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Doctor Strange

'Doctor Strange', 'Arrival' on Oscar VFX shortlist


The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences on Friday announced the 20 films in contention for the visual effects category at the 89th Academy Awards.


Academy unveils record 27 animation Oscar submissions


Zootopia, Kubo And The Two Strings, Finding Dory, The Red Turtle, Sausage Party and My Life As A Zucchini are among those vying for Academy Awards glory.

KEY DATES 2016/17

  • Nov 12 The Governors Awards
  • Jan 5 Nominations voting opens
  • Jan 13 Nominations voting closes
  • Jan 24 Oscar nominations
  • Feb 6 Oscar Nominees Luncheon
  • Feb 11 Scientific Technical Awards
  • Feb 13 Final voting begins
  • Feb 21 Final voting closes
  • Feb 26 89th Academy Awards


Florence Foster Jenkins

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant talk 'Florence Foster Jenkins'

Even in an awards season packed with star-crossed lovers, you will be hard-pressed to find a more touching on-screen union than Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins.

Land Of Mine

Martin Zandvliet talks Danish Oscar contender 'Land Of Mine'

It may be set immediately after the Second World War, but Danish Oscar submission Land Of Mine feels like required viewing in the current climate.

A Man Called Ove

Hannes Holm on Oscar hopeful 'A Man Called Ove', Sweden's biggest box office hit in 32 years

Swedish writer/director discusses the challenge of bringing a beloved bestseller to the big screen.

Juho Kuosmanen on why boxing movie 'Olli Maki' is the 'anti-Rocky'

Finnish director discusses debut feature The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Maki, Finland’s 2016 Oscar submission.

Oscars 2017: inside the 85 best foreign-language submissions

The longlist of entries for consideration in the foreign language Oscar category is a feast of cinema from film-makers around the world, including several established masters, a strong crop of newcomers and one or two surprises.


Oscars 2017: Lead and supporting actress, who's in the running?

Screen’s US editor Jeremy Kay analyses this year’s lead and supporting actress contenders. (Comment)

The Big Short

'The Big Short': prophets of loss

Producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner and director Adam McKay of The Big Short tell Elbert Wyche how they made an entertaining, informative film about the build-up to the calamitous global banking meltdown.

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'Ex Machina': rise of the machine

As Alex Garland’s Ex Machina vies for five Baftas and two Oscars, the film-makers look back on its production and debate the pros and cons of an international release strategy that saw the sci-fi film become a sleeper hit in the US. Mark Salisbury reports.

Bryan Cranston

'Trumbo': from blacklist to shortlist

Bryan Cranston, the Oscar and Bafta-nominated star of Trumbo, talks to Jeremy Kay about digging deep to find the truth behind one of Hollywood’s screenwriting greats.

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Interview: 'The Revenant' composers, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto

Alternative music pioneer Ryuichi Sakamoto and his regular collaborator, the leading electronic musician known as Alva Noto, talk to Tiffany Pritchard about their Bafta-nominated work on The Revenant.

Sandy Powell

Sandy Powell: the dress maker

UK costume designer Sandy Powell has four Bafta and Oscar nominations this year for her work on Cinderella and Carol. She talks to Tiffany Pritchard.

Tim Angel Angels Costumes

The angels and their outfits

London costume house Angels has made and supplied outfits to hundreds of films, from Lawrence Of Arabia to Maggie Smith’s muddy boots in The Lady In The Van. As Bafta is poised to honour the company, Sarah Cooper meets the family of Angels.

BAFTA Stephen Fry

Awards countdown: Bound for glory

With just two weeks to go until the Baftas on February 14, we are into the final stretch of awards season.

Composers: Daniel Pemberton, 'Steve Jobs'

Having worked with Ridley Scott, Guy Ritchie and now Danny Boyle on Steve Jobs, Daniel Pemberton is rapidly becoming one of the industry’s most sought-after composers.

Ron Howard and Anthony Dod Mantle

Anthony Dod Mantle talks shooting 'In The Heart Of The Sea'

Inspired by Turner and Delacroix, cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle tells Mark Salisbury how intensity was key for In The Heart Of The Sea.

The VFX of 'Ex Machina'

In a year of stunning visual-effects work, Ex Machina’s bewitching robot stands out as a peerless use of VFX. Mark Salisbury speaks to the team that created her.


Awards Season: Documentary

Interviews with Michael Moore, Alex Gibney, Laurie Anderson and more…


Documentary: US flourishing while Europe struggles

While Netflix and Amazon among others are revitalising the documentary sector in the US, it’s a different story in Europe, where factual film-makers are fighting for funds.

