‘Village Rockstars’ Director Says Her Acting Struggles Helped Her Oscar Contending Film

Photo by Ayush Das A version of this story about “Village Rockstars” first appeared in the Foreign Language Issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine. “Village Rockstars,” a lyrical film by Rima Das, plays out like a less raucous version of “The Florida Project” transplanted to the small Indian village of Chhaygaon, where kids carve musical instruments … Read more

Sufjan Stevens on His Offbeat Approach to Writing ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Songs: ‘Keep It Vague’

Andrea Morrison This story on Sufjan Stevens first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine. When Sufjan Stevens starts talking about how he’s excited to come to Los Angeles for the Oscars but he needs to go buy a tuxedo, your first thought might well be, Really? This is the … Read more

‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘I, Tonya’ Top Costume Designers Guild Awards

Fox Searchlight “The Shape of Water,” “Wonder Woman” and “I, Tonya” have won the top film awards at the 20th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, which took place on Tuesday night in Beverly Hills. “Shape of Water” designer Luis Sequeira won the CDG Award in the Excellence in Period Film category, “Wonder Woman” designer Lindy … Read more

Women Received Just 23 Percent of Non-Acting Oscar Nominations in 2018, Study Says

A new study by the Women’s Media Center has found that women have made only slight progress at the Academy Awards, landing just 23 percent of all non-acting nominations in 2018 compared to 77 percent for men. That’s an increase of just three percent from 2017 in the 19 major non-acting categories, including those recognizing … Read more

‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Top Visual Effects Awards

“War for the Planet of the Apes” / 20th Century Fox “War for the Planet of the Apes” was the big winner at the Visual Effects Society’s 16th Annual VES Awards on Tuesday night in Beverly Hills. The film won four awards, including a victory in the category that most closely corresponds to the Oscars … Read more

‘Coco’ Takes Annie Award for Best Animated Feature

“Coco” / Disney/Pixar “Coco” has been named the top animated feature of 2017 at the 45th Annual Annie Awards, which were presented on Saturday night at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. “Coco” had led all films in nominations with 13 and dominated as predicted. It were followed in nominations by “The Breadwinner” with 10, … Read more

Read Motion Picture Academy’s New Process for Reporting Misconduct

As promised, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has issued a new policy for reporting misconduct within the film industry. While doubling down on the assertion that the academy will not initiate investigations into misconduct — like the rampant wave of sexual harassment and assault accusations to follow the Harvey Weinstein scandal — … Read more

Academy Museum COO Rich Cherry to Resign Less Than a Year After Taking Job

AMPAS Rich Cherry, the Chief Operating Officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s museum project has resigned his position. According to an Academy spokesperson, Cherry, who has been in the position for just under a year, will remain on with the project through the end of February. No reason was given for … Read more

CNN Pulls a ‘Moonlight,’ Lists ‘Greatest Showman,’ ‘Disaster Artist’ Among Best Picture Noms

Fox There are bound to be plenty of “Moonlight” jokes during this year’s Oscar telecast, after the film was momentarily, and incorrectly, snubbed as Best Picture due to an envelope mishap last year. We just didn’t think the debacle would rear its ugly head as early as Tuesday, when the nominations were announced. Or that it … Read more

‘The Boss Baby’ Gets Oscar Nod, Twitter Nods No: ‘What Have You People Done?’

DreamWorks Every year, Oscar nominations come with the requisite “Snubs and Surprises” hot takes, but one nomination this year in particular has the internet scratching its head. Dreamworks’ “The Boss Baby” is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, along with “Coco,” “The Breadwinner,” “Ferdinand” and “Loving, Vincent.” The movie led by the voice performance of … Read more