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The ‘Mystery’ of Oscars: Does ‘Call Me by Your Name’ songwriter Sufjan Stevens have a Best Picture advantage?

The ‘Mystery’ of Oscars: Does ‘Call Me by Your Name’ songwriter Sufjan Stevens have a Best Picture advantage?
The current Oscar front-runner for Best Song is “Remember Me” from the Pixar animated film “Coco.” It gets leading odds of 4/9 based on the combined predictions of thousands of users who have made their picks thus far at Gold Derby. However, might we be underestimating Sufjan Stevens‘s “The Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name”? It ranks third with 16/1 odds despite being the only nominated song from a Best Picture contender. In addition to “Remember Me” it’s up against “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” “Mighty River” from “Mudbound” and “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall.” But does a Best Picture nomination usually give songwriters an edge?

In the last 30 years there have been 15 times when there was at least one Best Picture nominee in the race for Best Song. Of those 15 instances, a Best Picture nominee won 8 times:

1988: “Let the River Run” from
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Why the BAFTA and Oscar Best Picture winner could line up for the first time in four years

For the last three years, BAFTA and Oscar have chosen different Best Picture winners, which could be bad news for BAFTA champ “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” But “Three Billboards” is more likely to buck this trend than fall victim to it because of one thing: SAG.

Since the Oscars switched to a preferential ballot for Best Picture eight years ago, BAFTA lined up with Oscar the first five years, both selecting “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “The King’s Speech” (2010), “The Artist” (2011), “Argo” (2012) and “12 Years a Slave” (2013). And then they started deviating: BAFTA went with “Boyhood” (2014), “The Revenant” (2015) and “La La Land” (2016), while Oscar anointed “Birdman” (2014), “Spotlight” (2015) and “Moonlight” (2016).

See 2018 BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ wins 5 including Best Picture, ‘The Shape of Water’ takes 3

The last three BAFTA champs all have one thing in common: They didn’t have SAG in their corner. “Boyhood” was nominated for SAG ensemble, but lost
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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Hulu in March

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Baby, if anyone puts you in a corner, just stream new shows and movies on Hulu. From March 1, you can watch “Dirt Dancing” and its 2004 spin-off “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights” (if they do a live version of the latter, it should star Camila Cabello). Both movies will be available for one month only. You’ll also be able to watch “Young Adult,” “Chicago,” and “Golden Eye.” On March 5, you can watch the 2018 Oscars in case you missed the show on ABC the night before, and Season 9 of “The Real Housewives of New York City.” Also Read: Bradley Whitford...
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NBC’s Jennifer Salke Named Head of Amazon Studios

After a long search process that captivated Hollywood insiders, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke has been named head of Amazon Studios.

Salke will oversee all television and film production for the digital behemoth’s entertainment arm, reporting to Jeff Blackburn, Amazon’s senior VP of business development and digital entertainment. She fills the leadership void that opened in early November when longtime Amazon Studios head Roy Price was forced out amid sexual harassment allegations.

“What stood out about Jen was the deep relationships she has nurtured with creators and talent over her career, spanning NBCU, 20th Century Fox, and Aaron Spelling Productions,” Blackburn said. “She’s built an impeccable reputation as a big leader who emphasizes creativity, collaboration, and teamwork.”

Amazon COO Albert Cheng, who has overseen the studio since Price’s ouster, will report to Salke. Amazon Studios film boss Jason Ropell and Brad Beale, VP of content acquisition, also report
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ABC's "Tgit Crossover": All the Details (So Far)

All the Shondaland worlds will collide on March 1 when ABC's "Thank God It's Thursday" lineup returns after a break for NBC's Winter Olympics.

Firefighter spinoff Station 19 star Jaina Lee Ortiz will make her debut on Grey's Anatomy, while Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder stars will cross over. That ABC would finally cross over its Tgit programs comes as NBC and The CW have found ratings success with multiple-show events featuring Dick Wolf's Law & Order: Svu and Chicago franchises and Greg Berlanti's DC Comics universe. Staging a big #TGITCrossover with #HowToGetAwayWithScandal for the post-Olympics break is a savvy...
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Oscars 2018: Will Best Picture and Best Director line up for the first time since ‘Birdman’?

Oscars 2018: Will Best Picture and Best Director line up for the first time since ‘Birdman’?
It used to be pretty much an Academy Awards norm that the film that won Best Picture also took home the Oscar for Best Director. In recent years that has changed, largely due to the preferential ballot that has been implemented for Best Picture voting. These two categories have split in four of the past five years, with “Birdman” (2014) and its director Alejandro G. Inarritu being the last time they lined up. Currently “The Shape of Water” is in first place to win both categories on Gold Derby’s Oscar charts, so might things get back on track this year?

