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13 Oscar Records That Could Be Broken Sunday, From ‘La La Land’ to Denzel

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Anybody who wins an Academy Award is bound to think of it as a historic night, but there’s also some real history that could be made on Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre. Here are a baker’s dozen landmarks that could happen at the 89th Oscars show. 1. If Damien Chazelle wins for directing “La La Land,” he’ll become the youngest Best Director winner in Oscar history. On February 26, Chazelle will be 32 years and 38 days old. The current record holder as the youngest Best Director winner ever is Norman Taurog, who won for “Skippy” at the age of »

- Steve Pond

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Academy Rescinds Sound Mixing Oscar Nomination for Violation of Campaign Regulations

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy announced on Saturday, the day before Oscar Sunday, that Greg P. Russell’s sound mixing nomination for “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” has been revoked for “violation of Academy campaign regulations.” Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth remain sound mixing nominees for the film.

“The decision was prompted by the discovery that Russell had called his fellow members of the Sound Branch during the nominations phase to make them aware of his work on the film, in direct violation of a campaign regulation that prohibits telephone lobbying,” the release said.


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“The Board of Governors’ decision to rescind Mr. Russell’s nomination was made after careful consideration,” Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. “The Academy takes very seriously the Oscars voting process and anything – no matter how well-intentioned – that may undermine the integrity of that process. »

- Seth Kelley

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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Dominates Friday With $10.8 Million

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Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” continued its strong box office opening run on Friday, earning $10.8 million at 2,781 locations. Its weekend total is now estimated at $28.5 million, and it should easily win the weekend.

The same, however, can not be said for Lionsgate Premiere’s “Rock Dog” and Open Road’s “Collide.” The former made $888,000 on Friday from 2,077 theaters, bringing its weekend estimate to $3.5 million, while the latter made $538,000 from 2,045 locations and is eyeing a $1.5 million opening weekend.


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Get Out,” from Universal and Blumhouse, is the feature directorial debut for Peele, who is best known for the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele.” The horror-thriller, about an interracial couple who visit the girlfriend’s white parents at their mysterious and threatening estate, stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford. Like several of Blumhouse’s »

- Seth Kelley

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2017 Independent Spirit Awards: The Best Things Jeff Nichols, Kirsten Johnson, Matt Ross and More Told Us From the Blue Carpet

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In the annual cluster of late-season awards shows, the Film Independent Spirit Awards always ends up as a unique gathering. With a clear view of the water from the beach in Santa Monica, there’s definitely a more relaxed air, even as the general awards festivities near their fever pitch.

With that in mind, the Independent Spirits arrivals, on an infamous blue carpet, become a more jaunty affair. More of a big late-morning chat than a twilight press blitz, it gives the filmmakers and performers a chance to share some light-hearted thoughts that other pre-show traditions might not afford.

Read More: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Full Winners List — Updating Live

So, here, as per annual tradition, here are our favorite dispatches from “the blue carpet,” the best things said to IndieWire before this year’s Indie Spirits.

Ira Sachs, director of “Little Men

“There’s a sense of affirmation that the struggle was received appreciatively. »

- Steve Greene

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Natalie Portman Will Not Attend Oscars, Spirit Awards Due to Pregnancy

9 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Natalie Portman will miss the 2017 Oscars on Sunday and the Spirit Awards the day prior because of her pregnancy, according to a statement acquired by Variety.

“Due to my pregnancy, I am unable to attend the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards,” Portman wrote. “I feel so lucky to be honored among my fellow nominees and wish them the most beautiful of weekends.”

Portman is nominated for best female lead at the Spirit Awards for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in Pablo Larrain’s “Jackie.” The film is also up for best feature and editing. The same role, which has earned the actress rave reviews, also earned Portman a nomination for best actress at the Oscars. “Jackie” is also nominated for score and costume design.

Jackie” is Portman’s third Oscar nomination. She won the best actress award in »

- Seth Kelley

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Razzie Awards: 'Batman v Superman,' 'Hillary's America' Top Winners

14 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice dominated the 37th annual satirical awards show. The two films combined to "win" in every category except for worst supporting actress, which went to Kristen Wiig for her botoxed fashionista character in Zoolander No. 2.

