Oscars Nominations 2019: The Nominees

The 91st Oscars nominations were announced this morning with plenty of snubs and surprises as we get closer to next month’s ceremony. Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards Performance by an actor in a leading role Christian Bale in “Vice” Bradley Cooper in “A Star Is Born” Willem Dafoe in “At Eternity’s Gate” Rami Malek in “Bohemian Rhapsody” Viggo Mortensen in “Green Book” Performance by an actor in a supporting role Mahershala Ali in “Green Book” Adam Driver in “BlacKkKlansman” Sam Elliott in…

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2019 Oscars Nominations: The Snubs

Among the early snubs for this year’s Oscars nominations are La La Land composer Justin Hurwitz.  This nomination comes as First Man is now available to bring home on home media. Also missing from Best Original Score is Marco Beltrami for his score in A Quiet Place.  Given the lack of sound in the film, the score is among the most important aspects. With regards to Best Editing, Tom Cross misses out on a nomination…

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Oscars 2019: What do the Critics Choice Awards mean?

As we approach the Oscars, the awards landscape is looking to get locked in following the Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony airing on Sunday night. As the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) made their picks known during the Critics’ Choice Awards, things were noticeably different from last week’s Golden Globes Ceremony.  Most tellingly, Bohemian Rhapsody was completely shut out.  It’s a safe bet that the the film likely did not have a shot winning best picture. …

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Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody Is Not The Best Picture

With the Golden Globes crowning Bohemian Rhapsody for Best Picture – Drama all thoughts turn to the Oscars and the inevitable Best Picture nomination of the Queen biopic. I want to get one thing straight.  I have nothing negative to say about Rami Malek’s performance as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.  His performance was absolutely suburb.  The problem with the film goes back to the screenplay’s embellishments.  The paint-by-numbers biopic embellishes so much of what we…

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Kevin Hart and the Oscars Host Controversy

The controversy surrounding comedian Kevin Hart and the Oscars continue to grow following the comedian’s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. There have been no shortage of opinions being offered, be it Tre’vell Anderson, Ira Madison III, Don Lemon, David Mack, Harry Cook, and many more.  I echo many of their thoughts but especially this one: Ellen DeGeneres does not speak for the entire LGBTQ population. The original backlash started when people found some of…

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Oscars 2018: A Fantastic Woman wins Best Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman took home the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film during the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. It was A Fantastic Woman director Sebastián Lelio who accepted the win for Chile’s winning film during the ceremony.  He was joined on stage by a few members of the cast and crew, including transgender actress Daniela Vega.  Vega was one of a very few transgender people to actually play a transgender person in a feature film. Thank…

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Oscars 2018: Predictions for the 90th Academy Awards

With the 90th Academy Awards set to air tonight, here are my predictions for who will be taking home Oscars this evening. Best Picture: The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale, Producers Best Director:  Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water Best Actor:  Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour Best Actress:  Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Best Supporting Actor:  Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Best Supporting Actress:  Allison Janney, I, Tonya Best Adapted…

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Oscars: Visual Effects Shortlist Announced for Academy Awards

As we get inch closer to the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the shortlist of ten films that remain running in the Visual Effects category for the 90th Academy Awards to be held this March.   Alien: Covenant Blade Runner 2049 Dunkirk Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Kong: Skull Island Okja The Shape of Water Star Wars: The Last Jedi Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets War for…

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Oscars: A Fantastic Woman makes Foreign Language shortlist

A Fantastic Woman, starring actress Daniela Vega, was among nine films that advanced to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the Oscars.  The nine films were narrowed down from 92 submissions. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director Israel, “Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz, director Lebanon, “The Insult,”…

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Telluride: Darkest Hour puts Gary Oldman in Oscar race for Best Actor

Following the world premiere of Darkest Hour on Friday night at the 44th Telluride Film Festival, Gary Oldman’s Oscar for Best Actor is more than likely his to lose. The next stop for the film, directed by Joe Wright (Atonement) from a screenplay by Anthony McCarten, will be the Canadian premiere on September 11th at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Oldman leads a cast that includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup,…

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