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

A year ago Damien Chazelle won Best Director for “La La Land” while “Moonlight” took Best Picture, becoming the fourth time this decade that the Oscar split occurred. In 2015 Inarritu won Best Director for “The Revenent” (his second
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Innovative Genre Movies Goose This Year’s Oscar Race

Innovative Genre Movies Goose This Year’s Oscar Race
Will this be one of those rare years when Oscar shows the lowly “genre” film a little love?

Undoubtedly, if only because so many of this year’s best-picture contenders come wrapped in indie-film credibility and are layered with contemporary sensibilities that elevate the films beyond the “genre” label.

Consider “Get Out,” which combines two particularly Oscar-averse genres — horror and comedy. Writer-director Jordan Peele blended them into an awards juggernaut that dives headfirst into one of the biggest hot-button issues of the day: race.

Before we go further, let’s define our terms: While the French word “genre” refers to a way of classifying or categorizing artistic works, the term “genre film” usually stands as a pejorative when thrown around by snobby critics while referring to Westerns, sci-fi films, sports tales, war stories and a few other categories. It’s a way of dismissing a film (“It’s a genre film”) — a fancier way of saying, “Well
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Bill & Susan Hayes to Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at Daytime Emmys

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today proudly announced that Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, stars of television, film and stage and Sid and Marty Krofft, two legendary television producers, will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards this year during the Daytime Emmy® Awards. The Krofft Brothers will be celebrated at the 45th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards which will take place on Friday, April 27th, 2018, while Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes will be celebrated on Sunday, April 29th, 2018 at the 45th Daytime Emmy Awards. Both presentations will take place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Southern California.

“I’ve been star-struck by the dynamic duo of Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes for decades,” said David Michaels, Svp, Daytime Emmy Awards, NATAS. “The scope of their work across the television, film and stage landscape is amazing. Their continuing roles of almost 50 years on Days of our Lives,
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How often do the PGA and DGA Awards go to the same film?

How often do the PGA and DGA Awards go to the same film?
After taking the Producers Guild Award two weeks ago, “The Shape of Water” will attempt to add the Directors Guild Award to its haul for Guillermo del Toro on Saturday. Del Toro is the odds-on favorite, according to our predictions, following his Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice wins. The PGA and DGA are powerful precursors — the PGA champ has gone one to win the Best Picture Oscar 19 out of the previous 28 times and the DGA has only mismatched with the Oscars seven times in its 69-year history — but how often has one film won both on the Oscar trail? And what does that mean for Oscar?

Since the PGA Awards’ inception 28 years ago, PGA and DGA have matched 21 times (this includes the PGA tie between “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity,” the latter of which won DGA). Of these 21, 14 of them have gone on to win both Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.
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Oscars 2018: Every nominee in all 24 categories including ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Get Out,’ ‘Lady Bird’ [Photos]

Oscars 2018: Every nominee in all 24 categories including ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Get Out,’ ‘Lady Bird’ [Photos]
When nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards were announced on Jan. 23, Guillermo del Toro‘s fantastical romance “The Shape of Water” led the way with a lucky 13 bids. Christopher Nolan‘s “Dunkirk” reaped eight nominations while Martin McDonagh‘s character study “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” got seven. All three number Best Picture bids among their nominations and both del Toro and Nolan contend for Best Director. (Tour through our photo gallery above to see the nominees in all 24 competitive categories.)

The other six Best Picture nominees in order of their total nomination count are: six-time contenders “Darkest Hour” and “Phantom Thread”; five-time nominee “Lady Bird”; four-time hopefuls “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out”; and two-timer “The Post.”

Predict the Oscar winners now; change them until March 4

“The Shape of Water” is the 10th film to earn 13 Oscar nominations, following “Gone with the Wind” (1939), “From Here to Eternity
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‘The Shape of Water’: When it comes to Oscar nominations, 13 may be a luckier number than 14

‘The Shape of Water’: When it comes to Oscar nominations, 13 may be a luckier number than 14
We had predicted a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations for Guillermo Del Toro‘s romantic fairy tale “The Shape of Water,” but that poor underprivileged film only received 13, so instead of being the biggest Oscar contender of all time it now has to settle for being one of the top 10 of all time. The one category it missed was Best Visual Effects, but when all is said and done Del Toro and company might end up thanking voters for leaving them out. When it comes to winning Best Picture, you may actually be better off with 13.

