• 'The Post' and 'Lady Bird' make early leaps in awards race as 'Get Out' gets more love
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    Kevin Polowy

    'The Post' and 'Lady Bird' make early leaps in awards race as 'Get Out' gets more love

    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.

  • Guillermo del Toro says 'The Shape of Water' is his best film, but it was 'terrible' to make
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    Kevin Polowy

    Guillermo del Toro says 'The Shape of Water' is his best film, but it was 'terrible' to make

    "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."

  • With 'Disaster Artist,' Franco brothers hope they can bring 'The Room' creator Tommy Wiseau to the Oscars
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    Kevin Polowy

    With 'Disaster Artist,' Franco brothers hope they can bring 'The Room' creator Tommy Wiseau to the Oscars

    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).

  • Meet this year's most adorable awards contender, 7-year-old 'Florida Project' star and 'Wonder Woman' superfan Brooklynn Prince
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    Kevin Polowy

    Meet this year's most adorable awards contender, 7-year-old 'Florida Project' star and 'Wonder Woman' superfan Brooklynn Prince

    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.

  • Hollywood's early Oscar picks: Stars at Governors Awards loving 'Get Out,' 'Florida Project,' and 'Lady Bird'
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    Kevin Polowy

    Hollywood's early Oscar picks: Stars at Governors Awards loving 'Get Out,' 'Florida Project,' and 'Lady Bird'

    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.

  • 'Get Out' already looking like legit Oscar contender
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    Kevin Polowy

    'Get Out' already looking like legit Oscar contender

    Jordan Peele’s brilliant racial satire could be rare horror movie to make an awards-season run.

  • Our extremely early 2018 Oscar predictions
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    Kevin Polowy

    Our extremely early 2018 Oscar predictions

    Count "Dunkirk," "Darkest Hour," "Shape of Water," and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" among this year's early Oscar favorites.

  • Toronto: Surprisingly funny biopic 'I, Tonya,' starring Margot Robbie, attempts to reshape disgraced skater's legacy
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    Kevin Polowy

    Toronto: Surprisingly funny biopic 'I, Tonya,' starring Margot Robbie, attempts to reshape disgraced skater's legacy

    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.

  • Post-'Moonlight,' coming-out tales 'Call Me by Your Name' and 'Battle of the Sexes' build buzz in Toronto
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    Kevin Polowy

    Post-'Moonlight,' coming-out tales 'Call Me by Your Name' and 'Battle of the Sexes' build buzz in Toronto

    Following last year's breakout, two films with radically different approaches to same-sex relationships arrive at TIFF.

  • How Al Gore Was Saved From Accidentally Declaring His Candidacy for President at Oscars
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    Kevin Polowy

    How Al Gore Was Saved From Accidentally Declaring His Candidacy for President at Oscars

    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

  • 10 Oscar Contenders to Emerge So Far in 2017
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    Kevin Polowy

    10 Oscar Contenders to Emerge So Far in 2017

    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.

  • David Oyelowo Talks 'A United Kingdom,' #OscarSoWhite, and Why He Seeks Out Female Directors
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    Kevin Polowy

    David Oyelowo Talks 'A United Kingdom,' #OscarSoWhite, and Why He Seeks Out Female Directors

    David Oyelowo is one of the most insightful ambassadors for inclusion in the film industry. As he was breaking through in Selma, the Oxford native born to Nigerian parents was in the lengthy process of developing A United Kingdom. In fact, four of his last five films (A United Kingdom, Queen of Katwe, Five Nights in Maine, and Selma) have been directed by women, and that isn’t a coincidence.

  • Matt Damon Told Academy Awards Accountant He’d Play Him in a Biopic If He Did ‘Something Incredible’
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    Kevin Polowy

    Matt Damon Told Academy Awards Accountant He’d Play Him in a Biopic If He Did ‘Something Incredible’

    Matt Damon isn’t letting his archnemesis, Jimmy Kimmel, off the hook for the shocking Oscars climax, or “Envelopegate,” as it came to be known.

