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Could we see “Black Panther” vie for a Best Picture nomination?

The month of February rarely sees Academy Award contenders released. Hell, it rarely sees good movies released. Furthermore, Marvel has never even come close to above the line Oscar contention. Throw in how much of a struggle it is for superhero movies in general to get prestige respect. And yet,[...]

“Annihilation” is another ambitious sci-fi effort from Alex Garland

Folks, Ex Machina was no fluke. Alex Garland, long a top tier genre screenwriter, has evolved into one of the more exciting filmmakers out there. His latest directorial outing, the hugely ambitious Annihilation, is easily among the best films of 2018 so far. Opening this week, it represents thoughtful science[...]

Updated Academy Award Predictions as final voting opens

As you’re reading this, members of the Academy have been officially voting for the Oscars. Final choices are being made, with contenders having done everything possible to attract votes their way. Now, they’ll just have to wait. Voters have a week to fill out their ballots, with the ceremony a[...]

BAFTA goes big for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Yesterday afternoon, the British Academy more or less set the stage for Oscar, as the BAFTA awards were given out. With that final precursor, voting for the Academy Awards will begin tomorrow, and that’s where decisions will actually be made. Academy members will have BAFTA results in their back pocket,[...]

An updated ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for early 2018

It’s becoming a tradition every few months here. Whenever Marvel releases a new film within their Marvel Cinematic Universe, we must re-order their rankings! By the end of the year, we’ll have 20 films in the MCU to rank, but for now, we’ve got a solid 18 (next up are[...]

BAFTA predictions ahead of the vital precursor

This coming weekend, the British Academy will hand out their honors. BAFTA represents really the last time for Oscar hopefuls to change the game before voting begins. It’s distinctly possible that many sets of voter eyes will be on BAFTA to see what its membership does. The Academy won’t necessarily[...]

“Black Panther” separates itself from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

So far, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or the MCU, as it’s often called, has kept to a pretty simple formula. Build a world, slowly, teasing out new characters before giving them their own showcase. This week, Black Panther both continues that trend and breaks the mold in a big way.[...]

Taking a look at Independent Spirit Award predictions

Early next month, the day before the Academy Awards are announced, the Film Independent Spirit Awards will go down. Most years, there’s some Oscar crossover, but the show also represents an opportunity to fete the “other” players in the race. There’s basically two versions of the show. One has Academy[...]

Writers Guild prizes go to “Call Me By Your Name” and “Get Out”

Over the weekend, a pair of screenplay precursors were announced, bringing us very close to the end of the season. On Saturday night, the USC Scripter awards were handed out, while last night saw the Writers Guild of America hold their ceremony. With only BAFTA still to chime in, among[...]

Updated Academy Award Predictions for early February

In just under a month, the Oscars will be handed out. Voting has not yet opened up for Academy members, so we remain in a form of awards season stasis. The calm before the final storm, if you will. There’s not a whole lot of news to sift through here,[...]
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