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Who Will Win the 2018 Oscars: Cineplex experts predict the winners in key categories

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Who Will Win the 2018 Oscars: Cineplex experts predict the winners in key categoriesWho Will Win the 2018 Oscars: Cineplex experts predict the winners in key categoriesJenny Bullough2/23/2018 10:01:00 Am

As the day for the Academy Awards ceremony approaches, more and more pundits are weighing in on who they think will ultimately take home the Oscar. While we at Cineplex don't have any insider info, we have seen almost all of the nominated movies, and we certainly have both opinions and ideas on who should win and who ultimately will win.

We polled key members of staff here and have compiled their predictions for this year's key categories and most interesting contests. If you're looking for some hints for your own Oscar pool or our Pick the Winners contest, read on!

Best Cinematography

This one is a very tight race. While fans would love to see Blade Runner 2049's Roger Deakins
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2018 Oscar predictions: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Three Billboards’ are virtually tied for Best Original Screenplay

2018 Oscar predictions: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Three Billboards’ are virtually tied for Best Original Screenplay
If you need any more proof that Best Original Screenplay is the hottest Oscar race of the year, “Get Out” and “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” are basically tied in our latest combined odds. The former has 3/2 odds of winning with the latter breathing down its neck at 8/5 odds. If you want it in percentages, “Get Out” has 39.33 percent to “Three Billboards”’ 39.21 percent.

The two films have swapped the top spot since “Get Out” won the Writers Guild Award for Jordan Peele on Feb. 11, defeating “Lady Bird,” which is now in third (9/2 odds) in our predictions, followed by “The Shape of Water” (40/1 odds) and “The Big Sick” (80/1 odds). The WGA-ineligible “Three Billboards” briefly held the No. 1 spot before “Get Out” told it to get out of the way. But after “Three Billboards” five-trophy haul at BAFTA on Sunday — including Best Original Screenplay over “Get Out” — Martin McDonagh’s
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Foreign-Born Talent Finds a Welcome Place in Entertainment

It’s impossible to imagine Hollywood without the talented contributions from those who were born outside of America. Immigrant culture has long been embraced by the industry, and with a recently renewed focus on inclusion, diversity and acceptance, it’s becoming more commonplace to see people from all ethnicities being represented at end of the year festivities, most notably, the Academy Awards. When looking at all of the rich cinematic work from 2017, there’s a deep line-up of foreign-born artists who have been bestowed with nominations.

“I see movies and television as an art form, and believe that art transcends borders and nationality,” says Bill Dispoto, president of Dda Talent. “There’s also the business of the industry, and a good businessperson knows that having the most talented people on their team is what leads to success. It takes an enormous amount of skilled artists and craftspeople to produce a movie or TV show. And from a
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Anonymous Oscar Ballot: Publicist Loves ‘Phantom Thread,’ Thinks ‘Darkest Hour’ Is ‘Claustrophobic and Dull’

Anonymous Oscar Ballot: Publicist Loves ‘Phantom Thread,’ Thinks ‘Darkest Hour’ Is ‘Claustrophobic and Dull’
Here’s another in our series of interviews with a swath of Academy voters from different branches for their candid thoughts on what got picked, overlooked, and overvalued this year.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

“Phantom Thread” being nominated was a surprise; it wasn’t predicted as being nominated by anyone. Its wide critical acclaim came too late to be immediately absorbed. So its nomination was due to strong word of mouth and the strength of the reviews that made people want to see it.

Phantom” was brilliantly and inventively constructed and executed, full of surprises, difficult to pin down. It pushed the envelope while retaining traditional elements that can appeal to a wide audience. It deserves to win.

