‘Green Book’ takes Best Picture at hostless Oscars

3+ ‘Green Book’ and Olivia Coleman surprise Oscar experts with wins in Best Picture, Original Screenplay and Best Actress. Okay, so I was wrong. Six times. But I take solace in knowing that other Oscar prognosticators were wrong too, when it came to predicting who would win Best Picture and Best Actress. On a night … Continue reading “‘Green Book’ takes Best Picture at hostless Oscars”

Who will win the Oscars? Here are our picks

3+ Awards season finally comes to a curious, confounding and sometimes confusing end this Sunday when the Oscars announce their winners at the Dolby Theater. This year, there is no host (may come to regret that, Kevin Hart detractors) for Hollywood’s version of The Super Bowl. And in a Black History Month where a notable … Continue reading “Who will win the Oscars? Here are our picks”

ASC scolds Oscars for cutting category for commercials

3+ Well, this is getting interesting. According to The Wrap, the president of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), Kees van Oostrum, has sent a strongly worded letter to the organization’s members on Tuesday. This is in reaction to Academy president John Bailey revealing on Monday that Best Cinematography, along with the categories for Film … Continue reading “ASC scolds Oscars for cutting category for commercials”

Oscars 2018: Colin Costello’s winning picks

6+ Awards season, which Reel Chicago has been covering all along, finally comes to its climax with the broadcast of the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night. Amid the glamour, the Jimmy Kimmel jokes, the expected #metoo and #TimesUP speeches, and the sleep-inducing running time, there will be awards given out. Twenty-four, to be specific. … Continue reading “Oscars 2018: Colin Costello’s winning picks”

Kartemquin goes to the Oscars

5+ Kartemquin Films is headed to the Oscars! Two films by the internationally renowned documentary collaborative have been nominated for the coveted gold statues by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. One is the story of a family’s struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable and unfair obstacles. The other, a short film about an … Continue reading “Kartemquin goes to the Oscars”

‘Matrix 4’ stunt video reveals Neo, Trinity in action

3+ Last week at the Oscars, Best Supporting Actor winner, Brad Pitt, gave props to all of the stunt men and women who risk death-defying stunts on a daily basis. That point is made in spades by today’s video from the the Matrix 4 set. The film (probably a working title) is in full-on production … Continue reading “‘Matrix 4’ stunt video reveals Neo, Trinity in action”

WB renames ‘Harley Quinn’ film to boost box office

1+ That was fast. Although box office tracking for Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) initially came in at $50 million domestically before Thursday’s early preview numbers were finalized, the film only grossed $33.2 million over the previous weekend. These numbers give Birds of Prey the lowest opening weekend gross for any DC Extended Universe film, … Continue reading “WB renames ‘Harley Quinn’ film to boost box office”

2020 Academy Awards ratings anything but gold

1+ Whether it was the lack of host or a lack of female director nominations or a lack of diversity in general (except for the presenters and performers) ABC’s telecast of the Academy Awards reached its smallest audience ever of 23.6 million viewers. The Nielsen company said Sunday night’s audience was down 20 percent from … Continue reading “2020 Academy Awards ratings anything but gold”

From ‘Parasite’ to Pitt, the complete 2020 Oscar winners

3+ Parasite, Bong Joon Ho’s (who also won Best Director) twisted tale that was at the top of Reel 360’s Best Films of 2019, won top honors last night at the 92nd Academy Awards, becoming the first Foreign Language film to win the newly named International Feature Film Category and Best Picture. It was the … Continue reading “From ‘Parasite’ to Pitt, the complete 2020 Oscar winners”

Reel 360’s 2020 Academy Awards predictions

3+ We are only hours away from Hollywood royalty parading into the Dolby Theater in Hollywood to celebrate the 92nd Academy Awards. The 2019 Oscars garnered 29.6 million viewers and a 7.7 rating among the key demographic of adults age 18 to 49, which represented an uptick from the all-time low ratings in 2018. There was also a 3.1 million viewer … Continue reading “Reel 360’s 2020 Academy Awards predictions”

Watching stars on the beach – The Spirit Awards|Gallery

4+ From Hustlers’ Jennifer Lopez to Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk, the stars were out on the Blue Carpet early Saturday afternoon to help support their films as well as friends’ projects at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards. The awards, which always precedes the Oscars, featured such presenters as Zazie Beetz, Rachel Brosnahan, Carrie … Continue reading “Watching stars on the beach – The Spirit Awards|Gallery”

2020 Film Independent Spirit Award winners announced

3+ That is a wrap for the “coolest” awards show in Hollywood. Actually, on the beach in Santa Monica. Top honors were handed out today at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony to The Farewell, Uncut Gems, The Lighthouse, Marriage Story, Judy, Booksmart and See You Yesterday. Give Me Liberty, American Factory and Parasite also received awards. In addition to being the celebration that … Continue reading “2020 Film Independent Spirit Award winners announced”

Portal boots Oscar ad breaks for female-directed films

3+ In 92 years of The Academy Awards, only five women have been nominated for Best Director. Only one has ever won an Oscar. And even though it’s 2020, and more women have made critically-acclaimed films than ever before, they’re still not getting their break in the Oscars. Hence, #Oscarssomale. That is about to change. … Continue reading “Portal boots Oscar ad breaks for female-directed films”

We predict the 2020 SAG Award Winners

1+ With last night’s Producer Guild Awards, awards season is now underway in Hollywood. Every weekend, everyone in the industry, from animators to VFX folks, will be attending dinners and after parties somewhere in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. And it will all culminate on February 9th at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood with the Oscars. … Continue reading “We predict the 2020 SAG Award Winners”