Tag: Oscars Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“THE FAVOURITE”Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos Director: Yorgos LanthimosProducers: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos LanthimosWriters: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamaraCinematography: Robbie RyanEditor: Yorgos MavropsaridisComposer: Komeil S. HosseiniDistributor: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: November 23, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 120 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the early 1700s, Queen Anne, in poor health and emotionally unstable, allows her most trusted confidante, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [15] “The Favourite” – Ten Nominations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018 Oscars Challenge: [44] “Coco” – 2 Nominations

“COCO” Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson Director: Lee Unkrich Producer: Darla K. Anderson Writers: Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich, & Adrian Molina Editors: Steve Bloom & Lee Unkrich Composer: Michael Giacchino Distributor: Pixar Animation & Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Release Date: November 22, 2017 Run-time: 105 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Twelve-year-old Miguel Rivera loves to play the guitar, despite his family having banned … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [44] “Coco” – 2 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: [40] “Ferdinand” – Best Animated Feature

“FERDINAND” Carlos Saldanha and Lori Forte Director: Carlos Saldanha Producers: John Davis, Lisa Marie Stetler, Lori Forte, and Bruce Anderson Writers: Robert L. Baird, Tim Federle, Brad Copeland, Ron Burch, David Kidd, and Don Rhymer Editor: Harry Hitner Composer: CJohn Powell Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: December 15, 2017 Run-time: 108 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Ferdinand, a gentle giant of a bull, is the beloved … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [40] “Ferdinand” – Best Animated Feature

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: [37] “Loveless” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“LOVELESS” Russia; Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev Producers: Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov, & Gleb Fetisov Writers: Andrey Zvyagintsev & Oleg Negin Cinematography: Mikhail Krichman Editor: Anna Mass Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: December 1, 2017 Run-time: 128 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Zhenya and Boris, a couple embroiled in a bitter divorce, have already found new partners and need only to sell their Moscow … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [37] “Loveless” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [36] “All The Money In The World” – Best Actor in a Supporting Role

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER “All The Money In The World” Director: Ridley Scott Producers: Chris Clark, Quentin Curtis, Dan Friedkin, Mark Huffam, Ridley Scott, Bradley Thomas, and Kevin J. Walsh Writer: David Scarpa Cinematography: Dariusz Wolski Editor: Claire Simpson Distributors: TriStar Pictures Release Date: December 25, 2017 Run-time: 133 minutes CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: Christopher Plummer portrays oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, who refuses to pay ransom to rescue … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [36] “All The Money In The World” – Best Actor in a Supporting Role

2018 Oscars Challenge: [35] “Blade Runner 2049” – 5 Nominations

Director: Denis Villeneuve Producers: Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Bud Yorkin, & Cynthia Sikes Yorkin Writers: Hampton Fancher & Michael Green Cinematography: Roger A. Deakins Composer: Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Release Date: October 6, 2017 Run-time: 163 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 2049, three decades after original blade runner Rick Deckard went missing, LAPD officer K is tasked with eliminating older, … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [35] “Blade Runner 2049” – 5 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [34] “The Greatest Showman” – Best Original Song

“THIS IS ME” FROM “THE GREATEST SHOWMAN” Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Performed By Keala Settle Director: Michael Gracey Producer: Laurence Mark, Peter Chernin, and Jenno Topping Writers: Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon Editors: Tom Cross, Robert Duffy, Joe Hutshing, Michael McCusker, Jon Poll, and Spencer Susser Composers: John Debney and Joseph Trapanese Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: October … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [34] “The Greatest Showman” – Best Original Song

2018 Oscars Challenge: [33] “Baby Driver” – 3 Nominations

Director & Writer: Edgar Wright Producers: Nira Park, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner Cinematography: Bill Pope Composer: Steven Price Editors: Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos Distributor: TriStar Pictures Release Date: June 28, 2017 Run-time: 113 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: A young getaway driver known as Baby is in debt to crime boss Doc, but he plans on retiring after he falls for a sympathetic waitress. Doc … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [33] “Baby Driver” – 3 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [32] “The Breadwinner” – Best Animated Feature

“THE BREADWINNER” Nora Twomey and Anthony Leo Director: Nora Twomey Producers: Anthony Leo, Tomm Moore, Andrew Rosen, and Paul Young Writers: Anita Doron and Deborah Ellis Composers: Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna Distributors: GKids Release Date: November 17, 2017 Run-time: 94 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Eleven-year-old Parvana adores her schoolteacher father, who tells her fables from Afghanistan’s past. After her father is arrested by the Taliban, … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [32] “The Breadwinner” – Best Animated Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – 4 Nominations

