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2020 Oscars Challenge: Best Live Action Short Films

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

2020 Oscars Challenge: Best Documentary Short Films

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

2020 Oscars Challenge: Best Animated Short Films

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oscars Watch: 92nd Academy Award Predictions

I have seen every film nominated this year, including the shorts, and the below predictions are a meld of what’s been winning, what I want to win, and what I think will win. There’s upsets every year and the pundits never get everything 100% right, so I try to mix up some of my picks with ones I prefer or ones where my gut tells me something different than what the experts are picking. These are my best guesses, so take them for what they’re worth. If you need a disclaimer, just know that I’ve never won my prediction ballot at work.

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Oscars Watch: 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards

Hosted for the second year in a row by Aubrey Plaza, the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards honored the best in independent cinema down at the Santa Monica Beach. The top honor of Best Picture this year went to “The Farewell,” which also took Best Supporting Actress for Zhao Shuzhen. Also winning big was Adam Sandler, who addressed his Oscars snub and offered a very funny acceptance speech.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Trailer: Minions: The Rise of Gru — Official Trailer #1

The untold story of one twelve-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain.

New Trailer: Spiral — Official Teaser Trailer #1

A sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in SPIRAL, the terrifying new chapter from the book of SAW. Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oscars Watch: 72nd Annual Writers Guild of America Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Trailer: F9: The Fast Saga — Official Trailer #2

Cypher enlists the help of Jakob, Dom’s younger brother to take revenge on Dom and his team.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oscars Watch: 72nd Annual Directors Guild of America Awards

Sam Mendes is solidifying his Academy Award win with the Director Guild awarding him with the top honors in directing this year. Add to that multiple Golden Globe wins and the Producers Guild’s top honors, and the film is sweeping the big deciders heading into the Oscars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oscars Watch: 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

“Parasite” wins the Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award and suddenly, the Best Picture landscape for the 92nd Academy Awards is much tighter. “1917” may have cleaned up at the Golden Globes and PGA Awards, but “Parasite” winning here definitely puts it back in the conversation. The individual acting awards, however, seemed more than locked, as all four are exactly who have been sweeping the awards season.

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Oscars Watch: 31st Annual Producers Guild of America Awards

You can officially place “1917” in the frontrunner spot for Best Picture at the 92nd Academy Awards. Not only did it win big at the Golden Globes a few weekends ago, but now it has won one of the biggest predictors for the Best Picture winners, winning the Producers Guild’s biggest honors, beating out the likes of “Joker,” “The Irishman,” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.”

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

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

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

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

New Trailer: Guns Akimbo — Official Trailer #1

A guy relies on his newly-acquired gladiator skills to save his ex-girlfriend from kidnappers.

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Oscars Watch: 70th Annual ACE Eddie Award Nominees

“Parasite” and “Jojo Rabbit” were honored by the American Cinema Editors with their annual ACE Eddie Awards. Both films are nominated for an Academy Award, so this could mean they’ll be the ones to beat for the Oscar.

New Trailer: The Lovebirds — Official Trailer #1

A couple (Issa Rae & Kumail Nanjiani) experiences a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme — and hilarious — circumstance to the next, they must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

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

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

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

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

New Trailer: The Night Clerk — Official Trailer #1

Voyeuristic hotel clerk becomes the subject of a murder investigation.

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

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

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Iowa Film Critics Association Awards

QUICK LIST Best Picture: “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”Best Director: Quentin Taratino — “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix — “Joker”Best Actress: Renée Zellweger — “Judy”Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt — “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern — “Marriage Story”Best Score: “1917″ — Thomas NewmanBest Song: “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” — “Toy Story … Read More Oscars Watch: 2019 Iowa Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Denver Film Critics Society Awards

QUICK LIST Best Picture: “1917”Best Director: Sam Mendes — “1917”Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix — “Joker”Best Actress: Scarlett Johansson — “Marriage Story”Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt — “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”Best Supporting Actress: Florence Pugh — “Little Women” & Laura Dern — “Marriage Story”Best Original Screenplay: “Knives Out” — Rian JohnsonBest Adapted Screenplay: “Little Women” — Greta GerwigBest Animated Film: “Toy Story 4”Best … Read More Oscars Watch: 2019 Denver Film Critics Society Awards

New Trailer: Morbius — Official Teaser Trailer #1

Biochemist Michael Morbius tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead.

