three billboards backlash

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has all the makings of an Oscar frontrunner. The festival favorite boasts a riveting turn from lead Frances McDormand, a deliciously sharp screenplay from director Martin McDonagh, and a tour-de-force performance from Sam Rockwell as a self-loathing corrupt cop. It received near-universal praise at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. At key awards ceremonies, Three Billboards swept — winning the Golden Globe for Best Drama, the SAG Award for Best Ensemble, the TIFF People’s Choice Awards, and landing a spot in the AFI top 10 of 2017.

Most importantly, it was timely. Three Billboards is a story about a bereaved mother Mildred Hayes who shakes up a small Midwestern town with her bitter attacks against the beloved Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) for his department’s inability to find the culprit behind her daughter’s rape and murder. The film hit the festival circuit right at the crest of #MeToo movement, an industry-wide reckoning of the systemic abuse and harassment of women at the hands of Hollywood’s most powerful men. It seemed fitting, then, that the Oscar frontrunner would be about righteous female vengeance, led by a middle-aged actress whose furious performance threatened to sear through the screen.

And yet, Three Billboards finds itself facing its own reckoning, with a backlash as fierce as Mildred’s single-minded quest for justice.

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Casey Affleck Oscar

Almost a year ago, Casey Affleck won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in Kenneth Lonergan’s drama Manchester By The Sea. But years before that, he was sued for sexual harassment by two female crew members of I’m Still Here, the Joaquin Phoenix-starring fake documentary he made back in 2010.

At the Oscars, the tradition is that previous year’s Best Actor award winner presents that year’s Best Actress winner with her trophy. That means Affleck would have been involved in a pivotal moment of the female winner’s life…which, considering his past, is not exactly a great situation. So, breaking a long-standing tradition, Affleck has stepped down from his presenter position at the upcoming Academy Awards. Read more about the Casey Affleck Oscar controversy below.
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oscars 2018 promo

It’s a scene that will play over and over in many cinephiles’ heads whenever they think of the Oscars: the ecstatic faces of the La La Land team transforming into confused shock, the star-studded audience’s jaws dropping, those fateful words: “There’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture.” But instead of our bemused glee, 2017 Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel only remembers it with abject horror. And yet, he is ready to do it all over again.

Kimmel will be hosting the 90th Annual Academy Awards on ABC this March, despite the infamous Moonlight/La La Land mix-up last year that instantly made Oscars history and turned presenters Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway into a punchline. But Kimmel is back to host, and he’s definitely going to get the names right this time.

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The Biggest 2018 Oscar Snubs and Surprises

biggest Oscar Snubs 2018

The Academy Awards can be a source of great joy and great misery for movie fans. On one hand, it’s fun to watch your favorite movies get celebrated by the industry that spawned them, to see incredible artists awarded with golden statuettes. On the other, it’s an opportunity to moan and groan because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just doesn’t get it and failed to nominated the truly deserving movies and/or performers. It’s a struggle!

The 2018 Academy Award nominations are no different. While many of the categories went exactly as predicted, there were plenty of twists and turns. People who weren’t in the conversation are suddenly present. Movies that felt like sure things have been left out in the cold. These are the biggest Oscar snubs and surprises of 2018.

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2018 Academy Award Nominations Announced

2018 Academy Award Nominations

The 2018 Academy Award nominations were announced this morning and The Shape of Water leads the pack with 13 nods.

The full list of nominees can be found below.

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Oscar Rules

It’s officially Oscar season! To prepare for Hollywood’s big, self-congratulatory night, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the consulting service that handles the envelopes containing the names of the official Academy Award Winners, have implemented a new set of rules to help avoid a repeat of last year’s embarrassing Moonlight/La La Land mix-up.

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the shape of water best makeup snub

The Shape of Water is a dark, dreamy fairy tale, a stunning allegory about the oppressed minority, and a love letter to cinema, but none of it would work without its star Doug Jones, tucked away underneath layers of elaborate latex. And Jones couldn’t do what he does best without the help of some of the best creature-feature makeup in recent memory.

It’s too bad that the Oscars don’t think so. In fact, it’s downright infuriating. Ahead of the 2018 Academy Awards nominations, the shortlist for Best Make-up and Hairstyling has been released — and The Shape of Water is nowhere to be seen. Instead, we have another David Ayer movie getting a nomination for make-up.

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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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