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Jason Blum: “It’s Spike Lee’s Time” If Oscar Voters Do The Right Thing

Jason Blum: “It’s Spike Lee’s Time” If Oscar Voters Do The Right Thing
Jason Blum minted his reputation as a Hollywood producer with wildly lucrative genre franchises like Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious, so it feels unexpected to find him in the thick of things this awards season with a legitimate contender. But, really, how unexpected can something be if it keeps happening?

A Blumhouse production has been nominated in the Oscar best picture race twice in the past four years and a third title will likely be added to that honor roll next Tuesday when the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are announced. With writer-director Spike Lee’s BlackkKlansman, Blum has a contender that he hopes Hollywood voters will view as their chance to make history and also fix it at the same time.

This summer will be the 30th anniversary of Lee’s Do the Right Thing, which was famously snubbed in the best
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Oscar Experts’ Top 6 possible Supporting Actor shockers: Michael B. Jordan, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya …

Oscar Experts’ Top 6 possible Supporting Actor shockers: Michael B. Jordan, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya …
The 31 Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets are pretty confident about the five men who will earn Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor: front-runner Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) followed by Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”), Sam Elliott (“A Star is Born”), Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”) and Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”).

But while there’s a strong consensus around those men, it’s not unanimous. There are six other actors who are predicted for a nomination by at least one Expert each. Which of these underestimated contenders, if any, do you think will surprise?

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Sam Rockwell, “Vice” (7 Experts) — Rockwell is the defending champ in this category after winning last year for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Goodwill from that performance could propel him to a second consecutive nom for playing President George W. Bush in this
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‘BlacKkKlansman’ interviews: Adam Driver and many more exclusive chats [Watch]

‘BlacKkKlansman’ interviews: Adam Driver and many more exclusive chats [Watch]
After snagging nominations at the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice Awards, SAG Awards, BAFTAs and more, Spike Lee‘s “BlacKkKlansman” has emerged as one of the leading contenders in the Oscar race for Best Picture. It tells the true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), a black police detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s with the help of a Jewish officer (Adam Driver). Gold Derby recently spoke with Driver, screenwriters Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz, cinematographer Chayse Irvin, production designer Curt Beech, film editor Barry Alexander Brown, composer Terence Blanchard and hair stylist Lawanda M. Pierre about their work.

See Will ‘BlacKkKlansman’ win Spike Lee his long overdue Oscar?

“There’s obviously an importance to the story overall that you want to get right,” says Driver. Though it’s set in the late 1970s, Lee makes direct references to both our past and present, from D.W. Griffith
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2019 Oscar Nomination Predictions: Our Final Selections, Ranked for Each Category

2019 Oscar Nomination Predictions: Our Final Selections, Ranked for Each Category
The 2019 Oscar race is all about Best Popular Film. Not only does the Academy not need that new category after all this year, but more big-grossers than ever are vying for spots on the final Oscar ballot to be revealed on January 22. Which might mean more people will tune into an Oscar show, rooting for mainstream movies they actually care about.

But while more popular hits, led by Bradley Cooper’s blockbuster “A Star is Born,” (Warner Bros.) are in contention for multiple categories including Best Picture, bragging rights may still wind up with Netflix’s first bonafide Best Picture candidate, Alfonso Cuarón’s cinephile-dream “Roma,” which commanded a more robust arthouse release than any Netflix film to date, along with a lavish promotional campaign, and has been widely viewed on the global streaming platform.

The Golden Globe and Critics Choice winner and Mexico’s black-and-white foreign-language Oscar entry, “Roma
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2019 Oscar Nomination Predictions: Our Final Selections, Ranked for Each Category

2019 Oscar Nomination Predictions: Our Final Selections, Ranked for Each Category
The 2019 Oscar race is all about Best Popular Film. Not only does the Academy not need that new category after all this year, but more big-grossers than ever are vying for spots on the final Oscar ballot to be revealed on January 22. Which might mean more people will tune into an Oscar show, rooting for mainstream movies they actually care about.

But while more popular hits, led by Bradley Cooper’s blockbuster “A Star is Born,” (Warner Bros.) are in contention for multiple categories including Best Picture, bragging rights may still wind up with Netflix’s first bonafide Best Picture candidate, Alfonso Cuarón’s cinephile-dream “Roma,” which commanded a more robust arthouse release than any Netflix film to date, along with a lavish promotional campaign, and has been widely viewed on the global streaming platform.

