Oscars Provide Boost to Fandango, FandangoNow

Academy Awards season has been good to Fandango and its on-demand service FandangoNow.

For the second consecutive year, the company offered a special Awards Season gift card — good for tickets to see the Oscar contenders on the big screen (via Fandango) or at home (via FandangoNow).

By the time the Oscar ceremony aired, FandangoNow had seven of the nine Best Picture nominees available on the service.

“It definitely provided several of our biggest weekends in the history of FandangoNow,” said Fandango SVP Adam Rockmore.

It was also a benefit for customers who wanted to visit theaters.

“We’re a company that has one very specific goal, which is we want consumers to consume movies,” Rockmore said. “And we think that if we can get more people into the theater that bodes well for home entertainment and if we can get more people to watch at home that actually helps theatrical so it a virtuous cycle.”

Oscar-lauded films were front and center on the site, employing a strategy of curation that the company uses with other subjects as well.

“We continue to make sure that we’re staying very topical in things that are happening in the space — like Oscars,” Rockmore said. “At the same time, we’ll continue putting out really great curated lists from Rotten Tomatoes [a sister site] or other things that we think are in the pop culture.”

The site promotes previous installments of franchises, such as “Fifty Shades” and the Marvel universe, with the release of the latest theatrical release.

“Because we are a theatrical and at home service we always make sure we tie together the theatrical release to whatever the franchise is so, in effect, we’re drafting on the history,” he said.

Upcoming Titles on FandangoNOW

  1. Father Figures (Owen Wilson) – 3/20/2018

  2. The Greatest Showman* (Hugh Jackman) – 3/20/2018

  3. Insidious: The Last Key* (Lin Shaye) – 3/20/2018

  4. Proud Mary* (Taraji P. Henson) – 3/27/2018

  5. All The Money In The World* (Christopher Plummer) – 3/27/2018

  6. Paddington 2* (Hugh Grant) – 3/27/2018

  7. Phantom Thread* (Daniel Day-Lewis) – 3/27/2018

  8. Condorito: The Movie (Omar Chaparro) – 3/27/2018

  9. The Post* (Meryl Streep) – 4/3/2018

  10. The Commuter (Liam Neeson) – 4/3/2018

  11. Forever My Girl (Alex Roe) – 4/10/2018

  12. Hostiles (Rosamund Pike) – 4/10/2018

  13. Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool (Annette Bening) – 4/24/2018

  14. The Insult (Adel Karam) – 5/1/2018

*Indicates 4K Ultra HD availability


Top Movies on FandangoNOW

  1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle* (Dwayne Johnson)

  2. Thor: Ragnarok* (Chris Hemsworth)

  3. Coco* (Gael Garcia Bernal)

  4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Frances McDormand)

  5. The Shape of Water (Sally Hawkins)

  6. I, Tonya (Margot Robbie)

  7. Pitch Perfect 3* (Anna Kendrick)

  8. Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan)

  9. Darkest Hour* (Gary Oldman)

  10. Justice League (2017)* (Gal Gadot)

*Indicates 4K Ultra HD availability


Top TV Shows on FandangoNOW

  1. “The Walking Dead”

  2. “Game of Thrones”

  3. “Atlanta”

  4. “Riverdale”

  5. “Survivor”

  6. “Shameless”

  7. “The Big Bang Theory”

  8. “The Blacklist”

  9. “Street Outlaws”

  10. “American Crime Story”

Oscar-Nominated ‘The Post’ to Hit Digital April 3, Disc April 17

The Post, which earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress (Meryl Streep), will come out on digital April 3, followed by DVD and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc April 17 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The film will be available on digital locker service Movies Anywhere.

Based on a true story and directed by Steven Spielberg, the film stars Streep as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee as they wrestle with publishing the Pentagon Papers, government documents revealing secrets about the Vietnam War.

Special features include:

  • “Layout: Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee & The Washington Post” (Blu-ray only), which explores the real-life characters at the heart of the story, Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee;
  • “Editorial: The Cast and Characters of The Post” (Blu-ray only), which covers the casting;
  • “The Style Section: Re-Creating an Era,” about the 1970s style of the film;
  • “Stop the Presses: Filming The Post,” with footage from filming; and
  • “Arts and Entertainment: Music for The Post,” in which Spielberg and composer John Williams talk about their 44-year partnership.

McDormand Oscar Acceptance Speech Gets Top Kudos in Fandango Survey

In the hours after the Academy Awards, Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 Oscar-watching moviegoers on their feelings about the show, host, speeches, snubs and surprises, and Best Actress winner Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri) gave the best acceptance speech at the Oscars, according to the survey, leading the field with 37% of the fan vote.

As for the biggest omission of the night, 44% of moviegoers point to the virtual shutout of Lady Bird as the Academy’s top snub. At the same time, 48% of fans claim Jordan Peele’s Best Original Screenplay win for Get Out was Oscars’ happiest surprise.

According to the survey, the biggest Oscar snubs were: Lady Bird, for a total shutout in all categories (44%); “This Is Me” (The Greatest Showman), Best Song (20%); and War for the Planet of the Apes, Best Visual Effects (14%).

