My Top 20 Films of 2015

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I saw so many movies in 2015, and I wish that I had seen a few more! I haven’t seen “Son of Saul” or a lot of the documentaries, but I do plan on watching them and updating this list as time goes on. But for now here are my Top 20 Films of 2015.

20. Brooklyn
19. Bridge of Spies
18. The Look of Silence
17. Spotlight
16. 99 Homes

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Oscars: 2016 Winner Predictions and Full List

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After “The Revenant” scored 12 nominations on Thursday morning, you have to start thinking that the HFPA favoring “The Revenant” to “Spotlight” wasn’t just a fluke.

We’ll watch and follow the momentum, there is still plenty of time before the Oscars, but we’ve seen this momentum change at the end all too often in the past few years. Primarily when it was supposed to go to “Boyhood” but went to “Birdman” and in 2011 when it was supposed to go to “The Social Network” but went to “The King’s Speech.”

Watch for the PGA and DGA winners as well to notice any significant momentum shift. “Spotlight” should win SAG and PGA, but I think all “The Revenant” needs is a push from a DGA win to secure its victory. If “The Revenant” wins PGA? Well, then it’s over.

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The Revenant
Spotlight
Mad Max: Fury Road
Room
The Martian
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
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Oscar: Final Nomination Predictions – 2016

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Well here they are.

It’s been a very different year for award predictions, but thanks for baring with me. The nominations will be announced next week, and I feel very confident in my predictions.

At this stage, it definitely looks like “Spotlight” is our winner, however I’d watch out for a Director/Picture split. Potentially Miller could get away with murder here, overcoming a genre-bias Academy.

Here are our final predictions and stay tuned for more from us as the season continues.


Best Picture

Spotlight
The Revenant
The Martian
Mad Max: Fury Road
Room
Bridge of Spies
The Big Short
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
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SN: Did “Force Awakens” over-homage?

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Now that a couple weeks have past since its highly anticipated release, and the hyperbole is starting to die down, I’ve noticed a lot more backlash for “Force Awakens.”

When I saw it, I loved it. Yes, it had many flaws, but I had the stupidest grin on my face the whole time. The flaws were minuscule compared to how happy this film had just made me. That last time I experienced something like that was “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”

I’m not a huge Trekker, nor am I a huge “Star Wars” geek. But I love both of the franchises. Both also happen to be directed by J.J. Abrams. Both also have a ton of fan service within them that probably could’ve been left out.
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Oscar: 2016 Predictions – December

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We’re getting closer. Now with the Golden Globe and SAG nominations out there, things are starting to clear up.

The only thing not really clear is “Star Wars” which we won’t know much about till midnight on the 16th. Still we are at a point where you can expect most of the nominees to look like what we have below.

Visit the Oscar page for frequent updates.

So here are our current 2016 Oscar Predictions:

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Spotlight
The Revenant
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Hateful Eight
The Martian
Brooklyn
Room

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Oscars: Updated Predictions – November

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Check out our Oscar Page for our updated predictions!

Most notably, “The Revenant” has finally screened and pretty much confirmed our suspicions – it’s great.

The only downside is the potential to not be “Oscar-friendly” the way “Spotlight” is. I think the boundaries of Oscar will be truly revealed this year depending on how much the Academy hangs onto films like “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Hateful Eight,” “Star Wars,” and many more.

This is going to be an exhausting awards season. Since I’ve covered these (about 5 years) it hasn’t been this unpredictable, at least not to me. Still excited to see these great films and to enjoy our geekier version of fantasy football.

Awards: How the Awards Season will Start – NBR, NYFCC, LAFCA and more

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A lot of what happens in the pre-cursor awards will determine the outcome of the bigger ceremonies such as the Globes, SAG, Critics Choice, and the Oscars.

Before the end of the year we will have a couple of these. These predictions can be pretty bold cause many of these critics groups are fairly unpredictable.

We looked at the National Board of Review Award, the New York Film Critics Circle, the LA Film Critics Association, the Screen Actors Guild Nominees, and the Critics Choice Award Nominees.

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Oscars: Updated Predictions – November

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A lot of moves are being made now that the majority of films have been seen to some extent. We are now including the categories Original Song, Foreign Film, and Documentary Film as well.

Everything is up to date as of November 1st.

Keep voting in our sidebar polls, there will be more as the season progresses. And, as always, keep checking back to our Oscar page for updated predictions.

Here they are:

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Spotlight
The Revenant
Room
Joy
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Steve Jobs
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