Director & Writer: Rian Johnson Producers: Kathleen Kennedy & Ram Bergman Cinematography: Steve Yedlin Composer: John Williams Editor: Bob Ducsay Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Release Date: December 15, 2017 Run-time: 152 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Resistance heroes Poe and Finn take daring measures to save their tattered fleet from extermination by the First Order. Across the galaxy, Rae pleads with Luke Skywalker to return … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – 4 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [30] “Mudbound” – 4 Nominations

Director: Dee Rees Producers: Carl Effenson, Sally Jo Effenson, Cassian Elwes, Charles King, Christopher Lemole, Kim Roth, and Tim Zajaros Writers: Virgil Williams & Dee Rees Cinematography: Rachel Morrison Composer: Tamar-kali Distributor: Netflix Release Date: November 17, 2017 Run-time: 134 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Two soldiers, one black, one white, return to Mississippi following World War II, to discover that their goals in life and ideas … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [30] “Mudbound” – 4 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [29] “Logan” – Best Adapted Screenplay

“LOGAN” Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold Based On “Wolverine” by Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita Sr. Director: James Mangold Producers: Hutch Parker, Simon Kinberg, and Lauren Shuler Donner Cinematographer: John Mathieson Editors: Michael McCusker and Dirk Westervelt Composer: Marco Beltrami Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: March, 2017 Run-time: 137 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Mutants … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [29] “Logan” – Best Adapted Screenplay

2018 Oscars Challenge: [28] “The Square” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“THE SQUARE” Sweden; Directed by Ruben Östlund Director & Writer: Ruben Östlund Producers: Erik Hemmendorff and Philippe Bober Cinematography: Fredrik Wenzel Editors: Ruben Östlund & Jacob Secher Schulsinger Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: October 27, 2017 (Telluride) Run-time: 151 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Hoping to promote his contemporary art museum, curator Christian showcases an installation about altruism. Christian soon has more than he can cope with, … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [28] “The Square” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [27] “Victoria & Abdul” – 2 Nominations

Director: Stephen Frears Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Beeban Kidron, and Tracey Seaward Writer: Lee Hall Cinematography: Danny Cohen Composer: Thomas Newman Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: October 6, 2017 Run-time: 111 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Muslim clerk Abdul Karim is selected to travel from India to England to present Queen Victoria with a ceremonial coin in honor of her Golden Jubilee. The bored monarch is … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [27] “Victoria & Abdul” – 2 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [23] “Kong: Skull Island” – Best Visual Effects

“KONG: SKULL ISLAND” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Producers: Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, and Alex Garcia Writers: Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, and Derek Connolly Cinematography: Larry Fong Composer: Henry Jackman Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Release Date: March 10, 2017 Run-time: 118 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1973, the U.S. government backs an expedition to Skull Island, an … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [23] “Kong: Skull Island” – Best Visual Effects

2018 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Wonder” – Best Makeup & Hairstyling

“WONDER” Arjen Tuiten Director: Stephen Chbosky Producers: David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman Writers: Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, and Stephen Chbosky Cinematography: Don Burgess Composers: Marcelo Zarvos and Bea Miller Distributors: Lionsgate Release Date: November 14, 2017 Run-time: 113 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman has been home-schooled throughout his life because of the multiple surgeries he has had to correct his facial differences. Auggie is … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Wonder” – Best Makeup & Hairstyling

2018 Oscars Challenge: [25] “Loving Vincent” – Best Animated Feature

“LOVING VINCENT” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman and Ivan Mactaggart Director: Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman Producer: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, and Sean M. Bobbitt Writers: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, and Jacek Dehnel Editors: Dorota Kobiela and Justyna Wierszynska Composer: Clint Mansell Production Company: BreakThru Productions & Trademark Films Release Date: September 22, 2017 Run-time: 94 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the summer of 1891, Armand Roulin is … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [25] “Loving Vincent” – Best Animated Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [24] “A Fantastic Woman” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“A FANTASTIC WOMAN” Chile; Directed by Sebastián Lelio Director: Sebastián Lelio Producers: Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Sebastián Lelio, and Gonzalo Maza Writers: Sebastián Lelio & Gonzalo Maza Editor: Soledad Salfate Composer: Matthew Herbert Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: September 1, 2017 (Telluride) Run-time: 104 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Marina, a twentysomething waitress and aspiring singer, is in a loving relationship with older partner … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [24] “A Fantastic Woman” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [22] “Faces Places” – Best Documentary Feature

