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Does the Academy Favor Male-Driven Stories for Its Top Prize?

The 2021 Oscar ceremony was an anomaly across the board, from the somber tone to the intimate setting to the detrimental choice of naming best actor as the final award of the evening. But the strangest sight of all was witnessing a spate of women gather on the dais to accept the best picture trophy. […]

‘Licorice Pizza’ Producer Sara Murphy on Paul Thomas Anderson’s Nostalgic Depiction of the San Fernando Valley

The latest from Paul Thomas Anderson, an 11-time Oscar nominee, is a nostalgic, shaggy comic drama set in the auteur’s native San Fernando Valley. It’s not just a return to the location that served as the setting for his previous films Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love. Licorice Pizza also is a family affair. Starring […]

Oscar Nominee ‘Worst Person in the World’ Helps Revive U.S. Art House Box Office

Norway’s The Worst Person in the World has crossed the $2.7 million mark at the U.S. box office in advance of the 94th Academy Awards ceremony on March 27, where it will compete for best international feature. While that may not seem like an eye-popping gross, it is in fact a major win for the […]

Bron Studio Champions Films “Fiercely Interested in the Human Experience”

Here’s an example of a Hollywood testimonial to the power of a trusted producing partner: Several years ago, Charlize Theron was making the usual eight-minute drive to pick up her kids at the school bus stop on an ordinary afternoon in early October when she received a call saying that Megan Ellison’s Annapurna was pulling […]

‘Licorice Pizza,’ Will Smith Feted at National Board of Review Awards

Several of this season’s awards contenders descended upon New York City’s Cipriani 42nd St. on Tuesday night for the 2022 National Board of Review Awards, less than two weeks away from Hollywood’s biggest night. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza came into the ceremony with three NBR awards under its belt for best breakthrough performances for […]

How the Oscars Are Embracing Coming-of-Age Stories This Year

When I play the imaginary 2022 Oscar montage in my mind, I visualize scores of young people. A cherubic Northern Irish boy running in the cobblestone streets; a New England fisherman’s conflicted daughter belting onstage; two determined Compton-born girls pummeling their competition on the tennis courts; a pair of stubborn star-crossed adolescents finding love and […]

Sean Penn Tests Positive for COVID-19, Says Paul Thomas Anderson at DGA Awards

Sean Penn has tested positive for COVID-19, Paul Thomas Anderson announced from the stage during Saturday night’s DGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Anderson was explaining why Penn was a no-show at the ceremony as he was confirmed to present the Licorice Pizza filmmaker with a special medallion honoring his nomination for best feature film […]

Oscars: Box Office Behemoths Shut Out of Best Picture Race

More than two decades ago, Hollywood’s most coveted contest — the Oscar for best picture — became dominated by specialized, indie fare that didn’t always resonate with the general public. When ratings for the Academy Awards telecast began dropping year after year, the Oscar best picture category was expanded in 2009 from five to 10 […]

Oscars by the Numbers: MGM Lands First Best Picture Nom in Decades for ‘Licorice Pizza’

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza has served up a slice of history for MGM and United Artists Releasing. On Tuesday, the film earned a place in the coveted Oscar best picture race. It’s the first time MGM will compete for the top prize for a movie it made and released since Rain Man in 1988. […]

Predicting This Year’s Oscar Nominations Using Just Math

As we pass the two-year mark of the pandemic, we are also well underway in the second Hollywood awards season impacted by COVID-19. Already, we’ve seen postponements for the Grammys, the Critics Choice Awards, and the Producers Guild Awards, among others. And as a domino effect from last year’s Oscar delay, this year will be […]

‘Belfast,’ ‘King Richard,’ No Time to Die’ Among American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards Nominees

American Cinema Editors announced the nominees for the 72st ACE Eddie Awards, which are scheduled to be presented during a March 5 ceremony at the Theater at the ACE Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.  Organizers are planning for a 50 percent capacity at the in-person event while following COVID safety protocols. Nominees for best edited […]

‘Drive My Car’ Named Best Picture by National Society of Film Critics

The National Society of Film Critics’ named Drive My Car as its best picture of 2021 during the 56th annual meeting, which was held virtually on Saturday. Drive My Car and Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy’s Ryusuke Hamaguchi was selected as best director, while Penélope Cruz won best actress for her performance in Parallel Mothers […]