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All 13 Oscar Best Picture Nominees Directed by a Woman, From ‘The Piano’ to ‘Lady Bird’ (Photos)

All 13 Oscar Best Picture Nominees Directed by a Woman, From ‘The Piano’ to ‘Lady Bird’ (Photos)
In the history of the Academy Awards, only five women have gotten a Best Director nomination. But a dozen films with a female director have scored Best Picture nods — particularly since the Academy expanded the lead category to include more than five nominees.

Randa Haines’ “Children of a Lesser God” (1986) • Haines’ drama about a teacher at a school for the deaf earned five nominations, and won one for Marlee Matlin’s breakout lead performance. But Haines herself didn’t get a nod.

Penny Marshall’s “Awakenings” (1990) • The Robert De Niro-Robin Williams medical drama picked up three nods, including for Steven Zaillian’s script — but no love for Marshall.

Barbra Streisand’s “The Prince of Tides” (1991) • The directing snub for Streisand, who also produced and starred in this tear-jerking drama, prompted that year’s Oscar host, Billy Crystal, to quip: “Seven nominations on the shelf, did this film direct itself?
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The DGA Awards and Golden Globes have the same director lineup for the 1st time in 8 years

The DGA Awards and Golden Globes have the same director lineup for the 1st time in 8 years
For the first time in eight years, the Directors Guild of America Awards and the Golden Globes have shortlisted the same five directors as the best of the year. Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”), Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”) and Adam McKay (“Vice”) received DGA nominations on Tuesday, two days after Cuaron won the Best Director Globe from the same lineup.

The last time DGA and the Globes went 5-for-5 was for the class of 2010. David Fincher (“The Social Network”) won the Globe over Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”), Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”), David O. Russell (“The Fighter”) and Christopher Nolan (“Inception”). But Hooper nabbed the DGA and then the Oscar; the academy only snubbed Nolan in favor of Joel and Ethan Coen (“True Grit”).

See Directors Guild of America Awards nominations: See the full list

The DGA and Globes rarely match perfectly,
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Directors Guild Nominees Include Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón

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Directors Guild Nominees Include Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón
The Directors Guild of America has nominated Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma,” Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” Adam McKay for “Vice,” and Peter Farrelly for “Green Book” for its top feature film award.

Cooper also received a DGA nomination for its first-time director award on Tuesday, along with Bo Burnham for “Eighth Grade,” Carlos Lopez Estrada for “Blindspotting,” Matthew Heineman for “A Private War,” and Boots Riley for “Sorry to Bother You.”

Cuaron won the DGA and Academy Award for directing five years ago for “Gravity.” It’s the first DGA nomination for Cooper, Farrelly, and Lee. It’s McKay’s third DGA nom, three years after he received a nod for “The Big Short.” He also received a television nomination Monday for directing an episode of “Succession.”

There were no surprises in the DGA’s announcement, which came two days after Cuaron won the
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The Favourite begins reign at UK box office after Golden Globes glory

Mary Poppins Returns holds on to the top spot but Olivia Colman’s Queen Anne makes an impressive debut ahead of the Oscars race

January and February represent the climax of awards season in the UK, when many of the films with the biggest chance of Oscar and Bafta wins are released. A year ago, those releases included best picture Oscar nominees Darkest Hour, The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
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The Golden Globe champs don’t match with the Best Picture Oscar as often as you might think

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association anointed “Green Book” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” as the two best films of the year at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. The former’s Best Comedy/Musical Film victory was predicted, but the latter’s upset was a stunner, as “Bohemian Rhapsody” was in fifth place in our Best Drama Film odds. So does that mean they’re the two Oscar favorites now? Not so fast.

Since the Globes has two film categories, it has double the chances of presaging the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner. And in its 75-year history, one of its drama or comedy/musical champs has gone on to win the Oscar 50 times, which is about two-thirds of the time.

