Category: Oscars Challenge

2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #15] “When We Were Bullies” (One Nomination)

SHORT #15 OF 15 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“When We Were Bullies”MARCH 25, 2022SCREENER DAY 47 OF 48 Best Documentary Short SubjectProduced by Jay Rosenblatt Best Documentary Short Subject Jay Rosenblatt — 1st time Nominee — CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS A mind-boggling coincidence leads a filmmaker to track down his fifth grade class – and fifth grade teacher – to examine … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #15] “When We Were Bullies” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #14] “Ala Kachuu – Take and Run” (One Nomination)

SHORT #14 OF 15 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Ala Kachuu – Take and Run”MARCH 26, 2022VIMEO DAY 47 OF 48 Best Live Action Short FilmProduced by Maria Brendle and Nadine Lüchinger Best Live Action Short Film Maria Brendle — 1st time Nominee — Nadine Lüchinger — 1st time Nominee — CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Nineteen-year-old Sezim wants to fulfil her dream … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #14] “Ala Kachuu – Take and Run” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Nightmare Alley” (Four Nominations)

FILM #38 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Nightmare Alley”MARCH 25, 2022HULU DAY 46 OF 48 Best Motion Picture of the YearProduced by Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale and Bradley Cooper Best Achievement in CinematographyCinematography by Dan Laustsen Best Achievement in Costume DesignCostume Design by Luis Sequeira Best Achievement in Production DesignProduction Design by Tamara DeverellSet Decoration by Shane Vieau Best … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Nightmare Alley” (Four Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #13] “The Dress” (One Nomination)

SHORT #13 OF 15 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“THE DRESS”MARCH 24, 2022HBO MAX DAY 45 OF 48 Best Live Action Short FilmProduced by Tadeusz Łysiak and Maciej Ślesicki Best Live Action Short Film Tadeusz Łysiak — 1st time Nominee — Maciej Ślesicki PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 87TH ACADEMY AWARDS (2014)Best Documentary Short Subject“Our Curse”NOMINEE CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Lust, sexuality and physicality are … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #13] “The Dress” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [37] “The Power of the Dog” (Twelve Nominations)

FILM #37 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“The Power of the Dog”MARCH 24, 2022NETFLIX DAY 45 OF 48 Best Motion Picture of the YearProduced by Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Roger Frappier Best Achievement in DirectingDirected by Jane Campion Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading RolePerformance by Benedict Cumberbatch Best Performance by an actor in … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [37] “The Power of the Dog” (Twelve Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #12] “Bestia” (One Nomination)

SHORT #12 OF 15 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“BESTIA”MARCH 23, 2022VIMEO DAY 45 OF 48 Best Animated Short FilmProduced by Hugo Covarrubias and Tevo Díaz Best Animated Short Film Hugo Covarrubias — 1st time Nominee — Tevo Díaz — 1st time Nominee — CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS The life of a secret police agent during the military dictatorship in Chile in … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #12] “Bestia” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #11] “Please Hold” (One Nomination)

SHORT #11 OF 15 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“PLEASE HOLD”MARCH 24, 2022HBO MAX DAY 45 OF 48 Best Live Action Short FilmProduced by K.D. Dávila and Levin Menekse Best Live Action Short Film K.D. Dávila — 1st time Nominee — Levin Menekse — 1st time Nominee — CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS In the near future, a young working-class Latino is wrongfully … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #11] “Please Hold” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #10] “Boxballet” (One Nomination)

SHORT #10 OF 15 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Boxballet”MARCH 23, 2022VIMEO DAY 44 OF 48 Best Animated Short FilmProduced by Anton Dyakov Best Animated Short Film Anton Dyakov — 1st time Nominee — CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Delicate ballerina Olya meets Evgeny, a rough boxer who personifies “strong but silent.” With very different lives and worldviews, will they be brave enough … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #10] “Boxballet” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #9] “Audible” (One Nomination)

SHORT #9 OF 15 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Audible”MARCH 23, 2022NETFLIX DAY 44 OF 48 Best Documentary Short SubjectProduced by Matt Ogens and Geoff McLean Best Documentary Short Subject Matt Ogens — 1st time Nominee — Geoff McLean — 1st time Nominee — CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Shaken by a friend’s suicide, a deaf high school football player copes with family … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #9] “Audible” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #8] “Three Songs for Benazir” (One Nomination)

SHORT #8 OF 15 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Three Songs for Benazir”MARCH 23, 2022NETFLIX DAY 44 OF 48 Best Documentary Short SubjectProduced by Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei Best Documentary Short Subject Elizabeth Mirzaei — 1st time Nominee — Gulistan Mirzaei — 1st time Nominee — CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Shaista, a young man who is newly married to Benazir and … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #8] “Three Songs for Benazir” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Belfast” (Seven Nominations)

FILM #36 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“BELFAST”MARCH 23, 2022VUDU DAY 44 OF 48 Best Motion Picture of the YearProduced by Laura Berwick, Kenneth Branagh, Becca Kovacik and Tamar Thomas Best Achievement in DirectingDirected by Kenneth Branagh Best Performance by an actor in a Supporting RolePerformance by Ciarán Hinds Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RolePerformance by Judi Dench … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Belfast” (Seven Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #7] “On My Mind” (One Nomination)

SHORT #7 OF 15 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“On My Mind”MARCH 23, 2022YOUTUBE DAY 44 OF 48 Best Live Action Short FilmProduced by Martin Strange-Hansen and Kim Magnusson Best Live Action Short Film Martin Strange-Hansen PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 75TH ACADEMY AWARDS (2002)Best Live Action Short“This Charming Man (Der Er En Yndig Mand)”WINNER Kim Magnusson PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 69TH ACADEMY AWARDS (1996)Best Live Action Short“Ernst … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #7] “On My Mind” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #6] “The Windshield Wiper” (One Nomination)

SHORT #6 OF 15 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“The Windshield Wiper”MARCH 23, 2022YOUTUBE DAY 44 OF 48 Best Animated Short FilmProduced by Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez Best Animated Short Film Alberto Mielgo — 1st time Nominee — Leo Sanchez — 1st time Nominee — CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Inside a café, after lunch and while smoking a whole pack of … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #6] “The Windshield Wiper” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #5] “Affairs of the Art” (One Nomination)

SHORT #5 OF 15 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Affairs of the Art”MARCH 23, 2022YOUTUBE DAY 44 OF 48 Best Animated Short FilmProduced by Joanna Quinn and Les Mills Best Animated Short Film Joanna Quinn PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 70TH ACADEMY AWARDS (1997)Best Animated Short Film“Famous Fred”NOMINEE Les Mills — 1st time Nominee — CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Welsh housewife Beryl muses on her … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #5] “Affairs of the Art” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #4] “The Long Goodbye” (One Nomination)

SHORT #4 OF 15 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“The Long Goodbye”MARCH 23, 2022YOUTUBE DAY 44 OF 48 Best Live Action Short FilmProduced by Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed Best Live Action Short Film Aneil Karia — 1st time Nominee — Riz Ahmed PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 93RD ACADEMY AWARDS (2020)Best Actor in a Leading Role“Sound of Metal”NOMINEE CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS In a … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #4] “The Long Goodbye” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #3] “The Queen of Basketball” (One Nomination)

SHORT #3 OF 15 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“The Queen of Basketball”MARCH 23, 2022YOUTUBE DAY 44 OF 48 Best Documentary Short SubjectProduced by Ben Proudfoot Best Documentary Short Subject Ben Proudfoot PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 93RD ACADEMY AWARDS (2020)Best Documentary Short Subject“A Concerto Is a Conversation”NOMINEE CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Lucy Harris is one of the greatest living women’s basketball players. She won … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #3] “The Queen of Basketball” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #2] “Lead Me Home” (One Nomination)