The happiest Oscar surprises were, according to the survey: Get Out, Best Original Screenplay by Jordan Peele (48%); The Shape of Water, Best Picture (29%); and Call Me by Your Name, Best Adapted Screenplay by James Ivory (11%).

The best Oscar acceptance speech, according to the survey was:  Frances McDormand, Best Actress (37%);  Guillermo Del Toro, Best Director (18%); and  Jordan Peele, Best Original Screenplay (13%).

About the show itself, according to survey respondents:

— 76% claimed Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel did a good job.

— 73% liked the shout-outs to diversity and to the “Time’s Up” and “Me Too” movements.

— 72% enjoyed the Oscar stars surprising moviegoers at the theater next door.

— 61% said Kimmel should host the Oscars again next year.

“Film fans were hoping that Greta Gerwig’s fresh and funny coming-of-age tale Lady Bird would bring home some gold, but at the same time, moviegoers are happy to see Get Out get proper recognition as the most strikingly original screenplay of the year,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “It makes perfect sense that moviegoers would pick Frances McDormand’s unforgettable acceptance as the evening’s most memorable speech, as ‘inclusion rider’ has been trending on Twitter ever since she introduced the concept to many at the Oscars.”

The majority of Oscar-winning movies are already available on Fandango’s premium on-demand video service FandangoNow. Fandango is also offering its Awards Season Gift Card here, good for catching up with all the Oscar winners on the big screen (via Fandango) or at home and on-the-go (with FandangoNow).

Best Picture Winner ‘Shape of Water’ Among Oscar Honorees Ready to Score on Home Video

The Shape of Water won the big prize at the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony March 4, taking Best Picture among its four trophies, in addition to Best Director for Guillermo del Toro, Best Original Score and Best Production Design. The film is available now digitally and comes to Blu-ray and DVD March 13 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Fox’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won Best Actress for Frances McDormand (who previously won 20 years ago for Fargo) and Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell. The film is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, available on disc and digital from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, won three Oscars — Best Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

Best Actor went to Gary Oldman for his performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, available on home video from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film also won best Makeup & Hairstyling, primarily for the work transforming Oldman into Churchill.

Best Supporting Actress went to Allison Janney for I, Tonya, which was released digitally March 2 and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD March 13.

Pixar’s Coco, available on home video from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, won Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Remember Me.”

Netflix’s Russian-doping documentary Icarus won Best Documentary Feature. It’s Netflix’s second-ever Oscar, after winning Best Documentary Short last year for The White Helmets.

Universal’s Get Out won Best Original Screenplay for Jordan Peele.

Sony Pictures’ Call Me by Your Name won for Best Adapted Screenplay for James Ivory, who became the oldest-ever Oscar winner at age 89.

Warner’s Blade Runner 2049 won two Oscars, for Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography for Roger Deakins, his first win in 14 nominations.

Phantom Thread won for Best Costume Design. Universal releases the film digitally March 27 and on Blu-ray and DVD April 10.

A year following one of the biggest snafus in awards-show history, which saw the announcement of the wrong Best Picture winner, the Oscar ceremony offered a measure of atonement for presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway (now marking the 51st anniversary of Bonnie and Clyde), who were brought back again to give out the top award of the night. This time things went off without a hitch, no doubt helped by envelopes with the correct categories written on them twice in big bold gold letters.

A complete list of winners is available at Oscars.com.

Amazon’s IMDb.com Live-Streaming Academy Awards Companion Show

Amazon-owned website Internet Movie Database Feb. 28 announced it will for the second year offer a live streaming companion show to the 90th Annual Academy Awards, dubbed “IMDb Live Viewing Party.”

The live 4:30 pm (Pacific) event March 4 at the former CBS Radio Studio in Los Angeles will be available on IMDb.com, the IMDb mobile app, Twitter and Twitch.

The event will feature conversations with celebrity guests, past nominees, experts and industry insiders, along with IMDb data and information.

In addition to “The IMDb Show” co-hosts Tim Kash and Kerri Doherty, celebrities slated to appear include Aisha Tyler (“Criminal Minds,” “Archer”), Anne Heche (“The Brave”), Lea Thompson (“Switched At Birth”), past winner Tatum O’Neal (Paper Moon), two-time nominee Peter Fonda (Easy Rider), longtime Academy head writer Bruce Vilanch, IMDb’s founder and CEO Col Needham, Clifton Collins Jr. (“Westworld”), Tamara Taylor (“Altered Carbon”), and Boots Riley (“Sorry To Bother You”), among others.

“Our goal is to produce a multi-hour, live Academy Awards companion show that is worthy of Hollywood’s biggest night,” Needham said in a statement.

“Twitter is the place to see and join the real-time Oscars conversation,” added Kay Madati, global head of content partnerships. “We’re excited to collaborate with IMDb to bring fans this behind-the-scenes broadcast alongside the real-time commentary from experts and fans during one of Hollywood’s biggest nights.”

The Oscars will be broadcast on ABC at 5 pm (Pacific), and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.