See Top 4 Golden Globes film upsets: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ Glenn Close and …

But look closely at recent history and the HFPA’s and the academy’s choices have diverged just as often as they have aligned.
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Yikes, ‘A Star Is Born’ has the worst Golden Globes performance of all the versions, but all hope is not lost for Oscar

Yikes, ‘A Star Is Born’ has the worst Golden Globes performance of all the versions, but all hope is not lost for Oscar
Before Sunday, “A Star Is Born” had been undefeated at the Golden Globes — as in the previous two versions. Many felt like that would bode well for the 2018 version, but instead it put up the worst performance of all three, walking away with just one win for Best Original Song.

The 1937 original film pre-dated the Golden Globes, but the 1954 “A Star Is Born” earned two acting wins in comedy/musical for Judy Garland and James Mason. Only winners were announced that year, so technically the movie did not lose anything even though “Carmen Jones” won Best Comedy/Musical Film. The 1976 film, which also competed in comedy/musical, went 5-for-5, winning picture, acting prizes for Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, score and song.

See 2019 Golden Globes: Check out the full list of winners

Entered in drama, the 2018 version somewhat underperformed in nominations, receiving five as opposed to the expected seven (it
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Facebook Live Q&A With Timothee Chalamet – Watch

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Timothee Chalamet will join Variety for a live chat Saturday at 12 p.m. Pt on Facebook.

The Q&A can be streamed on Variety‘s Facebook page at the link here or below.

The Golden Globe nominee can be seen in theaters now in “Beautiful Boy,” which also stars Steve Carell. The pair play a son and father who struggle with Chalamet’s character’s meth addiction.

Chalamet is also known for his roles in “Lady Bird” and “Call Me by Your Name,” the latter of which earned him an Oscar nom last year for best supporting actor. He will also appear in Wes Anderson’s upcoming “The French Dispatch” as well as Woody Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York.”
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2019 Producers Guild Awards: Which of the 10 nominees will make the cut for Best Picture at the Oscars?

The PGA Awards has a stellar success rate at previewing the Best Picture line-up at the Oscars. When the academy expanded to 10 nominees in 2010, the Producers Guild of America followed suit. But while the Academy Awards shifted to a sliding scale in 2012, the PGA has stuck with 10 contenders (though it had 11 last year due to a tie). That leeway has helped it maintain a staggering success rate at previewing the eventual Oscars roster.

Indeed, the guild has predicted 70 of the 81 of the Best Picture nominees over the past nine years. So how many of this year’s 10 PGA nominees — “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma,” “A Star is Born” and “Vice” — will make the cut with the academy?

Let’s look back at each year’s PGA Awards nominees in this new era of voting for Best Picture to see
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2019 Producers Guild Awards nominations preview: Oscar Best Picture line-up?

What can we expect when the Producers Guild of America announces its nominees for Best Picture on Friday (Jan. 4)? How closely will the guild’s top 10 preview the Academy Awards line-up that will be revealed on Jan. 22?

When the Oscars expanded to 10 nominees in 2010, the Producers Guild of America followed suit. But while the academy shifted to a sliding scale in 2012, the PGA has stuck with 10 contenders. That leeway has helped it maintain a staggering success rate at previewing the eventual Oscars roster. Indeed, the guild has predicted 70 of the 81 of the Best Picture nominees over the past nine years.

Last year, the guild went seven for nine: “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The other three guild nominees were “I, Tonya,” “Molly’s Game” and “Wonder Woman” while the Oscars rounded out their
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Saoirse Ronan Says Her Mom Protected Her in Hollywood Growing Up: 'I Was Never a Victim'

Saoirse Ronan Says Her Mom Protected Her in Hollywood Growing Up: 'I Was Never a Victim'
Saoirse Ronan started acting on TV in 2003, when she was just nine years old.

The Irish actress, now 24, has since gone on to earn Oscar nominations for her roles in Atonement, Brooklyn and Lady Bird. And Ronan credits her mom Monica for making sure she stayed safe as she grew up in Hollywood.

