Best Editing is known for its close correlation with Best Picture. Since 1981, every Best Picture winner has at least been nominated in this category. And of those 33 races, 16 editing champs went on to win the top prize.
HBO confirms that a new rule at the Golden Globes is forcing "True Detective" to compete as a limited series, not as a drama. The HBO newcomer tried its luck at the Emmys in August as a drama series and will continue to contend in that category at the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards.
In last week's "Dancing With the Stars" season premiere, actor Alfonso Ribeiro and reality star Sadie Robertson set a high standard for themselves and the rest of the season 19 cast, finishing at the top of the leaderboard and sailing through to week two, but neither was quite able to match their initial success this week.
The Oscar for Best Production Design -- often associated with lavish sets, interiors, and settings -- is usually awarded to period films or fantasies. The most recent winner was "The Great Gatsby," set in the opulent Long Island homes of the wealthy, and other recent winners include period pieces "Lincoln," "Hugo," "Memoirs of a Geisha," and "The Aviator," as well as fantasies "Alice in Wonderland," "Avatar," and "Pan's Labyrinth."
"Right now, of the things I've seen, 'The Imitation Game' is in the lead" for Best Picture," says Thelma Adams (Yahoo) in our podcast chat.
The reason: "Because it works. It's a brave story well told," she adds.
"It's about World War II codebreakers and then it has this historical kick. Alan Turing was a homosexual at a time when that was illegal and even though he saved the queen – God save the queen! – and made a huge difference in terms of World War II, he was arrested for being gay. Chemically castrated. He couldn't handle that and committed suicide."
Ethan Hawke has every reason to be confident. He's an Oscar-nominated writer and actor, not to mention a Tony-nominee for Tom Stoppard's "The Coast of Utopia." Now he's at the New York Film Festival promoting his first documentary, "Seymour: An Introduction," which profiles classical pianist Seymour Bernstein. Recently, it was the second-runner up for the People's Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Toronto Film Festival, and it premieres at NYFF on Sept. 27, but the film, as well as his relationship with Bernstein, was spurred by feelings of self-doubt.
Because period films often feature elaborate, detailed garments, they almost always win the Oscar for Best Costume Design. Last year, the award went to the extravagant, 1920s-set "The Great Gatsby." Recent winners have also been set among the European upper-class ("Anna Karenina," "Marie Antoinette," "The Duchess," "The Young Victoria") as well as Hollywood elite ("The Aviator," "The Artist").
It would be hard to match the visceral impact of Joshua Oppenheimer's Oscar-nominated 2013 documentary "The Act of Killing," which brought to light the barbarity of the Indonesian anti-communist purge of the mid-1960s. I don't think his companion film, "The Look of Silence," has quite the same gut-punch effect, but it comes pretty darn close. It premieres Sept. 30 at the New York Film Festival, and Drafthouse Films has plans for a summer 2015 release. Will it give Oppenheimer a second chance at Oscar?
The first reviews for "Gone Girl" have come in and, with one notable exception, they are raves. David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestseller about a husband (Ben Affleck) who finds himself the prime suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) goes missing is to world premiere at the New York filmfest this Friday (Sept. 26), a week before its wide release
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