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Friday
Feb 08 2019

Directing an Actor to a Nomination - The Stats

by Ben Miller

Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman) is the third actor Spike Lee has a directed to a nomination after Danny Aiello (Do the Right Thing) and Denzel Washington (Malcolm X)

With the upcoming Academy Awards celebrating their 91st year,the Oscars have plenty of history to obsess over.亚博主页One of the less-discussed pieces of history is which directors have the most pull with the Academy's acting branch.Today's topic: directors who have guided multiple actors and actresses to nominations and/or wins.

With this season's nominations,directors Bradley Cooper (3),Yorgos Lanthimos (3),Peter Farrelly (2),and Marielle Heller (2) all join a group of directors who've guided multiple actors to Oscar nominations.In this season's crop of filmsVice's Adam McKay (4),Roma's Alfonso Cuaron (3),If Beale Street's Barry Jenkins (3),BlacKkKlansman's Spike Lee (3),Bohemian Rhapsody's Bryan Singer (2) andAt Eternity's Gate's Julian Schnabel (2) all add to their previous tallies since each had previously directed either one or two actors to a nomination.

In the 91 year history of the Academy Awards,1757 performances were directed to an Oscar nomination.I tracked every single one of them to come up with these numbers.More notes after the jump...

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Monday
Oct 01 2018

Showbiz History: New Streisand and Old Horror Classics

Boo!October is here.Are you excited for this month (it's myfavorite for a variety of reasons).Since it's the spooky month (among other things) I've personally started it off with a night of insomnia after a nightmare -- ON TREND!

Here are 9 random things that happened on this day,October 1st,in showbiz history...


1962Barbra Streisand signs her first recording contract with Columbia.Offers had started to come in after she brought down the house on Broadway inI Can Get It For You Wholesalethat spring.It was a one year contract (with an option for five) giving her 5% of royalties on albums sold.Streisand has never left Columbia and her 37th studio albumWallsdrops a month from now.People are already meme-ing the album cover left and right since it's accidentally in keeping with the horror theme of October...

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Wednesday
Aug 10 2016

Oceans 8.Links 16

Varietywe now have seven of the names for theOceans Eightgender flipped movie: Blanchett,Bullock,Hathaway,Bonham Carter,Kaling,and two musicians who moonlight as actors Rihanna and Awkwafina
NYFFthe 54th annual festival has released the main slate titles - Opening Night:The 13th(Ava Duvernay);Centerpiece:20th Century Women(Mike Mills);Closing Night:The Lost City of Z(James Gray);plus their usual array of buzzy titles from other festivals only this time there are a lot of female leads (which is a huge change) includingAquarius,Toni Erdmann,Personal Shopper,and an Isabelle Huppert double inL'AvenirandElle.
PajibadebatesSuicide Squad's interpretation of Harley Quinn
Varietya new lawsuit aboutOut of Africa's profits.That's timely!(People forget that it was a giant hit at the time)
DeadlineDavid O.Russell pitching a TV series with Robert De Niro & Julianne Moore.What the what now?

VarietyFX executive on Peak TV,Netflix and when the "Peak TV"bubble will burst
VultureMatt Zoller Seitz on the problems with serial-dramas on TV right now -- the model is shifting yet again
Pride SourceMeryl Streep talks her discomfort being imitated (!),Florence Foster Jenkins,sequels,and her connections to the LGBT community
IndieWireGreta Gerwig writing another screen version ofLittle Women- we get one every generation it seems
/Filma Ghostbusters sequel with the ladies seems unlikely as the film will record a theatrical loss due to that ginormous budget
Comics Alliancebreaks down theLuke Cagetrailer
i09Black Manta will be the villain inAquaman

Off Screen
PlaybillTony Danza names his favorite stage performances.Somewhat surprising but cool list featuring Mare Winningham,Mark Rylance,Faith Prince and more...
GQ"Stop trying to get perfect abs."Love this -  Define your personality instead.
The Adequate Man"Steve Martin is My Body Icon"on looking like the same exact person for ages

Today's Must Read
Todd VanDerWerff has a gorgeous personal essay up on Vox called "Hamilton isn't perfect.But it's *perfect."I couldn't write for a month after I saw it".That's a mouthful but cozy up and be moved.It's on seeingHamilton,the power of who is telling your story,and Todd's birth parents.