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

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

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Oscars Watch: 92nd Academy Awards Nominations Predictions Scorecard

Out of the 124 Academy Award nominations announced this morning, I was able to predict 89 of them correctly, putting my percentage at 72% correct. How did everyone else do?

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Oscars Watch: 92nd Academy Award Nominees

John Cho and Issa Rae announced the 92nd Academy Award nominees this morning from the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The big winner was “Joker,” receiving the most nominations with 11 total. “1917,” “The Irishman,” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” all received 10 nominations while “Jojo Rabbit,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” and “Parasite” all received six nominations each. ABC will host the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 9.

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Oscars Watch: 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

Despite having fourteen nominations, “The Irishman” only took away one award from the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” on the other hand, had twelve nominations was able to win four including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

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Oscars Watch: 92nd Academy Awards Nominations Predictions

My super last minute predictions for the 92nd Academy Awards nominations, announcing Monday, January 13th, 2020 at 5:18 a.m.

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Oscars Watch: 7th Annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards

“Bombshell” takes the major awards at the 7th Annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards, while “Joker” and “Downton Abbey” take one a piece.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Music City Film Critics Association Awards

Cutting into the “Parasite” winning streak, tally up another win for “1917,” having been awarded Best Film by the Music City Film Critics Association.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Georgia Film Critics Association Awards

“Parasite” continues to flex its supremacy, this time with the Georgia Film Critics Association Awards, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Foreign Language Film.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Alliance Of Women Film Journalists Awards

Even the Alliance Of Women Film Journalists are honoring “Parasite” with their Best Film category, along with Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Non-English Language Film.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Hollywood Critics Association Awards

Following its big wins at the Golden Globe Awards, “1917” takes another win from the Hollywood Critics Association, along with Best Action/War Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing.

New Trailer: Birds of Prey — Official Trailer #2

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 GALECA’s Dorian Awards

“Parasite” continues its sweep of the Awards Season, winning Best Film of the Year and Best Director of the Year along with Best Supporting Actor, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Screenplay of the Year at GALECA’s Dorian Awards.

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Oscars Watch: 13th Annual Cinema Eye Awards

“American Factory” wins Outstanding Achievement in NonFiction Feature Filmmaking and Directing at the 13th Annual Cinema Eye Awards. “Apollo 11” and “Honeyland” take some technical awards while “For Sama” and “The Cave” sharing the Outstanding Achievement in Production. All of these are still on the shortlist for the Academy Awards.

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Oscars Watch: 18th Annual Visual Effects Society Award Nominees

As we get closer to the Academy announcing their nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards, it has grown more apparent that we will soon likely be calling “Alita: Battle Angel” an “Academy Award-nominated” film.

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Oscars Watch: 72nd Annual Directors Guild of America Award Nominees

On the same day that Oscar ballots are due to be turned in, the Directors Guild have announced their five nominees for Best Theatrical Director, including the surprise inclusion of Taika Waititi for his work on “Jojo Rabbit.”

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Austin Film Critics Association Awards

The Austin Film Critics Association continue the sentiment of this end of the Awards Season, awarding “Parasite” with Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, and Foreign Language Film.

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Oscars Watch: 31st Annual Producers Guild of America Award Nominees

The Producers Guild named the ten nominees for their PGA Award, including Award Season favorites like “1917” and “Joker,” “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story,” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” and “Parasite.”

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Oscars Watch: 73rd Annual British Academy Of Film And Television Arts (BAFTA) Award Nominees

Ella Balinska and Asa Butterfield were on hand this morning in London to announce this year’s nominees for the annual BAFTA Awards. “Joker” came out the big winner, garnering eleven nominations, which was more than any other film. Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” was just behind it with ten and “1917” with nine. The EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall in London and will be hosted by Graham Norton.

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Oscars Watch: 72nd Annual Writers Guild of America Award Nominees

The Writers Guild echoes the sentiments of much of the awards season thus far, giving nominations to “Knives Out” and Rian Johnson, “Marriage Story” and Noah Baumbach, “Parasite” and Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, and “Jojo Rabbit” and Taika Waititi.

New Trailer: The New Mutants — Official Trailer #2

An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors, only to witness a disturbing act of violence.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Online Film Critics Society Awards

The Online Film Critics Society picked “Parasite” as their Best Picture of the year, along with Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Film Not In The English Language.