Best Picture

Awards Season: Best Picture

In-depth looks at Carol, Mad Max: Fury Road, Room and Spotlight

Cate Blanchett and Todd Haynes

'Carol': producer Elizabeth Karlsen on her 14-year passion project

In her own words, Carol producer Elizabeth Karlsen reveals the 14-year-long journey to bring the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel to the screen.



Locarno: 'Standing Tall' team win inaugural European Casting Director Award

Antoinette Boulat and Elsa Pharaon took home the prize, which has been founded to recognise an overlooked film-making sector.


Casey Affleck

Casey Affleck on the emotional road to 'Manchester By The Sea'

Best actor frontrunner Casey Affleck tells Jeremy Kay why the winding, emotional road to Manchester By The Sea has been one of the most rewarding journeys of his career.


'Afterimage': the journey behind Andrzej Wajda's final film

Afterimage producer Michal Kwiecinski tells Geoffrey Macnab why Andrzej Wajda’s film about a great Polish artist is a fitting tribute to the late director’s remarkable career.


Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi talks Iranian drama 'The Salesman'

Asghar Farhadi explains why going to Tehran to shoot Iran’s foreign-language Oscar entry The Salesman was a return home in more ways than one.

Toni Erdmann

The surprising story behind hit German comedy 'Toni Erdmann'

Director Maren Ade explains why she was determined to move out of her comfort zone and find the humour in a father-daughter relationship, in Germany’s Oscar contender Toni Erdmann.

Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven talks 'Elle' and why he fled to Hollywood

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven describes how it feels to represent France for the foreign-language Oscar with his latest feature, Elle.

My Life As A Courgette Claude Barras

Claude Barras talks Oscar hopeful 'My Life As A Courgette'

Director Claude Barras tells Geoffrey Macnab why he could not have made his stop-motion animation My Life As A Courgette in any other format.


Isabelle Huppert talks Oscar prospects and challenging rape drama 'Elle' Video

“I’ll let myself be surprised, as my good friend Michael Haneke would say,” says French actress about Oscar prospects.

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Wildgaze: building on 'Brooklyn'

Celebrating six BAFTA nominations and three Oscar nominations, Wildgaze Films duo Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey look back at Brooklyn’s journey and ahead to their future slate and ambitions

The Revenant producers Steve Golin and Mary Parent

'The Revenant' producer Mary Parent on the biggest challenge of her career

After the Golden Globes, Bafta and Oscar nominations, The Revenant has become this awards season’s front-runner. Jeremy Kay talks to producer Mary Parent about bringing the most challenging project of her career to fruition

Carter Burwell and Todd Haynes

Composers: Carter Burwell, 'Carol', 'Anomalisa'

The self-taught composer of Carol and Anomalisa used very different methods to score - and conduct - both films

Composers: Alexandre Desplat, 'The Danish Girl'

The politically engaged composer discusses why he was drawn to Suffragette and The Danish Girl 

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Composers: Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL), 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

More commonly known as Junkie XL, the Dutch composer turned to religious themes and heavy metal to score Mad Max: Fury Road

Johann Johannson

Composers: Johann Johannsson, 'Sicario'

Johann Johannsson’s score for Sicario rumbles and intimidates “like a beast lurching in slow motion”, he tells Tiffany Pritchard, who meets five of the composers in contention this awards season

Emmanuel Lubezki on the set of The Revenant

Emmanuel Lubezki on the gruelling shoot of 'The Revenant'

Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki talks to Mark Salisbury about the gruelling shoot in ice and snow that ensured The Revenant became a wholly immersive viewing experience

Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay talk '45 Years'

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay speak to Elbert Wyche about portraying a married couple shocked from their quietude by a ghost from the past, in Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years 

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Paddy Breathnach and Robert Walpole on Irish Oscar entry ‘Viva’

Director Paddy Breathnach and producer Robert Walpole recall the 17-year process behind their Oscar foreign-language contender Viva.

Where To Invade Next

Michael Moore talks 'Where To Invade Next'

Michael Moore reveals how his electrifying Where To Invade Next was made under the radar.

Heart Of A Dog

Laurie Anderson reveals the inspirations for 'Heart Of A Dog'

Laurie Anderson talks the inspirations for her intimate documentary Heart Of A Dog.


Cosima Spender on making 'Palio'

Cosima Spender talks about making Palio under the watchful eye of Siena’s authorities.

Cartel Land

Matthew Heineman on entering the dangerous world of 'Cartel Land'

Matthew Heineman reveals why he simply picked up a camera and headed into the dangerous world of Mexico’s drug wars.


Screen November 25

Screen November 25 2016

Browse the digital edition of Screen International here, which includes a focus on the best animated feature Oscar contenders.