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Why the BAFTA and Oscar Best Picture winner could line up for the first time in four years

For the last three years, BAFTA and Oscar have chosen different Best Picture winners, which could be bad news for BAFTA champ “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” But “Three Billboards” is more likely to buck this trend than fall victim to it because of one thing: SAG.

Since the Oscars switched to a preferential ballot for Best Picture eight years ago, BAFTA lined up with Oscar the first five years, both selecting “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “The King’s Speech” (2010), “The Artist” (2011), “Argo” (2012) and “12 Years a Slave” (2013). And then they started deviating: BAFTA went with “Boyhood” (2014), “The Revenant” (2015) and “La La Land” (2016), while Oscar anointed “Birdman” (2014), “Spotlight” (2015) and “Moonlight” (2016).

See 2018 BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ wins 5 including Best Picture, ‘The Shape of Water’ takes 3

The last three BAFTA champs all have one thing in common: They didn’t have SAG in their corner. “Boyhood” was nominated for SAG ensemble, but lost
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After BAFTAs, are four acting races at Oscars a done deal?

After BAFTAs, are four acting races at Oscars a done deal?
The BAFTA Awards gave Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney yet another chance to practice their Oscar acceptance speeches. Each member of this quartet has taken home every one of the major precursors this awards season. They started their winning ways with the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards in mid January followed by the SAG Awards at the end of last month and now the BAFTAs. No group has pulled off such a sweep since the British academy moved ahead of the Oscars in 2000.

Oldman has been the Best Actor favorite all season long for his transformation into Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” The veteran character actor has only contended at the Oscars once before, losing his 2011 Best Actor bid for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” to Jean Dujardin who headlined the Best Picture champ “The Artist.”

McDormand is riveting as a mother struggling to accept her
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2018 BAFTA Awards winners: Oscar preview again?

2018 BAFTA Awards winners: Oscar preview again?
On Sunday (Feb. 18), the British Academy of Film and Television Academy revealed the winners of the 71st annual edition of its movie awards. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big winner, taking home five of the top awards: Best Picture, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), Best Original Screenplay (Martin McDonagh) and Best British Film.

The Shape of Water” won three BAFTAs from its leading 12 bids: Best Director (Guillermo Del Toro), Best Production Design and Best Score. The other multiple winners were “Darkest Hour,” which took both Best Actor (Gary Oldman) and Best Makeup and Hair and “Blade Runner 2049,” which claimed Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.

The BAFTAs took place just two days before final voting for the Oscars begins. How many of the BAFTA champs will repeat at the Academy Awards? The British academy moved its awards forward in 2000 so that they were handed out before the Oscars.
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Oscars flashback: Octavia Spencer (‘The Help’) takes home ‘the hottest guy in the room’ [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Octavia Spencer (‘The Help’) takes home ‘the hottest guy in the room’ [Watch]
By receiving her third Oscar nomination last month, for Best Supporting Actress in “The Shape of Water,” Octavia Spencer matched and made several Oscar records. She tied with Viola Davis for the most Oscar nominations earned by a black actress (three). She became the first black actress to earn two consecutive nominations (following the 2016 film “Hidden Figures”), and became the first to earn multiple nominations after a previous win.

See Octavia Spencer (‘The Shape of Water’) chats working with Guillermo del Toro, Sally Hawkins, and being ‘protective of your true friends’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

All of these accomplishments have been achieved in just a short eight-year window. With these stats in mind, let’s enjoy an Oscars flashback remembering her victory for “The Help” at the 2012 ceremony (watch the video above). After Christian Bale declares her the winner, she kisses Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain on her way up the steps to a standing ovation.
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Oscars 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ could win for its screenplay like 11 of the last 12 Best Picture winners

Oscars 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ could win for its screenplay like 11 of the last 12 Best Picture winners
Since the Oscar nominations were announced, I’ve wondered why more people aren’t predicting “The Shape of Water” to win Best Original Screenplay? After all, it’s the favorite to win Best Picture and Best Director (Guillermo del Toro) with first-place odds of 10/11 and 1/10, respectively. So why is it way behind in the writing category with fourth-place odds of 22/1?

Considering that only one film since 2006 has won Best Picture but lost for its writing — the nearly dialogue-free “The Artist” (2011) — shouldn’t more people be penciling in del Toro and co-writer Vanessa Taylor in this category?

