Tag Archives: Tom McCarthy

Where does “Spotlight” rank as a Best Picture winner?

In case you’re living under an Oscar related rock, late last month Spotlight won Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards. I think that Oscar voters made an excellent selection, choosing the film over its closest competitors The Big Short, Mad Max: Fury Road, and The Revenant. For today, I[...]

DGA nominees announced

Finally, I get a precursor right. After what has seemed like an impossible to predict awards season, I actually went five for five with my Directors Guild of America (or DGA) nominees, which were announced earlier today. The nominees were, of course, Alejandro G. Iñárritu for The Revenant, Tom McCarthy[...]

Updated Golden Globe predictions

Believe it or not, the Golden Globe awards are coming, sooner than you think. Yes, it seems like just yesterday the nominations were announced, but now the actually ceremony is only a few weeks away (less than three weeks now, in fact). As such, it’s definitely time to update my[...]

Can “Spotlight” win the Oscar for Best Picture without any acting nominees?

Folks, something kind of strange is going on with these early precursors. Well, maybe not strange, but noteworthy at the least. Basically, as Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight continues to establish itself as the Best Picture frontrunner at the Oscars, its grip on acting nominations is loosening more and more. What initially[...]

“Spotlight” sweeps the 25th Gotham Awards

Last night, the 25th annual Gotham Awards held their ceremony in New York City and made an early claim to setting the precursor tone. As often the first group to not only put out nominations but announce their winners, they more or less can establish very early frontrunners when the[...]

Hollywood Contenders – Is “Spotlight” really the one to beat in Best Picture?

There isn’t a whole lot that pundits can agree up on in regards to the Oscar race right now, but one thing seems to be that Spotlight is the one to beat currently in Best Picture. Tom McCarthy’s film is in a great position right now, as you’ll see in[...]

Which categories will be the most competitive this year?

Of the many things that you can consider when thinking about the Oscar race, one that I like to ponder from time to time is which categories will be the most competitive. I hinted at this in another piece this week, but certain categories are shaping up to be stronger[...]

Hollywood Contenders – Looking again at filmmakers this year due their first win

A few months ago, I took a look at writers and directors in the 2015 Oscar race who have previously been nominated for Academy Awards but yet to take home the gold. It was a fairly speculative piece, but now that the season is beginning to separate the contenders from[...]

Hollywood Contenders – Could “The Martian” be an actual threat to win Best Picture?

If you took a gander at my predictions at the end of last week, you might have noticed that the race for Best Picture (as well as Best Director) might very well be coming down to Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight or Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Right now, Spotlight is very much[...]

Hollywood Contenders – “Steve Jobs”: Oscar predictions for November

Maybe I was just distracted by watching the New York Mets in the playoffs this fall, but I think the time is flying folks. It’s already November, which is getting to be late in the game. A couple of precursors have already announced their nominees, we only really have four[...]
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