Scorsese and the Oscars: Furthering Film Education With Promising Period Pieces (1993 – 2002)

Martin Scorsese’s next motion picture proved he had enough, setting out to make a costume drama, an adaptation, real Oscar-bait — I’m joking of course. It was back in 1980 when Jay Cocks (another writer collaborator of Scorsese’s) introduced him to the novel The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. The two of them always […]

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Filmotomy Oscars Quiz Results

I do believe the gold dust has just about settled on this year’s riveting awards season. That might be my cue then to announce the results of the Filmotomy Oscar Quiz before you all forget what the Academy Awards are. Sure. Here are those quiz answers. Who said “It’s ironic I won for directing, but […]

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Film Honors 2017: The Handmaiden and Dunkirk Big Winners

The Film Honors for 2017 were finally announced on Thursday 8th March. Postponed until after the Academy Awards as it just wouldn’t have been fair on ABC’s ratings. Yeah right. As perhaps expected, The Handmaiden and Dunkirk were the big winners. Below are the final nominations (in the order of play), and the winners. But […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 18: Our Film Awards & More Paul Thomas Anderson

In this monster podcast, Al is joined by Bianca, Daniel, Matt Joel, and Steve. The gang run through their own personal choices for the best in film for 2017. There’s also even more chatter about Paul Thomas Anderson. Do not miss! We’d love to hear your thought in the comments below.

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Why The Shape of Water is​ the Oscars Best Picture of 2017

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is a beautiful tale of love conquering all. The plot is relatively simple; a fairytale for troubled times set in a troubled time, a down-trodden voiceless woman falls in love with a creature feared and misunderstood by all. Although the film has a standard narrative, it is full of complex and […]

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The 90th Academy Awards Showed Signs Of Moving Forward And Backwards

How do I explain how the 90th Academy Awards went? Well, for the most part, every award went according to plan which made the ceremony rather predictable. Also, the musical performances were slightly underwhelming due to how short they were. But the way that they honored acting legends like Eva Marie Saint and Rita Moreno […]

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90th Academy Awards Winners – A Predictable End to a Turbulent Season

The 90th Academy Awards are all done and dusted. Oh how far we have all come. Here are the winners in case you were on Mars. BEST PICTURE CALL ME BY YOUR NAME DARKEST HOUR DUNKIRK GET OUT LADY BIRD PHANTOM THREAD THE POST THE SHAPE OF WATER THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI ACTOR IN […]

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Filmotomy Team Oscar Predictions

Yes, it is almost time to watch film actors, directors, producers, and writers award the newest minted Oscar winners to their colleagues and friends. Sunday will be the 90th Academy Awards, and unlike last year, there is now a whole team of us at Filmotomy who have made Oscar predictions for Sunday’s show. Listed below […]

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Oscar Rant – Building a Better Mousetrap

Oscar is a snapshot in time, a prom queen, the MVP of a game. It’s borderline idol worship by those in pursuit of “winning”, a validation that our tastes are in sync for some, a betting competition for many, and a glammed-up sideshow of camp for the rest of us.

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An Epic Oscars Argument For The English Patient

The battle of the Oscars an astonishing 21 years ago might tell us just how much the awards race has changed. I mean, heading into the race it looked like three of the favorites to land Best Picture nominations were also displaying extremely strong Best Actress contenders. Two would make it come nominations morning. A […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 17 – BAFTA Preview

Welcome to another ensemble podcast. This week we squeeze in some BAFTA talk ahead of the awards announcement. Robin, Al, Bianca, and Rob are joined by a returning Steve Schweighofer, and we discuss the BAFTA nominations, who we think will / should win, and have a general chit-chat about some of the best British films […]

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71st BAFTA Awards Announced

The BAFTA awards have just been announced. While Guillermo del Toro continued his run of Best Director wins with the British Academy, it was Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri that came away with the most awards. This included Best Film, Best British Film, Original Screenplay, plus the familiar two acting wins of Frances McDormand […]

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First Slate of Presenters for the 90th Oscars Announced

Producers of this year’s Academy Awards announced the first batch of presenters for the 90th Oscars ceremony. The presenters include last year’s winners for acting Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, and Emma Stone. I’ll stick my neck out and assume they’ll be announcing Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Actor respectively. The Best Actress award may […]

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The BAFTAs: More than just the British Oscars

This Sunday sees the the 71st British Academy Film Awards known as the BAFTAs. And personally as a Brit I prefer the BAFTAs over the Oscars because it celebrates British contribution to film and it’s a night to celebrate all of our home grown talent. This year it will be held in Royal Albert Hall, which […]

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Original Screenplay Feud: Get Out v. Three Billboards

While those of us Oscar predictors are scrambling our brains trying to figure out what will win Best Picture, another category that we still can’t wrap our heads around is Best Original Screenplay. What makes this category so crazy is that it’ll either be an indicator as to what wins Best Picture or it’ll be […]

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Why Didn’t Oscar Call Armie Hammer By HIS Name?

While Armie Hammer’s breakthrough with The Social Network as the Winklevoss twins is a demonstration of his acting prowess thanks to his ability to nail the whip crack dialogue of Aaron Sorkin and his ability to convincingly act opposite himself, Hollywood chose to capitalize on his breakthrough by casting him in roles that are based […]

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The Filmotomy Oscars Quiz 2018

It’s that time of year again. That no man’s land between the Academy Awards nominations and the announcement of the winners. So I thought why not throw an Oscar quiz out there to keep you all entertained. Certainly not as tricky as last year’s. Just 30 questions. With multiple choice too. Deadline is midnight Friday […]

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Consider A Fantastic Woman For Best Foreign Language Film

One main narrative surrounding this year’s Oscar race is how it has been the year of the woman. Our Best Picture frontrunners are Lady Bird, The Shape Of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. And the Oscar snubbed In The Fade starring Diane Kruger picked up Best Foreign Language Film at both the Critic’s […]

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Oscars 2016: When Emma Stone Won Best Picture

So, what kind of year was 2017? How to even answer this question takes a lot of consideration and research. On the surface, it seemed like yet another up and down year. The theater I believe is slowly dying, but online film and the hunger for film has been stronger than ever. I know for […]

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A Look Back At The First Ever Oscars Ceremony

The 90th Oscars ceremony is quickly approaching us. Now such a major part of the film industry that it is almost hard to believe that 90 years have past since the first ceremony. And so much has changed. The very first Oscars took place on 16th May 1929, with less than three hundred guests turning up. The presentation […]

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