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Oscars Watch: 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Sam Mendes and “1917” were big winners at the 77th Golden Globe Awards, winning Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 National Society Of Film Critics Awards

“Parasite” is on a bit of a hot streak lately, this time winning Best Picture and Best Screenplay from the National Society Of Film Critics. Greta Gerwig gets a big win here for Best Director with her film “Little Women.”

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Oscars Watch: 9th Annual Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts International Awards

“Parasite” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” were the big winners at the Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts International Awards, with “Parasite” winning Best Film while “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” director Quentin Tarantino won Best Direction and Brad Pitt won for Best Supporting Actor.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Chicago Indie Critics Awards

Chalk another one up for “Parasite,” this time winning the Best Independent Film from the Chicago Indie Critics. It also won Best Supporting Actor, tied for Best Director, and Best Foreign Language Film.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 American Society Of Cinematographers Award Nominees

The American Society Of Cinematographers announced their nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases, including Roger Deakins for his work on “1917” and Robert Richardson for his work on “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

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Oscars Watch: 2019 North Carolina Film Critics Association Awards

“Parasite” swept the North Carolina Film Critics Association Awards, winning Best Narrative Film (their top prize), Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Original Screenplay. “Little Women” picked up a few, including Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Columbus Film Critics Association Awards

The Columbus Film Critics Association named “Parasite” Best Picture and Best Director of the year. They also named it Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film. There was also a lot of love for Florence Pugh and “Knives Out.”

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Houston Film Critics Society Awards

“Parasite” wins yet another award, this time from the Houston Film Critics Society, winning Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Foreign-Language Film. Also winning three awards was “1917,” which won Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects.

New Trailer: A Quiet Place: Part II – Official Trailer #1

Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Greater Western New York Film Critics Association Awards

“Marriage Story” was awarded Best Picture by the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association and it wasn’t surprising, as “Marriage Story” also won Best Original Screenplay, Best Lead Actor and Actress, and Best Score.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Online Association of Female Film Critics Awards

“Parasite” is the Online Association of Female Film Critics’ Best Film, along with Bong Joon-Ho taking Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Utah Film Critics Association Awards

The Utah Film Critics Association named “Parasite” the Best Picture of the year, where it also won Best Original Screenplay and Best Non-English Language Film. “1917” won a few awards as well, including Best Director and Best Cinematography, while “Marriage Story” took both Leading Actor and Actress awards. “Apollo 11” won three awards, including Best Documentary, Best Original Score, and Best Film Editing.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Florida Film Critics Circle Awards

Venturing outside the norm, the Florida Film Critics Circle awarded “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” with Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Foreign Language Film, while “Marriage Story” took three of the four acting awards, and “Little Women” took Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Ensemble.

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Oscars Watch: 24th Annual International Press Academy Satellite Awards

“Ford v Ferrari” was named the Best Motion Picture at the 24th Annual International Press Academy Satellite Awards, along with James Mangold for Best Director, Christian Bale for Best Leading Actor, and Best Film Editing. “Joker” and “Marriage Story” were among other films to earn more than one award win.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Black Film Critics Circle Awards

The Black Film Critics Circle awarded “Dolemite Is My Name” with four awards, including Best Film, Eddie Murphy for Best Actor, Da’Vine Joy Randolph for Best Supporting Actress, and Best Ensemble. They also awarded “The Irishman” and “Parasite” with some honors as well.

New Trailer: Tenet — Official Trailer #2

An action epic revolving around international espionage, time travel, and evolution. Possibly about a man trying to prevent World War 3 through time travel and rebirth.

New Trailer: The Woman In The Window — Official Trailer #1

An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors, only to witness a disturbing act of violence.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Nevada Film Critics Society Awards

“Marriage Story” was the big winner at the Nevada Film Critics Society Awards, winning Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress (tied with “Bombshell”).

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Oscars Watch: 2019 North Texas Film Critics Association Awards

“The Irishman” is awarded Best Picture by the North Texas Film Critics Association. The rest of the awards were pretty spread out over many different films including “1917,” “Joker,” and “Knives Out.”

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards

The Dublin Film Critics Circle named “Marriage Story” the Best Film of 2019, along with Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. Noah Baumbach missed the Best Director category, however, with Martin Scorsese pulling off the win for “The Irishman.”

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

“Joker” sweeps in and takes Best Picture from the Phoenix Film Critics Society along with Best Actor going to Joaquin Phoenix. “1917” cleaned up the technical awards, including Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, and Best Production Design.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards

The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle picked “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” as their Best Picture of the year, along with Brad Pitt taking Best Supporting Actor and Robert Richardson taking Best Cinematography.