SHORT #2 OF 15 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Lead Me Home”MARCH 23, 2022NETFLIX DAY 44 OF 48 Best Documentary Short SubjectProduced by Pedro Kos and Jon Shenk Best Documentary Short Subject Pedro Kos — 1st time Nominee — Jon Shenk — 1st time Nominee — CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS The film personalizes the issues faced by the 500,000 Americans coping with … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #2] “Lead Me Home” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [35] “House of Gucci” (One Nomination)

FILM #35 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“House of Gucci”MARCH 21, 2022VUDU DAY 42 OF 48 Best Achievement in Makeup and HairstylingMakeup and Hair by Göran Lundström, Anna Carin Lock and Frederic Aspiras Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Göran Lundström PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 91ST ACADEMY AWARDS (2018)Best Makeup and Hairstyling“Border”NOMINEE Anna Carin Lock — 1st time Nominee — Frederic Aspiras — … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [35] “House of Gucci” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [34] “Dune” (Ten Nominations)

FILM #34 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“DUNE”MARCH 20, 2022HBO MAX DAY 41 OF 48 Best Motion Picture of the YearProduced by Mary Parent, Denis Villeneuve and Cale Boyter Best Achievement in CinematographyCinematography by Greig Fraser Best Achievement in Costume DesignCostume Design by Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan Best Achievement in Film EditingEdited by Joe Walker Best Achievement in Makeup and … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [34] “Dune” (Ten Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [33] “The Hand of God” (One Nomination)

FILM #33 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“The Hand of God”MARCH 20, 2022NETFLIX DAY 41 OF 48 BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURECountry of Origin: Italy BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE Italy PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 20TH ACADEMY AWARDS (1947)Special Award“Shoe-Shine”WINNER 22ND ACADEMY AWARDS (1949)Special Foreign Language Film Award“The Bicycle Thief”WINNER 23RD ACADEMY AWARDS (1950)Honorary Foreign Language Film Award“Shoe-Shine”WINNER 29TH ACADEMY AWARDS (1956)Best Foreign Language Film“La Strada”WINNER 30TH … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [33] “The Hand of God” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (One Nomination)

FILM #32 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Spider-Man: No Way Home”MARCH 19, 2022VUDU DAY 40 OF 48 Best Achievement in Visual EffectsVisual Effects by Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein and Dan Sudick Best Achievement in Visual Effects Kelly Port PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 91ST ACADEMY AWARDS (2018)Best Visual Effects“Avengers: Infinity War”NOMINEE Chris Waegner — 1st time Nominee — Scott Edelstein — 1st … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (One Nomination)

FILM #31 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”MARCH 19, 2022DISNEY+ DAY 40 OF 48 Best Achievement in Visual EffectsVisual Effects by Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker and Dan Olive Best Achievement in Visual Effects Christopher Townsend PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 86TH ACADEMY AWARDS (2013)Best Visual Effects“Iron Man 3”NOMINEE 90TH ACADEMY AWARDS (2017)Best Visual Effects“Guardians … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [30] “No Time To Die” (Three Nominations)

FILM #30 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“No Time To Die”MARCH 19, 2022VUDU DAY 40 OF 48 Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original SONG)“No Time To Die“Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell Best Achievement in Visual EffectsVisual Effects by Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner and Chris Corbould Best SoundSound Design by Simon Hayes, Oliver … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [30] “No Time To Die” (Three Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [29] “King Richard” (Six Nominations)

FILM #29 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“King Richard”MARCH 18, 2022VUDU DAY 39 OF 48 Best Motion Picture of the YearProduced by Tim White, Trevor White and Will Smith Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading RolePerformance by Will Smith Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RolePerformance by Aunjanue Ellis Best Achievement in Film EditingEdited by Pamela Martin … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [29] “King Richard” (Six Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [28] “Don’t Look Up” (Four Nominations)

FILM #28 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Don’t Look Up”MARCH 11, 2022NETFLIX DAY 32 OF 48 Best Motion Picture of the YearProduced by Adam McKay and Kevin Messick Best Achievement in Film EditingEdited by Hank Corwin Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)Composed by Nicholas Britell Best Achievement in WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)Screenplay by Adam McKayStory by Adam McKay … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [28] “Don’t Look Up” (Four Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [27] “Writing With Fire” (One Nomination)

FILM #27 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Writing With Fire”MARCH 10, 2022FILM INDEPENDENT SCREENER DAY 31 OF 48 BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATUREProduced by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Rintu Thomas — 1st time Nominee — Sushmit Ghosh — 1st time Nominee — CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Armed with smartphones and tenacity, a fearless group of journalists from India’s … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [27] “Writing With Fire” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [26] “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (Two Nominations)

FILM #26 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”MARCH 9, 2022HULU DAY 30 OF 48 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading RolePerformance by Jessica Chastain Best Achievement in Makeup and HairstylingMakeup and Hair by Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Jessica Chastain PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 84TH ACADEMY … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [26] “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (Two Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [25] “Attica” (One Nomination)

FILM #25 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Attica”MARCH 7, 2022PRIME VIDEO DAY 28 OF 48 BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATUREProduced by Stanley Nelson and Traci A. Curry BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Stanley Nelson — 1st time Nominee — Traci A. Curry — 1st time Nominee — CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS On September 9, 1971, inmates at the Attica Correctional Facility seized part of … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [25] “Attica” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [24] “Free Guy” (One Nomination)

FILM #24 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Free Guy”MARCH 6, 2022DISNEY+ DAY 27 OF 48 Best Achievement in Visual EffectsVisual Effects by Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis and Dan Sudick Best Achievement in Visual Effects Swen Gillberg PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS (2011)Best Visual Effects“Real Steel”NOMINEE Bryan Grill PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 78TH ACADEMY AWARDS (1985)Best Visual Effects“Hereafter”NOMINEE 87TH ACADEMY AWARDS (2014)Best … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [24] “Free Guy” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [23] “West Side Story” (Seven Nominations)

FILM #23 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“West Side Story”MARCH 5, 2022HBO MAX DAY 26 OF 48 Best Motion Picture of the YearProduced by Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger Best Achievement in DirectingDirected by Steven Spielberg Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RolePerformance by Ariana DeBose Best Achievement in CinematographyCinematography by Janusz Kaminski Best Achievement in Costume DesignCostume … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [23] “West Side Story” (Seven Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [22] “Cyrano” (One Nomination)

FILM #22 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“CYRANO”MARCH 5, 2022AMC UNIVERSAL CITY WALK DAY 26 OF 48 Best Achievement in Costume DesignCostume Design by Massimo Cantini Parrini and Jacqueline Durran Best Achievement in Costume Design Massimo Cantini Parrini PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 93RD ACADEMY AWARDS (2020)Best Costume Design“Pinocchio”NOMINEE Jacqueline Durran PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 78TH ACADEMY AWARDS (1985)Best Costume Design“Pride & Prejudice”NOMINEE 80TH ACADEMY AWARDS … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [22] “Cyrano” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [21] “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” (One Nomination)

FILM #21 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom”MARCH 3, 2022VUDU DAY 24 OF 48 BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURECountry of Origin: Bhutan BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE Bhutan — 1st time Nominee — CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS A disillusioned schoolteacher is transferred to the most remote school in the world, cut off from modern life deep in the Himalayan … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [21] “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [20] “Four Good Days” (One Nomination)

FILM #20 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Four Good Days”MARCH 2, 2022HULU DAY 23 OF 48 Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original SONG)“Somehow You Do“Music and Lyric by Diane Warren Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original SONG) Diane Warren PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 60TH ACADEMY AWARDS (1987)Best Original Song“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”from “Mannequin”NOMINEE 69TH ACADEMY AWARDS … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [20] “Four Good Days” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Spencer” (One Nomination)

FILM #19 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Spencer”FEBRUARY 28, 2022HULU DAY 21 OF 48 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading RolePerformance by Kristen Stewart Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Kristen Stewart — 1st time Nominee — CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS After 10 years, the marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Spencer” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [18] “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (Three Nominations)

