Best Documentary Oscar shortlist

It’s Awards Season™! Time for filmmakers, performers and more across the land to clear some room in their trophy cases, or perhaps go home empty handed. As 2017 winds down and blossoms into 2018, get ready for an avalanche of awards. The Oscars are the granddaddy of them all, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just narrowed down their shortlist for Documentary Feature Oscar nominations. Five of these fifteen films will land a nomination, but only one will go home a winner. The full Best Documentary Oscar shortlist is below.

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harvey weinstein

The fall-out around disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein continues.

The Oscar-winning producer, who was fired from his position at the Weinstein Company following scathing reports of his history of sexual misconduct, was ousted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences amid troubles with Weinstein’s legal team and the growing number of women accusing him of sexual assault and harassment.

But Weinstein’s downfall isn’t over  — Weinstein may yet be expelled from the Television Academy following board discussions that took place two days ago.

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i, tonya

Watch your kneecaps – I, Tonya is going for the gold. I’m talking about Oscar gold, that is, as the official release date for Craig Gillespie‘s satirical look at the fallen figure skater’s life is proof-positive that the filmmakers are hoping for some award season love. See the details of the I, Tonya release date below.

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War for the Planet of the Apes trailer

Another genre film is entering this year’s Oscar race. After the news that Warner Bros. is launching a massive Best Picture and Best Director campaign for its runaway hit of the summerWonder Woman, 20th Century Fox is gearing up for battle with its own War for the Planet of the Apes Oscar push for Best Picture.

Fox is planning to launch one of the biggest Oscar campaigns in the studio’s history, throwing its weight behind the beloved third film in the Planet of the Apes reboot series.

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Patty Jenkins Directing Wonder Woman 2

Wonder Woman has made leaps and bounds at the box office and with the critics, but the Patty Jenkins-helmed superhero movie is looking to make the leap over yet another Hollywood establishment: the Academy Awards.

Warner Bros. is reportedly planning to launch a “groundbreaking” Oscar campaign for the female-led superhero movie for both the Best Picture and Best Director categories. If the studio succeeds, it would make Wonder Woman the first comic book movie ever nominated for Best Picture, and Jenkins the first woman to be nominated for Best Director since Kathryn Bigelow became the first female director to win for The Hurt Locker in 2010.

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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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top 10 movies of 2016 oj made in america

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 »

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Academy Awards Diversity Nominations Numbers

Despite the snafu in announcing this year’s winner for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, the fact that Moonlight came out on top after La La Land dominated the awards circuit all season is a big deal. It shows that Oscar voters may finally be embracing diversity in a big way, and not in a way that’s pandering to minorities. They’re just finally starting to recognize more bold and diverse movies, filmmakers, actors and more. But they have a long way to go.

For the 89th Academy Awards, there were 27 total minority nominations. That’s fantastic, but the fact is that there is still a of work to be done. A new video essay takes a look at the stark contrast in numbers between white nominees and minority nominees, and it should come as no surprise that one is favored far more often.

Watch the video essay on Academy Awards diversity nominations numbers below. Read More »