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Analysis: Oscar Race Comes Into Focus as Last Unseen Contenders, ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Nightmare Alley,’ Finally Screen

The race to the 94th Oscars came into much clearer focus this week with the unveiling of the last two Oscar hopefuls that had yet to screen for pundits: Disney’s West Side Story on Monday — right…

Hollywood Flashback: ‘Spirited Away’ Broke Records and Made Oscar History

At the 75th Academy Awards, Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away won best animated feature in the second year of the category’s existence — and, to this day, it is the only hand-drawn feature…

Will This Year’s Oscars Best Picture Be a Feel-Good or Serious Flick?

The 94th Academy Awards ceremony is set to take place on March 27, 2022 — a little over two years after stay-at-home orders began sweeping across the U.S. and the coronavirus pandemic became…

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Billie Eilish & Finneas (‘No Time to Die’)

This week’s guests on The Hollywood Reporter‘s awards podcast, siblings Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell, have only been on the scene for the last six years and are just 19 and 24…

Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Belfast’ Wins Stockholm Film Festival Audience Award

Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, one of the top contenders in this season’s Oscar race, has won the audience award at the Stockholm International Film Festival. The drama, a coming-of-age tale amid…

Will the Academy Keep Up the Forward Momentum for Women Directors?

While it’s still early in the Oscar race, there already are a few titles on everyone’s must-see list. Among them is The Power of the Dog, written and directed by Jane Campion — best known for…

Feinberg Forecast: Scott’s Oscar Standings in Mid-November

PLEASE NOTE: This forecast, assembled by The Hollywood Reporter‘s awards columnist Scott Feinberg, reflects his best attempt to predict the behavior of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts…

Hollywood Flashback: Italy’s ‘Shoeshine’ Launched the Academy’s Foreign Film Category

It’s thanks to Italian neorealist director Vittorio De Sica — the genius behind such films as 1948’s The Bicycle Thief and 1970’s The Garden of the Finzi-Continis — that the Academy Awards has a…

Mexico’s ‘Prayers for the Stolen,’ Romania’s ‘Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn’ Among Dark Horse Contenders for Best International Feature Oscar

BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN Romania In a year of WTF contenders, Radu Jude’s entry for Romania is arguably the weirdest. Part Borat-style documentary, part film essay and part…

How Todd Haynes’ ‘The Velvet Underground’ Is “Indebted” to Andy Warhol Films

Describing the visual language of Todd Haynes’ documentary The Velvet Underground for Apple TV+, Haynes’ longtime cinematographer Edward Lachman contends that the director “found the visual…

‘The Worst Person in the World’ Director Joachim Trier Calls His Film “A Modern Take on Classic Rom-Com”

“This is the tragedy,” Laurence Olivier intones over the opening credits to his 1948 film adaptation of Hamlet, “of a man who could not make up his mind.” The Worst Person in the World

‘Attica’ Filmmaker and Former Inmate Look Back on Deadly Prison Riot, 50 Years Later

The Attica Prison Riot of 1971 was the bloodiest prison revolt in U.S. history. Prisoners demanding better living conditions took control of the complex, and after four days of negotiations…