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Oscar Nominated Doc Filmmaker Maite Alberdi on Her Narrative Debut

Oscar Nominated Doc Filmmaker Maite Alberdi on Her Narrative Debut

[ad_1] Maite Alberdi made history when she became the first Chilean woman to be nominated for an Oscar thanks to her 2021 documentary The Mole Agent. She repeated the distinction earlier this year when her latest doc, The Eternal Memory, competed for an Academy Award in a stacked category that ultimately went to 20 Days in Mariupol. It was the latest distinction in a long list for Alberdi, who previously directed critically acclaimed feature docs like 2014’s La Once and 2016’s The Grown-Ups. But even with all of that success, Alberdi says people still ask her shocking questions about her résumé. “I just received a question, ‘When are you going to make a film?’ And it’s like, I make films,” Alberdi told The Hollywood Reporter recently during a sit-down interview at Xcaret in Riviera Maya, Mexico, ahead of the Platino Awards. The assumption is that documentaries are not “real films,” according to these ill-informed commenters. “I’ve already made five films, and I will continue making films.” Alberdi has long been inspired by real life because …

‘He craved an Oscar’: James Baldwin’s long campaign to crack Hollywood | Film

‘He craved an Oscar’: James Baldwin’s long campaign to crack Hollywood | Film

[ad_1] It’s fair to say James Baldwin wasn’t a fan of The Exorcist. “It has absolutely nothing going for it,” he wrote in his 1976 memoir-meets-criticism collection The Devil Finds Work. “Except Satan, who is certainly the star.” William Friedkin’s 1973 horror hit about a possessed schoolgirl might have caused havoc in theatres, but for the African American literary giant it was a garish dud that missed the real target. “For, I have seen the devil, by day and by night, and have seen him in you and in me,” he went on. “He does not levitate beds, or fool around with little girls: we do.” Baldwin wasn’t an opportunist critic bashing a big commercial hit – he was an ardent cinephile whose obsession with film began as a young child in Harlem when a teacher called Orilla “Bill” Miller took him to see movies. Those early trips began a lifelong love affair. He went to the cinema whenever he could, to see everything from The Maltese Falcon to the 1959 lynching drama I Spit …

Nicole Kidman’s drastic appearance change – and how it won her an Oscar

Nicole Kidman’s drastic appearance change – and how it won her an Oscar

[ad_1] Nicole Kidman has frequently been considered one of the top actors of her generation ever since she broke into the mainstream with ’90s classics like Days of Thunder, Batman Forever, and To Die For. In 2002, the now 56-year-old star received her first shot at acclaim when she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for Moulin Rouge, and just the following year, won for The Hours. However, while much of the discourse surrounding her nomination and eventual win centered on her talent, a lot of it zeroed in on one major transformation – the nose. VIDEO: Nicole Kidman’s latest Oscar-nominated transformation for “Being the Ricardos” The decision was costume maker Ann Roth’s to provide Nicole with a prosthetic nose to not only transform her into English author Virginia Woolf for the 2002 Stephen Daldry film, but to conduct a de-glamming of sorts. At the time, the process of a traditionally beautiful actress “de-glamming” was a major trend that permeated the Hollywood machine and Oscar races, from Charlize Theron in Monster to …

Hilary Swank on returning home as an Oscar winner: ‘I can take the high road on a lot of things, but not that’

Hilary Swank on returning home as an Oscar winner: ‘I can take the high road on a lot of things, but not that’

[ad_1] Get our free weekly email for all the latest cinematic news from our film critic Clarisse Loughrey Get our The Life Cinematic email for free It was the year 2000, and Hilary Swank was in a peculiar position. She had won her first Academy Award, for Boys Don’t Cry, having grasped the coveted statuette on stage in front of an audience that included Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, and Morgan Freeman. She was, by all accounts, a star – one that came crashing down to earth when she later went to pick up some medication only to be told: sorry, you don’t have health insurance. The idea of an Oscar winner with no health insurance sounds ludicrous, I tell Swank over Zoom. The actor, now 49, nods emphatically. “It seems so obvious, right? I’m winning an Academy Award, I’m super famous, it’s all glamorous…” she says. “But I made $3,000 the year I did Boys Don’t Cry, and you had to make $5,000 in order to qualify for health insurance.” Her facialist, too, assumed life …

Ethan Hawke Shares Denzel Washington’s Advice on Winning an Oscar

Ethan Hawke Shares Denzel Washington’s Advice on Winning an Oscar

[ad_1] Ethan Hawke is revealing the advice his Training Day co-star Denzel Washington told him after he lost at the 2002 Academy Awards. The two legendary actors were both nominated that year for their roles in the 2001 film, including best actor and best supporting actor, respectively. While Washington won in his category, Jim Broadbent beat out Hawke for his performance in Iris. During the actor’s recent appearance on Max’s Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace, he revealed why Washington whispered in his ear during the ceremony that it’s actually better to lose the Oscar. “You don’t want an award to improve your status. You want to improve the award’s status,” Hawke recalled, quoting his former co-star. “That’s the way he thinks, and that’s what I’m talking about playing with [baseball great] Babe Ruth.” Earlier during the interview, the Leave the World Behind star compared working with Washington to what it would be like to play baseball with Ruth. “I think when all is said and done, he’s the greatest actor of our generation,” he said. “The …

