September 25, 2016

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Hollywood Contenders: Looking at potential Best Supporting Actor contenders

Well folks, here we go again, as you might have guessed. It’s time for another category to get a somewhat in depth look at what/who its top contenders might be. I’ve gone over what this is a number of times, but in case you’re new to it all, here it is in short: it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions at this point in the year in order to see what folks like myself think will happen six or so months from now, but it’s a whole other thing entirely to actually know something about what will be in contention. To help out in that regard, I’m once again running down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category in order to prep you all for the season to come. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what/who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls that the Academy might take a shine to. Consider this a sort of before the awards season cheat sheet that you can use as you see fit in the months to come.
Today I’m continuing with another of the bigger acting categories…yes, it’s Best Supporting Actor.
Here now are the ten particular thespians that I have in play for Best Supporting Actor, with the top five cracking the unofficial lineup at this point:
1. Liam Neeson (Silence) – I suspect just about any list of this sort will feature Neeson in the top position. Part of it is due to an apparent weakness of the category, at least at this early juncture, but most of it is because Silence is a huge contender and Neeson is due another nomination, if not a win. It makes too much sense not to have him number one, at least right now. Honestly, I suspect he’ll remain in the top tier all throughout the season. Until it screens or the precursors start honoring someone else, we know who the frontrunner in Supporting Actor is.
2. Steve Martin (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk) – If there’s an alternative to Neeson right now, it probably has to be Martin. I’ve read the book Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, so I know that his part is an interesting one. He certainly deserves to be nominated if he knocks the performance out of […]

Looking at potential Best Picture contenders

We’re coming to the very end of June folks. Much like I said last year at the start of July, it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions to see what folks like myself think will happen at the end of the year, but it’s another thing entirely to actually know which films will be in contention. To that end, once a week (or maybe twice a week in certain situations) for the next month or so I’ll be running down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what/who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls. Consider this a sort of pre awards season cheat sheet for you all.
Today I’m beginning with the big one, of course…Best Picture.
Here are the ten films that I have right now cracking the Best Picture lineup:
1. La La Land – At this point, more or less any fall/winter release is a viable Best Picture winner, but something has me thinking that this modern musical could be the one to beat. Writer/director Damien Chazelle, along with stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone seem like a tremendous team, so I’d watch them in anything, but this sort of tribute to a time in Hollywood gone by? I’m all in, and if the early word turns out as positive as I think it might, we might have a juggernaut on our hands. It’s just a hunch, but this is as good as any to label a frontrunner.
2. Silence – Easily the most widely predicted early winner, this passion project from Martin Scorsese has plenty going in its favor. A juicy role for Liam Neeson, plum ones for Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield as well, along with Scorsese scratching an itch to finally put this project before cameras. It’s easily the classiest player in 2016, so it’s hard to argue with, and certainly could be a huge contender. Watch out for this one, obviously.
3. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Ever since I read the book, I saw lots of potential in Ang Lee adapting this novel, but the early Trailer makes it seem like he’s outdone himself. Newcomer Joe Alwyn, Steve Martin, and Kristen Stewart have baity roles, while Lee shooting war in a whole new […]

Bruce Springsteen documentary about “Darkness” sounds more than promising

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: One film on my “Must See” list for the Toronto International Film Festival this year is “The Promise,” Thom Powers’ documentary about the making of Bruce Springsteen’s classic rock album “Darkness on the Edge of Town.”
I’m not even a big Bruce fan, though I’ve enjoyed a bunch of his songs and have seen him in concert a few times. I’m an admitted documentary fan, and I especially like films that dive into the creative process, whether it’s of musicians, writers or filmmakers. And from what I’m hearing, Powers’ film really dissects the collaborations that went into making “Darkness.”
I’m also hearing “The Promise” is light on concert footage, which is just fine. I’d rather see exclusive shots of The Boss in the studio, and not on the stage … which you can get on VH1 Classics or Palladium any night of the week.
Rolling Stone has a few more details about “Promise,” including a rumor that Edward Norton might interview Springsteen as part of TIFF (though that’s unconfirmed). I’ll bring you more on “Promise” once I get to Toronto. I promise.
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