Hollywood Contenders: New Predictions

August 26, 2016

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Matthew McConaughey: His best performances so far

Thu, Aug 25 2016


We’re now deep into the McConaissance folks. Yes, in the last few years, we’ve seen Matthew McConaughey really make the leap to the next stage of his career, shaking up the industry in the process. With this week marking the release of his new film The Sea of Trees, I wanted to take a look at his best work to date. Even before ... READ MORE
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“Southside with You” is a lovely date movie with just a bit more to offer

Wed, Aug 24 2016


I love a good walk and talk movie. When you can just watch a pair of characters interact, usually while falling in love, it can sometimes lead to a special bit of cinema. This week, we have the added bonus of that sort of mellow film also being a kind of backdoor biopic of President Barack Obama. It doesn’t really reference his futu ... READ MORE
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“Arrival” Trailers suggest a serious science fiction contender

Tue, Aug 23 2016


Last week, we got one of our very best looks yet at Arrival, what could be 2016’s big science fiction awards player. Yes, there’s also Passengers, to name one other, but this one has now dropped a few Trailers, so that puts it in the early lead. Boasting one of the most interesting directors out there in Denis Villeneuve, not ... READ MORE
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“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” will have a World Premiere at the 2016 New York Film Festival

Mon, Aug 22 2016

Just a few minutes ago, news broke that the 54th New York Film Festival will play host to a big time unveiling of a major Academy Award contender. Yes, NYFF will be where Ang Lee’s next movie, Billy Lynn’s Long ... READ MORE
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Hollywood Contenders: New Oscar Predictions for August

Fri, Aug 19 2016

My how time flies! Suddenly, we’ve come to the final set of new predictions before the festival season arrives. Yes, next time I unleash new predictions for the Academy Awards it’ll be September, with festivals and campaigns in full swing. I’ll also be unveiling my first set of Golden Globe picks then, but first thing f ... READ MORE
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Miles Teller: His best performances so far

Thu, Aug 18 2016


One of my favorite young actors, Miles Teller has been gaining steam as emerging A-lister over the last couple of years. This week, Teller is getting the same treatment that fellow near A-lister Jonah Hill got from me a few days ago from yours truly, in honor of their upcoming film War Dogs. Teller is very good in the film, as he pretty m ... READ MORE
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Hollywood Contenders: Looking at potential Best Animated Feature contenders

Wed, Aug 17 2016


Today, for the next installment of my weekly category by category contender rundown, I’m moving on from the big eight temporarily. Yes, I’ve gone beyond those categories (I’ll return to finish up with the last screenplay category during the coming week) and am now looking at one of the in between ones…namely the Best Animated ... READ MORE
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Why are the blockbusters this summer not up to snuff?

Tue, Aug 16 2016


I’m hardly the first one to mention it, but it’s clear to me that the summer blockbusters this year have been, well…lacking. That might be being kind too. It feels like one of the worst slates ever, at least the most disappointing. Almost every single week, something comes out that was either hotly anticipated and then u ... READ MORE
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Jonah Hill: His best performances so far

Mon, Aug 15 2016


I don’t think that Jonah Hill quite gets the appreciation that he deserves within the industry. Yes, he’s been cited by Oscar twice with Academy Award nominations in Best Supporting Actor (the first for Moneyball and the second for The Wolf of Wall Street) and has anchored a hugely successful comedy franchise, but still, he co ... READ MORE
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Hollywood Contenders: Looking at potential Best Adapted Screenplay contenders

Fri, Aug 12 2016


As you fine folks all must know by now and be sick of hearing from me, it’s one thing entirely to read early Academy Award predictions in order to see what pundits like myself think will happen this winter, but it’s a whole separate thing to actually know something about who and what will be in contention. To help out in that specific ... READ MORE
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