“FACES PLACES” Agnès Varda, JR and Rosalie Varda Directors & Writers: Agnès Varda & JR Producers: Agnès Varda, JR and Rosalie Varda Cinematography: Romain Le Bonniec, Claire Duguet, Nicolas Guicheteau, and Valentin Vignet Editor: Maxime Pozzi Garcia Composer: Matthieu Chedid Distributor: Cohen Media Group Release Date: October, 2017 Run-time: 89 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Filmmaker Agnès Varda teams with photographer and muralist JR to travel the … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [22] “Faces Places” – Best Documentary Feature

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: [20] “Roman J. Israel, Esq” – Best Actor in a Leading Role

DENZEL WASHINGTON “Roman J. Israel, Esq” Director & Writer: Dan Gilroy Producers: Todd Black, Jennifer Fox, and Denzel Washington Cinematography: Robert Elswit Editor: John Gilroy Composer: James Newton Howard Distributors: Columbia Pictures Release Date: November 17, 2017 Run-time: 122 minutes CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: As Roman J. Israel, Esq., Denzel Washington plays an idiosyncratic lawyer who finds his idealism tested after years of making sacrifices and eschewing … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [20] “Roman J. Israel, Esq” – Best Actor in a Leading Role

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: [18] “The Big Sick” – Best Original Screenplay

“THE BIG SICK” Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani Director: Michael Showalter Producer: Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel Cinematography: Brian Burgoyne Editor: Robert Nassau Composer: Michael Andrews Distributor: Amazon Studios & Lionsgate Release Date: June 23, 2017 Run-time: 117 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Kumail, an aspiring comedian from Pakistan, has a fling with Chicago graduate student Emily, and both are surprised when their affection … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [18] “The Big Sick” – Best Original Screenplay

2018 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Beauty and the Beast” – 2 Nominations

Director: Bill Condon Writers: Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos Cinematography: Tobias A. Schliessler Editor: Virginia Katz Composer: Alan Menken Distributor: Walt Disney Motion Pictures Release Date: March 17, 2017 Run-time: 129 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Furious that her father has been imprisoned for petty theft, book-loving villager Belle takes his place in the mysterious castle where he is being held. Belle stands up to the castle’s … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Beauty and the Beast” – 2 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [16] “Marshall” – Best Original Song

“STAND UP FOR SOMETHING” FROM “MARSHALL” Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn (aka Common) and Diane Warren Performed By Andra Day featuring Common Director: Reginald Hudlin Producer: Paula Wagner, Reginald Hudlin, and Jonathan Sanger Writers: Michael Koskoff and Jacob Koskoff Editor: Tom McArdle Composer: Marcus Miller Distributor: Open Road Films Release Date: October 13, 2017 Run-time: 118 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1940, … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [16] “Marshall” – Best Original Song

2018 Oscars Challenge: [15] “On Body And Soul” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“ON BODY AND SOUL” Hungary; Directed by Ildikó Enyedi Director & Writer: Ildikó Enyedi Producers: Ernő Mesterházy, András Muhi, and Mónika Mécs Cinematography: Máté Herbai Editor: Károly Szalai Composer: Ádám Balázs Distributor: Netflix Release Date: November 12, 2017 Run-time: 116 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Endre, the financial director of a slaughterhouse in Budapest, is interested in Mária, the new quality control inspector, but her icy demeanor … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [15] “On Body And Soul” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [14] “Strong Island” – Best Documentary Feature

“STRONG ISLAND” Yance Ford and Joslyn Barnes Director: Yance Ford Producers: Yance Ford & Joslyn Barnes Cinematography: Alan Jacobsen Editor: Janus Billeskov Jansen Composers: Hildur Guðnadóttir and Craig Sutherland Distributors: Netflix Release Date: September 15, 2017 Run-time: 107 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1992, William Ford, Jr., a 24-year-old African-American man preparing to become a corrections officer, was shot and killed by a white mechanic during … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [14] “Strong Island” – Best Documentary Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Molly’s Game” – Best Adapted Screenplay