FILM #18 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“The Tragedy of Macbeth”FEBRUARY 27, 2022APPLE TV+ DAY 20 OF 48 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading RolePerformance by Denzel Washington Best Achievement in CinematographyPerformance by Bruno Delbonnel Best Achievement in Production DesignProduction Design by Stefan DechantSet Decoration by Nancy Haigh Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Denzel Washington … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [18] “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (Three Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Being the Ricardos” (Three Nominations)

FILM #17 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Being the Ricardos”FEBRUARY 26, 2022PRIME VIDEO DAY 19 OF 48 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading RolePerformance by Javier Bardem Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading RolePerformance by Nicole Kidman Best Performance by an actor in a Supporting RolePerformance by J.K. Simmons Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Being the Ricardos” (Three Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [16] “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” (One Nomination)

FILM #16 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“The Mitchells vs. the Machines”FEBRUARY 26, 2022NETFLIX DAY 19 OF 48 BEST ANIMATED FEATUREProduced by Michael Rianda, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Kurt Albrecht BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Michael Rianda — 1st time Nominee — Phil Lord PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 91ST ACADEMY AWARDS (2018)Best Animated Feature“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”WINNER Christopher Miller PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 91ST ACADEMY AWARDS … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [16] “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [15] “tick, tick…BOOM!” (Two Nominations)

FILM #15 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“tick, tick…BOOM!”FEBRUARY 26, 2022NETFLIX DAY 19 OF 48 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading RolePerformance by Andrew Garfield Best Achievement in Film EditingEdited by Myron Kerstein and Andrew Weisblum Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Andrew Garfield PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 89TH ACADEMY AWARDS (2017)Best Actor in a Leading Role“Hacksaw Ridge”NOMINEE … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [15] “tick, tick…BOOM!” (Two Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #1] “Robin Robin” (One Nomination)

SHORT #1 OF 15 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“robin robin”FEBRUARY 26, 2022NETFLIX DAY 19 OF 48 Best Animated Short FilmProduced by Dan Ojari and Mikey Please Best Animated Short Film Dan Ojari — 1st time Nominee — Mikey Please — 1st time Nominee — CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS When her egg rolls into a rubbish dump, Robin is raised by a … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [Short Film #1] “Robin Robin” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [14] “The Worst Person in the World” (Two Nominations)

FILM #14 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“The Worst Person in the World”FEBRUARY 24, 2022SCREENER DAY 17 OF 48 BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURECountry of Origin: Norway Best Achievement in WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)Screenplay by Eskil Vogt and Joachim Trier BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE Norway PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 30TH ACADEMY AWARDS (1957)Best Foreign Language Film“Nine Lives”NOMINEE 60TH ACADEMY AWARDS (1987)Best Foreign Language Film“Pathfinder”NOMINEE 69TH ACADEMY AWARDS … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [14] “The Worst Person in the World” (Two Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Drive My Car” (Four Nominations)

FILM #13 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“DRIVE MY CAR”FEBRUARY 20, 2022SCREENER DAY 13 OF 48 Best Motion Picture of the YearProduced by Teruhisa Yamamoto Best Achievement in DirectingDirected by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURECountry of Origin: Japan Best Achievement in WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)Screenplay by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa OeBased on “Drive My Car” by Haruki Murakami Best Motion Picture of … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Drive My Car” (Four Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Encanto” (Three Nominations)

FILM #12 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“ENCANTO”FEBRUARY 19, 2022DISNEY+ DAY 12 OF 48 BEST ANIMATED FEATUREProduced by Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)Composed by Germaine Franco Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original SONG)“Dos Oruguitas”Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Jared Bush … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Encanto” (Three Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Raya and the Last Dragon” (One Nomination)

FILM #11 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Raya and the Last Dragon”FEBRUARY 19, 2022DISNEY+ DAY 12 OF 48 BEST ANIMATED FEATUREProduced by Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Don Hall PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 87TH ACADEMY AWARDS (2014)Best Animated Feature“Big Hero 6”WINNER Carlos López Estrada — 1st time Nominee — Osnat Shurer PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 89TH … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Raya and the Last Dragon” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Luca” (One Nomination)

FILM #10 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“LUCA”FEBRUARY 19, 2022DISNEY+ DAY 12 OF 48 BEST ANIMATED FEATUREProduced by Enrico Casarosa and Andrea Warren BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Enrico Casarosa PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS (2011)Best Short Film (Animated)“La Luna”NOMINEE Andrea Warren — 1st time Nominee — CHANCES PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS In a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera in the … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Luca” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [9] “Licorice Pizza” (Three Nominations)

FILM #9 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“CODA”FEBRUARY 18, 2022AMC UNIVERSAL CITYWALK DAY 11 OF 48 Best Motion Picture of the YearProduced by Sara Murphy, Adam Somner and Paul Thomas Anderson Best Achievement in DirectingDirected by Paul Thomas Anderson Best Achievement in WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson Best Motion Picture of the Year Sara Murphy — 1st time Nominee … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [9] “Licorice Pizza” (Three Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [8] “Flee” (Three Nominations)

FILM #8 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“FLEE”FEBRUARY 17, 2022HULU DAY 10 OF 48 BEST ANIMATED FEATUREProduced by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Bryge Sørensen and Charlotte De La Gournerie BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATUREProduced by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Bryge Sørensen and Charlotte De La Gournerie BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURECountry of Origin: Denmark BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Jonas Poher Rasmussen — … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [8] “Flee” (Three Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [7] “CODA” (Three Nominations)

FILM #7 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“CODA”FEBRUARY 16, 2022APPLE TV+ DAY 9 OF 48 Best Motion Picture of the YearProduced by Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger Best Performance by an actor in a Supporting RolePerformance by Troy Kotsur Best Achievement in WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)Screenplay by Siân HederBased on “La Famille Bélier” by Victoria Bedos, Thomas Bidegain, Stanislas Carré … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [7] “CODA” (Three Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [6] “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” (One Nomination)

FILM #6 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”FEBRUARY 15, 2022HULU DAY 8 OF 48 BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATUREProduced by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Ahmir Thompson — 1st time Nominee — Joseph Patel — 1st time Nominee — Robert Fyvolent — 1st time Nominee … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [6] “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Lost Daughter” (Three Nominations)

FILM #5 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“THE LOST DAUGHTER”FEBRUARY 14, 2022NETFLIX DAY 7 OF 48 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading RolePerformance by Olivia Colman Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RolePerformance by Jessie Buckley Best Achievement in WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)Written by Maggie GyllenhaalBased on “The Lost Daughter” by Elena Ferrante Best Performance by an Actress … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Lost Daughter” (Three Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [4] “Cruella” (Two Nominations)

FILM #4 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“CRUELLA”FEBRUARY 12, 2022DISNEY+ DAY 5 OF 48 Best Achievement in Costume DesignCostume Design by Jenny Beavan Best Achievement in Makeup and HairstylingMakeup and Hair by Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne, and Julia Vernon Best Achievement in Costume Design Jenny Beavan PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS 57TH ACADEMY AWARDS (1985)Best Costume Design“The Bostonians”NOMINEE 59TH ACADEMY AWARDS (1987)Best Costume Design“A … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [4] “Cruella” (Two Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Parallel Mothers” (Two Nominations)

FILM #3 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“PARALLEL MOTHERS”FEBRUARY 12, 2022SCREENER DAY 5 OF 48 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading RolePerformance by Penélope Cruz Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)Composed by Alberto Iglesias “Telenovela” was the first word to come to mind after watching “Parallel Mothers.” And not because Penélope Cruz is a Spanish … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Parallel Mothers” (Two Nominations)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [2] “Coming 2 America” (One Nomination)

