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Saoirse Ronan, ‘Three Billboards’ Triumph at Ireland’s Film and Drama Awards

Saoirse Ronan, ‘Three Billboards’ Triumph at Ireland’s Film and Drama Awards
Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan took home the best actress prize at the Irish Film and Television Academy’s Film and Drama Awards, which took place in Dublin on Thursday night. Ronan’s win for her leading role in Great Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” came exactly a decade after she was named Ifta’s Rising Star of 2008, following her breakthrough performance in Joe Wright’s “Atonement.”

The Irish actress is a favorite of the IFTAs, having won six lead actress awards and three supporting actress awards from the organization over the past 10 years. She picked up the same award two years ago for her role in John Crowley’s “Brooklyn.”

Ronan has already picked up a Golden Globe for her role in “Lady Bird” as well as a number of critics’ awards. She is nominated for both a BAFTA and an Oscar for the role, which marks her fourth BAFTA nomination and third Oscar nomination.

One of Ronan
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2018 BAFTA predictions: ‘Three Billboards’ vs. ‘Darkest Hour’ for Best British Film – can American Midwest really beat Churchill?

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” seems on the surface like it would be an unusual BAFTA choice for Best British Film. After all, it’s set in the American Midwest and features a primarily American cast. But BAFTA rules stipulate that “a film must have significant creative involvement by individuals who are British,” and “Three Billboards” was written and directed by an Englishman, Martin McDonagh. Based on the latest combined predictions of more than 1,600 users who have made their picks in our predictions center thus far, “Three Billboards” is the favorite to win with odds of 1/2, but don’t underestimate “Darkest Hour,” which is as British a film as you could possibly ask for.

Among the users predicting the BAFTA winners are six Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, and four of them agree with the consensus that “Three Billboards” will win: Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Anne
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Best Actress predictions: Which nominee is most likely to upset Frances McDormand at 2018 Oscars? [Poll]

Best Actress predictions: Which nominee is most likely to upset Frances McDormand at 2018 Oscars? [Poll]
Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) has won all the major precursors so far leading up to the Oscars, including Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe and SAG. Oscar voters like to sometimes go their own way, though, and in an incredibly strong year for Best Actress like this one, this could be the one acting category in which we see an upset. Who do You think could take her down at the 2018 Oscars? Vote in our poll below.

McDormand does already have an Oscar, for 1996’s “Fargo,” so it is possible that voters will look for an alternative in this category. The actress is openly apathetic to campaigning and award shows in general and even said in her SAG speech earlier this year, “There’s a lot of young ones coming up and they need doorstops, too.” Will Oscar voters heed her advice and vote for some emerging talent instead?
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2018 Oscars Dream Ballot: Frances McDormand Should win Best Actress, but Saoirse Ronan is close behind

2018 Oscars Dream Ballot: Frances McDormand Should win Best Actress, but Saoirse Ronan is close behind
Fans of Frances McDormand should be pleased to know that not only is the “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star predicted to win Best Actress at the Oscars, but she’s also the choice for who Should win. Based on the early results of our 2018 Oscars Dream Ballot, which asks our readers to name their favorites in all 24 categories, McDormand leads with 33% for her role as bereaved mother Mildred in Martin McDonagh‘s small-town dramedy.

After her recent victories at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards McDormand looks to be unstoppable on her road to winning Oscar #2, following her prior trophy for “Fargo” (1996). As Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil reminded us in our recent predictions video, “She won her first Oscar years ago for giving us a kind of snarky defiance, but here we’ve got a raging defiance, which makes it all the bigger and all the more amazing.
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Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Newsies, Bonnie And Clyde Director, Jeff Calhoun

We're gonna whomp, and stomp, and whoop it up all night with the legendary directorchoreographer Jeff Calhoun. From his days as a hoofer in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, My One And Only, and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas film, to helming the Broadway revivals of Grease, Deaf West's Big River, Jekyll And Hyde and the original Broadway companies of Brooklyn, Bonnie And Clyde, and Newsies, Jeff tells all to Rob and Kevin.
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Oscar Contenders Christopher Nolan, Gary Oldman, and Saoirse Ronan Take on the Awards Circuit in Santa Barbara — Watch

Oscar Contenders Christopher Nolan, Gary Oldman, and Saoirse Ronan Take on the Awards Circuit in Santa Barbara — Watch
This past week saw a rogue’s gallery of Oscar contenders trek up the coast from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, which is still recovering from the double-whammy of three weeks of fires followed by cataclysmic mud slides. Jeff Bridges’ Montecito home was among the houses buried in mud; his SUV was found seven houses away, but his office and archives (complete with his “The Big Lebowski” sweater) were spared. Among the movies world premiering at the city’s annual International Film Festival Festival under the direction of Roger Durling was Bridges’ environmental documentary “Living in the Future’s Past,” and as always the local community welcomed a stream of Hollywood visitors for a series of illuminating tributes and panels.

