Awards Season Cliques of the Trade

I hated cliques in high school. I hated the idea that you had to be or act a certain way in order to be accepted. I hated the feeling of isolation I experienced, both externally and internally, because I didn’t fit the norm. Hated the drama when two sets of cliques start shit and expecting […]

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European Film Awards – 1st Phase

Another awards event that ought to have much more impact, or at least attention, on the great big awards season is the European Film Awards. Before the “main event” announcements coming from Poland on December 10th, where Pierce Brosnan will receive the European Achievement in World Cinema award, seven preliminary feature film awards were handed out last […]

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Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

The Film Independent Spirit Awards not only signals the dawn of the ensuing awards season, it also finds a way to honor the story-telling and film-making of a diverse, talented bunch. who reach new levels of excellence in their independent films who don’t often seen in the mainstream. Just an hour or so ago Edgar […]

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Talking Movies: Mad Max: Fury Road For Director And Picture?

The online roundtable scenario this time around gave me the opportunity to crack some eggs that have seldom been touched upon this awards season. The various possible prospects of where the Oscars are going for Best Picture and Best Director has been a constantly altering recipe in the last couple of months. Joining me to […]

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SAG: On And Off Track With Awards Season Race

We do love a good race. One that has the leader change numerous times during the event. An exciting spectacle that feeds the euphoria for the unknown outcome. The competition that gets the adrenaline going. Routing for the winner. The buzz. We don’t now, like most Oscar years these days, have much of a race […]

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10 Whispers From Screen Actors Guild / Golden Globes Nominations

A few words around the awards season camp fire as the recent announcements of the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes sent us all into something of a spin. Here are 10 of the things that stood out for me in the last 24 hours. We’ve been begging for an exciting Oscar race like […]

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Awards Season: Emotional And Artificial Intetlligence

A friend of mine over on Twitter asked What do we think of the awards picks so far? There’s an obvious question, but a smart one. It accompanies the many, many thoughts swirling around my head at the enduring moment. Thoughts that indeed can answer that question in one way or another. A thousand ways. I’m […]

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Hello Awards Season, We’ve Been Expecting You

Exactly a year ago today, I wrote rather innocently about my chills of excitement from the dawn of the new awards season. The ship has been hovering for some time, but it just came to shore finally in New York. I remember talking about the National Board of Review and their love for A Most […]

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Awards Season: Get Writing To It

Okay, so as we fall deeper into awards season I fall further and further behind with the actual seeing of the movies part. But I must write. As you must all know by now not being an industry professional and living in the UK (in a town with mostly mainstream cinema listings) getting to see […]

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Watching Movies Between The Soil And The Stars

There’s an enduring, emotional expanse in standing between the soil and the stars. It is, though, for the most part a wondrous place to be. I’ve loved movies all my life, that’s not breaking news or anything innovative, sure. But I have. The cinema screens often seem so big your natural urge to reach out […]

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Interview: Sasha Stone Of Awards Daily (2 of 2)

Following from the first half of the Sasha Stone interview (find it here), this is the second part of my question and answer session with Award Daily’s chief editor. Hurry and read it before the film rights are sold, and it becomes a Ron Howard political musical drama called “Write/Stone” in where the leads are […]

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Interview: Sasha Stone Of Awards Daily (1 of 2)

I have never met Sasha Stone of Awardsdaily.com in person, but I have been reading her work for fifteen years. That’s a long time to be reading one person’s input on a website. Prolific might be the word to describe her, though Sasha’s choice of words may be very different indeed. Some of you know her […]

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5 Short Term Memories From BAFTA

Other than wondering as usual how the British Film Academy fit into this awards season shenanigans, and wondering who selects the combinations of presenters and big beat music, the show went pretty much as planned I suspect. There were a few minor blemishes, like Stephen Fry calling the Boyhood mother Rosanna Arquette, and later redeeming […]

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Best Actress B-Sides

The Best Actress race this year (and Supporting Actress for that matter) has been a rather static affair, with the likes of Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, and Reese Witherpoon turning up in the shortlist at pretty much every turn. That is not to say they are not deserving winners. All three exceptional ladies appear to […]

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Boyhood: 12 Moments That Seize You

As I write this, my wife is showing her old jewellery to our two year-old daughter. Rings worn when she herself was a little girl. We ought not to forget those times we share. They may be fleeting in the scheme of things, but they are truly meaningful moments of our lives.  From the opening frame […]

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If Your Name Is Not Down You’re Not Coming In

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated Maggie Gyllenhaal for Best Supporting Actress for Crazy Heart, it was fair to say it was a bit of a surprise. I am not saying she did not deserve it, but having come from nowhere, and with all due respect, she hijacked that category. There was […]

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SAG Ensemble: An Essay Or A Ramble

Regarding the Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture award at the Screen Actors Guild, I have read very recently someone using the term “SAG’s Best Picture category” when commenting about the nominees – also announced very recently. I was not genuinely sure if the commenter was making a mistake or that it was intentional. Or option […]

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Two Days, One Night Into Awards Season

I am not sure if, for me, the start of the awards season (officially) has been this exciting. I mean, we talk about the movies, we watch the movies (or some of them in my current late-starter case), we write about the movies, we Tweet about the movies. And so on and so forth. I can’t […]

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