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Saoirse Ronan, Gal Gadot and More Portraits From Palm Springs Film Festival (Exclusive Photos)

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Saoirse Ronan, Gal Gadot and More Portraits From Palm Springs Film Festival (Exclusive Photos)
Photographed by Corina Marie for TheWrap at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Producer J. Miles Dale, actors Richard Jenkins and Sally Hawkins, director Guillermo del Toro, actor Octavia Spencer and composer Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water.” Actors Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name.” Actor Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name.” Actress Salma Hayek, “Beatriz at Dinner.”
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Oscars 2018: Which 20 previous winners should present to this year’s 20 acting nominees?

Oscars 2018: Which 20 previous winners should present to this year’s 20 acting nominees?
One of the highlights of the 2009 Academy Awards ceremony was the surprise addition of 20 Oscar winners presenting to that year’s acting nominees. It started with five Best Supporting Actress champs (Whoopi Goldberg, Goldie Hawn, Anjelica Huston, Eva Marie Saint, Tilda Swinton) who gave out the award to Penelope Cruz, welcoming her to their club. While all of those presenting that evening had indeed won the category before, each one often had no connection at all to the person they were introducing.

The following year new producers followed a similar format of five people presenting to a new crop of five for the lead categories only. While all of them had working relationships with the nominees (like Michelle Pfeiffer for Jeff Bridges and Stanley Tucci for Meryl Streep), most of them were not Oscar winners.

SEEOscars 2018: Here are all 156 living actresses and actors who could join a 90th anniversary
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Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’: A look back at her 18th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’: A look back at her 18th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 18 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 2006, Meryl Streep and director David Frankel scored box office gold – the greatest financial success of Streep’s career at that point – with “The Devil Wears Prada.” Given her affection for working alongside filmmakers on several occasions, it was a sure thing the paths of Streep and Frankel would cross again.

They reunited six years later with “Hope Springs” (2012), a genial, breezy comedy-drama that at last paired Streep with Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones. While hardly a smash hit, the picture, which found both stars in fine form, was warmly received by critics and audiences alike. No Oscar nominations, however.

That
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Anonymous Oscar Ballot: Executive Loves ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Three Billboards’ Is ‘Less Than the Sum of Its Parts’

Anonymous Oscar Ballot: Executive Loves ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Three Billboards’ Is ‘Less Than the Sum of Its Parts’
Here’s another in our series of interviews with a swath of Academy voters from different branches for their candid thoughts on what got picked, overlooked, and overvalued this year.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

I haven’t decided. “Get Out,” over time, it stood up. “Get Out” is so spectacular. But the end makes no sense. It’s such a brilliant joke that it makes you not care that it makes no sense. There’s nothing in the algebra of the movie that makes that ending possible — no clues, no hints. In the end, it’s a deus ex machina, but the joke is so good I don’t care. They had a different ending: too dark, everyone hated it. It’s so brilliant to take a movie like that–like Frank Capra chopped off the first reel of “Lost Horizon.” I’m talking myself into voting for it now.
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2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘The Shape of Water’ wins with 4, including upset at Costume Designers Guild

2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘The Shape of Water’ wins with 4, including upset at Costume Designers Guild
The Shape of Water” pulled off a shocker at the Costume Designers Guild Awards on Feb. 20, winning Best Period Costumes over Oscar frontrunner “Phantom Thread.” That unexpected outcome marked its fourth win from the 11 guilds weighing in to date. This fantasy film previously prevailed with the directors, producers and art directors. It is in contention with the two remaining groups on deck: the makeup artists & hair stylists and sound editors. The only group with which it did not contend this awards season was the Visual Effects Society.

Of the other Best Picture nominees, “Dunkirk” has gone four for nine at these precursor prizes (casting directors, film editors, sound editors and visual effects wizards). It is in the running with the sound editors.

Blade Runner 2049” won with both groups that held awards last weekend: the cinematographers and sound editors. It had previously prevailed with the art directors.

Get Out” chalked
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Peter Travers' Oscar Picks and Predictions for 2018

Peter Travers' Oscar Picks and Predictions for 2018
In what's shaping up as the most exciting and competitive Oscar night in years, Academy voters find themselves faced with making decisions that reflect the startling changes happening in the world we live in. Time's up for actresses playing victims, as warriors take the lead in films that celebrate female strength and independence. A female director – Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) – and a black man – Jordan Peele (Get Out) – find themselves breaking barriers in categories in which they are usually sidelined. The contentious Trump era finds its questionable politics taken to
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Godzilla 2 Trailer, Cast, Every Update You Need To Know

Godzilla: King of the Monsters features almost an entirely new cast compared to the first movie. Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins are reprising their Godzilla roles as Monarch scientists Dr. Ishiro Serizawa and Dr. Vivienne Graham, respectively. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen both aren’t returning for the sequel.

