The Best Movies of the 2010s

With December 31, 2019 bringing the 2010s to a close, it’s time to present the best movies of the 2010s as we head into the 2020s. It’s never easy putting together these lists.  Hell, some films improve with time while other films are long forgotten.  Take a look at this year, for instance.  What films will we be talking about in a decade from now.  Will the best movies of the 2010s still be the…

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Chicago Indie Critics: 2019 Awards Nominations

The Chicago Indie Critics, formerly the CIFCC, have announced the organization’s fourth annual awards nominations for 2019. The Chicago Indie Critics awards ceremony will take place on January 4, 2020. THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES FOR THE 2019 CIC AWARDS: BEST INDEPENDENT FILM (BUDGETS UNDER $20 MILLION) Booksmart Chelsea Barnard, David Distenfield, Jessica Elbaum, Megan Ellison, and Katie Silberman (producers) The Farewell Anita Gou, Daniele Melia, Andrew Miano, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, Chris Weitz, Jane…

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The Solzy Awards for 2019 – The Best In Film

An annual tradition, Solzy at the Movies presents the Solzy Awards for 2019 as a way of honoring the best achievements this year in film. When it comes to the Solzy Awards, my criteria are the same as the Oscars with the traditional 7-day minimum release in Los Angeles and New York.  Basically, it isn’t eligible if I don’t have a way of seeing it before the end of the year.  My first-watch viewings this…

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Oscars 2020: Shortlists Announced

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced shortlists in consideration for the 92nd Academy Awards (Oscars) in nine categories. The announced shortlists for the Oscars included the following categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects. The nominations voting for the Oscars will take place Thursday, January 2, 2020 through Tuesday, January…

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SAG Awards: Nominees Announced for 2019

The nominees were announced this morning for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards) and will be held on January 19, 2020. The SAG Awards are one of the pre-cursors to focus on heading into the Oscar nominations announcement because they have the biggest overlap with the actors’ branch of the Academy.  Because of this, a takeaway from the SAG Awards announcement is that Taron Egerton is very much back in the race…

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ACE Eddie Awards: Nominees Announced for 2019

The nominees were announced for the 70th Annual ACE Eddie Awards this morning and will be presented by the American Cinema Editors in January. American Cinema Editors (ACE), the honorary society of the world’s top film editors, today announced nominations for the 70th Annual ACE Eddie Awards recognizing outstanding editing in 11 categories of film, television and documentaries. For the first time in ACE’s 70-year history, three foreign language films are among the nominees including…

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Critics’ Choice Awards: 2019 Nominations Announced

The nominations for the  25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards were announced this morning with the awards show taking place January 12, 2020. What makes the nominations so special this year is that this is my first year as a member of the Critics’ Choice Association. “This has been a truly great year for television and movies,” said CCA CEO Joey Berlin.  “In every genre, from every viewpoint and distribution platform, brilliant storytellers are challenging and delighting us.  We…

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AFI Honors Top Films, TV of 2019

The American Film Institute marked their 20th year of honoring excellence by announcing top AFI honorees in both film and television. AFI AWARDS honorees include 10 outstanding films and 10 outstanding TV programs deemed culturally and artistically representative of this year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image. In addition to the 20 honorees, AFI also recognizes PARASITE and FLEABAG with an AFI Special Award, designated for a work of excellence outside the…

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The Solzy Awards for Documentaries in 2019

Rather than wait a few more days until the month of December, The Solzy Awards for Documentaries are being honored this month for 2019. Earlier this month, I voted in my first-ever Critic’s Choice Documentary Awards. Some of these awards do match how I voted during the CCDA. However, there were some instances in which my preferred documentary was not a nominee earlier this month.  In other instances, some of my categories were not a…

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The Solzy Awards for Short Films in 2019

Sticking more or less to last year’s schedule, I’m presenting the Solzy Awards for Short Films prior to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It’s been a great year for film.  When it comes to short films, I’ve seen some films that have blown me away.  I’ve seen some films that I don’t think that anyone could have possibly imagined.  Without any further adieu, here are the winners of this year’s Solzy Awards for Short Film. Best…

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