“I don’t know what would have happened if she [her mother] hadn’t been around,” Ronan tells Harper’s Bazaar UK in the magazine’s February cover story. “I’m sure I would have been exposed to that quite a bit, but she just protected me from all that.
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Female Directors Dropped to Just 8 Percent of the Top 250 Films in 2018, Study Finds

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Female Directors Dropped to Just 8 Percent of the Top 250 Films in 2018, Study Finds
2018 may have been a good year for Greta Gerwig, Ava DuVernay and some other major female directors. But a new San Diego State University study shows the numbers don’t match the headlines when it comes to women in the director’s chair.

According to “Celluloid Ceiling,” the annual study made by Sdsu’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, the percentage of women who directed the top 250 films in 2018 dropped from 11 percent in 2017 to just 8 percent in 2018.

Even when the list expands to 500 films, the year-to-year percentage still drops from 18 percent to 15 percent.

Also Read: Study: Male Indie Filmmakers Outnumber Women 2 to 1 at Major Us Film Festivals

“The study provides no evidence that the mainstream film industry has experienced the profound positive shift predicted by so many industry observers over the last year,” read a statement from Dr. Martha M. Lauzen, executive director for the Center.
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2018 Oscars flashback: How many women were nominated beside the 10 acting contenders (Hint: not enough)

2018 Oscars flashback: How many women were nominated beside the 10 acting contenders (Hint: not enough)
At the 2018 Oscars, Frances McDormand, who won her second Best Actress Academy Award for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” asked all the female nominees to stand. Ten women will always be nominated by the academy: five for Best Actress and another five for Best Supporting Actress. Besides these other nine women, how many others were on their feet in the Dolby Theater?

Of the 20 non-gender specific categories, women were contenders in 17 of them; they were shut out of Original Score (5 men), Sound Editing (9 men) and Visual Effects (20 men). As you can see below, 47 women other than actresses were nominated at the 90th Academy Awards. Of these, only four won Oscars. By comparison, 151 men other than actors were nominated and 32 took home Oscars.

Only one category — Costume Design — had more women contending then men but the winner was a man: Mark Bridges (“Phantom Thread”), who also picked up the jet ski for the shortest acceptance speech.
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2019 Oscar Best Picture nominations: Voting and ballot counting explained in three easy steps

2019 Oscar Best Picture nominations: Voting and ballot counting explained in three easy steps
With just 10 days to go till Oscar nominations voting kicks off, let’s revisit the system by which the academy determines the Best Picture nominees. Alas, the process is not as simple as ticking just one box. Academy members won’t merely cite their favorite films on a blank ballot that they complete online or ship back to the accountants when voting commences on Jan. 7, 2019. Rather, they will rank up to five films on ballots which are then counted by a complicated method after nominations close on Jan. 14. So, take a deep breath, as we dive into the Oscar pool.

While nominees in most of the other races are determined by the traditional system of preferential ballot that winnows the contenders down to a final five, the Best Picture finalists are arrived at by a separate system of tabulation.

All members of the academy will get to fill in nomination
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Oscars and BAFTAs gender gap study: There are more male winners than female nominees

Oscars and BAFTAs gender gap study: There are more male winners than female nominees
As we head into a brand new year that will feature a brand new Oscars ceremony, let’s take this moment to look back and remember Frances McDormand‘s acceptance speech for Best Actress at last year’s Academy Awards. As she picked up her second Oscar for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” McDormand asked all of the female nominees to stand up. She spoke passionately, urging them to share their projects with the industry and left the podium with a final two words: “Inclusion. Rider.”

This five-part study details gender inequality at both the Academy Awards and its British equivalent, the BAFTAs. We begin by looking at the overall number of nominations for men and woman at all 90 of the Academy Awards to date as well as those of the BAFTA Awards since 1969.

We know that female-led films are much scarcer than male ones. That notion is cemented by
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Saoirse Ronan Joins Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’

Saoirse Ronan just can’t stop starring in projects that cinephiles are highly anticipating. Whether it’s films like “Brooklyn” and “Lady Bird” in years past or “Mary Queen of Scots” this year, the Academy Award-nominated actress just seems to be hitting home runs with her career choices nowadays. And according to a new interview, that trend is continuing into 2019.