Instead, Vera Farmiga’s Dr. Emma Russell and her family – Kyle Chander’s Mark Russell and Millie Bobby Brown’s Madison Russell – will be the main family, with Bradley Whitford as Dr.
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Best Supporting Actor predictions: Which nominee could beat Sam Rockwell (‘Three Billboards’) at Oscars? [Poll]

Best Supporting Actor predictions: Which nominee could beat Sam Rockwell (‘Three Billboards’) at Oscars? [Poll]
Sam Rockwell is hitting all the major precursors on the way to winning his first Oscar, for playing troubled cop Jason Dixon in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” But the other nominees in Best Supporting Actor could give him a run for his money, as no one is completely out of it just yet. Who do You think could take him down at the 2018 Oscars? Vote in our poll below.

Rockwell has already won the Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Awards for Best Supporting Actor, and he is the predicted frontrunner at the Oscars. There are a few setbacks he could face that could prevent his win, though. To start, he is competing with a co-star in this category, Woody Harrelson. Harrelson is certainly playing the more sympathetic figure in the film and he could easily steal votes away from Rockwell. This leads into the broader point, which
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Updated Academy Award Predictions as final voting opens

As you’re reading this, members of the Academy have been officially voting for the Oscars. Final choices are being made, with contenders having done everything possible to attract votes their way. Now, they’ll just have to wait. Voters have a week to fill out their ballots, with the ceremony a few days after. We’re under two weeks now from the actual Academy Awards ceremony, if you can believe it. Final predictions will be next week, so consider this potentially the penultimate picks below. I may update one more time before then if necessary…we shall see. Instead, it may be a look at a voter’s ballot or something like that. Sit tight. Right now, it feels like a three horse race for Best Picture, with the winner also probably taking Best Original Screenplay as well. All the other major categories are wrapped up, and in Picture,
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Anonymous Oscar Ballot: Publicist Loves ‘Phantom Thread,’ Thinks ‘Darkest Hour’ Is ‘Claustrophobic and Dull’

Anonymous Oscar Ballot: Publicist Loves ‘Phantom Thread,’ Thinks ‘Darkest Hour’ Is ‘Claustrophobic and Dull’
Here’s another in our series of interviews with a swath of Academy voters from different branches for their candid thoughts on what got picked, overlooked, and overvalued this year.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

“Phantom Thread” being nominated was a surprise; it wasn’t predicted as being nominated by anyone. Its wide critical acclaim came too late to be immediately absorbed. So its nomination was due to strong word of mouth and the strength of the reviews that made people want to see it.

Phantom” was brilliantly and inventively constructed and executed, full of surprises, difficult to pin down. It pushed the envelope while retaining traditional elements that can appeal to a wide audience. It deserves to win.

Probably “The Shape of Water” will win, which also has a lot of surprises in it, along with some pulpy elements, which maybe made it more accessible. “The Big Sick
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‘The Shape Of Water’ Featurette: Alexandre Desplat Breaks Down His Oscar Nominated Score [Exclusive]

There are several ingredients that swirl into something truly magical in Guillermo del Toro‘s “The Shape Of Water.” There’s the gallery of strong performances from Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg, the gorgeous production design, the dazzling visual effects, and threading it all together, the wondrous, Oscar nominated score by Alexandre Desplat. The composer, who already has a trophy on his shelf for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” has done it all from monster movie “Godzilla” to Jonathan Glazer‘s intimate “Birth,” and with “The Shape Of Water” he once again displays the tremendous talent that makes him one of the most sought after names in the industry.
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri sweeps up at the 2018 BAFTA Awards

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri sweeps up at the 2018 BAFTA AwardsThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri sweeps up at the 2018 BAFTA AwardsAdriana Floridia2/20/2018 10:53:00 Am

This weekend, the BAFTAs confirmed the tight race between Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Shape of Water.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is the biggest awards ceremony outside of North America, and seeing as Three Billboards is a film with a British director, it makes sense that it swept up here.

Winning major awards including Best Film, Best British Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay, the love for Three Billboards was strong. However, Guillermo Del Toro still grabbed the Best Director prize, and it looks like he will do the same at the Oscars.

A lot of the winners we see here are the ones we've seen before, but the biggest surprise here was Baby Driver's win for Best Film Editing.
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The 2018 Oscars: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race

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The 2018 Oscars: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress raceThe 2018 Oscars: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress raceJenny Bullough and Adriana Floridia2/20/2018 10:05:00 Am

Are you following the awards race and want to enter our Pick the Winners contest, but don't have time to see every nominated performance? We're breaking down the front-runners and underdogs to help you make accurate choices in any Oscar pool! Today we're giving you a rundown of the performances nominated for Best Actress.

The nominees are: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Previous Nominations: Mississippi Burning (Best Supporting Actress), Almost Famous (Best Supporting Actress), North Country (Best Supporting Actress)

Previous Wins: Fargo (Best Actress)

We'll be honestly shocked if anyone other than McDormand takes home the Oscar for this category. Her performance as tough-as-nails Mildred Hayes is the centrepiece of this controversial film, and has already been recognized
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Sally Hawkins Tears Up Thinking About Her Inspiring Mother

Sally Hawkins Tears Up Thinking About Her Inspiring Mother
Just thinking about the impact her mother had on her life is enough to make The Shape of Water star Sally Hawkins get emotional.

