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How easy is it to win an Oscar if your film isn’t a Best Picture nominee?

How easy is it to win an Oscar if your film isn’t a Best Picture nominee?
In 2009 the Academy Awards expanded the Best Picture race in the hopes of giving more popular films a chance at being nominated. In the years since, it has produced hit and miss results when it comes to this goal. However, we have seen an uptick in the number of winners of other categories at the Oscars now being from films that number among the Best Picture nominees.

Between 2009 and 2017, 81 films received a Best Picture nomination. Collectively they racked up an impressive 157 nominations of which they’ve won 138 or 88%. Below is a breakdown of the number of times the winner of a category was also a Best Picture contender and the impact that could have on this year’s Oscars.

Best Director: 9 for 9

Only Bennet Miller (“Foxcatcher,” 2014) has received a Best Director bid without his film being nominated. This rules out a win by Pawel Pawlikowski for “Cold War.”

Best Actor:
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Keira Knightley on A Life in Pictures: From ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ to ‘Colette’

Keira Knightley on A Life in Pictures: From ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ to ‘Colette’
Keira Knightley‘s film career started over 20 years ago, something she quickly pointed out when she first sat down at BAFTA’s Piccadilly headquarters to talk with film critic Jason Solomons about “A Life in Pictures.” In the entertaining discussion that followed, the two-time Oscar nominee was relaxed, cracked many a joke and swore a lot. She vividly recalled the highlights of a career that includes “Bend it Like Beckham,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy, a hattrick of Joe Wright films — “Pride & Prejudice,” “Atonement” and “Anna Karenina” — and her latest release “Colette.”

Knightley began the evening by recounting the time when, at age nine, she organized a protest and stage a sit-in with her friends across from the school field after they were told they weren’t allowed to play football with the boys. “I’ve always had a f**k you attitude,”she admitted.

That certainly helped
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Cara Delevingne: "Puma Bodywear"

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Sneak Peek new images, plus footage of Brit actress Cara Delevingne ("Suicide Squad") in the Fall-Winter 2018 "Puma Bodywear" campaign:

Delevingne started out by signing with Storm Model Management after leaving school in 2009. In 2012, she won the "Model of the Year" award at the 'British Fashion Awards'.

She then appeared in shows for the fashion houses Burberry, Chanel, Mulberry, Dolce & Gabbana and Jason Wu.

In 2012, she had a small role in the film adaptation of "Anna Karenina".

Delevingne followed this with the role of 'Margo Roth Spiegelman' in the romantic mystery "Paper Towns" (2015), as 'Kath Talent' in "London Fields" and as 'Enchantress' in "Suicide Squad" (2016).

In 2017 she starred in "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets".

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Cara Delevingne for "Puma Bodywear"...
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Ten Things I Learned At Tcmff 2018

Ten Things I Learned At Tcmff 2018

Yet another TCM Classic Film Festival is in the bank—the ninth out of nine I’ve been privileged to attend. For those who have a mind to, my extended coverage of the festival—not a blow-by-blow of everything I did, but a look at some of the highlights—is available at Slant magazine’s blog The House Next Door, the venue that has sponsored my Tcmff attendance for all of those nine years. As I have said many times, my classic movie education would be considerably less rich without the support of my editor at Slant, Ed Gonzalez, and I would be remiss if he ever had a moment in which the truth of this statement was not perfectly clear in his mind. And as if by way of proving my gain, every year, in addition to the Slant piece, I like to
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Darkest Hour Director Joe Wright is Set To Helm a Hitchcockian Style Thriller Called The Women On The Window

Director Joe Wright, who is hot off the success of his incredible film Darkest Hour, has found another film project to take on. The film is called The Woman in the Window, which is based on the novel by A.J. Finn. The story has a very Hitchcockian kind of vibe to it, and it sounds like the perfect project for Wright to take on. Here's the story description:

It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins
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2018 Oscars predictions: Does ‘Phantom Thread’ have Best Costume Design all sewn up?

