The Road To Oscar: How Each 2018 Best Picture Nominee Got Here

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There can only be one winner, but each of the Best Picture nominees overcame creative, financial and logistical hurdles to get this close to the finish line. Here are their war stories.
Black Panther
Fifty years ago, the phrase ‘Black Panther’ carried …

‘American Animals’ Misses Out At BAFTA–Can The Oscars Handle Authentic Truth? 

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If there’s a takeaway from this awards season, it’s that true stories are back with a vengeance. For proof, look no further than Rosamund Pike as war reporter Marie Colvin in A Private War, Sam Rockwell as President George W. Bush in Vice, Mahershala A…

How ‘Three Identical Strangers’ Caught The Eye OF A Jaded Development Exec – The Contenders London

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After buying North American rights to Three Identical Strangers, Tim Wardle’s Jury Prize-winning Sundance doc, Neon reunited the director with producer Becky Read and executive producer Dimitri Doganis for a panel explaining how this amazing story &#82…

Karyn Kusama And Nicole Kidman On ‘Destroyer’ And The Maverick Spirit Of Annapurna – The Contenders London  

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A hardboiled LA neo-noir with a tough female lead and a cool female director is hardly par for the course in today’s Hollywood. Which is why Karyn Kusama was full of praise for distributor Annapurna at the company’s panel today while discussing her new…

‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’, ‘22 July’ And ‘Roma’ Show The Diversity Of Netflix – The Contenders London  

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Showcasing just three movies, today’s Netflix panel was a fascinating insight into the wide-ranging tastes of a company fast changing the landscape of the film industry.
First up was the Coen brothers’ portmanteau western, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs,…

The Serious Business Of Comedy In Fox Searchlight’s ‘Isle Of Dogs’ And ‘The Favourite’ – The Contenders London

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A stop-motion animation movie about Japanese dogs banished into exile and the court of an eccentric 18th century British queen don’t seem like immediate bedfellows, but today’s Fox Searchlight panel suggested that both films have a certain resonance wi…

‘Black Panther’ Star Letitia Wright On Disney’s Juggernaut: “There Was A Need For It” – The Contenders London

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It was an emotional start to the day for 24-year-old British actress Letitia Wright, who plays Wakandan princess Shuri in Disney’s Afro-futurist superhero hit Black Panther. Catching sight of herself in a brief clip from the film, Wright laughingly wip…

‘Sorry For Your Loss’: Elizabeth Olsen Struggles With Grief in Facebook Watch’s New Serial – Toronto Studio

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As festivals around the world continue to come to terms with the rise of serial television and new viewing platforms, TIFF hosted a special premiere this year of the first two episodes of Sorry For Your Loss, a 10-episode, half-hour drama from Facebook…

Fast Cars, Cocaine And Bad Fashion: Nick Hamm’s ‘Driven’ Revisits The DeLorean Scandal – Toronto Studio

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The rise and fall of John DeLorean, the automotive kingpin brought down by a cocaine scandal in 1982, is—surprisingly—the basis of one of the more purely entertaining films to screen at TIFF this year. Played for laughs, but with a core ser…

Annabel Jankel, Holliday Grainger And Anna Paquin Talk ‘Tell It To The Bees’ – Toronto Studio

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Like many directors at TIFF this year, Annabel Jankel was inspired by a book, in this case Fiona Shaw’s 2009 novel Tell It To The Bees, about an illicit love affair between two women in 1950s Britain. “I think [the attraction] was the sense of the outs…

André Singer And Werner Herzog Describe ‘Meeting Gorbachev’: “It Was Very Tricky” – Toronto Studio

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Werner Herzog has breezed through films about all sorts of shady topics, and put himself in harm’s way just as often, but with Meeting Gorbachev—a string of conversations with former Soviet head of state Mikhail Gorbachev, now 87—the unflap…

Director Olivier Assayas On The Long Road To ‘Non-Fiction’ – Toronto Studio

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Many directors start a project and never get round to finishing it, but Olivier Assayas found, once he’d started writing his new film Non-Fiction, which received its Canadian premiere at TIFF, he could never get round to giving it up—even when he…

Paul Dano On His Directing Debut ‘Wildlife’ And The Advantages Of Working From Home – Toronto Studio

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Since it premiered at Sundance, Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife has been one of the more resilient titles on the festival circuit, stopping off at Cannes’ Critics Week in May before pausing in Toronto on its way to the London Film Festival next …

Keira Knightley And Wash Westmoreland On ‘Colette’: “She’s A Singular Being” – Toronto Studio

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Stopping off at TIFF before its October visit to the London Film Festival, Wash Westmoreland’s Sundance hit Colette gave audiences a history lesson with the story of novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, also known as “the Venus of the Belle Époque”. As …

Amma Asante On Exploring Race And Identity In WW2 Drama ‘Where Hands Touch’ – Toronto Studio

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Amma Asante made it four for four with her latest release, having four consecutive releases in the official TIFF lineup. Continuing the director’s interest in historical matters, Where Hands Touch tells the story of Leyna, a mixed-race girl coming of a…

Tim Sutton On His Brutal Recession Noir ‘Donnybrook’: “I Didn’t Want To Make A Fight Film” – Toronto Studio

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Tim Sutton’s Donnybrook got the Platform strand off to a bracing start, with its stark portrayal of the effects of meth addiction on rural America. Based on the 2012 novel by Frank Bill, it stars Jamie Bell as Jarhead Earl, an ex-soldier who needs to f…

Maggie Gyllenhaal On Finding A New Kind Of Thriller In ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ – Toronto Studio

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In a good year for English-language remakes, Sara Colangelo’s take on the 2015 Israeli film of the same name by Nadav Lapid built on the momentum it gained in Sundance with a TIFF bow in the run-up to its release by Netflix in October. Dropping by the …

Dev Patel On Shooting Michael Winterbottom’s India-Set Thriller ‘The Wedding Guest’ – Toronto Studio

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A surprise gem in the TIFF selection was Michael Winterbottom’s under-the-radar thriller The Wedding Guest, in which Hotel Mumbai star Dev Patel plays a mysterious man who travels to Pakistan, where a woman named Samira (Radhika Apte) is about to be ma…

‘Climax’ Star Sofia Boutella Defends Controversial Auteur & “True Artist” Gaspar Noé – Toronto Studio

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Most people run for the hills when French provocateur Gaspar Noé comes calling, but French-Algerian dancer, model and actress Sofia Boutella welcomed his advances. “I have a lot of respect for Gaspar,” she said when she stopped by the Deadline studio. …

Paul Greengrass On ‘22 July’ And The Dangerous Re-Emergence Of Hard-Right Politics: “I’m Troubled” – Toronto Studio

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Paul Greengrass first came to prominence as a director with 2002’s Bloody Sunday, a forensically factual account of the shooting of unarmed Irish citizens by British soldiers in 1972. Since then, the pursuit of truth and reality has become Greengrass’s…

Rising Talent Jessie Buckley On Starring In TIFF Crowd Pleaser ‘Wild Rose’: “She Goes On A Journey Of Identity” – Toronto Studio

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Jessie Buckley arrived in Toronto last year as an unknown, in the British indie thriller Beast, but she leaves this year as a star in the making, after knocking audiences for six in the feel-good musical Wild Rose, in which she plays Glaswegian country…