Lily Gladstone First Indigenous Performer to Win Best Actress at Screen Actors Guild Awards

Apple’s Killers of the Flower Moon star Lily Gladstone Feb. 24 made history at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, becoming the first-ever Indigenous performer to land a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her role in Martin Scorsese’s 10-time Academy Award-nominated movie.

The honor follows Gladstone’s history-making Golden Globe Award win for Best Performance, which is now streaming globally on Apple TV+ following its worldwide theatrical run.

Lily Gladstone at SAG-AFTRA Awards.

 

In addition to its Oscar nominations, the movie has been recognized as the Best Film of the Year by the National Board of Review, which named star Gladstone as Best Actress, Martin Scorsese as Best Director and Rodrigo Prieto for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, as well as being named to the American Film Institute’s list of Motion Pictures of the Year.

The film has also received over 200 accolades from over 30 critics groups globally, and has been named the No. 1 Best Film of 2023 by The New York Times and The New Yorker, and Best Film by the New York Film Critics Circle.

Based on a true story and told through the improbable romance of Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Mollie Kyle (Gladstone), Killers of the Flower Moon is a western crime saga, where real love crosses paths with betrayal. The movie also stars Robert De Niro and Jesse Plemons.

The movie generated $156.8 million at the global box office, including $67.8 million across North American screens.

Reelgood: Oscar-Nominated ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Tops Weekly Streaming

Three Oscar-nominated movies — led by Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon on Apple TV+ — resonated among streamers for the  week ended Feb. 1, according to  new data from Reelgood.com, which tracks real-time data from 5 million users in the United States across SVOD and AVOD services for original and acquired streaming programs and movies.

Peacock’s The Holdovers (five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture) at No. 2 and Netflix’s Society of the Snow (Best International Film) at No. 10 bookended initial episodes of “True Detective: Night Country” at No. 3, new World War II miniseries “Masters of the Air” starring Oscar-nominated Austin Butler (Apple TV+) at No. 4, former chart topper Saltburn (Prime Video) at No. 5, Sofía Margarita’s turn as Columbian drug lord Griselda Blanco in Netflix’s “Griselda” at No. 6, Nicole Kidman in “Expats” (Prime Video) at No. 7, and Hulu’s “Death and Other Details” (Hulu) starring Mandy Patinkin at No. 9.

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Streaming on Apple TV+ Beginning Jan. 12

Apple Original Films Jan. 4 announced that Martin Scorsese’s Critics Choice and Golden Globe Award nominated drama Killers of the Flower Moon will be available to stream globally on Apple TV+ beginning Jan. 12.

Directed by Martin Scorsese, written for the screen by Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese, and based on David Grann’s bestselling book of the same name, the movie is set in 1920s Oklahoma and depicts the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons, Tantoo Cardinal, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins and Jillian Dion.

The film has received 12 Critics Choice Award nominations and seven Golden Globe Award nominations and was named to the American Film Institute’s list of Motion Pictures of the Year.

Since its premiere, the movie has also landed on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oscars shortlists in the Best Makeup and Hair, Best Sound, Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories.

The film has been selected as the No. 1 Best Film of 2023 by The New York Times and The New Yorker, in addition to its recognition by more than 20 critics groups globally, including being awarded Best Film by the New York Film Critics Circle.

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This evening, Killers of the Flower Moon is set to be honored with the Vanguard Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards gala.

Taylor Swift Wins Second Weekend Box Office, Apple’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Highest-Grossing Theatrical Debut From a Streamer

The Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert movie topped the weekend box office for a record second week with $31 million in projected ticket sales. The tally ups the singer/activist-produced movie’s global box office haul to around $170 million.

At No. 2, Paramount Pictures/Apple Studios’ Killers of the Flower Moon generated $23 million in North American revenue, in addition to $21 million in estimated foreign ticket sales for a $44 million global total.

This is the largest opening box office for a wide theatrical release from a streaming service, as well as Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese’s third-biggest opening.

With a production budget exceeding $200 million (Scorsese and two-time Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio aren’t cheap), Paramount reportedly pulled back, partnering with Apple, which provided the bulk of the movie’s financing.

With strong critical praise (A- CinemaScore, tying Scorsese’s Goodfellas and The Departed) from both critics and moviegoers, Apple is expecting a long theatrical run (before streaming on Apple TV+) for the Western period crime drama, whose Indian victims are members of the Osage Nation in Northeast Oklahoma.

At a distant third was Universal Pictures/Blumhouse’s The Exorcist: Believer with an additional $5.6 million in ticket sales. The horror movie reboot has sold $107 million in tickets worldwide after three weekends, including $54.2 million in North America.

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At No. 4, Paramount/Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie with $4.3 million in ticket sales, upping its four-week tally to $148 million globally, including $55.9 million in North America.

After shaking off formidable competition three weeks in a row, Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures’ Saw X  held well once again this weekend, taking in an estimated $3.59 million. If that estimate holds, it would bring the movie’s total past $47.24 million domestically.

Produced for approximately $13 million, Saw X boasts the best reviews in the history of the franchise, currently 79% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 89% Audience Score. The franchise has grossed more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office and is one of the longest-running horror franchises in history.

