration in the decisions Film4 makes about its developments and productions with the aim of increasing diversity across all areas of the business.  They have several films currently in development with Bame writers and directors and are successfully working with many female directors such as Andrea Arnold, Debbie Tucker Green, Susanna White, Clio Bernard, Sarah Gavron and Lynne Ramsay.

In January last year parent company Channel4 launched the 360 Degree Diversity Charter which is all about a commitment to implementing diversity on and off screen and to measuring its progress.  It is tied to Project Diamond, an industry-wide diversity monitoring system.  Its results will be published in the next few months. 

Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful U.K. films of recent years, Academy Award-winners such as Steve McQueen’s "12 Years a Slave", Danny Boyle’s "Slumdog Millionaire", Phyllida Lloyd’s "The Iron Lady” and Martin McDonagh’s "In Bruges" in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh’s "Mr. Turner", Chris Morris’ "Four Lions", Shane Meadows’ "This is England", Ben Wheatley’s “Sightseers", Clio Barnard’s "The Selfish Giant" Jonathan Glazer’s "Under the Skin" and David Mackenzie’s "Starred Up".

Film4’s recent releases include; Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room", Todd Haynes’ “Carol", Sarah Gavron’s “Suffragette", Justin Kurzel’s “Macbeth", Yorgos Lanthimos’ "The Lobster", Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary “Amy", Andrew Haigh’s "45 Years", Alex Garland’s "Ex Machina", Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth", Peter Strickland’s "The Duke of Burgundy", Daniel Wolfe’s "Catch Me Daddy" and John Maclean’s "Slow West".

Forthcoming releases include; Ben Wheatley’s "High-Rise" and "Free Fire", Ang Lee’s "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk", Benedict Andrews’ “Una" and Andrea Arnold’s "American Honey".

For further information visit www.film4.com/productions, but for now, here is the Cheat Sheet on Film4’s 2016 Total Oscar Nominations numbering 15.  It will be at my side as I watch the Awards on February. Parenthetically, I am also looking forward to watching the fashions before the show, and inside the show, to catching that one loose cannon who will deliver the only inspirational speech in a rather inspirationless, basically boring, but still worthy traditional show.

3 of 5 Oscar Best Actress Nominees – Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Charlotte Rampling

Nomination tally by film:

Room” – 4 - Picture, Actress, Director, Best Adapted Screenplay

Carol” – 6 –Actress, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Original Score

Ex Machina” – 2 –Original screenplay, Visual Effects

Amy” – 1 – Documentary Feature

“45 Years” – 1 – Actress

Youth” – 1 – Original Song

Film4-backed films Oscar® nominations in full:

Carol

Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett

Actress in a Supporting Role: Rooney Mara

Adapted Screenplay: Phyllis Nagy

Achievement in Cinematography: Ed Lachman

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original score): Carter Burwell

Achievement in Costume Design: Sandy Powell

Room

Best Motion Picture of the Year: Ed Guiney

Achievement in Directing: Lenny Abrahamson

Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson

Adapted Screenplay: Emma Donoghue

Ex Machina

Original Screenplay: Alex Garland

Achievement in Visual Effects: Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

“45 Years”:

Actress in a Leading Role: Charlotte Rampling

Youth

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original song): Simple Song # 3, music and lyrics by David Lang

Amy

Best Documentary Feature: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees

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- Sydney Levine

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The Oscars' weird new speech rule: awesome or embarrassing?

9 February 2016 4:01 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Inside Out scribe Pete Docter revealed something strange in an Oscar nominee roundtable with New York magazine: a new way for winners to express thanks for people and organizations they can't fit in their speech. Is this a step up or a treacherous step back for the Academy Awards? While speaking with Straight Outta Compton co-writer Andrea Berloff and Carol screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, Docter brought up the new option for Oscar winners. Docter: This year, apparently, they’re doing a thing where you can ahead of time give a list of names so you don’t have to read them. They’ll scroll along the bottom. Berloff: Is that true? Nagy: Yes, it is true. It was in my package from the Academy. It’s 80 words. If you email them a list by some point in February — my mother, my sister, my agent — they will scroll it across the screen as you speak. »

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Brie Larson Reveals She Hasn't Spoken to Her Father in 10 Years: 'I Realized That's Why So Much of My Work Is So Volatile'

9 February 2016 10:25 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Brie Larson movingly portrays a devoted parent in Room, but the Oscar frontrunner reveals that her real-life relationship with her own father couldn't be more different. Larson says they have not seen or spoken to one another in a decade. "As I kid I tried to understand him and understand the situation. But he didn't do himself any favors. I don't think he ever really wanted to be a parent," Larson, 26, tells Elle for its March cover story. Larson says her parents divorced when she was a young child and although she remained close with her mother, her relationship with her father became increasingly strained. »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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Brie Larson Reveals She Hasn't Spoken to Her Father in 10 Years: 'I Realized That's Why So Much of My Work Is So Volatile'

9 February 2016 10:25 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Brie Larson movingly portrays a devoted parent in Room, but the Oscar frontrunner reveals that her real-life relationship with her own father couldn't be more different. Larson says they have not seen or spoken to one another in a decade. "As I kid I tried to understand him and understand the situation. But he didn't do himself any favors. I don't think he ever really wanted to be a parent," Larson, 26, tells Elle for its March cover story. Larson says her parents divorced when she was a young child and although she remained close with her mother, her relationship with her father became increasingly strained. »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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