Tag: best picture

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: [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: [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: [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: [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: [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)

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: [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: [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: [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: [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.

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: [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: [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: [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: [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

2018 Oscars Challenge: [43] “Call Me By Your Name” – 4 Nominations

“CALL ME BY YOUR NAME” Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges and Marco Morabito Director: Luca Guadagnino Producers: Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges and Marco Morabito Writer: James Ivory Cinematography: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom Editor: Walter Fasano Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: November 24, 2017 Run-time: 132 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Seventeen-year-old Elio Perlman lives in Northern Italy with his translator mother and professor father, who … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [43] “Call Me By Your Name” – 4 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [42] “Darkest Hour” – 6 Nominations

“DARKEST HOUR” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten and Douglas Urbanski Director: Joe Wright Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten and Douglas Urbanski Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel Editor: Dylan Tichenor Composer: Valerio Bonelli Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: November 22, 2017 Run-time: 125 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Controversial politician Winston Churchill is appointed prime minister during the early days of World War … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [42] “Darkest Hour” – 6 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [41] “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – 7 Nominations

“THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh Director & Writer: Martin McDonagh Producers: Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh Cinematography: Ben Davis Editor: Jon Gregory Composer: Carter Burwell Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: November 10, 2017 Run-time: 115 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Several months after the rape and murder of her teenage daughter, Mildred Hayes is so furious that … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [41] “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – 7 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: [5] “The Post” – 2 Nominations

“THE POST” Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger Director: Steven Spielberg Writers: Liz Hannah & Josh Singer Cinematography: Janusz Kamiński Editor: Nick Houy Composer: John Williams Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: December 22, 2017 Run-time: 116 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1971, Washington Post owner Kay Graham, the first female publisher of a major newspaper, and executive editor Ben Bradlee debate whether they … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Post” – 2 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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Oscars Watch: 341 Eligible Features Films for 90th Academy Awards

Out of these 341, only 5 through 10 can be nominated by the Academy for Best Picture. This is a list of any feature film released within the year that had or will have a Los Angeles theatrical run that qualifies it for being in the Best Picture category. The Netflix movies on this list likely had a simultaneous release on both Netflix and … Read More Oscars Watch: 341 Eligible Features Films for 90th Academy Awards

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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: [31] “Bridge Of Spies” – Best Picture

FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1957, in the midst of the Cold War, New York insurance lawyer James Donovan is enlisted to provide a pro-bono defense for Rudolf Abel, who is accused of spying for the Russians. The CIA then sends Donovan to East Berlin to conduct precarious negotiations with the Soviets to exchange Abel for a recently captured U.S. Air Force pilot, Francis Gary Powers. … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Bridge Of Spies” – Best Picture

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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 //

2016 Oscars Challenge: [24] “The Martian” – Best Picture

FILM SYNOPSIS: Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead and left behind when an unexpected storm hits Mars, forcing his crewmates to abandon their mission. Watney, a botanist, must engineer ways to feed himself and survive the harsh environment, and after he reestablishes communication with NASA, scientists around the globe race against time to rescue him. Prior to the nominations being announced, “The Martian” had … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [24] “The Martian” – Best Picture

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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 //

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Bridge Of Spies” – 6 nominations

“BRIDGE OF SPIES” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, and Kristie Macosko Krieger // Directed by Steven Spielberg // // Dated Viewed: Sunday, February 14th, 2016 // DVD //  11 films – 15 days //

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [24] “The Martian” – 7 nominations

“THE MARTIAN” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Aditya Sood, Michael Schaefer, and Mark Huffam // Directed by Ridley Scott // // Dated Viewed: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  18 films – 26 days //

2016 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Brooklyn” – Best Picture

FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1952, Eilis Lacey leaves Ireland to immigrate to Brooklyn, where she has a better chance of finding work. Crushed by homesickness, Eilis finds her spirits lifted by an Italian-American suitor with whom she falls in love. When she must return to Ireland, Eilis is courted by a hometown boy and finds herself torn between two countries and the two men who … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Brooklyn” – Best Picture

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

FILM SYNOPSIS: A young woman who has been held in captivity in a small shed for seven years tries to make as normal a life as she can for her five-year-old son, Jack, who knows her only as “Ma.” When Ma and Jack escape their captor, Old Nick, they must cope with the outside world and forge relationships with Ma’s conflicted family. Of all … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [6] “Room” – Best Picture

