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    Before the Gold: Best Film Editing

    This month, we’re taking a look at this year’s Oscar nominees and digging into their past work to find hidden gems that you may have overlooked. One of the joys of this year’s Oscars is the abundance of first time Oscar nominees, especially in craft categories. Best Film Editing has a host of newbies. Four […] More

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    Before the Gold: Best Director

    This year’s director line-up is the most diverse ever in Academy history, featuring two women – Emerald Fennell and Chloe Zhao – in a category that has sorely lacked female representation over the years. Only one nominee – David Fincher – returns as a nominee, having come close before for previous works including The Social […] More

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    DGA Awards Given to Chloé Zhao and Darius Marder

    Tonight, the Directors Guild of America held their big awards ceremony. Of course, we all went in to this DGA show knowing that Chloé Zhao was going win the big category for her Nomadland work. That proved to be the case, as Zhao beat back Lee Isaac Chung (Minari), Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), David […] More

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    Santa Barbara Honoring Several Oscar Nominated Directors

    The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced the recipients of their Outstanding Directors of the Year Award for this year, with a lineup that looks familiar to anyone who has seen this year’s Oscars nominations.  Chloé Zhao (Nomadland), David Fincher (Mank), Lee Isaac Chung (Minari), and Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round) will all receive their awards and participate in live-streamed conversations on […] More

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    ‘Nomadland’ and ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Win USC Scripter Awards

    The USC Libraries Board of Conductors gave out their Scripter awards yesterday, honoring the best achievements in film and television adaptations. Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland, based on the book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” by Jessica Bruder won the film award, whereas Scott Frank’s “Openings” episode of Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, based on the […] More

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    DGA Lineup Includes Lee Isaac Chung and Emerald Fennell!

    The Directors Guild of America released their feature film nominees moments ago, potentially giving us some major insight into the Best Director field at the Oscars. There isn’t always complete crossover between the DGA five and the Oscar five, but four usually is a pretty safe bet. This year, it looks like the DGA nominated […] More

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    Chloé Zhao + Dracula? Wait Until You Hear What She’s Got in Mind

    We may be just a couple months away from Chloé Zhao being anointed as an Academy Award winning director, but she’s wasting no time setting up her next project. Zhao, with her production company Highwayman, has teamed up with Universal Pictures to write, direct, and produce a new take on the iconic Dracula.  While details are scarce for […] More

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    Kansas City Critics Picks Include a Tie Between ‘Nomadland’ and ‘Promising Young Woman’

    The Kansas City Film Critics Circle have revealed their winners for this year’s awards, and it comes with the rare tied winner in the Best Picture category. The KCFCC didn’t choose a side between two of the most dominant critics’ favorites we’ve seen on the circuit so far, giving their win to both Nomadland and Promising Young Woman.  […] More

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    ‘Nomadland’ Debuts a Full Trailer and New Release Date

    Fresh off winning Best Picture from the first critics group to announce their year-end awards, Searchlight Pictures has released the first full trailer for Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland (our rave review is here), and announced the film will have a wide release on February 19, 2021. Looking to gain some momentum from the recent buzz and those […] More