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The Hollywood Reporter Award Special 4B January 2020

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4 min.
where have all the indie oscar contenders gone?

A funny thing happened on the way to this year’s Oscar nominations: The indie business got punched in the gut. A decade after the movie Academy changed its rules, allowing up to 10 best picture nominees instead of the previous five (a direct response to The Dark Knight’s absence from the final lineup), the policy may have had a more far-ranging effect than some expected. True, it hasn’t achieved its original goal: to boost Oscar ratings by acknowledging more mainstream pictures with wider audience appeal — ratings hit an all-time low in 2018, with 26.5 million viewers, but bounced back a bit in 2019 to 29.6 million, still the second smallest audience ever. Instead the rule change has achieved something else: placing the studios front and center of the Oscars and edging the…

3 min.
smear campaigns and last-ditch swings

BEST PICTURE Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s revisionist Hollywood tale starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt came up short for the main prizes at both the PGA and SAG Awards. It was also the target of a Jan. 13 Daily Beast piece titled “The Big Harvey Weinstein Problem With Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” 1917 Parasite’s win of the best ensemble SAG Award has some doubting this World War I drama’s frontrunner status (although Sam Mendes’ pic wasn’t nominated), despite its PGA Award victory. A Jan. 20 Variety column, “Why 1917 Is the Last Film That Should Be Winning the Oscar,” hasn’t helped, either. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Toy Story 4 On the heels of its shocking loss to Laika’s Missing Link for best animated feature at the Golden Globes, Pixar’s fourth installment…

4 min.
honoring the ‘richness of acting’ with editing

Thelma Schoonmaker has been one of Martin Scorsese’s most trusted collaborators for half a century, and with her eighth Academy Award nomination, for Netflix’s The Irishman, she ties a record held by Michael Kahn (1994’s Schindler’s List) as the most nominated editor in Oscar history. She also holds three Oscar statuettes — for 1980’s Raging Bull, 2004’s The Aviator and 2006’s The Departed — a record she shares with Steven Spielberg’s longtime collaborator Kahn, as well as the late Daniel Mandell and Ralph Dawson. She may have all those projects and accolades under her belt, but Schoonmaker, 80, says her latest project with Scorsese, The Irishman, was “as important to me as I think Raging Bull was so many years ago. It’s wonderful that Scorsese is making great movies at his age…

3 min.
cynthia erivo, out of this world

1 The Harriet star’s Golden Globes look, a custom Thom Browne dress, took 800 hours and 11 artisans to make. The designer created custom footwear for her, too — an invisible heel covered in crystals. “It was really beautiful, [with a] tiny, tiny, tiny waist and exaggerated hips,” says Bolden. She also wore (and always wears on every red carpet) a ring that features Harriet Tubman’s face, which Bolden describes as a way of “carrying her with her everywhere she goes.” 2 For this cathedral stained-glass motif gown by Fendi at the Jan. 12 Critics’ Choice Awards, Erivo had a “rapid fitting” with Bolden while filming her next project, the limited series Genius: Aretha. They were debating among 12 looks but landed on the Fendi because, as Bolden tells THR, “she…

3 min.
how well do you know the oscar nominees?

1 TRUE OR FALSE Greta Gerwig (Little Women) and Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story) made Oscar history this year by becoming the first romantically linked couple to have movies vying for best picture in the same year. A True B False 2 Director Martin Scorsese opens The Irishman with a nearly two-minute tracking shot that floats down the halls of an assisted-living facility, to wheelchair-bound Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro). Which vintage doo-wop hit plays over the scene? A “In the Still of the Night,” by The Five Satins B “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers C “Searchin’,” by The Coasters D “Oh, What a Night,” by The Dells 3 Greta Gerwig shot Little Women in the same New England town in which Louisa May Alcott wrote her beloved novel about the March…

5 min.
‘i’m writing my best songs right now’

With her latest best original song nomination for “I’m Standing With You” from the Fox feature Breakthrough, Diane Warren now holds an Oscar record — if not yet an Oscar. Her 11th career mention makes her the most-nominated woman in Oscar history without a single win. Her first nom came back in 1987, for “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from the comedy Mannequin. On Feb. 9, she’ll have attended the ceremony as a nominee across five decades. Whether or not the prolific songwriter gets a breakthrough of her own this year, she says the recognition itself is always a thrill. “The novelty has never worn off,” says Warren, 63, who hosted a “sleepless sleepover” with friends to watch the early morning nominees announcement. Though the song had been shortlisted — and…