‘The Fall Guy’ is the best argument for a stunts Oscar

‘The Fall Guy’ is the best argument for a stunts Oscar

[ad_1] In his previous life as a stunt double, David Leitch had a simple job: to make the star look invincible. Doubling for A-listers including Brad Pitt and Matt Damon in hits like “Fight Club” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” whether taking a punch or dodging an explosion, Leitch was tasked with selling the illusion of death-defying feats while remaining personally invisible. (That leap Jason Bourne makes off a rooftop into a kitchen window in “Ultimatum”? Leitch made the jump.) “It’s the contract we sign up for: We’re not supposed to be seen,” Leitch says on a recent afternoon at 87North, the Los Angeles stunt facility and production company he runs with his wife and producing partner, Kelly McCormick, out of a converted former church on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. “That’s part of the movie magic.” Since transitioning from stuntwork to directing 10 years ago with the gonzo revenge thriller “John Wick,” which he co-directed with Chad Stahelski (due to a DGA ruling, only Stahelski was credited), Leitch has amassed a growing portfolio of high-octane hits …

Kirsten Dunst Supports Jonathan Glazer’s Polarizing Oscar Speech

Kirsten Dunst Supports Jonathan Glazer’s Polarizing Oscar Speech

[ad_1] Kirsten Dunst isn’t afraid to speak her mind. In a cover story for Variety, the Oscar nominee offered a show of support for recent Oscar winner Jonathan Glazer and his acceptance speech, which has polarized Hollywood.  While accepting the Oscar for best international feature for his film The Zone of Interest, a German-language movie about the horrors of the Holocaust, Glazer acknowledged the ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine. “Right now, we stand here as men who refute their Jewishness and the Holocaust being hijacked by an occupation, which has led to conflict for so many innocent people,” said Glazer, who is Jewish. “Whether the victims of Oct. 7 in Israel or the ongoing attack on Gaza, all the victims of this dehumanization—how do we resist?”  Glazer’s remarks were misconstrued in the immediate aftermath of the Oscars and sparked outrage in Hollywood, prompting an open letter described as a “statement from Jewish Hollywood professionals” to circulate through the industry denouncing his speech. The open letter was disseminated through Hollywood via a Google form  and …

Zooey Deschanel denies nepotism, says ‘no one gave her job’ because of six-time Oscar nominee dad Caleb

Zooey Deschanel denies nepotism, says ‘no one gave her job’ because of six-time Oscar nominee dad Caleb

[ad_1] For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails Zooey Deschanel has denied that her six-time Oscar nominee father and actor mother made it easier for her to enter the film and TV industry. The New Girl star has been branded a “nepo baby” in recent times – a term referring to beneficiaries of “nepotism” and given to celebrities with family connections allowing them exclusive access to rare opportunities. Deschanel’s father is Caleb Deschanel, a cinematographer who has worked on movies including The Lion King, The Patriot, My Sister’s Keeper and The Passion of Christ. He also has credits on other classics including The Godfather and Titanic. He has been nominated for best cinematography at the Academy Awards six times for his work on The Right Stuff, The Natural, Fly Away Home, The Patriot, The Passion of the Christ, and Never Look Away. Meanwhile, the Elf star’s mother is Twin Peaks actor Mary Jo Deschanel (formerly …

Visual Effects Veteran, Oscar Winner on Total Recall

Visual Effects Veteran, Oscar Winner on Total Recall

[ad_1] Tim McGovern, a visual effects veteran who earned an Oscar for his work on 1990’s Total Recall, died Saturday in his sleep. He was 68. His wife, Reena NeGandhi, posted the news of his death on Facebook. “Today is the saddest day of my life,” she wrote. “My Husband Tim McGovern, an Oscar winner for the VFX in 1990’s for Total Recall and several more awards from the VES has died today. He passed away in his sleep.” McGovern, considered a digital effects pioneer, was a Visual Effects Society board member for nearly two decades. He served as the board’s vice chair as well as founding co-chair of the VES Awards committee. In October, McGovern received the VES Founders Award and also was bestowed lifetime VES membership. “We were saddened and shocked by the sudden news of Tim’s untimely passing,” said Kim Davidson, Visual Effects Society board chair. “Tim and I have been VES members and colleagues for many years, and his passion and loyalty to the Society were exemplary. Tim’s insights, expertise and volunteer …