The Golden Globe and Critics Choice winner and Mexico’s black-and-white foreign-language Oscar entry, “Roma
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Final Academy Award Predictions Before The Nominees Are Announced

It all has come down to this. On Tuesday morning, the Academy will announce their Oscar nominations. As such, it’s time for final predictions. The Academy Awards this year will be a unique one, that’s for sure, so expect the nominees to largely follow along that path. What follows today is months of work. Slowly but surely, I’ve listen to members of the Academy, studied the precursors, and played some hunches. All that has led to my final predictions update before it goes down bright and early on Tuesday morning. There’s no way to get them all right, but I think these are pretty solid predictions, if I do say so myself. As you’ll see below, I have A Star Is Born still leading the way, both in terms of nomination totals and also in terms of still being the one to beat in Best Picture.
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The Shape of ‘Roma’: Will 2 Best Picture Oscar winners in a row be snubbed for SAG’s ensemble prize?

The Shape of ‘Roma’: Will 2 Best Picture Oscar winners in a row be snubbed for SAG’s ensemble prize?
For a whopping 21 years, there was one Oscar statistic to rule them all: In order to win Best Picture you first had to be nominated for the ensemble prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. From “The English Patient” (1996) to “Moonlight” (2016) and everything in between, that rule remained unbroken. Then last year it went out with the bath water when Guillermo del Toro‘s fantasy love story “The Shape of Water” won the Academy Award for Best Picture despite being snubbed in SAG’s cast category. Amazingly, this awards stat could now fall two years in a row thanks to “Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron‘s semi-autobiographical film about growing up in Mexico City.

When the SAG Awards announced their five nominated casts earlier this month, Netflix’s foreign language film was left off of the list. Instead the nominees were “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Rich Asians” and “A Star Is Born.
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PGA Awards predictions: ‘A Star Is Born’ will be reborn with a Best Picture win

PGA Awards predictions: ‘A Star Is Born’ will be reborn with a Best Picture win
Is “A Star Is Born”‘s Best Picture Oscar campaign about to get new life? The romance musical is the odds-on favorite to win Best Picture at Saturday’s Producers Guild of America Awards, which would give it a much-needed boost at one of the most important precursors.

With 13/2 odds, “A Star Is Born” has the backing of six Experts, five Editors and eight of our Top 24 users. But “Roma” (7/1 odds) has been creeping up on it, thanks to the support of two Experts and 10 of our Top 24 users.

A Star Is Born” has been the presumptive frontrunner in an unsettled Best Picture race, but it has yet to claim any big prizes to back up that notion. It lost Best Drama Film at the Golden Globes to “Bohemian Rhapsody” and kind of bombed there in general, winning just one award for Best Original Song. And “Roma” was the critics
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Oscars 2019: We Predict the Nominations in All 24 Categories (Photos)

Oscars 2019: We Predict the Nominations in All 24 Categories (Photos)
Maybe the Oscar nominations can restore some clarity and civility to a messy and nasty awards season.

But don’t count on it.

This has been a rocky year for most awards contenders, with skeletons unearthed and outrage nurtured and mud flung at a hefty cross-section of the films that could be in the running for the top prizes on Feb. 24. But now it’s time to narrow the field and identify the front runners and the also-rans.

On Tuesday morning, things will get real in a wild and weird season.

Also Read: The Oscar Race Is Still a Mess After the Globes and Guilds Have Spoken

So far, the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards and the guild nominations haven’t really told us much about what seems to be a wide-open race. Going into Tuesday morning’s Oscar nominations, there’s a lot at stake for “A Star Is Born” and “Roma,
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Oscar Nomination Predictions 2019: Look for ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Roma’ to Lead a Messy Field

Oscar Nomination Predictions 2019: Look for ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Roma’ to Lead a Messy Field
Maybe the Oscar nominations can restore some clarity and civility to a messy and nasty awards season.

But don’t count on it.