FILM #2 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“COMING 2 AMERICA”FEBRUARY 9, 2022PRIME VIDEO DAY 2 OF 48 Best Achievement in Makeup and HairstylingMakeup and Hair by Mike Marino, Stacey Morris and Carla Farmer Eddie Murphy turning himself into other characters has become a time-honored tradition. One recognized by the Academy on many occasions. Usually, Rick Baker was behind the prosthetics used … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [2] “Coming 2 America” (One Nomination)

2022 Oscars Challenge: [1] “Ascension” (One Nomination)

FILM #1 OF 38 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2022 OSCARS CHALLENGE“ASCENSION”FEBRUARY 8, 2022PARAMOUNT+ DAY 1 OF 48 BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATUREProduced by Jessica Kingdon, Kira Simon-Kennedy and Nathan Truesdell With “Ascension,” Jessica Kingdon opens a window into the working class of the Chinese people at many different class levels. We go from the streets where tattoos will keep you from getting a job to high-end … Read More 2022 Oscars Challenge: [1] “Ascension” (One Nomination)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [41] “Promising Young Woman” (Six Nominations)

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN BEST PICTUREBEST DIRECTINGBEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLEBEST FILM EDITINGBEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) Medical student Cassie was a promising young woman until a mysterious event derailed her future. Now, nothing in her life is what it seems; she is smart, cunning and lives a double life at night while seeking to right the wrongs of the past. Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [41] “Promising Young Woman” (Six Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [40] “News of the World” (Four Nominations)

NEWS OF THE WORLD BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYBEST ORIGINAL SCOREBEST PRODUCTION DESIGNBEST SOUND Five years after the Civil War, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd crosses paths with Johanna, a 10-year-old girl taken in by the Kiowa people six years earlier. When Johanna is forced to return to her aunt and uncle, Kidd agrees to escort her across the harsh and unforgiving plains of Texas. Dariusz Wolski PERSONAL … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [40] “News of the World” (Four Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [39] “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Six Nominations)

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH BEST PICTUREBEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (KALUUYA)BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (STANFIELD)BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYBEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) Bill O’Neal infiltrates the Black Panthers on the orders of FBI agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle is waged for O’Neal’s soul. … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [39] “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Six Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [38] “The Midnight Sky” — Best Visual Effects

THE MIDNIGHT SKY BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Following a mysterious global catastrophe, Augustine, a scientist based in the Arctic, races to stop a group of astronauts from returning home to a planet that cannot sustain life much longer. Matthew Kasmir, Christopher Lawrence, Max Solomon and David Watkins PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Matthew Kasmir | Max Solomon | David Watkins — 1st time Nominees — Christopher … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [38] “The Midnight Sky” — Best Visual Effects

2021 Oscars Challenge: [37] “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” — Best Actress in a Leading Role

THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY BEST Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role In the 1940s, the U.S. government targeted beloved jazz icon Billie Holiday as part of their war on drugs, to prevent her from performing her heart-wrenching ballad “Strange Fruit,” a blatant cry against lynching. Andra Day Harassed by the police for performing her song “Strange Fruit,” a ballad about … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [37] “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” — Best Actress in a Leading Role

2021 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Da 5 Bloods” — Best Original Score

DA 5 BLOODS BEST ORIGINAL SCORE Four African-American veterans – Paul, Otis, Eddie and Melvin – return to Vietnam with Paul’s son David to search for the remains of their fallen leader and the gold he helped hide. Terence Blanchard PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Terence Blanchard 2018 (91st) Best Original Score “BlacKkKlansman” WON RELEASE DATEJune 12, 2020 DIRECTORSpike Lee WRITTEN BYDanny BilsonPaul De MeoKevin … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Da 5 Bloods” — Best Original Score

2021 Oscars Challenge: [35] “The White Tiger” — Best Adapted Screenplay

THE WHITE TIGER BEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) A poor Indian driver must use his wit and cunning to break free from servitude to his rich masters and rise to the top of the heap. Written for the screen by Ramin Bahrani PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Ramin Bahrani — 1st time Nominee — RELEASE DATEJanuary 13, 2021 DIRECTORRamin Bahrani WRITTEN BYRamin Bahrani BASED ON“The White … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [35] “The White Tiger” — Best Adapted Screenplay

2021 Oscars Challenge: [34] “Pieces of a Woman” — Best Actress in a Leading Role

PIECES OF A WOMAN BEST Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role After a young mother’s home birth ends in unfathomable tragedy, she begins a year-long odyssey of mourning and self-discovery that fractures relationships with her mother, partner and loved ones. Vanessa Kirby After the loss of her baby during a home childbirth, Martha Weiss begins a year-long odyssey of mourning and self-discovery … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [34] “Pieces of a Woman” — Best Actress in a Leading Role

2021 Oscars Challenge: [33] “Nomadland” (Six Nominations)

NOMADLAND BEST PICTUREBEST DIRECTINGBEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLEBEST CINEMATOGRAPHYBEST FILM EDITINGBEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) Following the economic collapse of the small town of Empire, Nevada, Fern packs her van to explore a life outside conventional society as a modern-day nomad in the American West. Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao “Nomadland” is the front-runner in Best Picture. It … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [33] “Nomadland” (Six Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” — Best Documentary Feature

CRIP CAMP: A DISABILITY REVOLUTION BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE A groundbreaking summer camp galvanizes a group of teens with disabilities to help build a movement, thereby forging a new path toward greater equality. Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht and Sara Bolder PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS — 1st time Nominees — RELEASE DATEMarch 25, 2020 DIRECTORNicole NewnhamJames Lebrecht SCREENPLAYNicole NewnhamJames Lebrecht STUDIONetflix R(for some language including sexual … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” — Best Documentary Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Greyhound” — Best Sound

GREYHOUND BEST SOUND Captain Ernest Kraus is a longtime Navy veteran who, as a first-time captain, is tasked with protecting a convoy of 37 ships carrying thousands of soldiers and much-needed supplies across the treacherous waters of the Atlantic during World War II. Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders and David Wyman PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Warren Shaw | David Wyman — 1st time … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Greyhound” — Best Sound

2021 Oscars Challenge: [30] “Mulan” (Two Nominations)

MULAN BEST COSTUME DESIGNBEST VISUAL EFFECTS The film brings China’s legendary warrior to life in the story of a fearless young woman – masquerading as a man – who risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest heroes China has ever known. Bina Daigeler PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Bina Daigeler — 1st time Nominee — … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [30] “Mulan” (Two Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [29] “Soul” (Three Nominations)

SOUL BEST ANIMATED FEATUREBEST ORIGINAL SCOREBEST SOUND A musician whose passion for jazz is all-consuming teams up with a sarcastic and well-practiced skeptic on a mission to figure out exactly what makes life worth living. Pete Docter and Dana Murray Nothing can beat “Soul.” PERSONAL PREDICTIONS EXPERT PREDICTIONS Pete Docter 1995 (68th) Best Original Screenplay “Toy Story” NOMINATED 2001 (74th) Best Animated Feature “Monsters … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [29] “Soul” (Three Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [28] “Mank” (Ten Nominations)

MANK BEST PICTUREBEST DIRECTINGBEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLEBEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLEBEST CINEMATOGRAPHYBEST COSTUME DESIGNBEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLINGBEST ORIGINAL SCOREBEST PRODUCTION DESIGNBEST SOUND 1930s Hollywood is re-evaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of CITIZEN KANE for Orson Welles. Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth and Douglas Urbanski PERSONAL PREDICTIONS … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [28] “Mank” (Ten Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [27] “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Six Nominations)

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 BEST PICTUREBEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLEBEST CINEMATOGRAPHYBEST FILM EDITINGBEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police. Protest organizers were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot, and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [27] “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Six Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Tenet” (Two Nominations)

