Joe Wright and Gary Oldman worked together for three intensive months making the new World War II drama Darkest Hour, about the rocky early tenure of Britain’s celebrated wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill. “Joe never saw me as Gary for three months,” Oldman recently told Yahoo Entertainment, a sentiment echoed by Wright in a separate interview.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has issued standards of conduct by which its members are expected to abide, one step in a plan to address the sexual misconduct scandals that have gripped Hollywood (and the country) in the wake of allegations against Harvey Weinstein. “There is no place in the Academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates recognized standards of decency,” reads part the two-paragraph statement. An email to Academy members from CEO Dawn Hudson said that a task force headed by David Rubin will “finalize procedures for handling allegations of misconduct,” and that the new procedures would be sent to members in 2018.
James Franco is being lauded for his performance and direction of 'The Disaster Artist', but the Academy Awards have historically not been kind to comedies.
Sir Ridley Scott discusses the progress on the reshoots with Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey.
The Meryl Streep- and Tom Hanks-starring drama was fast-tracked earlier this year, and it couldn't have arrived at a more urgent time.
The Oscars 2018 ceremony is shaping up to be an explosively awkward affair, and could make for an interesting night for many different reasons.
The director of "Pariah" and "Bessie" returns with her most high profile movie to date, and it's already an acclaimed darling.
EXCLUSIVE: With the six-month-long awards season kicking off today in Venice with the already critically well-received Downsizing (which now heads to Telluride and Toronto along with countless other hopefuls debuting in the fall/holiday corridor so friendly to Oscar contenders), there is one major studio determined to make sure everyone knows their summer blockbuster will also be going for the gold– and they aren’t about to let you forget it. 20th Century Fox will be…
Oscar season is officially on our doorstep as the 74th annual Venice Film Festival is set to take flight a week from today with the world premiere of Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing.” Recent contenders like “Birdman,” “Spotlight,” and “La La Land” have begun their journeys on the Lido before taking the season by storm. Commencing in... Read more »
Considering how back-loaded the release schedule is when it comes to awards-friendly films, it’s an encouraging sign that there have already been several movies from the first half of 2017 that could easily wind up in the Oscar conversation. True, a couple of them (Mudbound, Call Me by Your Name) premiered at Sundance and won’t get distributed until the fall, but there are plenty that have already dropped, from the art house (The Lovers, The Big Sick) to the cineplex (Get Out, Wonder Woman). Juno could provide the template for this touching and crowdpleasing rom-com based on the real-life coupling of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.
The Academy announced on Wednesday that it’s inviting 774 new members — a record-breaking number. It marks the second year in a row that the institution has broken its own record; last year, it set a new high-water mark by inviting 683 new members. Among the high-profile actors newly invited to the Academy are “Wonder... Read more »
Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, who also oversaw the last show, will also be reteaming with him for the 90th Academy Awards.
We dissected the full-length trailer of the Denis Villeneuve sequel, and we're delighted to see that the master DP refuses to play it safe.
A new rule for the nomination of animated features also could favor studio releases at the expense of smaller, indie animated movies.
Films about King Kong have a chequered history – for every great Ray Harryhausen stop-motion battle, there’s a cheesy cash-in featuring the mega-monkey’s offspring. Kong survives the fall from the Empire State Building, is fitted with an artificial heart – yes, really – then falls in love with a Lady Kong and has a kid with her.
"This isn't something we typically deal with," a PricewaterhouseCoopers representative said. "But the firm felt it was necessary based on the number of people outside their homes."
Variety obtained exclusive photos of Brian Cullinan — the man behind the infamous Best Picture envelope mix-up — leading up to and during Sunday’s gaffe in which 'La La Land' was erroneously named best picture over 'Moonlight'
The president of the film academy says the two accountants responsible for the best-picture flub at Sunday’s Academy Awards will never return to the Oscar show. Cheryl Boone Isaacs tells The Associated Press that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ relationship with PwC, the accounting firm responsible for the integrity of the awards, remains under review. Boone Isaacs broke her silence Wednesday following the biggest blunder in the 89-year history of the Academy Awards.
Beatty released a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press in which he declined to comment further on the debacle that led to him and co-presenter Faye Dunaway mistakenly reading La La Land as best picture winner rather than Moonlight. “I feel it would be more appropriate for the president of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, to publicly clarify what happened as soon as possible,” said Beatty. Since Sunday’s broadcast, the academy has largely left the explaining to PwC, the accounting firm that has taken the blame for the “La La Land” mistakenly being read as the best picture winner by Beatty and Faye Dunaway.
The Oscars are typically I signal of filmmaking of the highest quality. We all rant about how the Academy gets it wrong sometimes of course, but it’s not often genuinely bad films are rewarded.