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Oscars Watch: 91st Academy Awards

BEST PICTURE “Green Book” “BlacKkKlansman” “Black Panther” “Bohemian Rhapsody” “The Favourite” “Roma” “A Star Is Born “Vice” ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Rami Malek – “Bohemian Rhapsody” Christian Bale – “Vice” Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born” Willem Dafoe – “At Eternity’s Gate” Viggo Mortensen – “Green Book” ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE Olivia Colman – “The Favourite” Yalitza Aparicio – “Roma” Glenn … Read More Oscars Watch: 91st Academy Awards

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

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Oscars Watch: 91st Academy Award Predictions

BEST PICTURE “Roma” “BlacKkKlansman” “Black Panther” “Bohemian Rhapsody” “The Favourite” “Green Book” “A Star Is Born “Vice” ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Rami Malek – “Bohemian Rhapsody” MIGHT WIN: Christian Bale – “Vice” Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born” Willem Dafoe – “At Eternity’s Gate” Viggo Mortensen – “Green Book” ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE Glenn Close – “The Wife” WANT TO WIN: … Read More Oscars Watch: 91st Academy Award Predictions

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: [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: [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

2019 Oscars Challenge: [22] “Border” – Best Makeup & Hairstyling

“BORDER”Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer Director: Ali AbbasiProducers: Nina Bisgaard, Peter Gustafsson, and Petra JonssonWriters: Ali Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf, and John Ajvide LindqvistBased On: “Border” by John Ajvide LindqvistCinematography: Nadim CarlsenEditors: Olivia Neergaard-Holm and Anders SkovComposers: Christoffer Berg and Martin DerkovDistributor: NEONRelease Date: October 26, 2018Run-time: 108 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In a coastal Swedish town, customs officer Tina is an invaluable member of her … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [22] “Border” – Best Makeup & Hairstyling

2019 Oscars Challenge: [21] “At Eternity’s Gate” – Best Actor in a Leading Role

WILLEM DAFOE“At Eternity’s Gate” Director: Julian SchnabelProducer: Jon KilikWriters: Jean-Claude Carrière, Julian Schnabel, and Louise KugelbergCinematography: Benoît DelhommeEditors: Louise Kugelberg and Julian SchnabelComposer: Tatiana LisovskayaDistributors: CBS FilmsRelease Date: November 16, 2018Run-time: 110 minutes CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: Willem Dafoe portrays artist Vincent Van Gogh, who experiences breakthroughs in his creative process while living at Arles, despite the anguish caused by his mental instability. Analysis coming soon … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [21] “At Eternity’s Gate” – Best Actor in a Leading Role

2019 Oscars Challenge: [20] “A Quiet Place” – Best Sound Editing

“A QUIET PLACE”Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl Director: John KrasinskiProducer: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad FullerWriters: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John KrasinskiCinematography: Charlotte Bruus ChristensenEditor: Christopher TellefsenComposer: Marco BeltramiDistributor: Paramount PicturesRelease Date: April 6, 2018Budget: $21 millionRun-time: 90 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In a post-apocalyptic world overrun by monsters that use their advanced hearing to locate prey, the Abbott family’s life … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [20] “A Quiet Place” – Best Sound Editing

2019 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Five Nominations

“BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY”Graham King Directors: Bryan Singer & Dexter Fletcher Producers: Graham King & Jim BeachWriters: Anthony McCarten and Peter MorganCinematography: Newton Thomas SigelEditor: John OttmanComposer: John OttmanDistributor: 20th Century FoxRelease Date: November 2, 2018Budget: $55 millionRun-time: 134 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: As he seeks to fulfill his dream of becoming a famous singer, art student Freddie rebels against his traditional Parsi family and joins the … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Five Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [18] “Of Fathers And Sons” – Best Documentary Feature

“OF FATHERS AND SONS”Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert Director: Talal DerkiProducers: Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. SiebertCinematography: Kahtan HassounEditor: Anne FabiniComposer: Karim Sebastian EliasDistributors: Kino LorberRelease Date: November 16, 2018Run-time: 99 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Documentarian Talal Derki returns to his native Syria and gains the trust of Abu Osama, a founder of the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [18] “Of Fathers And Sons” – Best Documentary Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [16] “BlacKkKlansman” – Six Nominations

“BLACKkKLANSMAN”Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, and Spike Lee Director: Spike LeeProducers: Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike LeeWriters: Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike LeeBased On: “Black Klansman” by Ron StallworthCinematography: Chayse IrvinEditor: Barry Alexander BrownComposer: Terence BlanchardDistributor: Focus FeaturesRelease Date: August 10, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 135 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the early … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [16] “BlacKkKlansman” – Six Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Mirai” – Best Animated Feature

