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Yes, Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ Really Will Win Director and Picture Oscars — Here’s Why

17 February 2017 2:17 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Late in the Oscar season, at the moment when voters actually fill in their ballots (the deadline is February 21 at 5 pm), it all comes down to what movies they have actually seen. What did they love the most, and is freshest in their minds? Which film aligns with the zeitgeist, delivering the message that 6,000 voters want to send?

The five directing nominations tend to line up with the strongest Best Picture contenders, although snubbed director nominee Ben Affleck did win Best Picture win for “Argo.” However, that underdog story became a narrative in itself that drove “Argo” to the win.

This year, the narratives include the aftermath of#OscarsSoWhite and the election of Donald J. Trump. Which will stick?

Here’s how the Best Director and Best Picture races are shaking out.

La La Land” is the magical, romantic, modern-yet-retro musical about artistic passion created by wunderkind Damien Chazelle and his gifted collaborators, »

- Anne Thompson

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Yes, Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ Really Will Win Director and Picture Oscars — Here’s Why

17 February 2017 2:17 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Late in the Oscar season, at the moment when voters actually fill in their ballots (the deadline is February 21 at 5 pm), it all comes down to what movies they have actually seen. What did they love the most, and is freshest in their minds? Which film aligns with the zeitgeist, delivering the message that 6,000 voters want to send?

The five directing nominations tend to line up with the strongest Best Picture contenders, although snubbed director nominee Ben Affleck did win Best Picture win for “Argo.” However, that underdog story became a narrative in itself that drove “Argo” to the win.

This year, the narratives include the aftermath of#OscarsSoWhite and the election of Donald J. Trump. Which will stick?

Here’s how the Best Director and Best Picture races are shaking out.

La La Land” is the magical, romantic, modern-yet-retro musical about artistic passion created by wunderkind Damien Chazelle and his gifted collaborators, »

- Anne Thompson

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Denis Villeneuve on the Risk of ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and Why ‘Dune’ is 35 Years in the Making

13 February 2017 10:15 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Denis Villeneuve has been slowly rising the ranks in Hollywood with acclaimed and profitable dramas like “Prisoners,” “Sicario” and this year’s eight-time Oscar nominee “Arrival,” for which he’s earned his first nomination for Best Director, but he’s about to become an even bigger household. On October 6, he’s bringing Ridley Scott’s iconic science-fiction drama “Blade Runner” back to the big screen for a sequel starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, and he recently was confirmed to be taking the reigns on Legendary Pictures’ “Dune” reboot. If we had to name a master of science-fiction right now, it would definitely be Denis Villeneuve.

Read More: ‘Arrival’: How DGA Nominee Denis Villeneuve Shaped His Unique Oscar Contender

The director recently joined Variety’s Playback Podcast, hosted by Awards Editor Kristopher Tapley, to discuss the making of “Arrival,” but the duo couldn’t help but get into Villeneuve’s exciting cinematic future. »

- Zack Sharf

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The Humanity in the Films of Denis Villeneuve

9 February 2017 1:37 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With Denis Villeneuve prolifically building an impressive catalogue of work — following IncendiesEnemy, Prisoners, and Sicario, his latest film Arrival is catching Oscar attention, as well as his upcoming Blade Runner: 2049 being one of the most-anticipated films of the year — people are diving deeply into the connective tissue across his films. A new video essay by Mr. Nerdista titled How Denis Villeneuve Explores Humanity dissects the auteur’s work from a vital perspective: the human one.

Studying the concept of ‘invasion’ — not just the metaphorical, but the literal, too — to understand humanity, the essay breaks the term down into three categories: invasion of land, invasion of innocence, and invasion of privacy/identity. These themes are stretched over the director’s filmography, from Enemy to Incendies to Arrival, all with varying capacities and perspectives.

An interesting point of study is his dissection of Sicario, which he posits as Villeneuve’s »

- Mike Mazzanti

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The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Director race

9 February 2017 6:45 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Director raceThe 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Director raceAdriana Floridia2/9/2017 9:45:00 Am

The Best Director race is very diverse and exciting this year.

It's also very close. With La La Land's Damien Chazelle and Moonlight's Barry Jenkins up against each other, it could easily go either way. At this rate it looks like a neck and neck race between these two contenders, as both films are the favourite to win the Best Picture Oscar. The other three men in the category, Manchester by the Sea's Kenneth Lonergan, Arrival's Denis Villeneuve and Hacksaw Ridge's Mel Gibson are all worthy contenders as well. It's also rather impressive that four out five of these directors are first time nominees. 

We're breaking down the Best Director race below!

