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Steve McQueen (‘Widows’): This story is ‘very indicative of America’ itself [Complete Interview Transcript]

Steve McQueen (‘Widows’): This story is ‘very indicative of America’ itself [Complete Interview Transcript]
Steve McQueen has returned with another critically acclaimed film, “Widows,” five years after his Best Picture winner “12 Years a Slave.” The film, starring Viola Davis as the leader of a group of widows who plan to execute a heist to finish the job of their departed significant others, has gained Oscar buzz of its own.

McQueen recently sat down with Gold Derby contributing editor Zach Laws to discuss why it took five years to release his followup, the appeal of “Widows” in today’s day and age, and how he continues to tell difficult stories. Watch the exclusive video chat above and read the complete interview transcript below.

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Gold Derby: So Steve McQueen, it’s been five years since “12 Years a Slave” and I wonder, this as a followup, it’s really interesting in the context of the
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2019 Oscars scorecard: ‘Roma’ wins over San Francisco critics, Ethan Hawke and Regina King move further ahead

2019 Oscars scorecard: ‘Roma’ wins over San Francisco critics, Ethan Hawke and Regina King move further ahead
Roma” had a winning weekend capped off by being named Best Picture by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle (Sffcc). Just minutes earlier, their counterparts down the coast, the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. (Lafca) had also picked Alfonso Cuaron‘s intimate memoir for top honors. These two west coast based groups added their endorsements to the critics in Chicago, Philadelphia and Toronto who had chosen it as the best of the year already this weekend. (Scroll down to see the full scorecard to date.)

While Cuaron won over the L.A. journos with his helming, the Frisco bunch went with Spike Lee, who picked up his first critics award for directing “BlacKKKlansman,” which also won the Adapted Screenplay award. The Sffcc also singled out leading lady Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) and supporting player Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther”) for their first critical kudos of this awards season.
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2019 Oscars scorecard: ‘Roma’ gets ringing endorsement from Philly critics, Christian Bale and Viola Davis pick up first wins

2019 Oscars scorecard: ‘Roma’ gets ringing endorsement from Philly critics, Christian Bale and Viola Davis pick up first wins
Roma” is clearly the critics’ favorite this year. It added a fifth win this weekend when it was named Best Picture by the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle (Pfcc). But these journos in the City of Brotherly Love shared the wealth with a slew of other titles. Christian Bale (“Vice”) and Viola Davis (“Widows”) won their first hardware of awards season for their riveting work in leading roles. (Scroll down to see the full scorecard to date.)

While Alfonso Cuaron won Best Cinematography for “Roma,” he did not add to his haul of Best Director awards (five and counting) as the Philly crowd went with Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) instead. That film’s scene stealer, Regina King, is looking like a lock for Best Supporting Actress as she added the Philadelphia award to the prizes she picked up from D.C., Detroit, New York and Toronto). And Richard E. Grant
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2019 Oscars scorecard: ‘Roma’ is tops with Toronto critics, Ethan Hawke and Regina King rack up more wins

2019 Oscars scorecard: ‘Roma’ is tops with Toronto critics, Ethan Hawke and Regina King rack up more wins
Roma” is on a roll this weekend. On Sunday, it was named Best Picture by the Toronto Film Critics Assn. (Tfca). This win came just hours after Alfonso Cuaron‘s heartfelt memoir was singled out for the same honor by the Chicago Film Critics Association (Cfca). These journos from the two biggest cities on the Great Lakes join those in New York and the nation’s capital in choosing “Roma” as the best of the year. (“The Favorite” won over the Atlanta critics while the Detroit crowd went with “Eighth Grade”) And Cuaon is looking like a lock for Best Director with wins with all of the groups to date except Detroit. (Scroll down to see the full scorecard to date.)

Ethan Hawke (“First Reformed”) has now won Best Actor from five of the six groups to date, adding the Toronto prize to those he’s collected from the Atlanta,
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2019 Oscars scorecard: ‘Roma’ wins with Chicago critics, Ethan Hawke widens lead with another Best Actor award

2019 Oscars scorecard: ‘Roma’ wins with Chicago critics, Ethan Hawke widens lead with another Best Actor award
Roma” just picked up its third Best Picture win of the awards season from the Chicago Film Critics Association (Cfca). The Windy City scribes join those in Gotham and the nation’s capital in singling out Alfonso Cuaron’s intimate film as the best of the year. “The Favorite” won over the Atlanta critics while the Detroit journos went with “Eighth Grade.” And Cuaon is looking like a lock for Best Director with wins with all of the groups to date except Detroit. (Scroll down to see the full scorecard to date.)

