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'Never Rarely Sometimes Always' Gets Oscar Boost from Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

'Never Rarely Sometimes Always' Gets Oscar Boost from Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

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Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman Lead Netflix's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' to the Oscars

Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman Lead Netflix's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' to the Oscars

When the estate gave Denzel Washington the film rights to his 10-play Century Cycle, he brought them to Netflix Original Films chief Scott Stuber, who signed on to back them all.The first, Wilson rookie and Public Theatre director George C. Wolfe’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” will clean up at the Oscars. Even though it’s set in 1920s Chicago, it’s timely in the way that it shows how simmering pain and anguish can explode. Wolfe wisely moved away from winter and leaned into pushing the film’s sweltering heat.Actors will love Oscar winner (“Fences”) as the gold-toothed, hip-swaying, bosomy,...

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Why Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón Love Mexican Discovery 'I'm No Longer Here'

Why Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón Love Mexican Discovery 'I'm No Longer Here'

For filmmakers, the process of getting the cultural powers that be to submit your film to contend for the Best International Feature Film Oscar varies from country to country. That Oscar can give your movie an enormous boost. Mexico has been participating in the foreign-language Oscar race since 1957, a year after the category was created. Of the 53 films submitted, nine have been nominated, including five from Arturo Ripstein, two from A.G. Iñárritu ( and “Biutiful”), one from (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), and one from Alfonso Cuarón (“Roma”), which was the first Mexican film to win the...

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