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Oscars: 'Gone Girl' Composer Trent Reznor Reveals How He Gets Into David Fincher's Head

Oscars: 'Gone Girl' Composer Trent Reznor Reveals How He Gets Into David Fincher's Head

A version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

"Is it good? I’m not sure, but I know I worked my ass off," Trent Reznor, the Nine Inch Nails frontman/Oscar-winning film composer told me of his latest score — the one that he and Atticus Ross put together for David Fincher's smash-hit Gone Girl — when we sat down for an hour-long conversation a few weeks ago in Beverly Hills.

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DEC
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Feinberg Forecast: Heated Race Heading Into the Holidays

Feinberg Forecast: Heated Race Heading Into the Holidays

As the dust settles after a week that brought SAG, Golden Globe and Critics' Choice nominations, THR's awards analyst tries to make sense of the new landscape

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DEC
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Oscars: Is 'Snowpiercer' Actress Tilda Swinton Being Underestimated?

Oscars: Is 'Snowpiercer' Actress Tilda Swinton Being Underestimated?

The holiday season is always a bit hectic, so it is understandable if you, like me until recently, failed to notice something that's actually been brewing under the surface of the awards discussion for some time: namely, the grassroots support behind the best supporting actress Oscar candidacy of Tilda Swinton for her work in Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer.

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DEC
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SAG-Globes Noms: Is Jennifer Aniston In and Laura Dern Out for Oscar Nod? Not So Fast

SAG-Globes Noms: Is Jennifer Aniston In and Laura Dern Out for Oscar Nod? Not So Fast

Far too often, people forget the major distinctions — in terms of size, origin and background — between the groups that determine the nominations for the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe and Academy awards. SAG noms are determined by 2,100 randomly selected, U.S.-based members of SAG-AFTRA; Golden Globe noms are determined by about 90 non-American journalists; and Oscar noms are determined by approximately 6,000 people from all over the world who actually make movies.

Because many — in fact, most — Oscar-nominated performances do receive SAG and/or Globe noms en route to their Oscar noms, there is an assumption that performances that do not snag SAG and/or Globe noms instantly fall out of the running for an Oscar nom, and that performances that do snag SAG and/or Globe noms are locks for Oscar noms. A look at the last 12 years of results from all three groups, though, does not bear this out entirely.

Read more Oscars: 39 Screenplays That Matter

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DEC
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Palm Springs Film Fest: Oscar Hopeful 'Selma' to Open Academy-Favorite Gathering

Palm Springs Film Fest: Oscar Hopeful 'Selma' to Open Academy-Favorite Gathering

A screening of Selma, the Golden Globe-nominated drama about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will kick off the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 2, the fest announced Tuesday. The opening-night slot — and a post-screening reception at the Palm Springs Art Museum at which talent from the film will be on hand — will help to shine a spotlight on the Paramount contender in front of a desert community in which hundreds of Academy members live or have second (or third) homes.

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DEC
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'Begin Again' Song "Lost Stars" Rebounds From Globes Snub, Finds 'Voice'

'Begin Again' Song "Lost Stars" Rebounds From Globes Snub, Finds 'Voice'

Fans of the best original song Oscar hopeful "Lost Stars" — which was co-written by Grammy winner Gregg Alexander (who I recently profiled) and performed in John Carney's charming indie Begin Again by Adam Levine and Keira Knightley — were down in the dumps last Thursday after it was left off the list of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globe nominations.

But on Monday, their spirits — and perhaps the song's Oscar hopes, too — were lifted in a big way when the film landed two major moments in the spotlight: a best original song Critics' Choice Award nom and a primetime, three-minute live segment on an episode of one of the most highly-rated shows on television, NBC's The Voice.

Read more 'The Voice' Recap: Final 4 Debut Original Songs, Music Videos

As you can see in the video below, contestant Matt McAndrew and his coach, Levine, performed a rousing duet of the song, which was met with a huge ovation.

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DEC
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Santa Barbara Film Fest: Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones to Share Honor

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones to Share Honor

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, who play Stephen Hawking and Jane Hawking, respectively, in James Marsh's The Theory of Everything — and both of whom have received SAG Award, Golden Globe Award and, on Monday, Critics' Choice Award nominations — will jointly receive the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, SBIFF announced on Monday. The honor will be presented at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre on Jan. 29 as part of the fest's 30th edition, which runs Jan. 27 through Feb. 7.

The Cinema Vanguard Award recognizes filmmakers "who have forged their own path, taking artists risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film."