Ethan Hawke (“First Reformed”) has followed up his Best Actor win with the Nyfcc with trophies from the Atlanta, Detroit and now the Chicago critics. Toni Collette (“Hereditary”) broke the four-way tie for Best Actress wins with her victory in Chicago as did Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) in supporting actor. Olivia Colman (“The Favourite
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Will box office for ‘First Man’ and ‘Widows’ affect their Oscar chances?

Will box office for ‘First Man’ and ‘Widows’ affect their Oscar chances?
While box office hasn’t factored too significantly into the Oscars for years now, that hasn’t stopped some pundits from questioning the chances of otherwise acclaimed films like “First Man” and “Widows.” The films were projected to earn higher totals than they’ve achieved so far, with “First Man” earning $44 million and “Widows” earning $34 million to date. Both have traditionally crowd-pleasing elements to them, with “First Man” centering on an American icon, Neil Armstrong as played by bona fide star Ryan Gosling, and “Widows” being in the heist genre with an all-star cast led by Viola Davis. The box office receipts so far hardly suggest a bomb in either case, but how significantly should awards experts be factoring in such totals?

SEEGolden Globes nominations 2019: Who’s up, who’s down (‘First Man’) in the Oscar race?

“First Man” was hit by right-wing controversy in the weeks before its release,
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Golden Globes nominations 2019: Who’s up, who’s down (‘First Man’) in the Oscar race?

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association that decides the Golden Globe Awards doesn’t have any members in common with the motion picture academy that picks the Oscar winners, but the Globes are one of the highest profile televised awards of the year, so they do have the power to shape the trajectory of the entire awards season. The 2019 Globe nominations were announced on Thursday morning, December 6 (see the complete list here), so who’s up and who’s down in the Oscar race, and why?

See‘Vice’ exceeds expectations in Golden Globe nominations with 6, followed by ‘A Star is Born’ and ‘The Favourite’ with 5 Up

“BlacKkKlansman” — Spike Lee‘s film tells the true story of a black police officer who managed to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. We were pretty sure it would be nominated for Best Film Drama, but we weren’t as certain about where else it would contend.
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Golden Globes most shocking film snubs: Ryan Gosling lost in space, Viola Davis robbed, Sam Elliott out of tune

Golden Globes most shocking film snubs: Ryan Gosling lost in space, Viola Davis robbed, Sam Elliott out of tune
The Golden Globe nominations were announced on Thursday morning, December 6, and just as interesting as the films and performances that were nominated are some of the top contenders that didn’t make the cut. Scroll down for some of the most noteworthy omissions, and check out the complete list of nominations here.

Among the biggest disappointments was the significant under-performance of the Neil Armstrong biographical drama “First Man.” It earned noms for Best Supporting Actress (Claire Foy) and Best Score (Justin Hurwitz), but Ryan Gosling was lost in space for his leading performance, Damien Chazelle was left out for his directing, and the movie was absent from Best Film Drama.

SEEGolden Globes 2019: Full list of nominations

However, “First Man” did better than “Widows,” which was entirely shut out. The film was helmed by Steve McQueen (director of Golden Globe winner “12 Years a Slave”) and stars Viola Davis (Golden
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Lukas Haas on ‘Widows’, ‘First Man’, and Starring in Two 2018 Awards Contenders

Actor Lukas Haas has had a pretty great year, with stand-out roles in two Oscar contender films. In First Man, which tells the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, he portrays astronaut Michael Collins, opposite Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong, and in Widows, he plays a commitment-phobic real estate executive named David, who prefers a transactional relationship to romance. And while the roles in each film couldn’t be more different, the experiences he had with directors Damien Chazelle (La La Land) and Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) illustrate why they are two …
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Entertainment One president of international film Alex Hamilton to depart in spring 2019 (exclusive)

Entertainment One president of international film Alex Hamilton to depart in spring 2019 (exclusive)
Patrick Roy will broaden remit, becomes president of theatrical, film.

Entertainment One (eOne) president of international, film, Alex Hamilton will leave at the end of March 2019, signalling a shift by the company away from single-picture acquisitions and distribution to a greater focus on development and production.

Since joining in 2008 to launch eOne’s film business, Hamilton has presided over a slate that includes The Twilight Saga franchise, 12 Years A Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Mr. Turner, among others.