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Brooklyn” – 3 nominations

“BROOKLYN” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey //Directed by John Crowley // // Dated Viewed: Friday, January 22nd, 2016 // AMC CITYWALK //  32 films – 38 days //

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

“THE REVENANT” FILM SYNOPSIS: While on a danger-laden journey through the American wilderness in the early 1800s, frontiersman Hugh Glass is badly mauled by a grizzly and abandoned by his fellow trappers. Barely surviving his wounds, Glass is driven by thoughts of his family and a desire for revenge as he endures the frigid winter and pursues the men who left him for dead. … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Revenant” – Best Picture

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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 Picture

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is like your favorite rock band. You probably started off going to their shows at intimate venues with hardly any crowds and the next thing you know, they’re selling out the Staples Center and winning Grammys. Everyone is listening to them now and tickets that used to cost $10-$20 are more like $80-$100 or more. That’s what I feel like … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Picture

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [4] Selma – Best Picture

What a funny year when a well-made, socially relevant, historical biopic about Martin Luther King Jr. is passed up almost completely at the Academy Awards. You can site that it was a competitive year all you want, but having now actually seen “Selma,” it is mind-blowing that such a stellar film with such a stake in our national history was completely brushed away. Now, … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [4] Selma – Best Picture

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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

2014 Oscars Challenge: [30] Her – Five Nominations

Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay “Her” was my favorite film of 2014. Not only is Joaquin Phoenix perfectly cast in the film, but the writing and production on screen is absolutely phenomenal. Capturing a future not too far off where a new operating system is released that has artificial intelligence and has its own personality, Phoenix’s introvert character, Theodore Twombly, begins a … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [30] Her – Five Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [21] Dallas Buyers Club – Six Nominations

Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter With likely two acting awards coming from the film, “Dallas Buyers Club” is a forced to be reckoned with. Even without a Best Directing nomination, the film likely lands into the top 5 with chances of the winning the Oscar for Best Picture. And even though it is entirely unlikely that it will win, this film will not go … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [21] Dallas Buyers Club – Six 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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2014 Oscars Challenge: [16] Captain Phillips – Six Nominations

Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca What a competitive year. One of the biggest upsets when nominations were announced was the missing nomination for Tom Hanks as Captain Phillips. Almost anyone, including myself, would agree. His leadership role in the film topped only by his emotional breakdown at the end of the film leaves the audience in a state not that much … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [16] Captain Phillips – Six Nominations

2014 Oscars Challenge: [5] Philomena – Four Nominations

Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward “Philomena” is the true story of one Philomena Lee, an elderly woman who, for fifty years, kept a secret about having a son that was taken from her by nuns and adopted off to America for money. Now, paired up with a journalist, they follow the clues that could lead Philomena into find her long lost son. … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [5] Philomena – Four Nominations

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For Your Consideration 2013: Gravity

Get out your pen and paper because “Gravity” will be kicking ass and taking names at this year’s Oscars, becoming one of the biggest box office successes and most critically acclaimed films of the year. Not only with this be shoveling in the critic’s awards, as one of the most successful original screenplays on the market this year, but it will also land in … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Gravity

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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: [28] Django Unchained – Five Nominations

DJANGO UNCHAINED BEST PICTURE Despite Roger Ebert placing this film high on the films to win Best Picture, “Django Unchained” doesn’t have much of a chance. If we think “Argo” is a tough call due to the lack of a Best Directing nomination, “Django” must be placed below that. Meaning it will have defy even more than “Argo” to win. That being said, it … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [28] Django Unchained – Five Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [26] Zero Dark Thirty – Five Nominations

ZERO DARK THIRTY BEST PICTURE Before the Oscar nominations were announced, “Zero Dark Thirty” was the strong leader for Best Picture per general consensus in the critics circles, topping the ranks of over half the countries critics. But then the nominations were announced and the slander campaign began for Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film, bringing the question of authenticity to the table. Despite these remarks, … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [26] Zero Dark Thirty – Five 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: [16] Les Misérables – Eight Nominations

LES MISÉRABLES BEST PICTURE Sadly, despite early buzzing, “Les Misérables” lost its chance of winning Best Picture when it failed to garner both a directing nomination for Tom Hooper and an Adapted Screenplay nomination, both of which are almost a prerequisite for winning the ultimate prize for Best Picture. Since “Les Misérables” failed to reel those nominations in, it will have to settle for … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [16] Les Misérables – 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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Oscars Shortlist: 282 Films Eligible Best Pictures for 85th Academy Awards