Finally, Disney’s 30th anniversary re-release of director Tim Burton’s 1993 animated classic The Nightmare Before Christmas sold another $4.1 million in tickets, to bring its global total past $96 million without adjusting for inflation.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese Take on Taylor Swift for Weekend Box Office Supremacy

Paramount Pictures/Apple Studios’ Western period drama Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, takes on last weekend’s box office star, Taylor Swift / The Eras Tour music concert movie, for theatrical supremacy for the weekend through Oct. 22.

The polar opposite-themed movies are looking to sustain the fall theatrical box office following the summer of “Barbenheimer” (Barbie and Oppenheimer).

Flower Moon, which generated $2.6 million in Thursday preview screenings and is looking at next year’s industry awards circuit, is projected to sell $30.2 million in opening weekend tickets, according to new data from Box Office Pro. That could be enough to dethrone Taylor Swift’s sophomore theatrical weekend at a projected $30.1 million in revenue. The New Eras movie generated $6 million in Thursday screenings.

Regardless, the latter tally would be a 68% drop from The Eras Tour global box office debut of $123 million, including $94 million in North America.

With Swift’s movie only screening on weekends, which could increase repeat moviegoer demand among Swifties, and DiCaprio and Scorsese unable to market Flower Moon across press junkets due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA labor strike, it’s a toss-up which film will finish No. 1.

Returning theatrical releases include Universal Pictures/Blumhouse’s The Exorcist: Believer with an additional projected $6.3 million in ticket sales; Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie (projected $4.5 million), Lionsgate’s Saw X ($3.9 million), and 20th Century Studios’ The Creator ($2.5 million).

Disney is debuting The Nightmare Before Christmas: 30th Anniversary in theaters, which is projected to sell $1.4 million in tickets across 1,500 North American screens.

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Apple Studios Sets Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Theatrical Release for Oct. 20, Followed by Streaming

Apple Studios Aug. 29 revealed key art for director Martin Scorsese’s upcoming drama Killers of the Flower Moon, set for theatrical release on Oct. 20, and follow-up distribution on the Apple TV+ subscription streaming service.

Apple is partnering with Paramount Pictures for the movie’s global theatrical run, which finds co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone in 1920s Oklahoma dealing with the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation — a string of brutal crimes that came to be known as the Reign of Terror.

The movie premiered earlier this year at the 76th Cannes Film Festival, where it was met with broad critical acclaim and an extended standing ovation. Additional cast members include Jesse Plemons, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins, Jillian Dion and Tantoo Cardinal.

Flower Moon will also receive distribution across Imax theatres, for which the film will be digitally remastered with proprietary Imax DMR (Digital Remastering) technology.

Apple, unlike Netflix, distributes most original movies in theaters under an abbreviated exclusive theatrical window, followed by SVOD distribution.

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Apple TV+ Inks Movie/TV Production Deal With Martin Scorsese

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese has signed a production deal with Apple TV+ to create original movies and TV shows for the subscription streaming video-on-demand platform.

Scorsese’s last film, The Irishman for Netflix, was nominated for numerous industry awards without winning anything despite a cast featuring Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro  and Al Pacino.

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The Apple deal, which follows a similar deal with Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio, means Scorsese’s latest film, Killers of the Flower Moon, starring DiCaprio and De Niro, will stream on the platform following a theatrical debut sometime in 2021.

Apple has sought to significantly up its content profile since launching Apple TV+ on Nov. 1, 2019. The $4.99 monthly service has inked separate deals with Idris Elba and Ridley Scott, in addition to deals with Sesame Workshop and Peanuts brands.

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Apple Secures Rights to Next Martin Scorsese Movie

Apple reportedly has taken another major step in Hollywood, securing distribution rights to Martin Scorsese’s next major movie, Killers of the Flower Moon. The former Paramount Pictures title stars Oscar winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, among others.

The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, reported Flower Moon — about Native American killings in Oklahoma — will be branded an Apple Original Film, with Paramount distributing the $200 million production theatrically and Apple streaming it on its SVOD platform Apple TV+.

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The acquisition follows Apple acquiring the rights to Tom Hanks’ World War II naval drama Greyhound from Sony Pictures.

Scorsese’s last movie, The Irishman, was acquired by Netflix, which marketed the movie staring De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino heavily for industry awards. Despite myriad nominations, Irishman didn’t win a single major award — which some observers contend had much to do with Netflix’s concurrent streaming/theatrical distribution strategy. Major exhibitors have refused to screen Netflix movies in protest.

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Netflix, Apple, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video, among others, won’t have to worry about the Academy Awards requirement that a movie be screened theatrically in Los Angeles County for a qualifying run of at least seven consecutive days, during which period screenings must occur at least three times daily.

With Hollywood and movie theaters in shutdown since March due to the coronavirus, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors last month ruled that for the 93rd Academy Awards taking place Feb. 21, 2021, movies that had a previously planned theatrical release but are initially made available on a commercial streaming or VOD service may qualify in the Best Picture award.

Expect Flower Moon, Greyhound and other streaming feature films to be in the mix for Oscar consideration as the year progresses.

Amazon Prime Video remains the first and only SVOD platform to win an Oscar for an original movie, Manchester by the Sea, taking home best original screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan, who also directed) and best actor (Casey Affleck) honors in 2017. Amazon also picked best foreign-language film distributing Iran’s The Salesman.