“MOLLY’S GAME” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin Based On “Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker” by Molly Bloom Director: Aaron Sorkin Producers: Mark Gordon, Amy Pascal, and Matt Jackson Cinematographer: Charlotte Bruus Christensen Editors: Alan Baumgarten, Elliot Graham, and Josh Schaeffer Composer: Daniel Pemberton Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: December 25, … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Molly’s Game” – Best Adapted Screenplay

2018 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” – Best Visual Effects

“GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner and Dan Sudick Director: James Gunn Producer: Kevin Feige Writer: James Gunn Cinematography: Henry Braham Composer: Tyler Bates Distributors: Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios Release Date: May 5, 2017 Run-time: 137 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Peter Quill and his band of misfits — Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Baby Groot — are still combing the … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” – Best Visual Effects

2018 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Last Men In Aleppo” – Best Documentary Feature

“LAST MEN IN ALEPPO” Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed and Søren Steen Jespersen Director & Writer: Firas Fayyad Producers: Kareem Abeed and Soeren Steen Jespersen Cinematography: Fadi Al Halabi and Mujahed Abou Al Joud Editors: Michael Bauer and Steen Johannessen Composer: Karsten Fundal Distributors: Grasshopper Film Release Date: May 3, 2016 Run-time: 104 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: The White Helmets, a civilian rescue squad operating in Syria, … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Last Men In Aleppo” – Best Documentary Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [10] “The Disaster Artist” – Best Adapted Screenplay

“THE DISASTER ARTIST” Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber Based On “The Disaster Artist” by Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell Director: James Franco Producers: James Franco, Vince Jolivette, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver Cinematography: Brandon Trost Editor: Stacey Schroeder Composer: Dave Porter Distributor: A24 Release Date: December 8, 2017 Run-time: 103 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: After meeting in acting class in … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [10] “The Disaster Artist” – Best Adapted Screenplay

2018 Oscars Challenge: [9] “Icarus” – Best Documentary Feature

“ICARUS” Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan Director: Bryan Fogel Producers: Dan Cogan, Bryan Fogel, David Fialkow, and Jim Swartz Writers: Bryan Fogel & Mark Monroe Cinematography: Jake Swantko & Timothy Rode Distributor: Netflix Release Date: January 20, 2017 (Sundance) Run-time: 121 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Intending to prove that sports doping testing can be rigged, amateur bicyclist Bryan Fogel contacts Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the head … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [9] “Icarus” – Best Documentary Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [8] “I, Tonya” – 3 Nominations

Director: Craig Gillespie Producers: Tom Ackerley, Margot Robbie, Steven Rogers, and Bryan Unkeless Writer: Steven Rogers Cinematography: Nicolas Karakatsanis Editor: Tatiana S. Riegel Distributor: Neon Release Date: December 8, 2017 Run-time: 119 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Despite the abuse she suffers at the hands of her overbearing mother, ice skater Tonya Harding matures into an accomplished athlete, becoming the first American woman to execute a triple … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [8] “I, Tonya” – 3 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [7] “The Boss Baby” – Best Animated Feature

“THE BOSS BABY” Tom McGrath and Ramsey Naito Director: Tom McGrath Producer: Ramsey Ann Naito Editor: James Ryan Composer: Hans Zimmer & Steve Mazzaro Production Company: Dreamworks Animation Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: March 31, 2017 Run-time: 97 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Seven-year-old Tim is unamused when his parents bring him a baby brother, especially when he discovers that the suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying infant can … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [7] “The Boss Baby” – Best Animated Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [6] “The Insult” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“THE INSULT” Lebanon; Directed by Ziad Doueiri Director: Ziad Doueiri Producers: Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Bréhat, Julie Gayet, Antoun Sehnaoui, and Nadia Turincev Cinematography: Tommaso Fiorilli Editor: Dominique Marcombe Composer: Éric Neveux Distributor: Cohen Media Group Release Date: August 31, 2017 Run-time: 112 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Palestinian refuge Yasser, a construction foreman, is assigned to do repairs on an apartment building inhabited by Lebanese Christians, including … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [6] “The Insult” – Best Foreign Language Feature

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: [4] “War For The Planet Of The Apes” – Best Visual Effects

“WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES” Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon and Joel Whist Director: Matt Reeves Producers: Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, & Amanda Silver Cinematography: Michael Seresin Editors: William Hoy & Stan Salfas Composer: Michael Giacchino Distributors: 20th Century Fox Release Date: July 14, 2017 Run-time: 140 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: The fragile truce between humans and apes is broken by … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [4] “War For The Planet Of The Apes” – Best Visual Effects