Here’s the enormous list of 282 feature films are eligible to be considered for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Act Of Valor Adventures In Zambezia After The Wizard Alex Cross Already Famous The Amazing Spider-Man American Reunion Amour Anna Karenina Any Day Now The Apparition Arbitrage Argo Atlas Shrugged Part II Bachelorette Barbara Barrymore Battleship The Bay Beasts … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 282 Films Eligible Best Pictures for 85th Academy Awards

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For Your Consideration 2012: Argo

Not only did Roger Ebert name “Argo” the frontrunner for Best Picture at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, but tons of critics are following suit, also stating that Ben Affleck could be in the standings to win Best Director. Now, as I’m inclined to side with films I really like over films I casually like, I want to agree, but up against the … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Argo

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For Your Consideration 2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

What is it about Peter Jackson’s latest venture into the world of Middle Earth that doesn’t have critics and awards season followers expecting any major wins from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”? All three of “The Lord Of The Rings” films were nominated for Best Picture and “The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King” even won the prestigious award, along with 11 … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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For Your Consideration 2012: The Dark Knight Rises

Considering that the Best Picture rules were changed because of the backlash towards “The Dark Knight” not being recognized at the 2009 Academy Awards, it would be pressing to say that “The Dark Knight Rises” doesn’t at least have a chance of making the final cut. Regardless, the film should at least grab most of the technical nominations like both Sound Editing and Sound … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: The Dark Knight Rises

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For Your Consideration 2012: Flight

With a big name like Robert Zemeckis behind it and the thrill of his return to the live action, “Flight” has a great shot of getting some Oscar recognition this year, especially with Denzel Washington’s high caliber performance and an excellent script from John Gatins. Zemeckis has been nominated for an Academy Award an astounding 32 times, with 1/3 of those wins. Here’s his … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Flight

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For Your Consideration 2012: Zero Dark Thirty

Kathryn Bigelow surprised everyone when she won the 2009 Academy Award for both Best Director and Best Picture for her war related film “The Hurt Locker”. Fast forward three years, to 2012, and she hasn’t done a film since. Now, this December, her latest film “Zero Dark Thirty” is causing everyone to hold their breath, seeing if this will grab any nominations. With her … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Zero Dark Thirty

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For Your Consideration 2012: Les Misérables

Considered one of the strongest competitors at this year’s Oscars, even before it’s release, “Les Misérables” will easily snag certain nominations, including a return to the Best Director category for Tom Hooper, after his win in 2010 for directing “The King’s Speech”. Expect “Les Misérables” to get Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction, and Best Original Song nominations as well. Don’t … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Les Misérables

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For Your Consideration 2012: Rise Of The Guardians

“Rise Of The Guardians” fights an uphill battle against the Pixar giants and their summer release, “Brave”, along with Disney’s box office hit “Wreck-It Ralph”. What helps this Dreamworks labor of love is a score from composer extraordinaire, Alexandre Desplat, and a visual consultant in one of the best cinematographers in the world, Roger Deakins. For your consideration in all categories Best Picture of … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Rise Of The Guardians

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2012 Oscars Challenge: 84th Academy Awards Predictions

My official Oscar predictions: Best Picture: The Artist Best Actor in a Leading Role: George Clooney, “The Descendants” Best Actress in a Leading Role: Viola Davis, “The Help” Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoper Plummer, “Beginners” Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Octavia Spencer, “The Help” Best Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist” Best Animated Feature: “Rango” Best Animated Short: “La Luna” Best Art … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: 84th Academy Awards Predictions

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [40] The Help & 4 Nominations

[6 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[4 DAYS TO OSCARS] One of the weaker films in the Best Picture category, this film will probably gain most of the acting awards with one fell-swoop. Even at the Golden Globes, winner Meryl Streep said that Viola Davis deserved the award more. Much better than Streep’s performance, Davis should be able to capture this award. Though I would … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [40] The Help & 4 Nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [38] Hugo & 11 Nominations

