Tag: best directing

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: [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: [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)

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)

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: [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: [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.

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: [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: [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: [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

2018 Oscars Challenge: [39] “The Shape Of Water” – 13 Nominations

“THE SHAPE OF WATER” Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale Director: Guillermo del Toro Producers: Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale Cinematography: Dan Laustsen Editor: Sidney Wolinsky Composer: Alexandre Desplat Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: December 1, 2017 Run-time: 123 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1962, janitor Elisa Esposito works at a classified government laboratory that tests new technology to help defeat the … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [39] “The Shape Of Water” – 13 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Dunkirk” – 8 Nominations

“DUNKIRK” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan Director & Writer: Christopher Nolan Producers: Emma Thomas & Christopher Nolan Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema Editor: Lee Smith Composer: Hans Zimmer Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Release Date: July 21, 2017 Run-time: 106 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the Spring of 1940, hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are trapped by German forces on the beaches of Dunkirk in … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Dunkirk” – 8 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [21] “Phantom Thread” – 6 Nominations

“PHANTOM THREAD” JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi Director & Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson Producers: JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi Cinematography: Paul Thomas Anderson Editor: Dylan Tichenor Composer: Jonny Greenwood Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: December 25, 2017 Run-time: 130 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1950s London, middle-aged couturier Reynolds Woodcock is at the height of his … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [21] “Phantom Thread” – 6 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Get Out” – 4 Nominations

“GET OUT” Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Jordan Peele Director & Writer: Jordan Peele Producers: Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Jordan Peele Cinematography: Toby Oliver Editor: Nick Houy Composer: Michael Abels Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: February 24, 2017 Run-time: 103 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Photographer Chris Washington is nervous about meeting his girlfriend Rose’s parents for the … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Get Out” – 4 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Lady Bird” – 5 Nominations

“LADY BIRD” Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill Director: Greta Gerwig Producers: Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, & Evelyn O’Neill Writer: Greta Gerwig Cinematography: Sam Levy Editor: Nick Houy Distributor: A24 Release Date: November 3, 2017 Run-time: 93 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Strong-willed teenager Christine McPherson, who has dubbed herself Lady Bird, yearns to leave her hometown of Sacramento and attend college on the East Coast. … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Lady Bird” – 5 Nominations

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [42] “The Big Short” – 5 nominations

“THE BIG SHORT” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner // Directed by Adam McKay // // Dated Viewed: Sunday, February 28th, 2016 // Stream //  0 films – 1 day //

2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Picture

FILM SYNOPSIS: Years after an apocalypse has devastated the world, Australia has become a wasteland ruled by outlaws hoarding fuel, water and other resources. Desperate to escape a tyrant called Immortan Joe, loner Max Rockatansky joins forces with Imperator Furiosa, who is fleeing from Joe and his fanatical followers with a precious cargo that she has smuggled from Joe’s stronghold. There was a sudden … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Picture

2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Directing

GEORGE MILLER “Mad Max: Fury Road” An interesting course of events happened this year before and after the Oscar nominations. Beforehand, most pundits would tell you that this year’s Best Directing category would be a showdown between Ridley Scott (“The Martian”), who many felt was overdue for some recognition, and George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), who returned to his own franchise after three … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Directing

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [37] “Spotlight” – 6 nominations

“SPOTLIGHT” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, and Michael Sugar // Directed by Tom McCarthy // // Dated Viewed: Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  5 films – 5 days //

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – 10 nominations

“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Doug Mitchell, George Miller, and P. J. Voeten // Directed by George Miller // // Dated Viewed: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  6 films – 6 days //

2016 Oscars Challenge: [6] “Room” – Best Directing

LENNY ABRAHAMSON “Room” The only other thing I know Lenny Abrahamson from is directing the small comedy “Frank” starring Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson back in 2014. Other than that, he’s been mostly off the radar. So to get an Academy Award nomination for his film “Room,” which he requested to be apart of when he wrote a letter to the author, Emma Donoghue, … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [6] “Room” – Best Directing

2016 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Revenant” – Best Directing

ALEJANDRO G. IÑÀRRITU “The Revenant” As someone in the above featurette points out, director Alejandro G. Iñárritu is a genius. He’s uncompromising, has a true vision, and delivers moments and visuals that have not been seen by audiences. This being opposed to a director that delivers things that have been seen over and over again. Alejandro takes on feats that most directors would shy … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Revenant” – Best Directing

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [6] “Room” – 4 nominations

“ROOM” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Ed Guiney //Directed by Lenny Abrahamson // // Dated Viewed: Monday, January 18th, 2016 // ARCLIGHT SHERMAN OAKS //  36 films – 42 days //

