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‘Shape of Water’ Poised to Lead Oscar Nominations: Final Predictions in All Categories

‘Shape of Water’ Poised to Lead Oscar Nominations: Final Predictions in All Categories
On Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will unveil nominations for the 90th annual Oscars. It’s been a season marked, refreshingly, by a lack of frontrunners in most major categories. Combined with an extended phase two this year (thanks to the Winter Olympics), it ought to make for a spirited sprint to the finish line after the races are firmed up next week.

Here are In Contention’s final predictions for nominations in all 24 Oscar categories.

Best Picture

Call Me by Your Name

Emilie Georges, Luca Guadagnino, Marco Morabito, Peter SpearsDunkirk

Emma Thomas, Christopher NolanThe Florida Project

Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching TsouGet Out

Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm, Jordan Peele “Lady Bird”

Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill, Scott RudinThe Post

Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko KriegerThe Shape of Water

J. Miles Dale, Guillermo del Toro “Three
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Producers Guild and Writers Guild nominations announced

Moments ago, the Producers Guild of America announced their nominees, to go along with yesterday’s nominations by the Art Directors Guild and the Writers Guild of America. Having this troika of guilds is an important moment in the awards season, especially with the flashier Golden Globe ceremony just two days away. With just the Directors Guild of America still to announce, a solid portion of the precursors that matter for the major categories have had their say, nomination wise at least. Academy Award voting is getting underway too, so this information is vital. By next week, many voters will have made their ultimate choices and submitted ballots. This trio of precursors has helped establish some films as potentially sitting pretty with Oscar. The Adg nominations basically just narrowed the field to 15 in Best Production Design, give or take a few. The WGA nominations gave I, Tonya a big boost,
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'Lady Bird', 'The Big Sick' among PGA film nominees

Awards show to be held on January 20 in Los Angeles.

The Producers Guild Of America has officially unveiled its list of film nominees ahead of the 29th annual Producers Guild Awards presented by Cadillac set to be held on January 20, 2018, in Los Angeles.

This year, the nominees in the category for The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures included a tie, so for the first time the PGA presents 11 film nominees.

As previously announced, the Producers Guild will also present Donna Langley with the Milestone Award, Charles Roven with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, the feature film Get Out with the Stanley Kramer Award, and Ava DuVernay with the Visionary Award.

The 29th annual PGA Awards nominees are:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

The Big Sick, Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel

Call Me By Your Name, Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, [link
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2018 Producers Guild of America Awards Nominations: ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Get Out,’ and More

2018 Producers Guild of America Awards Nominations: ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Get Out,’ and More
Nominees for the Producers Guild of America Awards have been revealed, capping off a busy award season week that has already included the Palm Springs Film Festival’s awards gala, the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, and the Art Directors and Writers Guild nominations, and the makeup and hairstyling Oscar shortlist — all leading up to Sunday’s Golden Globes.

For the first time, as the result of a tie among the 8,200 PGA voters, not 10 but 11 films will vie for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer, including “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “The Post,” and “Wonder Woman.” Winning this PGA Award typically bodes well for a film’s Best Picture Oscar chances, although last year that was not the case (“La La Land” won at the PGAs, “Moonlight” prevailed at the Academy Awards).

Read More:Producers Guild Awards: ‘La La Land’ Wins Best Motion Picture at
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Producers Guild Awards: ‘Get Out,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ Among Film Nominees

Producers Guild Awards: ‘Get Out,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ Among Film Nominees
“The Big Sick,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “I, Tonya,” “Lady Bird,” “Molly’s Game,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and “Wonder Woman” have been nominated for the Producers Guild of America’s top movie award.

Awards contenders “The Beguiled,” “The Florida Project,” “Logan,” “Mudbound,” “Phantom Thread,” and “The Disaster Artist” were overlooked by voters for the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award. The winner will be announced on Jan. 20 at the guild’s 29th annual awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Due to a tie in voting among the 8,200 PGA members, there are 11 nominees for the Zanuck award for the first time.

