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Scott Feinberg

Executive Editor of Awards

Scott Feinberg has led The Hollywood Reporter’s awards coverage since 2011 (he covered awards for the Los Angeles Times before that). He is best known for his “Feinberg Forecast,” through which he assesses the standings of various showbiz awards races, and for Awards Chatter, the interview-centric podcast that he started in 2015, for which he has conducted career-retrospective interviews with some 500 of Hollywood’s biggest names. An alumnus of Brandeis University, he is also a trustee professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and a voting member of BAFTA and the Critics Choice Association.

Steven Spielberg Accepts USC Shoah Foundation Honor, Says He’s “Increasingly Alarmed” by Antisemitism

“The echoes of history are unmistakable in our current climate,” said Steven Spielberg in a fiery speech connecting the past to the present as he accepted the USC Medallion on Monday. The legendary filmmaker received the University of Southern California’s highest honor, which has been presented on only three prior occasions, in recognition of 30 […]

Steven Spielberg Tapped for USC Medallion to Commemorate 30 Years of the Shoah Foundation

Steven Spielberg will soon have another accolade to add to his crowded mantelpiece. On March 25, the legendary filmmaker will be feted with USC’s University Medallion — the university’s highest honor, which has been presented on only three previous occasions — in recognition of 30 years of the Shoah Foundation. The Shoah Foundation is an organization […]

Stephanie Northen and Arianne Rocchi Launch Arwin Ventures, New PR and Marketing Agency (Exclusive)

Stephanie Northen and Arianne Rocchi, two respected and popular practitioners of publicity, marketing, awards, festivals and distribution strategy who worked together at Amazon Studios for four years as publicity principals, have teamed up to form Arwin Ventures, a full-service public relations and marketing agency that will specialize in developing and executing strategic campaigns for clients […]

Oscars Analysis: Why ‘Oppenheimer’ Dominated, ‘Killers’ Crashed and ‘Poor Things’ Outperformed ‘Barbie’

An awards season unlike any other — during which the first simultaneous strikes of actors and writers in Hollywood history largely prevented campaigning by talent for months — came to an end Sunday night at the 96th Academy Awards. As was widely expected, Oppenheimer dominated, winning seven Oscars — no film has won more since Slumdog Millionaire […]

Was the Oscar Statuette Modeled and Named After Ancient Egyptian Gods?

On Sunday night, for the 96th time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hand out Academy Award statuettes, which many have referred to since the early 1930s, and the Academy itself has described since 1939, as “Oscars.” The Academy has long asserted that these shiny gold figurines — which are now the […]

Oscars 2024: Who Will Win, Should Win

Best Picture WILL WIN: Oppenheimer The Zone of Interest, Poor Things, Anatomy of a Fall, The Holdovers and Barbie each have many admirers, but Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece has swept the entire awards season, and there’s no reason to believe it will be stopped now. It’s a period piece that still feels urgent, stars popular actors […]

LA, Italia Film Fest: Richard Dreyfuss, Diane Warren and Matteo Garrone Set for Honors on Sunday Night

The Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, the songwriter and perennial Oscar bridesmaid Diane Warren and Matteo Garrone, the director of this year’s best international feature Oscar-nominated Italian film Io Capitano, will all be honored on Sunday night during the opening ceremony of the 19th Los Angeles, Italia Film, Fashion and Art Festival at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese […]

Boulder Int’l. Film Fest: Tony Goldwyn Set for Career Achievement Award, Live Recording of THR’s ‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast

Tony Goldwyn, the beloved actor and filmmaker who is perhaps best known for starring in the film Ghost and the TV series Scandal, will receive the Boulder International Film Festival’s Career Achievement Award on Friday in Boulder, Col., The Hollywood Reporter can exclusively report. The entire evening — which kicks off the fest’s 20th edition — […]

Oscars: Five Past Winners Will Introduce Current Nominees in All Four Acting Categories (Exclusive)

The Oscars ceremony that took place in 2009 remains an all-time favorite for many who watched it, including your humble correspondent, largely because of the thrilling way in which the four acting Oscars were presented: Five past winners introduced the five current nominees for each award. This resulted in massive standing ovations from the audience […]

Oscars: Film Academy Splits Its Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Into Two

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ nearly 10,000 members each belong to one of 18 branches. One of those branches, the short films and feature animation branch, is about to become two, a short films branch and a feature animation branch, the organization announced on Monday. The move is the result of a […]

‘Awards Chatter’ Pod: Lily Gladstone on Almost Quitting Acting Before ‘Killers,’ Secret Homages in Scorsese’s Film and Being An Awards Season “First”

Lily Gladstone, the guest on this episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, is a trailblazing Native American actress whose breakout performance in Martin Scorsese’s film Killers of the Flower Moon, as an Osage woman named Mollie Burkhart whose oil wealth made her a target of white men during what is known as the […]

Feinberg Snapshot: Down to the Wire

Best Actor Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer The Irishman is thought to be in a tight race with The Holdovers’ Paul Giamatti, so his Feb. 18 BAFTA win and 60 Minutes segment, after his latest film, Small Things Like These, opened the Berlin Film Festival on Feb. 15, provided a nice shot of momentum. Best Adapted Screenplay American Fiction After […]