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Melissa McCarthy “Couldn’t Let Go” Of Lee Israel’s Story In ‘Can...

After earning an Oscar nomination for her breakout big-screen role in “Bridesmaids” most cynical members of the media likely presumed Melissa McCarthy would be on the hunt for a dramatic role to find her way back to the Dolby Theater. I mean, once you get that close to Oscar’s glory it’s all about getting back, right? […]

Spike Lee Reminds Oscar Voters Not To Forget ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Composer Terence...

BEVERLY HILLS – Spike Lee was the man of the hour at a reception at the Four Seasons Hotel Wednesday evening celebrating the home entertainment release of “BlacKkKlansman.” Stars John David Washington and Topher Grace were also on hand, but Lee was who everyone wanted to talk to and it wasn’t hard to imagine why. […]

‘A Star Is Born’ Says Its A Golden Globes Drama But...

Word leaked this morning that two films that many considered slam dunks for the Golden Globes Musical or Comedy categories were submitting as Dramas instead.  And, no surprise, even in a competitive season such as this, some of the overreaction on social media was a bit much. As of Wednesday, October 10th, Warner Bros.’ box […]

87 Countries Officially Vying For Foreign Language Film Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced the nations who have submitted entries for the Foreign Language Film Oscar this morning. This year there are 87 entrants for 2018 which is down from last year’s record 92, but still higher than the 85 contenders in 2016. African nations Malawi and Niger are […]

Steven Spielberg And Alan Alda Earning Major Guild Honors

Another day, another round of honorees for the upcoming slate of award season ceremonies and telecasts.  Today, Steven Spielberg and Alan Alda are your recipients of Hollywood guild adoration. Spielberg will be feted by the Cinema Audio Society with their annual Filmmaker Award at the 55th Annual CAS Awards on Feb. 16th. This appears long […]

Joe Alwyn Is Almost Unrecognizable Playing ‘Favourite’ In Three New Movies...

You didn’t forget about Joe Alwyn, did you? Yeah, we’re pretty sure you did.  Well, get ready for a surprise as the 27-year-old Brit is set to appear in three highly anticipated releases over the next two months with roles in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” Joel Edgerton’s “Boy Erased” and Josie Rourke’s “Mary Queen of […]

Clint Eastwood And ‘The Mule’ Are Arriving In Time For Christmas...

Awards season has a last-minute entry into the mix.  Well, maybe.  Warner Bros. revealed today that “The Mule,” directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, will have a wide release on Dec. 14.  That means you can speculate on its Oscar prospects even though the studio is already trying to lower expectations. “The Mule” is an original […]

‘Burning’ Trailer: Lee Chang-Dong’s Cannes Critical Darling Is A Mesmerizing Thriller

When “Burning” showed at the Cannes Film Festival back in spring, everyone assumed it would win Palme d’Or, it was that well beloved. A psychological thriller focusing on relationships and emotions in poetic and captivating ways, many critics were amazed when the South Korean film did not claim the crown. Now, with Oscar season coming […]

‘On The Basis Of Sex’ With Felicity Jones Will Open AFI...

After a 2017 festival that was woefully short on world premieres, AFI Fest has secured a major debut for its 2018 edition.  Mimi Leder’s “On The Basis Of Sex” will open the festival on Nov. 8 in Hollywood.  And it’s no surprise once you learn Leder is an alum of the American Film Institute. In […]

2019 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars Predictions

Talk about a competitive category.  You could easily see any five of the eight likely frontrunners earning the Oscar nomination.  Moreover, will sentiment behind “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians“ or even – cough – “Love, Simon” (don’t get me started) lead to one or more of them crashing the party?  Ponder. [Posted July 24, 2018] […]

‘Roma’ Is Mexico’s Foreign Language Film Entry But Who Else Is...

In a surprise to no one, Mexico announced it was submitting Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” as the nation’s submission for the Foreign Language Film Oscar. This was a foregone conclusion months ago and was even more of a lock after the Netflix title earned rave reviews at the first three fall film festivals as well as […]

‘A Star Is Born’ Is Your Best Picture Frontrunner…Maybe [Contender Countdown]

TORONTO – Yes, it’s that time again.  The Contender Countdown, your semi-weekly rundown for tracking the race for Best Picture, has returned.  And, somewhat like last year, we’ve finished the first three fall festivals without a major frontrunner breaking from the pack to take the crown. This year there are, arguably, four films that have […]

Glenn Close on ‘The Wife’ And If A ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Movie...

Glenn Close has had to wait almost a year for this moment.  Her new film “The Wife” debuted at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival with those able to catch it hyping up her performance as Oscar-worthy.  Now, Sony Pictures Classics is finally releasing the drama in a late summer window hoping it lingers in award […]

Don’t Be Afraid But Oscar Season Is Right Around The Corner

It may only be the beginning of July and Emmy nominations are less than a week away, but the Oscar game is well underfoot.  Consultants have been hired, releases dates are being fiddled with and everyone is trying to figure out if the Academy’s new campaigning rules are going to be as annoying as they […]

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