2018 Oscars Challenge: [2] “The Florida Project” – Best Actor in a Supporting Role

WILLEM DAFOE “The Florida Project” Director: Sean Baker Producers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, & Shih-Ching Tsou Writers: Sean Baker & Chris Bergoch Cinematography: Alexis Zabe Editor: Sean Baker Distributors: A24 Release Date: October 6, 2017 Run-time: 109 minutes CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: Willem Dafoe portrays Bobby Hicks, the brusque yet warm-hearted manager of a budget motel who often finds … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [2] “The Florida Project” – Best Actor in a Supporting Role

2018 Oscars Challenge: [1] “Abacus: Small Enough To Jail” – Best Documentary Feature

“ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL” Steve James, Mark Mitten and Julie Goldman Director: Steve James Producers: Mark Mitten & Julie Goldman Cinematography: Tom Bergmann Editors: John Farbrother & David E. Simpson Composer: Joshua Abrams Distributors: PBS Distribution & Frontline Release Date: September 11, 2016 Run-time: 88 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Following the 2008 financial crisis, the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges was Abacus … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [1] “Abacus: Small Enough To Jail” – Best Documentary Feature

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2016 Oscars Challenge: And So It Begins…

Seven years have come and gone since I started this Oscar Challenge. Its inception came from missing most of the major movies of 2009 that got nominated. A friend and I decided to take it upon ourselves to watch all the films nominated, most of which we had not seen. This included what are now some of my favorite films to this day, like … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: And So It Begins…

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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: Inside Job

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Inside Job” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Blue Valentine

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Blue Valentine” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: For Lack of a Better Option…

2011 Oscar Challenge: Five Unavailable Titles (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Biutiful

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Biutiful” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Country Strong

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Country Strong” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: The Way Back

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The Way Back” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Barney’s Version

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Barney’s Version” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Inception

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Inception” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Unstoppable

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Unstoppable” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: The Illusionist

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The Illusionist” (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: Tron: Legacy

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Tron: Legacy” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows – Part One

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part One” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Gasland

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Gasland” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Iron Man 2

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Iron Man 2” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Day & Night (short)

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Day & Night” (short)

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2011 Oscars Challenge: Rabbit Hole

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Rabbit Hole” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Another Year

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Another Year” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: The Wolfman

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The Wolfman” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: The Town

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The Town” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Black Swan

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Black Swan” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: How To Train Your Dragon

2011 Oscar Challenge: “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: True Grit

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

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Hereafter” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Salt

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

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

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Tangled” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Restrepo

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Restrepo” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Alice In Wonderland

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Alice In Wonderland” (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: Dogtooth

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Dogtooth” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: My Predictions Compared to the Actual Nominations

A look my Oscar nominee predictions, compared to the actual nominations announced last Tuesday.

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2011 Oscars Challenge: Animal Kingdom

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Animal Kingdom” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Exit Through The Gift Shop

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Exit Through The Gift Shop” (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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2011 Oscars Challenge: I Am Love

2011 Oscar Challenge: “I Am Love” (2010) >>>> 40 of 41 Remaining

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2011 Oscars Challenge: 83rd Academy Award Nominations

2011 Academy Award Nominees

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2011 Oscars Challenge: Oscars Nomination Predictions

So, normally I do not like to predict the nominees for the Oscars, simply because I am usually either way off or completely unsure, just because you can never be quite sure, but I decided to throw in my predictions anyway. Looking at many other predictions, mine are pretty much along the same lines, save for a few curve balls that are perhaps wishful … Read More 2011 Oscars Challenge: Oscars Nomination Predictions

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2010 Oscars Challenge: 82nd Academy Awards Predictions

After viewing 37 films that were nominated for the Oscars, it is time to give my thoughts as to who I think will win, should win, and I would not mind seeing win: Best Picture Will Win: The Hurt Locker (This was the only film that felt like an Oscar film this year. Last year, Slumdog Millionaire made me feel the exact same way. … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: 82nd Academy Awards Predictions

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2010 Oscars Challenge: The End