“MIRAI”Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito Director: Mamoru HosodaProducers: Nozomu Takahashi, Yūichirō Saitō, Takuya Itō, Yūichi Adachi, and Genki KawamuraWriter: Mamoru HosodaEditor: Shigeru NishiyamaComposer: Masakatsu TakagiProduction Company: Studio ChizuDistributor: GKIDSRelease Date: November 29, 2018Run-time: 98 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Four-year-old Kun is overwhelmed by the arrival of his baby sister, Mirai. Although he wants to love her, Kun is jealous of the attention she receives and … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Mirai” – Best Animated Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [15] “The Favourite” – Ten Nominations

“THE FAVOURITE”Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos Director: Yorgos LanthimosProducers: 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: In the early 1700s, Queen Anne, in poor health and emotionally unstable, allows her most trusted confidante, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [15] “The Favourite” – Ten Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [14] “Isle Of Dogs” – Two Nominations

“ISLE OF DOGS”Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson Director: Wes AndersonProducers: Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy DawsonWriter: Wes AndersonStory By: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Kunichi NomuraCinematography: Tristan OliverEditors: Ralph Foster and Edward BurschComposer: Alexandre DeplatDistributors: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: March 23, 2018Run-time: 101 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Twenty years in the future, the Japanese city of … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [14] “Isle Of Dogs” – Two Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Minding The Gap” – Best Documentary Feature

“MINDING THE GAP”Bing Liu and Diane Quon Director: Bing LiuProducers: Bing Liu and Diane QuonCinematography: Bing LiuEditors: Joshua Altman and Bing LiuComposers: Nathan Halpern and Chris RuggieroDistributors: Hulu and Magnolia PicturesRelease Date: August 17, 2018Run-time: 93 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: As he films his fellow skateboarders over the years, Bing Liu wonders why so many of them have experienced contentious relationships with their fathers. As … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Minding The Gap” – Best Documentary Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Roma” – Ten Nominations

“ROMA”Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón Director: Alfonso CuarónProducers: Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodríguez, and Nicolas CelisWriters: Alfonso CuarónCinematography: Alfonso CuarónEditors: Alfonso Cuarón and Adam GoughComposer: Steven PriceDistributor: NetflixRelease Date: November 21, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 135 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In Mexico City in the early 1970s, Cleo is a maid in the household of a middle-class doctor. She takes on increasing responsibility caring for the family’s … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Roma” – Ten Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [11] “First Reformed” – Best Original Screenplay

“FIRST REFORMED”Paul Schrader Director: Paul SchraderProducers: Jack Binder, Greg Clark, Victoria Hill, Gary Hamilton, Deepak Sikka, Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, and Frank MurrayWriter: Paul SchraderCinematography: Alexander DynanEditor: Benjamin Rodriguez Jr.Composer: LustmordDistributor: A24Release Date: May 18, 2018Budget: $3.5 millionRun-time: 113 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Reverend Ernst Toller, the middle-aged pastor of a small church in upstate New York, grapples with the guilt and grief caused by … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [11] “First Reformed” – Best Original Screenplay

2019 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Capernaum” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“CAPERNAUM”Lebanon; Nadine Labaki Director: Nadine LabakiProducers: Michel Merkt and Khaled MouzanarWriters: Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojaily, Michelle Keserwany, Georges Khabbaz, and Khaled Mouzanar Cinematography: Christopher AounEditor: Konstantin BockComposer: Khaled MouzanarDistributor: Sony Pictures ClassicsRelease Date: December 14, 2018Run-time: 123 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: After running away from his poverty-stricken life in the slums of Beirut, 12-year-old Zain travels to a coastal town where he meets Ethiopian immigrant … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Capernaum” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [9] “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs” – Three Nominations

“THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS”Mary Zophres, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, & The Coen Brothers Directors: Joel and Ethan CoenProducers: Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, and David YarnellWriters: Joel and Ethan CoenBased On: “All Gold Canyon” by Jack London and “The Girl Who Got Rattled” by Stewart Edward WhiteCinematography: Bruno DelbonnelEditor: Roderick JaynesComposer: Carter BurwellStudio: Annapurna PicturesDistributor: NetflixRelease Date: November 9, 2018Run-time: 133 minutes MARY ZOPHRES … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [9] “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs” – Three Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [8] “If Beale Street Could Talk” – Three Nominations

“IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK”Regina King, Nicholas Brittel, & Barry Jenkins Director: Barry JenkinsProducers: Megan Ellison, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, and Barry JenkinsWriter: Barry JenkinsBased On: “If Beale Street Could Talk” by James BaldwinCinematography: James LaxtonEditor: Joi McMillon and Nat SandersComposer: Nicholas BritellDistributors: Annapurna PicturesRelease Date: December 14, 2018Run-time: 117 minutes REGINA KING CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: Regina King portrays Sharon Rivers, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [8] “If Beale Street Could Talk” – Three Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [7] “Shoplifters” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“SHOPLIFTERS”Japan; Hirokazu Kore-eda Director: Hirokazu Kore-edaProducer: Matsuzaki Kaoru, Yose Akihiko, and Taguchi HijiriWriter: Hirokazu Kore-eda Cinematography: Kondo RyutoEditor: Hirokazu Kore-edaComposed by: Haruomi HosonoStudio: Magnolia PicturesDistributor: GAGA PicturesRelease Date: November 23, 2018Run-time: 121 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: When an impoverished family that uses petty theft to supplement the parents’ poor wages takes in a seemingly abandoned and abused young girl, their devotion to one another grows … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [7] “Shoplifters” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [6] “Cold War” – Three Nominations

“COLD WAR”Poland; Paweł Pawlikowski Director: Paweł PawlikowskiProducers: Tanya Seghatchian and Ewa PuszczyńskaWriters: Paweł Pawlikowski, Janusz Głowacki, and Piotr BorkowskiCinematography: Łukasz ŻalEditor: Jaroslaw KaminskiComposer: Marcin MaseckiDistributor: Amazon StudiosBudget: $4.8 millionRelease Date: December 21, 2018Run-time: 89 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1949, pianist Wiktor scouts for talent for a musical ensemble and begins a romance with Zula, the singer and dancer he discovers. Over the next decade, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [6] “Cold War” – Three Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [5] “Incredibles 2” – Best Animated Feature

“INCREDIBLES 2”Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle Director: Brad BirdProducers: John Walker and Nicole Paradis GrindleWriter: Brad BirdCinematography: Mahyar Abousaeedi and Erik SmittEditor: Stephen SchafferComposer: Michael GiacchinoProduction Company: Pixar Animation StudiosDistributor: Walt Disney StudiosRelease Date: June 15, 2018Run-time: 118 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: The Parr family – father Bob, mother Helen, teenage daughter Violet, tween son Dash and toddler Jack-Jack – are frustrated … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [5] “Incredibles 2” – Best Animated Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [4] “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” – Best Documentary Feature

“HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING”RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim Director: RaMell RossProducers: Joslyn Barnes & RaMell Ross Writers: RaMell Ross & Maya Krinsky Cinematography: RaMell RossEditor: RaMell RossComposer: Scott Alario, Forest Kelley, and Alex SomersDistributor: The Cinema GuildRelease Date: September 14, 2018Run-time: 76 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: The dreams and everyday experiences of friends Daniel and Quincy, and also those of Boosie, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [4] “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” – Best Documentary Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” – Three Nominations

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant,Nicole Holofcener, & Jeff Whitty Director: Marielle HellerProducers: Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, and David YarnellWriters: Nicole Holofcener and Jeff WhittyBased On: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” by Lee IsraelCinematography: Brandon TrostEditor: Anne McCabeComposer: Nate HellerDistributors: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: October 19, 2018Run-time: 107 minutes MELISSA McCARTHY CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: As Lee Israel, Melissa McCarthy plays a biographer … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” – Three Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [2] “RBG” – Two Nominations

“RBG”Betsy West & Julie Cohen Directors: Betsy West & Julie CohenProducers: Betsy West & Julie CohenCinematography: Claudia RaschkeEditor: Carla GutierrezComposer: Miriam CutlerProduction Company: CNN FilmsDistributor: Magnolia PicturesRelease Date: May 4, 2018Run-time: 97 minutes OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS: Octogenarian Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice in 1993, had spent her prior legal career battling laws that allowed gender discrimination. Supported by … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [2] “RBG” – Two Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [1] “The Wife” – Best Actress in a Leading Role

GLENN CLOSE“The Wife” Director: Björn RungeProducers: Rosalie Swedlin, Meta Louise Foldager, Piers Tempest, Piodor Gustafsson, and Claudia BluemhubeWriters: Jane AndersonBased On: “The Wife” by Meg WolitzerCinematography: Ulf BrantåsEditor: Lena RungeComposer: Jocelyn PookDistributors: Sony Pictures ClassicsRelease Date: August 17, 2018Run-time: 100 minutes CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: Glenn Close plays Joan Archer, a wife questioning her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [1] “The Wife” – Best Actress in a Leading Role

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Oscars Watch: 91st Academy Awards Nomination Predictions

BEST PICTURE “Roma” (FRONT-RUNNER) “A Star Is Born” (FRONT-RUNNER) “BlacKkKlansman” (LOCKED) “Black Panther” (LOCKED) “Bohemian Rhapsody” (LOCKED) “Crazy Rich Asians” (POTENTIAL) “The Favourite” (POTENTIAL) “Green Book” (POTENTIAL) “Vice” (POTENTIAL) Long Shot: “If Beale Street Could Talk” Want: “First Man” ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Christian Bale – “Vice” (FRONT-RUNNER) Rami Malek – “Bohemian Rhapsody” (FRONT-RUNNER) Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born” (LOCKED) Viggo … Read More Oscars Watch: 91st Academy Awards Nomination Predictions

