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Is the “Untapped” Market of Saudi Arabia as Attractive to Hollywood Following Movie Bans?

“Where else are you going to find a movie market that literally doesn’t exist today that could be $1 billion in size in five years or so?” It’s been only four years since AMC Theatres CEO Adam Aron made this bold claim about Saudi Arabia, speaking just months after the Kingdom had dramatically revealed that […]

Oscars Snubs: ‘Belfast,’ ‘West Side Story’ Win Only One Award Each as ‘Power of the Dog’ Cinematographer Fails to Make History

Going into the 2022 Oscars, Belfast and West Side Story were each seen as possible best picture winners by pundits and Oscar observers, and both were considered major awards contenders all season. But at the end of Sunday night’s ceremony, the films — each of which received seven Oscar nominations — had won only one […]

Best Supporting Actress Winner Ariana DeBose: “Even in This Weary World We Live in, Dreams Do Come True”

Ariana DeBose has won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role as Anita in 20th Century Studios’ West Side Story. The win is historic not just because DeBose’s co-star Rita Moreno, who also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s reimagining of the classic musical in a newly created role, won an Oscar for the same […]

Oscars: Ariana DeBose’s Look Is a Custom Gown/Tux Hybrid by Valentino

For Sunday’s 94th Academy Awards’ red carpet, Ariana DeBose, the best supporting actress winner for her role as Anita in West Side Story, had given her stylists Zadrian Smith and Sarah Edmiston a clear directive. “She said, ‘I don’t want to be a princess; I want to be a queen,'” Smith tells The Hollywood Reporter. […]

Oscars: Rachel Zegler Has Been Invited to Be a Presenter (Exclusive)

Following an internet firestorm over the revelation that Rachel Zegler, the star of best picture Oscar nominee West Side Story, had not been invited to attend the 2022 Oscars on Sunday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the up-and-comer to be a presenter at the ceremony, The Hollywood Reporter has […]

‘West Side Story’ Producer Kristie Macosko Krieger Says Steven Spielberg Wanted “Gritty and Real” Take on the Classic Musical

Kristie Macosko Krieger has worked with Steven Spielberg since 1997, starting as his first assistant, having come from the Shoah Foundation, Spielberg’s nonprofit dedicated to interviewing and sharing the stories of Holocaust survivors. She’d spent several years working in the world of publicity before landing the assistant gig with Spielberg, who later said to her: […]

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. […]

‘West Side Story’ Star Rachel Zegler Says She Isn’t Invited to the Oscars: “I Hope Some Last Minute Miracle Occurs”

West Side Story star Rachel Zegler made a comment on social media Sunday about not having received an invitation to the Academy Awards later this month. The actress, 20, posted a series of images on her personal Instagram account along with the caption “a quarter of the year well spent.” In the comments section, a […]

Steven Spielberg on Producing: “The Smartest Thing I Do Is Hire Women”

West Side Story director and producer Steven Spielberg was the star of the Producers Guild of America awards nominee breakfast on Saturday morning, as one producer after another praised him, even though they were all competing for the same prize at Saturday night’s award show. Spielberg didn’t disappoint, and gave up several memorable tidbits, including […]

AARP Movies for Grownups Awards: ‘Belfast’ Named Best Picture

Belfast was named best picture by the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards during a virtual event celebration broadcast March 18 by Great Performances on PBS. Four-time nominee King Richard earned two awards for stars Will Smith (best actor) and Aunjanue Ellis (best supporting actress). Being the Ricardos‘ Nicole Kidman won best actress, and House of […]

How ‘Dune’, ‘West Side Story’ and More Production Designers Brought a Sense of Time and Place to Their Oscar-Nominated Films

The Oscar nominees behind 'Nightmare Alley,' 'The Power of the Dog,' and 'The Tragedy of Macbeth' also reveal how they settled on their films’ detailed looks and offer the inspirations behind their designs — from classic cinema to urban and scenic landscapes.

Oscars: Cinematographers Behind ‘Dune,’ ‘The Power of the Dog’ and More Reveal Their Process, Creating Films That “Draw People In”

The DPs ‘Nightmare Alley,’ ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ and ‘West Side Story’ also detail the approaches to their Oscar-nominated work.