He cemented the company’s reputation at the vanguard of UK independent distribution, and in recent years extended his purview across
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Entertainment One President of International Film Alex Hamilton to Exit

  • Variety
Entertainment One’s Alex Hamilton is stepping down from his post as president of international film at the end of March.

Hamilton joined eOne in 2008 to launch the company’s film business in the U.K. and oversaw the releases of “The Twilight Saga,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The Bfg,” and “I, Daniel Blake.” In recent years, he extended his purview across all eOne direct-distribution territories in Europe and Australia/New Zealand.

Patrick Roy will oversee all theatrical distribution as president of theatrical film. In the U.K., Kezia Williams has been promoted to managing director of film, reporting to Roy, and will work closely with Hamilton through a transition.

“Alex’s impact will be long felt at eOne, by our valued filmmaker partners and far beyond across the industry, and we can’t begin to thank him enough for his leadership and commitment over so many years,” said Steve Bertram,
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Entertainment One Distribution Vet Alex Hamilton To Step Down In March 2019

  • Deadline
Entertainment One’s international film president Alex Hamilton is to step down at the end of March 2019, the company has confirmed.

Hamilton currently serves as President, International, Film, alongside Patrick Roy. Roy will broaden his remit to oversee all theatrical distribution across eOne’s footprint as President, Theatrical, Film. In the UK, Kezia Williams, who has been leading eOne’s theatrical business under Hamilton, has been promoted to Managing Director, Film, UK, reporting to Roy.

UK-based Hamilton, a respected veteran of the global distribution biz, joined eOne in 2008 to launch the company’s UK operations and in recent years expanded his remit to include a handful of international markets. He spearheaded major UK releases for movies including The Twilight Saga franchise, 12 Years A Slave, The Bfg, and I, Daniel Blake.

The move speaks to the shifts in the global distribution market in which significant single picture acquisitions are become less frequent.
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eOne International Film Head Alex Hamilton Stepping Down

Alex Hamilton, Entertainment One's London-based president of international, film, is set to leave the company next year at the end of March. 

The well-respected exec joined eOne in 2008 to launch its film business in the U.K. and oversaw a number of major success stories, including the Twilight franchise, 12 Years a Slave, The Bfg (which became Steven Spielberg's third most successful film in the U.K.) and I, Daniel Blake, while his remit expanded to all eOne direct distribution territories in Europe and Australia/New Zealand. In 2016, under Hamilton, eOne's U.K. business earned a record $137 ...
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2019 Oscars scorecard: ‘Roma’ wins with DC,’The Favourite’ takes Atlanta, ‘Eighth Grade’ is tops in Detroit

2019 Oscars scorecard: ‘Roma’ wins with DC,’The Favourite’ takes Atlanta, ‘Eighth Grade’ is tops in Detroit
Roma” won Best Picture from the New York Film Critics Circle (Nyfcc) on Nov. 29. Since then, we have started hearing from regional critics groups. Of the three such groups to weigh in to date, only the DC critics endorsed the pick by their Gotham counterparts. The Atlanta journos named “The Favourite” as the best picture of the year while the Detroit scribes embraced “Eighth Grade.”

Roma” helmer Alfonso Cuaron is looking like a lock for Best Director with wins with all of the groups to date except Detroit. Ethan Hawke (“First Reformed”) has followed up his Best Actor win with the Nyfcc with trophies from both the Atlanta and Detroit critics. Likewise for Supporting Actress frontrunner Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) who has won over the DC and Detroit critics. Conversely, the lead actress and supporting actor awards have gone to four different contenders to date.

Last year,
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‘Widows’ Review

Stars: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Liam Neeson, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Coburn Goss, Alejandro Verdin, Bailey Rhyse Walters, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Molly Kunz | Written by Steve McQueen, Gillian Flynn | Directed by Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen is four for four in terms of cinematic masterpieces after Hunger, Shame, 12 Years A Slave and now, thanks to his latest directorial effort and stunning turn in Widows, cements himself as a master at his craft. Adapted from the British mini-series of the same name with the help of Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn and relocated to the United States in Chicago offering a far more relevant social commentary and far-reaching dramatic thriller that haunts and dispenses an impactful poignancy that sends shivers down to the spine.

