May 25, 2016

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Hollywood Contenders – Looking again at filmmakers this year due their first win

A few months ago, I took a look at writers and directors in the 2015 Oscar race who have previously been nominated for Academy Awards but yet to take home the gold. It was a fairly speculative piece, but now that the season is beginning to separate the contenders from[...]

Hollywood Contenders – Cynthia Nixon is a possible Best Supporting Actress threat for “James White”

I’ll be writing more in depth about this soon, but not all categories are created equal at the Oscars. Especially when it comes to the Best Supporting Actress race, you can almost always look at it as a thin potential lineup, but to me, that does the category a disservice.[...]

Hollywood Contenders: Will transitioning Eddie Redmayne lead to Oscar glory for “The Danish Girl” in Best Makeup & Hairstyling?

Actors are chameleons, by their nature masters in convincingly becoming other people. But actors can only go so far in persuading an audience that they are from a different galaxy, are actually a different species, lived hundreds of years ago, have become seriously disfigured, and/or are 40 years older than[...]

Hollywood Contenders – Charlie Kaufman in the Oscar race again for “Anomalisa”

I don’t think you’ll find much competition if you make the claim that Charlie Kaufman is one of the two or three best screenwriters in the business. As he transitions to directing as well, Kaufman is continuing to leave his mark as a singular talent, which is only increasing his[...]

Hollywood Contenders – “Brooklyn” might be an under the radar Academy favorite

Up until it began its theatrical release last week, I’m not sure how many people really knew just how good Brooklyn was. It’s one thing to read reviews praising Saorise Ronan and company, but the loveliness of the work only fully reveals itself when you see it. All the way[...]

Hollywood Contenders – Could “The Martian” be an actual threat to win Best Picture?

If you took a gander at my predictions at the end of last week, you might have noticed that the race for Best Picture (as well as Best Director) might very well be coming down to Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight or Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Right now, Spotlight is very much[...]

Hollywood Contenders – Is there room among biopic contenders for Bryan Cranston and “Trumbo”?

Among the many biopics swarming Academy voters this year (much like every other year), few will take you as much by surprise as Trumbo. I say this as someone who was very much surprised by how entertaining this look at screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and the Hollywood black list was, despite[...]

Hollywood Contenders: Shining a “Spotlight” on the Films Trying to Make the Cut for Best Film Editing

Why are our films not all three hours long? How do some films that are that long manage to grip us nonetheless? Why do some films with seemingly dull plots manage to enthrall from start to finish? How does a narrative of a film get put together post-shooting? The answers[...]

Hollywood Contenders – “Steve Jobs”: Oscar predictions for November

Maybe I was just distracted by watching the New York Mets in the playoffs this fall, but I think the time is flying folks. It’s already November, which is getting to be late in the game. A couple of precursors have already announced their nominees, we only really have four[...]

Hollywood Contenders: Kudos to Cate Blanchett at Palm Springs International Film Festival

The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Cate Blanchett with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress at its annual Awards Gala for her performances in both Carol and Truth. This is the first award announced for the festival. Each year the festival selects an actor[...]
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