October 23, 2016
        Hollywood Contenders: New Oscar Predictions for October                Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Naomie Harris, Lily Collins get Honors at 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards                "Manchester by the Sea" leads the Gotham Award nominations                Tom Ford, Marc Platt and Kenneth Lonergan to be Honored at 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards                Tom Cruise is in his action hero comfort zone with "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"                "Moonlight" could be A24's big Oscar horse this year                Ewan McGregor steps behind the camera with "American Pastoral"                Hollywood Contenders: A second crack at Golden Globe predictions for 2016                "The Accountant" seeks to help give Ben Affleck another blockbuster                85 countries will be competing for Best Foreign Language Feature nominations at the Oscars                Tom Hanks to receive Hollywood Actor Award for "Sully" @ Hollywood Film Awards                "Certain Women" showcases Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, and Michelle Williams                Ben Affleck is perhaps Hollywood's biggest and most diverse superstar                "The Birth of a Nation" looks to survive controversy and contend for awards                "The Girl on the Train" hopes to transport Emily Blunt to the Oscar race        

Awards Season Roundup: Does Mel Gibson’s “Beaver” have an Oscar shot?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: HollywoodNews.com’s Awards Season Roundup collects insights from around the Internet on films that are running in the Oscar race.

Pete Hammond talks to people who have seen Jodie Foster’sThe Beaver” starts the balling rolling on what could become a “Mel Gibson for Best Actor” campaign.

In response, Kris Tapley writes, “This … it’s just … crazy, right? Right?”

David Fincher will be on the cover of New York Magazine, interviewed by Mark Harris. Here’s a full transcript.

Meanwhile, “Social Network” screenwriter Aaron Sorkin opens up to W magazine.

I wonder if the recent win by “The Departed” hurt Ben Affleck’s chances of scoring a Best Picture nomination for “The Town?” Either way, Patrick Goldstein and Jeff Wells both say Pete Hammond is crazy for thinking the picture has a chance at a nomination.

Vanity Fair chats up Oliver Stone.

And finally, will Joaquin Phoenix – who is still retired, as far as I know – play J. Edgar Hoover for Clint Eastwood?

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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