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Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay – Another Year Where Directors Wrote Their Nominated Screenplays?

Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay – Another Year Where Directors Wrote Their Nominated Screenplays?
Variety Awards Circuit section is the home for all awards news and related content throughout the year, featuring the following: the official predictions for the upcoming Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and Tony awards ceremonies, curated by Variety senior awards editor Clayton Davis. The prediction pages are Davis’ assessment of the current standings of the race and do not reflect personal preferences for any film or performance. Like any organization or body that votes, each individual category is fluid and subject to change. Predictions are updated every Thursday.

Last Updated: Nov. 22, 2022

2023 Oscars Predictions: Best Original Screenplay Triangle Of Sadness, Harris Dickinson (center), 2022. © Neon / Courtesy Everett Collection

Category Commentary: An entire lineup full of directors who also wrote their film’s screenplays is not as uncommon as you might think. We had this happen in 2020 with winner Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”) who was joined by Shaka King (“Judas and the Black Messiah
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Spike Lee, Spike Jonze, Riz Ahmed, Alma Har’el Produced ‘You Resemble Me’: Watch First Trailer for Dina Amer’s Festival Favorite Film (Exclusive)

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Spike Lee, Spike Jonze, Riz Ahmed, Alma Har’el Produced ‘You Resemble Me’: Watch First Trailer for Dina Amer’s Festival Favorite Film (Exclusive)
The first trailer for “You Resemble Me,” the feature directorial debut of “The Square” associate producer Dina Amer, has been unveiled. The film debuted at Venice in 2021 and has had a stellar festival run since, picking up plaudits on the way.

The film, executive produced by Spike Lee, Spike Jonze, Riz Ahmed and Alma Har’el, tells the true story of Hasna Ait Boulahcen, a woman who was falsely accused of being Europe’s first female suicide bomber. It follows two sisters on the outskirts of Paris and after the siblings are torn apart, the eldest, Hasna, struggles to find her identity, leading to a choice that shocks the world.

The starting point for the film was the Bataclan attacks in Paris, where Amer was a journalist reporting on the scene.

“As a Muslim Egyptian woman living in the West, I’ve struggled to reconcile pieces of my identity that feel contradictory.
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What’s New on DVD/Blu-ray in September: ‘Elvis,’ ‘Aline,’ Vintage George Romero, ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’ and More

What’s New on DVD/Blu-ray in September: ‘Elvis,’ ‘Aline,’ Vintage George Romero, ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’ and More
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“Elvis” (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment): Baz Luhrmann’s obsessions are piled on top of other obsessions that are themselves mashed up with ongoing tendencies toward spectacle, extravagance and emotional extremes — that whole “Moulin Rouge!” ethos of Truth Beauty Freedom Love — and this big loud biopic/love letter to Elvis Presley is a visual and sonic blast, with an uncanny Austin Butler as the King. You don’t even have to like the late legend’s music to enjoy this juggernaut of sensation, just find a friend with a giant-screen TV (this one’s already available in 4K) and very loud sound.

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Batman: The Long Halloween” (Deluxe Edition) (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment): The Caped Crusader has to hunt down a killer that strikes on various holidays in this two-part animated feature.

The Black Phone” (Universal): A resourceful boy (with assistance from his visions-having
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Frances O’Connor’s Feature Directorial Debut ‘Emily’ Among 10 World Premieres In Toronto’s Platform Lineup

Frances O’Connor’s Feature Directorial Debut ‘Emily’ Among 10 World Premieres In Toronto’s Platform Lineup
Toronto announced the 10 world premieres in its Platform program, a section comprised of first-time feature filmmakers and vets whose voices are emerging in the cinematic landscape.

“We launched Platform to shine a brighter light on some of the most original films and distinct voices at our Festival,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF CEO. “Now in year seven, it’s become a true home for international auteurs on the rise.”

Named after Jia Zhang-ke’s groundbreaking second feature, Platform is curated by TIFF Chief Programming Officer Anita Lee; Director, Festival Programming Robyn Citizen; and Senior Manager, Festival Programming Ravi Srinivasan.

