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A December Oscar predictions update

It’s just about time to kick things into a whole new gear. That’s right, I’m talking about weekly updates to my Academy Award predictions. Considering how we’re in the final month of 2017, it’s apt. These are the last days of the current calendar year, so anything hoping to get[...]

“The Disaster Artist” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”: Films to see in December

Folks, it’s now December. Can you believe it? I know I can’t. We’ve reached the final month of 2017 already. Absolutely crazy how the time flew by, right? Well, with this end of the year comes the end of new releases, but Hollywood tends to save the best for last.[...]

Winners from the New York Film Critics Circle and Satellite Award nominations

Another day, another report from the precursor scene. Yes, today marks another notable point in Phase One of the season, as the New York Film Critics Circle is chiming in with their winners for 2017. Not only that, yesterday has the nominees announced for the 22nd annual Satellite Awards. We’re[...]

Guillermo del Toro will be in the thick of the Oscar race with “The Shape of Water”

For some filmmakers, it always seems like just a matter of time until they create something that Academy voters fall head over heels in love with. Guillermo del Toro is certainly someone in that category. Even though Pan’s Labyrinth had been nominated for Oscars, del Toro seemed to still have[...]

National Board of Review and Gotham Award winners announced

A little earlier today, as well as yesterday evening, the precursor season marched on. Two notable ones announced, with the Gotham Awards having their ceremony last night, while only a short while ago, winners were revealed from the National Board of Review. This represents another marker in the first phase[...]

“The Disaster Artist” is a modern comedy masterpiece from James Franco

No one in the industry has probably hyped up The Disaster Artist to themselves more than yours truly. The film always seemed like it was made just for me. And yet, somehow, against all odds, the movie turned out even better than I expected. Opening in limited release this week[...]

A second update to November Oscar predictions

For those of you not going shopping on Black Friday, today is also a noteworthy day in that it’s the final Friday of November. We’re days away from the embargo on The Post lifting (I’ve seen it but can’t say anything yet), while Phantom Thread is about to screen for[...]

“Call Me By Your Name” is one of the year’s great love stories

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Hope you all are enjoying your turkey and political arguments with that uncle who disagrees with every ideology of yours. Anyway, once food is over, film should be at the forefront of your mind, especially considering how great the slate right now is. Opening on Friday is[...]

Gary Oldman will run away with Best Actor for his work in “Darkest Hour”

There are times when the prognostication world anoints a presumed Oscar winner, only to have the film or the performance fall flat when actually seen. Then, there are other times when the movie or performer meets expectations and the victor should begin writing up their speech for the Academy Awards.[...]

Independent Spirit Award nominations announced

Just a few moments ago, the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were revealed to the public, continuing on with Phase One of the awards season. This precursor marks another new point in the race, as many of these movies nominated today will be contending for Oscar attention as well.[...]
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