This has been a rocky year for most awards contenders, with skeletons unearthed and outrage nurtured and mud flung at a hefty cross-section of the films that could be in the running for the top prizes on Feb. 24. But now it’s time to narrow the field and identify the front runners and the also-rans.

On Tuesday morning, things will get real in a wild and weird season.

Also Read: The Oscar Race Is Still a Mess After the Globes and Guilds Have Spoken

So far, the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards and the guild nominations haven’t really told us much about what seems to be a wide-open race. Going into Tuesday morning’s Oscar nominations, there’s a lot at stake for “A Star Is Born” and “Roma,
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Oscars Experts’ Top 5 underdogs for Best Actor: Ryan Gosling, Willem Dafoe, Stephan James …

Oscars Experts’ Top 5 underdogs for Best Actor: Ryan Gosling, Willem Dafoe, Stephan James …
We’ve polled more than two dozen Expert journalists from top media outlets for their Oscar predictions, and they’re almost unanimous about four nominees for Best Actor: front-runner Christian Bale (“Vice”) and then Bradley Cooper (“A Star is Born”), Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”). For the fifth spot, most of them are predicting critics’ darling Ethan Hawke (“First Reformed”).

But you can always count on the Oscars to deliver at least a handful of major surprises across their 24 categories. So which underdogs should we watch out for in this race? Below are the top five contenders on the bubble with at least one Expert predicting them for nominations as of this writing.

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John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman” (11 Experts) — When you combine the predictions of all Gold Derby users, Washington actually ranks ahead of Hawke for his
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Last Sam standing: Elliott will make Best Supporting Actor Oscar lineup over Rockwell, readers believe

Last Sam standing: Elliott will make Best Supporting Actor Oscar lineup over Rockwell, readers believe
Is there enough room for two Sams in the Best Supporting Actor Oscar final five? You don’t think so. Sams Elliott (“A Star Is Born”) and Rockwell (Vice”) have split the televised precursor nominations, and 57 percent of you believe Elliott will edge out Rockwell in the end for a spot.

Earlier in the season, Elliott seemed like a shoo-in for a nomination — which would be his first ever — and possibly even a win for his brief but effective performance as Bradley Cooper‘s brother in “A Star Is Born.” But he’s had an uneven run so far, making Critics’ Choice and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, but getting snubbed by the Golden Globes and BAFTA. However, Elliott has the advantage of being in a top Best Picture contender that has gone 11 for 12 in guild nominations. He also fits the profile of a typical winner in this category: veteran
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2019 Production Design Oscars Predictions

The Favourite,” “First Man,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Roma” are likely in. The question is whether “Black Panther” overcomes BAFTA nominee “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” for the fifth slot. Ponder. [Posted Jan. 16, 2019]

Likely Frontrunners

Black Panther

The Favourite

First Man

Mary Poppins Returns

Roma

Players

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

The House With A Clock In Its Walls

Ready Player One

Suspiria

More predictions:

Best Picture

Best Director

Actress

Actor

Supporting Actress

Supporting Actor

Original Screenplay

Adapted Screenplay

Foreign Language Film

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Mahershala Ali (‘Green Book’) could win a 2nd Oscar faster than any actor in 24 years

Mahershala Ali (‘Green Book’) could win a 2nd Oscar faster than any actor in 24 years
Mahershala Ali is comfortably out front to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for “Green Book” after his wins at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards. But there remains a big unanswered question about this race: will the academy want to reward him again so soon? It has been just two years since he won for “Moonlight.” That’s not unprecedented, of course, but you have to go back decades to find actors who claimed two Oscars so quickly.

No one has won multiple acting Oscars in two years or less in any category since Tom Hanks went back-to-back in the Best Actor race: “Philadelphia” (1993) and “Forrest Gump” (1994) — that’s 24 years ago. You have to go back a lot farther than that to find such a quick repeat specifically in the Best Supporting Actor race. It happened to Jason Robards 41 years ago when he won two in a
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Like father, like son, John David Washington could mirror Denzel’s Oscar precursor run

Like father, like son, John David Washington could mirror Denzel’s Oscar precursor run
BlacKkKlansman” star John David Washington is trying to follow in dad Denzel‘s footsteps and make them the second father-son duo to receive acting Oscar nominations after Kirk and Michael Douglas. If the younger Washington does make the Best Actor shortlist, he’ll definitely prove to be his father’s kid, because he’ll have done so with the same major precursor nominations his dad had last year.

