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2018 Oscars guild awards final scorecard: ‘Dunkirk’ wins with 5, ‘The Shape of Water’ 4

2018 Oscars guild awards final scorecard: ‘Dunkirk’ wins with 5, ‘The Shape of Water’ 4
Of the nine Best Picture nominees at the Oscars, “Dunkirk” did the best at the guild awards. It ended up winning with five (casting directors, film editors, sound editors and visual effects wizards) of the 11 at which it contended. It lost with the actors, art directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors and producers. This WWII epic had not been in the running with the makeup artists & hairstylists or writers.

The Shape of Water” was nominated at a whopping 12 ceremonies (having been snubbed only by the Visual Effects Society). It prevailed with four, including a shocker at the Costume Designers Guild Awards on Feb. 20, when it won Best Period Costumes over Oscar frontrunner “Phantom Thread.” This fantasy film also won with the directors, producers and art directors.

Darkest Hour” won with the actors and makeup artists & hairstylists. “Get Out” chalked up victories with the directors and writers. And “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
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2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘The Shape of Water’ wins with 4, including upset at Costume Designers Guild

2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘The Shape of Water’ wins with 4, including upset at Costume Designers Guild
The Shape of Water” pulled off a shocker at the Costume Designers Guild Awards on Feb. 20, winning Best Period Costumes over Oscar frontrunner “Phantom Thread.” That unexpected outcome marked its fourth win from the 11 guilds weighing in to date. This fantasy film previously prevailed with the directors, producers and art directors. It is in contention with the two remaining groups on deck: the makeup artists & hair stylists and sound editors. The only group with which it did not contend this awards season was the Visual Effects Society.

Of the other Best Picture nominees, “Dunkirk” has gone four for nine at these precursor prizes (casting directors, film editors, sound editors and visual effects wizards). It is in the running with the sound editors.

Blade Runner 2049” won with both groups that held awards last weekend: the cinematographers and sound editors. It had previously prevailed with the art directors.

Get Out” chalked
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2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘Dunkirk’ wins at 4 of 10, ‘The Shape of Water’ at 3

2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘Dunkirk’ wins at 4 of 10, ‘The Shape of Water’ at 3
Of the nine Oscar nominees for Best Picture, “Dunkirk” is faring best with the guild awards. It has won with four of the 10 to date (casting directors, film editors, sound editors and visual effects wizards). It is in contention at two of the remaining three groups (costume designers, sound mixers) but missed out on any recognition from the makeup artists & hair stylists. Those three guilds will hand out awards during final voting for the Oscars, which kicks off on Feb. 20 for eight days.

While “Dunkirk” racked up nominations from 11 of the 13 guilds (it was also snubbed by the writers), “The Shape of Water” did it one better, with only the Visual Effects Society overlooking this fantasy film in its nominations. It won with three groups to date: the directors, producers and art directors. And it is in contention at all three of the upcoming awards.

Blade Runner 2049” won with
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2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Shape of Water’ win with 3 of the 8 to date

The Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture, “The Shape of Water,” is in contention for prizes from 12 of the 13 guilds. The one group that didn’t nominate it, the Visual Effects Society, held its awards on Feb. 13. One of the other eight Best Picture nominees, “Dunkirk,” won best supporting visual effects here. That brought its overall recognition from the guilds up to three, having previously prevailed with the casting directors and film editors.

This latest win ties this WWII epic with “The Shape of Water,” which has also been cited by three of the eight groups to be heard from to date: the directors, producers and art directors. It lost its races at the awards held by the actors, casting directors, film editors and writers.

The Shape of Water” was bested at the Writers Guild of America Awards on Feb. 11 by another Best Picture contender, “Get Out.” That satire vies at
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2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘The Shape of Water’ has won with three, ‘Get Out’ with two

2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘The Shape of Water’ has won with three, ‘Get Out’ with two
The Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture, “The Shape of Water,” has reaped bids from 12 of the 13 guild awards, having been snubbed only by the visual effects artists. This fantasy film has won with three of the seven groups to be heard from to date: the directors, producers and art directors. It lost its races at the awards held by the actors, casting directors, film editors and writers.

