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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Scorsese and the Oscars: Actors’ Wins, For and Against (1973 – 1991)

Heading into the 1973 Oscars, up-and-coming actor Robert De Niro was hotly fancied for a Best Supporting Actor nomination. And he had two very good chances, one with John Hancock’s baseball drama Bang the Drum Slowly, and another in a small New York picture called Mean Streets – directed by Martin Scorsese. Come nominations morning […]

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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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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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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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Makeup And Hairstylists Guild Nominations

FEATURE-LENGTH MOTION PICTURE – BEST CONTEMPORARY MAKE-UP BABY DRIVER Fionagh Cush, Phyllis Temple THE BIG SICK Leo Won, Kirsten Sylvester GHOST IN THE SHELL Deborah La Mia Denaver, Jane O’Kane PITCH PERFECT 3 Melanie Hughes-Weaver, Judy Yonemoto, Erica Kyker WONDER Naomi Bakstad, Jean Black, Megan Harkness FEATURE-LENGTH MOTION PICTURE – BEST CONTEMPORARY HAIR THE BIG […]

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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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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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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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The Online Film Critics Society Nominees Include mother! and A Ghost Story

The Online Film Critics Society announced their annual list of nominees and not only did The Shape Of Water lead the way with eight nominations but films like mother! and A Ghost Story managed to find some love. Also, early bird performances like Cynthia Nixon in A Quiet Passion and Robert Pattinson in Good Time […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 10: Close Encounters of the Critics Awards

So here comes Episode 10 of our podcast, which we may have finally settled on a name for, given the site’s successful re-branding. But enough of that, in this session host Al Robinson is joined by Daniel Smith-Rowsey, Jonathan Holmes, and Steve Schweighofer to discuss the recent critics awards events over the past couple of […]

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Screen Actors Guild Nominations Offer A Few Surprises

WOW!!!! That is all I can say about my thoughts on the Screen Actors Guild nominations. There’s so many shockers that I don’t know where to begin. For starters, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri seriously over-performed with four nominations including Best Ensemble and a surprise Supporting Actor mention for Woody Harrelson. Also, late breakers The […]

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Golden Globes Nominations Have Us Scratching Our Heads

This year’s nominations for the always unpredictable Golden Globes have been released and I must say, it is the snubs that are more noticeable than the films and performances that actually got nominated. For starters, Get Out managed to get nominated for Best Motion Picture-Musical Or Comedy and Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya, but nothing […]

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Call Me By Your Name Is The Talking Point Of The North Texas Film Critics Association Nominations

The usual suspects are present in the nominations from the North  Texan Film Critics – one of the lesser known I might add. The Florida Project, The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Dunkirk, Get Out, The Post, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri are all prominent, even the likes of Wonder Woman, Molly’s Game, Blade Runner 2049, Stronger, Battle […]

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San Diego Film Critics Society Shortlist Sally Hawkins For Two Great Performances

The San Diego Film Critics Society announced their annual list of nominees and thus far, they’ve proven to be the most colorful of the various critics groups that have announced their batch of nominees. For starters, Sally Hawkins managed to double dip in Best Actress with her work in The Shape Of Water and Maudie. […]

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The Square Takes Top Prizes At The 30th European Film Awards

Moments ago, in Berlin, The Square was named the Best European Film of the year at the 30th annual awards, which was kind what was expected at this stage given the Palme d’Or winner was also the recipient of European Comedy, Best Actor for Claes Bang, as well a double for Ruben Östlund who won Screenplay […]

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Pleasant Surprises Among The San Francisco Film Critics Circle Nominees

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards unveiled their lineup of nominees. While a fair amount of the films and performances in their lineup are consensus picks, they did make some idiosyncratic choices, like nominating Andy Serkis in Best Actor for War For The Planet Of The Apes. Also, Melissa Leo finally gets her first […]

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Wonder Woman Swoops Into The 2017 American Film Institute Top 10

The American Film Institute released their annual top 10 list and helped the eclectic and diverse crop of Oscar contenders in the list gain major traction. For starters, The Big Sick got a major boost with its inclusion and Wonder Woman got its first mention in any Best Picture lineup this season. Whether Wonder Woman […]

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