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Omnipresent Character Actor Tracy Letts on ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ ‘Little Women’ and Cutting His Teeth on the Stage [Interview]

Omnipresent Character Actor Tracy Letts on ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ ‘Little Women’ and Cutting His Teeth on the Stage [Interview]
Whether or not you’re familiar with the name Tracy Letts, there’s a strong chance that you’ve seen him grace the big and small screen over the years. After all, this actor/playwright has been popping up in some of the most critically acclaimed films of recent years. Letts appeared in Lady Bird and The Post in […]

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‘The Irishman,’ ‘Once Upon a Time,’ ‘The Mandalorian’ Among Art Directors Guild Nominations

  • Variety
‘The Irishman,’ ‘Once Upon a Time,’ ‘The Mandalorian’ Among Art Directors Guild Nominations
The Art Directors Guild has announced its nominations for the 24th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials, music videos and animation features.

Among the films recognized for outstanding production design are James Mangold’s “Ford V Ferrari,” Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Aladdin,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Dumbo” and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” all scored nods in the fantasy film category.

In television, streaming newcomer Disney Plus scored a production design nomination for its freshman season of “The Mandalorian.” HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” also earned nominations in their respective categories.

Syd Mead, the “visual futurist” and concept artist known for his design contributions to science-fiction films such as “Star-Trek: The Motion Picture,” “Aliens,” and “Blade Runner,” has been named the recipient of the William Cameron Menzies Award. The Adg Lifetime
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9 biggest Golden Globe film surprises: We goofed by not predicting Todd Phillips, Cate Blanchett, Kathy Bates …

  • Gold Derby
9 biggest Golden Globe film surprises: We goofed by not predicting Todd Phillips, Cate Blanchett, Kathy Bates …
Gold Derby’s users did a great job predicting the Golden Globe nominees, which were announced on Monday morning, December 9. Out of 11 film categories we were forecasting totaling 55 nominations in all, our official odds only missed nine times, and most of those were near misses. But they were misses nonetheless — you can’t win ’em all. Scroll down to see the nominees who took us by surprise, and check out the complete list of nominees here.

Arguably the biggest shock was Todd Phillips‘s Best Director nomination for “Joker.” The controversial filmmaker was nominated ahead of Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”), Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”) and Pedro Almodovar (“Pain and Glory”), all of whom ranked higher in our odds. He’s joined in that category by expected nominees Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”), Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”), Sam Mendes (“1917”) and Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in
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Shocking Golden Globe film snubs: Robert De Niro, Adam Sandler miss out, female writers/directors almost entirely shut out

  • Gold Derby
The films, filmmakers and actors who earned Golden Globe nominations on December 9 can celebrate their recognition today, but what about the contenders that missed the cut? In a year as crowded with strong films as this one has been — most of the top contenders have lived up to their expectations — there were bound to be movies the Globes wouldn’t have room for. Scroll down for our list of some of the hopefuls whose hopes were dashed, and check out the full list of Golden Globe film nominees here.

The Globes are decided by the 90 or so international journalists who make up the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and perhaps most surprisingly of all they didn’t make space for Robert De Niro. He plays the title role in “The Irishman,” which earned five total nominations including Best Film Drama, and yet he didn’t earn a nom for Best Film Drama Actor.
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Golden Globes Nominations: 21 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

  • Variety
Golden Globes Nominations: 21 Biggest Snubs and Surprises
As the first televised awards show of the year, the Golden Globes are have always been key to building — or destroying — momentum on the long road to the Oscars and Emmys.

This year on the film side, the biggest benefactor of Globes buzz is “Marriage Story,” Noah Baumbach’s drama about a New York couple undergoing a painful divorce, which leads all films with six nominations. Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” follow with five nominations apiece.

On the television side, HBO’s “Chernobyl” and Netflix’s “The Crown” and “Unbelievable” had a strong showing, with four nominations per show. And Apple TV Plus, new to the awards race, got some love with three nods for “The Morning Show,” including recognition for stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

The Golden Globes are decided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, an organization made up of about 100 journalists.
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‘The Irishman’ Plows Ahead, Leading the Critics’ Choice Awards With 14 Nominations

It was a good week for Netflix’s “The Irishman,” which notched big wins with the National Board of Review and New York Film Critics as well as 14 Critics’ Choice nods. “The Irishman” leads all films this year with 14 nominations including Best Picture, Robert De Niro for Best Actor, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci for Best Supporting Actor, Martin Scorsese for Best Director, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Hair and Makeup, Best Visual Effects, and Best Score.