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Animated Shorts in the Final Round for the 92nd Academy Awards

The Best Animated Short category has been narrowed down to ten contenders.

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Oscars Shortlist: 15 Original Songs in the Final Round for the 92nd Academy Awards

The Best Original Song category has been narrowed down to fifteen contenders. “Into The Unknown,” the anthem from this year’s “Frozen II,” seems like the only safe bet in this category.

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Oscars Shortlist: 15 Original Scores in the Final Round for the 92nd Academy Awards

The Best Original Score category has been narrowed down to fifteen contenders.

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Films in the Final Round of Best Makeup & Hairstyling for the 92nd Academy Awards

The Best Makeup & Hairsyling category has been narrowed down to ten contenders.

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 International Films in the Final Round for the 92nd Academy Awards

The International Feature category (formerly the Foreign Language Feature category) has been narrowed down to ten contenders.

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Documentary Shorts in the Final Round for the 92nd Academy Awards

The Best Documentary Short category has been narrowed down to ten contenders.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards

The Vancouver Film Critics Circle awarded “Parasite” their Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Foreign Language Film awards while “Marriage Story” took three of the four acting awards along with Best Screenplay.

New Trailer: Top Gun: Maverick — Official Trailer #2

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.

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Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentaries in the Final Round for the 92nd Academy Awards

The Best Documentary Feature category has been narrowed down to fifteen contenders.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards

“1917” and “Marriage Story” took home the lion share of the awards from the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association. “1917” took Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Musical Score while “Marriage Story” took Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Screenplay.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle Awards

The San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle honored independent film “The Last Black Man In San Francisco” with a few awards, but the top honors went to “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” and “Parasite, ” both coming out with three wins each.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards

“Marriage Story” is a film that was talked about a lot heading into the awards season, and although it may be popping up here and there, it really had not won an substantial critics awards. However, the Indiana Film Journalists Association have awarded it their Best Film of the year, along with Best Actor going to Adam Driver and Best Original Screenplay going to Noah Baumbach.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Seattle Film Critics Society Awards

“Parasite” wins yet another Best Picture critics award, this time from Seattle Film Critics Society. Not only that, it won Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Ensemble Cast, and Best Foreign Language Film.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Phoenix Critics Circle Awards

Four awards were given to “Parasite” by the Phoenix Critics Circle including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Foreign Language Film.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards

Stepping out from what most critics awards have done thus far, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle awarded their Best Picture category to “1917,” which also brought home Best Director for Sam Mendes and Best Cinematography for Roger Deakins. “Us” and “Dolemite Is My Name” were honored.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 St. Louis Film Critics Association Awards

Chalk another win up for “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” which the St. Louis Film Critics Association named their Best Picture of the year. They awarded it eight other times including Best Director, Best Supporting Actress and Actor, and even a tie in the Best Original Screenplay category, tying with “Marriage Story.”

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards

“Parasite” racks up some more wins, this time from the Boston Online Film Critics Association. They awarded it Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Foreign Language Film, while “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” matched it with three awards, earning Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Boston Society Of Film Critics Awards

The Boston Society Of Film Critics has picked “Little Women” as its Best Picture of the year, including wins in the Best Ensemble category, Saoirse Ronan as the Best Leading Actress, and Best Original Score.

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Spotlight: 2019 National Film Registry Entries

The Library of Congress has announced their 25 films to be inducted into the National Film Registry for the year of 2019.

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Oscars Watch: 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominees

Nominees for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television of 2019, as well as the nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles, were announced this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Women Film Critics Circle Awards

The Toronto Film Critics Association awarded “Parasite” with Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Foreign-Language Film, grabbing more awards than anything else. “Marriage Story” took two acting awards with Adam Driver and Laura Dern both winning.

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Oscars Watch: 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominees

If you ever needed proof that Netflix isn’t going anywhere, just look at its nominations count for this year’s Golden Globes. It towers above the rest with a total of 17 nominations for its original films and series.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 New Mexico Film Critics Association Awards

The Chicago Film Critics Association may have awarded “Parasite” their Best Picture of the year, along with Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Foreign Language Film, but “Little Women” tied it for the most wins, grabbing Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Philadelphia Film Critics Circle Awards

Straying from the crowd slightly, the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle awarded “Knives Out” with their Best Picture honor during their Sunday night deliberations. They also awarded it Best Script.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association picked “Parasite” as the Best Picture of the year, along with Best Director and Best Supporting Actor.