Probably “The Shape of Water” will win, which also has a lot of surprises in it, along with some pulpy elements, which maybe made it more accessible. “The Big Sick
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The Last Word on ‘The Big Sick’

At first, I was somewhat dismissive of ‘The Big Sick‘. I had heard that the story was based on Kumail Nanjiani‘s real life romance with Emily Gordon, who co-wrote the script with him, but in the beginning I had feared that we were going into some well-worn territory. I saw the sequence where the parents, Azmat and Sharmeer (Anupar Kher and Zenobia Shroff) were having several young Pakistani women, “dropping by” every time Kumail was home for dinner, all set-ups in an attempt to arraigned a relationship and preferably a marriage, and all I could think of was that same sequence from ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding‘. I know, it’s a cheap shot, but that was my first instinct and, eh, yeah, I don’t know how many of you have gone back to see that movie recently, but it doesn’t hold up on multiple viewings as much as people would think.
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Watch a 1-Hour Roundtable with Jordan Peele, Aaron Sorkin, Darren Aronofsky & More

The latest THR long-form roundtable has arrived! We've already shared the in-depth discussions with the directors, actors, and actresses roundtables, and now we've got the hour-long chat between some of 2017's most celebrated screenwriters. The latest roundtable Q&A includes Jordan Peele (Get Out), Darren Aronofsky (mother!), Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game), Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), Fatih Akin (In the Fade), and Andrew McCarten (Darkest Hour), and dives into all kinds of subjects related to writing movies. Aronofsky talks knowing that mother! was going to be divisive, the different interpretations of …
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Boom! announces Wet Hot American Summer original graphic novel

Boom! Studios has announced that writer Christopher Hastings (Gwenpool) and artist Noah Hayes (Goldie Vance) are set to deliver the first-ever graphic fiction tie-in to Wet Hot American Summer, with an original graphic novel featuring your favorite characters from Camp Firewood in an all-new story.

“This is such a wonderful and unexpected crossing of my comedy nerdom, and my standard issue comic book nerdom, and I think it will be for readers as well,” said Chris Hastings. “I’ve watched the movie more times than I can count, and I also happen to be a comic book writer who for the life of me, cannot write a somber story. I’ve been looking out for new character interactions that we haven’t seen before, new things to do with spoofing camp movie culture, and I’m also bringing a lot to this from my own time working as a teen camp counselor.
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Tiffany Haddish Is Coming To Save The 90th Oscars And More Presenters

The Academy announced the first slate of presenters for the 90th Academy Awards and you can all breathe easier because Tiffany Haddish will be making her way to the podium.

The New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress winner and “Girls Trip” star will join last year’s Best Supporting Actor winner Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”), Chadwick Boseman (“Black Panther”), Oscar winner Viola Davis (“Fences”), AMPAS Board Member and nominee Laura Dern (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), Jennifer Garner (the upcoming “Love Simon”), Oscar nominee Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Tom Holland (“Avengers: Infinity War”), Oscar nominee Kumail Nanjani (“The Big Sick”), Oscar nominee Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”), Oscar winner Emma Stone (“La La Land”) and star of Foreign Language Film nominee “A Fantastic Woman,” Daniela Vega.
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Lone Scherfig to Direct Modern-Day Fairy Tale “Secrets from the Russian Tea Room”

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Lone Scherfig’s follow-up to “Their Finest” sees her leaving the London Blitz behind for a modern-day fairy tale set in New York City. The Danish filmmaker has signed on to write and direct “Secrets from the Russian Tea Room,” Deadline reports. Zoe Kazan (“The Big Sick”), Andrea Riseborough (“Battle of the Sexes”), and Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet”) will star.

The pic tells the story of four people suffering through the worst crises of their lives. That same year, they “gradually become each other’s closest allies and forever change one another’s lives through compassion, kindness, and love.”

A collaboration between multiple countries, “Secrets from the Russian Tea Room” will be produced by Malene Blenkov (“Bridgend”) for Creative Alliance and Canada’s Strada Films, in co-production with France’s D’Artagnan, Germany’s Nadcon, and Sweden’s Unlimited Stories. The pic’s production will kick
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2018 Oscars presenters: Winners Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali returning, but not Casey Affleck

2018 Oscars presenters: Winners Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali returning, but not Casey Affleck
Three of the four winners of the acting races at last year’s Oscars will be handing out Academy Awards at this year’s ceremony on March 4. The academy confirmed on Friday (Feb. 16) that reigning Best Actress champ Emma Stone (“La La Land”) will be on hand as will the supporting winners Viola Davis (“Fences”) and Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”).