[9 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[7 DAYS TO OSCARS] If there is one film in the Best Picture category that could possibly knock out “The Artist” (which seems unlikely at this point), it would be “Hugo”. With Martin Scorsese at the helm (who has an Academy Award for Best Director from “The Departed”) and a stellar screenplay, “Hugo” has the most nominations of any … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [38] Hugo & 11 Nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [35] The Descendants & 5 Nominations

[11 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[9 DAYS TO OSCARS] As much as I loved this film, I just do not see it beating out “The Artist”. Though it is positioned just right to win the Best Picture category, with all the major awards at its fingertips (Best Directing, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Adapted Screenplay) if any film were to upset … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [35] The Descendants & 5 Nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [33] The Tree Of Life & 3 Nominations

[13 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[9 DAYS TO OSCARS] Nothing made me happier on Oscar Nomination Day than “The Tree Of Life” getting the much deserved Academy attention that it received. A Best Cinematography nod was bound to happen with all the award season buzz it garnered, but with Best Picture and Best Directing nominations, “The Tree Of Life” became a frontrunner for both … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [33] The Tree Of Life & 3 Nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [28] War Horse & 6 Nominations

[18 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[15 DAYS TO OSCARS] After five years, Steven Spielberg is back on the Oscar map, with a Best Picture nomination. Spielberg has previously had six films nominated for Best Picture and has only won a single Best Picture Academy Award for “Schindler’s List”. He’s also been nominated six times for Best Director, winning for “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [28] War Horse & 6 Nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [18] Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close & 2 nominations

[28 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[22 DAYS TO OSCARS] “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” was lucky to get nominated for anything, plain and simple. The fact that it got a Best Picture nomination over “Harry Potter” or “Drive” is testament to the direction that the Academy tends to take towards family films. The film is shows up in only one other category (Best Actor … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [18] Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close & 2 nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [10] Midnight In Paris & 4 nominations

[36 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[29 DAYS TO OSCARS] In 1977, “Annie Hall” won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It also took Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Actress. So to count out Woody Allen in any regards is ill-advised. However, with the heated competition this year, “Midnight In Paris” probably won’t be pulling in that many awards. Described as Woody Allen’s return … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [10] Midnight In Paris & 4 nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [4] The Artist & 10 Nominations

[42 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[32 DAYS TO OSCARS] Ask any Academy follower and they will tell you that “The Artist” is a huge front-runner in this year’s Oscar race. Trailing only to “Hugo”, “The Artist” bagged 10 nominations and looks to be the film to beat in most categories. Personally, imagining a black-and-white silent film winning Best Picture in the year 2011-2012 sounds … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [4] The Artist & 10 Nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [2] Moneyball & 6 Nominations

[44 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[33 DAYS TO OSCARS] “Moneyball” definitely has its work cut out for it in the Best Picture category. Up against buzzing films like “The Artist”, “Hugo”, and “The Descendants”, it may be hard for “Moneyball” to get recognized. Also, without Bennett Miller getting a nomination for director, the film’s chances drop a little lower, even though it does show … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [2] Moneyball & 6 Nominations

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Help”

The surprise success of the summer, “The Help” held the top spot in the weekend box office for four straight weekends in a row, having made $168 million in its theater run,  and only costing about $25 million to produce. With astonishing and heartwarming performances from several of the actresses in the film, specifically Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain, some acting nominations are almost … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Help”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Hugo”

Martin Scorsese as director makes “Hugo” a huge attention-grabber, however, as an action-adventure children’s film, the film does not hold a huge chance of being nominated for anything like Best Picture. That being said, from the trailer alone, “Hugo” could easily pull off nominations for visual effects, art direction, and directing. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IN ALL CATEGORIES including BEST PICTURE** Produced by Johnny Depp, … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Hugo”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Adventures of Tintin”

An animated film produced by Peter Jackson, directed by Steven Spielberg, and scored by John Williams seems a hard film to top. How this film will not get nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film I do not know. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IN ALL CATEGORIES including BEST PICTURE & BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM** Produced by Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Adventures of Tintin”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Moneyball”

Nothing but rave reviews have come out of “Moneyball” and for a sports film to be considered for the Oscars is quite an achievement. Brad Pitt is no stranger to the Academy Awards, but Jonah Hill takes his first step out of the dirty comedy realm and earns his first consideration for an Oscar nomination, and what an achievement it will be if he … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Moneyball”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Anonymous”