“The Shape of Water” has emerged as a front-runner during the current awards season with a leading seven nominations at Sunday’s Golden Globes, followed by “The Post” and “Three Billboards” with six each. “Three Billboards
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‘Get Out’ Producers Pick Up Major PGA Honor, J.J. Abrams Named Athena Festival Leading Man, and More

As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

– The Producers Guild of America (PGA), has announced the 2018 Stanley Kramer Award will honor the acclaimed feature film “Get Out” produced by Sean McKittrick, p.g.a.; Jason Blum, p.g.a.; Edward H. Hamm, Jr., p.g.a.; and Jordan Peele, p.g.a. (McKittrick & Hamm are deemed a producing partnership.)

The Universal Pictures release is the directorial debut of Jordan Peele, who also wrote the screenplay, and features a cast that includes Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield, Lil Rel Howery, Erika Alexander, Marcus Henderson, Betty Gabriel, and Catherine Keener.

Read More:Jordan Peele Talks About His Worst Fear in Making ‘Get Out’ — Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast

The Stanley Kramer Award will be presented to “Get Out” at the 29th Annual
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Futile and Stupid Gesture Trailer Charts the Rise of National Lampoon

Netflix has released the first trailer for their upcoming biopic A Futile & Stupid Gesture, starring Will Forte as comedy wunderkind Doug Kenney. While this icon might not necessarily be a household name, he co-created the National Lampoon magazine, along with co-writing comedy classic movies Caddyshack and Animal House. Kenney was at the center of the 70's comedy counter-culture which gave birth to Saturday Night Live and a whole generation's way of looking at the world. The trailer hints that the movie will take quite a unique approach, with Will Forte playing Doug Kenney in the 1970s, and Martin Mull playing the "modern-day" Doug Kenney... even though he's been dead for 37 years.

The trailer begins with someone asking Martin Mull, in character as "modern-day" Doug, who is asked by his interviewer if he could introduce himself as, "the man who changed comedy, but couldn't change himself," which lead Mull to respond with,
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‘Get Out’ to Be Honored by Producers Guild With Stanley Kramer Award

‘Get Out’ to Be Honored by Producers Guild With Stanley Kramer Award
Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy “Get Out” will receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2018 Stanley Kramer Award.

The prize will be presented on Jan. 20 at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a production, producer, or other individuals whose contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues.

Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “The electrifying response to ‘Get Out’ demonstrates that the power of motion pictures to crystallize and reflect our collective social anxieties remains stronger than ever. It’s hard to imagine two more different sensibilities approaching the problem of race in America than Stanley Kramer and Jordan Peele, but despite the different paths their stories take, their power springs from the same outrage, fearlessness, and passion.”

Kramer’s producing credits include “Inherit the Wind,” “On the Beach,” “The Defiant Ones,” and “Guess
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'Get Out' to receive PGA Stanley Kramer Award

'Get Out' to receive PGA Stanley Kramer Award
Guild recognises horror film’s focus on ’important social issues’.

Get Out

Universal’s horror breakout Get Out will receive the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) 2018 Stanley Kramer Award.

Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm, Jr and director Jordan Peele produced the film, which opened in February and grossed $175.5m in North America and a further $78.8m internationally. McKittrick and Hamm are deemed a producing partnership

British actor Daniel Kaluuya stars as a black man who visits his white girlfriend’s upper middle class enclave that hides a terrifying secret.

The film has been praised for its social commentary about contemporary race relations and earned a Golden Glove nod for best picture – musical or comedy, and placed on top 10 lists by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute.

Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield, Lil Rel Howery, Erika Alexander, Marcus Henderson, and [link=nm
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'Get Out' to receive PGA Stanley Kramer Award

Guild recognises horror film’s focus on ’important social issues’.

Get Out

Universal’s horror breakout Get Out will receive the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) 2018 Stanley Kramer Award.

Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm, Jr and director Jordan Peele produced the film, which opened in February and grossed $175.5m in North America and a further $78.8m internationally. McKittrick and Hamm are deemed a producing partnership

British actor Daniel Kaluuya stars as a black man who visits his white girlfriend’s upper middle class enclave that hides a terrifying secret.

