Leonard Maltin to Receive 3rd Annual Robert Osborne Award for His Significant Contribution to Film History and Preservation

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) announced that the third annual Robert Osborne Award, recognizing an individual who has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic film alive for future generations, will be presented to one of the world’s most respected film critics and historians, Leonard Maltin. He will receive the award at the 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival during a screening of a nitrate print, provided by the UCLA Film and Television Archive, of one of his favorite films, Counsellor at Law (1933). The first two Robert Osborne Awards were given out in 2018 to iconic filmmaker Martin Scorsese and in 2019 to film preservationist Kevin Brownlow and will continue to be presented annually at the TCM Classic Film Festival.

Leonard Maltin (PRNewsfoto/Turner Classic Movies)

Best known for his widely-used reference work Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide and its companion volume Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide, as well as his 30-year run on television’s Entertainment Tonight, Maltin served two terms as President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, is a voting member of the National Film Registry and was appointed by the Librarian of Congress to sit on the Board of Directors of the National Film Preservation Foundation. He teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, appears regularly on TCM and hosts the weekly podcast “Maltin on Movies” with his daughter Jessie (maltinonmovies.libsyn.com). He is the recipient of awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, American Society of Cinematographers, the Telluride Film Festival, George Eastman House, Anthology Film Archives and San Diego’s Comic-Con International.

“For movie fans of a certain age, let’s say between 30 and 130, Leonard Maltin has been an indispensable source of vital information: ‘What was it called? When was it made? Who was in it? And was it any good?’ Consistently, you’d find the answers in Leonard’s books. They set the standard for movie reference,” said Ben Mankiewicz, TCM Primetime Anchor and Official Host of the TCM Classic Film Festival. “Leonard’s knowledge and passion for the movies has spanned an entire history of cinema. Who was the greatest silent screen comedian? Leonard has an answer because he’s seen those pictures. Was 1939 really Hollywood’s greatest year? Ask Leonard. How does Once Upon A Time in Hollywood stack up against The Irishman and should Moonlight‘s Oscar® win over La La Land be considered an upset? Once again, ask Leonard Maltin. If Leonard doesn’t deserve the Robert Osborne Award, no one does. He’s made movie knowledge accessible to millions of film fans across the globe.”

“Leonard Maltin has been a friend to TCM for many years, and his work to make sure classic film history is accessible to everyone is a cornerstone of what TCM represents,” said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming, TCM. “We have relied on Leonard’s extensive film knowledge on air and at every TCM Film Festival in the past, and we are thrilled to be able to honor him with the Robert Osborne Award.”

For more than 22 years, Robert Osborne served as the primetime host and anchor of TCM, helping millions of viewers discover and enter the world of classic movies, and dedicating his life to preserving and sharing the movies he loved. Embraced by fans around the globe as both a fellow movie lover and an unparalleled film historian, his legacy of devotion to classic films and their ability to inspire will live on through the Robert Osborne Award.

About the 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival

For the 11th consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers from around the globe will descend upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The 2020 festival is set to take place Thursday, April 16 to Sunday, April 19, 2020. Over four packed days and nights, attendees will be treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.

TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz will serve as official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival. The festival’s official hotel and central gathering point for the 11th consecutive year will be The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has a longstanding role in movie history and was the site of the first Academy Awards® ceremony. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will also offer special rates for festival attendees. Screenings and events during the festival will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Legion Theater at Hollywood Post 43, as well as other Hollywood venues.

This year’s theme is “Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on Film,” which will take fans on a journey to enchanted worlds of fantasy and stories beyond belief. From myths and magical creatures to ghostly encounters and travels through time, they will escape with fellow movie lovers to places that will ignite their imagination.

For more information about the festival itself, please visit tcm.com/festival.