  • Shirley MacLaine on Her New Film, ‘The Last Word,’ and the Joke She Wants Made in Her Obituary
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    Kevin Polowy

    Shirley MacLaine on Her New Film, ‘The Last Word,’ and the Joke She Wants Made in Her Obituary

    “Why are people still interested in me?” That was Shirley MacLaine’s modest response to learning how much fans enjoyed her 2014 Role Recall interview with Yahoo Movies. As for her enduring popularity, let’s begin with her legacy. A certifiable screen icon, MacLaine’s long, successful career launched in 1955 with the Alfred Hitchcock film The Trouble With Harry, includes classics like The Apartment and Being There, and features six Oscar nominations, with one win for Terms of Endearment. Six decades later, the 82-year-old continues to release challenging, interesting films.

  • Oscars 2017: Why the ‘Moonlight’ Best Picture Win Is a Really Big Deal
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    Gwynne Watkins

    Oscars 2017: Why the ‘Moonlight’ Best Picture Win Is a Really Big Deal

    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.

  • Oscars Flashback: Watch Sammy Davis Jr. Announce the Wrong Winner in 1964
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    Nick Schager

    Oscars Flashback: Watch Sammy Davis Jr. Announce the Wrong Winner in 1964

    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.

  • Steve Harvey Weighs in On the Oscar Best Picture Snafu, Tells Warren Beatty to Call Him
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    Steve Harvey Weighs in On the Oscar Best Picture Snafu, Tells Warren Beatty to Call Him

    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.

  • CSI Oscars: Decoding What Happened During the Great Best Picture Gaffe of 2017
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    Kevin Polowy

    CSI Oscars: Decoding What Happened During the Great Best Picture Gaffe of 2017

    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.

  • 8 Things You Didn’t See at the Oscars 2017
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    8 Things You Didn’t See at the Oscars 2017

    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.

  • Kevin O'Connell, Oscar's Biggest Loser, Finally Wins on 21st Try
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    Kevin O'Connell, Oscar's Biggest Loser, Finally Wins on 21st Try

    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.

  • Independent Spirit Awards Report: 'Moonlight' Dominates at Politically Tame Ceremony
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    Kevin Polowy

    Independent Spirit Awards Report: 'Moonlight' Dominates at Politically Tame Ceremony

    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.

  • 2017 Oscar Predictions: Our Picks in Every Category
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    Kevin Polowy

    2017 Oscar Predictions: Our Picks in Every Category

    How many Oscars will La La Land win? Will we see a split between Best Picture and Best Director? Who will win in some tight lead-actor categories?

  • The People With the Most Oscar Nominations Without a Win
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    Kevin Polowy

    The People With the Most Oscar Nominations Without a Win

    As Peter O’Toole said when he received an honorary Oscar in 2002 after eight unsuccessful nominations in the competitive categories, “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, my foot.” Leonardo DiCaprio may have broken his losing streak with last year’s win for Best Actor in "The Revenant," but some people are still waiting for gold. These folks included here may not own an Oscar, but they’re all winners in our book. A few of the honorees below are nominated again this year, so watch the Oscars on Feb. 26 to see if they finally get their trophy.

  • When the Oscars Get Political: A Look Back at Michael Moore's Divisive Anti-War Speech in 2003
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    Gwynne Watkins

    When the Oscars Get Political: A Look Back at Michael Moore's Divisive Anti-War Speech in 2003

    In 2003, years before terms like “fake news” and “alternative facts” circulated through the media, documentary director Michael Moore used his Academy Awards acceptance speech to accuse then-President George W. Bush of being a “fictitious president” and waging a “fictitious war” in Iraq. “We are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you,” said the director, as cheers and boos echoed through the Kodak Theatre (now the Dolby Theatre) in Los Angeles.