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DGA Nominations Include ‘The Revenant,’ ‘Mad Max,’ and ‘The Big Short’

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by Erin Whitney January 12, 2016 @ 1:34 PM
20th Century Fox
We’re in the middle of an Oscar season that’s more unpredictable than ever before, especially following Sunday’s particularly nutty Golden Globes. But in all the unknown, one possible indicator has appeared to (hopefully) make our Academy Awards forecasts a little easier.

Why Can’t an Animated Film Be Nominated For Best Director at the Oscars?

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by Mike Sampson January 12, 2016 @ 11:01 AM
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There’s a director who has been nominated for six Oscars. He even won once. His 2015 film was a critical and commercial success. It made over $350 million and has a 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
There’s another director who has been nominated for...

Oscars Foreign-Language Voters Slim Potential Nominees to Nine-Film Shortlist

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by Charles Bramesco December 30, 2015 @ 10:36 AM
From a sweeping slate of submissions with roots in over 80 countries, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foreign-Language Executive Committee has pared down to nine entries. The official lineup of the final five nominees will be named on January 14, but even in this semifinal round, as it were, there are plenty of surprise omissions.

Caitlyn Jenner Takes Up Mya Taylor’s ‘Tangerine’ Oscar Campaign

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by Charles Bramesco December 29, 2015 @ 8:51 AM
Magnolia Pictures
With the official nomination announcement just a couple short weeks away, Oscar season is in full swing, and everybody loves a surprise category spoiler. In 2015, female performers had a particularly strong showing at the movies, leading to an overstuffed slate of potential Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominees. But actresses Kiki Kitana Rodriguez and Mya Taylor, the dark horses to end all dark horses, have recently taken on a champion of their cause who might just have the necessary public profile to push them over the top.

Where the 2016 Oscar Race Stands Now

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by Erin Whitney December 18, 2015 @ 1:06 PM
Open Road Films
By this time of year we usually know who our Oscars frontrunners are. Last year it was Birdman v. Boyhood, and before that 12 Years a Slave and Gravity made the tops of award pundits’ ballots. This year’s race is turning out to be the most unpredictable in years. Earlier this fall Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight slid into the frontrunner spot when it debuted at the Toronto Film Festival. But it’s looking like the praise has reached a plateau now that the Oscar spotlight is beginning to point in other directions. On one hand, it’s a great thing since 2015 has given us such a variety of great filmmaking that slapping labels on films before voting begins is becoming harder and harder. On the other, it makes this race anyone’s best guess.

What Is Category Fraud? A Closer Look at This Year’s Big Oscar Controversy

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by Erin Whitney December 10, 2015 @ 11:45 AM
Focus Features/The Weinstein Company
What exactly separates a lead role from a supporting one? Some argue screen time. Some say it’s the extent to which a character carries a film. And when it comes to the studios’ opinion, the actor with the bigger name tends to get campaigned as lead despite a co-star’s equal-if-not-greater-than prominence in the film. But the lack of strict guidelines in Oscar categories and the unusual number of performances that challenge typical categorization this year have led to a lot of talk about category fraud, two words you’ve probably heard a lot this year.

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Laverne Cox Throws Support Behind Transgender Film ‘Tangerine’

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by Charles Bramesco December 3, 2015 @ 9:39 AM
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One of the most fascinating Oscar narratives to play out this season belongs to a curious film by indie stalwart Sean Baker titled Tangerine. Everything about it flips a big fat middle finger to convention: Baker cast Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, two non-professional transgender actresses, to star in the two lead roles. The film follows the pair over the course of a long Christmas Eve as they try to track down Sin-Dee Rella’s (Rodriguez) feckless boyfriend — word on the street is he shacked up with another woman while Sin-Dee was in the clink for a spell. And to top it all off, Baker shot this underground gem using an anamorphic lens hooked up to an iPhone. Tangerine is pretty much the anti-Oscar movie, and yet some are touting it as exactly the opposite of that opposite.

‘Tangerine’ Actresses Could Make Oscar History In Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress Race

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by Erin Whitney November 25, 2015 @ 11:16 AM
Magnolia Pictures
There are a few guaranteed things actors can do to get nominated for an Oscar. They can play someone with a disability or a disease, go to method extremes (hey, Leo), or play a transgender character. The only problem is, every major transgender role in a mainstream film has been played by a cisgender actor, or an actor who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth. Sean Baker’s low-budget indie Tangerine might change that, and make Oscar history along the way.