Producers Guild Nominations Include WONDER WOMAN, MOLLY’S GAME and I, TONYA

Producers Guild Nominations Include WONDER WOMAN, MOLLY’S GAME and I, TONYA

Eight women producers are among the Theatrical Motion Picture nominees for the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The January 5 announcement also saw four women nominated in the Animated category. Starring strong female protagonists, nominations for WONDER WOMAN, MOLLY’S GAME and I, TONYA were undoubtedly the big surprises of the day.

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The Academy’s 90th Oscars: Latest Round Of Contenders for Best Foreign Film — Michelle Hannett reports

The Academy’s 90th Oscars: Latest Round Of Contenders for Best Foreign Film — Michelle Hannett reports

On December 19, AMPAS announced that nine feature films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category. Ninety-two films had originally been considered in the category. Foreign Language Film nominations for 2017 are determined in two phases.
The Phase I committee, consisting of Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 11. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist. Continue reading…

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The Academy’s 90th Oscars: Latest Round Of Contenders for Best Visual Effects — Michelle Hannett reports

The Academy’s 90th Oscars: Latest Round Of Contenders for Best Visual Effects — Michelle Hannett reports

On December 19, AMPAS announced that ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 90th Academy Awards. The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will now be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar®consideration. Here’s the short list of contenders for this year’s Best Visual Effects Oscar…

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The Academy’s 90th Oscars: Latest Round Of Contenders for Best Original Song — Michelle Hannett reports

The Academy’s 90th Oscars:  Latest Round Of Contenders for Best Original Song — Michelle Hannett reports

On December 19, AMPAS announced that 70 songs are eligible for consideration for this year’s Oscars in the Best Original Song category. “It Ain’t Fair” from “Detroit,” “If I Dare” from “Battle of the Sexes,” and “Mighty River” from “Mudbound” are among them. The final five nominees in the Best Original Song category are to be determined by voting members of the Academy’s Music Branch and will be announced, along with nominees in all other awards categories, on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. Here is a rundown of regulations regarding eligibility for Best Original Score and a list of this year’s eligible contenders…

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The Academy’s 90th Oscars: Latest Round Of Contenders for Best Original Score — Michelle Hannett reports

The Academy’s 90th Oscars:  Latest Round Of Contenders for Best Original Score — Michelle Hannett reports

On Tuesday (Dec. 19), AMPAS announced the long lists of eligible contenders for this year’s Oscars in the Best Original Score category. The final five nominees in this category are to be determined by voting members of the Academy’s Music Branch and will be announced, along with nominees in all other awards categories, on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. Here is a rundown of regulations regarding eligibility for Best Original Score and a list of this year’s eligible contenders…

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The Academy’s 90th Oscars: First Promo, New Time and Shortlists — Michelle Hannett reports

The Academy’s 90th Oscars: First Promo, New Time and Shortlists — Michelle Hannett reports

Kicking of the 90 days to the 90th Oscars, the Academy revealed to movie fans that the telecast from Hollywood on Sunday, March 4, 2018, will now begin at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST, a half-hour earlier than prior telecasts. As previously announced, late-night talk show favorite Jimmy Kimmel will return to host. Nominations voting opens for the 90th Academy Awards on January 5, 2018, closes on January 12, 2018, with the announcement on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Women filmmakers are definitely part of the conversation this awards season continue reading…

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Oscars and Movies and Targeting Millennials — Michelle McCue comments

Oscars and Movies and Targeting Millennials — Michelle McCue comments

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced – to widespread chagrin– that the press and publicists would no longer be a part of the annual tradition of being at AMPAS headquarters in Beverly Hills at the Samuel Goldwyn theater when the Oscar nominations are revealed on January 24.

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AWFJ Announces 2014 EDA Awards Schedule

AWFJ Announces 2014 EDA Awards Schedule

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) is pushing its year end award schedule back a bit, aiming to announce the winners of the 2014 EDA Awards in January, rather than in December, as they were last year. The organization’s later deadlines for nominations and final votes will allow AWFJ members — of which I am one — greater opportunity to see and consider films released at the very end of the year, and targeted for Oscars consideration, as well. For further details and the full schedule, read on…

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Interview: Jennifer M. Kroots’ Take On TO BE TAKEI

Interview: Jennifer M. Kroots’ Take On TO BE TAKEI

TO BE TAKEI is an entertaining and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic 76-year-old actor/activist George Takei whose wit, humor and grace has allowed him to become an internationally beloved figure. He’s an A-Lister, if ever there was one. Filmmaker Jennifer M. Kroots gives us the scoop on working with Takei and bringing his world of accomplishments to the big screen. Read on…

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Birks Diamond Tribute Honors Women Filmmakers @ TIFF 2014

Ten Canadian women directors and actors who have had an outstanding year are being honored at TIFF 2014 on September 18 with the Birks Diamond Tribute, presented by Telefilm Canada and Birks (a Canadian jeweler). The honorees have been selected by a pan-Canadian jury of journalists specializing in the arts, culture and entertainment. Who are they and what have they accomplished? Read on…

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“Academy Originals” Focus on Women Filmmakers

“Academy Originals” Focus on Women Filmmakers

In May, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) began the video series “Academy Originals” focusing on the behind-the-scenes artists and the various creative processes that get a film from page to screen. Since the series launch, AMPAS has released 16 episodes that have covered everything from how Jurassic Park changed the VFX world to an episode about everyday people toiling away at screenplays in their local coffee shops. Here’s the scoop…

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