TENET BEST PRODUCTION DESIGNBEST VISUAL EFFECTS After being dismissed from his job, a CIA agent joins a shadowy group of international espionage agents who invert time in an effort to prevent an impending global war that could destroy the planet. Production Design: Nathan CrowleySet Decoration: Kathy Lucas Walking into any Christopher Nolan film, you know the Production Design is going to be exquisite. And … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Tenet” (Two Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [25] “The Father” (Six Nominations)

THE FATHER BEST PICTUREBEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLEBEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLEBEST FILM EDITINGBEST PRODUCTION DESIGNBEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) Anthony is 80, living defiantly alone and rejecting the home healthcare aides that his daughter, Anne, introduces. Yet help is a necessity as she can’t make daily visits anymore and Anthony begins to doubt his family, his surroundings and his grip on reality. … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [25] “The Father” (Six Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [24] “Hillbilly Elegy” (Two Nominations)

HILLBILLY ELEGY BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLEBEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING Yale Law student J.D. must return to his hometown to push his mother Bev, a longtime drug addict, into entering rehab. As he deals with Bev, J.D. also wrestles with the poverty, despair and deep-seated Appalachian traditions that have shaped his family. Glenn Close Having left the hillbilly Appalachian backwoods of Kentucky for … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [24] “Hillbilly Elegy” (Two Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [23] “The Man Who Sold His Skin” — Best International Feature

The Man Who Sold His Skin BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE Sam Ali, a young Syrian, left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to travel to Europe and get back the love of his life, he agrees to have his back tattooed by one of by the world’s most notorious contemporary artists, turning his own body into a piece of art. … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [23] “The Man Who Sold His Skin” — Best International Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [22] “One Night In Miami” (Three Nominations)

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI… BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLEBEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)BEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) A fictional account of one incredible night in 1964, when four icons of activism, sports and music – Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke – gathered, discussing their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the ’60s. Leslie Odom, Jr. At the … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [22] “One Night In Miami” (Three Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [21] “Onward” — Best Animated Feature

ONWARD BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Two brothers seek to conjure a spell that will bring their late father back to life for just one day. To share with him precious moments they have longed for, they race against time for one brother to say hello, and the other goodbye. Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae “Onward” was one of the last movies I saw in the … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [21] “Onward” — Best Animated Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [20] “Another Round” (Two Nominations)

ANOTHER ROUND BEST DIRECTINGBEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE High school teacher Martin is stuck in a rut at work and home and, along with his three best friends, decides to find if drinking alcohol on a daily basis will increase his enjoyment of life. Thomas Vinterberg There’s been a trend of International directors getting nominated in Best Directing. It happened a few years ago when “Cold … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [20] “Another Round” (Two Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Love and Monsters” — Best Visual Effects

LOVE AND MONSTERS BEST VISUAL EFFECTS In a post-apocalyptic world where the planet has been overrun by monsters of every size and shape, a young man emerges from an underground compound and sets out to join his high school girlfriend in a compound some 85 miles away. Matt Sloan, Genevieve Camilleri, Matt Everitt and Brian Cox When “Love and Monsters” was announced as one … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Love and Monsters” — Best Visual Effects

2021 Oscars Challenge: [18] “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” — Best Animated Feature

A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Shaun and the flock race to help an adorable alien find her way home after her ship crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm and sparks a UFO frenzy. Richard Phelan, Will Becher and Paul Kewley The Academy loves to recognize Nick Park and his crew. Any year one of their claymation features releases they find themselves … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [18] “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” — Best Animated Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Sound Of Metal” (Six Nominations)

SOUND OF METAL BEST PICTUREBEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLEBEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLEBEST FILM EDITINGBEST SOUNDBEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) The life of an itinerant punk-metal drummer begins to unravel when he suddenly loses his hearing, and with it, his identity. Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche The big three have to be “Nomadland,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” and “Promising Young … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Sound Of Metal” (Six Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [16] “Over The Moon” — Best Animated Feature

OVER THE MOON BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Fueled with determination and a passion for science, a bright young girl builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess. Glen Keane, Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou “Over The Moon” getting nominated for Best Animated Feature is not a surprise. The surprise came when the film’s main song, “Rocket to … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [16] “Over The Moon” — Best Animated Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [15] “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Five Nominations)

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM BEST Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleBEST Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleBEST Achievement in Production DesignBEST Achievement in Makeup and HairstylingBEST Achievement in Costume Design During a recording session in a Chicago studio in 1927, tensions rise between famed singer Ma Rainey, ambitious horn player Levee and Ma Rainey’s white manager, both of whom are … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [15] “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Five Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [14] “Emma” (Two Nominations)

EMMA BEST COSTUME DESIGNBEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING Handsome, clever and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along. Alexandra Byrne Apart from the performances, especially from … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [14] “Emma” (Two Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” — Best Original Song

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG) When aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for. “Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”Music and … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” — Best Original Song

2021 Oscars Challenge: [12] “The Mole Agent” — Best Documentary Feature

THE MOLE AGENT BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE When a family grows concerned for their mother’s well-being in a retirement home, private investigator Romulo hires 83-year-old Sergio to become a new resident and a mole inside the home. Sergio struggles to balance his assignment with his increasing involvement in the lives of other residents. Maite Alberdi and Marcela Santibáñez A private investigator sends 83-year-old Sergio into … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [12] “The Mole Agent” — Best Documentary Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Time” — Best Documentary Feature

TIME BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE In this love story filmed over two decades, indomitable matriarch Fox Rich strives to raise her six sons and keep her family together while fighting for her husband’s release from the Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly known as Angola. Garrett Bradley, Lauren Domino and Kellen Quinn “Time” is a documentary about real people dealing with real issues. Fox Rich tells the … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Time” — Best Documentary Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Two Nominations)

BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLEBEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) A satire on Trump’s America that follows a Kazakh journalist who is sent to America to deliver a gift to Vice President Mike Pence. His worldview is turned upside down when he learns to love and respect his daughter. Maria Bakalova Treated like an animal in her country of Kazakhstan, Tutar Sagdiyev … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Two Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [9] “The One and Only Ivan” — Best Visual Effects

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Ivan, a silverback gorilla, is the star of a shopping mall attraction, but when baby elephant Ruby arrives, Ivan learns how to keep a promise and to be who he really is. Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones and Santiago Colomo Martinez Last year, Walt Disney released films like “Mulan” and “Soul,” which were impossible to … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [9] “The One and Only Ivan” — Best Visual Effects

2021 Oscars Challenge: [8] “Better Days” — Best International Feature

BETTER DAYS BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE Two damaged souls form a unique bond, but as they graduate into the more complicated adult world, the innocent promise they once made to each other may no longer be sufficient to lead them out of the dark. Hong Kong “Better Days” may be a love story on the surface, but it’s also an ode to anti-bullying. Bullying is … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [8] “Better Days” — Best International Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [7] “Pinocchio” (Two Nominations)

PINOCCHIO BEST COSTUME DESIGNBEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING Geppetto, an old woodcarver who longs for a son, creates a puppet and names him Pinocchio. The wooden boy, full of mischief and the desire to be a real boy, is easily led astray by ne’er-do-wells as he embarks on adventures that carry him far from home. Massimo Cantini Parrini Easily the biggest surprise of the awards … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [7] “Pinocchio” (Two Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [6] “My Octopus Teacher” — Best Documentary Feature

MY OCTOPUS TEACHER BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE While swimming in the waters of the Great African Sea Forest, filmmaker and conservationist Craig Foster meets an unlikely teacher: a young octopus. After visiting her den every day for months, he eventually wins the animal’s trust, and as she shares the secrets of her world, Foster undergoes a transformation. Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster Being … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [6] “My Octopus Teacher” — Best Documentary Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [5] “Minari” (Six Nominations)

MINARI BEST PICTUREBEST DIRECTINGBEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLEBEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLEBEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) A Korean-American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream, and discovers the resilience of their family and what really makes a home. Christina Oh “Minari” is precisely the movie we need right now. With all the hate toward … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [5] “Minari” (Six Nominations)

