2017’s Academy Awards will be handed out this Sunday night, and forecasters increasingly expect it to come down to a battle between Damien Chazelle’s La La Land and Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight for Best Picture. According to a new poll on all things Oscars by The Hollywood Reporter, however, couldn’t name those two films — or any of the other seven contenders — as nominees for the award. According to THR’s survey (conducted with the National Research Group in February), 60 percent of the 800 people questioned drew a blank when it came to Best Picture nominees — and in many respects, those results crossed political lines.
Meryl Streep is nominated once again for her performance in Florence Foster Jenkins. The queen of the big screen broke her own record this year by earning her 20th(!) career Oscar nod – the most for any actor by far (Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson are tied for second place with 12 nominations apiece). But even Meryl had a first time – the 67-year-old’s first nomination came back in 1978 for The Deer Hunter, when she was just 29.
Manchester by the Sea is one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films, and while headliner Casey Affleck has been the prime beneficiary so far with Best Actor awards from numerous critics associations, a Golden Globe, and a possible Oscar, the film’s success owes much to its youngest supporting player, 20-year-old Lucas Hedges. With only a few minor big-screen roles under his belt, Hedges breaks through as Patrick Chandler, the teenage nephew of Affleck’s Lee, who — while grieving over his father’s recent death — fights to remain a resident of his native Manchester. In the clip, Manchester writer-director Kenneth Lonergan commends Hedges for bringing “a tremendous emotional life to the part, and it’s a tricky part.
At 20, Lucas Hedges is 2017’s youngest Oscar nominee. The Manchester by the Sea breakout brings some much-needed laughs to the devastating drama as Patrick, the confident, hockey- and basketball-playing, boat-working, wannabe rocker with two girlfriends who falls under the care of his disgruntled uncle (Casey Affleck). The actor told Yahoo Movies he auditioned for the role five times before finally getting the green light from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan.
The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild went as expected — it’s an organization that has a habit of rewarding frontrunners and repeat winners, after all. So it came as little surprise that Emma Stone and Viola Davis took home trophies. Read More: Awards: The Contenders
Kenneth Lonergan's drama scored a total of six noms, including lead actor, supporting actor, and supporting actress
The nominations for the 89th annual Academy Awards will be doled out at the crack of the Los Angeles dawn on Tuesday morning — and you can watch the livestream here at Yahoo Movies starting 5:18 a.m. PT/8:18 a.m. ET. As always, there’s a healthy dose of suspense in every major race, particularly in three of the four acting categories. (The Oscars themselves will be handed out at the ceremony on Feb. 26.)
The Directors Guild of America on Wednesday revealed the nominees for its 69th annual DGA Awards in the feature film categories.
Moonlight, the story of a young man coming to age in Miami amid the “War on Drugs”, won top honors from the National Society of Film Critics on Saturday.
By Gregg Kilday and Michael O’Connor, The Hollywood Reporter As the Writers Guild of America announced its nominees in the theatrical and documentary screenplay categories today, awards season favorites La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight all claimed a spot in the original screenplay category for their respective writer-directors Damien Chazelle, Kenneth Lonergan, and Barry Jenkins. The Pulitzer Prize-winning screenwriter August Wilson, who died in 2005, earned a posthumous adapted screenplay nomination for his adaptation of his 1983 play Fences. ...
Ben Affleck joined the Today show and beamed with pride over the awards buzz younger brother Casey has received recently for his performance in Manchester by the Sea. Casey has several nominations, including an Oscar nod in 2008 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, but has yet to win a major award. He has already received a nomination this year for a Golden Globe for Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea and is widely expected to do the same when the Academy Awards roll around.
By The Hollywood Reporter Staff The nominations for the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were unveiled Wednesday morning. Manchester by the Sea leads the movie categories with a total of four noms, followed by Fences and Moonlight, with three apiece. On the TV side, five programs landed three noms each: The Crown, Game of Thrones, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Stranger Things, and Westworld. Related: Golden Globes 2017: The Complete List of Nominations The SAG Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29. ...
Kenneth Lonergan’s acclaimed film Manchester by the Sea is one of the most devastating dramas in years, with emotionally rich performances by Oscar-nominated actors Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams. The film comes with a touch of levity, too, thanks in large part to a revelatory performance from its breakout star, Lucas Hedges. You can meet the 19-year-old Brooklyn native (whose father is Pieces of April writer-director Peter Hedges) in the video above as he answers 15 rapid-fire questions about himself.
The American Film Institute has picked its 10 best movies and TV shows of the year. The titles, presented in alphabetical order, are works AFI’s juries have determined advance the art of the moving image, enhance the cultural heritage of America’s art form, inspire audiences and artists and make a mark on American society. In addition to the 20 honorees, AFI is giving a special award to O.J.: Made in America, a nearly eight-hour-long documentary that aired on TV, raising questions about whether it qualifies for best documentary Oscar consideration as it’s picked up best doc nominations and awards.
Matthew Broderick’s title character in the 1986 high school classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off became so iconic that it’s still the role he’s most closely associated with. The 54-year-old native New Yorker can currently be seen as a senior driver to Beatty’s eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes in Rules, a role Broderick told us he scored after literally having a sleepover at the Hollywood Hills home of Beatty and wife/costar Annette Bening. Broderick can also be seen in a small role in Kenneth Lonergan’s heartbreaking new drama Manchester by the Sea — the actor and director’s third collaboration after You Can Count on Me (2000) and Margaret (2011).
By Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter The National Board of Review on Tuesday revealed its 2016 awards, naming Amazon Studios’ Manchester by the Sea as Best Film. The Kenneth Lonergan-directed film received three other accolades including for star Casey Affleck (Best Actor), Lonergan’s original screenplay, and Lucas Hedges (Breakthrough Performance, Male). Fellow Oscar frontrunner Moonlight won two awards, with helmer Barry Jenkins named Best Director and Naomie Harris named Best Supporting Actress. ...
Kenneth Lonergan’s new drama, Manchester by the Sea, is an emotionally devastating and powerful film about family, loss, and forgiveness. Imagine then how the subject matter affected the cast, which spent weeks filming Manchester. “It was painful,” Casey Affleck told Yahoo Movies (watch above).
Judging by the clip above, exclusive to Yahoo Movies, Lee (Casey Affleck) and Randi (Michelle Williams) are your average blue-collar married couple. She gives him grief for too much boozing on his daytime boat trip, he gets frustrated when she passes up her beer-bellied husband’s attempt at luring her into bed.
The Oscars are still five months away, but consider awards season under way now that Hollywood has returned home from film festivals in Venice, Telluride, and Toronto. (So yes, that means awards season pretty much runs for half a calendar year.)
Sundance breakout Birth of a Nation, Ang Lee’s first film since winning best director and an adaptation of best seller Girl on a Train might take center stage this time next year. Here’s a quick rundown of the prospective contenders for 2017 Oscars.
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker and playwright Kenneth Lonergan has developed over the past two decades a reputation as a bit of a quiet genius who prefers to let his work do the talking. Lonergan was visibly relieved by the quick and lucrative resolution this time, but in speaking with Yahoo Movies, he hadn’t yet processed the technological or business implications of selling to a big streaming platform.