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‘Shape of Water’ Poised to Lead Oscar Nominations: Final Predictions in All Categories

‘Shape of Water’ Poised to Lead Oscar Nominations: Final Predictions in All Categories
On Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will unveil nominations for the 90th annual Oscars. It’s been a season marked, refreshingly, by a lack of frontrunners in most major categories. Combined with an extended phase two this year (thanks to the Winter Olympics), it ought to make for a spirited sprint to the finish line after the races are firmed up next week.

Here are In Contention’s final predictions for nominations in all 24 Oscar categories.

Best Picture

Call Me by Your Name

Emilie Georges, Luca Guadagnino, Marco Morabito, Peter SpearsDunkirk

Emma Thomas, Christopher NolanThe Florida Project

Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching TsouGet Out

Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm, Jordan Peele “Lady Bird”

Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill, Scott RudinThe Post

Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko KriegerThe Shape of Water

J. Miles Dale, Guillermo del Toro “Three
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USC Scripter Award Nominees Include ‘Logan,’ ‘Mindhunter’ and Margaret Atwood, Twice

USC Scripter Award Nominees Include ‘Logan,’ ‘Mindhunter’ and Margaret Atwood, Twice
The jury vote for the 30th USC Libraries Scripter Award nominees was so close that two ties resulted for the film and television categories. Due to a three-way tie in the nomination round, the writers of seven films and the works on which the films are based will compete for the honors this year.

The winner of the Scripter Award often goes on to other honors, including the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Winners in recent years include “Moonlight,” “The Big Short,” “The Imitation Game,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Argo,” which all won the Oscar in that category.

The finalist writers for film adaptation are, in alphabetical order by film title:

Author André Aciman and screenwriter James Ivory for “Call Me By Your Name” Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber for “The Disaster Artist” and authors Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell for their nonfiction book “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside ‘The Room,
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USC Scripter Award Nominees Include ‘Logan,’ ‘Mindhunter’ and Margaret Atwood, Twice

USC Scripter Award Nominees Include ‘Logan,’ ‘Mindhunter’ and Margaret Atwood, Twice
The jury vote for the 30th USC Libraries Scripter Award nominees was so close that two ties resulted for the film and television categories. Due to a three-way tie in the nomination round, the writers of seven films and the works on which the films are based will compete for the honors this year.

The winner of the Scripter Award often goes on to other honors, including the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Winners in recent years include “Moonlight,” “The Big Short,” “The Imitation Game,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Argo,” which all won the Oscar in that category.

The finalist writers for film adaptation are, in alphabetical order by film title:

Author André Aciman and screenwriter James Ivory for “Call Me By Your Name” Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber for “The Disaster Artist” and authors Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell for their nonfiction book “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside ‘The Room,
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DGA Feature Film Nominations Revealed

DGA Feature Film Nominations Revealed
The Directors Guild of America has nominated Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Martin McDonaugh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) for its top feature film award.

The DGA also nominated Peele on Thursday for its first-time director award along with Geremy Jasper (“Patti Cake$”), William Oldroyd (“Lady Macbeth”), Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River”) and Aaron Sorkin (“Molly’s Game”).

It was the fourth DGA nomination for Nolan, who had previously been nominated for “Inception,” “Memento” and “The Dark Knight.”

Gerwig is the eighth woman to have received a DGA feature film nomination, joining Lina Wertmuller (“Seven Beauties”), Randa Haines (“Children of a Lesser God”), Barbra Streisand (“The Prince of Tides”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”), Valerie Faris (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Kathryn Bigelow, who’s been nominated twice. Bigelow won the award for 2009’s “The Hurt Locker” and was nominated for “Zero Dark Thirty
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Win Passes To The St. Louis Screening Of Hostiles Starring Christian Bale

Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche and vicious outliers that they encounter along the way. Hostiles is directed by Scott Cooper (Black Mass, Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) and produced by John Lesher (Black Mass, Birdman, Fury) and Ken Kao (The Nice Guys, Knight of Cups). The film stars: Christian Bale (The Big Short, American Hustle, The Dark Knight) Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Jack Reacher), Wes Studi (Avatar, Heat, Geronimo), Adam Beach (Suicide Squad,
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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Reunite to Celebrate Daughter Seraphina's Birthday Together

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Reunite to Celebrate Daughter Seraphina's Birthday Together
It was a family affair for the Affleck-Garner brood this weekend.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner came together to celebrate daughter Seraphina’s 9th birthday party on Saturday at their L.A. home, a source tells People.

“It was a small celebration,” says the source. “Ben was there too. Seraphina had friends over for cake. She got a lot of gifts.”

Despite their split, the stars have remained amicable and continue to co-parent their kids, Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 5. Affleck and Garner, both 45, separated in 2015 and filed for divorce this April.

In addition to spending Christmas Day together as a family,
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Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus Spend Quality Time Together on Sweet Shopping Trip

Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus Spend Quality Time Together on Sweet Shopping Trip
Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are still going strong!