2021 Oscars Challenge: [4] “The Life Ahead” — Best Original Song

THE LIFE AHEAD BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG) In seaside Italy, a Holocaust survivor with a daycare business, Madame Rosa, takes in 12-year-old Momo, the Senegalese Muslim boy who recently robbed her. The two loners become each other’s protectors, anchoring an unconventional family. “Io Sì (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead”Music by Diane WarrenLyrics by Diane Warren and Laura PausiniPerformed by Laura Pausini Another year, another … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [4] “The Life Ahead” — Best Original Song

2021 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Quo Vadis, Aida?” — Best International Feature

QUO VADIS, AIDA? BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp. What is on the horizon for her family and people – rescue or death – and how should she act? Bosnia and … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Quo Vadis, Aida?” — Best International Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [2] “Wolfwalkers” — Best Animated Feature

WOLFWALKERS BEST ANIMATED FEATURE A young apprentice hunter journeys to Ireland with her father to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night. Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young and Stéphan Roelants There should be no real surprise that “Wolfwalkers” got a Best Animated Feature … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [2] “Wolfwalkers” — Best Animated Feature

2021 Oscars Challenge: [1] “Collective” (Two Nominations)

COLLECTIVE BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATUREBEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE The film follows a team of journalists who uncover widespread corruption. After a deadly nightclub fire, the mysterious death of a powerful pharmaceutical firm’s owner and the resignation of a health minister, the reporters expose a much larger, even more explosive political scandal. Alexander Nanau and Bianca Oana If a documentary can change the way you feel or … Read More 2021 Oscars Challenge: [1] “Collective” (Two Nominations)

2020 Oscars Challenge: Best Live Action Short Films

Personally, “Nefta Football Club” was my favorite short of the Oscars, just because it went places that I didn’t expect it to go and it was very humorous for what it was. The front-runner is “The Neighbors’ Window,” which I found to be a little too creepy for my liking.

2020 Oscars Challenge: Best Documentary Short Films

“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)” feels like the clear winner, as it broaches a topic that not only brings to light its topic but also entertains by capturing these dynamic young women. The only short that even has a chance of upsetting it would likely be the US’s “St. Louis Superman,” as its central character is extremely captivating.

2020 Oscars Challenge: Best Animated Short Films

The front-runner for this year’s Best Animated Short is the Sony Animations short, “Hair Love,” which played in front of “The Angry Birds Movie 2” and later “Jumanji: The Next Level” and was also my personal favorite. Pixar has it’s own short in contention with “Kitbull.” The rest of the contenders are foreign entries.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” — Three Nominations

Every time a “Star Wars” film comes out and John Williams does the score, he gets nominated. The man now has 52 Academy Award nominations. Needless to say, he will not be winning his sixth Oscar this year, as the scores for “1917” and “Joker” are the front-runners.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [37] “The Irishman” — Ten Nominations

What a year it is when we’re talking about a Martin Scorsese film being “unlikely” to win Best Picture. Top that off with a film that’s garnering ten nominations, at least as far as my projections, is “unlikely” to win all ten. I expect “The Irishman” to be completely shut out this year and that’s absolutely bonkers when you think of how prestigious Scorsese is. But it just goes to show you what kind of year we’ve had for movies.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Parasite” — Six Nominations

Let’s just bask in the fact that absolutely no one nominated for this film has ever been nominated for an Academy Award before. Even the country of South Korea had yet to even gain a nomination. Now Bong Joon Ho and the rest of his crew can get their names in the history books. And “Parasite” is actually one of the Big Three, with runner-up status as we speak. The only reason it’s not front and center is because “1917” has been cleaning up the awards, from the PGA to the DGA to the Globes. “Parasite” has done well in its own right, winning the SAG Ensemble award as well as Best International Film at the Globes. It simply depends where the Academy leans.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [35] “Ad Astra” — Best Sound Mixing

“Ad Astra” was one of this year’s outliers, a film that was nominated nothing but one random award. In this case, it was nominated for Best Sound Mixing and kudos to the team for getting that recognition despite the film not landing anywhere in the Oscars. Will it win? Probably not. But it definitely has merits to be here. The entire category is filmed with Best Picture nominated film and right now it comes down to “1917” and “Ford v Ferrari” for the win.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [34] “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” — Ten Nominations

Heading into the awards season this year, it felt like “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” might end up being the film to beat. However, then “1917” and “Parasite” came on the scene and started winning everything. Now, “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” is still apart of the Big Three, remaining in the conversation, but being overshadowed by those other two films, which have been sweeping the season thus far.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [33] “Avengers: Endgame” — Best Visual Effects

Even though it’s clearly the film that relies on Visual Effects the most, “Avengers: Endgame” is actually considered the runner-up to “1917.” There will definitely be a lot of love for “1917,” but if you stop and think about the impact of visual effects on both films, “Avengers: Endgame” is definitely the actual front-runner. It just depends where the Academy voters land.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [32] Corpus Christi (Poland) — Best International Feature Film

“Parasite” has this category locked up, so almost anything else is a non-starter. Even if that’s not the case and something does upset, it’ll likely be “Pain and Glory” and not “Corpus Christi.” The experts actually have it placed dead last, so the chances for it are not good.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Jojo Rabbit” — Six Nominations

Not apart of the Big Three (“1917,” “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” and “Parasite”) there’s very little chance for “Jojo Rabbit” to win. However, it is a front-runner in the Best Adapted Screenplay category after winning the WGA Award. Scarlett Johansson is still in contention for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role, although she’ll have to upset Laura Dern. The rest of the categories its nominated for seem fairly unlikely.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [30] “Joker” — Eleven Nominations

Chances are, it’s not going to win Best Picture, as three other film (“1917,” “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” and “Parasite”) seem to have a bigger claim to it, but it’s definitely in the range of possibilities for Joaquin Phoenix to win for Best Leading Actor and Hildur Guðnadóttir to win for Best Original Score.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [29] “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” — Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Brad Pitt holds the front-runner spot in Best Actor in a Supporting Role, having been sweeping the season. However, when reading how some of the Academy voters were voting, Tom Hanks name was coming up a lot. The fact that he’s playing an actual historic figure and such a beloved one on top of that, this could designate a possible upset. My bets are still on no, but if there is an upset, it will likely be Hanks.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [28] “The Cave” — Best Documentary Feature

At the moment, “American Factory” seems to hold the front-runner status for one reason or another. “For Sama” and “The Cave” are very similar in subject matter, so the runner-up status likely drops to one of them. Personally, I feel like “For Sama” was the more engaging film, so for that I feel like “The Cave” falls to third place. However, reading Academy voters ballots that were released, “The Cave” was brought up quite a bit.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [27] “Knives Out” — Best Original Screenplay

The mere fact that Rian Johnson made it here thrills me to no end. I loved “Knives Out” but did not see it getting anywhere near the Oscars. “Parasite” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” being part of the Big Three make them the front-runners here. But if there’s going to be a jaw-dropping upset, it might be “Knives Out” winning here.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Rocketman” — Best Original Song

Elton John is a huge international star that is beloved by millions. Saying his song is a front-runner just for that initial fact is no stretch of the imagination. Add to that, his song has been winning in other venues, including the Golden Globes, and it is definitely the odds-on favorite to win. Personally, I do adhere to the love. Not being a huge Elton John fan, I see the song for what’s it worth. Granted, the entire category is not very inspired, but the “Rocketman” song in particular is lost on me. Now, the only thing that points toward an upset here is the fact that “Rocketman” missed out on other categories this year like Best Actor in a Leading Role for Taron Egerton and even Best Costume Design. That tells me it didn’t have as much support as you’d expect. That being said, unless somehow “Frozen II” or “Harriet” get some support behind it, which their support are both dwindling, I would not expect an anything to be able to upset it.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [25] “Ford v Ferrari” — Four Nominations

As of right now, I have “Ford v Ferrari” winning two, possibly three, out of the four awards it’s nominated for. Yet, somehow, the experts place it dead last for the films in the Best Picture category. Other films, like “The Irishman” and “Little Women” I have winning zero awards and yet those are somehow ahead of “Ford v Ferrari.” That being said, there’s no way “Ford v Ferrari” wins Best Picture. The Big Three are currently “1917,” “Once Upon A Time In Hollywoood,” and “Parasite.”

