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The Best Animated Feature Oscar Race Just Got Even More Crowded

The Best Animated Feature Oscar Race Just Got Even More Crowded

This year's best animated feature Oscar race, which is already jam-packed with as many as 17 eligible contenders — having just 16 automatically triggers an increase in the number of eventual nominees from three to five — is about to get even more crowded. That's because Barrett Esposito's Henry & Me, a simply-animated but charming and inspirational children's film that features the vocal talents of Richard Gere and many other big names, including quite a few members of the New York Yankees organization, is in the process of being qualified for Oscar eligibility by its independent distributor Reveal Animation Studios.

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Austin Film Fest: Writer-Centric Event to Screen Numerous Oscar Hopefuls

Austin Film Fest: Writer-Centric Event to Screen Numerous Oscar Hopefuls

The Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference, which has become one of the many important stops on the awards season circuit over the last few years — particularly for Oscar- and Emmy-contending screenwriters — has announced the lineup for its 21st edition, which will take place in the Texan capital from Oct. 23-30.

Not surprisingly, many of this year's highest-profile Oscar hopefuls will be represented there — among them The Weinstein Co.'s The Imitation Game (adapted for the screen by Graham Moore), Fox Searchlight's Wild (adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby), Radius' Escobar: Paradise Lost (written for the screen by Andrea Di Stefano), Roadside Attractions and Saban Films' The Homesman (adapted for the screen by Tommy Lee Jones) and Disney's Big Hero 6 (written by Don Hall and Jordan Roberts).

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New York Film Fest: Top-Secret Edward Snowden Doc Added to Lineup

New York Film Fest: Top-Secret Edward Snowden Doc Added to Lineup

The New York Film Festival is entering its 52nd year, but never before, in its long and rich history, has it done what it did today: namely, added a film — Laura Poitras' new documentary about Edward Snowden, CITIZENFOUR — to its main slate after the lineup had already been announced.

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'Pride' Angles for Golden Globe Musical-Comedy Categories

'Pride' Angles for Golden Globe Musical-Comedy Categories

On Monday night, most of New York's acting community, on their night off from the boards, could be found in one of two places. Many were attending the American Theatre Wing's annual gala at the Plaza Hotel, where the legendary Angela Lansbury was feted. And the rest, it seemed, could be found at the historic Ziegfeld Theatre, where Stephen Sondheim, Mike Nichols and Scott Rudin — a Big Apple all-star trio, if ever there was one — hosted a special advance screening of Pride, a feel-good dramedy about a little-known slice of U.K. history which CBS Films will release on Sept. 26.

It had its world premiere as the closing night film of the Directors' Fortnight section of the May's Cannes Film Festival and its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, and now joins a relatively thin field of Golden Globe contenders in the musical or comedy categories.

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Shekhar Kapur Will Chair 2014 Capri, Hollywood International Film Fest

Shekhar Kapur Will Chair 2014 Capri, Hollywood International Film Fest

Shekhar Kapur, the Indian filmmaker best known internationally for his two collaborations with Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), will serve as chairman of the 19th Capri, Hollywood — The International Film Festival, the Gulf of Naples-based fest said Monday. This year's edition will run from Dec. 26, 2014, through Jan. 2, 2015.

Advertised as "a bridge between Italian and American cinema," the event occurs two months before its stateside counterpart, Los Angeles, Italia, which occurs the week of the Academy Awards. Since it honors talent at both locations, it has become a noted stop on the Oscar season circuit.

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Feinberg Forecast: The Awards Landscape After Telluride and Toronto, Before New York

Feinberg Forecast: The Awards Landscape After Telluride and Toronto, Before New York

Every week through the 87th Oscars on Feb. 22, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter's lead awards analyst Scott Feinberg will post an updated "Feinberg Forecast," wherein he presents a summary of major developments since the last update that helped to shape his current opinions and then lists his revised projections. For more about Feinberg and how he arrives at his projections, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Factoring into this week's charts...

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Toronto: 'Imitation Game' Audience Award Win Puts Weinsteins Back in Oscar Season Pole Position

Toronto: 'Imitation Game' Audience Award Win Puts Weinsteins Back in Oscar Season Pole Position

With Sunday afternoon's announcement that The Weinstein Co.'s The Imitation Game has won the Toronto Film Festival's people's choice award, we now have, for the first time this season, a real frontrunner for the best picture Oscar.

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Toronto: Benicio Del Toro Could Catch Voters' Attention for 'Escobar: Paradise Lost'

Toronto: Benicio Del Toro Could Catch Voters' Attention for 'Escobar: Paradise Lost'

In Escobar: Paradise Lost, an intense drama that marks the directorial debut of the Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano, The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson portrays Nick, the character with the most screen time, a young Canadian who meets and marries Maria (Claudia Traisac, now Hutcherson's real-life girlfriend), a young girl in Colombia, where Nick had gone to surf and live with his brother.