And this folks is where my Oscar Challenge ends…. With three films that are not readily available to me, I must call this the end. Burma VJ, Most Dangerous Man, & Which Way Home (all documentaries), will not be viewed this year. However, once they become available I will provide my thoughts. Either tonight or tomorrow morning, I will be providing my predictions of … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The End

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2010 Oscars Challenge: The White Ribbon

THE WHITE RIBBON Up For: Best Achievement in Cinematography Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Though not viewing any of the other foreign language films this year, I still believe this film is strong enough to win. The White Ribbon never feels like a foreign language film. Though a period piece set in black and white, the film could just as easily take … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The White Ribbon

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Il Divo

IL DIVO Up For: Best Achievement in Makeup Il Divo proved to be a very odd film. The makeup nomination, from my analysis must come from the formation of the main character, Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. A small, hunched-back, droopy eared man is the basis of this Italian political film. Not sure it quite compares with the complexity and sheer abundance of makeup … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Il Divo

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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Secret Of Kells

THE SECRET OF KELLS Up For: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year The aesthetics of the Secret of Kells were phenomenal. The animation was spot on, with gorgeous scenes and brilliant animations. The score was exceptionally well done, with upbeat Celtic tunes and the fairy chanting of the young lady doing the voice of Aisling. The voices were well chosen despite the voice … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Secret Of Kells

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Drawing To A Close

With only 6 films left to view, 3 of which I cannot find anywhere: Il Divo (Up for Best Make-Up) Most Dangerious Man In America (Up for Best Documentary) Which Way Home (also Up for Best Documentary) My Oscar Challenge is growing to a close. I will save my final predictions after tonight when I view the remaining films (Secret of Kells, Burma VJ, … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Drawing To A Close

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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Last Station

THE LAST STATION Up For: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role This film deserves the story that preceded it. A friend of mine and I decided to see this film at a 9:55pm showing on a Tuesday night. Upon purchasing our tickets and getting concessions, we walked to the numbered theater that … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Last Station

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Wallace & Gromit – A Matter Of Loaf and Death

WALLACE & GROMIT – A MATTER OF LOAF & DEATH Up For: Best Short Film, Animated As the only short film I will be viewing this year, I do not have much to compare this film to. However, this film was solid. Nick Park definitely has enough background to achieve an Oscar from his work. The story of the film is predictable and meant … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Wallace & Gromit – A Matter Of Loaf and Death

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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Lovely Bones

THE LOVELY BONES Up For: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Did you happen to notice that this film was only nominated for one thing? There was a reason for that. This film was bad, through and through. Yet the one, somewhat shining light of the film was the utter creepiness of Stanley Tucci as the neighborhood killer. I often felt … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Lovely Bones

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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: The Messenger

THE MESSENGER Up For: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Occasionally, the Oscar Challenge has helped shine a light on films that, for some reason or another, are glazed over by the local theaters and publicity as a whole. The Messenger was one of those films. Without much knowledge going into The Messenger … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Messenger

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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: Nine

NINE Up For: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Best Achievement in Art Direction Best Achievement in Costume Design Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Absolutely loved this film. Characterization is my favorite part of stories, especially those of superhero stories and the like. Nine was completely filled with characters. The nominations for Nine were deserved but … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Nine

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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Princess and the Frog

THE PRINCESS & THE FROG Up For: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year (2) Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Where do I begin with The Princess & The Frog? What happened to Disney films? Before viewing Princess & The Frog, I revisited two Disney classics, Aladdin and The Lion King. Now yes, they are classics and therefore rule … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Princess and the Frog

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Invictus

INVICTUS Up For: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Invictus started off the night of the triple header at the Safari theater. As the longest film of the night, we planned on getting it out of the way. Invictus did not disappoint. Morgan Freeman was a solid choice for Leading Actor. Put … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Invictus

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2010 Oscars Challenge: A Single Man

A SINGLE MAN Up For: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Watching the trailer for this film does not prepare you for what you are stepping into. Here is what I knew about this film when I stepped in: Tom Ford, a fashion designer, is a first time director. Colin Firth is nominated for Best Lead Actor. Julianne Moore had Oscar … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: A Single Man

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Fantastic Mr. Fox

FANTASTIC MR. FOX Up For: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Stop motion animation at the medium’s finest. Easily fell in love with this film. Fox brings all the elements of a good film together in one package, leading in great voice actors, great screenplay, and great animation. George Clooney tops off as the voice of Mr. Fox, only leading a cast of … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Fantastic Mr. Fox

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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus

IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS Up For: Best Achievement in Art Direction Best Achievement in Costume Design The first two words that come to mind within the first 15 minutes of this film: Low Budget! Now I know, “do not judge a book by its cover” so I bit my tongue through the film and hoped for the best. I was sadly mistaken. Dubbed as … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus

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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: Good News!