The film has been praised for its social commentary about contemporary race relations and earned a Golden Glove nod for best picture – musical or comedy, and placed on top 10 lists by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute.

Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield, Lil Rel Howery, Erika Alexander,
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Tiffany Haddish Joins Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller ‘The Oath’

Tiffany Haddish Joins Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller ‘The Oath’
Girls Trip” star Tiffany Haddish has come on board as an executive producer and star in Ike Barinholtz’s satirical thriller “The Oath,” which will mark his feature directorial debut.

The cast also includes Carrie Brownstein (“Portlandia”), Billy Magnussen, Meredith Hagner, Jon Barinholtz, Nora Dunn, Chris Ellis, and John Cho. QC Entertainment, which also backed Jordan Peele’s horror hit “Get Out” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” will produce and finance the film, which was unveiled in September.

The movie — set in a near-future America in which citizens are required to take a loyalty oath — follows a man trying to make it through the Thanksgiving holiday without destroying his family. Barinholtz wrote the script.

In addition to Barinholtz, the producers are Sean McKittrick, Ray Mansfield, Edward H. Hamm, Jr., Andrew Robinson, and David Stassen. QC Entertainment and UTA are co-representing “The Oath” for domestic sales.

Haddish starred on the NBC sitcom “The Carmichael Show” then broke out
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Tiffany Haddish, John Cho Join Ike Barinholtz’s ‘The Oath’

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Tiffany Haddish, John Cho Join Ike Barinholtz’s ‘The Oath’
Tiffany Haddish and John Cho have joined “The Oath,” written and directed by Ike Barinholtz, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Carrie Brownstein, Billy Magnussen, Meredith Hagner, Jon Barinholtz, Nora Dunn, and Chris Ellis are also joining the cast of the film that marks Barinholtz’s directorial debut. QC Entertainment and UTA are co-representing the film for domestic sales. Sean McKittrick, Ray Mansfield, Edward H. Hamm Jr., Andrew Robinson, David Stassen and Barinholtz will produce. Haddish will executive produce. Also Read: Jada Pinkett Smith Blasts 'Antiquated' Golden Globes for Tiffany Haddish, 'The Big Sick' Snubs
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Call Me By Your Name and Get Out win big at the 2017 Gotham Awards

The winners of the 2017 Gotham Awards were announced last night, with Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name taking home the top prize of Best Feature, as well as the Breakthrough Actor award for Timothee Chalamet.

It was also a good night for Get Out, which received Breakthrough Director Award (Jordan Peele), Best Screenplay (Jordan Peele) and the Audience Award, while James Franco (The Disaster Artist) and Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) were named Best Actor and Best Actress respectively.

Check out a full list of the nominations, with the winners in red…

Best Feature

Call Me By Your Name

Luca Guadagnino, director; Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

The Florida Project

Sean Baker, director; Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou, producers (A24)

Get Out

Jordan Peele, director; Sean McKittrick,
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Independent Spirit Award nominations announced

Just a few moments ago, the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were revealed to the public, continuing on with Phase One of the awards season. This precursor marks another new point in the race, as many of these movies nominated today will be contending for Oscar attention as well. Removed from the Academy Award race though, this is just a great precursor because of what it nominates. The films are small in budget and often need a leg up, so this is a spotlight on what the viewing public should be searching out in theaters and at home on Blu-Ray or VOD. Congrats to the nominees and read on to see who and what they were… You’ll see all of the nominees below, but as you’ll be able to tell, it appears to be a race between Call Me By Your Name, The Florida Project, Get Out, and Lady Bird,
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Jordan Peele Challenges Golden Globes Classifying ‘Get Out’ As a Comedy: ‘What Are You Laughing At?’

Jordan Peele Challenges Golden Globes Classifying ‘Get Out’ As a Comedy: ‘What Are You Laughing At?’
Before he directed “Get Out,” Jordan Peele was best known as a comedy figure, one half of the famed “Key & Peele” duo. His first feature transformed Peele’s reputation: As “Get Out” grossed over $250 million worldwide, Peele became known first and foremost as a filmmaker, with his racially-tinged story about rich white people who keep black people under mind control striking audiences as both outrageous and eerily familiar. No matter the absurd premise, “Get Out” explores the paranoia and victimization of the African American experience with palpable suspense and ideas that go well beyond the realm of punchlines.

