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How independent have the Spirit Awards winners been compared to Oscars? You might be surprised

How independent have the Spirit Awards winners been compared to Oscars? You might be surprised
The Film Independent Spirit Awards began in 1984 as a way to shine a spotlight on smaller art-house movies that often were made on a shoestring budget and came from entities outside the major studios. From its inception as an alternative to the likes of the Academy Awards, titles that were eligible have been required to have a budget cap of $20 million, although exceptions could be made. It is also a more populist organization. While a select group of committee members choose the nominees, anyone who can afford to pay a yearly $95 fee can vote on the final outcomes online.

With Friday morning’s announcement of this year’s slate of Spirit contenders (see the full list of nominees here), it is as good a time as any to investigate just how independent these awards are these days.

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Since 1984, The Film Independent Spirit Awards began as a way to shine a spotlight on smaller art-house movies that often were made on a shoestring budget and came from entities outside the major studios. From its inception as an alternative to the likes of the Academy Awards, titles that were eligible were required to have a budget cap of $20 million, although exceptions could be made. It is also a more populist organization. While a select group of committee members choose the nominees, anyone who can afford to pay a yearly $95 fee can vote on the final outcomes online.

With Friday morning’s announcement of this year’s slate of Spirit contenders, it is as good a time as any to investigate just how independent these awards are these days. Check out how many times that Oscar and its spunkier low-budget sibling have agreed on the winners in similar categories in the past 10 years.
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Oscar predictions slugfest 2019: Will Lady Gaga be crowned ‘queen of Hollywood’ like Jennifer Lawrence was? [Video & Audio Podcast]

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Oscar predictions slugfest 2019: Will Lady Gaga be crowned ‘queen of Hollywood’ like Jennifer Lawrence was? [Video & Audio Podcast]
“I would argue that the most egregious Oscar snub was when Judy Garland lost Best Actress for her ‘Star is Born’ to Grace Kelly,” says Gold Derby editor Paul Sheehan. Can Lady Gaga “right that wrong” by winning for her version of “A Star is Born“? That’s what Gold Derby founder Tom O’Neil thinks, although he’s “tempted every three seconds” to switch to Olivia Colman (“The Favourite“). Watch Sheehan, O’Neil and Daniel Montgomery debate the Best Actress race in the slugfest video above or listen to the audio podcast version below. See our latest prediction rankings for Best Actress here.

“Lady Gaga is at a point in her pop culture trajectory like Jennifer Lawrence was when she won for ‘Silver Linings Playbook,'” O’Neil argues. “When Jennifer Lawrence won it was a crown. She was the queen of Hollywood, and the academy placed that tiara on her head.
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Russell Hornsby (‘The Hate U Give’): ‘Not much has changed’ in America, but there’s hope [Exclusive Video Interview]

Russell Hornsby (‘The Hate U Give’): ‘Not much has changed’ in America, but there’s hope [Exclusive Video Interview]
Police brutality has been a widely debated subject in recent years, but actor Russell Hornsby believes “the time has always been pertinent” for a movie like “The Hate U Give,” he tells Gold Derby. “If you look back as to where this country has come from historically, and where we are now, not much has changed.” Watch our exclusive video interview above.

This 20th Century Fox release centers on Starr (Amandla Stenberg), an African-American teen who witnesses the death of her friend (Algee Smith) at the hands of a police officer. As she struggles with grief, she must decide whether or not to testify about the murder to a grand jury. Hornsby plays her father, Maverick, an ex-con trying to create a better life for his children.

See ‘The Hate U Give’ beats Oscar favorites at the Hamptons Film Festival, while ‘All Good’ and Roger Ailes doc also win

Maverick
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Regina King (‘Beale Street’ & ‘Seven Seconds’) could join elite club of actors to win 2 Golden Globes in 1 night

Regina King (‘Beale Street’ & ‘Seven Seconds’) could join elite club of actors to win 2 Golden Globes in 1 night
Fresh off her Emmy win for “Seven Seconds” as grieving mother Latrice Butler, Regina King finds herself in the enviable position of earning Oscar buzz for her performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Both performances will be eligible at the upcoming Golden Globes where she could very well become just the fifth actor in Golden Globes history to win two awards in one night. The actress has only been nominated once at the Golden Globes before, and considering how much the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) loves rewarding “new” people every year, she’s in a good position to win at least one by the end of the night.

SEEFirst time lucky? Regina King (‘If Beale Street Could Talk’) could be latest actor to win Oscar on inaugural nomination

King earned her third Emmy in September, following two wins for “American Crime.” Each time she has won, she’s
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Loved by Oscars, not by critics: Can ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ follow in footsteps of ‘The Reader,’ ‘Iron Lady’ and more?

