Award Season Campaigning Articles

Celebrity Awards Season campaigning and PR strategy.

Will Smith for President?

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 26, 2015 18:16:03 November 26, 2015 18:16:03

Will Smith is promoting Concussion. He’s been featured in multiple interviews this week and, unfortunately, most of them don’t feature Samuel L Jackson. Concussion is the true story of neuropathologist Dr Bennet Omalu’s work exposing what playing American style football can do a player’s brain based on a 2009 investigate report in GQ Magazine written by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Full Story

Johnny undercover?

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 25, 2015 18:49:33 November 25, 2015 18:49:33
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Sarah wrote me back today when I messaged her “ugh” about Leonardo DiCaprio surging in the Oscar rankings. As I posted earlier, Leo’s in a one man race – click here for a refresher. But wait… is he, really? As Sarah pointed out, Kris Tapley, the co-awards editor at Variety, tweeted yesterday about Johnny Depp hustling undercover: The best actor Oscar race is Depp vs. Full Story

No one else is in the ring

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 25, 2015 14:54:06 November 25, 2015 14:54:06
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The Revenant has been screening in LA for Academy members the last few days and the response has been very, very positive. As you know, The Revenant is Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s follow-up to Birdman, the reigning Best Picture. As you know, the shoot was difficult, it was delayed, it was expensive, and he was reportedly a dick to the crew. Full Story

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Understated Alicia Vikander

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 23, 2015 19:00:02 November 23, 2015 19:00:02
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Alicia Vikander will be considered among the best actresses for contention at the Golden Globes even though the studio has been campaigning for her to be in the supporting actress category. While it's still not known whether or not the Academy will just go with whatever the studios submit or correct the category fraud. Full Story

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Eddie’s quiet campaign

Joanna Posted by Joanna at November 20, 2015 17:22:54 November 20, 2015 17:22:54
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Eddie Redmayne is back on the Oscar circuit this year for playing transgender artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl. His performance - which is really a textured portrayal of two different characters (Einar and Lili) who share the same internal pain - is a professional gamechanger for him. Yes, this part, which at one point during the film's 15-year gestation belonged to Nicole Kidman, could catapult Eddie to the Spencer Tracy and Tom Hanks movie star tier of back-to-back Oscar winners. Full Story

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The Martian is a contender

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 9, 2015 19:05:42 November 9, 2015 19:05:42
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So many films did not meet critical and box office expectations this season. The Martian, however, delivered. You might say it over-delivered. Three months ago, no one was calling it an Oscar frontrunner. Now? The Martian is Ridley Scott’s most well-reviewed film. And it’s on track to make more money than Gladiator. Full Story

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The Leo & Alejandro Show

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 9, 2015 17:19:24 November 9, 2015 17:19:24
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Exactly one month from today, the Screen Actors Guild will announce the nominations for the SAG Awards which will take place on January 30, 2016. A few days after that, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce the Golden Globe Award nominees. The Revenant, directed by Alejandro G Inarritu, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, does not open in limited release until Christmas. Full Story

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The likeable Bryan Cranston

Joanna Posted by Joanna at November 3, 2015 18:07:18 November 3, 2015 18:07:18
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Bryan Cranston is so charming. It’s his Tim Whatley smile. It’s his slick delivery. Bryan was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to promote Trumbo, which comes out this week. I reviewed Trumbo at TIFF and wrote that while Bryan played a sly smooth-talking screenwriter as well as he could have, the film was too superficial to be the communist/Cold War caper it was meant to be. Full Story

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Leo’s first stop on The Revenant Oscar tour

Joanna Posted by Joanna at October 22, 2015 16:05:29 October 22, 2015 16:05:29
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Badass has arrived, in the form of his first one-on-one interview about The Revenant. His feral press tour kicked off this week with Yahoo! - that’s where Leo explains why he grew that thing on his face for months and the many, many challenges he’s willing to take on for his craft and — for those reading between the lines — what could become his first Oscar win. Full Story

Leo: the Aniston of the year

Lainey Posted by Lainey at October 21, 2015 14:36:25 October 21, 2015 14:36:25
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Sarah and I were exchanging emails the other night about Star Wars after the trailer dropped and the internet got broken because people were trying to buy advance tickets. She was saying how Star Wars is going to basically kill everything else at the box office at Christmas and that there’s no point in counter-programming because, in her words, “I don't think counter programming is going to work when the movie you're programming against is one literally EVERYONE wants to see”. Full Story

Leo’s award season begins

Lainey Posted by Lainey at October 16, 2015 14:58:25 October 16, 2015 14:58:25
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Leonardo DiCaprio is already being considered a frontrunner for Best Actor Oscar even though The Revenant is still two months from release. And while he would never want you to think that he really, really, really wants it, nor would he want you to see that he’ll campaign as much as he can to get it… you know, we know. Full Story

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