Check the videos below.

My “It Starts with the Script” panel featured director Edgar Wright, who attached a music file to his music-driven screenplay for “Baby Driver,” Chicago-born Virgil Williams
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Oscar Contenders Christopher Nolan, Gary Oldman, and Saoirse Ronan Take on the Awards Circuit in Santa Barbara — Watch

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Oscar Contenders Christopher Nolan, Gary Oldman, and Saoirse Ronan Take on the Awards Circuit in Santa Barbara — Watch
This past week saw a rogue’s gallery of Oscar contenders trek up the coast from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, which is still recovering from the double-whammy of three weeks of fires followed by cataclysmic mud slides. Jeff Bridges’ Montecito home was among the houses buried in mud; his SUV was found seven houses away, but his office and archives (complete with his “The Big Lebowski” sweater) were spared. Among the movies world premiering at the city’s annual International Film Festival Festival under the direction of Roger Durling was Bridges’ environmental documentary “Living in the Future’s Past,” and as always the local community welcomed a stream of Hollywood visitors for a series of illuminating tributes and panels.

Check the videos below.

My “It Starts with the Script” panel featured director Edgar Wright, who attached a music file to his music-driven screenplay for “Baby Driver,” Chicago-born Virgil Williams
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Oscars flashback: Saoirse Ronan got her first nomination at just 13 years old for ‘Atonement’ [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Saoirse Ronan got her first nomination at just 13 years old for ‘Atonement’ [Watch]
At the ripe ol’ age of 23, Best Actress contender and “Lady Bird” star Saoirse Ronan is already on her third Oscar nomination. She was last shortlisted two years ago in the same category for “Brooklyn,” but her first nomination came 10 years ago when she was only 13 years old.

The fresh-faced teenager was up for Best Supporting Actress for her breakthrough performance in “Atonement” as Briony Tallis, Keira Knightley’s meddling younger sister who alters multiple lives with a damning accusation. Ronan, who would’ve become the third youngest acting winner behind Tatum O’Neal (“Paper Moon”), who was 10, and Anna Paquin (“The Piano”), who was 11, lost to BAFTA winner Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”) during a divided year with multiple people splitting the precursors. The other nominees were Golden Globe champ Cate Blanchett (“I’m Not There), SAG champ Ruby Dee (“American Gangster”) and Critics’ Choice champ Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone
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Sundance: Rory Culkin Talks Bloody Black Metal Tale ‘Lords of Chaos’

Sundance: Rory Culkin Talks Bloody Black Metal Tale ‘Lords of Chaos’
Rory Culkin chased “Lords of Chaos” for roughly five years. There was something about the story of the rise and bloody fall of Norwegian black metal icon Euronymous that the actor couldn’t shake. So he kept his dirty blonde hair long and kept frequent tabs on the long-gestating project, routinely calling his agent for updates.

“I was discouraged a lot and thinking, ‘Who’s going to put money into a movie about kids in face paint burning churches down and killing each other?'” said Culkin.

Finally, he gave up the hunt and got a haircut.

“Literally two weeks later I got the call saying we were going,” Culkin said with a chuckle.

After the waiting and false starts, “Lords of Chaos” has finally arrived at the Sundance Film Festival in all its gruesome, iconoclastic, decibel-shattering glory. Hours before its midnight premiere on Wednesday, Culkin, decked out in a red sweater and black jeans and nursing
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The Slowest Sundance Ever? How the Festival Left Buyers Cold

The Slowest Sundance Ever? How the Festival Left Buyers Cold
Although a handful of movies had their moment in the spotlight, the 2018 edition of the Sundance Film Festival received bad reviews from many of the Hollywood dealmakers who trudged up the mountains of Park City, Utah, looking to find the next indie sensation.

“Awful,” was the frank assessment of one studio executive. “Boring,” was the takeaway of another. “Who are these movies for?” griped an influential distributor.

After a week of premieres at the Eccles Theatre and the other makeshift movie palaces that line the snowy resort town, buyers complained that the movies in this year’s lineup were chronically weak, leaving them underwhelmed and frequently annoyed. That combined with the stark economic realities of the independent film business — where even great movies struggle to sell enough tickets to break even — made for a festival where the most common word heard around town was “pass.”

