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Meryl Streep in ‘Out of Africa’: A look back at her sixth Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Out of Africa’: A look back at her sixth Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 6 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, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 1984, after making three consecutive appearances in Best Actress at the Academy Awards, Meryl Streep was a no-show on nominations morning for her turn opposite Robert De Niro in “Falling in Love.” The odds of a Streep return to the ceremony looked strong, however, in 1985. Two projects were lined up, both awards-caliber on paper.

The first of these two projects landed with a whimper that September. “Plenty,” directed by acclaimed Australian filmmaker Fred Schepisi, with a screenplay by David Hare, cast Streep as an Englishwoman searching for fulfillment in life after serving with the French Resistance in World War II. While the film has its passionate defenders to this day,
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Oscars 2018: Guillermo Del Toro (‘The Shape of Water’) would make history as 4th Latin American writer to win Original Screenplay

Oscars 2018: Guillermo Del Toro (‘The Shape of Water’) would make history as 4th Latin American writer to win Original Screenplay
Guillermo Del Toro is nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (with co-writer Vanessa Taylor) for the fantastical love story “The Shape of Water.” Should Del Toro win for his screenplay he would make history as only the fourth Latin American writer to win an Oscar.

Argentinian scribes Aida Bortnik and Luis Puenzo made history as the first Latin Americans to land a writing nomination when they contended for Best Original Screenplay for “The Official Story” (1985). It would take 17 years before there would be more Latin American nominees: Mexican siblings Alfonso Cuaron and Carlos Cuaron were up for Original Screenplay for “Y Tu Mama Tambien” (2002).

Del Toro received his first Oscar nom for Original Screenplay for “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006), competing against fellow Mexican writer Guillermo Arriaga for “Babel.” But Del Toro’s friend and fellow countryman Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu would beat him to the punch when it came to winning.
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‘A Fantastic Woman,’ ‘A Monster Calls,’ ‘Devil’s Freedom,’ ‘Narcos’ Top 2017 Fénix Awards

‘A Fantastic Woman,’ ‘A Monster Calls,’ ‘Devil’s Freedom,’ ‘Narcos’ Top 2017 Fénix Awards
For a second consecutive year, top honors at Mexico’s Fénix Film Awards were reserved for a Chilean film. Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman,” took home best picture after starting the evening as the heavy favorite, having previously dazzled at festivals like Berlinale, San Sebastián and last month’s Mar del Plata. Lelio also won best director while leading lady Daniela Vega took best actress, her first major award in a budding career.

A Monster Calls,” the most commercially successful film in attendance, earned further critical praise for its aesthetics, collecting trophies for best sound and art design. This was the first year in which audiences voted for an Exhibitors Award, which also went to “A Monster Calls” and its Spanish director J.A. Bayona.

2017 also marked the first time that the Fénix Awards have recognized TV series along with cinema. The winner of both best drama series and acting ensemble was the world-wide mega-hit “Narcos,” while
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‘Phantom Thread’: Everything You Need to Know About Daniel Day-Lewis’ Final Movie

‘Phantom Thread’: Everything You Need to Know About Daniel Day-Lewis’ Final Movie
The Oscar race isn’t over until the last movie screens, and this year one of the final contenders to be unveiled will be “Phantom Thread.” The drama marks the hugely anticipated reunion between Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, who last worked together a decade ago on “There Will Be Blood.” The Upton Sinclair-inspired drama earned eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, and gave Day-Lewis his second trophy for Best Actor (he’d make history and win a third for “Lincoln” five years later), so anyone would be foolish to underestimate just how big “Phantom Thread” will be this awards season.

Focus Features has been keeping a majority of the details surrounding the movie under lock and key, although the official trailer was finally released on October 23, teasing a gorgeously shot drama about the romantic obsessions of a self-destructive artist. “Phantom Thread” seems to operating
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Morelia: Mexico’s Fénix Ibero-American Film Awards Announces Winners and Nominees

Morelia, Mexico — At this year’s 15th Morelia International Film Festival, Cinema23 – a platform dedicated to the promotion of film culture in the 22 countries of Latin America plus Spain, Portugal and those that work closely with them – announced the nominees and winners of three awards to be given on Dec. 6 at Mexico’s Fénix Ibero-American Film Awards, to be held in Mexico City at the Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris.