2020 Oscars Challenge: [24] “The Lighthouse” — Best Cinematography

Many were surprised that “The Lighthouse” didn’t garner any other attention from the Academy, especially with Willem Dafoe being a favorite of theirs. The cinematography, though stepping outside the box and deliviering something different, does not seem like Academy Award winning material, especially when you have Roger Deakins breaking ground with “1917.” The experts place “The Lighthouse” at the very bottom of the pack and although I do not necessarily agree with that, it does not have a very good chance of winning.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [23] “Harriet” — Two Nominations

Nothing against the film, but I’m surprised “Harriet” got as much attention as it did. The fact that Cynthia Erivo showed up in during a stacked year for performances is quite the achievement. It reeks of voting for a person of color to get a nomination, but I don’t want to undermine Erivo’s accomplishments. Renée Zellweger is the clear front-runner with Scarlett Johansson right behind her. The experts place Erivo at the back of the pack.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [22] “The Lion King” — Best Visual Effects

The experts and I think “1917” holds the front-runner status on this category, but when you actually sit down and think about it, which films are dependent on their visual effects. The titles that come to mind are “Avengers: Endgame” (which was beloved this year) and “The Lion King” (which is Disney and that name means a lot). This film would not exist without visual effects and it does a decent job of breaking some ground. That being said, I do not feel like it was popular enough to get enough members behind it.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [21] “Toy Story 4” — Two Nominations

“Toy Story 4” is a Disney/Pixar film, so just by that fact alone it’s a front-runner. The company has a great track record for winning. However, sequels from the animation company are not always a guarantee. One thing that stands out to me is that “Klaus” swept at the Annie Awards. Yes, that’s a different voting body and the Academy members are much more general and may just gravitate toward “Toy Story 4” because of its name. But, I do believe “Klaus” or possibly even “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” has a chance to upset.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [20] “Bombshell” — Three Nominations

At this point in the season, it would take a lot for anyone to usurp the front-runner Renée Zellweger. If anyone is, it seems more likely that it will be Scarlett Johansson. The experts place Charlize Theron as the next in line, but at that point, it will likely be a toss up anyway.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Pain And Glory” — Two Nominations

Just like Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best International Feature Film is basically locked as well, with “Parasite” being the absolute favorite, not only here but everywhere, so much so that it could translate into a Best Picture win. There’s no way there will be an upset but if by some miracle there is, I guess “Pain and Glory” would likely be the next in line.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [18] “Little Women” — Six Nominations

Despite the uproar that director Greta Gerwig missed out on her directing nomination, “Little Women” holds very little chance of winning Best Picture. For one thing, it simply has not won anywhere else. On top of that, it’s been missing in places where it was favored to win, like the Writers Guild awards. The sympathy vote for Gerwig seems not existent and without that, it really stands no chance against the Big Three (“1917,” “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” and “Parasite”).

2020 Oscars Challenge: [17] “1917” — Ten Nominations

Experts place “1917” as the current odds-on favorite to win Best Picture. Apart of the “Big Three,” including “Parasite” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” “1917” leads them as the current front-runner. Right now, it seems the only way it won’t win is if “Parasite” ends up taking it all.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [16] “Richard Jewell” — Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Instead of a performance like Jennifer Lopez in “Hustlers” getting the nomination, Kathy Bates ended up here with no chance of winning. Laura Dern has the front-runner status and the experts have Bates ranked last. I really wish JLo was here instead.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [15] “The Edge Of Democracy” — Best Documentary Feature

Currently, the Oscar experts have “American Factory” winning in a landslide. In my personal opinion, I don’t think it has enough heart to bring in the voters, something “Honeyland” and “For Sama” both have. I could see this one going in a different direction than the pundits are predicting.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [14] “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” — Best Animated Feature

As far as the experts are concerned, “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is dead last in the Best Animated Feature category, but let’s give credit where credit is due. Dreamworks and Dean DeBlois were able to bring all three of their “How To Train Your Dragon” films to the Oscars, and that’s a win in and of itself.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Frozen II” — Best Original Song

Never count out anyone that’s won two previous awards like Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez have, both for their work with Pixar. However, “Rocketman” is currently the favorite to win because it has been sweeping the awards season.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Klaus” — Best Animated Feature

If the exclusion of “Frozen II” in the category is any indicator, there is definitely a chance for upset in this category.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Missing Link” — Best Animated Feature

Currently, the experts have “Toy Story 4” as the front-runner in the Best Animated Feature category, with “Klaus” ranked as the runner-up. That places “Missing Link” right in the middle. The leg up “Missing Link” has, however, is that it took the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature in what many consider an upset. Now, the Golden Globes are in no way, shape, or form a predictor in this category, but it does lead me to believe it has a better shot than experts lead on.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Marriage Story” — Six Nominations

In the Best Picture category, there are currently the “big three,” which are the films with the best shot at winning. “Marriage Story” is not one of them. They include “1917,” “Parasite,” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.” I would even say “The Irishman” falls in somewhere ahead of “Marriage Story” as well.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [9] “Breakthrough” — Best Original Song

Kudos to Diane Warren for getting here for an eleventh time, but the experts place her in dead last. As of now, “Rocketman” is the frontrunner, with “Harriet” and “Frozen II” coming in behind.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [8] “The Two Popes” — Three Nominations

“The Two Popes” has no chance of winning Best Adapted Screenplay. “Jojo Rabbit” has been winning all the major awards, making it the current frontrunner, while “Little Women” and “The Irishman” both have better claims to a win.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [7] “I Lost My Body” — Best Animated Feature

The nomination for “I Lost My Body” seems to be its win of the year, as it really hasn’t won anywhere this awards season. “Toy Story 4,” “Missing Link,” and “Klaus,” on the other hand have won gold in several different places over the season.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [6] “Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil” — Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Inexplicably, “Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil” is dead last according to the experts, with “Bombshell” remaining the odds on favorite.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [5] “Judy” — Two Nominations

Renée Zellweger has swept the awards season and there looks to be no stopping her. There’s no reason to believe she won’t win the Oscar as well.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [4] “American Factory” — Best Documentary Feature

Currently, the Oscar experts have “American Factory” winning in a landslide. In my personal opinion, I don’t think it has enough heart to bring in the voters, something “Honeyland” and “For Sama” both have. I could see this one going in a different direction than the pundits are predicting.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [3] “For Sama” — Best Documentary Feature

Right now, pundits have “American Factory” and “Honeyland” coming in before “For Sama,” but do not count it out, as it might just tug at the heartstrings more than those other two films can.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [2] “Honeyland” — Two Nominations

“American Factory” is currently the odds on favorite among the pundits, but showing up in both the Documentary and International Feature categories does get more eyes on this one. “Honeyland” also holds an edge over “American Factory” in the style department.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [1] Les Misérables (France) — Best International Feature Film

It might share the same name as the musical, but trust me when I tell you there’s no singing or dancing in this “Les Misérables.”