It might just be that, in its 35th year,
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Oscar experts predict Best Actress: Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’) is unanimous choice

Oscar experts predict Best Actress: Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’) is unanimous choice
Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) solidified her lead in the Oscar race for Best Actress with her win at the SAG Awards on Jan. 21, after picking up prizes at both the Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe awards earlier in the month. As of this writing, McDormand has the backing of all 13 of our Oscar experts drawn from major media who have weighed in on this race (see their individual rankings and overall odds). That solid support translates into leading odds of 3/2.

McDormand headlines Martin McDonagh‘s character study, which is a leading contender for the Best Picture prize. She plays a grieving mother who tries to shame the local police chief (Woody Harrelson) into investigating the murder of her daughter. While McDonagh was nominated for his original script, he was snubbed for his direction. The Tony-nominated playwright won the Best Live Action Short Oscar in 2004 for “Six Shooter.
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Oscars 2018: 10 exclusive interviews with acting nominees Mary J. Blige, Timothee Chalamet, Allison Janney, Margot Robbie, Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan and more [Watch]

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Oscars 2018: 10 exclusive interviews with acting nominees Mary J. Blige, Timothee Chalamet, Allison Janney, Margot Robbie, Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan and more [Watch]
The best of the best have joined Gold Derby recently to talk about their award-contending films. And with Oscar nominations announced earlier this week, we offer up 10 of the 20 acting contenders for the upcoming ceremony on March 4. Click on any name below to be taken to the full interview by seven of this year’s supporting nominees and three of the lead nominees.

Mary J. Blige (Best Supporting Actress for “Mudbound”) received her first nomination for playing Florence Jackson, the mother of a WWII soldier (Jason Mitchell) returning home to a farm in rural Mississippi. The singer-turned-actress also competes in Best Original Song for her tune “Mighty River,” making her the first person to receive both honors for the same film. Blige competed at the Golden Globes, SAG, and Critics Choice. (click here to be taken to her full interview)

Timothee Chalamet (Best Actor for “Call Me by Your Name
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Best Picture Oscar predictions: ‘The Shape of Water’ would be first female-led winner in — glug — 13 years

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Best Picture Oscar predictions: ‘The Shape of Water’ would be first female-led winner in — glug — 13 years
Want proof that the Oscars are the ultimate boys club? If “The Shape of Water” wins Best Picture at the Oscars, as it recently did at the Critics’ Choice and Producers Guild Awards, it would be the first female-led winner in a whopping 13 years. “The Shape of Water” is told through the eyes of Sally Hawkins‘ deaf janitor Elisa Esposito, a woman who falls in love with a sea creature. The last female perspective film to prevail at the Oscars was “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), which starred Hilary Swank as amateur boxer Mary Margaret “Maggie” Fitzgerald.

The Shape of Water” is hardly the only female-led film in this year’s Oscar discussion. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” stars Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes, a bereaved mother who guilts the police department for not solving her daughter’s murder. McDormand has already won trophies at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards,
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5 Burning Questions About Sundance 2018

5 Burning Questions About Sundance 2018
As Sundance 2018 kicks into high gear, it comes at a pivotal time for the movie industry. Independent films, for the most part, aren’t the box office darlings they used to be. Only a small handful of titles are able to break through at the box office each year (like “The Big Sick” or “Lady Bird”). There’s also a cultural shift taking place for women in Hollywood, following the public exposure of men like Harvey Weinstein, who allegedly sexually harassed and assaulted dozens.

Sundance has always celebrated diverse voices, and the 2018 edition of the festival is no different. This year, 38% of movies here are directed by women and 32% of movies are from non-white directors. Here are the five biggest questions facing studios and filmmakers as the festival launches.

1. Will Amazon and Netflix Continue to Dominate the Market?

The past two Sundances have been tales of two streaming giants. Flush with cash, Amazon and Netflix
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Sundance: Changing of the Guard Opens Door for Forward-Thinking Players

Micah Green is no stranger to the marathon deal-making frenzy that gives the Sundance Film Festival its energy and excitement.

The former CAA agent spent two decades on the front lines of the indie film gathering, hammering out distribution deals for the likes of “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” This year, Green’s flying out to Utah on a different mission. Last spring, he co-founded 30West with entrepreneur and producer Dan Friedkin. The 10-person company buys films, sells them and invests in them at various stages of production. As more and more independent movies are consigned to on-demand debuts or forced to forgo a stint in cinemas, 30West wants to fill a vacuum.

“It remains a buyer’s market for theatrical independent films,” said Green. “Just look at [the Toronto Film Festival]. Only a handful of the promising films that premiered there walked away with a legitimate theatrical release commitment.”

