It’s not exactly at the Gary Oldman-as-Winston Churchill level, but Margot Robbie is getting high marks for disappearing underneath the skin of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in the new mockumentary I, Tonya. “I worked a lot with a movement coach to alter my physicality and create certain mannerisms for the character of Tonya,” Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad) told Yahoo Entertainment at the film’s Los Angeles press day (watch above). Considering Harding, whose skating career ended in 1994 after her associates infamously attacked rival Olympian Nancy Kerrigan, rose to prominence from lower-class Oregon in the early ’90s, the film’s stylists mined a very specific source to groom Robbie for the role.
Stop the presses: The Post has officially announced itself as a bona fide Oscar contender. Sight unseen, pundits have been predicting for months that The Post would be the film to beat this year, especially after no clear frontrunner emerged from the fall festivals. After all, The Post is a highly topical drama about The President vs. The Press.
Here are the five films that gained the most from the Film Independent love in the epic enterprise known as awards season.
"We crammed $60 or $70 million of budget into a movie that had only $19.5 [million]. But we wanted it to look enormous. So it demanded huge sacrifices," Guillermo del Toro says of making "The Shape of Water."
The irony is not lost on Dave Franco. Or more significantly, it could be the film that would bring Tommy Wiseau, the inscrutable writer, director, producer, star — dare we say, auteur — of The Room, to the Oscars. “The best thing about going to the Academy Awards, if we have a chance, is getting Tommy Wiseau to the show,” Franco told Yahoo Entertainment at the Governors Awards (watch above).
There was one Oscar hopeful who really stood out on the red carpet of Saturday’s Governors Awards in Hollywood. Brooklynn Prince, the 7-year-old ingénue of Sean Baker’s acclaimed drama The Florida Project, has been doing press rounds for the film since it debuted at Cannes in May, and she already comes across as a seasoned pro. Asked why people need to see her debut film, Brooklynn responded, “Because of the message.
Yahoo Entertainment asked the actors and directors at the Governors Awards which 2017 film or performance would have their early vote on the Oscar ballot.
"When you see Idris and Kate together in that picture, immediately you want to see them in a movie," said "Mountain Between Us" director Hany Abu-Assad.
Tonya Harding is a punch line and she knows it. But she'll no doubt be pleased with the new biopic "I, Tonya," which goes for laughs but also adds context to the skater’s familiar story.
Following last year's breakout, two films with radically different approaches to same-sex relationships arrive at TIFF.
Former VP Al Gore explains how he worked to make sure his gag made to seem like he was declaring presidential candidacy at 2016 Oscars wasn't misconstrued
Considering how back-loaded the release schedule is when it comes to awards-friendly films, it’s an encouraging sign that there have already been several movies from the first half of 2017 that could easily wind up in the Oscar conversation. True, a couple of them (Mudbound, Call Me by Your Name) premiered at Sundance and won’t get distributed until the fall, but there are plenty that have already dropped, from the art house (The Lovers, The Big Sick) to the cineplex (Get Out, Wonder Woman). Juno could provide the template for this touching and crowdpleasing rom-com based on the real-life coupling of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.
In the wake of the unprecedented Best Picture announcement snafu, the real winner has been robbed of the headline it deserved: “Moonlight” made history last night. The night’s biggest prize went to Barry Jenkins’s drama about three phases in the life of a gay African-American male — played as an adult by Trevante Rhodes, as a teenager by Ashton Sanders, and a boy by Alex Hibbert. Here are just a few of the ways “Moonlight” broke the mold.
At the conclusion of Sunday night’s Academy Awards, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced that "La La Land" had won Best Picture — which would have been all well and good, except that the actual winner was "Moonlight." It was an awards show error for the ages. It was not, however, the first time such a thing happened at the Oscars.
Other than those directly involved with director Barry Jenkins’s acclaimed drama "Moonlight," no one, it seemed, was happier about the Best Picture error than Steve Harvey.
In what will inevitably go down as one of — no, the — craziest moment in Oscar history, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong winner for Best Picture at the Academy Awards late Sunday night. They called La La Land. That film’s team came up onstage and began making speeches. Then, in a moment of mayhem and confusion, La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz told the world that there was a mistake. Moonlight was the real winner.
Warren Beatty’s oops moment made the audience gasp. When it comes down to it, stripping away the gold statues, the acceptance speeches, and the orchestra playing winners off the stage, the Oscars are just one big party. 1. Warren Beatty and the in-house audience were just as confused as the rest of us about the Best Picture snafu.
The Best Sound Mixing category doesn’t typically get a lot of ink at the Academy Awards, but something truly historic unfolded when the 2017 winner was announced Sunday night. Then, around 9:32 p.m. ET Sunday, O’Connell finally won. “Thank you so much! I can’t even tell you what this means to me,” an exuberant O’Connell, who shared the awards with fellow sound mixers Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace, said as he stepped to the stage to a hearty ovation.
If the Oscars are the wedding, then the Independent Spirit Awards are the rehearsal: They take place the day before, are far more casual, and play host to many of the same attendees. Guests aren’t the only thing the two ceremonies have in common: For four of the past five years, the Spirit Awards have also named the same best picture winner as the Academy, with top honors at both going to Spotlight (in 2016), Birdman (in 2015), 12 Years a Slave (in 2014), and The Artist (in 2012). This year, the dominant force at the Spirit Awards — held Saturday afternoon in a massive beachside tent in Santa Monica and cohosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney — was Barry Jenkins’ gorgeous coming-of-age drama Moonlight.
For a sampling of what you might expect at Saturday’s 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards, look no further than our Facebook Live interview with its hilarious cohosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney (watch above).