In addition to press and industry professionals, Monday’s press conference at the Nespresso Atelier was attended by Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel, vice president of Mexico’s Morelia Festival; Rodrigo Peñafiel, president of the Fénix Awards; Miguel Mier, Global COO of Cinépolis; and Ernesto Contreras, filmmaker and president-elect of the Mexican Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Amacc).

Nominations for this year’s awards were pre-selected from a pool of 800 titles.

A committee of critics, programmers, festival directors and film academics were in charge of the
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Tiff Audience Award goes to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Yesterday afternoon, the Toronto International Film Festival announced their award winners. Notably, the Audience Award, which is the top prize at Tiff, went to Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The runner ups were, perhaps surprisingly, Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, as well as Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. The win for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was slightly surprising, though the word out of Toronto has been incredibly positive. After taking a prize recently at the Venice Film Festival for Screenplay, it’s currently the most awarded contender of the year so far. If nothing else, that’s a nice head start for a movie such as this one. Looking specifically at the Audience Award and thinking in terms of its history, this is a somewhat reliable indicator of prestige. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri now joins a group that has five prior Best Picture winners,
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Antonio Banderas will star as Lamborghini creator in biopic alongside Alec Baldwin as Enzo Ferrari

Antonia Banderas has signed on for the lead role in the upcoming biopic on Ferruccio Lamborghini, creator of the famous car. Alec Baldwin, meanwhile, will star as Lamborghini’s business rival, Enzo Ferrari. The Merchant of Venice‘s Michael Radford will direct the film from a script by Million Dollar Baby’s Bobby Moresco under the working title Lamborghini – The Legend.

The film will cover the life of the famous entrepreneur, from his beginnings manufacturing tractors to military vehicles to the sports car with an eye for how his business helped Italy in the post-war years. The film is based on the biography Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale (The Official Story) written by Lamborghini’s son, Tonino Lamborghini. It will be produced by the Ambi Group’s Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi.

“The life and story of Ferruccio Lamborghini is potently epic in so many ways,” said Iervolino. “”he screenplay
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Antonio Banderas Set to Star in Lamborghini Biopic Alongside Alec Baldwin

Antonio Banderas is set to star in the Lamborghini biopic currently being developed by director Michael Radford (The Merchant of Venice, The Postman). Banderas will take on the role of Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the famous car and he will star alongside Alec Baldwin, who plays his rival Enzo Ferrari.

The film is based on the biography Ferruccio Lamborghini: La storia ufficiale (The official story), which was written by his son Tonino Lamborghini. Here are some story details that were shared in the press release:

The Lamborghini biopic spans the long life of the iconic entrepreneur, from the manufacturing of tractors (Lamborghini Tractors) at the start of his career, to creating military vehicles during World War II, and then on to designing and building the Lamborghini cars that ultimately defined his profound legacy.The film aims to tell an extraordinary multi-layered story of a man who helped an entire
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Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin to play Lamborghini & Ferrari in new biopic

The Lamborghini biopic from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Media Group, has landed Antonio Banderas for the starring role of Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the famous car that bears his name, with Alec Baldwin co-starring as rival Enzo Ferrari. Academy Award® nominee Michael Radford (The Merchant of Venice, The Postman) has signed on to direct the movie.

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group optioned the rights to “Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale (The official story)”, the biography written by his son Tonino Lamborghini, and are financing and producing a high octane feature biopic on Lamborghini’s extraordinary life. They tapped Academy Award® winning writer/director/producer Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby, The Black Donnellys) to write the screenplay for the film.

Ambi Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the Ambi Group, is handling global sales and will introduce the packaged project to buyers in Cannes.
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Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin Team for Lamborghini Biopic

Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin will star in a Ferruccio Lamborghini biopic directed by Michael Radford, the Oscar nominated director of Il Postino. The project will be introduced to prospective buyers in Cannes next week and is backed by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's Ambi Media Group. Ambi secured the rights to Ferruccio Lamborghini La storia ufficiale (The official story) the biography by Lamborghini's son, Tonio Lamborghini 2 years ago, so the story will have the official stamp of approval from the Lamborghini family. The screenplay is set to be written by Oscar winning director/writer Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby).

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Antonio Banderas will portray Lamborghini and Alec Baldwin with portray his rival, Enzo Ferrari. The movie will look at the life of Lamborghini from his early days building tractors, creating military vehicles in World War II, and finally his designing and building of the iconic Lamborghini.
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Antonio Banderas, Alec Baldwin sign on to Lamborghini project

Ambi Distribution to launch sales in Cannes.

Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin have signed on to star in the Lamborghini biopic from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Media Group.

Ambi Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the Ambi Group, is handling global sales and will introduce the project to buyers in Cannes.

The film has a working title of Lamborghini – The Legend and tells a multi-layered story of a man who helped Italy get back on its feet after the horrors of the Second World War, designing a car that revolutionised the global automotive industry and injected lustre to the country at a pivotal juncture.

Banderas will star as Ferruccio Lamborghini, while Alec Baldwin will co-star as rival Enzo Ferrari.

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group optioned the rights to Ferruccio Lamborghini. La Storia Ufficiale (The Official Story) – the biography written by Ferruccio’s son Tonino Lamborghini – and are financing and producing the project
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Antonio Banderas, Alec Baldwin to Star as Lamborghini and Ferrari in New Movie

Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin are set to star in a Lamborghini biopic, coming from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Media Group. Banderas will star as Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the famous luxury car. Baldwin will play his rival Enzo Ferrari. Academy Award nominee Michael Radford (“The Merchant of Venice,” “The Postman”) will direct the film, based on the book “Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale (The official story),” by the car founder’s son Tonino Lamborghini. Also Read: 'SNL': Baldwin's Trump Calls 'Morning Joe' As Publicist 'John Miller' (Video) Ambi’S Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi,
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Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin to Play Lamborghini and Ferrari in Biopic

Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin to Play Lamborghini and Ferrari in Biopic
Ambi Media Group has signed Antonio Banderas for the starring role of auto magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini in its untitled biopic, with Alec Baldwin co-starring as rival Enzo Ferrari.

Michael Radford (“The Merchant of Venice,” “The Postman”) will direct the movie from a script by Bobby Moresco (“Crash,” “Million Dollar Baby”).

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group launched development in 2015 by optioning movie rights to “Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale” (The official story), written by his son Tonino Lamborghini. Ambi Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the Ambi Group, is handling global sales and will introduce the packaged project to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Ambi plans to shoot “Lamborghini” in Italy, as well as other locations around the world. The film has a working title of “Lamborghini – The Legend.”

Tonino Lamborghini said, “My book ‘Ferruccio Lamborghini.
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Cannes: Antonio Banderas, Alec Baldwin to Star in Lamborghini Biopic

Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin will star in a Lamborghini biopic that Michael Radford, the Oscar-nominated director of Il Postino, will direct.

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's Ambi Media Group is producing and financing the project, which will be introduced to buyers in Cannes.

Crash scribe Bobby Moresco is writing the script based on Ferruccio Lamborghini: La storia ufficiale (The official story), the biography written by his son, Tonino Lamborghini. The biopic has a working title of Lamborghini — The Legend.

Banderas will play Lamborghini, while Baldwin will portray his rival, Enzo Ferrari.

By optioning the book, Ambi has the backing...
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How Often Do Foreign-Language Films Score Screenwriting Oscar Nominations Or Wins?

Toni Erdmann’ (Courtesy: Tiff)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

It’s not too often that foreign-language films get recognized for anything at the Oscars beyond the best foreign-language film category — but it does happen. And, believe it or not, it happens more for best original screenplay and best adapted screenplay than many other categories. A prime example of that is Toni Erdmann, Germany’s submission this year that is proving to be a cross-category threat, which could score a nomination — or a win — for its writing.

The story of Toni Erdmann — which has a solid Rotten Tomatoes score of 91% — follows a father who is trying to reconnect with his adult daughter after the death of his dog. It sounds simple enough but, of course, the two couldn’t be more unalike. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and where it won the Fipresci Prize. Since then, it
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Puenzos Power Up ‘Argenshow,’ Animation Hybrid ‘Last Wish,’ New TV Dramas, as ‘Unseen’ Bows at Ventana Sur (Exclusive)

Puenzos Power Up ‘Argenshow,’ Animation Hybrid ‘Last Wish,’ New TV Dramas, as ‘Unseen’ Bows at Ventana Sur (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires — Historias Cinematograficas, the family production house boasting the talents of Academy Award winning Luis Puenzo (“The Official Story,” “Old Gringo”) and Lucia Puenzo (“Xxy,” “The German Doctor), plus Nicolas and Esteban Puenzo, has set a 2016-17 production-development slate which must rank as one of the largest of any independent family business in Latin America.