Green’s company is a signal of the tectonic
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Santa Barbara Film Festival Honors Saoirse Ronan, Thanks Rescue Workers

Santa Barbara Film Festival Honors Saoirse Ronan, Thanks Rescue Workers
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has selected Saoirse Ronan as recipient its Santa Barbara award for her role in “Lady Bird” — and thanked rescue workers in the Montecito area hit by deadly mudslides.

The festival made the announcement Friday in the aftermath of this week’s devastation with 17 declared dead, more than 40 people missing and hundreds of homes destroyed or badly damaged.

“The Santa Barbra International Film Festival would like to thank the city of Santa Barbara’s first responders and emergency authorities that have assisted with the relief from the fires and flooding that have recently devastated the city,” the festival said. “Their bravery and sacrifice cannot be overstated in providing relief during what has been an increasingly difficult time for Santa Barbara.”

The award had previously been called the Montecito award, a trophy is given to “a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film.”

Past recipients
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‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan to Accept Santa Barbara Award

‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan to Accept Santa Barbara Award
This year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 31 to February 10) will present “Lady Bird” Golden Globe Comedy winner Saoirse Ronan with its Santa Barbara Award on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Arlington Theatre.

Ronan has been delivering strong performances ever since her Oscar-nominated breakout role in Joe Wright’s “Atonement.” Since then she has earned a best Actress nomination for “Brooklyn.” She also starred in Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Joe Wright’s “Hanna,” Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones,” and Peter Weir’s “The Way Back.”

Past recipients of the award include Isabelle Huppert, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon, and Naomi Watts.

So far this awards season the festival has already presented Judi Dench with its Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film; the festival will also give Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) its Maltin
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‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan to Accept Santa Barbara Award

‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan to Accept Santa Barbara Award
This year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 31 to February 10) will present “Lady Bird” Golden Globe Comedy winner Saoirse Ronan with its Santa Barbara Award on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Arlington Theatre.

Ronan has been delivering strong performances ever since her Oscar-nominated breakout role in Joe Wright’s “Atonement.” Since then she has earned a best Actress nomination for “Brooklyn.” She also starred in Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Joe Wright’s “Hanna,” Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones,” and Peter Weir’s “The Way Back.”

Past recipients of the award include Isabelle Huppert, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon, and Naomi Watts.

So far this awards season the festival has already presented Judi Dench with its Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film; the festival will also give Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) its Maltin
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Film News Roundup: Mike Tyson’s ‘China Salesman’ Bought for North America

Film News Roundup: Mike Tyson’s ‘China Salesman’ Bought for North America
In today’s film news roundup, Mike Tyson’s “China Salesman” gets a VOD deal, Cinemand expands operations, and Stx hires three veteran executives.

Acquisition

Cleopatra Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the adventure “China Salesman,” starring Mike Tyson, Steven Seagal, Dong-Xue Li, Janicke Askevold, Li Ai, and Eriq Ebouaney, Variety has learned exclusively.

“China Salesman” is produced by China’s Wanda Corp. with a reported $20 million budget. Chinese filmmaker Tan Bing wrote and directed the film, which is set in Africa where a Chinese engineer/salesman comes face-to-face with a corrupt competitor over the contract for the first African mobile telecom technology.

Tyson portrays a tribesman and Seagal plays a mercenary with both drawn into the conflict in a brutal hand-to-hand fight while the entire country faces civil war battles.

“China Salesman” will be released theaterically on April 20 and on VOD plaforms on May 1. The deal was brokered by Cleopatra’s CEO Brian Perera and Tim Yasui
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Saoirse Ronan’s Mother FaceTimes in to Watch Her Win the Golden Globe for ‘Lady Bird’

Saoirse Ronan’s Mother FaceTimes in to Watch Her Win the Golden Globe for ‘Lady Bird’
Saoirse Ronan has nabbed her first Golden Globe, winning best actress in a comedy or musical for “Lady Bird” on Sunday night.

The Irish actress topped Judi Dench for “Victoria & Abdul,” Helen Mirren for “The Leisure Seeker,” Margot Robbie for “I, Tonya,” and Emma Stone for “Battle of the Sexes.”

Pausing to give a shout-out to her mother, who was watching via FaceTime on “someone’s phone over there,” Ronan thanked all the women that she loves in her own life and “actually everyone in this room.”

Ronan’s portrayal of headstrong high school senior Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson and her turbulent relationship with her mother (played by Laurie Metcalf) has been praised for capturing the poignancy and wackiness of late adolescence. The film premiered in September to a standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Ronan and Robbie had been the frontrunners for the award. Ronan was previously nominated for Oscars and Golden Globes
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