“There are a few women who have inspired me, but the woman who has inspired me the most would have to be my own mother and my grandmother,” the actress, who is nominated for a Best Actress Oscar this year, tells People.

“Just talking about mothers makes you cry,” she adds, getting teary eyed. “This is very embarrassing, but yes, I’d have to say my mother.”

Hawkins was nominated for her second Academy Award for
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Mike Leigh at 75: Happy-Go-Lucky

With Mike Leigh turning 75 tomorrow, we'll be looking at a few of his films. Here's Chris Feil

Of Mike Leigh’s many great films, Happy-Go-Lucky is perhaps the one the has grown most in its potency. Though his films reward multiple viewings, here is one that has grown all the more meaningful as the world around us has become increasingly fraught with depressing news; the benefit of positivity is at once essential and ignored. The film is both a character study of its relentlessly gleeful protagonist Poppy, played to perfection by Sally Hawkins, and about how the world works against her optimistic state of being.

The pull to submit to anger and gloom weighs heavy on our times, and an outlook like Poppy’s can seem so very far away indeed.

Ten years on now, Happy-Go-Lucky feels prescient to the dire state of the world, as if we are becoming
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2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘Dunkirk’ wins at 4 of 10, ‘The Shape of Water’ at 3

2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘Dunkirk’ wins at 4 of 10, ‘The Shape of Water’ at 3
Of the nine Oscar nominees for Best Picture, “Dunkirk” is faring best with the guild awards. It has won with four of the 10 to date (casting directors, film editors, sound editors and visual effects wizards). It is in contention at two of the remaining three groups (costume designers, sound mixers) but missed out on any recognition from the makeup artists & hair stylists. Those three guilds will hand out awards during final voting for the Oscars, which kicks off on Feb. 20 for eight days.

While “Dunkirk” racked up nominations from 11 of the 13 guilds (it was also snubbed by the writers), “The Shape of Water” did it one better, with only the Visual Effects Society overlooking this fantasy film in its nominations. It won with three groups to date: the directors, producers and art directors. And it is in contention at all three of the upcoming awards.

Blade Runner 2049” won with
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The 2018 Oscars: Everything you need to know about the Best Supporting races

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The 2018 Oscars: Everything you need to know about the Best Supporting racesThe 2018 Oscars: Everything you need to know about the Best Supporting racesJenny Bullough and Adriana Floridia2/19/2018 10:06:00 Am

Are you following the awards race and want to enter our Pick the Winners contest, but don't have time to see every nominated performance? We're breaking down the front-runners and underdogs to help you make accurate choices in any Oscar pool! Today we're giving you a rundown of the performances nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

Best Supporting Actor Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Previous Nominations: This is his first Oscar nomination

This race looks to be Rockwell's to lose. His performance as the racist loose-cannon Missouri cop Jason Dixon has already netted him the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards, making him a tough contender to beat. What might sway voters is a
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After BAFTAs, are four acting races at Oscars a done deal?

After BAFTAs, are four acting races at Oscars a done deal?
The BAFTA Awards gave Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney yet another chance to practice their Oscar acceptance speeches. Each member of this quartet has taken home every one of the major precursors this awards season. They started their winning ways with the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards in mid January followed by the SAG Awards at the end of last month and now the BAFTAs. No group has pulled off such a sweep since the British academy moved ahead of the Oscars in 2000.

Oldman has been the Best Actor favorite all season long for his transformation into Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” The veteran character actor has only contended at the Oscars once before, losing his 2011 Best Actor bid for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” to Jean Dujardin who headlined the Best Picture champ “The Artist.”

McDormand is riveting as a mother struggling to accept her
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BAFTA Winners + Precursor Consensus = No Surprises on Oscar Night?

by Nathaniel R

Kaluuya wins "Rising Star"With only 13 days left until Oscar, the race in most of the marquee categories is sadly settled. BAFTA, held today in London, cemented the frontrunners honoring the exact same actors as the Critics Choice Awards, SAG, and Golden Globes. It's Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Alison Janney for the Oscars. Engrave the statues now. That's just too much consensus for Oscar to overthrow though we're personally baffled that none of that quartet's strong (and arguably better) competitors managed to put up a fight. What's more it's the first time in history when there's been no variation whatsoever in the prizes despite none of that foursome winning any of the top critics awards (Nyfcc, Lafca, and Nsfc). Usually there's at least one 'we're-doing-our-own-thing' moment within the four categories in the televised precursors. Not this year. What happened to the tough battle we
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Movie Review – The Shape of Water (2017)

The Shape of Water, 2017.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Starring Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nick Searcy, and David Hewlett.

Synopsis:

At a top-secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

The Shape of Water is a classic story: lonely girl meets lonely boy – the two fall in love – girl tries to free boy from evil corporation – boy eats the neighbour’s cat… you know, the usual.

Okay, so The Shape of Water isn’t your usual romance story. Though it does share a somewhat familiar drama/romance story progression, at least as far as its emotional cues are concerned, its style is something rarely (if ever) seen in the genre. A style that is one-hundred-and-ten percent Guillermo del Toro.

As would be expected from the man that created Pan’s Labyrinth,
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