Nevertheless, as the movie careens through awards season, Golden Globes voters will be considering “Get Out” in the Best Musical or Comedy category, not for Best Drama. This outcome has prompted plenty of online backlash, and a tweet from Peele calling the movie a documentary, acknowledging the limitations of those categories.

Get Out’ is a documentary.
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'Get Out' Producer Shaun Redick Launches Impossible Dream Production Company (Exclusive)

'Get Out' Producer Shaun Redick Launches Impossible Dream Production Company (Exclusive)
Shaun Redick, one of the executive producers of horror hit Get Out, has launched Impossible Dream Entertainment, a new production and finance company.

The company, iDream Ent. for short, arrives with a first-look deal with QC Entertainment, the production and financing outfit run by Sean McKittrick, Ray Mansfield and Edward H. Hamm Jr.

Impossible Dream has also partnered with Florida-based financier Mickey Gooch of Delray Village Entertainment for intellectual property development and strategic entertainment investments.

Latina producer and actress Yvette Yates (Inherent Vice) will be a partner at Impossible Dream, which has goals of developing, packaging, producing, financing, sales and distribution. It...
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Adam Driver Starring In Spike Lee’s Film Black Klansman

Focus Features announced that Emmy Award® nominee Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Inside Llewyn Davis) and Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming) have joined the cast of Spike Lee’s upcoming film, Black Klansman. The film is adapted from Ron Stallworth’s powerful, stranger-than-fiction eponymous autobiography.

Driver and Harrier join the already announced John David Washington as Stallworth. Focus chairman Peter Kujawski made the announcement on Thursday.

Along with Academy Award® winning director Spike Lee, the film’s screenplay is written by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Spike Lee and Kevin Willmont. The movie will be produced by the team behind the critically-acclaimed box office smash Get OutQC Entertainment, Blumhouse Productions and Monkeypaw Productions.

Black Klansman is the story of one man who dared to challenge the Ku Klux Klan and thwart its attempts to take over the city. Police Detective Ron Stallworth (Washington) was at the center of an
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Adam Driver Joins Spike Lee's Black Klansman

Adam Driver Joins Spike Lee's Black Klansman
Blumhouse's upcoming Black Klansman has added two new cast members, with Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming) joining the previously-announced John David Washington. Focus Features is distributing the film, with Spike Lee directing, while also producing with Get Out director Jordan Peele and his MonkeyPaw Productions company, QC Entertainment and Blumhouse. No production schedule has been given, but since this cast seems to be coming together quite quickly, filming may be starting sooner rather than later.

The project will be based on the incredible true story of Ron Stallworth, a detective in Colorado Springs, Colorado, who took on the Ku Klux Klan in an innovative way, after finding an ad in a local newspaper seeking new members for the Kkk in 1978. He was not only able to become a Kkk member, but also rose to become the local chapter president, while no one within
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Adam Driver Joins Spike Lee’s ‘Black Klansman’ Thriller

Adam Driver Joins Spike Lee’s ‘Black Klansman’ Thriller
Star Wars” actor Adam Driver is attached to star in Spike Lee’s “Black Klansman,” a crime thriller about the KKK.

Laura Harrier of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” has also been cast. Lee will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmott.

Lee is producing with Jordan Peele along with Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick, and Raymond Mansfield of QC Entertainment, and Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions. Productions companies are Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, QC Entertainment, and Blumhouse. Focus Features is releasing.

The movie follows Ron Stallworth, a detective in Colorado Springs, Colo., who in 1978 answered an ad in the local newspaper seeking new Klan members. John David Washington was announced last month for that role. Stallworth rose through the ranks to become the head of the local chapter — even though he’s African-American. He sent a white officer in his place for any in-person meetings.

Driver will play the role of an undercover
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