“Anonymous” is a film I will have to see before I can actually judge whether this consideration will become a nominee in any of the categories. The period-ness of the film is a good start, but with little hype for the film and a slightly nobody cast, I am not sure it will be able to contend. Best Picture** Roland Emmerich (Producer) Larry Franco … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Anonymous”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part Two”

Expect “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part Two” to be a big contender at this year’s Academy Awards. Though Harry Potter is no stranger to the Academy Awards (normally in the cinematography category) this year’s Harry Potter will change things and rightfully so, with the biggest opening weekend in movie history ($483.2 million dollars opening weekend). Expect some acting awards to come out … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part Two”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”

Winning an Oscar at a prior Academy Awards ceremony definitely puts an actor/actress in the driver’s seat when it comes to getting nominated again. Sandra Bullock has enough steam to be another front-runner at this year’s Oscars and, though I have yet to see the film, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” appears like “The Blind Side” of 2011, with family values and strong emotion. … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Hanna”

Last year, I was positive Daft Punk would be nominated for Best Original Score for their work on “Tron: Legacy”, yet come nomination time, they were snubbed. So now when The Chemical Brothers are up for consideration for Best Original Score, I am leery to assume that they will be nominated. We can only hope. Apart from the score, I do not see many … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Hanna”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Beginners”

Having recently viewed “Beginners”, I am strongly behind this film getting some nominations at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Among the directing and writing considerations, I would also love to see Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Melanie Laurent all get nominations. Also, the Original Score definitely deserves some honoring. If you click the link provided for the Focus Features page, the score loops on … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Beginners”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Pariah”

Coming off very comparable to “Precious”, this drama is up for consideration for the Academy Awards. I am not completely sure any of these nominations will come to fruition, but I also have yet to see the film. Best Picture Nekisa Cooper (Producer) Best Director Dee Rees Best Actress Adepero Oduye Best Supporting Actor Charles Parnell Best Supporting Actress Kim Wayans Pernell Walker Aasha … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Pariah”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Though not yet released, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is getting the full treatment, with considerations in all categories: Best Picture Tim Belvan (Producer) Eric Fellner (Producer) Robyn Slovo (Producer) Best Director Tomas Alfredson Best Actor Gary Oldman Best Supporting Actor Benedict Cumberbatch David Dencik Colin Firth Stephen Graham Tom Hardy Ciaran Hinds John Hurt Toby Jones Simon McBurney Mark Strong Best Supporting Actress Kathy … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

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2011 Oscars Challenge: 83rd Academy Awards Predictions

83rd Annual (2nd Annual Oscar Challenge) Oscar Predicitions

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2011 Oscars Challenge: Inception

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Inception” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: The King’s Speech

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The King’s Speech” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: The Social Network

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The Social Network” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Toy Story 3

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Toy Story 3” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Black Swan

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Black Swan” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: True Grit

2011 Oscar Challenge: “True Grit” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: The Fighter

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The Fighter” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Winter’s Bone

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Winter’s Bone” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: 127 Hours

2011 Oscar Challenge: “127 Hours” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: The Kids Are All Right

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The Kids are All Right” (2010)
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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: An Education

AN EDUCATION Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published The film An Education was unlike any film I saw it being. The trailers for An Education made the film look scandalous. The result was quite the opposite. Carey Mulligan plays a young woman in … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: An Education

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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Blind Side

THE BLIND SIDE Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Ask any one of my friends and most likely they can tell one thing… I dislike Sandra Bullock. Recently, her two headline roles have been in the Proposal and All About Steve (to which she won as Razzie Award, the equivalence of worst performance … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Blind Side

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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: A Serious Man

A SERIOUS MAN Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Honestly, what would the Academy Awards be without a Coen Brothers film these days? A staple in the Awards for almost 2 decades, not seeing them at the Oscars for at least one award would be a rare occurrence. Winning the big awards (Best Picture, … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: A Serious Man

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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

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2010 Oscars Challenge: District 9

DISTRICT 9 Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Best Achievement in Editing Best Achievement in Visual Effects Hype… Hype can ruin a movie. Trailers for this film made me somewhat want to view this film before it hit theaters. The hype after the film hit theaters was phenomenal. A “must’ see film. … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: District 9

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Up

UP Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Best Achievement in Sound Editing Best Animated Feature Film of the Year First things first, Up deserves every award it wins this year. Up was by far the best Disney-Pixar film I have seen to date. Combine … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Up