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony) followed with 12 nominations, followed by “Little Women” (also Sony) with nine, “1917” (Universal) and “Marriage Story” (Netflix) with eight, and “Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight), “Joker” (Warner Bros.), and “Parasite” (Neon) with seven each. Notably, “Jojo Rabbit” landed four supporting acting nominations, for Scarlett Johansson plus Thomasin McKenzie, Roman Griffin Davis and Archie Yates in
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‘The Irishman’ Plows Ahead, Leading the Critics’ Choice Awards With 14 Nominations

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‘The Irishman’ Plows Ahead, Leading the Critics’ Choice Awards With 14 Nominations
It was a good week for Netflix’s “The Irishman,” which notched big wins with the National Board of Review and New York Film Critics as well as 14 Critics’ Choice nods. “The Irishman” leads all films this year with 14 nominations including Best Picture, Robert De Niro for Best Actor, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci for Best Supporting Actor, Martin Scorsese for Best Director, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Hair and Makeup, Best Visual Effects, and Best Score.

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony) followed with 12 nominations, followed by “Little Women” (also Sony) with nine, “1917” (Universal) and “Marriage Story” (Netflix) with eight, and “Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight), “Joker” (Warner Bros.), and “Parasite” (Neon) with seven each. Notably, “Jojo Rabbit” landed three supporting acting nominations, for Scarlett Johansson plus Thomasin McKenzie and Roman Griffin Davis in the Best Young Actor/Actress Category.
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‘The Irishman’,’Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Lead Critics Choice Nominations; Netflix Dominates With 61 Nods In Movies And TV

  • Deadline
‘The Irishman’,’Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Lead Critics Choice Nominations; Netflix Dominates With 61 Nods In Movies And TV
The era of Netflix dominance may have just begun in earnest, as the streamer handily leads all comers in film nominations for the 25th Annual Critics Choice Association’s (formerly the Broadcast Film Critics Association) Award nominations, just announced this morning. It also had an impressive showing in television as well.

On the film side, Netflix’s Martin Scorsese-directed The Irishman led all others with 14 nominations, while its Noah Baumbach -directed Marriage Story earned 8, both including Best Picture and multiple acting nods. The Two Popes, Dolemite Is My Name, the animated I Lost My Body, and the foreign language title Atlantics were other Netflix titles mentioned in the long list of contenders. Close behind was Sony Pictures, also with two Best Picture entries, including Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood with 12 mentions overall, and Little Women with 9.

The other Best Picture nominees are 1917, which garnered 8 nods,
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Neon’s ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Grabs Arthouse Crowd, Amazon’s ‘The Aeronauts’ Deflates

  • Indiewire
Neon’s ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Grabs Arthouse Crowd, Amazon’s ‘The Aeronauts’ Deflates
The successful specialized season chugs ahead as the top-tier hits add to their impressive totals. “Harriet” (Focus), “Parasite” (Neon), and “Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight) still hold the lead as recent titles haven’t reached the same levels. Three Netflix awards contenders, “The Irishman,” “Marriage Story,” and “The Two Popes” are not getting major theater play, although Martin Scorsese’s film might get close to $10 million. With no new films in the last couple weeks likely to explode over Christmas, that means that unlike most years, some of the strong earlier performers have more chances to thrive during Christmas.

They are competing with other well-reviewed, Oscar and adult friendly studio releases like “Ford v Ferrari” (20th Century Fox), “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” (Sony), and “Knives Out” (Lionsgate), all competing for the same audience.

This week brought a preview of what will be an early 2020 specialized top film. Neon released
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Disney Crushes Own Global Box Office Record With Historic $10 Billion

  • Variety
Disney Crushes Own Global Box Office Record With Historic $10 Billion
Thanks to a record number of billion-dollar blockbusters, Disney has become the first studio in history to hit $10 billion at the worldwide box office.

Through Sunday, the studio has generated $3.28 billion in North America and $6.7 billion overseas for a global haul of $9.997 billion and is expected to officially cross the benchmark within the next day. Disney smashed its own global box office milestone — set in 2016 with $7.6 billion — back in July after the success of “Avengers: Endgame” and “The Lion King.” All the more impressive, the studio hit a new high-water mark even before its highly anticipated “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the final chapter in the Skywalker saga, arrives in theaters Dec. 20.

