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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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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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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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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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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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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Golden Globes Noms Make You Wake Up At 5:15 AM PST, That’s Show Business

Golden Globes Noms Make You Wake Up At 5:15 AM PST, That’s Show Business

What’s cool about the Golden Globes is you can do things there you wouldn’t dream of at there award shows. Can you imagine Jodie Foster coming out during an Oscar speech? But that’s exactly what she did, years after everyone in Hollywood had long since known and forgotten about it. Foster knew there would be no theme music rushing her off stage, nor any censorship, so in 2013 she accepted herself while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). Even the word “Foreign” in their name is slightly strange and outdated, almost anachronistic…

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ArcLight Women First-Ever Summit: Gretchen McCourt, Geena Davis, Cathy Schulman & More

ArcLight Women First-Ever Summit: Gretchen McCourt, Geena Davis, Cathy Schulman & More

With the disparity in representation of women in the director’s chair and actor compensation, as Jennifer Lawrence penned in a recent letter, it’s no surprise that ArcLight Cinemas just presented an “Inaugural Women in Entertainment Summit” (WIE). Host Gretchen McCourt, Executive Vice President of ArcLight, can be said to be a driving force here, complete with a hashtag #arclightwomen.

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OSCAR CALCULUS: Why Best Actor is a Two-Way Race Between Keaton and Redmayne

OSCAR CALCULUS: Why Best Actor is a Two-Way Race Between Keaton and Redmayne

An informal red carpet survey may not be the most accurate way to gauge the Best Actor race for 2015, but this year it does confirm prevailing insider Hollywood sentiment that predicts a two-way tug between veteran Michael Keaton and newcomer Eddie Redmayne. leaving Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper and Benedict Cumberbatch on the sidelines. To understand voter calculus, let’s take a measure of the golden profiles of the Best Actor nominees, see what they bring to the gate, and reflect on what voters have said about their chances.

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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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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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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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