AWFJ’s 2018 Oscar Predictions — Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Best Picture: Three Billboards

Best Director: Guillermo Del Toro

Best Actress: Frances MccDormand

Best Actress Supporting: Allison Janney

Best Actor: Gary Oldman

Best Actor Supporting: Sam Rockwll

Best Documentary: Faces Places

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AWFJ’s 2018 Oscar Predictions — Danielle Solzman

Best Picture: The Shape of Water

Best Director: Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water

Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards

Best Actress Supporting, Allison Janney, I Tonya

Best Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Best Actor Supporting: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Best Documentary: Strong Island

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90th Oscar Noms Mark Milestones for Women and Diversity — Brandy McDonnell reports

90th Oscar Noms Mark Milestones for Women and Diversity — Brandy McDonnell reports

The 90th Academy Awards seem to be shaping up to be the most diverse ever. In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite, #MeToo and a cavalcade of sexual misconduct scandals brought to light after explosive investigative reports about Harvey Weinstein, the 2018 Oscar nominations marked several milestones for women, African-Americans and transgender people making movies. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMAN.

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2018 SAG and PGA Awards — Michelle Hannett reports

2018 SAG and PGA Awards — Michelle Hannett reports

The dark comedic drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner of the night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, taking home the award for Best Cast in a Motion Picture at this year’s ceremony on January 21.

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Women Receive Two of Three Filmmaker Grants from the Independent Spirit Awards

Women Receive Two of Three Filmmaker Grants from the Independent Spirit Awards

Film Independent announced the winners of its five Spirit Awards filmmaker grants at its annual Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch held in West Hollywood on Janaury 6. John Cho (Star Trek, Columbus, Search) and Alia Shawkat (Search Party, Blaze, Duck Butter) co-hosted the event and handed out the honors. There’s quite a lot of money involved!

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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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Globes Honor Oprah but Pass on Female Directors, SAG Awards Boast Female Presenters — Brandy McDonnell reports

Globes Honor Oprah but Pass on Female Directors, SAG Awards Boast Female Presenters — Brandy McDonnell reports

Oprah Winfrey will receive the 2018 Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, but that big honor for Oprah does little to the ease the sting of HFPA’s snub of women among its best director nominees. However, when the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are simulcast live on TNT and TBS, the presentation, hosted by Kristen Bell, will feature only women presenters in 13 of the categories. Read details on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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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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