25 Years Of DGA And This Year’s Oscar Race

Since 1993, do you know off the top of your head which director has been nominated with the Directors Guild of America the most times? That’s right, Martin Scorsese with 6. Then it is 5 for Steven Spielberg. And 4 each for Ang Lee and Christopher Nolan. As a side-note, those four filmmakers have had a very […]

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Three Billboards Dominates At The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are revealed. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the stand-out winner, taking three of the five film awards. Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell conquered again, while the film itself took the Cast prize too. Allison Janney took the Supporting Actress for I, Tonya, and Gary Oldman was the […]

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Producers Guild of America Winners

The Producers Guild of America announced their winners in what was the very early hours of the morning here in the UK. Very early. Anyway,, congratulations to Guillermo del Toro and company as The Shape of Water won the PGA. Here are the nominees for the motion picture categories, and the winners notified in bold. […]

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When Reality Diddles the Dream Factory

The most appropriate metaphor for the Oscar race is probably the image of a cattle drive, with PR staff working overtime to herd as many voters as possible into one’s own corral. What is the most effective strategy for this? Concentrating on the perception that one’s vote does not necessarily reflect what is best in film, but what best represents the collective self-image of AMPAS voters from selections of a particular season.

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Review: Ben Stiller In Brad’s Status

Ben Stiller is more than capable of putting on a serious face and stop acting like a goofball, in order to show us all how he can cope under the pressures of being a serious actor. We have seen Stiller act seriously in films like Greenberg (2010) and While We’re Young (2014). Although he performed better in Greenberg […]

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Dear Oscar: Time to Stop the Squabbling & Invite Streaming to the Party

Evolution isn’t easy – just ask the dodo – but streaming productions are here to stay. They will grow in popularity. People will watch them and identify with the stories they tell. If AMPAS will not reach out and include them, I suggest they re-qualify the title of the big prize to be “Best Picture Made by a White Man Shown in a Public Building that Sells Popcorn”.

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BAFTA Announce Their Film Nominations

The British Film Academy (BAFTA) announced their nominations in film for 2017 early this morning. Denis Villeneuve’s Director nod for Blade Runner 2049 was an epic surprise for fans of the sci-fi reboot. But traditionally, BAFTA likes to sway towards British talent, and coincidentally many of the big-hitters this awards season are dominant here. Guillermo […]

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For Your Consideration: Michelle Pfeiffer, Best Supporting Actress, mother!

There is plenty to try and decipher about the psychological thriller mother!. For example, one could wonder whether the story about an unnamed couple trying to build a paradise called “Eden” is a parallel to the Bible. It’s ambiguous to the point where the characters don’t even have names. It’s a chaotic yet intriguing labyrinth. But aside from […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 12: Golden Globes Reactions

Filmotomy Podcast host Al Robinson is this time joined by Joel Melendez, returning after some rather unfortunate natural events, and first-timer on these here shores, Matt St.Clair. Matt has been handy to have around Filmotomy in recent weeks, having helped with the awards season coverage. The trio discuss the Golden Globes film awards immediately following […]

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Four Awards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Lady Bird, del Toro Also Win At 75th Golden Globes Awards

Just when we perhaps thought that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was slipping down the ranks somewhat in the awards race, the film goes and picks up 4 Golden Globe awards. Martin McDonagh won the Screenplay prize, and the film then finished the night on a greater high by winning Motion Pictue Drama. Meanwhile, Frances McDormand and […]

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21 Golden Globe Winners Not Even Nominated At The Oscars

Welcome to the Golden Globes once again. The awards season party hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press. That incorporate musical and comedy into their awards, not the actual show like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Of course, before you read on and after you have read the title, you would be right […]

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Lady Bird Conquers The National Society Of Film Critics

As the National Society of Film Critics earlier announced their winners (and runners-up), awards season is very much feeling like the latter of the high school exams, and the kids are just copying the other answer. That sensation is not, of course, the fault of the NSFC. This is the way the cookie crumbles every […]

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Review: Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape Of Water

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape Of Water uses the unlikely, surreal story of a romance between a mute woman (the excellent, poised Sally Hawkins) and a captive, sentient sea-creature played by del Toro stalwart, Doug Jones, to explore the emotions of loneliness, isolation and discrimination. Bringing a gritty reality to something magical is a del Toro trademark. The fairytale element in this case, feels […]

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Makeup And Hairstylists Guild Nominations

FEATURE-LENGTH MOTION PICTURE – BEST CONTEMPORARY MAKE-UP BABY DRIVER Fionagh Cush, Phyllis Temple THE BIG SICK Leo Won, Kirsten Sylvester GHOST IN THE SHELL Deborah La Mia Denaver, Jane O’Kane PITCH PERFECT 3 Melanie Hughes-Weaver, Judy Yonemoto, Erica Kyker WONDER Naomi Bakstad, Jean Black, Megan Harkness FEATURE-LENGTH MOTION PICTURE – BEST CONTEMPORARY HAIR THE BIG […]

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Free To Watch On MUBI Now: 7 Movies You Haven’t Seen

The undiscovered world of film for many of you will include the movie on demand website MUBI. This is more than just a streaming service. Not only does MUBI allow you to watch so many off-the-radar films, but it is also a vast community of film-lovers, an endless movie catalog, as well as an abundance […]

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For Your Consideration: The Florida Project, Best Picture

“The Florida Project” was Walt Disney’s 1960s-era code term for a planned East Coast amusement park, an euphemism justified by Disney’s fear that Orlando property owners would demand that Disney reimburse them at market rates. The secrecy worked, but what Disney couldn’t prevent was the hotel and motel industry’s successive Florida Project, a mini-gold rush […]

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I, Tonya, Molly’s Game, Wonder Woman, Make Producers Guild Of America Nominees

The Producers Guild Of America just announced their annual list of nominees and while there isn’t always an overlap between the Best Picture nominees at the Oscars and the PGA nominees, these nominees are a strong indicator of what films are out on top in the Best Picture race. Typically there are 10 nominees each […]

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