There used to be two films tied with the record 14 nominations: “All About Eve” (1950) and “Titanic” (1997). Both won Best Picture for a perfect success rate of 100%. But that changed last year when “La La Land” (2016) was nominated for 14 and was overwhelmingly favored to win the top prize, but lost to “Moonlight” in one of Oscar’s biggest upsets.
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2018 Oscars: Michael Stuhlbarg is the sixth actor to appear in three Best Picture nominees in the same year

2018 Oscars: Michael Stuhlbarg is the sixth actor to appear in three Best Picture nominees in the same year
Michael Stuhlbarg may not have received an Oscar nomination Tuesday, but he did join a very exclusive club: He’s the sixth performer to appear in three Best Picture nominees in the same year and the first to do so in 15 years.

Stuhlbarg had supporting roles in “Call Me by Your Name,” “The Post” and “The Shape of Water” — a third of the nine-nominee Best Picture lineup. The last person to accomplish this feat was John C. Reilly for his 2002 slate of “Chicago,” “Gangs of New York” and “The Hours.” Before Reilly, you have to go all the way back to the ‘30s for the first four instances. They are:

1934: Claudette Colbert, “It Happened One Night,” “Cleopatra” and “Imitation of Life

1935: Charles Laughton, “Mutiny on the Bounty,” “Les Miserables” and “Ruggles of Red Gap

1937: Adolphe Menjou, “One Hundred Men and a Girl,” “Stage Door” and “A Star Is Born

1939: Thomas Mitchell,
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Will ‘Three Billboards’ be the first film to translate all three SAG Awards into Oscar wins?

Will ‘Three Billboards’ be the first film to translate all three SAG Awards into Oscar wins?
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” became the fourth film to win a record three Screen Actors Guild Awards in one night after “American Beauty” (1999), “Chicago” (2002) and “The Help” (2011). Now it’ll try to do what none of the three were able to: convert those wins into three Oscar wins.

All of the previous three films won the cast SAG prize. “American Beauty” bagged lead trophies for Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening, while “Chicago” and “The Help” swept the SAG actress categories for Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, respectively. At the Oscars, each film won an acting award for Spacey, Zeta-Jones and Spencer, and only “American Beauty” and “Chicago” won Best Picture, with “The Help” falling to “The Artist.” Strangely, all three lost Best Actress: Bening to Hilary Swank (“Boys Don’t Cry”), Zellweger to Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”) and Davis to Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady
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How often do the four SAG champs go on to win Oscars?

How often do the four SAG champs go on to win Oscars?
With their wins at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) continue their march toward becoming the first foursome to sweep the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, SAG, BAFTA and Oscar. Their SAG victories are the most important ones of the three groups so far, as the SAGs have a fantastic correlation with the Oscars; SAG has only missed five times in Best Actor, six times in Best Actress, nine times in Best Supporting Actor and seven times in Best Supporting Actress. But despite so much overlap between the individual races, SAG does not go 4-for-4 with Oscar in one season as often as you might think.

Over its 23-year history, SAG has only had a direct match in all four Oscar acting races six times, most recently three years ago. SAG typically goes 3-for-4 with Oscar,
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SAG Awards 2018: Will ‘Three Billboards’ or ‘Lady Bird’ tie the record for the most wins?

SAG Awards 2018: Will ‘Three Billboards’ or ‘Lady Bird’ tie the record for the most wins?
“Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” are the only films nominated in three categories at this weekend’s SAG Awards, so they’re the only films with a chance to join an exclusive club. If one of them wins all three categories, it would be only the fourth film to do so and could also give it a boost as it competes for Best Picture at the Oscars.

The Screen Actors Guild first began handing out awards in 1995 but did not give out the prize for ensemble casts until the following year when “Apollo 13” was the inaugural winner. To date no film has come close to sweeping all six of the film categories: for ensembles and stunt ensembles, lead and supporting actors, and lead and supporting actresses. Currently the record for the most wins is three, held by “American Beauty” (awarded in 2000), “Chicago” (2003), and “The Help” (2012). All
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SAG & PGA Awards: If you win both awards, does that guarantee you Best Picture at the Oscars?

SAG & PGA Awards: If you win both awards, does that guarantee you Best Picture at the Oscars?
In what has been one of the most confusing awards derbies in recent memory, we’re on the eve of what could be a make-or-break weekend in the Oscar race for Best Picture. The Producers Guild Awards will be handed out on Saturday night, January 20, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards follow on Sunday, January 21. Neither award has a perfect track record anticipating the Oscars, but your odds go way up if you win both awards.