In an interview with Gold Derby, where Ronan and director Josie Rourke are discussing their latest film, “Mary Queen of Scots,” the question was posed to the actress about one of her upcoming films.

Continue reading Saoirse Ronan Joins Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’ at The Playlist.
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Saoirse Ronan Joins ‘The French Dispatch,’ Reuniting With Wes Anderson and Timothée Chalamet

Saoirse Ronan Joins ‘The French Dispatch,’ Reuniting With Wes Anderson and Timothée Chalamet
Saoirse Ronan is set to reunite with Wes Anderson for the first time since “The Grand Budapest Hotel” by joining the star-studded cast of the writer-director’s upcoming feature, “The French Dispatch.” The “Lady Bird” Oscar nominee let her involvement in “The French Dispatch” slip during a recent interview promoting her Christmas release, “Mary Queen of Scots.”

The French Dispatch” is described as a “love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th-century Paris.” While original rumors pegged the film as a musical, that turns out not to be the case. Anderson’s script includes three different storylines. Ronan is the latest addition in a cast that includes Anderson regulars Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton, plus Anderson newcomers Benicio del Toro, Jeffrey Wright, and Timothée Chalamet.

Ronan’s reunion with Chalamet should earn even more anticipation from indie movie fans. The two first
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Timothee Chalamet to Receive Palm Springs Film Festival Honor for ‘Beautiful Boy’

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Timothee Chalamet to Receive Palm Springs Film Festival Honor for ‘Beautiful Boy’
Timothee Chalamet will receive the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s spotlight award for an actor for his role in “Beautiful Boy.”

He will be honored at the festival’s film awards gala on Jan. 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival, now in its 30th year, runs from Jan. 3 to Jan. 14.

“Timothee Chalamet gives a heartwarming, but tragic performance as a young man struggling with drug addiction in the film ‘Beautiful Boy,'” said festival chairman Harold Matzner. “Last year Timothee was the recipient of the festival’s rising star award for his role in ‘Call Me by Your Name.’ He is definitely a rising star.”

Past recipients of the spotlight award include Bryan Cranston, Andrew Garfield, Sam Rockwell, and J.K. Simmons. All honorees received Academy Award nominations in the year they were recognized, with Rockwell and Simmons winning best supporting actor Oscars.

Beautiful Boy” portrays a young
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Saoirse Ronan on dispelling the ‘loads of misconceptions’ about Mary Stuart in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Saoirse Ronan on dispelling the ‘loads of misconceptions’ about Mary Stuart in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Like many films, it took a long time for “Mary Queen of Scots” to get to the big screen. The project had been in development for years before Saoirse Ronan signed on in 2012 to play the titular monarch, and it would be another five years before production began.

“It’s amazing. It’s really exciting,” Ronan tells Gold Derby in an exclusive video interview (watch above) of finally getting the film made. “It’s something I’ve been attached to for a long, long time. I think just finally seeing it all put together and see everyone in it come out so well, like all the cast is so great and we’ve all become really close. So it’s just been a wonderful thing to share it with them as well because we had such a lovely experience.”

But the long wait was a blessing in disguise. After seeing
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Why Annapurna Needs ‘Beale Street’ and ‘Vice’ to Score With Audiences as Well as Awards Voters

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Why Annapurna Needs ‘Beale Street’ and ‘Vice’ to Score With Audiences as Well as Awards Voters
As Annapurna’s second year in the movie distribution business comes to an end, the studio is looking for a serious box office hit to help plant its flag in the indie box office scene. To this end, they are turning to two films made by recent Oscar-nominated directors: Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Adam McKay’s “Vice.”

“Beale Street,” which opens Friday in New York and Los Angeles and goes wide the weekend before Oscar nominations are announced, has long been expected to be an awards contender — and awards buzz usually translates to better box office results. Based on James Baldwin’s classic book and made by Jenkins with much of the team that helped him make his Best Picture-winning “Moonlight,” the film earned critical acclaim after its Toronto premiere, made the National Board of Review and AFI top 10 lists and earned three Golden Globe nominations last week.
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