But Casey Affleck, who won the Best Actor prize for “Manchester by the Sea,” won’t be continuing the long-standing tradition of the previous year’s winners returning to present the equivalent category for the other sex. So, who will be handing out this year’s Best Actress Oscar? Could it be one of the other famous folks named on Friday as presenters by sophomore producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd?

That isn’t likely as this first wave is slanted towards breakout stars: Chadwick Boseman (“Black Panther”), Tiffany Haddish
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Lone Scherfig Drama; HBO Europe Hacker Drama; ‘Strange But True’ Us Deal – Berlin Briefs

Lone Scherfig Drama; HBO Europe Hacker Drama; ‘Strange But True’ Us Deal – Berlin Briefs
Andrea Riseborough (Death of Stalin), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick) will star in writer and director Lone Scherfig's modern-day fairy tale Secrets from the Russian Tea Room. Scherfig was responsible for An Education and Their Finest. The film tells the story of four people in New York City through the worst crises of their lives, the year they gradually become each other's closest allies and forever change one another's lives through compassion…
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‘The Big Sick’ Helmer Michael Showalter Set To Direct the CW Pilot ‘In the Dark’

Michael Showalter, coming off directing the hit indie comedy The Big Sick, has been tapped to direct and executive produce the CW pilot In the Dark, from CBS TV Studios and Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films. Written by Corinne Kingsbury, the project centers on a flawed and irreverent young woman who just happens to be blind and is the only "witness" to the murder of her drug-dealing friend. When the police dismiss her story, she sets out with her dog, Pretzel, to find the…
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Final Gringo Trailer Takes an All-Star Cast on a Wild Joy Ride

Amazon Studios has released a final trailer for their raucous comedy Gringo, featuring new footage with stars Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton and David Oyelowo. Unlike Netflix original movies, which almost always eschew any type of theatrical release, Amazon Studios' movies are most often given theatrical releases, before arriving on the Amazon Prime video streaming service at a later date, which will likely be the case with Gringo. Unlike Amazon Studios' awards-season films like Manchester-By-The-Sea and The Big Sick, Gringo is most certainly not "Oscar bait," but this R-rated comedy may certainly find a welcoming audience.

An exhilarating mix of dark comedy, white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides into Mexico, where mild-mannered businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) finds himself at the mercy of his back-stabbing business colleagues back home, local drug lords and a morally conflicted black-ops mercenary. Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold battles to
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Amazon Studios unveils first output deals as 'The Aeronauts' takes off (exclusive)

The Aeronauts stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

Amazon Studios has unveiled its first output deals here in Berlin in a sign that the deep-pocketed titan is looking to expand its global footprint and forge closer ties with international buyers.

The development comes as FilmNation, the company’s frequently used international sales agent, said it had struck key pre-sales on Amazon Studios’ hot air balloon adventure and Efm sales title The Aeronauts starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

Under the new outputs struck by Amazon Studios, the company’s filmed content will get theatrical distribution through Transmission in Australia and New Zealand, Scanbox in Scandinavia, Gaga in Japan, and Telefilms in Spain and Latin America.

The Aeronauts will go through those output deals and has also landed distribution in a slew of pre-sales struck between distributors and FilmNation on the eve of the market.

eOne has secured rights for the UK and Canada, while Telemunchen will distribute
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TVLine Items: John Noble on Blacklist, Cheers Vet Is Hero's Boss and More

TVLine Items: John Noble on Blacklist, Cheers Vet Is Hero's Boss and More
John Noble has landed on The Blacklist.

The Fringe favorite will guest-star on the NBC drama as the scheming Raleigh Sinclair III, in an episode airing Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 8/7c.

Executive producer Jon Bokenkamp told, “Not only does John Noble nail it, but he also brings something new and fresh to The Blacklist.” The Fringe and Sleepy Hollow vet currently voices the unseen demon Mallus on Legends of Tomorrow.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* ABC’s Greatest American Hero reboot pilot has cast George Wendt (Cheers), Zenobia Shroff (The Big Sick) and Gia Sandhu
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Female-led The Greatest American Hero reboot finds its cast

Last month it was announced that ABC had picked up the pilot for The Greatest American Hero, a female-led reboot of the 1980s comedy-drama, and now comes word that the project has found its lead and supporting cast.

