Academy Awards Nominations: Greta Gerwig Joins The Oscars History Makers

The Shape of Water joins films like From Here to Eternity, Gone with the Wind, with an Academy Awards Nominations tally of 13. Steven Spielberg directs yet another Best Picture nominee with The Post. Women land deserved nods. Tatiana S. Riegel for Film Editing on I, Tonya. Rachel Morrison, for Mudbound, the first woman shortlisted […]

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Watch The 2018 Oscar Nominations Live

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The Oscars are coming. It’s hard to believe the months and months of squabbles, list-changing, discussions, movie-watching, podcast-listening, Tweeting, blogging, and all the headaches and joy – and everything in between. And it all comes down to this. The Academy Awards nominations are announced today (8:22 EST; 5:22 PST; 13:22 GMT), and you can watch […]

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Oscars Time: Potential Academy Awards Nominations Sneakers and Snubs

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Over on Twitter, a dear film friend Emi (@shruburbia) said “film twitter and the award circles have all ignored Roman J. Israel like it never happened”. Adding that she thought Denzel Washington will sneak in for Best Actor when the Oscar nominations are announced on Tuesday. Washington was of course nominated at the Screen Actors […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 13: Producers Guild, Predicting Gold

Robin and Al are joined by not only Joel Melendez and Matt St.Clair, but brand new to the podcast is Bianca “Bee” Garner. The team discuss the recent PGA results, and look at what might go down at the SAG Awards. Then onto the predictions for the Oscar nominations, which are just around the corner. […]

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7 Steps Of Willem Dafoe On The Long Journey To Gold

You’ve come a long way, baby. Willem Dafoe has had such a diverse career as an accomplished, illusive actor, he’s almost a secret weapon. With over 30 years in the business, a whole host of high profile directors have worked with Dafoe – and asked him back. He appears to have a range of talent, […]

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Oscars 2010: The Traditional Over The Bold

When looking at past winners for Best Picture, it is winners like On The Waterfront, the first two Godfather films, The Silence Of The Lambs, Schindler’s List, and The Departed that show how AMPAS has the ability to reward films that will have a strong place in film history. Then there’s winners like The King’s Speech that […]

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25 Years Of DGA And This Year’s Oscar Race

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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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For Your Consideration: Benny Safdie, Best Supporting Actor, Good Time

Connie Nikas: You’re incredible, do you understand? Nick Nikas: Yeah. Good Time has a run time of 101 minutes, it’s a non-stop thrill ride which barely stops to catch its breath. Although the main character Connie (Robert Pattinson) dominates the screen and gives a strong performance, it is Benny Safdie as Connie’s mentally disabled brother who really […]

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For Your Consideration: A Best Supporting Actress Trio, Get Out

Understandably, Daniel Kaluuya is the one actor from Get Out heaping most of the awards traction. The film is up for Best Picture and he is the film’s center. However, the film has another secret weapon that makes it effective: Its women. While they may not be a focal point in the storyline, the three main actresses use […]

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For Your Consideration: Wonder Woman, Best Picture

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Wonder Woman, the film, mercifully ticks all the big screen entertainment boxes here. Gracefully progressing from one crucial sequence to the next, the comic book revival picture is a milestone as well as an experience. Joining the awards season debates early, it is of course one of many movies of 2017 that was tagged with […]

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For Your Consideration: I, Tonya, Best Picture

America…they want someone to love, but they want someone to hate.” All she wanted to do was be the best figure skater in America. But instead became one of the biggest punchlines of the 90s. It doesn’t matter that she was the first woman ever to perform a triple axel during an international event, because […]

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For Your Consideration: Patrick Stewart, Best Supporting Actor, Logan

“I always know who you are. It’s just sometimes I don’t recognize you.” Charles Xavier,  Logan Logan marked Patrick Stewart’s seventh film in the X-Men series as the mutant leader Professor X. But Logan was different and Stewart was different. He was real, vulnerable and magnificent. 2017 was certainly a memorable year for film, but […]

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For Your Consideration: Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress, mother!

When the small film Winter’s Bone kicked down the awards season door, we were all wondering who’s that girl? By the time Jennifer Lawrence landed a Best Actress nomination, it was hardly a surprise at all. Two years on, with The Hunger Games films launching her stature, Lawrence would earn her second Academy Award nomination, […]

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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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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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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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For Your Consideration: Rachel Morrison, Best Cinematography, MUDBOUND

This is the closest a woman has gotten to being nominated for an Oscar in that impenetrable fortress of a category. As Morrison said when she was accepting her Kodak Vision Award in 2013, “It baffles me how women remain such a minority in an industry whose primary currency is visualizing human emotion….”

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Oscars: All 89 Best Picture Winners Ranked

89 Best Picture Academy Award winners. Votes came in thick and fast over the two month window. Bloggers, journalists, film critics, movie buffs, Oscarologists, et al. You all voted for your favorites, or what you considered the best, and the results are now here. A huge, huge thank you to all that got busy ticking […]

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Roger Deakins & That Elusive Oscar – Is This His Year?

  Consider this: A filmography of 57 films The go-to camera dude for the A-List directors like the Coens and Denis Villeneuve 3 ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) awards 3 BAFTA wins for Best Cinematography 2 Independent Spirit Awards 13 Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography & ZERO Oscars! Every category in the Academy Awards annual […]

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For Your Consideration: Call Me By Your Name, Best Picture

In the wake of Moonlight winning Best Picture, we have another LGBTQ+ film that makes a strong case to win Best Picture. That film is Call Me By Your Name, an entrancing portrait of first love that is both tender and quietly devastating. Even when the film cuts to black after the last frame, it never loses its […]

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For Your Consideration: Christopher Nolan, Best Original Screenplay, Dunkirk

With the weight of Dunkirk‘s award season run seemingly on the shoulders of Christopher Nolan as Best Director, I wanted to bring his chances for a Best Original Screenplay nomination to the table. Too many dismiss the writing because of the scale and style of the picture, that it will harm Dunkirk‘s chances for Best […]

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