Damien ChazelleLa La Land »

- Adriana Floridia

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Directing Nominees Confess Biggest Hurdles, On-Set MVPs

7 February 2017 9:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With five such different cinematic visions represented, what do this year’s Oscar nominees for director have in common?

It depends on whom you ask. Kenneth Lonergan, nominated writer-director of “Manchester by the Sea,” links the final five this way: They each “focus on deep connective tissue on a human level, even though they are all very different stylistically and in subject matter,” he tells Variety.

Mel Gibson, director of “Hacksaw Ridge,” invokes the process itself. “What do we have in common?” he asks. “At some point, somebody asked each of us a thousand questions a day and we had to make snap decisions.”

Each shares a fierce inventiveness, necessitated by the time and budget constraints each faced mounting their creatively ambitious projects.

“These movies couldn’t be more different,” points out “Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins. “The movies I like best are the ones where you can feel the curiosity »

- Marshall Fine

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Oscar’s Embrace of Young Artists Gives Hope for the Future

6 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Every year the Oscar nominations provide an opportunity to take the pulse of the movie industry. Which films, performances, and craftwork connected with Hollywood this year? Which studios are committed to quality projects? Who commands the respect of their peers? And who are the faces to watch?

There’s a particularly exciting answer to the last question this year. The 89th Oscar nominees provide something we’re all looking for right now: hope for the future.

An astonishing number of younger artists and/or first-time nominees are on the ballot, and while Oscar nominations are no guarantee of ongoing success in the industry, the numbers this year are still overwhelming enough to give moviegoers reason to believe we’ll be seeing great work from these contenders for years to come.

A large part of that excitement comes from two films: “La La Land,” the year’s most nominated movie with 14 noms, »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Watch the first 3 minutes of Rings, The Lego Batman Movie featurette and more on our daily round-up

1 February 2017 2:18 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Watch the first 3 minutes of Rings, The Lego Batman Movie featurette and more on our daily round-upWatch the first 3 minutes of Rings, The Lego Batman Movie featurette and more on our daily round-upGarrett McCormick2/1/2017 5:18:00 Pm

Check out Cineplex's daily round-up featuring the latest movie news!

Director Announcement World-class director and Academy Award nominee for Best Director (for Arrival), Denis Villeneuve has officially been announced as the director for the upcoming Dune film series. The film series is assumed to be a live adaption of the sci-fi novel series written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.

Villeneuve has directed some of the most talked about movies in recent past like Incendies, Prisoners, and Arrival. But aside from 2016's Arrival, his most buzz-worthy project has to be his upcoming film Blade Runner 2049!

Be on the look out for more Dune details on the Cineplex Blog! The Lego Batman Movie »

- Garrett McCormick

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Ryan Gosling, Denis Villeneuve, and more of the 2017 Canadian Oscar nominees

24 January 2017 11:25 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Ryan Gosling, Denis Villeneuve, and more of the 2017 Canadian Oscar nomineesRyan Gosling, Denis Villeneuve, and more of the 2017 Canadian Oscar nomineesAdriana Floridia1/24/2017 2:25:00 Pm

It's always great to see Canadian talent being recognized by Hollywood.

While we did endure a couple of snubs today, as we would've loved to see Xavier Dolan finally be nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category for It's Only the End of the World, or a surprise nomination for Ryan Reynolds as our favourite crass superhero, Deadpool, there was still a lot of Canadian love given to us by the Academy.

Two major players are ones you'll recognize, and are also coincidentally working together on Blade Runner 2049. Canadian actor and hearthrob Ryan Gosling today earned his second Oscar nomination for playing Sebastian, the jazz pianist, in La La Land. The first time he was nominated was ten years ago when he played »

- Adriana Floridia

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Interview: Denis Villeneuve on "Arrival" and his Future with Sci-Fi

12 January 2017 6:40 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Nathaniel R

Though awards season is a roller coaster of emotion each year, one of its purely happiest annual trends is the sudden recognition of talent that have been doing consistently fine work all along. This year's "it's about time!" contender is surely 49 year old French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve. A famous director at home with six wins at Canada's own Oscars, "the Genies," people are still learning his name in Hollywood and beyond. His international breakthrough was Incendies (2010) about twin siblings journeying to the war torn Middle East. It was nominated for the BAFTA and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. Since that breakthrough his profile in Hollywood has steadily risen and he's shown a gift for directing movie stars, versatility with genre, and a particularly refined skill at building and maintaining tension at feature length which has provided thrilling moments in all of his recent films from »

- NATHANIEL R

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‘Arrival’: How DGA Nominee Denis Villeneuve Shaped His Unique Oscar Contender

12 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

There’s no question that “Arrival” is one of the best-crafted movies of 2016 — its many critics group and guild nominations attest to this. On Oscar nominations morning, the sci-fi drama will likely dominate the field along with “La La Land.” And in a competitive year for the Best Actress Oscar, Amy Adams is in contention for a slot.

