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Oscars Nominations 2018: Final Predictions for Crafts and Animation Show Fierce Competition

With PGA and Critics Choice wins, “The Shape of Water” is peaking just before Tuesday’s Oscar nominations. And, thanks to its surreal, period trappings, Guillermo del Toro’s inclusive love story will dominate the craft nominations, with as many as eight to be had, which would tie “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Following close behind will be Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049.” But the biggest crafts story will be if Asc nominee Rachel Morrison also becomes the first female cinematography nominee for Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” And it will be noteworthy if the production and costume designing team of Sarah Greenwood and Jacqueline Durran score double nominations for their work on “Beauty and the Beast” and “Darkest Hour.”

Cinematography

Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”)

Bruno Delbonnel (“Darkest Hour”)

Dan Laustsen (“The Shape of Water”)

Rachel Morrison (“Mudbound”)

Hoyte van Hoytema (“Dunkirk”)

The Academy should correspond
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2018 Oscars: Can Timothee Chalamet pull off upset over Gary Oldman in Best Actor race at Academy Awards?

2018 Oscars: Can Timothee Chalamet pull off upset over Gary Oldman in Best Actor race at Academy Awards?
Gary Oldman has been the Oscar favorite for Best Actor for the entire awards season for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” Indeed, he’s spent longer in the number one position than Ed Sheeran did when his new album came out. And Oldman is still there.

A few weeks back, however, this British veteran actor faced some strong competition from Timothee Chalamet, the breakout star of “Call Me By your Name,” who started picking up a slew of critics awards. These scribes were enamored of his natural, emotional performance as Elio. Can Chalamet ride that momentum to an upset at the Oscars?

While possible, it is not probable. After all, Oldman ticks off a number of typical attributes needed to win an acting Oscar.

Oldman is playing a real person: Britain’s iconic WWII Prime Minister. Six of the last 10 Best Actor champs have won for portraying a real-life figure.
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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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‘Eva,’ ‘La Ch’tite Famille,’ ‘Non-Fiction’ Standouts at the 2018 UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris

‘Eva,’ ‘La Ch’tite Famille,’ ‘Non-Fiction’ Standouts at the 2018 UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris
Paris — Isabelle Huppert’s “Eva,” from Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, Dany Boon’s Pathe-sold “La Ch’tite Famille,” and Olivier Assayas’ “Non-Fiction,” handled by Playtime, proved some of the highlights of a 2018 UniFrance Rendez-Vous that caught French films and France’s industry in a state of transition.

That can be taken several ways. Many of the big new titles on offer at the Rendez-Vous – “Ch’Tite,” Jean Dujardin-starrer “The Return of the King,” from Studiocanal – have been widely pre-sold, especially to Europe – leaving the 500-or-so foreign distributors at the Rendez-Vous, mostly drawn from Europe, to hunt more towards the margins for potential breakouts among titles screening. So some market buzz this year at the Rendez-Vous turned less on films screening that French sales agents’ mouth-watering line-up of upcoming titles, such as “Non-Fiction.”

Much Rendez-Vous table-talk turned on the possible new ownership makeup of both EuropaCorp, which will make a presentation to potential investors this week, and
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‘The Shape of Water’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Feature

‘The Shape of Water’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Feature
Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama “The Shape of Water” has won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award as top feature film for del Toro and J. Miles Dale.

A pair of first-season series — “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — and “Black Mirror” took the top TV awards in ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Shape of Water” topped “The Big Sick,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “I, Tonya,” “Lady Bird,” “Molly’s Game,” “The Post,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and “Wonder Woman.”

Del Toro was not in attendance due to his having gone to Mexico to be with his sick father and “The Shape of Water” star Richard Jenkins read a statement from del Toro: “I would like to ask of you all to allow me then to dedicate a little moment and the honors of this night to both my father and my
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UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Director Laurent Tirard on ‘Return of the Hero’ Starring Jean Dujardin, Melanie Laurent

UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Director Laurent Tirard on ‘Return of the Hero’ Starring Jean Dujardin, Melanie Laurent
Paris — A seemingly cozy corner of France in 1809, with a spic-in-span middling chateau and near fairy tale nearby village. Bedecked in his Hussars uniform, in the first scenes of Laurent Tirard’s “Return of the Hero,” the dashing Captain Neuville mounts his white stead and dashes to the local chateau to ask the hand of daughter Pauline. In mid plighting, he is dragged off to the Napoleonic Wars, promising to write every day. When no letters arrive, and Pauline wastes away, prim sis Elizabeth takes to forging missives from Neuville at war, then in India, fighting tigers, standing firm, alone, as 2,000 English troops advance towards him.