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Oscars Watch: 10 Live Action Shorts Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Ten films will advance in the Live Action Short Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred forty films had originally qualified in the category. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are: “Caroline” “Chuchotage” “Detainment” “Fauve” “Icare” “Marguerite” “May Day” “Mother” “Skin” “Wale” Nomination … Read More Oscars Watch: 10 Live Action Shorts Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Ten films will advance in the Animated Short Film category for the 91st Academy Awards.  Eighty-one films had originally qualified in the category.  Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are: “Age of Sail” “Animal Behaviour” “Bao” “Bilby” “Bird Karma” “Late Afternoon” “Lost & Found” “One … Read More Oscars Watch: 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 15 Original Songs Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Fifteen songs will advance in the Original Song category for the 91st Academy Awards. Ninety songs were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title: “When A Cowboy Trades … Read More Oscars Watch: 15 Original Songs Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 15 Original Scores Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred fifty-six scores were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. The scores listed in alphabetical order by film title are: “Annihilation” – Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury “Avengers: Infinity War” – Alan Silvestri “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” … Read More Oscars Watch: 15 Original Scores Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 91st Academy Awards.  The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist.  All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 5, 2019.  Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration. … Read More Oscars Watch: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 7 Makeup and Hairstyling Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Seven films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 91st Academy Awards.  All members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Saturday, January 5, 2019.  Members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar® consideration. The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are: … Read More Oscars Watch: 7 Makeup and Hairstyling Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards.  Eighty-seven films had originally been considered in the category. Los Angeles-based Academy members from all branches screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 10.  The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign … Read More Oscars Watch: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Documentary Shorts Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Ten films will advance in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 91st Academy Awards.  One hundred four films had originally qualified in the category.  Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are: “Black Sheep” “End Game” “Lifeboat” “Los Comandos” “My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes” “A Night at the Garden” … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Documentary Shorts Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature category for the 91st Academy Awards.  One hundred sixty-six films were originally submitted in the category.  Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.  The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are: “Charm City” “Communion” “Crime + Punishment” “Dark Money” “The Distant Barking of Dogs” “Free Solo” “Hale County This … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 20 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

From Oscars.org: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 20 films are in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 91st Academy Awards. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Ant-Man and the Wasp” “Aquaman” “Avengers: Infinity War” “Black Panther” “Bumblebee” “Christopher Robin” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” “First Man” “Incredibles 2” “Isle of Dogs” “Jurassic … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 20 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 166 Documentary Features in Contention for 91st Academy Awards

“Above and Beyond: NASA’S Journey to Tomorrow” “Active Measures” “Amazing Grace” “American Chaos” “Andy Irons: Kissed by God” “Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco” “Avicii: True Stories” “Bali: Beats of Paradise” “Bathtubs over Broadway” “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” “Believer” “Better Angels” “Bill Coors: The Will to Live” “Bisbee ’17” “The Bleeding Edge” “Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years … Read More Oscars Watch: 166 Documentary Features in Contention for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 25 Animated Features submitted for 91st Academy Awards

“Ana y Bruno” “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” “Early Man” “Fireworks” “Have a Nice Day” “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” “Incredibles 2” “Isle of Dogs” “The Laws of the Universe – Part I” “Liz and the Blue Bird” “Lu over the Wall” “MFKZ” “Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms” “Mirai” “The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl” “On Happiness Road” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” “Ruben … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 25 Animated Features submitted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 87 Contenders in Foreign Language Feature Category

Afghanistan, “Rona Azim’s Mother,” Jamshid Mahmoudi Algeria, “Until the End of Time,” Yasmine Chouikh Argentina, “El Ángel,” Luis Ortega Armenia, “Spitak,” Alexander Kott Australia, “Jirga,” Benjamin Gilmour Austria, “The Waldheim Waltz,” Ruth Beckermann Bangladesh, “No Bed of Roses,” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki Belarus, “Crystal Swan,” Darya Zhuk Belgium, “Girl,” Lukas Dhont Bolivia, “The Goalkeeper,” Rodrigo “Gory” Patiño Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Never Leave Me,” Aida Begić … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 87 Contenders in Foreign Language Feature Category

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For Your Consideration 2018: Bleeker Street

DISOBEDIENCE From Sebastián Lelio, Disobedience follows a woman as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Written by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz and based on Naomi Alderman’s book, the film stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola. BEST PICTURE … Read More For Your Consideration 2018: Bleeker Street