New Trailer: Wonder Woman 1984 — Official Trailer #1

In 1984, Diana Prince comes into conflict with two formidable foes: Maxwell Lord and the Cheetah, while reuniting with her past love Steve Trevor.

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Oscars Watch: 35th Annual International Documentary Association (IDA) Documentary Awards

The International Documentary Association honored some the greatest of documentaries of the year including “Honeyland” and “For Sama.”

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Oscars Watch: 2019 New York Film Critics Online Awards

The New York Film Critics Online, is an organization composed of 38 top online film critics in New York City. It has a rich mix of reviewers who have carved out original, innovative spaces on the internet for critical illumination. The group meets once a year, in December, and votes its film awards for that year.

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Oscars Watch: 32nd European Film Awards

The awards were held in Berlin, Germany on December 7, 2019 at 19:00 CET (10am PST), hosted by Aiste Dirziute & Anna Brüggemann. The big winner was “The Favourite,” which took home eight awards, including Best European Film and Best European Director. Director Werner Herzog was on hand to accept his Lifetime Achievement Award and actress Juliette Binoche attended to accept her European Achievement in World Cinema Award.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 San Diego Film Critics Society Award Nominees

“The Irishman” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” share the most nominations with ten, while “Marriage Story” has the second most with eight.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Detroit Film Critics Society Award Nominees

“The Irishman” has the most nominations with seven, while “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” and “Marriage Story” has the second most with six nominations each.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 American Film Institute’s Top 10 Films and Television Shows of the Year

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR “1917” “The Farewell” “The Irishman” “Jojo Rabbit” “Joker” “Knives Out” “Little Women” “Marriage Story” “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” “Richard Jewell” AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR “Chernobyl” “The Crown” “Fosse/Verdon” “Game Of Thrones” “Pose” “Succession” “Unbelievable” “Veep” “Watchmen” “When They See Us” AFI SPECIAL AWARD “Parasite” AFI SPECIAL AWARD “Fleabag”

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Oscars Watch: 2019 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

The New York Film Critics Circle is an organization of film reviewers from New York-based publications that exists to honor excellence in U.S. and world cinema. Founded in 1935, the Circle’s membership includes critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines, and qualifying online general-interest publications. Every year in December the organization meets in New York to vote on awards for the previous calendar year’s films.

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Oscars Shortlist: 20 Films Left in the Hunt for Best Visual Effects Nominations at 92nd Academy Awards

Here we are only two months out from the Academy Awards and a little over a month away from the nominations. Today, the Best Visual Effects category has been parred down to twenty, with the biggest budget films filling the VFX landscape. The obvious front-runner has to be “Avengers: Endgame” while the yet-to-be-seen “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” already looks visually stunning.

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Oscars Watch: 91st National Board of Review Awards (2019)

This is the National Board of Review’s 91st year of giving out awards. This year, “The Irishman” grabbed the Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay awards, as well as Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino being awarded the NBR’s Icon Award. Right there with it was “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” which grabbed Best Director for Quentin Tarantino, something that could easily happen at the Oscars this year and Brad Pitt grabbing Best Supporting Actor.

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Oscars Watch: 29th IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards

The 29th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project, were held Monday, December 2 and it was a very Noah Baumbach night.

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Oscars Watch: 47th Annie Awards Nominees

The Annie Awards are held January 25, 2020 at UCLA’s Royce Hall and are voted on by the International Animated Film Society. “Frozen II” and “Missing Link” both have the most nominations with eight each.

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Oscars Watch: 21st British Independent Film Awards

The British Independent Film Awards highlight and reward the best, most innovative and creative independent filmmaking and filmmakers in the UK. They identify and encourage emerging talent, support and celebrate the independent film community and promote British film and talent to the public.

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Oscars Watch: 2019 Atlanta Film Critics Circle Awards

The AFCC is comprised of 26 film critics and journalists representing Atlanta-based publications and electronic outlets committed to reviewing and commenting on local, regional, national and international film and the film industry.

Movie Review: See You Yesterday (2019)

Time travel meets a Spike Lee joint in Netflix’s “See You Yesterday,” the low budget feature film debut from director Stefon Bristol.