Among the 21 Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, only Jack Mathews (Gold Derby) is currently predicting “The Shape of Water” to prevail for its script. The rest are split between “Lady Bird” (Greta Gerwig), which ranks first with 8/5 odds; Golden Globe winner “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Martin McDonagh), which has
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Play Prince in Las Vegas Tribute Show ‘Purple Reign’

An ongoing Prince tribute show in Las Vegas, Nevada is seeking performers that can play the iconic singer on stage. “Purple Reign: The Prince Tribute Show” immerses audiences in the experience of seeing the pop idol. The production says, “The show captures the imagination and seamlessly re-creates the blistering performances and raw energy of Prince in his prime, and returns guests to the era that made “The Artist” an international superstar.” They are seeking a male performer to play Prince. Artists should “encompass the entire Prince persona, including the ability to look like Prince, dance like Prince, and play guitar like Prince. Also necessary is the knowledge of the catalog of music from the “Purple Rain” movie soundtrack, and the ability to perform with a cast of dancers and other artists.” Qualified candidates should be aged 21–40, 5’3”–5’8”, and 120–140 pounds. They must have “training or experience as a Prince tribute artist.” There
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Oscars 2018: ‘Phantom Thread’ would be the most contemporary film in 23 years to win Best Costume Design

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Oscars 2018: ‘Phantom Thread’ would be the most contemporary film in 23 years to win Best Costume Design
Phantom Thread” leads our Oscar predictions to win Best Costume Design with odds of 2/9. That’s not exactly a surprise since the film is all about a fashion designer (played by Daniel Day-Lewis), which puts a strong emphasis on the film’s wardrobe. And the films threads are designed by Mark Bridges, who previously won this category for “The Artist” (2011). But it would be unusual in one respect: period movies that win Best Costume Design tend to be set further in the past than “Phantom Thread,” which takes place in the 1950s. In fact, this would be the most contemporary film to win that Oscar since “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (1994).

Admittedly, a few winners from the last 23 years are hard to quantify. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003) prevailed, but it takes place in a fantasy world removed from our real-world timeline.
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‘The Shape of Water’ could win Oscars for Best Director and Cinematography, following 5 years of correlation

‘The Shape of Water’ could win Oscars for Best Director and Cinematography, following 5 years of correlation
Guillermo del Toro has won all the major directing prizes so far for “The Shape of Water,” making him the clear frontrunner to win the Oscar for Best Director. Meanwhile, the film is predicted to lose Best Cinematography to “Blade Runner 2049,” according to the latest Gold Derby odds, despite a very clear correlation between the two categories over the last five years at the Oscars.

Del Toro is shaping up to be the Best Director winner at the Oscars, after winning at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards and most notably, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards. Yet, his cinematographer, Dan Laustsen, is ranked second among Gold Derby predictors for Best Cinematography, behind Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”) Not only that, but Hoyte van Hoytema, cinematographer on “Dunkirk,” is almost tied with Laustsen. If del Toro were to win Best Director while “Blade Runner 2049” or “Dunkirk” won Best Cinematography,
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‘Moonlight’ shines bright, voted top Best Picture Oscar winner of the 2010s [Poll Results]

‘Moonlight’ shines bright, voted top Best Picture Oscar winner of the 2010s [Poll Results]
Moonlight” (2016) has been voted your favorite Best Picture Oscar winner of the 2010s so far. The independent drama directed by Barry Jenkins just narrowly won Gold Derby’s recent poll asking you to pick your top Best Picture winner this decade.

Moonlight” scored 25% of the vote, just barely defeating “Birdman” (2014) at 24%. “12 Years a Slave” (2013) came in third place with 14% followed by “Argo” (2012) and “Spotlight” (2015), which tied at 11%. “The King’s Speech” (2010) came in sixth place with 9% of your vote, while “The Artist” (2011) brought up the rear at 6%.

SEE2017 Best Awards moments: Our favorites include ‘La La Land’/’Moonlight’ mix-up, Meryl Streep vs. Donald Trump, and …

Telling the story of Chiron, a sensitive black boy living in impoverished Miami and discovering his sexuality, “Moonlight” is one of the most unique Best Picture winners in Oscar history. The film won two other Oscars — Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali as Juan,
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Damien Chazelle (‘La La Land’) is shining just for you after being voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 2010s [Poll Results]

Damien Chazelle (‘La La Land’) is shining just for you after being voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 2010s [Poll Results]
Damien Chazelle has been named your favorite Best Director Oscar winner of the 2010s thanks to his impeccable work on “La La Land” (2016). Support was split between several directors in our poll asking you to vote for your absolute favorite of the decade, but Chazelle led our results from the beginning.

Chazelle earned 29% of your vote, followed by Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”) at 21%. Alejandro G. Inarritu (“Birdman”) was next at 20% while Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) came in fourth at 15%. Next was Inarritu (“The Revenant”) at 11%. The combined total of Inarritu’s votes for “Birdman” and “The Revenant” was 31%, technically giving him the most votes as an individual director here, but support was too divided between the two films to put him over the edge. Tied for last in this poll were Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) and Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”) at 2% each.