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2018 Oscars predictions: Does ‘Phantom Thread’ have Best Costume Design all sewn up?
With Oscar season winding down “Phantom Thread” continues to lead our predictions for Best Costume Design with odds of 2/9. That’s not exactly a surprise since the film is all about a fashion designer (played by Daniel Day-Lewis), which puts a strong emphasis on the film’s wardrobe. Or maybe it is a surprise since “Phantom Thread,” despite its fashion-forward storyline, actually lost the Costume Designers Guild Award for period films to “The Shape of Water.” But the film’s threads are designed by Mark Bridges, who previously won this category for “The Artist” (2011), so we know the academy is fond of his work. Does he have this race all sewn up?

As of this writing more than 4,700 users have made their predictions at Gold Derby. That includes 26 Expert journalists from top media outlets, 22 of whom agree with the consensus that “Phantom Thread” will prevail: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Kyle Buchanan
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No guts no glory Oscar predictions: Go ahead & laugh at me for picking ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Valerian,’ and …

No guts no glory Oscar predictions: Go ahead & laugh at me for picking ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Valerian,’ and …
I tend to be a fairly conservative Oscar pundit. I don’t go out on many limbs or rely on gut instinct. I try to do the math as objectively as possible based on the most reliable awards season precursors, which is why my predictions accuracy is 100% every year — trust me, no need to fact-check that. But occasionally I will still follow a hunch or two — or five. The following are my top seven biggest hunches that, according to our racetrack odds, I’m completely wrong about.

Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Best Supporting Actor — The controversial film has been surging, most recently winning top honors at the SAG Awards. Harrelson didn’t make many appearances on the awards scene for this performance early on, but he got in where it counts: at SAG and the BAFTAs. Those awards are bestowed by the same kinds of industry professionals who voted on the Oscars,
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Keira Knightley Stays Away From Modern-Set Films Because ‘Female Characters Nearly Always Get Raped’

Keira Knightley Stays Away From Modern-Set Films Because ‘Female Characters Nearly Always Get Raped’
Keira Knightley’s affection for period-set films and historical offerings goes deeper than just happening to like those kinds of films: she really just likes the kind of roles they include for women. In a wide-ranging new interview with Variety, the actress spoke out about why she so often finds “inspiring characters” in historical pieces. She told the outlet, “I don’t really do films set in the modern day because the female characters nearly always get raped. I always find something distasteful in the way women are portrayed.” She added, “I’ve always found very inspiring characters offered to me in historical pieces.”

And while Knightley, who will next be seen in the Sundance premiere “Colette” (a fact-based, historically set feature about the eponymous trailblazing French novelist) is seeing some uptick in the world of modern-set scripts. She told Variety, “There’s been some improvement. I’m suddenly being
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Grey's Anatomy Star Kevin McKidd Finalizes Divorce from Wife of 17 Years

Grey's Anatomy Star Kevin McKidd Finalizes Divorce from Wife of 17 Years
Grey’s Anatomy star Kevin McKidd and his wife Jane Parker have finalized their divorce after separating in October 2015.

The couple, who have been married 17 years, will share joint legal custody of their two kids together, daughter Iona, 15, and son Joseph, 17, according to papers filed Dec. 22 and obtained by People.

A “nesting arrangement” had been agreed upon for physical custody, meaning the kids have remained living in their family home while McKidd and Parker will rotated visits in and out. But according to the papers, this will end sometime before June 2018.

McKidd, 44, will pay $22,440 in monthly child support and $65,096 in spousal support,
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'Lara Croft' "Tomb Raider"

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Sneak Peek more new footage, plus leaked set images from the upcoming live-action "Tomb Raider" reboot, directed by Roar Uthaug, starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander ("The Danish Girl") as 'Lara Croft', opening March 16, 2018:

"We see 'Lara' as a young woman," said director Uthaug, "...smart and capable but largely unfocused, and follow her on a dangerous journey...

