Final predictions for the 86th Academy Awards

These are my final predictions for the 86th Academy Awards, one of the most competitive years I can recall. Outside of Best Picture, though, the field is looking so unnervingly settled that we can only be bound for some big surprises, right? Continue reading

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Final nomination predictions for the 86th Academy Awards

These are my final nomination predictions for the 86th Academy Awards. Continue reading

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Final predictions for the 85th Academy Awards

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An unpredictable awards season is coming to an end, and these, for better or worse, are my final predictions for the 85th Academy Awards. Continue reading

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Final nomination predictions for the 85th Academy Awards

These are my final nomination predictions for the 85th Academy Awards, perhaps the trickiest year to predict in recent memory. I wouldn’t be surprised to see quite a few upsets across the board. Anyway, we’re less than two hours away from the big announcement, so here we go. Continue reading

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Final predictions for the 84th Academy Awards

All right, here we go…

For better or worse, these are my final predictions for the 84th Academy Awards.

The big categories seem pretty closed up, but there’s plenty of room for surprises below the line. Cinematography, Costume Design and Documentary Feature are all over the place this year. The Artist is poised to rule the night, obviously, but exactly how much of a sweep is going to happen? I’m predicting six awards for the silent film, which seems like a lot, but we’ll see.

Anyway, my final predictions after the jump. Continue reading

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Hugo leads with 11 Oscar nominations

The nominees are in!

I correctly predicted 74 out of 104 nominations (71%), which is all right considering the great number of surprises in this year’s slate. If you count in my alternates, I land at 81 correct predictions and a satisfying 78%.

Martin Scorsese’s Hugo lead the field with 11 nominations, closely followed by alleged frontrunner The Artist. The number of Best Picture contenders landed at an impressive 9, with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo replaced by War Horse and surprise nods for Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close as well as my favorite film of the year, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. Malick also recieved a well-earned Best Director nomination.

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Final nomination predictions for the 84th Academy Awards

This is it. They’re out of my hands.

Tomorrow morning, the Academy will announce the nominations for the 84th Academy Awards.

My predictions for all categories, except the shorts, after the jump. Continue reading

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Venice report: Faust wins the Golden Lion

And so the Venice International Film Festival has come to a close. The jury, consisting this year of Darren Aronofsky and Todd Haynes among others, picked Alexander Sokurov’s Faust for the Golden Lion to some surprise, while Michael Fassbender got the most attention for his best actor win for Steve McQueen’s controversial Shame, another bump in the right direction for film which was picked up by Fox Searchlight a few days ago.

Shame was easily among the best received films of the festival, gaining praise especially for Michael Fassbender’s lead performance, which some even called superior to that of Hunger. I really couldn’t be more excited for this one. Continue reading

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Telluride came and went

Another edition of the Telluride Film Festival has been wrapped up, and two of the year’s most anticipated Oscar players have been unveiled.

First off, there was the exclusive first look at Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, his first new feature since 2004′s acclaimed Sideways, starring George Clooney as a father trying to reconnect with his daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident. The film was very well received by critics and continues to look prosperous as an Oscar vehicle for Fox Searchlight and especially Clooney, who allegedly delivers one of his strongest performances to date. Continue reading

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Venice report: Three days in, and…?

Three days into September and the awards season is already heating up, as some of the year’s most anticipated films have been revealed in Venice.

George Clooney’s The Ides of March, a political thriller starring Ryan Gosling, opened the Venice fest on Wednesday to favorable, if somewhat middling, reviews. Most of the praise for the film went to leading man Ryan Gosling and the rest of the ensemble, which includes Evan Rachel Wood, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and of course Clooney himself. The cinematography by Phedon Papamichael and Alexandre Desplat’s score have also been singled out as products of admiration, though the film itself didn’t turn out to gain quite the level of enthusiasm as expected.

Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s play God of Carnage – under the shortened title of just Carnage – didn’t manage to sweep away the critics, either. Though the film had its share of admirers, and plenty of praise was given to Christoph Waltz’s performance, the consensus seemed to be that Polanski felt somewhat absent as a filmmaker and that the final product had difficulty shaking off its theatrical roots. I’m still dying to see it myself, though. Continue reading

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