Widows was somewhat of a surprising venture for Steve McQueen. A departure of sorts into a mainstream heist thriller that came as
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Hans Zimmer Draws on a Long History to Craft ‘Widows’ Score

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Hans Zimmer Draws on a Long History to Craft ‘Widows’ Score
Oscar winner Hans Zimmer has a long history with “Widows,” the heist thriller starring Viola Davis. Director Steve McQueen’s film is actually a remake of a 1983 British TV series scored by Zimmer’s London mentor, composer Stanley Myers. “I was making tea for Stanley,” he recalls. “I remember at the time being astonished by Lynda Laplante’s writing. For me it wasn’t so much about the strong women as about the casual brutality that women suffer on a daily basis.”

Thirty-five years later, Zimmer’s collaborator on “12 Years a Slave” has turned it into a movie addressing themes of politics, race, class, money and more. “This is a Steve McQueen movie,” Zimmer adds. “The picture itself was the melody, and my job was to do a little bit of orchestration. The moviemaking and the performances are so strong, you don’t want to clutter it up uselessly with music.
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Will 2019 Independent Spirit Award winners be the top Oscar contenders yet again?

Will 2019 Independent Spirit Award winners be the top Oscar contenders yet again?
The Film Independent Spirit Awards have seen their choices reflected heavily on the Oscars in recent years, and this upcoming award season may be no exception. This very decade we saw the winner of Best Feature at the Indie Spirits be crowned Best Picture at the Oscars, on top of many of the same acting winners like, most recently, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney. Even if the eventual Oscar winner isn’t nominated at the Spirit Awards due to eligibility, we’ve often seen the nominee with the most Oscar heat win at the Spirits. This year’s Spirit Awards nominations look more independent than ever, but will the pattern of voters being drawn to the biggest Oscar players continue nonetheless?

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The Independent Spirit Award noms for Best Feature are “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,
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New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2019: ‘Roma’ is Best Picture, Alfonso Cuaron wins for both directing and cinematography

The New York Film Critics’ Circle announced the winners of their 84th annual kudos on Thursday (Nov. 29). These Gotham-based reviewers are the first critics group to weigh in with their picks for the top pic with their Los Angeles counterparts (Lafca) due to chime in on Sunday. The last time that the Nyfcc previewed the Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards was in 2012 with “The Artist.” Last year, the New York crowd was wowed by “Lady Bird” and snubbed the two big Oscar winners: “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

The 4o-plus members of the Nyfcc meet in Manhattan and cast their votes in a complicated system that can result in multiple ballots for each race. Not surprisingly, this can result in a marathon session that lasts all day, with an extended break for lunch.

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New York Film Critics Circle Winners: ‘Roma’ Named 2018’s Best Picture

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New York Film Critics Circle Winners: ‘Roma’ Named 2018’s Best Picture
Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” was named the best film of 2018 by the New York Film Critics Circle on Thursday, with Cuarón also winning the award as best director.

In addition, the Mexican-born filmmaker won the cinematography award for his black-and-white drama, which was originally slated to be shot by Emmanuel Lubezki until scheduling problems forced Lubezki to step down and Cuarón to shoot the film himself.

“Roma” had been a critical favorite since its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in August, and the Nyfcc award was the first of what is likely to be a generous helping of critics’ prizes over the next few weeks.

Also Read: 'Roma' Film Review: Alfonso Cuarón's Intimate Epic Proves Less Is More

Ethan Hawke was named best actor for his performance as a conflicted pastor in Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed,” while Regina Hall won the best actress award for playing
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‘Gone’ no more? Gillian Flynn could receive first Oscar bid for co-writing ‘Widows’

‘Gone’ no more? Gillian Flynn could receive first Oscar bid for co-writing ‘Widows’
Three years ago, Gillian Flynn was snubbed in Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars for her “Gone Girl” script, adapted from her own novel of the same name. She’s back in the running this year with another adaptation that could land her first Oscar nomination: “Widows.”

Flynn co-wrote the heist thriller with Steve McQueen, who also directed the film. Based on Lynda La Plante’s ’80s TV crime drama series of the same name, the movie follows the titular widows, led by Veronica (Viola Davis), who plot a heist to pay off crime boss Jamal Manning (Brian Tyree Henry) after their criminal husbands are killed on a job. “Widows” is the second feature film Flynn has written following “Gone Girl.”

Though she was omitted at the Oscars, Flynn did receive Golden Globe and Writers Guild of America nominations for her “Gone Girl” screenplay, and even went home with the Critics’ Choice Award.
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