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Loved by Oscars, not by critics: Can ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ follow in footsteps of ‘The Reader,’ ‘Iron Lady’ and more?
Bohemian Rhapsody” has generated Oscar buzz for Rami Malek‘s performance as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, and the film had a big opening weekend box office haul with $50 million in domestic receipts. It has all the hallmarks of a major awards player … except for the reviews. Critics have been decidedly mixed on the film, but does that necessarily doom it with the motion picture academy? Not necessarily.

As of this writing “Rhapsody” has a MetaCritic score of 49 based on 45 reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, which rates movies on just a pass-fail scale, the film is 60% fresh based on 246 reviews. Those numbers aren’t great in general, and especially for a film fighting to be considered the best of the best at year-end kudos. But the critical establishment doesn’t always line up with Oscar voters.

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A decade ago “The Reader” (2008) scored 58 on Mc and 62% on Rt,
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Amy Adams could win her first individual SAG Award for ‘Sharp Objects’ or ‘Vice’ – or both

Amy Adams could win her first individual SAG Award for ‘Sharp Objects’ or ‘Vice’ – or both
Amy Adams will likely be contending at next year’s Primetime Emmy Awards for “Sharp Objects,” and she’s a potential Oscar contender for her supporting role in “Vice,” but she’s got a couple of stops to make in the months leading up to them. One of them is the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January. She has previously earned four individual nominations for her work in film, and she won in 2013 as a member of the ensemble of “American Hustle,” but either “Sharp Objects” or “Vice” (or both) could earn Adams her very first individual SAG victory.

In HBO’s critically-acclaimed adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2006 debut novel, Adams plays Camille Preaker, an emotionally troubled reporter who returns to her hometown to cover the murders of two young girls. Helen Holmes (Observer) writes that Adams gives “an instant classic workaholic anti-hero performance reminiscent of ‘Mad Men’s’ Don Draper
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5 times Oscars and SAG Awards clashed on Best Actor: Denzel Washington, Adrien Brody, Casey Affleck …

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This year the Screen Actors Guild Awards celebrates its 25th anniversary, so we thought it’d be fun to look back at the past quarter-century to see how many times they disagreed with the Oscars when it came to honoring the year’s Best Actor. As it turns out, there are only a handful of differences as both organizations matched up 19 times out of 24 ceremonies. Scroll down to see the five times that the Oscars clashed with SAG.

See 5 reasons why I knew Lady Gaga would soar in ‘A Star Is Born’

Year: 2000

Oscar winner: Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”)

SAG winner: Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic”)

What happened: After winning the SAG Award for a leading performance, Oscar voters then decided to nominate Del Toro as a supporting actor. It’s rare for this kind of quirky category switcheroo to happen between awards shows, with Kate Winslet (“The Reader”) being another recent example.
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Cruel Intentions, Jurassic Park Leaving Netflix in November 2018

The good news is Netflix is adding more titles than it's losing in November. The bad news is the company also just announced which titles will no longer be available to stream next month. Some of the more popular films leaving include Amelie, Cruel Intentions, Jurassic Park, The Land Before Time, Paddington, The Reader and Steel Magnolias. Meanwhile, the first five seasons of the CBS hit Undercover Boss will also expire midway through the month. Here is the complete list of titles leaving Netflix in November 2018: Leaving 11/1/18 Amelie Crossfire Cruel Intentions Cruel Intentions 2 Cruel Intentions 3 Hellboy II: The Golden Army The...
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Academy Picks Producer Donna Gigliotti in Hopes of Reviving Viewership for 2019 Oscar Show

Academy Picks Producer Donna Gigliotti in Hopes of Reviving Viewership for 2019 Oscar Show
For the upcoming 91st Oscar telecast, after all the noise about the worst ratings in history, the Academy had to replace producers Michael DeLuca and Jennifer Todd. The duo did well enough their first time around (the Best Picture snafu was not their fault) to warrant returning their second, and put on a decent show within the usual constraints of a ceremony that must showcase 24 award winners.

For Oscars 2019, new producer Donna Gigliotti, who won an Oscar for Miramax’s surprise winner “Shakespeare in Love” in 1999, will pioneer new Academy rules allowing several of the tech Oscars to be handed out during the commercial break and then edited into the live show. (No one will miss their time in the spotlight; there will be a lot less walking.)

New Yorker Gigliotti will work closely with co-producer Glenn Weiss, who will also direct. If he looks familiar, he’s the unflappable
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Academy Picks Producer Donna Gigliotti in Hopes of Reviving Viewership for 2019 Oscar Show

Academy Picks Producer Donna Gigliotti in Hopes of Reviving Viewership for 2019 Oscar Show
For the upcoming 91st Oscar telecast, after all the noise about the worst ratings in history, the Academy had to replace producers Michael DeLuca and Jennifer Todd. The duo did well enough their first time around (the Best Picture snafu was not their fault) to warrant returning their second, and put on a decent show within the usual constraints of a ceremony that must showcase 24 award winners.

