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THE INSIDERS GUIDE TO ALL THINGS OSCARS OSCAR NOMINATIONS I JANUARY 29, 2016 A L ICI A V IK A NDE RS V E R Y GOOD Y E A R PALM SPRINGS PORTFOLIO MATT DAMON, BRIE LARSON, CHRISTIAN BALE, CATE BLANCH

Alicia Vikander visits with editorinchief Sharon Waxman at TheWraps photo studio at the Palm Springs International Film Festival cover and other photographs by Patrick Fraser. 16 Contents F E A T UR

FRONT CENTER Awards Beat FOR LOVE or MONEY A few thoughts on the curious nexus where the Oscars meet the box office BY TODD CUN N I NGHAM 1. An Academy Award can help a movie at the box office, b

FRONT CENTER Do the Math IL LUSTRATE D BY SIMON DA RGA N Oscar Nominations By the Numbers Rylance, 8 Firsttime acting nominees Bryan Cranston, Tom Hardy, MarkMcAdams, Brie Larson, Charlotte Rampli

75.8 MILLION Average gross of Best Picture nominees at time of nomination 2 1 61.4 Number of Best Picture nominees to have crossed 100 million on nominations day Mad Max Fury Road, The Martian MI

FRONT CENTER Open Letter Time for a Real Change An appeal to readers and Academy members to MakeOscarsDiverse BY SHARON WAXMAN B ehind the scenes, Im hearing lots of conversations about the suppo

PARTY REPORT Mikey Glazer THE OSCAR ENDGAME ZOOMS INTO FOCUS WITH TROPHIES, SPEECHES AND SMOOCHES AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES AND CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS ON NOMINATIONS WEEK BY MIKEY GLAZER THE STRETCH RUN

ANIMATIONDOCFOREIGNLANGUAGE BY STEVE POND While most of the attention on Academy Awards night goes to the heavy hitters nominated in the Best Picture and acting categories, cinematic gold lurks in o

O Who You Callin Underdog American market and enters them in the ver the last seven years, its clear Oscar race. The company was founded that DisneyPixar has ruled the in 2008 as an offshoot of the

ANIMATIONDOCFOREIGNLANGUAGE T H E NO M INEES A War, Denmark Tobias Lindholms film deals with a Danish commander put on trial back home for orders that caused the death of civilians in the heat of ba

N Blood and Sand learning about their history and lifestyle and deciding that they needed to use real Bedouins rather than professional actors in the lead roles. That led aji Abu Nowars Theeb is the

ANIMATIONDOCFOREIGNLANGUAGE Why This Movie In our conversations with the directors of the nominated feature documentaries, which took place over the last several months, we asked them all the same th

Film The Look of Silence Director Joshua Oppenheimer Subject Families whose members were killed during the Indonesian genocide of the 1960s, in a companion piece to the 2013 Oscarnominated film The Ac

STA ND BACK ALI CIA VI KA N D ER H AS AR R IV ED T HE S W E DI S H A C T RE S S H A S H A D A Y E A R T O RE ME MBE R , BU T S HE S JU S T GE T T ING S TA R T E D

N B Y S H A R O N WA X M A N P H OTO G R A P H E D B Y PAT R I C K F R A S E R Not long ago, few would have recognized the name or face of Alicia Vikander. Now it seems as if the 27yearold actress i

Whatever has been you the whole time will probably continue to be that way. Last year, you were in a period film that is getting so much acclaim, The Danish Girl. You did a thoughtful scifi thriller,

weeks of rehearsals, more than Ive ever had on a film. So wonderfully enough you build this big framework of realizing what world youre in and knowing who your character is. And when you do the scene

N o sooner had the new year dawned than the trek began. They headed east from Los Angeles into the desert for the Palm Springs International Film Festivals Awards Gala, which a quirk of the calendar

JEREMY STRONG, STEVE CARELL, FINN WITTROCK, CHRISTIAN BALE ADAM MCKAY, THE BIG SHORT Director Adam McKay, far right, was best known for the comedy of Anchorman and Talladega Nights when he tackled T

PHYLLIS NAGY, CAROL It was a love story that wasnt just about two women, said playwright and screenwriter Phyllis Nagy of The Prince of Salt, the Patricia Highsmith novel later retitled Carol she ada

CATE BLANCHETT ROONEY MARA, CAROL Todd Haynes exquisite period piece is a subtle duet between Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, an intimate love story treated with surpassing delicacy. I dont really k

SAOIRSE RONAN, BROOKLYN I thank my lucky stars daily that this film has been seen by real live human beings, said Irish actress Saoirse Ronan of Brooklyn, the touching indie about a young woman leavi

TOM MCCARTHY, SPOTLIGHT I mostly like engaging an audience, provoking them to see the world just slightly differently than they did before, said Spotlight director and cowriter Tom McCarthy, who did

LENNY ABRAHAMSON, JACOB TREMBLAY BRIE LARSON, ROOM Going into the dark drama Room, Brie Larson knew that director Lenny Abrahamson, below left, would be focused on getting a performance out of 8year

PAUL DANO, LOVE MERCY Paul Danos eerie performance as the young Brian Wilson in Love Mercy, which landed him a Spirit Awards nomination, started not by meeting the Beach Boys mastermind, but by lis

DENIZ GAMZE ERGUVEN, MUSTANG This is pioneer territory, Mustang director Deniz Gamze Erguven said of her nominated film about young women pushing against the strictures of fundamentalist Islam. In ci

MICHAEL FASSBENDER, STEVE JOBS I believe you have a movie that will stand the test of time, Best Actor nominee Michael Fassbender told Universal Pictures about the acclaimed if underperforming Steve

RIDLEY SCOTT MATT DAMON, THE MARTIAN Frequently, when you have fun on the set, the movies are pretty bad, said director Ridley Scott, who escaped that fate working on The Martian with Best Actor nom

Q A Maybe it was a crazy, irresponsible idea, Alejandro G. Inarritu admits of The Revenant BY STEVE POND IT ALMOST KIL LED M E W e know that The Revenant was a tough shoot. By now, weve all heard

ATTACK PLAN Emmanuel Lubezki on shooting two brutal Revenant scenes inematographer Emmanuel Chivo Lubezki was 0for5 at the Oscars three years ago, despite having photographed such landmark films as A

Its taken Charlotte Rampling 50 years to get Oscar recognition, but she was never very interested in playing the Hollywood game BY TIM APPELO 34 THEWRAP JANUARY 29, 2016 AT LONG LAST LOVE Dummy Supie

I believes her secret weapon as an actor is her piercing, ve had an odd career, said Charlotte Rampling, and hooded gaze. What happens through the eyes comes shes not kidding. When Rampling broke int

OSCARS BACK PAGES Drama Club THE ACADEMYS ROCKY NIGHT OF FIRSTS Caught between hostile unions and indifferent studios in 1936, the Academy piled up the milestones BY STEVE POND T Its a consolation

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