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Hollywood Contenders – The State of The Race: Looking at potential Best Documentary Feature contenders

Ahoy there folks! For what might be my final installment of the annual category/contender rundown, I’m finishing up by again moving on from the big eight categories. Yes, I’m taking a look now at one of the in betweens, or as I call them “mini-majors”. This time out, that happens[...]

The 2016 New York Film Festival will open with Ava Duvernay’s documentary “The 13th”

Go figure. I was recently wondering when we would start hearing about which big titles were playing in the main slots at the New York Film Festival. Then, yesterday morning we get word that the Opening Night spot at NYFF has been filled. That coveted position was announced to have[...]

Ava DuVernay looks to carve out her own path by turning down Marvel’s “Black Panther”

Last week, news broke that the courtship that Marvel had been engaging in with filmmaker Ava DuVernay had resulted in her turning down a chance to direct one of their upcoming superhero movies, namely Black Panther. For some, it was a bummer of an announcement, as she was clearly the[...]

Predictions for the Independent Spirit Awards

Yes, the Academy Awards are on Sunday, but they aren’t the only big award show this weekend. The Independent Spirit Awards are on Saturday, making for a great one-two punch. I’ve always enjoyed the Spirit Awards as much as any precursor, even if their Oscar impact is basically nil. They[...]

Oscar missed the boat with all of the “Gone Girl” snubs

The more I think about it, the more it frustrates me that Academy members didn’t go particularly far beyond their comfort zones this year. Sure, things like Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Whiplash seem like unusual Best Picture nominees, but they still have plenty in common with past[...]

“Selma” European Premiere: Cameron McCracken, Colman Domingo, David Oyelowo, Director Ava DuVernay, Tom Wilkinson

“Selma” European Premiere – Arrivals Cameron McCracken, Colman Domingo, David Oyelowo, Director Ava DuVernay, Tom Wilkinson. A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Nominated for Best Picture by the Oscars® [...]

The tenuous nature of being an early Academy Award frontrunner

It’s hardly a brand new sentiment to express, but you really can never script Oscar season. No matter how you think the awards race is going to go, at least to some degree it always turns out different. This year is obviously no exception, so today I wanted to take[...]

The biggest snubs from Oscar nomination morning

After a few days (and a weekend) to digest what the Academy did with their Oscar nominations, I wanted to chime in now with a look at the biggest snubs from that fateful morning. There has been a lot of attention paid to a handful of snubs, but there are[...]

George Lucas slams Oscars for snubbing David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay – “Selma”

“The thing about the Academy is it’s a political campaign. It has nothing to do with artistic endeavor at all,” said George Lucas on “CBS This Morning” after the highly publicized Oscar snubs of “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo. BELOW LISTEN TO GEORGE LUCAS INTERVIEW: Nominations for the 87th[...]

Making sense of the Academy Award nominations

Wow. After all that build up, including months of analysis, the Academy still managed to surprise us. I knew that we were going to get a shocker or two, but early this morning the Oscar nominations threw everyone, myself included, for a bit of a loop. I’m sure you all[...]
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