For Oscars 2019, new producer Donna Gigliotti, who won an Oscar for Miramax’s surprise winner “Shakespeare in Love” in 1999, will pioneer new Academy rules allowing several of the tech Oscars to be handed out during the commercial break and then edited into the live show. (No one will miss their time in the spotlight; there will be a lot less walking.)

New Yorker Gigliotti will work closely with co-producer Glenn Weiss, who will also direct. If he looks familiar, he’s the unflappable
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Donna Gigliotti To Produce 91st Oscars; Glenn Weiss Is Co-Producer

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Donna Gigliotti To Produce 91st Oscars; Glenn Weiss Is Co-Producer
And the Oscar producing gig goes to … Donna Gigliotti. The veteran producer won the Best Picture Academy Award for 1998’s Shakespeare in Love and has been nominated three times since, for The Reader, Silver Linings Playbook and Hidden Figures.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also said today that Glenn Weiss — who famously proposed to his girlfriend during his acceptance speech at the Emmy Awards last month — will co-produce and direct the Academy Awards. He helmed the past three Oscarcasts, and he picked up that Emmy for directing the 90th Oscars.

Gigliotti’s other producing credits date to the mid-’90s on such films as Devil in a Blue Dress and Emma, and her more recent credits also include Beasts of No Nation, The Fundamentals of Caring and I Don’t Know How She Does It.

“Donna and Glenn will infuse new energy and vision into this 91st awards presentation,
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Donna Gigliotti, Glenn Weiss Set as 2019 Oscars Producers

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Donna Gigliotti, Glenn Weiss Set as 2019 Oscars Producers
Oscar-winning producer Donna Gigliotti (“Shakespeare in Love”) will produce the 91st Academy Awards with Emmy-winning director Glenn Weiss set to co-produce and direct the annual awards show, to be broadcast in February 2019 on ABC, Academy President John Bailey announced Monday.

This marks Weiss’ fourth consecutive year helming the Oscars. And yes, he is the one who proposed to his girlfriend while accepting an award (for his work on the 2018 Oscars) at the Emmys last month.

“Donna and Glenn will infuse new energy and vision into this 91st awards presentation, and we are excited about a broad-based creative relationship with these two artists,” Bailey said in a statement.

Also Read: Jennifer Fox to Produce Oscars Academy's 2018 Governors Awards

“I’m grateful to the Academy and ABC for entrusting me with this very special opportunity,” said Gigliotti. “I’m sure it will prove to be a humbling, exhilarating and completely unique experience.
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Oscars: Donna Gigliotti, Glenn Weiss to Produce Telecast

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Oscars: Donna Gigliotti, Glenn Weiss to Produce Telecast
Donna Gigliotti will produce the 91st Oscars telecast, with Glenn Weiss co-producing and directing the show.

The Academy Awards will air live on ABC on Feb. 24, 2019, from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“Donna and Glenn will infuse new energy and vision into this 91st awards presentation, and we are excited about a broad-based creative relationship with these two artists,” Academy president John Bailey said on Monday.

Gigliotti won a best picture Academy Award as one of the producers of 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love.” She’s been nominated in the category for “The Reader,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” and “Hidden Figures.” Her other producing credits include “Beasts of No Nation,” “Two Lovers,” “The Good Night,” and “Emma.”

Weiss has directed the last three Oscar broadcasts, winning Emmys for outstanding directing for a variety special for the 2017 and 2018 shows. He’s won a total of 14 Emmys (including for his work
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Kate Winslet movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Titanic,’ ‘Eternal Sunshine’

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Kate Winslet movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Titanic,’ ‘Eternal Sunshine’
Kate Winslet represents the third generation of actors in her family. Her grandparents ran a repertory theater in England and her father struggled for many years as an actor himself while working other jobs to support his family. Winslet however found incredible success quite early in her career and by the time she turned 30, she had already received four Oscar nominations and played the female lead in the biggest box office blockbuster Hollywood had ever seen, “Titanic.”

While success in films came easy for Winslet, the one thing that did seem to elude her for a long time was recognition from the Academy. She would have to wait through five Oscar losses before the award would finally come her away for the 2008 movie “The Reader.” She would lampoon her Oscar troubles (and ironically receive an Emmy nomination) on an episode of the Ricky Gervais comedy “Extras.” On that show Winslet
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Kate Winslet movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Kate Winslet movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Kate Winslet represents the third generation of actors in her family. Her grandparents ran a repertory theater in England and her father struggled for many years as an actor himself while working other jobs to support his family. Winslet however found incredible success quite early in her career and by the time she turned 30, she had already received four Oscar nominations and played the female lead in the biggest box office blockbuster Hollywood had ever seen, “Titanic.”