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The 92nd Oscar Nominations

The announcement of the nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards will be take place in a two-part live presentation on Monday, January 13th and will cover all twenty-four categories. Actor and producer John Cho alongside actor, writer, and producer Issa Rae will serve as hosts of the two-part live presentation from approximately 5:18 a.m. to approximately 5:41 a.m. Pacific Time. The announcement will be broadcast live on multiple platforms, including an online live stream on the Academy’s websites and social media accounts along side a satellite feed that will be relayed on linear television by local and national broadcast stations.

The ceremony for the 92nd annual Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9th at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 8 p.m. Eastern Time (5 p.m. Pacific). The ceremony’s preceding broadcast “Oscars: Live on the Red Carpet” will air at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time (3:30 p.m. Pacific).

You can watch the live stream of the Oscar nominations announcement below. Following the announcement, the full list of Oscar nominees will be posted on Academy Awards website as well as here on this web page.

There were a few names of individuals who were not included in the nominations this year for a well deserved category, or not at all. Visit the Oscar Snubs article to view the list of individuals that we believe should have earned a spot of recognition for their work this year.

The Official List of Nominations

Actor in a Leading RoleAntonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Actor in a Supporting RoleTom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
Actress in a Leading RoleCynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy
Actress in a Supporting RoleKathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Adapted ScreenplaySteven Zaillian, The Irishman
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Todd Phillips & Scott Silver, Joker
Greta Gerwig, Little Women
Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes
Animated Feature FilmHow to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Dean DeBlois, Bradford Lewis & Bonnie Arnold
I Lost My Body
Jérémy Clapin & Marc du Pontavice
Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh & Marisa Román
Missing Link
Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner & Travis Knight
Toy Story 4
Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen & Jonas Rivera
Animated Short FilmDcera (Daughter), Daria Kashcheeva
Hair Love, Matthew A. Cherry & Karen Rupert Toliver
Kitbull, Rosana Sullivan & Kathryn Hendrickson
Memorable, Bruno Collet & Jean-François Le Corre
Sister, Siqi Song
Best PictureFord v Ferrari
Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping & James Mangold
The Irishman
Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal & Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Jojo Rabbit
Carthew Neal & Taika Waititi
Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper & Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Little Women
Amy Pascal
Marriage Story
Noah Baumbach & David Heyman
Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren & Callum McDougall
Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh & Quentin Tarantino
Kwak Sin Ae & Bong Joon Ho
CinematographyRodrigo Prieto, The Irishman
Lawrence Sher, Joker
Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse
Roger Deakins, 1917
Robert Richardson, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
Costume DesignSandy Powell & Christopher Peterson, The Irishman
Mayes C. Rubeo, Jojo Rabbit
Mark Bridges, Joker
Jacqueline Durran, Little Women
Arianne Phillips, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
DirectingMartin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Phillips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
Documentary FeatureAmerican Factory
Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert & Jeff Reichert
The Cave
Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod & Sigrid Dyekjær
The Edge of Democracy
Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris & Tiago Pavan
For Sama
Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts
Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska & Atanas Georgiev
Documentary Short SubjectIn the Absence
Yi Seung-Jun & Gary Byung-Seok Kam
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Carol Dysinger & Elena Andreicheva
Life Overtakes Me
John Haptas & Kristine Samuelson
St. Louis Superman
Smriti Mundhra & Sami Khan
Walk Run Cha-Cha
Laura Nix & Colette Sandstedt
Film EditingMichael McCusker & Andrew Buckland, Ford v Ferrari
Thelma Schoonmaker, The Irishman
Tom Eagles, Jojo Rabbit
Jeff Groth, Joker
Yang Jinmo, Parasite
International Feature FilmCorpus Christi (Poland)
Honeyland (North Macedonia)
Les Misérables (France)
Pain and Glory (Spain)
Parasite (South Korea)
Live Action Short FilmBrotherhood
Meryam Joobeur & Maria Gracia Turgeon
Nefta Football Club
Yves Piat & Damien Megherbi
The Neighbors’ Window
Marshall Curry
Bryan Buckley & Matt Lefebvre
A Sister
Delphine Girard
Makeup and Hair StylingKazu Hiro, Anne Morgan & Vivian Baker, Bombshell
Nicki Ledermann & Kay Georgiou, Joker
Jeremy Woodhead, Judy
Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten & David White, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis & Rebecca Cole, 1917
Original ScoreHildur Guðnadóttir, Joker
Alexandre Desplat, Little Women
Randy Newman, Marriage Story
Thomas Newman, 1917
John Williams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Original ScreenplayRian Johnson, Knives Out
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho & Han Jin Won, Parasite
Original SongI Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away, Toy Story 4
(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again, Rocketman
I’m Standing With You, Breakthrough
Into The Unknown, Frozen II
Stand Up, Harriet
Production Design and Set DecorationThe Irishman, Bob Shaw (Design) and Regina Graves (Decoration)
Jojo Rabbit, Ra Vincent (Design) and Nora Sopková (Decoration)
1917, Dennis Gassner (Design) and Lee Sandales (Decoration)
Once upon a Time…in Hollywood, Barbara Ling (Design) and Nancy Haigh (Decoration)
Parasite, Lee Ha Jun (Design) and Cho Won Woo (Decoration)
Sound EditingDonald Sylvester, Ford v Ferrari
Alan Robert Murray, Joker
Oliver Tarney & Rachael Tate, 1917
Wylie Stateman, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
Matthew Wood & David Acord, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Sound MixingGary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson & Mark Ulano, Ad Astra
Paul Massey, David Giammarco & Steven A. Morrow, Ford v Ferrari
Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic & Tod Maitland, Joker
Mark Taylor & Stuart Wilson, 1917
Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler & Mark Ulano, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
Visual EffectsDan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken & Dan Sudick, Avengers: Endgame
Pablo Helman, Le&ro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser & Stephane Grabli, The Irishman
Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones & Elliot Newman, The Lion King
Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler & Dominic Tuohy, 1917
Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach & Dominic Tuohy, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