So Elizabeth is more than miffed when Neuville, who fled his first battle field and deserted, returns three years later, in all his Hussar finery, and slips all to easily into the hero’s character she’s created. Thus begins a war-of-the-sexes battle of wits that pits Academy Award winner [link=nm
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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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UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Studiocanal Rolls Out ‘Return of the Hero,’ with Jean Dujardin and Melanie Laurent, and ‘Jealous,’  with Karin Viard (Exclusive)

Paris — European film-tv powerhouse Studiocanal has rolled out robust sales on Laurent Tirard’s anticipated “Return of the Hero,” starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and nominee Melanie Laurent (“Inglourious Basterds”), one of the most anticipated of market debuts at this week’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris.

Also clinching international deals on “Jealous,” uniting Karin Viard, the most popular actress in France, and directors David and Stéphane Foenkinos (“Delicacy”), “Return of the Hero” and “Jealous” will screen in Paris as Studiocanal celebrates 2017 as its best year in over a decade at the French box office where it ranked No. 1 among French distributors – for only the third time in its history – and No. 4 overall – after Disney, Upi and Fox – punching 15.5 million admissions. The last time that Studiocanal topped French distributors charts was 2006. Studiocanal’s top three releases in 2017 are currently all French: “alibi.com,” (3.6 million), “Marry Me, Dude” (2.5 million) and “School of Life” (1.9 million).

Set in 1809, and
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International Newswire: Nordic Noir Moves On

International Newswire: Nordic Noir Moves On
In today’s International Newswire, Nordic Noir shows it is still alive and kicking, Golden Globe winner and Oscar front-runner “In the Fade” vies for Germany’s Lola Awards, Alpe d’Huez fest puts the spotlight on France’s top comedies, and Argentina opens the door to quadplay.

Reports of the demise of Nordic Noir are exaggerated, as can be seen by the five nominations, announced Wednesday, for 2018’s Nordisk Film & TV Fund Prize for outstanding writing of a Nordic drama series. Its winner will be announced at the Goteborg Festival’s TV Drama Vision forum on Jan. 31.

A high-profile candidate is “Borgen” show-runner Adam Price, up for the Studiocanal-sold and Dr Drama-produced “Ride Upon the Storm.” It stars Lars Mikkelsen (“Sherlock,” “House of Cards”), who turns in a tearaway performance as the patriarch of a family of priests whose faith in humanity is tested by the maelstrom of the modern world.

Beyond “Storm
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International Newswire: Nordic Noir Moves On

International Newswire: Nordic Noir Moves On
In today’s International Newswire, Nordic Noir shows it is still alive and kicking, Golden Globe winner and Oscar front-runner “In the Fade” vies for Germany’s Lola Awards, Alpe d’Huez fest puts the spotlight on France’s top comedies, and Argentina opens the door to quadplay.

Reports of the demise of Nordic Noir are exaggerated, as can be seen by the five nominations, announced Wednesday, for 2018’s Nordisk Film & TV Fund Prize for outstanding writing of a Nordic drama series. Its winner will be announced at the Goteborg Festival’s TV Drama Vision forum on Jan. 31.

A high-profile candidate is “Borgen” show-runner Adam Price, up for the Studiocanal-sold and Dr Drama-produced “Ride Upon the Storm.” It stars Lars Mikkelsen (“Sherlock,” “House of Cards”), who turns in a tearaway performance as the patriarch of a family of priests whose faith in humanity is tested by the maelstrom of the modern world.