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Critics' Choice Awards: Noms Give Hope to On-the-Bubble Oscar Hopefuls

Critics' Choice Awards: Noms Give Hope to On-the-Bubble Oscar Hopefuls

I would venture a guess that a handful of longish-shot Oscar hopefuls — among them Unbroken's Angelina Jolie, Gone Girl's David Fincher, The Grand Budapest Hotel's Ralph Fiennes, Two Days, One Night's Marion Cotillard, Inherent Vice's Josh Brolin and Snowpiercer's Tilda Swintonquoted Dumb and Dumber's Jim Carrey on Monday morning when the Broadcast Film Critics Association announced its nominees for the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards: "So you're telling me there's a chance!"

That's because the BFCA smiled upon each of these individuals with major nominations, whereas few, if any, other major organizations have done the same.

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DEC
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Chris Martin Performs Oscar-Contending Song, Charms Voters at 'Unbroken' Party

Chris Martin Performs Oscar-Contending Song, Charms Voters at 'Unbroken' Party

Angelina Jolie's Unbroken hasn't even opened yet, but Universal's big Oscar hopeful has already hit a few rough patches. Last week, it was shut out of both the SAG Award and Golden Globe Award nominations. And then Jolie came down with the chickenpox, which precluded her from attending the film's official DGA and Academy screenings and Q&As and will also keep her from attending its Los Angeles premiere this week. None of that will help the film's opening weekend box office on Dec. 25 or its eventual Oscar prospects.

But the film did get a much-needed boost of adrenaline on Sunday when Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, whose original song "Miracles" plays over the film's closing credits, flew in from London to give a special performance at a cocktail party packed with Academy members — including some from its music branch who will determine the best original song nominees — many of whom also were bummed by Jolie's absence.

Read more Angelina Jolie, Christopher Nolan and Director A-List on Their Toughest Decisions, "Dreadful" First Cuts and Mike Nichols

You can watch Martin's entire 15-minute set in the video below.

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DEC
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Al Pacino on His Great Roles, Frustrations with Fame, Return to Form in 'The Humbling'

Al Pacino on His Great Roles, Frustrations with Fame, Return to Form in 'The Humbling'

"I was sort of blasted out of a cannon," the legendary Al Pacino told me when we sat down last week for an hour-long conversation about his life, career and most recent performance — his best in years, in my opinion — in Barry Levinson's The Humbling. "Five films, five Oscar nominations. I blew out with The Godfather and I didn't know what was happening to me. I was drinking and doing and having fun and not having fun and dying and going crazy — I was doing all of those things — but I kept going. I didn't know where I was... I knew how explosive it was, but I was inebriated most of the time. I was trying to numb up to get through it."

The south Bronx native obviously got through it — he cleaned up his act, won an Oscar, became a father and, at the age of 74, was happy to sit in a room filled with fellow actors (at the SAG Foundation in Los Angeles) who had just seen The Humbling (he himself bought the 2009 Philip Roth novel and recruited his You Don't Know Jack collaborator Levinson to direct it) to discuss his journey and views.

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DEC
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Critics' Choice Awards: Jessica Chastain Named 2014's MVP of Film

Critics' Choice Awards: Jessica Chastain Named 2014's MVP of Film

Jessica Chastain, Kevin Costner and Ron Howard will receive special awards at the 20th Critics' Choice Movie Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics' Association, which hosts the event, announced on Friday. The honors were determined by the BFCA's executive committee and will be presented during the Critics' Choice Awards ceremony on Jan. 15. A&E will broadcast the awards nationally.

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DEC
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Santa Barbara Film Fest: Jenny Slate, Logan Lerman Among 'Virtuosos' Honorees

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Jenny Slate, Logan Lerman Among 'Virtuosos' Honorees

Obvious Child's Jenny SlateFury's Logan Lerman, Boyhood's Ellar Coltrane and Get On Up's Chadwick Boseman were not nominated for either a SAG Award or a Golden Globe Award this week, but they are not yet conceding the possibility of a long-shot Oscar nom. They will join three other thesps who did garner recognition this week — Gone

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DEC
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Feinberg Forecast: Evaluating the Field Post-SAG and Globe Noms

Feinberg Forecast: Evaluating the Field Post-SAG and Globe Noms

THR's awards analyst shuffles the leaderboards in response to a week filled with new developments

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DEC
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Oscars: Best Picture Race a Battle of the Sexes

Oscars: Best Picture Race a Battle of the Sexes

This story first appeared in the Dec. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Quick, name the past five best picture Oscar winners: The Hurt Locker, The King's Speech, The Artist, Argo and 12 Years a Slave. Their differences in tone, setting and genre aside, what do they all have in common? They are all movies in which the central character is a man.

Now, that's not to suggest that Oscar — and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — is an old boys' club. But when it comes to winning the ultimate prize, movies about men do seem to enjoy an advantage (see sidebar). So how's that likely to play out in this year's competition?

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