“First Man” by Damien Chazelle: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy - Hollywood Film Tribute                Natalie Portman shines in the otherwise confounding "Vox Lux"                Golden Globe nominations announced! "Vice" leads the charge!                “Green Book” - Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali: Hollywood Film Tribute                "Mary Queen of Scots" can't live up to its royal lineage                "Ben Is Back" sees father and filmmaker Peter Hedges direct his son Lucas Hedges to a brilliant performance                Hollywood Film Tribute: GLENN CLOSE for her excellent performances                A final crack at Golden Globe nominations before Thursday's announcement                “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Once Upon a Deadpool”: Films to see in December                Review Round-Up: "Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer" and "The Mercy"                National Board of Review goes big for "Green Book" and "A Star Is Born"                "Amazing Grace" pays tribute to Aretha Franklin                Could "Vice" be this year's late breaking party crasher for awards season?                A new update to Academy Award predictions for November                Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz are a deliciously dark trio in "The Favourite"        

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BY HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS – – Celebrating behind-the-camera talent. Animators, cinematographers, film composers, musicians, songwriters, editors, production designers, costume designers, visual effects artists, sound editors, and make-up and hair stylists among others.

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[...]

New Oscar Predictions for the new year

Happy New Year everybody and welcome to 2016! With a whole new year (366 days, with the Leap Year) ahead of us, what better way to kick things off than with new Academy Award predictions? Well, I’m sure there are better ways, but this is what I’ll be doing today,[...]

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[...]

Quentin Tarantino: “The Hateful Eight” is a Bloated Film

By Michael Russnow Quentin is an intriguing writer, who creates characters different from many we’ve seen and imbues them with personalities and fascinating incidental dialogue that gives three dimension to what they’re all about. The problem with this film is that there is so much attention paid to each character and[...]

Always Unusual Face for Best Original Song Features Lady Gaga, Eminem as Contenders

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” “Moon River.” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” “Lose Yourself.” There’s no question that original songs that began in movies have become iconic pieces of both composing and filmmaking. And yet the Academy Award for Best Original Song is frequently one of Oscar’s most derided categories. To[...]

Nominations announced for the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards

Well now, another domino in the 2015 awards season has fallen. A few minutes ago, the Golden Globe nominations were announced, getting us closer to the end of the line in the race for Academy Award nominations. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (or HFPA) aren’t a guild, but they function[...]

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Martian” Battle Out for Best Sound Mixing Oscar

Charlie Chaplin believed that sound was a fad that would disappear from movies after a short time period. He may have been a genius, but he sure wasn’t right about that. Today, it is hard to imagine most movies without sound. Dialogue obviously recreates the experience of most people’s lives.[...]
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