Analysis: A guide to the precursor awards

Boyhood-Ethan-Hawke-Ellar-ColtraneAnalysis: A guide to the precursor awards

Today was a big day for precursors. If anyone was skeptical about “Boyhood,” they probably aren’t anymore.

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Boston Society of Film Critics, and New York Film Critics Online have all announced their awards.

If you were having some trouble keeping up, we’ve compiled the winners of each category, including the previously announced National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle. We also have dates of upcoming awards.

Best Picture
NYFCC – “Boyhood”
NBR – “A Most Violent Year”
LAFCA – “Boyhood”
BSFC – “Boyhood”
NYFCO – “Boyhood”

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Top 10: Upcoming 2014 Films you may have not heard of, but should have

Selma Movie (2)Top 10: Upcoming 2014 Films you may have not heard, but should have

Now that all the big summer blockbusters are simmering down, we can begin to settle into the warmth of studios putting their best films on display to garner awards-attention. December is jam-packed this year, and many potentially great movies have yet to even produce a trailer.

What we have put together here is a list of ten films that are either receiving too little advertisement, or no advertisement at all. However, some have been seen at festivals and given strong reviews, and others have a lot of potentially gifted talent both in front of and behind the camera.

So here are our Top 10 Upcoming 2014 Films you may not have heard of, but should of, keep in mind with such little advertisement so close to release, sometimes studios push their films forward into next year, a lot of films on this list could have that happen to them at any given moment.
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Golden Globes: 2015 Golden Globe Predictions post-TIFF

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You wouldn’t think it, but there is a significant different in the mind of an Academy voter and a Hollywood Foreign Press voter.  To end an excellent festival, “The Imitation Game” went home with the TIFF Audience Award. One of the runner-up films was “St. Vincent” another Weinstein film that should farewell in the comedy categories at the Globes.

We went ahead and updated everything, including television categories as we start seeking into a new Fall season for shows.

Click on the category to see our full list of ranked predictions with alternatives and dark horses. Contenders are listed here alphabetically. You can see all of our full predictions here.

Motion Picture – Drama
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Unbroken

Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
The Skeleton Twins
St. Vincent
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Awards: 2015 Golden Globes Predictions – Updated

ben-affleck-gone-girl-trailerAwards: 2015 Golden Globe Predictions – Updated

We have fully updated all of our Golden Globe Predictions. This includes all categories, from the major film categories, to the mini-series and tv movie categories.

We have listed the top 5 in ABC order per category below, to give us an idea what the Golden Globe nominations would look like if they came now. Keep in mind a lot of TV shows and mini-series will come out between now and then, so the tv categories should be taken with a grain of salt.

Here is where we stand on all our predictions:

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Oscar: 2015 Oscar Predictions – Post Cannes

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Oscar: 2015 Oscar Predictions – Post Cannes

Now that two of the most important film festivals have completed it’s time for us to examine which films are looking strong for the Oscar season.

We have fully updated all of our predictions, click on the Oscar tab to see all predicted nominees, alternates, and dark horses.

What did we learn from Cannes? It may not have taken home the Palme, but “Foxcatcher” now looks like our front-runner for many Oscars. The films stands at an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, so even though it is topping most of our lists it seems highly unlikely that it will be a major winner at the end of 2014.  Continue reading

Film: 2014 Cannes Film Festival – Predicting the Palme d’Or

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The 67th annual Festival de Cannes will start May 14th and go through May 25th. This is the second festival to Sundance that may potentially reveal to us some of the best films of 2014.

Many great filmmakers have films in competition this year for the Palme d’Or. 18 films are in competition and, at this point, it looks like it could be anyone’s game. Here’s a brief history for the last five winners:

2013 – “Blue is the Warmest Colour”
2012 – “Amour”
2011 – “The Tree of Life”
2010 – “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”
2009 – “The White Ribbon”

Michael Haneke’s “Amour” went on to earn both Picture and Director Oscar nominations as did Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” It could be a dark horse or a film already buzzing this year, so we’ve compiled and ranked what we think will stand-out this year and included a brief synopsis of each film so that you can make your own predictions.

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