It was bested at the Writers Guild of America Awards on Feb. 11 by “Get Out,” one of the other eight Best Picture nominees. That satire contends at eight guilds in total and has also won a prize from the DGA for first-time helmer Jordan Peele. The other winner with the WGA was Best Picture contender “Call Me By Your Name.”

Another Best Picture nominee, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” was a favorite of the actors, taking home a whopping three SAG Awards. And
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2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘The Shape of Water’ has won with three of six to date including DGA

2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘The Shape of Water’ has won with three of six to date including DGA
“The Shape of Water,” which reaped a leading 13 Oscar nominations, is in the running for 12 of the 13 guild awards missing out only with the visual effects artists. It has won with three of the six groups to be heard from to date: the directors, producers and art directors. This fantasy film lost its races at the awards held by the actors, casting directors and film editors.

One of its main Oscar rivals for Best Picture, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” edged it out with the casting directors. And this character study was a favorite of the actors as well, taking home a whopping three SAG Awards.

Two of the other nine Best Picture nominees — “Dunkirk” and “Lady Bird” — also won with the casting directors with the former also finding favor with the film editors. Another Best Picture contender, “Darkest Hour,” picked up a prize from the actors.

Four more groups — cinematographers,
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2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘The Shape of Water’ won with Art Directors Guild, ‘Dunkirk’ with Ace Eddies

2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘The Shape of Water’ won with Art Directors Guild, ‘Dunkirk’ with Ace Eddies
On the weekend after Oscar nominations were announced on Jan. 23, the art directors and film editors revealed their picks for the best of the year. Prior to the unveiling of the Academy Awards roster, we’d already heard from the casting directors, producers and actors. Five more groups — cinematographers, directors, sound editors, visual effects wizards and writers — will weigh in before final voting for the Oscars commences on Feb. 20. The remaining three (costume designers, makeup artists & hair stylists, sound mixers) will have their say during the eight days of voting for the Academy Awards that ends on Feb. 27.

The Shape of Water,” which reaped 13 Oscar nominations, is in the running for 12 of the 13 guild awards missing out only with Visual Effects Society. It has won with two of the five groups to date: the producers and the art directors.

One of its main Oscar rivals for Best Picture, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
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2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘Three Billboards’ won at SAG and Csa, ‘The Shape of Water’ took PGA

2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘Three Billboards’ won at SAG and Csa, ‘The Shape of Water’ took PGA
Before Oscar nominations were announced on Jan. 23, we’d already heard from the casting directors, producers and actors with their picks for the best of the year. Two more (art directors, film editors) hand out prizes on the weekend of Jan. 27. Five more — cinematographers, directors, sound editors, visual effects wizards and writers — will weigh in before final voting for the Oscars commences on Feb. 20. The remaining three (costume designers, makeup artists & hair stylists, sound mixers) will have their say during the eight days of voting for the Academy Awards that ends on Feb. 27.

The Shape of Water,” which reaped 13 Oscar nominations, is in the running for 12 of the 13 guild awards missing out only with Visual Effects Society. While it has won with just one of the three groups to date, but it was a biggie: the producers.

One of its main Oscar rivals for Best Picture, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
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2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘The Shape of Water’ went 12 for 13 with nominations (missing only visual effects)

2018 Oscars guild awards scorecard: ‘The Shape of Water’ went 12 for 13 with nominations (missing only visual effects)
With just hours before the Oscar nominations are announced, we heard from the Motion Picture Sound Editors with their nominees for the best of the year. These masters of sound were 13th guild to weigh in with their choices following the actors, art directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, film editors, makeup artists & hairstylists, producers, sound mixers, visual effects wizards and writers. In addition, the casting directors have had their say.

With its three bids from the Mpse, “The Shape of Water” is represented at 12 of the 13 guild awards; the Visual Effects Society had ended a streak that had seen it reap bids from the first 11 precursor prizes to reveal their rosters.

Dunkirk” is at 11, having missed out with the writers and makeup artists/hairstylists. The Best Picture frontrunner, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” is in contention at nine guilds.”Get Out” and “Lady Bird” are each missing from the line-ups of five guilds.
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The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors

The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors
Casting directors remain the only job in the opening titles that doesn’t have its own Oscar category, but there’s reason to believe that will change. Already recognized by the Emmys, casting directors have made tremendous strides since they unionized in 2005 and negotiated their first contract with studios. In 2013, the guild earned its own Academy branch and received three seats at the Academy’s Board of Governors’ table. Last year, Lynn Stalmaster (“The Graduate,” “West Side Story”) received an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards, becoming the first-ever casting director to receive an Academy Award.

