Oscars: Way too Early 2017 Predictions

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Because we’re weird and obsessed for some reason.

silence-andrew-garfield-scorseseBest Picture
Silence
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Finding Dory
The Book of Henry
Loving
Lion
Hail, Caesar!
Untitled Robert Zemeckis WWII Film
Florence Foster Jenkins
Story of Your Life
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SideNote: “The Sea of Trees” tanks at Cannes Film Festival

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“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.

Preview: 2015 Cannes Film Festival – Films In Competition

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There are many notable films competing at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival this year. While films like Pixar’s “Inside Out,” Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man,” and George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” are screened outside of competition, the film’s below will be competing to a very diverse jury.

Directors Joel and Ethan Coen will be the presidents of this years Feature Film jury which consists of actors Rossy de Palma, Sophie Marceau, Sienna Miller, Jake Gyllenhaal, directors Guillermo del Toro, Xavier Dolan, and composer/singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré.

The list of all the films premiering In/Out of competition and in the Un Certain Regard group can be found here. We will also grade each film’s chance to win the top prize – the Palme d’Or.

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Film: The Potential of “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl”

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There were many flashy films at this years Sundance Film Festival, but in the end the Grand Jury Prize, as well as the Audience Award, went to an independent adaptation called “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl.”

“Me & Earl & the Dying Girl” is an adaptation of a 2013 book of the same name by Jesse Andrews. It tells the story of a teenage filmmaker and how he befriends a classmate with cancer. It has been called funny, heart-breaking, poignant, and melancholic by critics. It currently holds a 92 on Metacritic with 7 reviews logged.

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Oscars: Updated Predictions – March

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We have updated all of our Oscar Predictions. This season is already starting to move fast with many new films thrown into the mix, while others are being pushed to 2016.

In the coming months things will start to become more clean, but for now here are our best guesses for the 2016 Oscars, keep in mind you can keep watch for updates on our Oscar page.

Best Picture
The Revenant
The Hateful Eight
The Danish Girl
Steve Jobs
Joy
Bridge of Spies
The Walk
Demolition
Carol
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Golden Globes: Updated Predictions – March

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We still have only movie categories predicted. For a reflection of what the television categories may look like check out our Emmy Predictions.

“The Danish Girl” and “Snowden” really appear to be in a strong position, with newly added award season release dates. Meanwhile in the, very scarce (as usual), comedy categories “Ricki and the Flash” seems baity enough to bring Meryl Streep her next Golden Globe.

Check out all our predictions below!

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The Danish Girl
The Revenant
Steve Jobs
Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight
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Golden Globes: Way too Early 2016 Predictions – Motion Picture categories

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We have updated our Golden Globes page to show several contenders. Click that link if you want an extended list of alternates and dark horses in each category.

Some films we see being big factors include Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” Stephen Frears’s “Icon,” David O. Russell’s “Joy,” Joel/Ethan Coen’s “Hail, Caesar!,” and Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young”

See an overview of our predictions below (visit the link above for more):

Motion Picture – Drama
The Hateful Eight
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Joy
Knight of Cups
The Revenant

Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Demolition
Hail, Caesar!
The Last 5 Years
A Walk in the Woods
While We’re Young

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Oscar: Way too Early Oscar Predictions – 2016

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Wow. There are a lot of great film to look forward to next year. Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, David O. Russell, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Tom Hooper, Stephen Frears, Joel/Ethan Coen, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Gus van Sant, Terrence Malick, and Ridley Scott all have films in the mix.

The big story though is the release of a 40 year-old film written/directed by Orson Welles. So we could potentially have a strong line-up of contenders.

Again, this early on most of these predictions are guided by the talent attached to the project (both on and off camera), the potential release dates, and the distribution. Because it is so early we only have Best Picture, Directors, and the acting categories predicted. Take from these what you can to make your own predictions as well!

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Festival Circuit: Oscar potentials “Birdman,” “The Imitation Game,” and “Wild” rock Telluride

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Every year the summer blockbusters begin to simmer down. September comes along and studios start the long campaigning for their chosen films. Historically, the Venice Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival can  jump the award season.

Last year, Oscar rivals “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” exploded out of Telluride with rave reviews. This year there are two films sharing the word “Oscar” in many tweets from Colorado. Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game” and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman.”

Other notable films that met some positive feedback were Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Wild” and Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater.”

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Preview: The Potential of “Birdman”

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Given the accolades by the presence of Oscar-nominated director Alejandro González Iñárritu and a strong above-the-line crew including 2013 Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (he won for “Gravity”).  From pre-production “Birdman” sounded like an Oscar contender.

The story follows a washed up actor who used to play an iconic superhero. He decides to bring together a broadway play while fighting his ego and his family problems. It’s a bizarre premise, but putting Michael Keaton in the role of an insane person, sounds like a perfect fit. Continue reading