Oscar: Updated Predictions – Post Cannes

maxresdefaultOscar: Updated Predictions – Post Cannes

“Carol,” “MacBeth,” “Inside Out,” “Sicario,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” are just some of the titles that had a strong reaction at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Since last time (mid-April) a lot has changed. Still, there are a ton of potentially strong films that should show up on the festival circuit this fall.  We still feel strongly about “The Revenant,” “Steve Jobs,” “The Danish Girl,” and “The Hateful Eight” as well.

So below are our full predictions, and click here to always access our most updated predictions.
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Essay: “Game of Thrones” and the uncomfortable deviation from the books

got-18may15Essay: “Game of Thrones” and the uncomfortable deviation from the books

Three perspectives can come from the summation of this season’s episodes:

Didn’t read the books, but knows about the deviation:
“Oh my God where are they going with this? Where are they going
with this? Oh my God!”

Read the books:
“Whaaaaa!?!?!?”

Didn’t read the books, doesn’t know about the deviation:
“This show is fantastic”

Season five of “Game of Thrones” has narrowed in on a handful of specific storylines from Sansa Stark to Jon Snow. Some of these are loosely based on the books; some aren’t at all.

If you are the first guy I mentioned, like me, and you have read all of the articles about the things that “weren’t in the books” then this show is giving you anxiety attacks.
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SN: “Inside Out,” Pixar’s return to form

Inside+OutSN: “Inside Out,” Pixar’s return to form

As soon as Pixar released a preview for their new animated film, which was sported as a “Major Emotion Picture,” the filmmakers very well could’ve started writing their award speeches. It was an instant front-runner.

There had been murmurs that “Inside Out” was going to be a strong film. After the lukewarm reactions to Pixar’s “Brave” and “Monster University,” as well as the critical disaster that was “Cars 2.” It seems Pixar is finally back up to speed.

“Inside Out” premiered out-of-competition at Cannes Film Festival earlier this morning. The tweets were ecstatic about the film. Many patrons said that the film had them in tears. It was held in the high regard that “Wall-E,” “Toy Story 3,” and “Up” were held in.

More and more reviews continue to trickle in, it currently holds a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with 12 recorded reviews. The easy front-runner for the Animated Film Oscar, as well as a potential Best Picture contender.

Essay: The Potential of “Star Wars: Battlefront”

battlefront0128151280jpg-56e8c5_1280wEssay: The Potential of “Star Wars: Battlefront”

“Star Wars: Battlefront” (2004) and Star Wars: Battlefront II (2005) are arguably two of the greatest “Star Wars” video games of all time. Not only that, but it can also be argued that they are two of the greatest multiplayer games of all time.

It was inevitable that we would see this franchise resurface at some point. Not many fans thought it’d take a whole decade till we got there though. In May 2013 Electronic Arts acquired the exclusive rights to develop “Star Wars” games for gaming consoles. This occurred shortly after Disney acquired Lucasfilm. At the following E3 2013 press conference “Star Wars: Battlefront” (2015) was announced alongside a teaser trailer.
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SN: “Carol” excels at Cannes Film Festival

carolSN: “Carol” excels at Cannes Film Festival

Director Todd Haynes is receiving a bulk of praise after his film “Carol” debuted at Cannes earlier today to almost universal acclaim.

There are currently 3 recorded reviews on Rotten Tomatoes for “Carol” one gives the film an “A” while another gives the film 5/5 stars.

Outside of director Todd Haynes, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara have been receiving a good deal of accolades for their respective performances. Both are strong contenders for acting awards at the festival, but also strong early bird contenders for the Oscars.

Regarding the Oscars, there is still a gray area in whether Mara or Blanchett will be pushed in Lead or Supporting. It is likely that The Weinstein Company will separate them, though both may end up qualifying as lead performances. For now, in our own predictions, we will hold Blanchett (likely the new front-runner) in the lead actress category while placing Mara in the Supporting Actress category.

Our awards predictions will be updated shortly after the conclusion of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

SideNote: “The Sea of Trees” tanks at Cannes Film Festival

sea-of-trees-matthew-kenSideNote: “The Sea of Trees” tanks at Cannes Film Festival

“The Sea of Trees” was reportedly “booed” at Cannes today after its conclusion. An act that is highly disrespectful and isn’t at all what true film criticism is about.

There’s a lot to rant about there, but the bottom-line is that this film had a great amount of potential with Gus Van Sant directing, and a star-filled cast consisting of Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, and Naomi Watts.

Roadside Attractions bought the rights to distribution earlier this week. So we’ll get to see the film for ourselves soon, but for now please disregard the films placement in any of our Oscar or Golden Globe Predictions. We will fully update our predictions once Cannes concludes.

SideNote: “Transparent” and “Modern Family” will be likely favorites for the Comedy Emmy

SideNote: “Transparent” and “Modern Family” will be likely favorites for the Comedy Emmy

Currently in our Emmy Predictions we are thinking that “Transparent” follows up their surprise Golden Globe victory with another victory at the Emmys later this year.

So could “Transparent” derail “Modern Family” from winning its sixth straight Emmy for best Comedy series? According to our recent poll, both shows tied for the top spot when readers were asked which show would come out victorious.

The Golden Globes surprised everyone by not nominating “Modern Family” for Comedy series at all last year. However, it’s easy to tell that Emmy voters love the series that is now concluding another strong season.

Other potential contenders that did well in our poll were “Veep,” “Louie,” and “Parks and Recreation.” Make of all this what you will, but for now we’ll stick to “Transparent” making a strong appearance at the Emmys. Watch out for “Veep,” “Louie,” “Silicon Valley,” and “Parks and Recreation” though.

Our new poll asks what the Best “Walt Disney Pictures” film is of this decade so far. Strong potential contenders include “Toy Story 3,” “Frozen,” and “Into the Woods.”

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