The PGA Awards have been around since 1990, and 19 out of their 28 previous winners have gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars (68%). The SAG Awards first gave out a prize for the best ensemble cast in 1996, and 11 out of 22 of their winners have won at the Oscars (50%). But there have been 10 years when the two awards groups agreed on the winner, and eight of those ended up taking the Oscar (80%). The match-ups are
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‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘The Artist’ Best Picture Oscars Currently Missing From the Weinstein Company’s Offices — Report

‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘The Artist’ Best Picture Oscars Currently Missing From the Weinstein Company’s Offices — Report
A new Vanity Fair feature on Harvey Weinstein’s October panic right before investigations guillotined his career includes an engrossing footnote: The Best Picture Oscars won by “The Kings Speech” (2011) and “The Artist” (2012) have reportedly gone missing from the Weinstein Company (TWC)’s Manhattan offices. TWC has not yet responded to IndieWire’s requests for comment. Weinstein produced three additional Best Picture winners (“The English Patient,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “Chicago”).

Read More:The Weinstein Company Is Close to Being Sold for Less Than $500 Million

Weinstein was fired from the mini-major studio he co-founded with his brother, Bob, on October 8, three days after the New York Times published details about eight sexual harassment lawsuits he had settled. The ousting also arrived two days before a New Yorker exposé detailed more allegations against the producer, including three rapes. Several dozen women have now made claims against Weinstein, whose past is now being
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David Oyelowo, Dominic West, Lily Collins to Star in BBC’s ‘Les Misérables’ Miniseries

David Oyelowo, Dominic West, Lily Collins to Star in BBC’s ‘Les Misérables’ Miniseries
David Oyelowo, Dominic West, and Lily Collins have been cast in the lead roles in the upcoming BBC mini-series adaptation of “Les Misérables,” Variety has learned.

Based on Victor Hugo’s iconic literary classic, the story centers on French convict Jean Valjean (West) and his struggles to escape his past while being hunted for years over a parole violation by Inspector Javert (Oyelowo), set against the backdrop of the uprising of 1832. Collins will star as Fantine.

The cast also includes Adeel Akhtar and Olivia Colman as Monsieur and Madame Thénardier, Ellie Bamber as Cosette, Josh O’Connor as Marius, and Erin Kellyman as Éponine.

Oyelowo is a star of stage and screen who has worked extensively in his native Britain. He received critical acclaim for his role in Ava DuVernay’s 2014 film “Selma,” playing Martin Luther King Jr. He has also appeared in the films “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “The Help,” “[link
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The Best Original Screenplay Oscar Winners of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Her’ to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’

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The Best Original Screenplay Oscar Winners of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Her’ to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’
Compare the movies that have won Best Picture at the Academy Awards to those that have taken home Best Original Screenplay and you’ll find that, as often as not, the latter is the more impressive list. Sometimes they overlap, but when they don’t — “Pulp Fiction” and “Forrest Gump,” “Talk to Her” and “Chicago,” “Melvin and Howard” and “Ordinary People” — it almost feels like a tacit admission that the Academy is throwing a bone to the film that’ll be more fondly remembered than the ultimate winner.

It only makes sense, then, that any number of great filmmakers have been honored in this category without ever winning Best Director or Picture: Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze. These wordsmiths are worth celebrating, and these are the best — and worst — of them since 2000.

17. “Crash” (2005)

It likely comes as little surprise that Paul Haggis’ surprise Best Picture winner takes last place on this list,
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‘Overdrive’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Scott Eastwood, Ana de Armas, Freddie Thorp, Gaia Weiss, Simon Abkarian | Written by Michael Brandt, Derek Haas | Directed by Antonio Negret

Andrew and Garrett Foster (Scott Eastwood and Freddie Thorp) are not only exceptional drivers but are also known for being the best car thieves in the world. In Marseille, they steal a rare and priceless Bugatti 1937 from the local mafia boss Jacomo Morier (Simon Abkarian). In exchange for their lives Morier decides to use their talents for his own profit and to get back at his arch rival. Whilst seemingly agreeing to work with Morier the brothers have actually devised a much more daring plan…

Gone in Sixty Seconds meets 2 Fast 2 Furious… that’s probably the best way to describe Overdrive, a French production from Taken director Pierre Morel that feels like a Luc Besson take on That supercar franchise (before it became all about The Rock and
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