Joe McGovern

O.J.: Made in America is now the frontrunner for the Best Documentary Oscar -- and it deserves to be

FX’s masterful limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story performed a virtual clean sweep of the Emmy Awards this past September. And now it’s looking increasingly possible that director Ezra Edelman’s deep, wide ocean of a documentary, O.J.: Made in America, might very well beat the odds and score a spot among the nominees at this year’s Oscars.

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Nocturnal Animals: Aaron Taylor-Johnson on his creepy role in Tom Ford’s dark thriller

While preparing Nocturnal Animals, his second film as a director, Tom Ford was having dinner one night with the photographer and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson and her husband, Aaron. “I’ve known Sam for years and she’s a dear friend of mine,” Ford tells EW. “And on this particular night when we were having dinner, Aaron was telling a story and I can’t even remember what it was about because I was looking at him and thinking.”

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Evolution: Let a red starfish creep you out in these two clips from the sci-fi horror film

In the unsettling — to put it mildly — new film by French director Lucile Hadžihalilović, we are transported to a coastal town inhabited only by young boys and their Stepford-ish mothers. The boys swim in coral pools during the daytime and at dinnertime they are coaxed into sleep by eating a slimy-wormy meal known as medicine. 

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Loving director Jeff Nichols on Alien Nation remake: 'It’s going to be a reflection of the world'

Movies, even ones that take place in a different era, are made in the present day.

That’s a truism understood deeply by filmmaker Jeff Nichols, the 37-year-old director of Loving, the acclaimed real-life drama about Mildred and Richard Loving (Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton). In 1958, they were arrested in Virginia for the crime of interracial marriage and eventually fought their case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1967, the Justices decreed their punishment utterly unconstitutional and banned laws against mixed marriage nationwide.

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The Comedian trailer: Robert De Niro yuks it up as a broken-down insult comic

In 1983, Robert De Niro starred as Rupert Pupkin, a crazed fan who yearns desperately to be a stand-up comic, in the ironically titled The King of Comedy. Now 33 years later, the seven-time Oscar nominee (he’s won two statuettes) is in contention for nod number eight with his lead role in The Comedian, a darkly humorous film set in the strange world of comedy clubs.

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Nocturnal Animals: Inside director Tom Ford's London headquarters

Mirrors are everywhere inside the immaculate London headquarters of fashion designer and filmmaker Tom Ford. But all of them are angled slightly askew, so visitors need to tilt their head to see a proper reflection. It’s an apt metaphor for the dazzling puzzle box that is Nocturnal Animals, in theaters now.

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