Monday
May 09 2016

The Furniture: Joy's Emerald City of Home Shopping

"The Furniture"is our weekly series on Production Design.Here'sDaniel WalberonJoy,now available on DVD and Bluray

It seems impossible that production designer Judy Becker has only received a single Oscar nomination,if not supremely unfair as well.At the very least,she should have snagged a second nomination forCarol.Her resume includes such diverse triumphs asWe Need to Talk About Kevin,Brokeback Mountain,ShameandI'm Not There,as well as a neat early credit as a set dresser on Spike Lee'sMalcolm X.And so it seems totally appropriate that Becker is the first production designer to merit a repeat appearance in 'The Furniture'.

Becker's most fruitful collaboration has been with David O.Russell.She's worked on every one of his features sinceThe Fighterand she earned her lone Oscar nomination forAmerican Hustle.Her sets forJoy,particularly the charismatic QVC studio at the film's core,are among the best design work of last year.They also make quite a one-two punch withCarol,Becker showing a remarkable affinity for the stylistic underpinnings of American shopping.[More...]

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Thursday
Mar 03 2016

Link Becomes Her

Anya Taylor-Joy photographed by Gregory HarrisThe Washington Postinteresting visual analysis of Tom McCarthy's Oscar winnerSpotlight
InterviewM Night Shyamalan interview Anya Taylor-Joy fromThe Witch
PajibaAgent Carterin limbo after second season finale.(Is limbo the new code word for cancelled?I've never seen a network burn off that many episodes that quickly if they weren't going to cancel something)
My New Plaid Pants"I would like to talk about...Madeline Ashton."YES.Death Becomes Heris getting a special edition BluRay next month
KotakuGhost in the Shellfinally adds a famous Asian actor to its cast list,Beat Takeshi.
PlaybillThis is cool 15 ambassadors from the UN saw a special performance of Fun Home The Musical.Can we please get a film version?That show is sublime
Film School Rejectslooks back at Oliver Stone'sThe Doors(1991) for its 25th anniversary
NY Timesprofiles Sarah Paulson who talks about her Marcia Clark role,her romance with Holland Taylor,and why she's drawn to older people in her life.
The PlaylistMatthias Schoenarts will star in Kursk,a Russian submarine survival drama
MNPPon Kenneth Lonergan's new playHold on to me,Darlingstarring Timothy Olyphant
MTVbriely,with wit,on Leo's Oscar win
Tracking BoardJoseph Gordon-Levitt developing a movie calledK Troop,about a US Army division assigned to take the Ku Klux Klan down during their rise.

Finally...
By know you've probably read that Amy Adams has confirmed what those  leaked Sony emails suggested that she was quite unhappy on the set of American Hustle.It was her second film with David.O.Russell but I suspect there won't be a third given what she toldBritish GQ.

Photo by Norma Jean Roy

I was really just devastated on set.I mean,not every day,but most.Jennifer [Lawrence] doesn't take any of it on.She's Teflon.And I am not Teflon.But I also don't like to see other people treated badly..It's not ok with me.Life to me is more important than movies.It really taught me how to separate work and home.Because I was like,I cannot bring this experience home with me to my daughter.

Wednesday
Dec 30 2015

Contrarian Corner: Age is Just a Number As J.Law Dazzles in 'Joy'

Josecontinues our new series Contrarian Corner in which team members who feel very off-consensus about a particular topic can work through it...


One of the most surreal moments in my life occurred when I was able tospeak to Winona Ryder about Jennifer Lawrence.Like J.Law,Ryder became the "it girl"early during her career,and during the early 90s earned back-to-back Oscar nominations and critical/commercial adoration.Unlike J.Law,Ryder wasn't able to make the most out of what fame and screen maturity had granted her,as she was denied serious parts because of her age.She looked "too young"to play "older parts",and reached a point (i.e.her 30s) where she was "too old"to play younger parts.Perhaps because she has the good fortune of staying away from social media,Ms.Ryder was unaware of the constant criticism J.Law faces whenever she teams up with David O.Russell.

I don't even know how old she is.I always thought she was the age of her characters"

Kudos to Ms.Ryder for reminding us that films are all about suspending our disbelief.[More...]

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