"...that will push her to her limits in every sense and allow her to hone...

"...the 'skills' she needs to ultimately become who she was meant to be..."

Vikander trained as a ballet dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and the School of American Ballet in New York.

She began her professional acting career appearing in Swedish television series...

...gaining recognition for her role as 'Josefin Björn-Tegebrandt' in the TV drama "Andra Avenyn" (2008–10).

Vikander made her feature film debut in "Pure" (2010), winning the 'Guldbagge Award' for 'Best Actress'.
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How Gary Oldman and Joe Wright Created the World of Winston Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’

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How Gary Oldman and Joe Wright Created the World of Winston Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’
A version of this story first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine. More than a decade ago, a mutual friend introduced Gary Oldman to a young, aspiring director named Joe Wright, and added this note: “He’s going to be a great director someday.” Wright went on to make “Pride & Prejudice,” “Atonement,” “Hanna” and “Anna Karenina,” among other films — and Oldman remembered the long-ago introduction when the director came to him to star as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” a historical drama that focuses on Churchill as he assumes the office of Prime Minister in the perilous.
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Movie Review – Darkest Hour (2017)

Darkest Hour, 2017.

Directed by Joe Wright.

Starring Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stephen Dillane, Samuel West, Jordan Waller, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn.

Synopsis:

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

Before even beginning to praise the authentic and physically transformative Academy Award-worthy performance from legendary actor Gary Oldman portraying arguably the greatest politician in history, Prime Minister of Great Britain Winston Churchill, it should be made clear that the excellence doesn’t start and stop with the chameleon-like appearance or the numerous rousing speeches of defiance. Director Joe Wright (no stranger to period pieces and biopics having helmed features such as Atonement and Anna Karenina) understands that even the most lifelike depiction possible of the curmudgeonly yet bracingly
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‘Darkest Hour’ Composer on Helping to Bring Joe Wright’s Thunderous Vision of Churchill to Life

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‘Darkest Hour’ Composer on Helping to Bring Joe Wright’s Thunderous Vision of Churchill to Life
Joe Wright, the British maximalist behind some of the most audacious screen adaptations in recent years, is as visually expressive a director as they come, and yet it’s hard to imagine watching his films with the sound off. Removing the music from any of his movies would be like ripping a bandage off an unhealed wound — impossible to remove without taking off some raw flesh. The scores that Wright commissions aren’t merely ornamental; they’re not just a garnish layered over a finished piece of work for added effect. On the contrary, the compositions are utterly inextricable from the films themselves, like a second script that weaves into the first one and knots them both together.

Needless to say, that approach could make things pretty difficult for a director who doesn’t write their own music. Fortunately for Wright, he doesn’t have to — he’s always has
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery is an English actress who was born in London on December 15, 1981. She began her career as a performer in 2004 when she played the role of Jessie in the stage production ‘His Dark Materials. She then began to work in both film and television. She is best-known for playing the role of Lady Mary Crawley in the British ITV television series ‘Downtown Abbey’ between 2010 and 2015. Some of Dockery’s films have included ‘Anna Karenina’, ‘Hanna’, and ‘Non-Stop’. She currently plays Letty Raines in ‘Good Behavior’. Here are five more things you probably don’t know about

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Michelle Dockery
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Legendary book's adaptation film to release in India on..

The film adaptation of legendary author Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is all set to release on the big screen in India. This version is supposed to be a Russian film that closely follows the text and is said to be naturally adapted from the iconic book that deals with Countess Anna Karenina.

It is being produced and directed by Oscar-nominated director Karen Shakhnazarov. This Russian film is to have a pan-Indian release on December 8. It is based on the novel and the memoir In the Japanese War and will be released in India by Rg Studios. The makers...