Director Dinesh D'Souza's anti-Hillary Clinton film took home four Razzies, including worst picture, beating out Batman v Superman, Gods of Egypt, Bad Grandpa, Zoolander No. 2 and Independence Day: Resurgence. D'Souza also earned himself personal honors for worst director and worst actor - D'Souza played himself in the film. D'Souza was a good sport about his "win", »

- Kimberly Nordyke ,Patrick Shanley

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Animation Maestro Hayao Miyazaki Back at Work on Feature (Reports)

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The Japanese media has reported a comment by veteran Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki that studio maestro Hayao Miyazaki is working on a new feature.

Suzuki spoke at an event in Los Angeles on Friday for the Michael Dudok de Wit Oscar-nominated animation “The Red Turtle,” on which Ghibli was a production partner. Suzuki said that Miyazaki is “hard at work” on the film, plunging in without a written script.

The 76-year-old Miyazaki officially announced his retirement in September of 2014, but when the studio became involved in the production of “The Red Turtle,” Suzuki noted, “He didn’t like it that someone else was making a film at Ghibli.” He started working on a proposal for a new feature that he presented to Suzuki last July. The film may be a longer version of “Boro the Caterpillar,” a CGI animated short that Miyazaki was making for screenings at the Ghibli museum in Tokyo, »

- Mark Schilling

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The Devil Won’t Wear Chanel: Meryl Streep Rips Karl Lagerfeld for ‘Lie’ About Oscar Dress

2 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Karl Lagerfeld should know better than to mess with Miranda Priestly. Academy Award winner Meryl Streep issued a blistering statement regarding a dust-up with the Chanel designer — in which he accused the “Florence Foster Jenkins” star of allegedly turning down a couture gown because she would not receive a fee to wear it at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony. “Karl Lagerfeld, a prominent designer, defamed me, my stylist, and the illustrious designer whose dress I chose to wear, in an important industry publication,” Streep said through a spokesperson on Saturday night. Also Read: Barbara Boxer on Hollywood Elites: Meryl Streep Didn't Fail, »

- Matt Donnelly

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Spirit Awards: ‘Moonlight’ Dominates En Route to the Oscars

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Four of the last five Film Independent Spirit Award winners for best feature have gone on to secure the best picture Oscar. But that wasn’t always the status quo. Rather, it’s indicative of the Academy Awards’ slow evolution into something resembling the Spirits.

The last best feature Spirit winner to sit out the Oscars’ top race was “The Wrestler” in 2008, which was notably the last time the Academy’s best picture field was limited to five nominees. Since that shift, every Spirit champ has also been Oscar-nominated for best picture (some fudged in thanks to softly governed budgetary limitations).

Why? You have to go back to that very critical Academy decision eight years ago, expanding the best picture field first to 10 nominees, then to anywhere from five to 10 depending on how Byzantine math unfolds. It was a move meant to open the door to popular films, but instead »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Inside the Spirit Awards 2017: 13 Things You Didn’t See on TV, From Matt Damon to Jon Hamm

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Moonlight” was the big winner Saturday at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney hosting the most casual awards shows on the calendar in a beachfront tent in Santa Monica. Although the show was telecast on IFC, those watching missed some action that only those attending the ceremony were privy to. Lucky for you, TheWrap was there for the fun. Here are some things seen and heard: 1:13p.m. While the pre-show action is outside the tent, the early faces inside are “Hell or High Water” writer Taylor Sheridan, the Fox Searchlight team, IMDb founder Col Needham, »

- Mikey Glazer

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‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake: Maren Ade Praises Jack Nicholson, Says She Will ‘Definitely Not Be Involved’

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After winning a Spirit Award for best international film, “Toni Erdmann” director Maren Ade stepped into the backstage press tent where the media was interested in asking her one question in particular: What does she think of the news that her film is set to be remade with Jack Nicholson touted to play a central role?

“It’s a bit funny because I always had the feeling that it was a movie that could be remade,” she said. “When we were shooting it was one of my favorite jokes to say, ‘It doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect, it will be done better in the remake,'” Ade said.


Spirit Awards: ‘Moonlight’ Wins Best Feature Film Award

When asked if she would be a part of the remake, Ade dismissed rumors that she would be involved.