So: Let’s imagine for a moment casting directors had their own Oscar category in 2017: What are the best-cast films of the year?

IndieWire asked 15 of the top casting directors to nominate films worthy of casting recognition this year. We often think of the best films in terms of their expressive cinematography, enveloping production design,
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Would Not Have Been a Hit Without the Perfect Casting

Seth Meyers sat down with Jordan Peele on Nov. 14 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City to discuss his smash hit, the racially charged horror-thriller “Get Out.” Released back in February, the film has garnered attention from the industry as an awards contender, including leading the 2017 Gotham Awards in nominations with four. The story follows a mixed-race couple as Chris, the black lead, is meeting his white girlfriend Rose’s parents for the first time during a weekend in their bucolic home. Over the course of his visit, he finds Rose’s parents are sitting on a twisted, racist scheme, and he’s caught in the middle. As a first-time director, Peele did a lot of things right, but he noted that the film would be nothing had he not found the perfect performers to bring his script to life. Alongside CD Terri Taylor, he sought out actors
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Happy Death Day Coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital with Alternate Ending & Deleted Scenes in January

"We're gonna party like it's your birthday..." Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Happy Death Day on Digital 4K Ultra HD and standard definition through the Movies Anywhere app on January 2nd as well as on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD platforms on the 16th. Continue reading for specs and fun Happy Death Day featurettes:

Press Release: Universal City, Calif., Nov. 14, 2017 -- Universal Pictures Home Entertainment presents the "fun horror ride" (Don Kaye, Den of Geek) Happy Death Day, where a college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity. Perfect for horror fans, this film is available on Digital in 4K Ultra HD and standard definition as well as via the all-new digital movie app Movies Anywhere on January 2, 2018, and on Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand January 16, 2018. Own Happy Death Day on Blu-ray,
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Interview: Producer Jason Blum Talks Happy Death Day and the Pressure Surrounding the New Halloween Movie

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In theaters today is Christopher Landon’s Happy Death Day, a horror comedy about a sorority girl who must contend with living out her death over and over again to figure out just who it is that is trying to kill her. Landon’s latest was produced by the fine folks over at Blumhouse Productions, and at a recent press day for their latest offering, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with producer Jason Blum.

During the interview, Blum discussed collaborating with Landon, why Blumhouse will always take risks with their directorial talent and the types of films they make, and the pressure he’s feeling in regards to the upcoming new Halloween film.

I know you’ve worked with Chris before, so I’m sure it was an easy decision to team up again. But I was wondering, what was it about this project in particular that caught
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Jordan Peele’s Get Out Coming to Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD & VOD This May, Bonus Features Include Alternate Ending

If you missed it in theaters or you can't wait to visit the "Sunken Place" once again, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Jordan Peele's Get Out on Digital HD beginning May 9th, followed by a Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD release on May 23rd.

Horror fans who pick this one up on Blu-ray or DVD will have plenty of bonus features to enjoy, including an alternate ending, deleted scenes, and audio commentary with Peele. For more information, we have the official press release with full details below, and, in case you missed it, check out our Sundance review of Get Out.

Press Release: Universal City, California, April 4, 2017 – A speculative thriller from Blumhouse Productions (Split, Insidious franchise, The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, the first African-American writer/director to cross $100 million at the box office with his debut film, Get Out arrives on Digital HD on
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Ouija: Origin Of Evil Blu-ray, DVD, VOD & Digital HD Release Details & Cover Art

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment invites viewers to travel back to the ’60s to communicate with the dead when they release Ouija: Origin of Evil on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD in January.