Confirmed in the run-up to Ventana Sur, and presented a few weeks back behind closed doors at Los Cabos, the line-up is bulking, heterogenous, and ambitious. It also represents the latest projects from one of the few companies in Argentina capable of making films which gross seven-figure box office outside Argentina.

Slate takes in Lucia Puenzo’s French-language debut “Bluebeard,” brothers Esteban and Nicolas Puenzo’s feature debuts, two movie projects from Luis Puenzo – one a animated-live action feature, another a historical epic – and two potentially notable TV drama series.

However ranging, the slate
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International Industry Elite Heads for Los Cabos (Exclusive)

International Industry Elite Heads for Los Cabos (Exclusive)
CAA’s Micah Green and Roeg Sutherland, Im Global’s Stuart Ford and Wild Bunch-InsidersVincent Maraval and, straddling the Mexico-Los Angeles axis, Fabrica de Cine’s Gaston Pavlovich and Ag Studios’ Alex Garcia, are all confirmed for the inaugural Los Cabos Festival Meet-Mart, the Mexican festival’s first official market.

Bloom’s Alex Walton, Good Universe’s Helen Lee-Kim, Imr International’s Kimberly Fox, Gaumont’s Cecile Gaget and Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier are also firmed up, among sales agents. Of digital platforms, Netflix’s Matt Brodlie and Amazon StudiosMichael Chong will also roll into Los Cabos.

Running Nov. 9-13 and also hosting the inaugural Los Cabos Film Investor Summit, produced by Winston Baker, the 5th Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival looks to have come of age in 2016.

It welcomes, all in, about 400 market delegates, up from about 300 in 2016. “It is a historic year for us.
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“La La Land” takes the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival

Yesterday, the Toronto International Film Festival gave out its awards for 2016, with Damien Chazelle’s La La Land taking the top prize. That distinction, the People’s Choice prize, also known as the Audience Award, puts it into some very strong company (for those wondering, the first runner up was Lion, while the second runner up was Queen Of Katwe). The original musical, which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has been winning over viewers for a few weeks now, starting out at the Venice Film Festival, continuing at the Telluride Film Festival, and now charming everyone at Toronto. At this point, it was already considered the frontrunner in Best Picture, but now, one can say it with more distinction. Frankly, it’s hard not to consider this the one to beat right now. In terms of this particular award and its history, this is a somewhat reliable indicator of prestige.
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On Mubi Off #5: "The Official Story" & "Spotlight"

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On Mubi Off is a column exploring two films: one currently available on Mubi in the United States, and the other screening offsite (in theaters, on VOD, Blu-ray/DVD, etc).On MUBIThe Official Story (Luis Puenzo, 1985)My instinct to stand, whenever possible, slightly outside the zeitgeist leads me to look askew at things like the Academy Awards. To my mind, they're a good excuse to have a party (heavily attended, so I can pay that much less attention to the ceremony itself), though I realize they have a certain fleeting cachet that can boost the prospects of a film or a career. As a metric of quality, however, they're about as worthless as any mass-consensus accolade. I love Oscar-feted films like The Silence of the Lambs and Schindler's List—to name two stopped-clock cases where AMPAS's tastes corresponded to my own—despite and not because of the number of nude
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Berlin: Lucia Puenzo Preps French-Language Drama ‘Barbe Bleue’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: Lucia Puenzo Preps French-Language Drama ‘Barbe Bleue’ (Exclusive)
Argentina’s Lucia Puenzo, one of Latin America’s most notable distaff directors, will make her French-language helming debut with “Barbe Bleue.” Pic is inspired by Amelie Nothomb’s 2012 novel and set in a modern-day Paris.

Written by Puenzo and Sergio Bizzi, “Barbe Bleue” is produced by Luis and Lucia Puenzo at Argentina’s Historias Cinematograficas, and Francis Boespflug and Stephane Parthenay at Paris-based Pyramide Prods.

Barbe Bleue” centers on the growing attraction of Severine, who restores paintings at the Louvre, with Elemerio, who rents her a suspiciously cheap room in a luxurious Paris mansion. She falls under his spell when he offers her the chance to restore Waterhouse’s “Hylas and the Nymphs,” which he’s stolen. They become lovers, but she also investigates, “like a detective in her own horror film,” per Luis Puenzo, the fates of other young women who once lived in the mansion.

“I want
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