Film Trailer: Annie

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Last Updated: 03/09/14

Left off of many early Oscar predictions; this film just looks flat. The trailer presents some good visuals and choreography, but the modernization of the musical classic may have taken it too far. References to George Clooney and Facebook, I mean it’s like screaming that they want to relate to today’s youth.

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Oscar: Way too Early 2015 Oscar Predictions

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So many films that may get nominations have probably not even shown up on IMDB. So in the end, this list may not be very accurate. But we have compiled some early contenders just to get us started. For now all we have are the acting categories along with Picture and Director, click more to see them.

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Film Review: 12 Years a Slave

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After hearing all the raves and all the Oscar echoes, I finally got to sit down and see what all the fuss was about. “12 Years a Slave,” directed by Steve McQueen is based on an autobiography of the same name, written by Solomon Northup himself. The film retells the amazing story of Northup and his abduction as a free man into the dark world of slavery.

Many have distinguished the film for its depiction of brutality and yes, there are some brutal scenes. I went into the film misguided with those notions, the film didn’t focus-in on the brutality of slavery rather the helplessness  and despondency of it. Northup has many opportunities to escape, to run off into the southern wilderness, but where would he go? The south over-encumbered with slavers and racists. Continue reading

Film Festival Circuit: “12 Years a Slave” shown at Telluride

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Steve McQueen has been an interesting public figure in the world of cinema ever since he released his second indie feature “Shame” in 2011. “Shame” was met with positive reviews, but a subject matter not fit for many. The film received an NC-17 rating for explicit sexual content, which was fitting considering it was a film about sex addiction.

Michael Fassbender was the star of “Shame” and he is a supporting player here. His performance was talked about a lot after the screening of “12 Years a Slave,” but not quite as much as the films star Chiwetel Ejiofor playing Solomon Northup.

The consensus of the reactions is that Ejiofor delivers a career best with Fassbender and Nyong’o performing great as well. Also that the film is incredibly dark and violent, embodying the true horrors of slavery. After these reactions, this would be a safe film to bet on for the Oscars.
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Film: 12 Years a Slave

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(Oct. 18, 2013; Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Summary: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Oscar Prospects: Best Picture, Best DirectorBest ActorBest Supporting Actor, Best Supporting ActressBest Adapted Screenplay, Best CinematographyBest Costume DesignBest Film Editing,

Runner Up: Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing

Long Shots: Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing

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Status: After it’s screening at Telluride, it’s a safe bet that this film is in and maybe well be one of the best of 2013. Chiwetel Ejiofor specifically received raves which should make him the one to beat.

Projected MetaCritic: 86

The Players

Director: Steve McQueen
Writer: John Ridley, Solomon Northup
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Lupita Nyong’o
Cinematographer: Sean Bobbitt
Production Designer: Adam Stockhausen
Editor: Joe Walker
Original Music: Hans Zimmer

Awards: The Media 10’s 2013 Film Awards

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Awards: The Media 10’s 2013 Film Awards

Best Film: Les Miserables
Runner Up: Moonrise Kingdom

Best Director: Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom
Runner Up: Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Runner Up: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

Best Actress: Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Runner Up: Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Supporting Actor: Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Runner Up: Ewan McGregor, The Impossible

Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Runner Up: Doona Bae, Cloud Atlas

Ensemble Acting: Les Miserables
Runner Up: Lincoln

Adapted Screenplay: Lincoln
Runner Up: Cloud Atlas

Original Screenplay: Moonrise Kingdom
Runner Up: Zero Dark Thirty

Cinematography: Moonrise Kingdom
Runner Up: Lincoln

Production Design: Moonrise Kingdom
Runner Up: Lincoln

Editing: Cloud Atlas
Runner Up: Zero Dark Thirty

Score: Beasts of the Southern Wild
Runner Up: The Grey

Costume Design: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Runner Up: Cloud Atlas

Makeup: Cloud Atlas
Runner Up: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Visual Effects: Cloud Atlas
Runner Up: Life of Pi

Sound Mixing: Les Miserables
Runner Up: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Sound Editing: Frankenweenie
Runner Up: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

 

Oscars: 2013 Nominations – Winners and Losers

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Oscars: 2013 Nominations – Winners and Losers

Whoa! What happened? So, myself and a lot of the more “professional” Oscar predictors did a pretty mediocre job on their predictions, especially in the Best Director category. But I thought the nominations were more thought provoking than previous years. It shows that the Academy is a group of wildcards really.

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Oscars: 2013 Oscar Predictions – December

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Oscars:
2013 Oscar Predictions – December

This will be the second to final Oscar Predictions before they are announced in January. But then we will be predicting winners. The Media 10 has also moved Oscar Predictions to their own page found at the top of the lefthand column.

At this moment in time, nothing is set in stone. Zero Dark Thirty has taken home many critic awards for Best Feature and there are stacks of positive reviews. Les Miserables, despite ovations and Academy-screening applause, is struggling with critics.

CRITICS DON’T VOTE FOR THE OSCARS. The Academy consists of film professionals, actors and other enthusiasts. SAG is one of the biggest indicators for the Academy since it consists of a good majority of actors. SAG can go to either Lincoln or Les MiserablesContinue reading