Joe Wright’s ‘Darkest Hour’: Nearly Quitting Movies After ‘Pan,’ ‘Dunkirk’ Connections & More

When director Joe Wright, the filmmaker behind “Pride and Prejudice,” “Atonement,” “Hanna” and “Anna Karenina,” finished the movie “Pan,” and it was released into the world, he felt shattered. The expensive, big budget spectacle bombed at the box office and he wasn’t sure he’d go on.

Darkest Hour’: Gary Oldman Is Simply A Force Of Nature As Winston Churchill [Review]

“I had just made this $100 million flop.

Continue reading Joe Wright’s ‘Darkest Hour’: Nearly Quitting Movies After ‘Pan,’ ‘Dunkirk’ Connections & More at The Playlist.
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Inside the Governors Awards: Jennifer Lawrence & Darren Aronofsky Have a Date Night, Angelina Jolie Dances Onstage

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Inside the Governors Awards: Jennifer Lawrence & Darren Aronofsky Have a Date Night, Angelina Jolie Dances Onstage
Though the 2018 awards season won’t get into full swing until next year, the stars are already hitting the red carpet.

Jennifer Lawrence and her boyfriend Darren Aronofsky were among the countless celebrities in attendance at the 2017 Governors Awards on Saturday, hitting the Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, where director Agnes Varda, The Revenant director Alejandro Gonzélez Iñérritu, cinematographer Owen Roizman, director Charles Burnett and actor Donald Sutherland all received honorary Oscars.

Although Lawrence, 27, and Aronofsky, 48, did not pose together on the red carpet, the couple sat together at a table and appeared to be in good spirits during the event.
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Shooting Wraps On Ralph Fiennes’ Directorial Project ‘The White Crow’

Principal photography has now wrapped on Ralph FiennesThe White Crow, which has been shooting in locations across France, Russia, Croatia and Serbia since August. A new image has been released, featuring lead actor Oleg Ivenko as the legendary ballet star Rudolf Nureyev. Check it out below.

The White Crow was developed by BBC Films and Gabrielle Tana (The Duchess, Dancer, Philomena) who also produces with Carolyn Marks Blackwood through Magnolia Mae Productions together with Ralph Fiennes through Lonely Dragon Productions, and François Ivernel (The Queen, Slumdog Millionaire, The Iron Lady) through the French branch of his company, Montebello Productions. American artist and filmmaker Andrew Levitas (Lullaby, Georgetown, The Art of Getting By) is a producer and financier through his companies Metalwork Pictures and Rogue Black respectively.

Hanway Films is handling worldwide sales on the project. BBC Films, Hanway Films and The Fyzz Facility co-financed the film.

The White Crow
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Photo Flash: First Look - Shakespeare Gets a Country Twist in Desperate Measures at York Theatre Company

The York Theatre Company production of Desperate Measures, the knee-slappin' new musical with a nod to Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, with book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg Anna Karenina and music by David Friedman Scandalous, presented in association with Cecilia Lin and Hu Guo, is now in performance through Sunday, October 15, 2017 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's 619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue. Opening Night is Sunday evening, October 1, 2017. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below
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"Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" - More New Footage

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Sneak Peek more new footage, plus images from the upcoming live-action "Tomb Raider" reboot, directed by Roar Uthaug, starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander ("The Danish Girl") as 'Lara Croft', opening March 16, 2018:

"We see 'Lara' as a young woman," said director Uthaug, "...smart and capable but largely unfocused, and follow her on a dangerous journey...

"...that will push her to her limits in every sense and allow her to hone...

"...the 'skills' she needs to ultimately become who she was meant to be..."

Vikander trained as a ballet dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and the School of American Ballet in New York.

She began her professional acting career appearing in Swedish television series...

...gaining recognition for her role as 'Josefin Björn-Tegebrandt' in the TV drama "Andra Avenyn" (2008–10).

Vikander made her feature film debut in "Pure" (2010), winning the 'Guldbagge Award' for 'Best Actress'.

In 2012 she
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