Read More: ‘Arrival’ Star Amy Adams: Queen of the Fall Festivals ands Maybe Oscar

All that said, there’s no way this film’s smart script and unique visuals would have survived a studio’s development process.

The movie boasts an unusual pedigree: Independently produced by Fox’s 21 Laps producer Shawn Levy, Film Nation and Lava Bear, and acquired by Paramount at auction for $20 million at Cannes 2014, “Arrival” is far from Hollywood standard fare. It’s custom-made and idiosyncratic in all the right ways. Montreal filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, who has charted »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Arrival’: How DGA Nominee Denis Villeneuve Shaped His Unique Oscar Contender

12 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There’s no question that “Arrival” is one of the best-crafted movies of 2016 — its many critics group and guild nominations attest to this. On Oscar nominations morning, the sci-fi drama will likely dominate the field along with “La La Land.” And in a competitive year for the Best Actress Oscar, Amy Adams is in contention for a slot.

Read More: ‘Arrival’ Star Amy Adams: Queen of the Fall Festivals ands Maybe Oscar

All that said, there’s no way this film’s smart script and unique visuals would have survived a studio’s development process.

The movie boasts an unusual pedigree: Independently produced by Fox’s 21 Laps producer Shawn Levy, Film Nation and Lava Bear, and acquired by Paramount at auction for $20 million at Cannes 2014, “Arrival” is far from Hollywood standard fare. It’s custom-made and idiosyncratic in all the right ways. Montreal filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, who has charted »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Arrival’ Visual Effects Breakdown: Watch This Detailed Video Chronicling The Building of an Alien Invasion

5 January 2017 8:04 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Since its release this past November, Denis Villeneuve’s latest film “Arrival,” about a linguistics professor (Amy Adams) who is tasked with interpreting the language of newly arrived aliens, has received widespread critical and commercial acclaim. The film has grossed over $147 million against a $47 million budget and has received two Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress for Adams and Best Original Score for Jóhann Jóhannsson. Watch a video below that breaks down the film’s visual effects in the exterior shots, including the alien spacecraft to tanks and trucks in wide shots.

Read More: How ‘Arrival’ Cinematographer Bradford Young Transcends Sci-Fi with Poetry

This is Villeneuve’s ninth feature film. It’s written by Eric Heisserer and based on Ted Chiang’s short story “Story of Your Life.” It co-stars Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”), Forest Whitaker (“Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai”), Michael Stuhlbarg (“A Serious Man”), Tzi Ma »

- Vikram Murthi

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How ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ and ‘Hell or High Water’ Could Find Oscar Success With Male Voters

4 January 2017 2:16 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When it comes to the Academy Awards, voters tend to think highbrow. They like to represent the best, most humane, classiest version of themselves.

But don’t forget the Steak Eaters.

The Academy is full of them. They’re red-blooded males (not just American) — often directors, writers, and craftspeople. They’re the guys who voted for Oscar-winners “Argo,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Braveheart,” “Gladiator,” “Avatar,” and yes, “Crash” over “Brokeback Mountain.”

“They vote for big movies that make big money, good solid moviemaking with great actors and good storytelling,” one veteran Oscar campaigner told me. In recent years, this faction of the Academy voted for mainstream hits such as Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and A.G. Inarritu’s “The Revenant.”

This year, several movies could get a boost from the Steak Eater vote. »

- Anne Thompson

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How ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ and ‘Hell or High Water’ Could Find Oscar Success With Male Voters

4 January 2017 2:16 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When it comes to the Academy Awards, voters tend to think highbrow. They like to represent the best, most humane, classiest version of themselves.

But don’t forget the Steak Eaters.

The Academy is full of them. They’re red-blooded males (not just American) — often directors, writers, and craftspeople. They’re the guys who voted for Oscar-winners “Argo,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Braveheart,” “Gladiator,” “Avatar,” and yes, “Crash” over “Brokeback Mountain.”

“They vote for big movies that make big money, good solid moviemaking with great actors and good storytelling,” one veteran Oscar campaigner told me. In recent years, this faction of the Academy voted for mainstream hits such as Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and A.G. Inarritu’s “The Revenant.”

This year, several movies could get a boost from the Steak Eater vote. »

- Anne Thompson

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