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Revenant” – 12 nominations

“THE REVENANT” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon //Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu // // Dated Viewed: Sunday, January 17th, 2016 // LAEMMLE NOHO 7 //  37 films – 43 days //

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Directing

  WES ANDERSON “The Grand Budapest Hotel” No one in Hollywood is embracing their creativity and individuality more so right now than Wes Anderson. And he always has. Look at any of his previous films and you will notice a style of film that no other director is even trying to touch. And with a record setting limited release box office this year and … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Directing

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [40] The Wolf Of Wall Street – Five Nominations

Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland and Emma Tillinger Koskoff Martin Scorsese is no stranger to the Best Picture category and with “The Wolf Of Wall Street” becoming one of his best films in an illustrious career, it’s no question that it deserves all the recognition that it’s receiving. Yes, the film is not about nice people and most of the main characters are … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [40] The Wolf Of Wall Street – Five Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [39] Nebraska – Six Nominations

Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa “Nebraska”, a black-and-white jaunt into the lives of a family residing in Montana, the entire film follows lead Bruce Dern playing an aging man named Woody Grant that believes he’s won $1,000,000 from a sweepstakes, all he has to do is make it to Lincoln, Nebraska to accept the money. Heartwarming and laced with a dark comedic element that … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [39] Nebraska – Six Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [36] 12 Years A Slave – Nine Nominations

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas “12 Years A Slave” is the film that will be remembered from 2013. It does matter if this wins or “Gravity” wins or even “American Hustle”. What matters is that this film explored the nature of history and of slavery unlike any film before its time, from a black director who makes an … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [36] 12 Years A Slave – Nine Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [20] American Hustle – Ten Nominations

Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon There are three big contenders in the Best Picture category this year: “Gravity”, “12 Years A Slave”, and “American Hustle”. Now, “Gravity” and “12 Years A Slave” are the odds-on favorites to win, both vying for the Best Directing category and leaving David O. Russell out of the mix, but the steam that is building … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [20] American Hustle – Ten Nominations

2014 Oscars Challenge: [17] Gravity – Ten Nominations

Alfonso Cuarón & David Heyman “Gravity” surprised everyone this year, bringing a female driven, original screenplay, big budget blockbuster to the masses. Warner Brothers probably couldn’t be more pleased and could mark a back to back year for the studio with “Argo” winning last year. “Gravity” lands an amazing ten nominations, with a high chance of winning most of them including Best Visual Effects, … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [17] Gravity – Ten Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [31] Life Of Pi – Eleven Nominations

LIFE OF PI BEST PICTURE As strong of a film as “Life Of Pi” is, I do not see it winning Best Picture. In my opinion it’s down to “Argo” and “Lincoln”, with one of them taking the major award. But that doesn’t mean “Life Of Pi” won’t clean up. It’s going to win several awards out of its eleven nominations and it will … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [31] Life Of Pi – Eleven Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [20] Silver Linings Playbook – Eight Nominations

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK BEST PICTURE The Oscars are never easy to predict. Sure, some categories are easier than others. There are locks, safe bets, and poor choices in all categories, but it always come down to a hand full of nominees that makes predicting hard. Following the Toronto International Film Festival and the People’s Choice Award win for “Silver Linings Playbook”, Roger Ebert predicted … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [20] Silver Linings Playbook – Eight Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [15] Beasts Of The Southern Wild – Four Nominations

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD BEST PICTURE On the morning of Oscar nomination announcements, it didn’t come as a complete surprise that “Beasts of the Southern Wild” was nominated for Best Picture. Although I was not entirely sure it would make the cut, I had a feeling that if the Best Picture nominations went to 9 or 10, that it would make it and … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [15] Beasts Of The Southern Wild – Four Nominations

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Precious

PRECIOUS Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Best Achievement in Directing Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Best Achievement in Editing Precious, as it appears, is worth its weight in gold, at least Oscar gold. Word of mouth made this … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Precious

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Avatar

AVATAR Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Achievement in Directing Best Achievement in Cinematography Best Achievement in Editing Best Achievement in Art Direction Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Best Achievement in Sound Editing Best Achievement in Visual Effects For a long time, I waited to say my piece about Avatar (if … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Avatar

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Up In The Air

UP IN THE AIR Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Two Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Best Achievement in Directing Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Made my first set-back in the Oscar challenge… I enjoyed Up In The Air so much, I went to … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Up In The Air

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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Hurt Locker

THE HURT LOCKER Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Best Achievement in Directing Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Best Achievement in Cinematography Best Achievement in Editing Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Best Achievement in Sound Editing In the lead for … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Hurt Locker

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Inglourious Basterds

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Best Achievement in Directing Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Best Achievement in Cinematography Best Achievement in Editing Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Best Achievement in Sound Editing Nothing like eight Oscar nominations to tell you how great this film is. Quentin Tarantino … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Inglourious Basterds