THR is reporting that Hannah Simone (New Girl) will play the titular hero, Meera, described as “a 30-year-old woman from Cleveland, whose talents include drinking tequila, singing karaoke and not much else. All that changes when some aliens entrust her with a super suit to protect the planet.”

Set to join Simone in the pilot are George Wendt (Cheers) as Meera’s boss Bob Rice, Gia Sandhu (The Indian Detective) as Mona, Meera’s pretty, Type A sister, and Zenobia Shroff (The Big Sick) as Leena, Meera’s elegant, inscrutable mother. Meanwhile Christine Gernon (Speechless) has signed on to direct the pilot, which is being executive produced by the Fresh Off the
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10 Biggest Oscar Snubs of 2018

10 Biggest Oscar Snubs of 2018
Meryl Streep made a movie, so of course she was nominated! All kidding aside, the 2018 The Academy Awards nominations did bring some welcome surprises and by most accounts, several steps toward much needed inclusion for an industry and an institution at a tipping point with "OscarsSoWhite" and "MeToo." Of course, any year's list of Oscar nominees won't be without its omissions, glaring and otherwise. Here we'll take a look at the 10 Biggest Oscar Snubs of 2018.

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg for The Post.

Golden Globes host Seth Meyers joked about Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg and their formidable award season shoo-in status, yet The Post only ended up producing an Academy Award nomination for one of them. Hanks has won twice (Philadelphia and Forrest Gump) but hasn't been nominated since Castaway in 2001.

Holly Hunter and The Big Sick.

The Academy often isn't kind to comedies, which made the
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‘The Greatest American Hero’: George Wendt, Gia Sandhu & Zenobia Shroff Cast In ABC Reboot, Christine Gernon To Direct

Cheers alum George Wendt, Gia Sandhu (The Indian Detective) and Zenobia Shroff (The Big Sick) are set to co-star opposite Hannah Simone in ABC's single-camera comedy pilot The Greatest American Hero, from the Fresh Off the Boat duo of Rachna Fruchbom and Nahnatchka Khan. Additionally, Christine Gernon (Speechless) has been tapped to direct the pilot, a reimagining with a gender switch of Steven J. Cannell's 1981 cult classic, in the unlikely (super)hero at the center…
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Taking a look at Independent Spirit Award predictions

Early next month, the day before the Academy Awards are announced, the Film Independent Spirit Awards will go down. Most years, there’s some Oscar crossover, but the show also represents an opportunity to fete the “other” players in the race. There’s basically two versions of the show. One has Academy players compete for another honor, while the other sees the sorts of titles ignored by Oscar go up for glory. This year feels like a mix due to the eclectic mix of titles cited by the Academy. Usually, the Spirits represent a chance to look at what the nominees “should” be. This year, most of them cross over in a way that will delight true cinephiles. Below you will see what I think the Spirit Awards will look like. By and large, it looks like a major competition between Call Me By Your Name, The Florida Project, Get Out,
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Anonymous Oscar Ballot: Costume Designer Loves ‘Three Billboards,’ Thinks ‘Lady Bird’ is ‘Overrated’

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Anonymous Oscar Ballot: Costume Designer Loves ‘Three Billboards,’ Thinks ‘Lady Bird’ is ‘Overrated’
Here’s our first interview with a swatch of Academy voters from different branches for their candid thoughts on what got picked, overlooked, and overvalued this year.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

I don’t really understand the preferential ballot. But I prefer it when there are fewer choices. If there are too many choices, it waters everything down. Plus there are rarely more than five movies I really like in a year (not including foreign films).

Both “Three Billboards” and “Get Out” were very original and fun! They made me laugh. Much-needed distraction right now. I had an odd experience with “Darkest Hour.” I enjoyed it while I was watching it, but afterwards, when I found out the subway sequence was totally invented, it diminished the whole movie for me.

I just didn’t like “Dunkirk” and “Lady Bird” that much. “Dunkirk” was too impersonal (oddly, “Darkest Hour
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