See‘Zootopia’ rules the animal kingdom,
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2018 Oscar predictions: ‘Phantom Thread’ has Best Costume Design all sewn up

2018 Oscar predictions: ‘Phantom Thread’ has Best Costume Design all sewn up
Go ahead and stitch engrave the Best Costume Design Oscar for “Phantom Thread” now. Paul Thomas Anderson’s sartorial drama is the 2/9-odd favorite to take home the award, according to our latest predictions. It’s out front against “Beauty and the Beast” (15/2 odds), “The Shape of Water” (25/1 odds), “Darkest Hour” (66/1 odds) and Victoria and Abdul (66/1 odds).

If “Phantom Thread” were to only convert one of its six nominations into a win, it makes complete sense it’d be this one. The movie is about a persnickety high-end fashion designer in 1950s London and it’s filled frame to frame with Reynolds Woodcock’s (Daniel Day-Lewis) breathtakingly posh, gorgeous gowns, created Oscar winner Mark Bridges (2011’s “The Artist”). The House of Woodcock could rival any real-life fashion empire.

See Daniel Day-Lewis is an Oscar good luck charm

But not everyone thinks it’s a done deal for “Phantom Thread.” Expert
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Indie Spirit Awards noms for ‘Get Out’ & ‘Lady Bird’ may be a sign that we’re underestimating them at the Oscars

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Indie Spirit Awards noms for ‘Get Out’ & ‘Lady Bird’ may be a sign that we’re underestimating them at the Oscars
The Independent Spirit Awards only honor films made for under $20 million, and any filmmakers or film lovers are eligible to vote if they sign up to be a Film Independent member and pay their dues of $95 per year, so there’s probably limited overlap between its voters and the motion picture academy. But they’ve been unusually prophetic in recent years when it comes to anticipating the Oscar winner for Best Picture. That could be good news for “Get Out” or “Lady Bird,” and bad news for “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

The Spirit Awards are handed out on Oscars eve on a beach in Santa Monica, California, and five of their last six winners for Best Feature have gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture the very next night: “The Artist” (2011), “12 Years a Slave” (2013), “Birdman” (2014), “Spotlight” (2015) and “Moonlight” (2016). The predictive value
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Anna Odell, Benedikt Erlingsson preview new films in Goteborg's Nordic Film Market

Anna Odell, Benedikt Erlingsson preview new films in Goteborg's Nordic Film Market
Other Nordic works-in-progress presentations include Anne Sewitsky’s Sonja Henie biopic and Anna Magnusson’s new Bergman documentary.

Source: TriArt

‘Untitled Anna Odell project’

Provocative Swedish artist and filmmaker Anna Odell (The Reunion) unveiled footage from her forthcoming as-yet-untitled feature as part of the works in progress presentations at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market.

The idea for the project has been mostly under wraps, except that it was to star the director with Mikael Persbrandt. Frida Bargo and Matthias Nohrborg of Sweden’s B-Reel produce and New Europe has come on board to handle international sales. The feature is editing now could be ready for summer/autumn. TriArt will release in Sweden.

Read more: Gabriela Pichler’s ‘Amateurs’ wins Goteborg’s Dragon Award

“I worked with a mix of reality and fiction and what people believe about Mikael Persbrandt, who is Sweden’s most famous male actor, and what people think about me as an artist known for doing
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Oscars 2018: Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) would make history as first black writer to win Best Original Screenplay

Oscars 2018: Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) would make history as first black writer to win Best Original Screenplay
A year ago Jordan Peele was best known for the sketch comedy series “Key and Peele,” but after the show ended he stepped behind the camera, writing, directing and producing the horror comedy “Get Out.” Now Peele has the chance to make history as the first black writer to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Suzanne de Passe and Lonne Elder made history as the first black writers ever nominated for Oscars. De Passe was up for Best Original Screenplay for “Lady Sings the Blues” (1972), shared with Chris Clark and Terence McCloy. That same year Elder was nominated in Best Adapted Screenplay for “Sounder.” But neither won.

Seventeen years later Spike Lee was the second black writer up for Original Screenplay, for his classic “Do the Right Thing” (1989). Two years after that John Singleton reaped a bid for “Boyz n the Hood” (1991).

Black writers would go 18 years without receiving
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Variety Artisan Awards to Honor Rachel Morrison, Alexandre Desplat and More at Santa Barbara Film Festival

Variety Artisan Awards to Honor Rachel Morrison, Alexandre Desplat and More at Santa Barbara Film Festival
Variety and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival have revealed the recipients of the fourth annual Variety Artisans Awards.

The Variety Artisans Awards are given to those essential to the filmmaking process who have exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in their respective fields. A special tribute evening moderated by Tim Gray, Variety‘s awards editor and senior vice president, will take place on Feb. 5 at the Lobero Theatre.

This year’s award recipients, who are all Oscar nominees, include:

Paul D. Austerberry for the production design in Fox Searchlight’s “The Shape of Water,” directed by Guillermo del Toro. This marks Austerberry’s first Academy Award nomination. Austerberry won the Critics’ Choice Award and received a BAFTA nom for his work on the film.