John David, who inherited his pops’ voice in addition to his acting skills, earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for his performance as Detective Ron Stallworth, but he was skipped over at Critics’ Choice and BAFTA. Denzel only had Globe and SAG bids under his belt last year en route to an Oscar nomination for “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” That was actually the second time Denzel made the Oscar five with that combo since BAFTA became a precursor 18 years
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Oscars: Jack Mathews surveys the Best Picture field

Oscars: Jack Mathews surveys the Best Picture field
A Star is Born” leads the pack in total guild nominations to date by a healthy margin of 11 to the eight for “BlackKlansman” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” with only the sound editors yet to be heard from. But its own star has been fading with the televised Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards. It won Best Song at both and Lady Gaga tied for Best Actress with Glenn Close (“The Wife”) at the Critics Choice. That’s it.

So, yeah, it’s had a lock on nominations with all of the major guilds, but it no longer feels like the movie to beat for a Best Picture Oscar and its director and co-star Bradley Cooper is a long shot in both categories.

Every movie on the leader board has issues that handicappers can use in making their arguments for and against, but the thing I believe is costing “A Star is Born
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Christian Bale knocks Bradley Cooper out of top spot in Best Actor Oscar predictions

Christian Bale knocks Bradley Cooper out of top spot in Best Actor Oscar predictions
No. 2 has become No. 1. Christian Bale, who’s already won a Golden Globe and two Critics’ Choice Awards for his performance as Dick Cheney in “Vice,” is now the Best Actor Oscar frontrunner in our latest predictions.

On the heels of his Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy victories at Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Awards, Bale has inched past Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”) with 19/5 odds to 39/10. However, our Experts are split between the two: 11 are backing Bale and 12 have Cooper. Bale has the edge with our Editors (four to one) and our Top 24 Users (10 to seven).

Cooper had been the frontrunner the entire season, but he hasn’t claimed a major prize yet. At the Globes, he lost the drama category to Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) before falling to Bale at Critics’ Choice. “A Star Is Born” has underperformed so far in general, with just twin
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2019 Oscars Best Director race: Which DGA Awards nominee is most likely to be snubbed by Academy Awards?

2019 Oscars Best Director race: Which DGA Awards nominee is most likely to be snubbed by Academy Awards?
The DGA Awards nominees for Best Director are: Bradley Cooper (“A Star is Born”), Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”), Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”) and Adam McKay (“Vice”). How many of these five will reap Oscar nominations on Jan. 22?

Remember, there are usually one or two differences between the slate selected by the 16,000 plus members of the DGA, which includes helmers of TV fares and commercials, and the choices of the 519 members of the directors branch of the academy. Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.

In its first 15 years, there were anywhere from four to 18 DGA nominees. From 1963 – 1965, it went with five before going to 10 for the rest of the decade. Beginning in 1970 it enshrined the number of nominees as five. Since then, there have only been five years when it previewed the exact lineup of Oscar contenders; the most recent of these was in 2009 when
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2019 Best Original Score Oscars Predictions

First Man,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Mary Poppins Returns” are safe predictions for Best Original Score. Two-time winner and nine-time nominee Alexandre Desplat might have won last year for “The Shape of Water,” but he’s the closest there is to a John Williams on the shortlist this time around so we still think he makes it for “Isle of Dogs.” The last slot could go to “Black Panther,” “A Quiet Place” or “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” Instead, we think Terence Blanchard will finally earn an Oscar nod for his “BlacKkKlansman” score.

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Spike Lee Explains Why He Helmed a Killers Music Video: "It's a Protest Song"

Spike Lee Explains Why He Helmed a Killers Music Video:
The same night Academy voters were casting their last-minute Oscar ballots before their deadline, hopeful nominees came together at a reception in New York for one of the many awards season precursors, the Producers Guild Awards. Up for the top prize at this Saturday’s show is Spike Lee’s BlackkKlansman, but the nomination — along with the film's many other honors, starting with the Grand Prix at last year’s Cannes — is just “the cherry on top,” Lee says.

“The goal is not to be nominated. The goal is to make films of impact, and this film ...
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