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The Hollywood Reporter Award Special 4A January 2020

The all-new Hollywood Reporter offers unprecedented access to the people, studios, networks and agencies that create the magic in Hollywood. Published weekly, the oversized format includes exceptional photography and rich features.

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4 min.
female artists and the ‘club of geniuses’

This year, like last year, and eight of the 10 years before that, no women were nominated for the best director Oscar. Despite recent (and controversial) attempts by the Academy to diversify its membership, the status quo remains: Only one female filmmaker, Kathryn Bigelow for 2009’s The Hurt Locker, has ever been deemed any given year’s most inspired visionary. What’s different this awards season is that one of those snubbed women directors has made a high-profile film that illustrates the many hurdles female artists have to overcome: first to prove that they’ve got talent (and should be compensated fairly for it), then to have their own ideas about what constitutes great art recognized by male gatekeepers. Serendipitously, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, based on author Louisa May Alcott’s original work, is…

2 min.
a post-nomination boost for some films and blues for others

BEST PICTURE Marriage Story Noah Baumbach landed pic and original screenplay Oscar nominations to go with three acting noms and one for original score, and his film was toasted at a Jan. 15 BAFTA/PGA event, while stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson were feted at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on Jan. 17. Uncut Gems The Safdie brothers’ diamond district drama was shut out of the Oscar noms — with not even a film editing nod — prompting star Adam Sandler to tweet: “Bad news: Sandman gets no love from the Academy. Good news: Sandman can stop wearing suits.” DOCUMENTARY FEATURE The Cave Despite visa problems caused by the Trump administration that prevented him from campaigning like other shortlisted filmmakers, Feras Fayyad is a nominee in this category for the second time in three years, for a…

3 min.
echoing a madman’s state of mind

When supervising sound editor Alan Robert Murray sat down to talk with director Todd Phillips about their sonic approach to Warner Bros.’ Joker, the filmmaker said he wanted realistic sounds instead of the typical tones expected in a comic book-inspired film. “He didn’t want overdone punches and sound design that made it seem unrealistic,” says Murray, a two-time Oscar winner (American Sniper, Letters From Iwo Jima) who earned his 10th career nomination — a record for sound editing — with Joker. “So it was more of following Arthur’s descent into madness. Everything would start off normal, and then our sound effects reacted to what was going on with Arthur.” For a sequence in which Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is beaten up by three Wall Street suits on a subway car, Murray explains…

2 min.
yes, i did say that!

“I feel like in virtually every movie that I made, there was a connection to River in some way.”JOAQUIN PHOENIX The Joker actor, in a rare interview on 60 Minutes, discussing the death of his actor brother, River, of a drug overdose in 1993.“The nominees are so white that this year’s Oscars are being held at Pottery Barn.”JIMMY FALLON The Tonight Show host, joking about the fact that 19 of the 20 acting nominees in 2020 are white.“I’ve been a cop and a robber and a doctor and a professor. … I’ve been a donkey. I even played a spaceship once!”EDDIE MURPHY The Dolemite Is My Name star, accepting the lifetime achievement award at the Critics’ Choice Awards, riffing on his long and varied career.“You know you’re in trouble when…

7 min.

After an eleventh-hour shimmy into the awards race, Sam Mendes’ seemingly one-shot World War I epic 1917 has enjoyed a dramatic last-minute entrance of which even the director of two Bond titles would be proud. Following two young British soldiers (played by George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) as they undertake a daring mission across the trenches into No Man’s Land, the Universal film has been hailed as a visually sumptuous masterpiece, lauded for not just its technical wizardry (thanks largely to Roger Deakins’ cinematography and the stitchwork of editor Lee Smith), but also its immersive storytelling and sound. Already a double Golden Globe winner (for best picture, drama, and for best director) and appearing on many critics’ top 10 lists, 1917 has amassed nine BAFTA and 10 Oscar nominations. Among those…

7 min.
ford v ferrari

Producer Jenno Topping’s definitive moment while working on Ford v Ferrari came six weeks out from shooting. Topping, director James Mangold and the rest of the team were having a meeting — toy cars and cardboard cutouts in hand — to figure out how to shoot one of the film’s many races. Then, in a bemused tone, Mangold announced to the room, “You know, I am not really much of a car guy.” After getting over her initial shock from this admission, Topping realized that it was exactly what made Mangold perfect for the project. “He’s enough of a car guy to really care about how those scenes were shot and what cars meant in the movie, but that’s not what the movie was about to him,” says Topping. “And that’s…