Mark Bridges for costume design in Focus Features’ period drama “Phantom Thread,” written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Bridges has been nominated for Academy Awards and previously
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2018 Indie Spirit Awards predictions: Laurie Metcalf (‘Lady Bird’) will exact revenge on Allison Janney (‘I, Tonya’)

2018 Indie Spirit Awards predictions: Laurie Metcalf (‘Lady Bird’) will exact revenge on Allison Janney (‘I, Tonya’)
Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) has been unstoppable on the circuit since the televised awards shows began, flipping the script on critical darling Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”). Metcalf is still giving chase to Janney for the Best Supporting Actress BAFTA and Oscar, but there will be one place she’ll prevail, according to our latest predictions: the Independent Spirit Awards.

Metcalf has 1/2 odds over Janney’s 5/2 odds, with seven Experts, three Editors and 18 of our Top 24 Users, who scored the best last year, picking the once and future “Roseanne” star. They’re both well ahead of “The Big Sick”’s Holly Hunter (50/1 odds), “Marjorie Prime”’s Lois Smith (66/1 odds) and “Good Time”’s Taliah Lennice Webster (100/1 odds), none of whom earned Oscar nominations.

Indeed, Metcalf’s quieter but no less superb performance is more in line with what the Indie Spirits usually recognizes. “Lady Bird” also has four nominations to “I,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about “The Artist”

In the era of the silent films Valentin was the king, but when films started to go to sound he was convinced that it would just be a fad. Unfortunately people loved hearing sound and his reputation as a silent film director and an actor quickly went down the tubes as he lost everything. It didn’t help that this was during the Great Depression of 1929, nor that the woman he elevated from being a fan to a movie star became larger than life during this period. At the lowest point of his life though she was there to help

10 Things You Didn’t Know about “The Artist
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2018 Oscars: Will ‘Three Billboards’ be the first Best Picture champ without a director or screenplay win in 15 years?

2018 Oscars: Will ‘Three Billboards’ be the first Best Picture champ without a director or screenplay win in 15 years?
Martin McDonagh’s omission from the Best Director final five was a big blow to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” as it now tries to become just the fifth film to win the Best Picture Oscar without a directing nomination. But that may not be the only stat it has to defy: “Three Billboards” could also be the first film in 15 years to snag the main award without a directing or screenplay win.

Only 10 other films have done this. They are:

1. “Wings” (1927/28)

2. “The Broadway Melody” (1928/29)

3. “Grand Hotel” (1931/32)

4. “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1935)

5. “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936)

6. “Rebecca” (1940)

7. “Hamlet” (1948)

8. “All the King’s Men” (1949)

9. “Gladiator” (2000)

10. “Chicago” (2002)

(1952 Best Picture champ “The Greatest Show on Earth” could also be included in this list — it won the now-defunct Oscar for Best Story, which didn’t award the actual script and co-existed with Best Original Screenplay until it was dissolved after the 1956 season.)

Directing and screenplay understandably
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Close-Up on Justine Triet's "In Bed with Victoria"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Justine Triet's In Bed with Victoria (2016) is showing from January 30 - March 1, 2018 in most countries around the world as part of the series From France with Love.Whether grounded in reality or otherwise, the perception of France as a more sexually liberated nation has proved the driving force behind a wave of French comedies in recent years, and the justification for all kinds of transgressions rarely seen in other national cinemas. Structured around sex, these films typically display characters at the mercy of their own lust. Couples switch partners several times across the same film, men cheat on their wives, women take younger lovers. But where Hollywood romantic comedies for the most part center around a search for a 'true love' which extends beyond physical pleasure, French sex comedies adopt an often decidedly cynical stance when it comes to romance,
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Shh! Sally Hawkins (‘The Shape of Water’) could be next Oscar winner for a nonspeaking role

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Shh! Sally Hawkins (‘The Shape of Water’) could be next Oscar winner for a nonspeaking role
If Sally Hawkins ends up winning the Best Actress Oscar for playing mute janitor Elisa Esposito in Guillermo Del Toro‘s “The Shape of Water,” she would join an exclusive list of other performers to prevail for nonspeaking roles. Who are the other actors and actresses whose silence won over Oscar voters? Click through our photo gallery above to see the list, which includes Jean Dujardin in “The Artist” (2011), Holly Hunter in “The Piano” (1993) and Marlee Matlin in “Children of a Lesser God” (1986).

This is Hawkins’ second career Oscar nomination following her supporting bid for “Blue Jasmine” (2013). Gold Derby’s predictions now give the English actress 9/2 odds to win. That puts her behind frontrunners Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), but ahead of Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) and Meryl Streep (“The Post”). See more 2018 Oscar nominations.

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards
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