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Toronto: 'Food, Inc.' Doc Maker Back in Oscar Contention for 'Merchants of Doubt'

Toronto: 'Food, Inc.' Doc Maker Back in Oscar Contention for 'Merchants of Doubt'

Over his decades in the television and film documentary business, filmmaker Robert Kenner has established himself as a Michael Lewis-like figure, pointing his lens at subjects with which most of us feel we are already familiar, but then showing us that we're not by asking them questions we wouldn't have thought to ask ourselves.

Kenner did this most prominently in his 2009 Oscar-nominated doc Food, Inc., which looks at the shocking shortcuts that multinational corporations take with our food and the impact this has on our health. And he has done it again in his latest doc, Merchants of Doubt, which Sony Classics is currently taking on the fall fest circuit: it premiered at Telluride, played at Toronto (where I caught up with it on Wednesday) and will next be seen in New York.

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Toronto: 'Act of Killing' Follow-Up 'Look of Silence' Could Also Resonate with Academy

Toronto: 'Act of Killing' Follow-Up 'Look of Silence' Could Also Resonate with Academy

Only one filmmaker has ever been nominated for the best documentary feature Oscar in back-to-back years. His name was Walt Disney and he was nominated — and ultimately won — for both The Living Desert (1953) and The Vanishing Prairie (1954). In those days, an organization (i.e. the U.S. Air Force) or its figurehead (i.e. Disney's Disney) were often recognized for projects that were actually primarily completed by others who worked for them. That was certainly the case with these nature films.

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Toronto: Belgium's Oscar Hopes May Rest on Film Starring France's Marion Cotillard

Toronto: Belgium's Oscar Hopes May Rest on Film Starring France's Marion Cotillard

Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Belgian brothers who have been making films together since the 1970s, are, to me, the successors of Vittorio de Sica, the father of neorealist cinema, whose films were, as theirs always are, low-budget, minimalist dramas about the struggles of working-class people just to get by.

Over the past 15 years, three of the Dardennes' films — Rosetta (1999), The Son (2002) and The Child (2005) — have been submitted by Belgium as the nation's official entry for consideration in the best foreign language film Oscar category. However, despite the fact that each was widely acclaimed and the first and third won Cannes' Palme d'Or (they remain the only Belgian films ever accorded that honor), none were even nominated by the Academy.

On Sept. 19, Belgium can do its part to correct this injustice by submitting as their 2014 entry the Dardennes' latest film, Two Days, One Night, which many expected to win this year's Palme or another major prize at Cannes, where it premiered to great acclaim back in May, but which was instead shut out. Then it would be up to the Academy's foreign language committee to get its act together.

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Toronto: Fest Fan Favorite 'Wild Tales' Could Take Argentina Back to Oscars

Toronto: Fest Fan Favorite 'Wild Tales' Could Take Argentina Back to Oscars

Sometimes a film can "go viral." Such was the case with Wild Tales, an Argentinean comedy written and directed by Damian Szifron that had its world premiere in Cannes back in May, about which I knew absolutely nothing when the Oscar season kicked off just two weeks ago, but which quickly became the talk of Telluride and Toronto, prompting me to finally catch up with it on Tuesday night at the latter fest. Suffice it to say: the hype was merited.

The film -- which Sony Pictures Classics is giving an awards-qualifying run this year before releasing next spring -- is comprised of six shorts, none of which are related, apart from sharing themes of vengeance and tones of anarchism, but all of which feature laugh-out-loud moments and most of which closed to applause at the screening I attended.

Considering that each of them is better than many of the shorts that have been awarded Oscars during the time I've been on this beat, it should not come as a surprise that, collectively, they form a feature that will be a serious contender, in its own right.

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Toronto: Why Julianne Moore Could Win the Best Actress Oscar for 'Still Alice'

Toronto: Why Julianne Moore Could Win the Best Actress Oscar for 'Still Alice'

Everyone's talking about it: This year's two female acting categories are, at this admittedly early date, looking extremely thin. In the lead actress category, of what has already been screened, the one and only slam-dunk contender is Reese Witherspoon (Wild). Of what is still to come, Meryl Streep (Into the Woods) could get in, Amy Adams (Big Eyes) is always a possibility and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) has a plum part — but really, who knows?

This possible opening has been recognized by the teams behind the two most serious best supporting actress contenders, Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), both of which are now weighing whether or not it makes sense to give up a relatively sure-fire nom and possible win in the less prestigious of the two acting categories in order to vie for a nom in the other one. (Rounding out the field of potential supporting actress candidates is Keira Knightley for her turn in The Imitation Game.)

I mention all of this because it is in this larger context that Julianne Moore's magnificent performance in Still Alice, an acquisition title that I saw today at its second screening at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival, just landed.

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Toronto: 'The Last 5 Years' Offers Golden Globe Voters a Quality Musical Option

Toronto: 'The Last 5 Years' Offers Golden Globe Voters a Quality Musical Option

Exactly three months ago, I sat in the audience at the Tonys as Jason Robert Brown collected best original score and best orchestrations prizes for his musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County, which starred a fantastic Kelli O'Hara but had recently closed after struggling at the box office and being denied a best musical nomination. It was, as Brown conveyed from the podium, a very bittersweet night for him.

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