Beyond “Storm,
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Boon, Binoche, Dujardin, Laurent, Cluzet, Lindon, Viard, Auteuil Grace 2018’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous

Boon, Binoche, Dujardin, Laurent, Cluzet, Lindon, Viard, Auteuil Grace 2018’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous
Dany Boon’s “La Ch’tite Famille,” Laurent Tirard’s “Return of the Hero” and Philippe le Guay’s “Normandie Nue” feature at the 20th UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, which runs Jan. 18-22 in the lap-of-luxury at Paris’ InterContinental Le Grand Hotel.

“In all honesty, this looks like a good year in terms of quality of titles,” said Gilles Renouard, UniFrance co-deputy director.

On paper at least, that can be put down to two factors at least: the strength in depth and, crucially, breadth of France’s comedy offering at the Rendez-Vous, and a clutch of movies which showcase some of France’s finest actors: Vincent Lindon (“The Apparition”), Daniel Auteuil (“Le Brio”) and Karin Viard (“Jealous”) are just three. Following, 10 takes – and one big question raised – by this year’s edition:

1.Boon, But Much More

“The Rendez-Vous is a great place to catch comedies, which France does very well,” Renouard said. This
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Weinstein Company Bidding: Maria Contreras-Sweet Group Emerges as Leading Suitor

A group of investors led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, the former head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, is in a strong position to buy the Weinstein Company, according to insiders.

The indie studio is on life support in the wake of a massive sexual harassment and assault scandal involving its founder, Harvey Weinstein. He has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women, with allegations going back decades. Weinstein denies the claims and says all sexual contact was consensual.

Contreras-Sweet lacks entertainment industry experience, but she intends to keep much of the Weinstein Company’s staff employed to run the studio. Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein’s brother, would leave the studio if Contreras-Sweet is successful. The bid would likely include a possible $30 million cash infusion and the assumption of hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.

Other bidders include Killer Content, the producer of “Carol” and “Still Alice”; Lionsgate, the studio
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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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‘Phantom Thread’s’ Couture Costumes Capture Period Flavor of ’50s London

‘Phantom Thread’s’ Couture Costumes Capture Period Flavor of ’50s London
Talk about a daunting challenge.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson and costume designer Mark Bridges have collaborated on many films, from “Magnolia” to “There Will Be Blood” to “Inherent Vice.” But the helmer’s latest project, “Phantom Thread,” is a film centered on the art of costume design itself.

The twisty “Thread,” from Focus Features, is set in the world of 1950s London couturiers. With lace overlays and meticulously draped taffetas, Bridges, who won an Oscar for “The Artist,” diligently conceptualized the emotion, history and mystique-infused creations of fictional society dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock, played by Daniel Day-Lewis, who finds inspiration in his muse Alma, played by Vicky Krieps.

In “Thread,” Reynolds fits his own toiles in the rare, sculptor-like tradition of Cristóbal Balenciaga. Though Bridges says the groundbreaking Spanish designer wasn’t precisely in the DNA of “the house of Woodcock,” neither were the designs of legendary British-American fashion designer Charles James.

“[My work is] very specific
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‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Shape of Water,’ and ‘Molly’s Game’: Ace Eddie Noms Bring Snubs and Surprises

‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Shape of Water,’ and ‘Molly’s Game’: Ace Eddie Noms Bring Snubs and Surprises
The first week of January not only brings Tuesday’s Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala and Wednesday’s New York Film Critics Circle awards dinner, but also several key Guild Awards nominations that provide real clues to the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s extraordinarily wide field of Oscar contenders.

Ace Eddie Award nominees

Wednesday’s editing nominations confirm the strength of studio tentpoles “Dunkirk,” “Blade Runner 2049,” and “The Post,” as well as “The Shape of Water,” along with Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” a surprise entry. Comedy nominees included “Baby Driver,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” along with another unexpected late-year contender, Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya.”

Over 24 years, 110 of 125 Best Editing Academy Awards nominees earned Ace Eddie nods, with an accuracy rate of 88%.

Oscar favorites among the snubbed

Left out of the 10 Ace Eddie Awards nominees were would-be Best
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The Artist director boards Little Jules Verne animated movie

Deadline is reporting that Oscar-winning filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) has joined Enormous PicturesCGI-animated movie Little Jules Verne, which reimagines the early life of the French writer whose classic adventure novels include Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days.

