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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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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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

Wonder Woman

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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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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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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For Your Consideration: Hans Zimmer, Best Original Score, Dunkirk

If Nolan’s objective was to create an immersive experience, Zimmer’s score does much of the heavy lifting to achieve this. I can’t think of a score since John Williams’ Jaws soundtrack that has been as instrumental in achieving the director’s goals.

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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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For Your Consideration: Beach Rats, Best Cinematography, Helene Louvart

What makes great cinematography? Is it colorful lighting? Is it long tracking shots? Well, while those things do help create a visually intriguing experience, what ultimately makes great cinematography is its ability to act as a form of storytelling. It is up to the camera to try and translate the words that aren’t written in […]

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For Your Consideration: Aubrey Plaza, Best Actress, Ingrid Goes West

As those of us that follow the Oscar race know, Best Actress this year is a bloodbath with no clear frontrunner. You have Sally Hawkins for The Shape Of Water and Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri out in front. Then names like Margot Robbie for I, Tonya, Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird, […]

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For Your Consideration: Baby Driver, Best Film Editing

Baby Driver is easily one of my favorite films released in theaters this year, and part of the reason it is, is because of its crafts. As the Oscar race heats up, one of the films that I haven’t seen much attention for is Baby Driver. I don’t know why because it has some of the best: […]

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