“Eclectic in vision, this year’s selection not only represents all World Premieres of exciting, on-the-rise voices from around the world, but it also reflects the very timely and unique perspectives of racialized filmmakers from diasporic communities broadening the canvas,” said Lee.

Of the ten Platform titles making their world premiere at TIFF,
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TIFF Unveils Platform Lineup: New Films from ‘Cuties’ Director, Frances O’Connor, and More

TIFF Unveils Platform Lineup: New Films from ‘Cuties’ Director, Frances O’Connor, and More
The Toronto International Film Festival today revealed the 10 feature films that will make up its Platform section. The festival, which runs September 8 through 18 this year, annually hosts the Platform vertical to shine a light on first-time and veteran filmmakers and their bold directorial visions from around the globe.

The program’s opening night selection is the directorial debut of actor Frances O’Connor, “Emily,” which centers on author Emily Brontë and the years leading up to the publication of her novel “Wuthering Heights.” Notably the selection also includes two Canadian films as well as the latest movie from Maïmouna Doucouré, the director of 2020’s controversial “Cuties.” All 10 films in the program are world premieres.

“We launched Platform to shine a brighter light on some of the most original films and distinct voices at our Festival,” said Cameron Bailey, the CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival. “Now in year seven, it
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TIFF 2022 Platform Lineup to Open With Frances O’Connor’s Bronte Biopic ‘Emily’

TIFF 2022 Platform Lineup to Open With Frances O’Connor’s Bronte Biopic ‘Emily’
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) unveiled the 10 films that will make up the 2022 Platform section, with Frances O’ Connor’s directorial debut, “Emily,” a biopic about “Wuthering Heights” author Emily Brontë, serving as the opening night feature. The “Mansfield Park” actress’ first feature film behind the camera will star Emma Mackey (“Sex Education”) as the storied author.

All 10 films will be making their world premiere at TIFF and include titles from Canada, Iran, France, Switzerland, Brazil and India. Previous films that have debuted in the Platform section include Barry Jenkins’ Best Picture Oscar winner “Moonlight,” Darius Marder’s Best Picture–nominated “Sound of Metal” and Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin.”

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Along with “Emily,” other titles include “How to Blow Up a Pipeline,” an environmental thriller from Daniel Goldhaber that shares
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DGA Awards Victory Pushes ‘The Power of the Dog’ and ‘The Lost Daughter’ Toward Oscar Wins

DGA Awards Victory Pushes ‘The Power of the Dog’ and ‘The Lost Daughter’ Toward Oscar Wins
There was little suspicion that Jane Campion would not win the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Achievement for Direction of a Theatrical Feature Film for “The Power of the Dog.” Usually at this stage of the game, with the Oscars two weeks away, director Campion’s Golden Globe statuette would have already been followed by more awards that, in this pandemic-delayed year, are still to come: the Critics Choice and BAFTA awards will be handed out on Sunday, March 13, with the PGA next week.

Academy voters will file their ballots between March 17 and 22. Campion follows last year’s winner Chloe Zhao (“Nomadland”) as the third woman to win the DGA award (along with Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker”) and the first to be nominated twice, as she is for the Oscar.

When “The Power of the Dog” did not land a SAG Ensemble nomination, that opened the
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DGA Awards: Maggie Gyllenhaal (‘The Lost Daughter’) will be 2nd woman to win rookie prize

DGA Awards: Maggie Gyllenhaal (‘The Lost Daughter’) will be 2nd woman to win rookie prize
Nearly three decades after making her film acting debut at age 14, Maggie Gyllenhaal has now added her first feature writing and directing credits to her resume. Since its Venice International Film Festival premiere last September, her “The Lost Daughter” has won her numerous accolades, from the festival’s Golden Osella to the Independent Spirit Awards for Best Feature, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Gyllenhaal is also nominated for the Directors Guild of America’s First-Time Film Director award. According to our DGA Awards odds, she is widely expected to prevail and thereby become only the second woman to receive the honor.