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Oscars Watch: 32nd European Film Awards Nominees

The more than 3,600 EFA Members will now vote for the winners who will be presented during the awards ceremony on December 7 in Berlin. “The Favourite,” “An Officer and a Spy,” “Pain and Glory,” and “The Traitor” have the most nominations with 4 each. Best European Film “The Favourite” — Yorgos Lanthimos “Les Misérables” — Ladj Ly “An Officer And A Spy” — … Read More Oscars Watch: 32nd European Film Awards Nominees

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Oscars Shortlist: 159 Documentary Features Eligible for Nomination at 92nd Academy Awards

Even though there are 159 documentaries in contention for the Best Documentary Feature at this year’s 92nd Academy Awards, I have not seen a single one. So my guesses about what will make the final cut are really based on what got in from past ceremonies and what buzz is surrounding certain titles or how well they did at the box office. Music documentaries … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 159 Documentary Features Eligible for Nomination at 92nd Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 21st British Independent Film Awards Nominees

Best British Independent Film “Bait” “For Sama” “The Personal History Of David Copperfield” “The Souvenir” “Wild Rose” Best Director Waad Al-kateab & Edward Watts — “For Sama” Oliver Hermanus — “Moffie” Joanna Hogg — “The Souvenir” Mark Jenkin — “Bait” Asif Kapadia — “Diego Maradona” Best Screenplay “In Fabric” — Peter Strickland “The Personal History Of David Copperfield” — Armando Iannucci & Simon Blackwell … Read More Oscars Watch: 21st British Independent Film Awards Nominees

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Oscars Shortlist: 32 Animated Features Vying for Nominations at 92nd Academy Awards

These thirty-two Animated Features are the final in contention for the 92nd Academy Awards. Some of these have not had their required seven-day qualifying run in Los Angeles, like “Frozen II,” “Klaus,” and “Spies In Disguies,” which have not released yet, but do have tentative release dates. Dreamworks has “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” and “Abominable” in contention while Pixar has … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 32 Animated Features Vying for Nominations at 92nd Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 93 Countries and 93 Films in contention for Best International Feature Film at 92nd Academy Awards

The 2018-2019 Oscar Season is officially upon us, as 93 countries have submitted their entries into the newly dubbed Best International Feature Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards. Among the entries are front-runners like “Pain and Glory,” which debuted in America last weekend and “Parasite,” which has been receiving rave reviews and has its American debut this upcoming weekend. Animated films “Weathering With … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 93 Countries and 93 Films in contention for Best International Feature Film at 92nd Academy Awards

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Time & Pressure — How I Lost My Voice: Part 1

I want to write more. I want to watch more. I want to write about what I watch more. I also work a full-time job, and by full-time, I mean thirteen hours, including showering and my commute. That leaves me with eleven hours to do with whatever I please, right? Except I have a wife and two kids. And since I’m usually gone before … Read More Time & Pressure — How I Lost My Voice: Part 1

Oscars Watch: And the Host of the Oscars is Legen… wait for it….

…dary Step aside Ellen DeGeneres because Neil Patrick Harris is here. With “How I Met Your Mother” no longer filling up his schedule, Harris takes the Academy Awards stage for the first time as host. However, he is no stranger to awards shows, having hosted the Emmys (twice) and the Tonys. Let him host the Golden Globes and he will have his own EGOT. He … Read More Oscars Watch: And the Host of the Oscars is Legen… wait for it….

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2015 Oscars Challenge: 6th Annual Oscar Challenge: And So It Begins…

Summer blockbuster season ends and immediately the masses are turning their heads to the Oscars. Of course, five months is a long time to wait for the nominations, but the ride to those nominations becomes half of the fun of this time of year. Instead of audiences racing to their local theater chains to catch the latest major motion picture blockbusters like “Transformers” or … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: 6th Annual Oscar Challenge: And So It Begins…

Quick Review: Locke (2014)

LOCKE BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLAUGUST 11, 2014 Following in the footsteps of a film like “Buried,” which was shot entirely in one location with only one actor ever-present on-screen, “Locke” takes its single character show on the road. Starring Tom Hardy and an extensive voice cast, this simple idea sees character Ivan Locke (Hardy) taking a two-hour-long night drive from work to London all while … Read More Quick Review: Locke (2014)

Movie Review: Creation (2010)

CREATION BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLJULY 10, 2010 Period pieces are in a world all their own. My thoughts are that in order to direct a period piece, you truly have to be infatuated with the piece or the period to take on the challenge. Jon Amiel was one of those directors and “Creation” is one of those films I could potentially see up for an … Read More Movie Review: Creation (2010)