2019 Oscars Challenge: [37] “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” – Best Animated Feature

“SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE”Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney RothmanProducers: Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Christina SteinbergWriters: Phil Lord and Rodney RothmanEditor: Robert Fisher Jr.Composer: Daniel PembertonProduction Company: Columbia PicturesDistributor: Sony PicturesRelease Date: December 14, 2018Budget: $90 millionRun-time: 117 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: When New York teenager Miles Morales … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [37] “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” – Best Animated Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mary Poppins Returns” – Four Nominations

“MARY POPPINS RETURNS” Director: Rob MarshallProducers: Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc PlattWriter: David MageeBased On: “Mary Poppins” by P.L. TraversCinematography: Dion BeebeEditor: Wyatt SmithComposer: Marc ShaimanDistributors: Walt Disney PicturesRelease Date: December 19, 2018Budget: $130 millionRun-time: 130 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Michael Banks, now a widower with three children, and his sister Jane are astonished when their former nanny, Mary Poppins, suddenly returns one day. Aided … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mary Poppins Returns” – Four Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [35] “Ralph Breaks The Internet” – Best Animated Feature

“RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET”Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer Directors: Rich Moore and Phil JohnstonProducer: Clark SpencerWriters: Phil Johnston and Pamela RibonCinematography: Nathan Detroit Warner and Brian LeachEditor: Jeremy MiltonComposer: Henry JackmanDistributor: Walt Disney PicturesRelease Date: November 21, 2018Budget: $175 millionRun-time: 112 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: While enjoying life in his own arcade game, Ralph is distraught to learn that Vanellope’s Sugar Rush game … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [35] “Ralph Breaks The Internet” – Best Animated Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [34] “Christopher Robin” – Best Visual Effects

“CHRISTOPHER ROBIN”Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould Director: Marc ForsterProducers: Brigham Taylor and Kristin BurrWriters: Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, Allison Schroeder, Greg Brooker, and Mark Steven JohnsonBased On: “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne and E. H. ShepardCinematography: Matthias KoenigswieserEditor: Matt ChesséComposer: Geoff Zanelli and Jon BrionDistributors: Walt Disney PicturesRelease Date: August 3, 2018Budget: $70 millionRun-time: 104 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: As an … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [34] “Christopher Robin” – Best Visual Effects

2019 Oscars Challenge: [33] “A Star Is Born” – Eight Nominations

“A STAR IS BORN”Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor Director: Bradley CooperProducers: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos LanthimosWriters: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamaraCinematography: Robbie RyanEditor: Yorgos MavropsaridisComposer: Komeil S. HosseiniDistributor: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: November 23, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 120 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: When rock star Jackson Maine meets struggling singer Ally, he is impressed by her talent and … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [33] “A Star Is Born” – Eight Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Vice” – Eight Nominations

“VICE”Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick Director: Adam McKayProducers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Kevin J. Messick, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKayWriter: Adam McKayCinematography: Greig FraserEditor: Hank CorwinComposer: Nicholas BritellDistributor: Annapurna PicturesRelease Date: December 25, 2018Budget: $60 millionRun-time: 132 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Dick Cheney rises from humble beginnings to the heights of politics, serving in cabinet positions, in the White … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Vice” – Eight Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Mary Queen Of Scots” – Two Nominations

“MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS”Alexandra Byrne, Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks Director: Josie RourkeProducers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Debra HaywardWriter: Beau WillimonBased On: “Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart” by John GuyCinematography: John MathiesonEditor: Chris DickensComposer: Max RichterDistributors: Focus FeaturesRelease Date: December 7, 2018Budget: $25 million Run-time: 125 minutes ALEXANDRA BYRNE FILM SYNOPSIS: The widowed Mary Stuart, only 18 … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Mary Queen Of Scots” – Two Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [30] “Avengers: Infinity War” – Best Visual Effects

“AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR”Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick Directors: Anthony Russo and Joe RussoProducer: Kevin FeigeWriters: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeelyBased On: “The Avengers” by Stan Lee and Jack KirbyCinematography: Trent OpalochEditors: Jeffrey Ford and Matthew SchmidtComposer: Alan SilvestriProduction Company: Marvel StudiosDistributors: Walt Disney PicturesRelease Date: April 27, 2018Budget: $400 millionRun-time: 149 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: The Avengers and their allies must … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [30] “Avengers: Infinity War” – Best Visual Effects

2019 Oscars Challenge: [29] “Black Panther” – Seven Nominations

“BLACK PANTHER”Kevin Feige Director: Ryan CooglerProducers: Kevin FeigeWriters: Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert ColeBased On: “Black Panther” by Stan Lee and Jack KirbyCinematography: Rachel MorrisonEditors: Michael P. Shawver and Debbie BermanComposer: Ludwig GöranssonProduction Company: Marvel StudiosDistributors: Walt Disney PicturesRelease Date: February 16, 2018Budget: $210 millionRun-time: 134 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: After the death of his father, Prince T’Challa returns to his African homeland of Wakanda, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [29] “Black Panther” – Seven Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [28] “Free Solo” – Best Documentary Feature

“FREE SOLO”Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill Directors: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy ChinProducers: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Shannon Dill, and Evan HayesCinematography: Jimmy Chin, Clair Popkin, and Mikey SchaeferEditor: Bob EisenhardtComposer: Marco BeltramiDistributors: National Geographic Documentary FilmsRelease Date: September 28, 2018Run-time: 96 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Renowned free solo climber Alex Honnold has long desired to attempt El Capitan, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [28] “Free Solo” – Best Documentary Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [27] “Never Look Away” – Two Nominations

“NEVER LOOK AWAY”Germany; Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Director: Florian Henckel von DonnersmarckProducers: Quirin Berg, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Jan Mojto, and Max WiedemannWriter: Florian Henckel von DonnersmarckCinematography: Caleb DeschanelEditor: Anne McCabeComposer: Max RichterDistributors: Sony Pictures ClassicsRelease Date: September 4, 2018Run-time: 189 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Growing up in Nazi Germany and then in Soviet-occupied Dresden, art student Kurt chafes at the restrictions imposed on him … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [27] “Never Look Away” – Two Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Green Book” – Five Nominations

“GREEN BOOK”Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga Director: Peter FarrellyProducers: Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick VallelongaWriters: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter FarrellyCinematography: Sean PorterEditor: Patrick J. Don VitoComposer: Kris BowersDistributors: Universal PicturesRelease Date: November 16, 2018Budget: $23 millionRun-time: 130 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Dr. Donald Shirley, an accomplished concert pianist, hires Italian-American bouncer … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Green Book” – Five Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [24] “Ready Player One” – Best Visual Effects

“READY PLAYER ONE”Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and David Shirk Director: Steven SpielbergProducer: Steven Spielberg, Donald De Line, Dan Farah, and Kristie Macosko KriegerWriters: Zak Penn and Ernest ClineBased On: “Ready Player One” by Ernest ClineCinematography: Janusz KamińskiEditors: Michael Kahn and Sarah BrosharComposer: Alan SilvestriDistributors: Warner Bros. PicturesRelease Date: March 29, 2018Budget: $175 millionRun-time: 140 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the year 2045, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [24] “Ready Player One” – Best Visual Effects

2019 Oscars Challenge: [25] “First Man” – Four Nominations

“FIRST MAN” Director: Damien ChazelleProducers: Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner, and Damien ChazelleWriters: Josh SingerBased On: “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” by James R. HansenCinematography: Linus SandgrenEditor: Tom CrossComposer: Justin HurwitzDistributors: Universal PicturesRelease Date: October 12, 2018Budget: $59 millionRun-time: 141 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1961, test pilot and engineer Neil Armstrong joins NASA, which has been charged with landing an … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [25] “First Man” – Four Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [23] “Solo: A Star Wars Story” – Best Visual Effects

“SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY”Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy Director: Ron HowardProducers: Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon EmanuelWriters: Jonathan Kasdan and Lawrence KasdanCinematography: Bradford YoungEditor: Pietro ScaliaComposers: John Powell and John WilliamsProduction Company: Lucasfilm Ltd.Distributors: Walt Disney PicturesRelease Date: May 25, 2018Budget: $300 millionRun-time: 135 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Young thief Han Solo is forced to abandon Qi’ra, his partner-in-crime, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [23] “Solo: A Star Wars Story” – Best Visual Effects