‘The Guilty’ Offers a Recipe for an Unconventional Thriller: One Location and Lots of Imagination

Photo by Nikolaj Moller This story on “The Guilty” first appeared in the Foreign Language issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine. Director Gustav Möller’s first feature film, “The Guilty,” is a thriller that takes place entirely in one room, as a police dispatcher tries to deal with a panicked call from a kidnapped woman while never … Read more

‘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

‘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

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

SAG and PGA Awards Give Boosts to ‘Three Billboards’ and ‘Shape of Water,’ But How Big?

Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” / Fox Searchlight After a weekend that brought the first two major guild awards of the 2017-2018 awards season, big prizes have gone to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “The Shape of Water,” Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell. But does … Read more

Jimmy Kimmel Thanks Seth Meyers for Being Awards Show Host ‘Litmus Test’ Ahead of Oscars

Jimmy Kimmel is set to return as the host of the 2018 Academy Awards, but the late-night host says he’s not sure how he’ll handle the sexual misconduct issue in March. At least Kimmel can take a few of his cues from Golden Globes host Seth Meyers, who joked about the issue on Sunday night … Read more