On Friday, the happy couple shared some quality time together as they went on a low-key shopping trip in Los Angeles.

The Saturday Night Live producer, 37, kept things casual in a grey shirt and beige flats while the 45-year-old actor wore a black leather jacket and dark jeans.

The pair were all smiles as they debated purchasing several pairs of shoes.

The two, who first stepped out publicly as a couple in July, are now sharing a New York City apartment when the actor is in town. The Justice League star
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Producers Guild Awards: ‘Get Out,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ Among Film Nominees

Producers Guild Awards: ‘Get Out,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ Among Film Nominees
“The Big Sick,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “I, Tonya,” “Lady Bird,” “Molly’s Game,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and “Wonder Woman” have been nominated for the Producers Guild of America’s top movie award.

Awards contenders “The Beguiled,” “The Florida Project,” “Logan,” “Mudbound,” “Phantom Thread,” and “The Disaster Artist” were overlooked by voters for the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award. The winner will be announced on Jan. 20 at the guild’s 29th annual awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Due to a tie in voting among the 8,200 PGA members, there are 11 nominees for the Zanuck award for the first time.

“The Shape of Water” has emerged as a front-runner during the current awards season with a leading seven nominations at Sunday’s Golden Globes, followed by “The Post” and “Three Billboards” with six each. “Three Billboards
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Oscars: ‘Get Out,’ Gary Oldman, Sally Hawkins Lead Critical Kudos Circuit

Oscars: ‘Get Out,’ Gary Oldman, Sally Hawkins Lead Critical Kudos Circuit
According to the regional film critics awards circuit, Jordan Peele’s horror satire “Get Out” is the best film of 2017.

With 33 groups (and climbing) having declared superlatives for the year, Universal’s February release — one of the most popular films of the season — has claimed 10 best-picture honors so far, from groups in Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Diego and Washington D.C., among other cities. A few paces back is Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” with five top-honor laurels.

What’s striking about this year’s race is that 11 different pictures have received best-film recognition so far. When all was said and done last year, only six films had been singled out (with “La La Land” and “Moonlight” neck and neck — all the way to the finish line and beyond, it would turn out). Other movies to be named the year’s best by national and international critics groups include “Call Me by Your Name,” “[link
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First Look At Bumblebee

Photo Credit: Jaimie Trueblood © 2018 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved. Hasbro, Transformers, and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro. © 2018 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

Here’s a first look at Hailee Steinfeld in Bumblebee, from Paramount Pictures.

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow Vw bug.

Bumblebee is produced by “Transformers” franchise veterans Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Michael Bay, along withexecutive producers Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. Chris Brigham (“Argo,” “Inception”) will also executive produce. The screenplay is written by Christina Hodson (“Unforgettable”).

Directed by Travis Knight (“Kubo And The Two Strings,” “Coraline”), the film stars Hailee Steinfeld (“Edge Of Seventeen”), Pamela Adlon (“Better Things,
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Movie Review: Band Aid

Making a movie is incredibly hard work. First, you should have a good script to work with. Then, you must find a director who can take the words off the page and somehow translate them to the visual media. Finally, you must find actors who can connect to the written words on the page and understand the director’s vision. There are, of course, thousands of other things that also must go right, but the point is that the writing process is a difficult one, directing the writer’s vision of the story is challenging, and portraying the characters to get the most out of a story isn’t easy. When you must handle all three of those things, as does Zoe Lister-Jones in her film Band Aid, and it comes out as strong as it does, you deserve to be applauded for it.

Lately, we’ve seen some writing
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Win Advance Passes to See Hostiles

Enter here for your chance to win a pair of passes to an advance screening of the new film, Hostiles, starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike.

For your chance to receive a pair of complimentary passes to see the new film Hostiles at the AMC Livonia Theater on Tuesday, January 4th at 7:00Pm, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry because there are a limited number of passes available and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

About The Film

Hostiles: Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals
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Ben Affleck Spends Christmas with Ex Jennifer Garner and Kids as He Continues Treatment

Ben Affleck Spends Christmas with Ex Jennifer Garner and Kids as He Continues Treatment
Ben Affleck, ex Jennifer Garner and their three children celebrated Christmas as a family.

Despite their split, the stars have remained amicable and continue to co-parent their kids, Violet, 12, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5. Affleck and Garner, both 45, separated in 2015 and filed for divorce this April. Affleck, who’s been continuing treatment for alcohol addiction, joined Garner and the kids on Christmas Day, a source tells People.

Affleck and Garner have continued to spend time together with their kids, and usually spend holidays as a family.

In December, they were spotted taking a morning stroll together in Los Angeles, and they united for Thanksgiving this year too.
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Academy Announces 341 Feature Films Eligible for Best Picture Oscar

Academy Announces 341 Feature Films Eligible for Best Picture Oscar
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a massive list of films eligible for the best picture Oscar at next year’s awards ceremony.

Among the 341 titles are expected awards frontrunners: “Call Me By Your Name,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “The Post,” “Lady Bird,” “Get Out,” “Dunkirk,” “The Shape of Water,” “Darkest Hour,” “The Florida Project,” “The Big Sick,” “Mudbound,” and “Wonder Woman.”

