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Red Sea Film Fest: Guy Ritchie Says He Had Zero Trepidations About Attending Saudi Event, Would Gladly Cast Will Smith in ‘Aladdin 2’

Guy Ritchie claims he didn’t have any concerns about accepting an invitation to be a special guest at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Saudi Arabia. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter on day 2 of the second edition of the event in Jeddah and the morning after he accepted one of the festival’s main […]

Suzanne Guèvremont Named National Film Board of Canada Chair

The National Film Board of Canada has named Suzanne Guèvremont as its new chair and government film commissioner. She replaces Claude Joli-Coeur, who led Canada’s publicly funded filmmaker for nearly nine years and officially left his post on Friday.   NFB productions and co-productions have earned 78 Oscar nominations and won the big prize 12 times, […]

Will Streamers Whiff at the Oscars?

Oscar may have lost some of his golden luster — at least judging by the ratings drop-offs of recent years. But the 13 ½-inch statuette remains the biggest validation Hollywood has to offer, surpassing record-setting box office, massive minutes-watched numbers logged by the streamers and even a table in the front dining room at the […]

How Personal Baggage Will Impact Oscar Chances

Fairly or not, three of awards season’s acting contenders might be judged on more than just their performances. On March 27, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars, refused to leave the ceremony, accepted the award for best actor and then went out partying, sparking a tremendous uproar that led Smith to resign from […]

Governors Awards: Oscar Hopefuls Return in Huge Numbers as Academy Event Turns 13

One season ago, the Omicron surge of COVID forced the Academy’s Governors Awards to be postponed until the Friday before Oscars Sunday, outside of the pre-Oscar nomination voting window in which it traditionally is held, and virtually nobody but the honorees and their table guests were in attendance. The ceremony at which special Oscars are […]

Academy Honors Michael J. Fox, Euzhan Palcy, Diane Warren and Peter Weir at Emotional Governors Awards

The Governors Awards seals it — awards season is officially back to its pre-pandemic level of glamour and frenzy. Martinique-born filmmaker Euzhan Palcy, American songwriter Diane Warren and Australian director Peter Weir were on hand to receive their honorary Oscars and Michael J. Fox to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy’s event […]

“I’m Less Interested in Crime Than in What Happens to the Victims”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With Director and Producer of ‘Pilgrims’ 

Pilgrims, Lithuanian’s official entry for the 2023 best international feature Oscar, is a murder mystery about a solved murder. Laurynas Bareisa’s impressive debut — which premiered in Venice last year —subverts every expectation of the tired true-crime genre to focus on the scars that violence leaves on survivors’ families.  The plot follows Indre (Gabija Bargailaite) […]

Polish Oscar Contender ‘EO’ Wins Arab Critics’ Award at Cairo Festival

Jerzy Skolimowski’s EO, Poland’s contender for the 2023 Oscars in the best international feature category, has won this year’s Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films at the Cairo International Film Festival. The award was unveiled at a gala ceremony at the Cairo Opera house on Thursday night.  The Polish drama, which follows the trials of a donkey […]

Oscars: Pakistan Reverses Ban on Trans Love Story ‘Joyland’

Pakistan has reversed course and lifted a ban on its Oscars entry Joyland, but the film will receive some cuts by local censors, an aide to the country’s prime minister has revealed on Twitter. Joyland is Pakistan’s official submission to the Oscars in the best international feature category and it won a top honor at […]

‘Emancipation’ Director Defends Release of Will Smith Film After Oscars Slap: “More Important Than One Bad Moment”

Antoine Fuqua is hopeful that viewers will give his forthcoming movie Emancipation a chance as it prepares for release less than a year after Will Smith made headlines for slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards ceremony. During an interview with Vanity Fair that published online Tuesday, the director said that no one involved […]

“It’s Something That Speaks to Us All”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A with the Filmmaker and Star of ‘Nostalgia’

They say home is where the heart is, but what happens when your home doesn’t feel the same way? That’s the very question that Mario Martone’s Nostalgia explores. Based on Ermanno Rea’s novel of the same name, the Italian-French drama was recently selected by Italy to compete on its behalf for a Best International Feature […]

Hildur Gudnadóttir, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Among Film Composers Who Could Earn Double Oscar Nominations

This year, a handful of composers have the chance of being double nominated in the score category at the 2023 Oscars. Composing duo and Nine Inch Nails band members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross could see two nominations this year, for United Artists’ Bones and All, directed by Luca Guadagnino, and Searchlight’s Empire of Light, […]