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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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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Steve’s 2017 Top Ten…for now, anyway

I’m not a fan of “top tens” because they are living, breathing, ever-changing organisms, but I’ll play along and share a current snapshot of my own personal favorites from 2017.

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 16 – Best Films Of 2017

As we are forced to say goodbye to 2017, it’s time to announce our favorite films of the year. Al and I are joined by Daniel, Joel, Rob, and Bianca in a crowded, epic rundown of our personal top 10 movies of the year. We also dip into our almost-rans, those films that did not […]

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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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ELIO, OSCAR… OSCAR, ELIO

Status in the industry, body of work, relevance and “importance” of the character, and, ultimately, how the Academy wants to be viewed, all come into play. All are understandable, with one exception – that is the reverse ageism that exists specifically targeted at male actors. Unlike the other three acting categories, there is not a single portrayal of a character under 30 in Oscar’s Best Lead Actor lexicon.

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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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Oscars: 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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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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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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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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The Writers Guild Of America Announced Their Annual List Of Nominees

There were some expected inclusions like Get Out, Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name, and The Shape Of Water. But there were also some slight surprises as well. Martin McDonagh may be line to be Oscar nominated for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri but he was ineligible due to strict guild rules involving its production. So, his […]

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James Ivory – A Filmmaker with an Unobstructed View

James Ivory’s career-long intellectual freedom, precise observation of human interaction and fiercely independent spirit was instrumental in elevating film to the level where a book like Call Me by Your Name could be translated to cinema.

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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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Dunkirk And Blade Runner 2049 Big Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Winners

The Florida Film Critics Circle announced their annual set of winners and gave the Best Picture prize to Dunkirk. However, they strongly embraced Blade Runner 2049 by awarding it in four technical categories and awarded I, Tonya in both actress categories. Meanwhile, Call Me By Your Name emerged victorious in Best Actor for Timothee Chalamet […]

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Florida Film Critics Circle Nominations Shadow The Usual Suspects

The Florida Film Critics Circle announced their nominations, citing a whole host of familiar films battling it out. Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water appeared most frequently, favorable of course in many tech categories. In a similar boat is Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk – both films apparently weighted by the tag that they cannot win Best Picture at […]

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Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Love The Shape Of Water

The Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society announced their first ever award winners on Tuesday. LAOFCS was started last year to support Los Angeles online film critics. Their main goal is to support diversity in the world of film journalism. They will hold an awards ceremony on January 10th. They loved The Shape of Water awarding in […]

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Las Vegas Film Critics Society Really Like Three Billboards

The Las Vegas Film Critics Society has announced their annual awards, and this year, they went with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as their Best Picture, along with Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay, and Ensemble. I’d say there is a good chance they liked this film, which is music to my ears. Las […]

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Three Billboards Heads London Critics’ Circle Film Awards Nominations

Top film critics from the UK announced their nominations for the 38th annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards. The awards will be presented on 28th January 2018 at a gala ceremony at The May Fair Hotel, London. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri leads the pack with 7 nominations, including the trio of acting talent that were […]

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