This particular glass ceiling was broken by Alma Har’el, who took the 2020 prize for helming “Honey Boy.” Since the category’s establishment in 2015, 11 women and 25 men have vied for the award, making for a 1:2.3 ratio. The first female contender was inaugural nominee Marielle Heller. Aside from her and Har’el,
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DGA Awards Movie Nominations: Spielberg, Campion, Villeneuve, Branagh, Anderson Vie For Top Director Prize

DGA Awards Movie Nominations: Spielberg, Campion, Villeneuve, Branagh, Anderson Vie For Top Director Prize
West Side Story‘s Steven Spielberg, The Power of the Dog‘s Jane Campion, Dune‘s Denis Villeneuve, Licorice Pizza‘s Paul Thomas Anderson and Kenneth Branagh of Belfast have been nominated for the top feature film prize as the Directors Guild unveiled nominations Thursday for its 74th annual DGA Awards.

Winners will be announced March 12 during a planned in-person ceremony at the Beverly Hilton.

The guild, a strong predictor of Oscar success historically, missing the eventual Best Director winner only eight times in 73 years, also handed out noms for its First-Time Feature Film category. Nominees there include Lin-Manuel Miranda for Tick, Tick…Boom!, Maggie Gyllenhaal for The Lost Daughter, Rebecca Hall for Passing, Michael Sarnoski for Pig, Emma Seligman for Shiva Baby and Tatiana Huezo for Mexico’s Oscar International Feature-shortlisted Prayers for the Stolen.

Last year, the guild awarded Chloé Zhao its top film prize for Nomadland, which
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DGA Nominations: Jane Campion, Kenneth Branagh and Denis Villeneuve Lead the Directors Field

DGA Nominations: Jane Campion, Kenneth Branagh and Denis Villeneuve Lead the Directors Field
After a stampede of awards announcements that include Ace Eddies, Producers Guild and Writers Guild of America Awards, the prestigious Directors Guild of America Awards has finally weighed in with their own set of nominees that recognizes achievements in directing.

In the motion pictures category, the group nominated Kenneth Branagh for “Belfast” (Focus Features), Jane Campion for “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix), Paul Thomas Anderson for “Licorice Pizza” (MGM/United Artists Releasing), Steven Spielberg for “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios) and Denis Villeneuve for “Dune” (Warner Bros).

Notable snubs included Joel Coen (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”), Adam McKay (“Don’t Look Up”), Siân Heder (“Coda”), Guillermo del Toro (“Nightmare Alley”) and Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (“Drive My Car”).

Campion is the second woman ever to receive a second nod from the Directors Guild. Her first came nearly 20 years ago for “The Piano” (1993), for which she went on to become the second
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‘Summer Of Soul’, ‘The Rescue’, ‘Ascension’ among DGA doc nominees

‘Summer Of Soul’, ‘The Rescue’, ‘Ascension’ among DGA doc nominees
Feature and first-time feature nominees to be announced on Thursday.

Ascension, Attica, Exterminate All The Brutes, Summer Of Soul and The Rescue have been nominated in the Directors Guild of America documentary category announced on Wednesday (26).

Jessica Kingdon is in the running for Ascension, Stanley Nelson for Attica, Raoul Peck for Exterminate All The Brutes, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson for Summer Of Soul, and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin for The Rescue.

The Guild also unveiled nominees in a number of TV categories. Feature and first-time feature nominees will be announced on Thursday and the winners will be unveiled at
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‘Titane’, ‘Cow’ make Bifa 2021 international, documentary longlists

‘Titane’, ‘Cow’ make Bifa 2021 international, documentary longlists
19 films on international, 14 on documentary list.

Julia Ducournau’s Palme d’Or winner Titane and Andrea Arnold’s Cow have made the longlists for best international independent film and best documentary respectively at the 2021 British Independent Film Awards (Bifa).

Titane is one of 19 titles on the international list, alongside fellow Cannes 2021 titles A Chiara, Compartment No. 6, Drive My Car, Great Freedom, Paris, 13th District and Red Rocket.