Hazanavicius has been working on the dialogue and script originally penned by Anne and Gerard Guero (Tales of the Dragon Guard) and Pierre-Gilles Stehr (Oggy and the Cockroaches). It will mark the first project that Hazanavicius has worked on that he hasn’t directed, with that task falling to Regis Vidal and Didier Ah-Koon.

“[I was attracted by] the exercise of confronting myself with a more childlike universe, to really respond to a request and to put myself in service of someone else’s project,” said Hazanavicius. “I really enjoy writing, and this was a pleasant experience: the relative short length of the mission,
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Movie News: Kenneth Branagh Suggests Agatha Christie Cinematic Universe; 'The Artist' Director Ventures Into Animation

Death on the Nile: Kenneth Branagh, who recently starred as Agatha Christie's famed fictional detective Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express (above) and will reprise the role in the sequel Death on the Nile, also based on a Christie novel, wonders about more connected movies drawn from her work: "I think there are possibilities, aren’t there? With 66 books and short stories and plays … There’s a complete world that she’s created." [Associated Press] Little Jules Verne: Academy Award-winning director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist, above, with Jean Dujardin) has come on board the animated movie Little Jules Verne, "adapting the script and dialogue." The original script was written by Anne and Gérard...

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‘Phantom Thread’: How Paul Thomas Anderson’s Costume Designer Channeled Reynolds Woodcock

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‘Phantom Thread’: How Paul Thomas Anderson’s Costume Designer Channeled Reynolds Woodcock
For costume designer Mark Bridges, it’s always an adventure working with Paul Thomas Anderson. But “Phantom Thread,” their eighth collaboration, represented a meta challenge: It was a movie about his craft.

But Bridges admits that there’s a big difference between fashion and costume design. “I’m there to facilitate an actor’s performance and fulfill the vision of a director,” he said.

And in the case of “Phantom Thread,” about the world of London haute couture in the 1950s, it’s a movie about the fashion designer as auteur. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the eccentric and obsessive Reynolds Woodcock, whose world is turned upside down when he falls for Eastern European waitress Alma (Vicky Krieps). But imagine if “Rebecca’s” Joan Fontaine struck back at Laurence Olivier with sly subversion, exorcising his demons while bringing them closer together. That’s what Anderson did with his twisted and witty love story.
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Weinstein Company Bids Due Today (Exclusive)

Weinstein Company Bids Due Today (Exclusive)
The Weinstein Co. sale process is heating up with the first round of bids due on Wednesday, according to industry sources. Last month, the studio revived its attempts to sell itself or the bulk of its film and television assets rather than file for bankruptcy protection.

Killer Content, the parent company of the long-established indie Killer Films, and its social outreach wing, Killer Impact, are believed to be among the bidders. Killer Content has pulled together a group of investors, including Abigail Disney and the New York Women’s Foundation, in an effort to salvage the company’s assets by steering the profits from Weinstein Co. titles to non-profit orgs that help women grappling with sexual harassment and other concerns.

Maria Contreras-Sweet, former head of the Small Business Administration during the Obama years, is assembling a similar offer, according to individuals with knowledge of the talks. Lionsgate and Viacom, two companies that have been mentioned as potential
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Sony Pictures Int’l Prods. Boards Pablo Trapero’s ‘La Quietud’

Sony Pictures Int’l Prods. Boards Pablo Trapero’s ‘La Quietud’
Marking its first foray into Argentine cinema, Sony Pictures International Productions (Spip) has boarded Pablo Trapero’s “La Quietud” as a co-producer.

Sony Pictures Releasing International snagged all distribution rights in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Chile and the U.S., as well as television rights in Latin America.

“We couldn’t be happier that this is our first picture in Argentina. A brilliant auteur like Pablo, and a project like ‘La Quietud’ perfectly represent the caliber of talent and high-quality aesthetic we are supporting in the region,” said Laine Kline, Spip executive vice president.

Principal photography has begun in Buenos Aires on the intimate family drama about two sisters’ reencounter and their attempt to reach closure on an unsettled past. Martina Gusmán (“Lion’s Den”) and Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”) play the sisters in “La Quietud.”

The rest of the cast is rounded up by Edgar Ramírez (“Gold”); Graciela Borges (“Chronicle of a Lady,” “The Swamp”), one
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