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AWFJ Members’ Oscars 2017 Opinions, in Brief — Jennifer Merin reports

AWFJ Members’ Oscars 2017 Opinions, in Brief — Jennifer Merin reports

This compendium of AWFJ members’ takes on Oscars 2017 represents our diverse opinions. Read what Jeanne Wolf, Susan Wloszczyna, Moira Sullivan, Diana Saenger, Sheila Roberts, Nell Minow, Brandy McDonnell, Michelle McCue, Karen Martin, Kimberly Lindbergs, Leba Hertz, Candice Frederick, Marilyn Ferdinand, Chaz Ebert, Katherine Brodsky, Liz Braun, Betsy Bozdech and Erica Abeel have to say about Oscar 2017. Exclusive commentaries with links to other coverage. Read on…

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Oscars 2017: Poise Under Pressure — Sheila Roberts comments (Exclusive)

Oscars 2017: Poise Under Pressure — Sheila Roberts comments (Exclusive)

Etched indelibly in my mind about the Oscars this year is how graciously the presenters and the filmmakers from “La La Land” and “Moonlight” handled the confusion that ensued on stage after the wrong Best Picture was announced. Noteworthy was the leadership of “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz who took charge and stepped in to clarify what had gone wrong, even when it meant acknowledging his own loss. It was done with a lot of class, dignity, and poise under pressure.

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89th Oscars Make Movie History — Chaz Ebert comments (Exclusive)

89th Oscars Make Movie History — Chaz Ebert comments (Exclusive)

The Oscars continue to be on my “must see” list and this year’s 89th edition was not only immensely enjoyable, but historic for many reasons. It was the first time in history that an African-American director won for Best Picture; it was the first win for Supporting Actor for a Muslim; it was the first win for a picture about someone in the LGBTQ community, and the first Best Foreign Film win for someone who was not there in protest of a travel ban instituted by the President of the United States. Sometimes it is difficult to remember from year to year who won Best Picture, but the “Moonlight” – “La La Land” flub will forever be in our collective memories.

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Oscars 2017: We Need More Creativity on Stage! — Katherine Brodsky comments (Exclusive)

Oscars 2017: We Need More Creativity on Stage! — Katherine Brodsky comments (Exclusive)

This year had several worthy nominees and they were well-recognized. Although as a whimsical musical fan, I was rooting for “La La Land” as Best Picture, having finally caught up on “Moonlight” a few nights prior, I recognized what a great film it was as well. But here’s a sad fact: This year’s Oscar ceremony will be remembered most for the hiccup at the end rather than anything in between. Every year, I tune in to the Oscars telecast hoping for a great show, thinking that this year will be the one.

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Oooops! Oscars 2017 As Seen from the Pressroom — Jeanne Wolf (Exc;usive)

Oooops! Oscars 2017 As Seen from the Pressroom — Jeanne Wolf (Exc;usive)

What???? What’s going on? How could this happen? What went wrong? WOW! Oh my God! The F word flying in the air.

In such a wild – lightning bolt of a moment minds explode with a jumble of reactions and parallel narratives. Nervous laughter, adrenaline driven shouts, everyone guessing at an explanation, asking each other for an urgent reality check.

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Iran’s Oscar-Winning THE SALESMAN — Review by Susan Granger

Iran’s Oscar-Winning THE SALESMAN — Review by Susan Granger

Iran’s Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film is another marital drama from Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi (“The Separation”). When Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) Etesamis are forced to evacuate their crumbling Tehran apartment, they move into a more dilapidated abode, one that was previously occupied by a single woman with a young child. The clutter she left behind when she was evicted gives subtle clues as to who she is and the promiscuous life she led. She’s described as “a woman with lots of acquaintances…who lived a wild life.” Read on…

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Oscar 2017 Predictions — Susan Granger

Oscar 2017 Predictions — Susan Granger

Every film year acts as a mirror & reflects the tenor of the times. When the Oscars began in 1929 to celebrate the motion picture industry, the winner was William Wellman’s anti-war “Wings.”

The subsequent Depression years celebrated character studies like “Grand Hotel,” “The Great Ziegfeld” and “Rebecca.” After the turmoil of Kennedy’s assassination, the Academy chose light-hearted fare like “Tom Jones,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Oliver!” And in 2000, the last time a Republican won the White House, after losing the popular vote, “Gladiator” won the Oscar.

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AWARDS INTELLIGENCER: Please stand by….

AWARDS INTELLIGENCER: Please stand by….

Thank you for following AWARDS INTELLIGENCER! We are on haitus until the arrival of the next awards season. Meanwhile, here’s to a new year full of great movies, greater equality and diversity in the biz and on screen and your ongoing fascination with and delight in cinema!