But, of course, there are some oddballs that will inevitably be cut from the list as the voting process advances, as it only contains the movies that can qualify for the category — but not necessary the ones that will realistically be in contention. “Baywatch,” “Justice League,” “The Emoji Movie,” “Chips,” “The Mummy,” “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic,” “The Book of Henry,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” are just a few of the movies on the list that will likely get little awards attention, to say the
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Ben Affleck Is Out as ‘The Batman’s Dark Knight

Surprising nobody who’s been paying attention to Ben Affleck’s increasing non-committal to the Dceu, the Batman actor is done playing DC’s Dark Knight. According to the latest reports, The Batman director Matt Reeves, best known for directing Cloverfield and the two most recent Planet of the Apes movies, will recast the role of Bruce Wayne for his upcoming Batman solo movie. Affleck was first cast for the role of the Dceu’s Batman in 2013, just after winning big at the Oscars with the period thriller Argo. Despite being an incredibly talented actor perfectly suited for this iconic role, most people

Ben Affleck Is Out as ‘The Batman’s Dark Knight
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The Real Reason J.J. Abrams Returned to Direct Star Wars 9

The Real Reason J.J. Abrams Returned to Direct Star Wars 9
When Star Wars 9 was looking for a director, after Disney and LucasFilm parted ways with Colin Trevorrow after two years of development, many were surprised that J.J. Abrams returned to write and direct Star Wars 9. Two years prior, just days before Colin Trevorrow came aboard, J.J. Abrams said he wasn't going to direct that movie, which at the time was true, but now here were are, and the filmmaker is getting ready to start shooting next summer. When asked what changed his mind, during a recent interview, the filmmaker had this to say, reiterating that he had no desire to come back to the helm of a Star Wars movie.

"I had no intention to return. But when the opportunity presented itself to finish a story that we had begun with these new characters, to tell the last chapter of their story, it felt like there was a chance to
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The Best Picture Winners of the 21st Century, Ranked from Worst to Best

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The Best Picture Winners of the 21st Century, Ranked from Worst to Best
The 21st century is less than two decades old, but its first batch of Best Picture winners already paint an extraordinary portrait of a world in flux. From a massive historical epic to an intimate digital indies — from a musical that riffs on showbiz standards to period drama that reflects on present crises — these 17 films range from “problematic” to “perfect” and hit all points in between. More than that, they illustrate Hollywood’s evolving definition of greatness, and the relationship between the film industry and the times that forge it.

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Here are the 17 Best Picture winners of the 21st century, ranked from worst to best.

17. “Crash”

Brokeback Mountain” deserved better, but the Academy didn’t know it. Paul Haggis’ painfully obvious ensemble drama about racial prejudices in Los Angeles was a smug, one-note drama designed to make white liberals feel good about themselves. (It took a
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‘Detroit’ Editors William Goldenberg & Harry Yoon On Three-Camera Cuts & “The Magic Of Kathryn Bigelow”

‘Detroit’ Editors William Goldenberg & Harry Yoon On Three-Camera Cuts & “The Magic Of Kathryn Bigelow”
Speaking to editors on the awards circuit, the name that comes up over and over again is William Goldenberg. An Oscar winner for Argo and a five-time nominee, Goldenberg has collaborated recently with the likes of Kathryn Bigelow and Angelina Jolie, working with the former most recently on Detroit, alongside Harry Yoon. Fortuitously rising from assistant visual effects editor to visual effects editor on Zero Dark Thirty, Yoon is experiencing his breakthrough year, coming…
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Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell and Scoot McNairy cast in Destroyer

Karyn Kusama’s crime thriller Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman, has just gained several new cast members, with Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Scoot McNairy (Argo) joining Kidman in the film.

Destroyer sees Kidman as Lapd detective Erin Bell in a moral and existential journey. As a young cop she was placed undercover in a gang and years later when the gang’s leader is freed from prison, she has to go back undercover. The film recently cast Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Sebastian Stan (Avengers: Infinity War). It is unknown what roles Whitford, Kebbell and McNairy will play.

Destroyer is based an original screenplay written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi of Ride Along and will be produced by La La Land’s Fred Berger of Automatik.

Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of Lapd detective Erin Bell who,
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Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, Scoot McNairy Join Nicole Kidman’s ‘Destroyer’

Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, Scoot McNairy Join Nicole Kidman’s ‘Destroyer’
Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, and Scoot McNairy have joined Karyn Kusama’s crime thriller “Destroyer,” starring Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, and Sebastian Stan.

The project begins shooting next week in Los Angeles from a script by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. 30West will fully finance the film, with Fred Berger of Automatik producing alongside Hay and Manfredi.

Destroyer” follows the moral and existential odyssey of Lapd detective Erin Bell, who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

Whitford starred in Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” and can next be seen in Steven Spielberg’s feature “The Post,” starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep for Fox. He recently
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