DiCaprio, Scorsese, and Hulu Will Adapt the True Story of Serial Murder H.H. Holmes

In a recent announcement posted by Variety, it appears Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, and Paramount Studios have obtained a new distribution partner, Hulu, to assist them with the decade long “in limbo” adaptation of Erik Larson’s bestseller non-fiction book The Devil in the White City. Originally intended years ago to be a straightforward movie adaptation will now be re-worked as an episodic series; although, it is unclear at the present moment how many episodes will be produced.

The book is about Chicago’s most notorious serial killer: Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, or commonly referred to as H.H. Holmes. The exact number of his victims is unknown, but his methodology of drawing people away from the 1893 World’s Fair, only to kill them in his apartment style hotel in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. The property was later nicknamed as the Murder Castle.

the “Murder Castle” was torn down in 1938

According to Variety, the studio had won, lost, and regained the movie rights for the book several times over the years, which includes the current ownership of the rights they won in a 2007 auction. DiCaprio partnered with the studio in 2010 to serve as an executive producer and lead actor for a movie adaption.

In 2015, Martin Scorsese joined the pair to serve as it’s director with the (now dated) plan to turn the book into a movie; then the pre-production of the project stalled for the next four years. Both men will remain on board to serve as the executive producers, but may no longer serve as the leading actor and director.

This would not be the first, nor last, attempt to bring the story of H.H. Holmes to the movies or television screens. Television network Investigation Discovery aired a three episode mini-series in 2017, which was considered by many viewers as a very shallow retelling of the infamy.

FX Network offered a scarier interpretation of the story in 2016 when they aired American Horror Story: Hotel, which took many creative liberties with more of an “inspired by” approach of H.H. Holmes and his hotel rather than a literal retelling of the story.

Source: Variety (2/11/19), Variety (2/10/15), History, Investigation Discovery

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