When Jack Valenti announced the (since-amended) ban on Oscar screeners late last month, he said the problem of seeing award contenders would be offset by Motion Picture Assn. of America studio…
Ask an indie executive if they think their picture has a shot at an Academy Award nomination, not to mention Golden Globe recognition, and you will often get an uneasy and humble response.
A few years ago, the idea seemed absurd: Academy Awards being given to a gladiator pic, a kung-fu movie or a musical set in a women's prison.
The studios, the MPAA and the rest of the filmmaking community might have reached a compromise solution to the screener ban, but the hubbub associated with piracy will continue well beyond this…
The awards season is traditionally an annual event akin to tax season: always time-consuming and -- depending on the kind of year you had -- sometimes disconcerting.
As award strategists and voters decide what to screen and where, Daily Variety offers a review of the venues used most frequently
In the race to get a leg up on award competition, distributors and film festivals have gotten very cozy. As a result, heretofore considered modest but tony affairs for the chardonnay-and-brie set -…
Nobody knows screening rooms like film critics, who have as strong opinions about the venues as the movies projected on their screens. Daily Variety has expanded this year's always-anticipated guide…
Hollywood could use more gestures of showmanship such as Monday night's preem for "The Matrix Revolutions" at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & SciencesBackstory: Founded in 1927, the Academy recognizes achievements in filmmaking in above- and below-the-line categories.Kudo: Academy Award was first given in…
It speaks volumes about the National Society of Film Critics that its chairman, Peter Rainer, deems the group's finest moment to be its selection of "Babe" as 1995's best picture.