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Six of the 19 international titles hail from North America, with 12 from Europe and one from Japan. Nine of the 19 directors are women.

Alongside Cow on
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Christina Oh Joins Annapurna Pictures as Co-Head of Film

Christina Oh Joins Annapurna Pictures as Co-Head of Film
Acclaimed producer Christina Oh is joining Annapurna Pictures as an executive vice president.

Oh moves to Megan Ellison’s company as co-head of film, where she’ll work alongside the recently installed Adam Paulsen. She will report to Ellison, chief creative officer Sue Naegle and chief operating officer Chris Corabi.

Oh joins the shop from Plan B, Brad Pitt’s production company, which was previously engaged in a distribution pact with Annapurna. Oh worked with Pitt and principals Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner to produce Annapurna projects, including Miranda July’s “Kajillionaire,” Adam McKay’s “Vice” and Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

The two parties are also developing several new projects, including Alex Michaelides’ best-selling novel “The Silent Patient,” M.T. Anderson’s “Landscape With Invisible Hand” with Cory Finley directing for MGM, and a feature by “Sound of Metal” director Darius Marder.

“It is such a special privilege
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Annapurna Names ‘Minari’ Producer Christina Oh As EVP, Co-Head Of Film

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Annapurna Names ‘Minari’ Producer Christina Oh As EVP, Co-Head Of Film
Oscar-nominated Minari producer Christina Oh has been hired by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna as EVP, Co-Head of Film.

She’ll work alongside Adam Paulsen who was recently also named EVP and Co-Head of Film, and Oh will report to Ellison, Cco Sue Naegle and COO Chris Corabi.

Oh joins Annapurna from Brad Pitt’s Plan B which Annapurna previously had a deal with. Under that deal, Annapurna and Plan B produced Miranda July’s Kajillionaire, Adam McKay’s Oscar-winning Vice, Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning If Beale Street Could Talk and are now adapting and developing several other projects including Alex Michaelides’ best-selling novel The Silent Patient, M.T. Anderson’s Landscape With Invisible Hand with Cory Finley directing for MGM and a feature film by Sound of Metal director Darius Marder, among others.

“It is such a special privilege to be able to miss something, and I can say without a doubt
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‘Minari’ producer Christina Oh joins Annapurna as EVP, co-head of film

‘Minari’ producer Christina Oh joins Annapurna as EVP, co-head of film
Executive was at Plan B for a decade.

Minari producer Christina Oh has left Plan B and joined Annapurna as EVP and co-head of film alongside Adam Paulsen.

Oh, who shepherded and produced Lee Isaac Chung’s Oscar-nominated Minari, will report to Annapurna head Megan Ellison, Cco Sue Naegle and COO Chris Corabi.

Minari’ producer Christina Oh on her personal connection to the Korean immigrant story

Oh was at Plan B for a decade and also helped produce Okja and The Last Black Man In San Francisco. She is currently serving as executive producer on Lego Masters for Fox and
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Vidya Balan, Ekta Kapoor among Indians invited to be Academy members in 2021

Vidya Balan, Ekta Kapoor among Indians invited to be Academy members in 2021
FIlmThe Academy added 395 new members from 50 countries to its existing list.Tnm StaffActor Vidya Balan, film producer Ekta Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor’s mother Shobha have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the year 2021. The three are among 395 new members invited this year by the Academy. “It's time to announce our new members! Meet the Class of 2021,” the Academy announced in a tweet on its official handles. The Academy has said that this includes artistes and executives from 50 countries who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Vidya Balan, who was recently seen in Amazon Prime Video movie ‘Sherni’ joins the class of 2021, which also features Hollywood big names such as Janet Jackson, Robert Pattinson, Henry Golding and others. Meanwhile, mother-daughter duo Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor, who have produced Hindi movies The Dirty Picture, Udta Punjab and Once Upon a Time in Mumbai,
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Academy Invites 395 New Members for 2021, Including Robert Pattinson, Andra Day, Steven Yeun

Academy Invites 395 New Members for 2021, Including Robert Pattinson, Andra Day, Steven Yeun
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced the 395 artists and executives that have been invited to join this year — about half the number of last year’s class. The 2021 class is comprised of 46% women, 39% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities and 53% international from 49 countries outside the United States. Of the 395 invitees, 89 are former Oscar nominees, including 25 winners.