While success in films came easy for Winslet, the one thing that did seem to elude her for a long time was recognition from the Academy. She would have to wait through five Oscar losses before the award would finally come her away for the 2008 movie “The Reader.” She would lampoon her Oscar troubles (and ironically receive an Emmy nomination) on an episode of the Ricky Gervais comedy “Extras.” On that show Winslet
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Emmys: Will overdue Jeremy Podeswa (‘Game of Thrones’) finally win for directing Season 7 finale ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’?

Emmys: Will overdue Jeremy Podeswa (‘Game of Thrones’) finally win for directing Season 7 finale ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’?
Will director Jeremy Podeswa finally win his first Emmy Award this year for helming the Season 7 finale of “Game of Thrones,” “The Dragon and the Wolf”? (Read our recap of the episode.) This marks Podeswa’s fourth career Emmy nomination following bids for the “Game of Thrones” episode “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (2015), the “Boardwalk Empire” episode “Anastasia” (2011) and “Part Eight” of “The Pacific” (2010).

TV academy members may feel that it’s time the overdue director received recognition for his more than two decades of television work. After all, Podeswa’s filmography reads like a list of the Emmys’ favorite TV shows, including “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “True Detective,” “The Walking Dead,” “American Horror Story,” “Homeland,” “Dexter” and “Six Feet Under.”

SEE2018 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards

In this year’s Emmy race for Best Drama Directing Podeswa faces off against the following competitors:

*Kari Skogland
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The Oscar Legacy of ‘The Dark Knight': Christopher Nolan’s Hit Changed the Rules, But Did That Even Matter?

The Oscar Legacy of ‘The Dark Knight': Christopher Nolan’s Hit Changed the Rules, But Did That Even Matter?
The release of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” 10 years ago led directly to a decade in which big commercial hits like “Wonder Woman,” “Deadpool,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Skyfall,” “Bridesmaids” and “Star Trek” received Best Picture nominations.

Best picture nominations, that is, from the Producers Guild Awards. Not the Oscars.

Sure, the Academy changed its rules in the aftermath of the notorious 2009 snub of “The Dark Knight” in an attempt to increase the likelihood of well-reviewed commercial hits landing nominations for the top category, but the change has mostly resulted in nominations for even more little indie films, not more big studio ones.

Also Read: 'The Dark Knight' to Mark 10th Anniversary With Limited IMAX Re-Release

And if this year’s biggest hit, “Black Panther,” doesn’t get a nomination in the top category this January, the Academy will find itself asking the same question it asked in
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Kate Winslet, Diane Keaton, Mia Wasikowska to Star in ‘Silent Heart’ Remake

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Kate Winslet, Diane Keaton, Mia Wasikowska to Star in ‘Silent Heart’ Remake
Kate Winslet, Diane Keaton, and Mia Wasikowska have signed on to star in “Blackbird,” a remake of Bille August’s Danish-language “Silent Heart,” with Roger Mitchell directing.

Millennium Films is producing the movie. Producers are Sherryl Clark and Millennium’s David Bernardi. Millennium’s Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Jeffrey Greenstein, and Jonathan Yunger are executive producing.

Mitchell will direct from a script by “Silent Heart” screenwriter Christian Torpe. Shooting is planned for August in London.

Keaton will play a terminally ill mother who brings her family together for one last weekend before she commits suicide. Winslet and Wasikowsa will play her daughters.

In “Silent Heart,” released in 2014, the mother was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and was planning to pursue euthanasia with the help of her husband at the end of the weekend. But the decision became difficult to handle for the daughters and brought old conflicts to the surface.
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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ Changed Movies, and the Oscars, Forever

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ Changed Movies, and the Oscars, Forever
In late 2008, Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” — a zeitgeist-infused superhero sequel that would come to be widely regarded as the best in the genre — was on a crash-course with major Oscar recognition. Nominations from the producers, directors, and writers guilds, as well as a monster domestic box office haul north of $500 million, only firmed up expectations.

Then, “The Reader” happened. The Stephen Daldry drama, steeped in Oscar-friendly Holocaust trappings, was muscled into the race by Harvey Weinstein at a time when the now-disgraced mogul’s Miramax glory days were fast-becoming a distant memory, and the awards outlook for his newly formed Weinstein Co. was increasingly dim. (Movies like “Mrs Henderson Presents” and “Bobby” had failed to connect with voters.) “The Reader” nailed down nominations for best picture, director, and adapted screenplay, effectively boxing out Nolan’s critically acclaimed blockbuster in the top fields.

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