Press Release: Universal City, Calif., Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The chilling prequel to the horror hit invites audiences again into the lore of the spirit board when Ouija: Origin of Evil arrives on Digital HD January 10, 2017 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand January 17, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Set 50 years prior to the events that took place in Ouija, director and writer Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Before I Wake) tells a terrifying new tale as a grieving spiritualist mother and her young daughters discover the buried dangers of an ancient game. With exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes, a character spotlight, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, and more, Ouija: Origin of Evil delivers spine-tingling chills to viewers.
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In A Valley Of Violence Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

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Ti West enters the Wild West with his newest film, In a Valley of Violence. Starring Ethan Hawke, John Travolta, and Jumpy the dog, the revenge Western will come out firing on Blu-ray and DVD this December from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Press Release: Universal City, California, October 26, 2016 – A mysterious drifter enters a forgotten town in the edgy action film, In a Valley of Violence, available now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on December 27, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From acclaimed director, Ti West (The Sacrament, The Innkeepers), and famed producer Jason Blum (Insidious, The Visit), the film stars Academy Award® nominees; John Travolta (The People v. O.J. Simpson, Criminal Activities) and Ethan Hawke (Sinister 2, Maggie’s Plan). The In a Valley of Violence Blu-ray™ and DVD include bonus content that takes viewers on a wild ride behind the scenes with an exciting inside look at the making of the film.
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Giveaway – Win A Copy Of The Gift

Revenge comes in an artfully wrapped package in The Gift, a chilling psychological thriller available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and on Demand October 27, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From Stx Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions (Whiplash, The Purge) The Gift is a suspenseful and thrilling morality tale that earned a “Certified Fresh” seal on Rotten Tomatoes with a remarkable score of 93%. The Blu-ray and DVD are packed with chilling bonus features including a riveting alternate ending, deleted scenes, feature commentary with writer and director Joel Edgerton, and more.

The Gift asks the question, “Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone?” Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going as planned until a chance run-in with Simon’s high-school acquaintance sends their world into a narrowing tailspin. At first Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton), but after a series
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Watch: Jason Blum and Jon M. Chu Talk Taking Risks and Facing Failure as 'Jem and the Holograms' Flops

Watch: Jason Blum and Jon M. Chu Talk Taking Risks and Facing Failure as 'Jem and the Holograms' Flops
Jason Blum, founder and CEO of indie label Blumhouse Productions, woke up Sunday morning to some awkward news. As he put it at the outset of Film Independent Forum's Executive Conversation (video above), he was meant to be "imparting wisdom, having released this movie that is just crashing and burning at the box office." That movie, "Jem and the Holograms," landed in 15th place on its opening weekend, earning just $1.3 million from 2,413 theaters—or a disastrous $547 per-theater average. "We're eating humble pie today," Blum said. Read More: Top 10 Takeaways: Why This Weekend Was a Box Office Horror Story" Preceded by "Jem" director John M. Chu's Film Independent Forum keynote the day before (video below), Blum's conversation with Blumhouse colleagues Couper Samuelson and Terri Taylor and moderator Jen Yamato (The Daily Beast) offered an impressively frank assessment of the challenges facing indie producers and filmmakers in a...
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Own The Gift On October 27 – Stars Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall And Joel Edgerton

Revenge comes in an artfully wrapped package in The Gift, a chilling psychological thriller available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and on Demand October 27, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From Stx Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions (Whiplash, The Purge) The Gift is a suspenseful and thrilling morality tale that earned a “Certified Fresh” seal on Rotten Tomatoes with a remarkable score of 93%.

The Blu-ray and DVD are packed with chilling bonus features including a riveting alternate ending, deleted scenes, feature commentary with writer and director Joel Edgerton, and more.

The Gift asks the question, “Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone?” Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going as planned until a chance run-in with Simon’s high-school acquaintance sends their world into a narrowing tailspin. At first Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton), but after a series
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11th Annual Film Independent Forum Announces Lineup, Including Jason Blum

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Read More: Attention, Screenwriters: 5 Lessons from the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab Film Independent has announced that the 11th annual Film Independent Forum will feature Blumhouse Productions Founder and CEO Jason Blum, along with Couper Samuelson, Head of Motion Pictures and Terri Taylor, Head of Casting participating in an Executive Conversation on Sunday, October 25.  Film Independent is the non-profit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the La Film Festival. Additional panelists at the Forum include producers Miranda Bailey ("The Diary of a Teenage Girl"), Nina Yang Bongiovi ("Dope," "Fruitvale Station," "Partner," "Significant Productions"), writers Bridget Bedard ("Transparent," "Mad Men"), Wendy Calhoun ("Empire"), Josh Braun (Co-President of Submarine Entertainment, Submarine Deluxe) and Jessica Lacy (Head of International & Independent...
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