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Recapping the Nominations: Surprises, Lags and Network Power Shifts — Screen Talk, Emmys Edition

20 July 2016 1:58 PM, PDT

Now that we’ve sifted through the Emmy nominations, Anne and Michael discuss the biggest surprises, head-scratching inclusions and the stars that were recognized a year too late. As streaming services continue to claim their share of the overall nods, where does this leave the broadcast networks?

Listen to the full episode above.

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Is Warren Beatty’s Alden Ehrenreich-Starrer ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Too Funny for Oscar?

20 July 2016 6:11 AM, PDT

Warren Beatty is a known entity in Hollywood. He’s a brilliant and controlling writer-director-producer-star who will talk anyone’s ear off. He’s indecisive. He will take as much time as he can get to burnish a movie to glossy perfection. And he’s hell-bent on success. That’s why he’s Warren Beatty.

But he’s less well known to the general moviegoing public.

While he’s consistently brilliant, from “Heaven Can Wait” and “Bonnie and Clyde” to “Dick Tracy,” he’s also known for dramatic box office highs and lows. He’s had amazing successes, such as 1982 classic period romance “Reds,” which won three Oscars (including Beatty’s only win, as Best Director). Over the decades Beatty has been nominated for 14 Oscars, and received the Thalberg Award. But he also starred in such over-budget flops as $90-million “Town and Country” (2001, $6 .7 million domestic), which was “directed by Peter Chelsolm, »

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Emmy Voters Suffer from Awards Lag Syndrome

18 July 2016 3:36 PM, PDT

“You were robbed,” I told Jay Duplass at Amazon Studios’ “Gleason” premiere last week. He was a tad crestfallen about not landing a supporting actor Emmy nomination for his excellent performance as Josh Pfefferman on “Transparent,” until I reminded him how hard it is to get nominated for the first time. There’s often a lag.

Look at “The Americans.” It took four seasons of campaigning and increasingly positive reviews for it to finally land a Best Drama slot this year. The TV Academy turns to the same old popular favorites so often that it’s tough for someone new to break into the ranks.

This year, during the intense campaigning for the Emmy Awards, I realized that my hard-won understanding of how Oscar voters think does not apply to the TV Academy. I felt out of step with some of the Emmy pundits on Gold Derby who were picking »

- Anne Thompson

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Denzel Washington’s ‘Fences’ Lands Oscar-Friendly December Dates

18 July 2016 2:56 PM, PDT

As expected, Paramount has booked the Denzel Washington film version of the Tony-winning 2010 revival of August Wilson’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning drama “Fences” for December 16 limited release in Los Angeles and New York, followed by a national expansion on December 25.

This marks Washington’s third outing as a director, following well-received indie dramas “Antwone Fisher” and “The Great Debaters.” He’s been in the Oscar derby six times as an actor, winning twice, for “Glory” and “Training Day.” And he headlines Antoine Fuqua’s western remake “The Magnificent Seven” this fall.

Produced by Scott Rudin, “Fences” tells the story of retired baseball player Troy Maxson (Tony-winner Washington), who is now a garbage man looking regretfully back on his past while tangling with his wife Rose (Tony-winner Viola Davis). Mykelti Williamson and Russell Hornsby also reprise their stage roles.

Washington wrapped the ’50s-era film in Pittsburgh in June, when Viola Davis tweeted: “It’s a wrap! »

- Anne Thompson

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Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors, Elected Under New Rules

18 July 2016 12:21 PM, PDT

Thanks to new rules, this year’s Academy Board of Governors race was more intense than usual. The Academy’s 17 branches each has three governors on the board; they can serve three consecutive three-year terms. One seat is up for reelection every year. The Board of Governors actually runs the show at the Academy, determining the strategy and mission, and keeping tabs on its financial health.

(The full list of Governors is here.)

This year, the race was opened up to allow any of the 6200-plus Academy members to run for the board. Before, the membership voted for 50% of a nominating committee that selected candidates to present to the Board. This yielded the same favorites over and over again.

Now, members of each branch can pick their own contenders. Academy CEO Dawn Hudson clearly sees the benefit of a more diverse board of Governors. In an email to members announcing »

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