Eight individuals have been invited to join by multiple branches and must select one branch upon acceptance. They include Leslie Odom Jr, Kaouther Ben Hania, Craig Brewer, Lee Isaac Chung, Emerald Fennell, Shaka King, Alexander Nanau, Florian Zeller.

Other big names among the newly invited include Walt Disney CEO Bob Chapek, “Promising Young Woman” original screenplay winner Emerald Fennell and “Minari” stars Steven Yeun, Ye-ri Han and recently crowned supporting actress Yuh-Jung Youn.

In the directing category, new invitees include Janicza Bravo, Nia DaCosta, Cathy Yan, Darius Marder, Michael Almereyda, Lizzie Borden,
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Leslie Odom Jr., Maria Bakalova and Steven Yeun Among 395 Invited to Join Oscars Academy

Leslie Odom Jr., Maria Bakalova and Steven Yeun Among 395 Invited to Join Oscars Academy
Oscar-nominated actors Leslie Odom Jr., Maria Bakalova and Steven Yeun are among the 395 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy announced on Thursday.

Also on the list of invites: actors Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Nicole Beharie, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Carrie Coon, Laverne Cox, Andra Day, Vanessa Kirby, Nathan Lane, Jonathan Majors, Robert Pattinson and Issa Rae; directors Lee Isaac Chung, Sean Durkin, Emerald Fennell, Jonathan Glazer, Shaka King, Darius Marder and Florian Zeller; and musicians Jon Batiste, H.E.R., Janet Jackson and Emile Mosseri.

Eight people were invited by two different branches: Chung, Fennell, King, Zeller, Kaouther Ben Hania and Craig Brewer were invited by both the directors and writers branches, while Alexander Nanau was invited by the directors and documentary branches, and Odom Jr. by both the actors and music branches. If they accept the invitations, double invitees must choose a single branch
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DGA Sets 2022 Awards Date, Reinstates Exclusive Theatrical Run Rule

DGA Sets 2022 Awards Date, Reinstates Exclusive Theatrical Run Rule
The 74th Annual Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards are set to take place on March 12, the guild announced Tuesday.

The DGA National Board also reinstated its requirement of an exclusive theatrical run, which was temporarily suspended due to pandemic-related theater closures, for the DGA Theatrical Feature Film Award.

The rule, which was first introduced in 2019, requires that films released after June 15, 2021 have an exclusive theatrical run of at least seven days prior to any other exhibition. Movies released via other distribution platforms, such as streaming services, on the same “day and date” they hit theaters, are not eligible for the Guild’s top award. For theatrical feature films released between March 1 and June 14, 2021, the pandemic exception will still apply.

The DGA also announced that the eligibility period for the top award runs from March 1 to Dec. 31, 2021.

“After over a year of darkness, theater marquees lighting up across our nation
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Inside a Weird Oscars Weekend: Nominees Don’t Care About Being Overlooked, They’re Used to It

Inside a Weird Oscars Weekend: Nominees Don’t Care About Being Overlooked, They’re Used to It
It was 48 hours before the Oscar ceremony and Darius Marder was walking around Los Angeles. “This is one of the few times I’m just wandering around, getting the hell out,” he said.

The “Sound of Metal” writer and director, who was up for two awards and would win neither, had spent the last few days in a last-minute campaign sprint for his drama about a deaf addict while jugging a few commercial shoots. Talking on the phone while he wandered the streets, Marder spoke breathlessly about the psychological effect of getting an 11-year passion project made, only to reiterate that story in the endless zooming of a pandemic awards season.

“You spent a lot of time thinking about this final frontier of recognition, this peer acknowledgement. But here’s what I know,” he said. “What I know is that this film is what it is because I could give
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