Award Season Campaigning Articles

Celebrity Awards Season campaigning and PR strategy.

Oscar Dark Horse: Sicario

January 6, 2016 18:08:24 Posted at January 6, 2016 18:08:24
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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This is such a great Oscar year! We have a REAL race in ALL categories! Periodically Lainey and I will text one another something along the lines of “this is so exciting!” because for once the Oscars are wide open across the board. The only category that feels close to a done deal is Best Actor because it does feel like everyone is going to just roll over for Leonardo DiCaprio and finally give him an Oscar for freezing his eyelids shut in the Yukon (I spoke to one Academy voter who told me Leo D has his vote because “I’m afraid if he doesn’t get it this time, next time he’ll be hooking his nuts up to a car battery”). Full Story

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Still the underdog

January 6, 2016 17:39:07 Posted at January 6, 2016 17:39:07
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Please tell me you’ve seen Creed. Creed was my favourite movie of 2015. It was on Sarah’s Top 10 of 2015 – click here if you missed that. And it was a box office success, honouring the Rocky franchise’s legacy and introducing it to a new generation. Full Story

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Brie Larson campaigns with Jacob Tremblay

January 6, 2016 16:18:58 Posted at January 6, 2016 16:18:58
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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Room co-stars Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay were at the National Board of Review awards last night in New York, both taking home trophies - Best Actress for her and Best Breakthrough Award for him, which he split with Beasts of No Nation's Abraham Attah, who flew in from Ghana. But Brie and Jacob also dominated this morning's headlines: Matt Damon & Sylvester Stallone Upstaged By Nine-Year-Old Jacob Tremblay – Deadline Full Story

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New Year Cary

January 6, 2016 14:29:26 Posted at January 6, 2016 14:29:26
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Let’s begin today with our first 2016 sighting of Cary Fukunaga who was in New York last night to receive the National Board of Review’s Freedom of Expression Award for Beasts Of No Nation. Not sure if Cary will be at the Golden Globes this weekend since Beasts was only nominated once for Idris Elba in the Supporting Actor category but the big prize is Oscar and Netflix is hoping that its first feature might be included on the list for Best Picture. Full Story

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Nicholas Hoult pushes for Mad Max: Fury Road

January 5, 2016 21:48:43 Posted at January 5, 2016 21:48:43
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Mad Max: Fury Road is the film that keeps showing up on all the “best” lists from critics to guilds to industry associations. And it was a blockbuster, even though there was so much anxiety during production about overblown budgets and production issues. Most experts seem to agree that Mad Max will be nominated for Oscar Best Picture, but they’re not taking any chances. Full Story

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The PGA loves Compton

January 5, 2016 21:00:05 Posted at January 5, 2016 21:00:05
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Imagine if it was the other PGA I was referring to? No, no, the people who run the golf organisation don’t have anything to do with Compton. But the Producers Guild of America has included Straight Outta Compton among the list of 10 films contending for Outstanding Motion Picture three days before the Oscar Academy’s nomination deadline. Full Story

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Kristen Stewart’s nomination week

January 5, 2016 18:09:41 Posted at January 5, 2016 18:09:41
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Kristen Stewart collected her Best Supporting Actress award from the New York Film Critics Circle yesterday for her performance in Clouds Of Sils Maria. Her friend and co-star Julianne Moore presented to her. On stage, Kristen kept her remarks short, but cheeky: “I’ve received a lot of MTV Popcorns and stuff like that. Full Story

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Hateful Eight’s last-minute Oscar push

January 5, 2016 16:34:07 Posted at January 5, 2016 16:34:07
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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Oscar nominations are due this Friday, so there’s a lot of activity all over the place as everyone makes their last-minute pitch to get their named called on January 14, when the nominations are announced. To that end, Samuel L. Jackson and Walton Goggins were in New York last night, at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, accepting a special award for The Hateful Eight composer Ennio Morricone. Full Story

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Alicia Vikander & Michael Fassbender: Strong together, strong apart

January 4, 2016 15:59:05 Posted at January 4, 2016 15:59:05
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender each received awards at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Saturday, but while the two walked the red carpet separately and were not photographed together at the event, they are definitely still a couple. Full Story

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Bryan Cranston sells the speech

January 4, 2016 14:10:47 Posted at January 4, 2016 14:10:47
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Before the New Year, most Oscar prediction experts were in agreement that it would be Leonardo DiCaprio winning Best Actor. He will most likely win Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama at the Golden Globes on Sunday, because those dicksuckers at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association love him. But they don’t get a say at the Oscars. Full Story

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Johnny Depp & “Amanda” Heard in Palm Springs

January 4, 2016 13:21:36 Posted at January 4, 2016 13:21:36
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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As mentioned earlier, several major Oscar contenders attended the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Saturday to accept awards but, mostly, to campaign for an Oscar nomination. Palm Springs has a great recent record of honouring those who go on to Oscar consideration so, even though they require their award recipients to show up in exchange for the recognition, everyone knows that, unlike, say, the Hollywood Film Awards, these ones actually mean something. Full Story

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