Those ticket sales don’t include Fox titles like “Ford v Ferrari” or “Dark Phoenix.” When accounting for movies it acquired after inheriting Fox’s film empire, it pushes that bounty to $11.9 billion.

In August, Disney established
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‘Ford v Ferrari’ & ‘Spies In Disguise’ As Genre Throwbacks: 20th Century Fox At Contenders NY

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‘Ford v Ferrari’ & ‘Spies In Disguise’ As Genre Throwbacks: 20th Century Fox At Contenders NY
Paying great homage to the past was the drive of 20th Century Fox’s Ford v. Ferrari and Blue Sky Animation’s Will Smith voiced feature Spies in Disguise.

In shooting James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari Oscar nominated Dp Phedon Papamichael at Deadline’s NY Contenders today said that the filmmaker was inspired by classic old school race car movies like John Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix and the Steve McQueen 1971 pic Le Mans.

Ford v. Ferrari tells the story of car designer Carroll Shelby and his iconoclast British race car driver Ken Miles as they battle corporate interference, their own personal demons, and the laws of physics to build the ideal race car for Ford as the automaker challenges Ferrari in the 24 hour Le Mans 1966 race in France.

“We had anamorphic lenses customized to cover a larger format,” said the Dp. The whole gist of the pic was to re-create the driver’s Pov.
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Golden Globes 2020 Film Predictions: Our Best Picks in Every Category

The idiosyncratic 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are not the august New York Film Critics Circle or the indie-minded Spirit Awards. The HFPA leans mainstream with their Golden Globes nominations, loves to bring their favorite celebrities onto the Beverly Hilton stage, and provide extra slots to play with in the Comedy or Musical categories.

That offers wriggle room for the distributors, who can seek drama consideration for films like “Marriage Story” and “Judy” while leaving room in the comedy/musical categories for “Rocketman,” “Cats,” “Hustlers” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Last year, Queen bio-musical “Bohemian Rhapsody” took home Globes for Best Motion Picture Drama and Drama Actor (which repeated at the Oscars), while “Green Book” won three Globes on the way to a Best Picture Oscar win. And Olivia Colman followed her Comedy Globe win for “The Favourite” with the Best Actress Oscar.

The 77th Annual
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Golden Globes 2020 Film Predictions: Our Best Picks in Every Category

  • Indiewire
The idiosyncratic 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are not the august New York Film Critics Circle or the indie-minded Spirit Awards. The HFPA leans mainstream with their Golden Globes nominations, loves to bring their favorite celebrities onto the Beverly Hilton stage, and provide extra slots to play with in the Comedy or Musical categories.

That offers wriggle room for the distributors, who can seek drama consideration for films like “Marriage Story” and “Judy” while leaving room in the comedy/musical categories for “Rocketman,” “Cats,” “Hustlers” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Last year, Queen bio-musical “Bohemian Rhapsody” took home Globes for Best Motion Picture Drama and Drama Actor (which repeated at the Oscars), while “Green Book” won three Globes on the way to a Best Picture Oscar win. And Olivia Colman followed her Comedy Globe win for “The Favourite” with the Best Actress Oscar.

The 77th Annual
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‘Ford v Ferrari’ Writers Explain Their Policy: ‘Stick to the Truth, Not the Facts’

  • The Wrap
A version of this story about “Ford v Ferrari” first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

When Michael Mann came to them with the idea for a movie about the Ford Motor Company’s attempt to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1966, brothers Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth knew nothing about auto racing or about designer Carroll Shelby or driver Ken Miles, the lead characters in what became “Ford v Ferrari.”

“We went out to the Willow Springs track and we raced cars,” Jez Butterworth said. “It was terrifying and exciting and thrilling. And then we sat down with Carroll Shelby. By the time we finished the meeting with Carroll, it was obvious it was a great story for a movie.”

