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Hollywood Contenders: Awards Race Highlights – AUG 28

Our weekly round up of online awards race highlights and analysis. “When I was first met with the news that this part of my past had come up, my knee-jerk reaction was selfish,” said Parker during the Q&A, according to Ebony, who also spoke with the filmmaker after the panel. ” “Nate[...]

The Birth of A Nation by Nate Parker: “People Need to See the Movie”

Oscars Prez CHERYL ISAACS says “THE BIRTH OF A NATION” too important to judge by Director’s Past. “I know just by the conversation that has gone on at Sundance that it’s clearly a movie that filmgoers should go and see,” Cheryl Boone Isaacs says of the Nate Parker’s film. Speaking to TMZ[...]

2016 Hollywood Film Awards Launch the Push toward Oscar® – SUBMIT

SUBMIT ONLY your “awards worthy” film(s) and talent to the 2016 HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS®. Complimentary “For Your Consideration” screenings at Dick Clark screening room. Please contact us at SUBMISSIONS@HOLLYWOODAWARDS.COM More than one hundred HFA honorees have gone on to garner Oscar® nominations and wins. The Hollywood Film Awards ®, the official launch of[...]

The Most Predictable Oscars – The 88th Academy Awards

By Michael Russnow As a show it was middling, opening with an attractive display of globes emblazoned with “Courage,” “Talent,” “Heart” and “Passion,” then a film montage before emcee Chris Rock hit the stage. As someone who didn’t appreciate Rock as host 11 years ago it was a bit surprising to see[...]

Oscars: The Inside Scoop

By Michael Russnow There’ve been 97 minority actors nominated since 1939 when Hattie McDaniel became the first Black Oscar recipient for playing a servant in Gone With The Wind. And that is part of the problem, because for many, many years Blacks and other minorities were relegated to roles not only[...]

The 2016 Golden Globes: But as Entertainment it was mostly so-so.

By Michael Russnow I’ve not been a fan of Ricky Gervais in his three previous outings, finding his humor to be more of a struggle to appear adventurous and outrageous in the search for comedy, but often winding up tasteless and, worse, often flat. This year, and perhaps due to his[...]

Farewell My Dear Friend Murray. I’ll be missing you

Farewell my dear friend Murray. I’ll be missing you. “This is my baby. This is when it all started. This is my pride and joy, my first Oscar win in 1974.” Meet Murray Weissman, one of the earliest Oscar consultants, who on this day is proudly showing off a blow-up photo on[...]

Finalizing the Predictions in Oscar’s Aural/Effects Categories: Original Score, Original Song, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects

Last week, we undertook a final preview of Oscar’s visual/design categories – Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup & Hairstyling, and Production Design. Now, it’s time to turn to the “aural” or “effects” categories – Original Score, Original Song, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects. Original Score Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto’s[...]

Finalizing the Predictions in Oscar’s Visual Categories: Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup & Hairstyling, Production Design

So here we are. The end of the year has come, the films have unveiled themselves, and in three weeks, the nominees for the Academy Awards will be announced. Over the past three months, we have previewed each of the ten “crafts” races. This week and next, we will look[...]

Is Michael Moore’s Documentary Propaganda?

By Michael Russnow Mr. Moore is more of a propagandist, and while most of what he portrays is technically true his editing and narrative are in large part misleading. It’s the old chestnut of whether an omission is actually a lie, and I believe it is a lie if what’s omitted[...]
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