Emmy nominations

On episode #5 of our new podcast /Film Daily for July 14, 2017, Peter Sciretta is joined by Brad Oman (aka Ethan Anderton), Ben Pearson and Jacob Hall to discuss the 2017 Emmy nominations, and in particular, the surprises and snubs.

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This morning brought the cavalcade of nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be handed out in September. Westworld was out in front with a whopping 22 nominations for its freshman season while other debut shows like This Is Us, as well as continuing shows like Veep and Saturday Night Live, also landed a surprising number of nods. But there are only so many slots for nominees and plenty of shows were snubbed by the Television Academy. Thankfully, it wasn’t all bad news though as there were some pleasant (sometimes goofy) surprises as well.

Below, we run through the biggest 2017 Emmy snubs and surprises. Read More »

2016 Emmy Nominations

Today brought the nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, and Westworld came out on top on the drama side of things with a total of 22 nominations across the board. On the comedy side, Veep was the leader with a total of 17 nominations. The miniseries Feud: Bette and Joan also fared well with 18 nominations.

Outside of the leaders of the pack, shows like Stranger Things, This Is Us, Big Little Lies, The Night Of and The Handmaid’s Tale made a big splash. Plus, Saturday Night Live had a big presence this year as well, tying Westworld with 22 nominations as well.

Check out the full list of 2017 Emmy nominations below. Read More »

Bill Murray ESPYs Speech

Yes, this is still a film blog. No, we’re not drunk. But when Bill Murray and Nick Offerman get together to continue celebrating the World Series victory that the Chicago Cubs earned back in the fall of 2016 after 108 years of waiting for the title, how can we ignore it?

Both the Ghostbusters star and the Parks and Recreation man for all seasons are lifelong Chicago Cubs fans, so it’s only appropriate that the two comedy stars were part of the acceptance speech when the baseball team won Best Moment at the 2017 ESPY Awards on ABC last night. After a touching recollection of that final play that happened in extra innings, presenter Nick Offerman giggles like an excited boy and hands the award off to Bill Murray, pretending (?) to be drunk while paying tribute to the team that he’s loved since he was a boy.

Watch the Bill Murray ESPYs speech below. Read More »

Golden Trailer Awards

Fun fact: when he was a little kid, Wayne Brady (Whose Line is it Anyway?) used to pretend to be Wonder Woman when he was recreating adventures from the classic animated TV show Super Friends with his pals. You can learn some strange things at an off-the-beaten path Hollywood awards show, and last night’s 18th annual Golden Trailer Awards certainly fit the bill. A celebration of the best movie trailers of the past year, the GTAs are essentially the Oscars for the overlooked: they’re awards for the editors and creative teams who produce the trailers, teasers, and TV spots that put asses in seats for major Hollywood blockbusters.

I attended the ceremony for the first time last night (why I was there is the subject of another article!), so read on for the list of winners and my inside account of what went down.
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Jimmy Kimmel Hosting 2018 Oscars

This year’s Academy Awards were hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who delivered as much entertainment as he could during the extensive ceremony. Of course, all of that ended up being overshadowed by the Best Picture snafu that falsely gave the award to La La Land before it correctly went to Moonlight. But Jimmy Kimmel will get another chance to shine at the next Oscars telecast.

ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today that we’ll see Jimmy Kimmel returning to host the 90th Academy Awards next year. Find out what the comedian had to say about his return to the Oscars stage in 2018. Read More »

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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: why a new Oscar rule for Best Animated Film sets a frustrating precedent for the industry)

Last Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (or, as we all know them, the Oscars) announced a couple of new rules, one of which may have an enormous impact on the future of Best Animated Feature nominees.

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MTV Movie and TV Awards Acting Categories

Normally the MTV Movie Awards are just a way for studios to pander to a younger demographic by having movies look hip and cool by getting nominated for awards like Best Kiss, Best Villain, Best Fight and Best WTF Moment. However, this year the newly dubbed MTV Movie & TV Awards will be a trailblazer in a meaningful way.

The nominations for the MTV Movie & TV Awards were announced this week, and with them came a change in how some of their categories are separated. Rather than dividing up the acting awards with Best Actor and Best Actress categories, there will now be single non-gendered acting categories in both the movie and TV arenas so that non-binary talents are not forced to identify as something they’re not.

Find out more about the revamped MTV Movie and TV Awards acting categories below. Read More »

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One of the biggest film-related arguments of the past year was whether or not Ezra Edelman’s superlative documentary O.J.: Made in America should have been eligible for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. There were passionate advocates on both sides, and the nearly eight-hour doc ended up winning the Oscar. But it seems like that argument may only happen once, because the Academy has just adopted a new rule that means multi-part documentaries can’t win Oscars in the future.
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2017 oscars mistake

After this year’s 89th Academy Awards aired last month, all anyone could talk about was the unprecedented mistake that happened when the wrong Best Picture winner was announced live on the air. After presenter Warren Beatty was confused by the award envelope he was given to read, La La Land was mistakenly announced as the winner when Moonlight was supposed to be rewarded with the honor. Thankfully, the mistake was fixed on the air and Moonlight received their prize.

Following this huge gaffe, everyone was wondering what led to such a mishap. The official answer was that the wrong envelope was handed out to the presenters, and while that’s where the mistake originated, there’s a way this could potentially be avoided if superior typography work on the Oscar winner envelopes was used instead.

Find out how Oscar winner envelopes typography can be improved after the jump. Read More »