The film stars Matt Damon as Shelby and Christian Bale as Miles, who teamed up to make Ford a major player
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Golden Globes Nominations Predictions 2020: See the Contenders in All Film and TV Categories (Photos)

  • The Wrap
Check out TheWrap’s predictions for the nominees in all the film and TV categories at the 2020 Golden Globes before they’re announced on Monday, Dec. 9. The Golden Globes ceremony air on Jan. 5 on NBC as hosted by Ricky Gervais.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Little Women,” (pictured) “Marriage Story,” “1917”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Dolemite Is My Name,” “Jojo Rabbit,” (pictured) “Knives Out,” “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” “Rocketman

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

Atlantics,” “The Farewell,” “Pain and Glory,” (pictured) “Parasite,” “Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Motion Picture – Animated

Frozen II,” “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” (pictured) “I Lost My Body,” “Missing Link,” “Toy Story 4

Best Director

Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”; (pictured) Greta Gerwig, “Little Women”; Sam Mendes, “1917”; Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”; Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”

Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

Christian Bale,
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Jack Mathews: Is ‘Ford v Ferrari’ about to make Oscar history?

Jack Mathews: Is ‘Ford v Ferrari’ about to make Oscar history?
If justice is done, James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari” will soon make history as the first of more than one hundred movies about the sport of auto racing to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It’s not that Oscar has been unkind to racing movies, it’s that “FvF” is the first one that deserves to be included.

I was an auto racing executive in the late Sixties to the mid-Seventies and knew some of the people involved in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans that is the focus of Mangold’s movie, and it gets the tone, period and competitive nature of the drivers right. It also does justice to the relationship between car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and British-American driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) who are the center of the story.

A close friend and former associate of mine named Bob Thomas knew
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AFI Awards: Top 10 Films and TV of 2019, Plus Special Awards for ‘Parasite’ and ‘Fleabag’

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The American Film Institute’s annual lists highlighting the top 10 movies and TV shows of the year include multiple awards frontrunners. The two juries — which are a mix of critics, academics, and film professionals — always celebrate the best of American cinema and television. Given their international provenance, Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Fleabag” landed Special Awards from the American Film Institute film juries, as “Roma” did last year.

This year’s crop is diverse, with films from lauded veterans Clint Eastwood, Sam Mendes, Martin Scorsese, Noah Baumbach, and Quentin Tarantino alongside relative newcomers to the awards conversation like Todd Phillips, Taika Waititi, and Rian Johnson.

Eight of the ten films were directed by men, with two women, Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”) and Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), also on deck for the honor. On the TV side, newcomers “Watchmen,” “Fosse/Verdon,” and “Chernobyl” joined returning shows like “The Crown,
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Golden Globes 2020 slugfest: Our fearless predictions in the major film races include ‘Irishman,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit’ and [Shocker] ‘Joker’! [Watch]

Before the Golden Globe nominations are announced on December 9, I’m boldly going out on a shocker of a limb and predicting an upset in Best Drama Film: Warner Bros.’s highly divisive money-maker “Joker.” “This is a huge international box office hit,” I proclaim. Plus, “it won the Golden Lion in Venice,” which gives it a sheen of prestige. Will I be right? Or will fellow Gold Derby contributors Riley Chow, Luca Giliberti and Tony Ruiz prove me wrong? We recently got together to suss out our predictions in the major film categories. Watch the full 54-minute slugfest above.

See Oscar predictions slugfest on Best Picture: Gold Derby vs. Indiewire, Variety & Deadline [Exclusive Video And Audio Podcast]

Both Ruiz and Giliberti are currently picking the odds-on favorite, Martin Scorsese‘s gangland epic “The Irishman.” Chow, on the other hand, is going with another Netflix selection, Noah Baumbach‘s domestic drama “Marriage Story.” Other leading
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The Irishman, Avengers: Endgame among finalists for VFX Oscar

  • JoBlo
With the third decade of the 21st century nearly upon us, movie awards season is in full swing. Studios have begun their "for your consideration" campaigns in earnest. It's been quite the year for cinema thus far with films like Joker, The Irishman, Marriage Story, Ford V Ferrari, 1917, and a myriad of others leading the way. Aside from being a phenomenal last twelve months for film,…
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‘Avengers: Endgame, ‘1917,’ ‘Cats’ & 17 Other Films Make Oscar’s Visual Effects Cut

We’re less than two weeks away from the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences announcing a slew of shortlisted categories, but today a slimmed down number of Visual Effects contenders were revealed with some mild surprises. Big hits such as “Avengers: Endgame,” “Captain Marvel,” “Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” made the cut as expected. More artistic visual effects endeavors such as “The Aeronauts,” “The Irishman,” “1917” and “Ford v Ferrari” also were included.

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