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Rooney Mara’s Evolution With Clues from Cate Blanchett, Todd Haynes – Quendrith Johnson comments

Rooney Mara’s Evolution With Clues from Cate Blanchett, Todd Haynes – Quendrith Johnson comments

To hear fellow Oscar-nom, two-time winner Cate Blanchett, gush about her Best Supporting Actress and Carol consort Rooney Mara, is almost as shocking as when Blanchett uses the word “startling” to describe Mara’s acting chops. Next “The Great Cate,” a woman many Oscar watchers believe will one day match or best Katharine Hepburn in lead wins, cobbles together some descriptive sentences worthy of a literary titan…

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Why Sylvester Stallone Could Take the Oscar, Thanks to Ryan Coogler’s CREED – Quendrith Johnson comments

Why Sylvester Stallone Could Take the Oscar, Thanks to Ryan Coogler’s CREED – Quendrith Johnson comments

Maybe it’s a little known fact that a deep bond between Hollywood icon Sylvester Stallone and newly minted phenom director Ryan Coogler, who turns 30 in May, is that they both were homeless once and fought their way to the big leagues in movies. Deadline’s reporter Pete Hammond, on hand to present Stallone with the Montecito Award in Santa Barbara, prods Stallone on this, skipping the connection with Coogler who lived in his car on and off while attending USC Film School.

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Spotlight’s Real-life Sacha Pfeiffer On “How We Got The Story” & The Power of Subtext – Quendrith Johnson comments

Spotlight’s Real-life Sacha Pfeiffer On “How We Got The Story” & The Power of Subtext – Quendrith Johnson comments

One thing is certain, in Oscar contender Spotlight, Rachel McAdams is well-cast as Boston Globe investigative reporter Sacha Pfeiffer. McAdams is as intense as her real-life counterpart, and jokingly credits “17 years of figure skating” for her tenacity. RacheSachaPfeiffer packs an editorial punch, and has earned her stripes as was part of the Pulitzer Prize winning team that cracked open the Priest sex-abuse scandal and dethroned Catholic powerbroker Cardinal Law. But in person, Sacha tilts her head to one side and leans back when introduced, as if to welcome you into her zone…

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Maltin’s Gravitas Matters As Oscar Takes a Powder for Johnny Depp & BLACK MASS – Quendrith Johnson comments

Maltin’s Gravitas Matters As Oscar Takes a Powder for Johnny Depp & BLACK MASS – Quendrith Johnson comments

Leonard Maltin just tells it like it is, but with such heart and insight for viewers. So much so that the elder statesman of cinema had a life achievement award renamed after him at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) in 2015: The Maltin Modern Master Award. Last night his legacy was cemented as A-List actor Johnny Depp, or “John Christopher Depp,” as Maltin called him, came to SBIFF to accept The Other Golden Statuette.

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Why SPOTLIGHT Is Front Runner, #OscarsSoWhite, The Big Five & A Contentious Award Season – Quendrith Johnson comments

Why SPOTLIGHT Is Front Runner, #OscarsSoWhite, The Big Five & A Contentious Award Season – Quendrith Johnson comments

If Oscar-winner Sean Penn can go interview El Chapo, then the state of journalism really is in trouble — oh, never mind, this is just indicative of how movie people perceive and interpret the craft of journalistic writing and reporting. A cocky Penn goes on Charlie Rose to call out those who ‘don’t think I’m a real journalist,’ while having committed a de facto ethical violation of the profession by grandstanding for Rolling Stone with a fugitive, mass-murdering, drug Lord. But, if turnabout is fair play, most journalists would happily take a shot at starring in his next straight-to-video motion picture. But what are we really discussing here, writing, reporting, The Death of The Media, The Rise of The Internet? Nope. This inelegant segue leads directly to our Oscar front runner for Best Picture, SPOTLIGHT.

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EDA Awards @ Salem Film Fest 2015

EDA Awards @ Salem Film Fest 2015

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is partnering with Salem Film Fest to present the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Film at this year’s festival, taking place in Salem, Massachusetts from March 5 to 12, 2015. This is the fourth consecutive year of the EDA Awards partnership. For the list of nominated films and jury members, read on…

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And the winners are….AWFJ EDA Awards 2015

And the winners are….AWFJ EDA Awards 2015

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists announces the 2014 AWFJ EDA Awards, with BOYHOOD named Best Film and BIRDMAN getting six awards. Ava DuVernay and Laura Poitras also get top honors for SELMA and CITIZENFOUR, respectively, and both are named Female Icons of the Year. Congrats to all the EDA Award winners. To see the complete list, and find out which film had the best depiction of nudity and who is this year’s Actress Most in Need of a New Agent, see the full list…

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