“That was a wrong announcement maybe, or it was misunderstood, I will definitely not be involved, »

- Will Thorne

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Isabelle Who…ppert? A Beginner’s Guide to the Oscar-Nominated ‘Elle’ Actress

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“Isabelle who…?” It’s a question I’ve gotten more times than I’d care to count this Oscar season, as audiences discover the fearless star of Paul Verhoeven’s subversive French thriller “Elle” — who just added an Independent Spirit Award to the collection of accolades the role has earned. Still, it’s nothing to be ashamed of, if you count yourself among the cinephiles who are only now learning Mme Huppert’s name (pronounced “Hoo-pair”).

Just yesterday, the French film academy honored Huppert with her second César award — but even her compatriots are late to the party. She’s been nominated 16 times, but France takes the provocative — and extremely prolific — actress for granted. After all, she’s never not acting, whether it’s on stage (from “Medea” to “The Maids”) or screen (at a rate of two or three movies a year). When French audiences see “Elle,” in which »

- Peter Debruge

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Trump Called ‘Scared Little B-tch’ for Skipping White House Correspondents Dinner

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Donald Trump’s midday tweet Saturday announcing that he will not be attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner sent social media into a feeding frenzy, calling the media-bashing Potus everything from an orange chicken to a “scared little b-tch.” In recent years, the so-called “nerd prom” — a star-filled charity benefit for journalism scholarships — has become a showcase and lightning rod for pointed political satire with a rotating line-up of comedian hosts. The event is known for celebs playfully poking fun at the sitting Potus, who has always taken the jokes in stride and then ribbed right back. »

- Rosemary Rossi

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Casey Affleck Slams Trump Administration’s ‘Abhorrent’ Policies in Spirit Awards Speech

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During what was a mostly apolitical ceremony — especially when compared with those of the awards season so far — Casey Affleck took his moment at the Spirit Awards podium to call out the Trump administrations’ “abhorrent” policies.

Affleck won best lead actor at the independent film awards on Saturday for his role in “Manchester by the Sea.”

After Affleck grabbed his trophy and gave initial thanks, he expressed some hesitation about saying anything political.


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“Now I’m going to do something that I know I shouldn’t do,” he said, sounding trepidatious. “I should just whisper it in the bathroom, and I have whispered it to myself in the bathroom.”

Then he resolved, “But I feel like increasingly my kids don’t listen to me unless it’s something I say on TV.”

And, with that, Affleck took aim at the White »

- Seth Kelley

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‘Moonlight’ Shines at Spirit Awards, But Could Oscars Be as Bright?

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Spirit Awards voters did their part for “Moonlight.” Will Oscar voters do the same? By giving Barry Jenkins’ acclaimed drama its best feature award, along with five other honors, the Film Independent Spirit Awards once again gave its top prize to the nominee most likely to win the Academy Award for Best Picture at a slightly bigger ceremony that takes place the day after the Spirits. Four times in the last five years, including the last three in a row, that’s exactly what happened: “The Artist” won the Spirit Award and the Oscar on back-to-back days in 2012, and then »

- Steve Pond

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Spirit Awards: A 'Moonlight' Love-In Becomes a Trump Rebuke

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Moonlight was extravagantly and emotionally applauded and President Trump was excoriated at the 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards, which were held Saturday afternoon in a beachside tent in Santa Monica.

Barry JenkinsMoonlight, which sympathetically portrays a marginal figure — a young, gay, black man growing up in a Miami housing project — was named best film and took all the awards for which it was nominated: Jenkins was heralded as best director, and, along with playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, also picked up the best screenplay award; best cinematography went to James Laxton, who said to Jenkins, “Thank »

- Gregg Kilday

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Spirit Awards: 'American Honey' Shut Out

5 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

As Moonlight shined bright at the Spirit Awards — sweeping the evening with six wins — American Honey was overshadowed.

The two films had led the race with six nominations apiece. American Honey's nominations included best feature, director, screenplay, cinematography and editing — all of which were won by Moonlight.

In the acting categories, newcomer Sasha Lane and Riley Keough were nominated for best actress and supporting actress, which were won by Elle's Isabelle Huppert and Other People's Molly Shannon, respectively.

Shia Labeouf was also nominated for best supporting actor, which was won by Hell or High Water's Ben Foster.

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- Ashley Lee

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