I am truly humbled by the news this morning, and I thank the Academy for this recognition, which I share with my co-collaborators Jeff Nichols and Joel Edgerton. It has been such an honor to have been given the opportunity to tell the incredible story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who serve as an inspiration that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
Ruth Negga, Academy Award nominee for lead actress
To be sure, “Manchester By the Sea,” up for awards including lead actor, lead actress and director, is not streaming yet on the Amazon Prime service. Unlike Netflix, Amazon’s movie business follows the traditional windowing model where movies run exclusively in theaters before landing on home video outlets.
In the Oscars' animated short category, one film, "Pearl," brings a new technical twist to the party: the Google 360 experience.
"Pearl," the story of a father and daughter who travel the country in pursuit of their dreams, takes place entirely inside the family car, which the viewer experiences sitting passenger side throughout the whole story.
The immersive, 360-degree animated Google Spotlight Story, which allows a viewer to look up, down and all around to see different parts of the story, was directed by Patrick Osborne.
With an Academy Award nomination for documentary feature in hand, does this disqualify Ezra Edelman's epic, zeitgeist-capturing "O.J.: Made in America" from Emmy contention?
Turns out it doesn't, and we could very well be hearing Edelman's name again when the Emmy nominations are announced this summer.
Exploiting a loophole that makes any film that debuts in theaters eligible for Oscar recognition, ESPN Films premiered all 7 1/2 hours of Edeleman's film in theaters in May before its TV premiere in June.
My thanks to the Academy for amplifying the injustices of mass criminalization and mass incarceration that we chronicle in '13th.' Now more than ever, it is important to educate ourselves, explore our shared history and elevate our awareness about matters of human dignity.
Ava DuVernay, Oscar nominee for her documentary "13th"
Five years ago, Disney veterans Byron Howard (“Bolt,” “Tangled”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”) were heartened when their bosses lent support to “Zootopia,” about an enthusiastic female rabbit who dreams of becoming a police officer, defying the odds and prejudices of a socially divided animal kingdom.
“When you say you want to make an animated movie about bias, it doesn’t sound like something that’s going to make a lot of money or be very popular,” said "Zootopia" director Howard with a laugh on the phone from his home in Glendale, near Disney’s headquarters. “But support came from [Disney Chief Executive] Bob Iger and [Disney Chairman] Alan Horn and everyone at the studio, I think, because they saw that the world needed it.”
The urgency of “Zootopia’”s underlying exploration of racial, class, and gender bias within systems of power – led by a chipper bunny rabbit named Judy Hopps, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin – crystallized even more as the Black Lives Matter movement dominated headlines, sparked by the killings of black American men at the hands of police officers across the country.
Bill Mechanic has had many Hollywood lives. He's the former chairman and chief executive of 20th Century Fox Filmed Entertainment, he oversaw the video release of "Fantasia" and other animated classics for Disney, he co-produced "Coraline" (2005) and Terrence Malick's "The New World" (2005), and in 2010 he co-produced the Academy Awards show.
Certainly during Mechanic's tenure as head of Fox, the studio was nominated for and won many Oscars -- he was in charge when "Titanic" won 11 Academy Awards, tying with "Ben-Hur" and "The Lord of the Rings" for the record for most wins. Now, however, with the nomination of Mel Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge" for a best picture Oscar, he could win an Academy Award of his own as one of the film's co-producers.
Shortly after the nominations were announced on Tuesday, we reached Mechanic, who described his morning watching the academy's livestream:
"When Andrew [Garfield] got in -- and I think it would have been a crime if he didn't -- I thought maybe things would be OK. You don't know," he said. "This was definitely a film that had to overcome a lot of stuff to get in. Only by the quality of the movie being so strong did the love overcome the hate."