Good news to anyone who is following the journey: looks like I will be able to watch all but three films this year. I was able to find most films in the area. The ones I will miss: The White Ribbon (nominated for Best Cinematography) The Most Dangerous Man In America (documentary) Which Way Home (documentary) If anyone knows where I can find these … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Good News!

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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Young Victoria

THE YOUNG VICTORIA Up For: Best Achievement in Art Direction Best Achievement in Costume Design Best Achievement in Makeup Overall, fantastic film. Emily Blunt is exquisite. Paul Bettany (not Ifans Rhys as I commonly mistake the two) was fantastic as well. Mark Strong took part in the cast as well, playing such a great part I did not even recognize him (most recently in … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Young Victoria

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Bright Star

BRIGHT STAR Up For: Best Achievement in Costume Design A viewer must be in a right mood to simply sit down and take in Bright Star. Though the costumes were gorgeous and century appropriate, the dialogue and storyline is like reading the poetry that is being presented. The performances were great. The two leads were wonderful, though the on-screen chemistry was through dialogue instead … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Bright Star

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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: Food Inc.

FOOD INC. Up For: Best Documentary, Features Here is what Food Inc. did for me: it disgusted me, it ripped my heart out, it suggested that I live the wrong way but cannot do anything about it because of my social status, and left me feeling helpless. A documentary like this needs to be careful. The entire film is broken into sections and each … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Food Inc.

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2010 Oscars Challenge: My Journey Thus Far

So far so good… My adventure through the many films nominated for the 82nd Academy Awards is really paying off. I am completely amazed at how great films that sound so bad in title and on paper can turn out to be. I keep getting the same response from people: they are Oscar movies, they are supposed to be good. But most Oscar movies … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: My Journey Thus Far

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Julie & Julia

JULIE & JULIA Up For: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Meryl Streep) Julie & Julia inspired me to start this blog. The film itself was entertaining, but did not strike me as Oscar-worthy. The performances were sub-par, especially from Meryl Streep. I simply have a feeling that the people that grew up with Julia Childs teaching them to cook on … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Julie & Julia

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Paris 36

PARIS 36 (FAUBOURG 36) Up For: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song The first thing I told myself was to take the easy way out and simply look up the four individual songs up for nominations (the fifth I had already seen in Crazy Heart) and choose from there without watching the entire films. Instead, I took the leap into … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Paris 36

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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Cove

THE COVE Up For: Best Documentary, Features With a tag line like “The Bourne Identity meets Flipper”, the Cove was a passing joke between my colleagues and I at work in the video store. That combination makes the documentary sound ridiculous. View the film, however, you will be in awe. The Cove was phenomenal. Though extremely one sided, the film is a great blend … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Cove

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Coco Before Chanel

COCO BEFORE CHANEL Up For: Best Achievement in Costume Design Before committing to the Oscar Challenge, I scanned the list of Feature Films I would have to watch. Several categories looked like they would be torture. Costume Design was one of those categories. You read a title like Coco Before Chanel and the first thing that came to my mind at least was “torture”. … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Coco Before Chanel

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince

HARRY POTTER & THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE Up For: Best Achievement in Cinematography What an odd place for this film to be nominated. Costume? Maybe. Visual Effects? Possibly. Cinematography? …I really do not know… The fact of the matter is, you watch this Harry Potter film and in no way would I leave a theater saying this film should be up for Best Cinematography. … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince

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2010 Oscars Challenge: In The Loop

IN THE LOOP Up For: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Never would I have told myself, “Hey, I’m bored, let’s watch In The Loop tonight.” The cover of the DVD was uninviting, the tagline of “British comedy” turned me off, and I had literally heard nothing about it. But the Oscar Challenge makes you watch films you never thought … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: In The Loop

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Coraline

CORALINE Up For: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Wholeheartedly did not enjoy the viewing of this film. Personal preference for stop motion animation, the story was nothing spectacular. Not sure if there was a lack of Animated Features this year, but Coraline was far from anything enjoyable. The film “9” (though I have not viewed it yet) seems like it had more … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Coraline