Escapism or realism this Oscar season?

December 06, 2016

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“Moonlight” is a favorite of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Tue, Dec 6 2016


Catching up on precursors, one of the bigger critics groups that chime in each year is the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The LAFCA headlined the last couple of announcements, as they piggyback off of the New York Film Critics Circle to put forward some of the higher profile critics group awards out there. Los Angeles’ critic ... READ MORE
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A first crack at Spirit Award predictions

Mon, Dec 5 2016


Last week, you could make easily the case that the precursor season really kicked off, with the week before starting the trend due to the Independent Spirit Award nominations. Now, of course this nomination slate doesn’t overtly impact the Oscars, especially since the winners are announced the night before the Academy Awards, when b ... READ MORE
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NYFCC gives “La La Land” Best Picture while the BFCA announces their nominees

Fri, Dec 2 2016


The precursor season continued on yesterday, with both the New York Film Critics Circle and the Broadcast Film Critics Association getting in on the action. NYFCC and BFCA (or the Critics Choice Awards) were both big on Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, that’s for sure. Continuing the trend we’ve been seeing, also making str ... READ MORE
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“La La Land” and “Passengers”: Films to see in December

Thu, Dec 1 2016


Wow folks, it’s December now. The final month of 2016. Absolutely crazy how the time flew by, right? Well, with this end of the year comes the end of new releases, but Hollywood tends to save the best for last. As such, this rundown is as strong as it has ever been. From Academy Award contenders to blockbusters in the making, itR ... READ MORE
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National Board of Review heavily rewards “Manchester by the Sea”

Wed, Nov 30 2016


The precursors are coming in hot and heavy folks. Yesterday, the National Board of Review chimed in with their picks. Also, the Satellite nominations came out, so I’ll share them with you as well. First up, as you’ll see below, NBR basically crowned Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea in as many places as they could ... READ MORE
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“Moonlight” pulls a sweep at the Gotham Awards

Tue, Nov 29 2016


Last night, the Gotham Independent Film Awards held their ceremony in Manhattan. There, they crowned Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight in a big way, giving it victories in every single category it was nominated in. Could this be a sign of things to come? That remains to be seen, but this does begin to cement it as the independent contender t ... READ MORE
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“Jackie” is a revelation with a stunning turn by Natalie Portman

Mon, Nov 28 2016


One of my favorite things about the final section of a calendar year is how amazing the films tend to get. This week, one of the best movies I’ve seen in 2016 opens in Jackie. This is a tremendously compelling character study, one that grabs your attention and neve lets go. To be sure, one of the main selling points is the transcend ... READ MORE
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Hollywood Contenders: New Oscar Predictions for Late November

Fri, Nov 25 2016


First of all, I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! As you recover from all that turkey, it might be a shock to realize that November is almost over. Yes, December is just days away, and that means a number of things. As much as anything, it means the final Academy Award contenders will be screening, like Martin Scorsese’s S ... READ MORE
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“Lion” is emotional and sure to appeal to Oscar voters

Thu, Nov 24 2016


Getting an audience to cry, especially if that audience includes Academy members, is always a shortcut to success. This week, a prime awards contender is going to try and do just that in Lion. Also, Happy Thanksgiving to you all as well. In many ways, one can give thanks for films of this ilk finally hitting theaters. Now, this isn’ ... READ MORE
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Jessica Chastain is an absolute powerhouse in “Miss Sloane”

Wed, Nov 23 2016


It’s easy to appreciate great acting. You know it when you see it. Especially during this part of the year, it pops up often. Well, let me tell you that Jessica Chastain shows you how it’s done in Miss Sloane. Out this weekend, it’s among her very best performances to date. Not only is it the sort of work that demands co ... READ MORE
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