Analysis: Will he finally win an Oscar?

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People often forget that Alfred Hitchcock, in his prime, never won an Oscar. He was nominated 5 times for Best Director, but lost each time. Eventually he was awarded the honorary Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award by the Academy in 1968.

Awards, including Oscars, can sometimes feel like sporting events where people back a certain “team” and root for them from the moment that movie premieres to the ceremony at the dawn of spring.

This is why Leonardo DiCaprio’s lack of an Oscar has become an ever-growing concern for many people. People see him deliver exceptional performances almost bi-annually while he doesn’t reap any benefits. Continue reading

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SideNote: Poll Results – Favorite Film of 2014

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Last night the Academy proclaimed “Birdman” the best film of 2014. Our readers, however, were unanimous in voting “Boyhood” the title.

Out of 143 Voters, spanning from the beginning of January to now, 29 people voted for “Boyhood,” distancing itself from the second place film “Whiplash” which received 16 votes. The Oscar-winning film “Birdman” tied “Nightcrawler” for fourth place each with 11 votes.

1 – Boyhood (29 Votes)
2 – Whiplash (16 Votes)
3 – Interstellar (13 Votes)
T4 – Birdman (11 Votes)
T4 – Nightcrawler (11 Votes)
6 – Gone Girl (8 Votes)
7 – The Grand Budapest Hotel (7 Votes)
8 – Guardians of the Galaxy (6 Votes)
T9 – American Sniper (5 Votes)
T9 – Inherent Vice (5 Votes)
T9 – Unbroken (5 Votes)

Check out our new SideBar Poll to the right to vote for Your Favorite “Best Picture” Oscar winner of the decade so far.

Oscars: The Nominees – 2015

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We have the complete list of the 2015 Oscar nominations, ranked by contenders most likely to win. Also we wanted to post this so we could comment on each category individually to voice our just concerns!

Best Picture
Boyhood
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Birdman
The Theory of Everything
American Sniper
Whiplash

The only real surprise in Best Picture is the lack of “Gone Girl,” but it was already a bubble contender since people weren’t sure how many first place votes it would receive. “Boyhood” is easily winning this though.
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Oscars: Final Nominee Predictions – 2015

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What a year it has been. The films of 2014 were unique which made the awards race a little tough to follow. In the end two films that came out earlier in 2014 will uncommonly be center-stage: “Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is set to take home a bundle of technical awards while “Boyhood” is securely ready to take home the Best Picture/Director categories.

It was tough to find five to fit each category, with very few films “secure” in each one. But here is what we predict will get nominations in each category. Go to the Oscar page to see alternates.

Best Picture
Boyhood
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Selma
Gone Girl
American Sniper
Whiplash
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Quick Takes: “Unbroken,” “Ida,” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

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Click Scores to see all of our recent star-rating reviews.

The Media 10 doesn’t usually reviews movies, but we are changing that with “Quick Takes” a new segment that gives at most two paragraphs to recently seen movies.

Unbroken (★★1/2)

Perseverance is the moral to “Unbroken,” that is clear before you enter the theater.  Unfortunately this adaptation lacks any more narrative insight than just that. The real stars of the film are cinematographer Roger Deakins and production designer John Hutman who are given a vast canvas to showcase their creative, and intellectual talents.

Ida (★★1/2)

Shot unconventionally, yet with subtle attention-to-detail, “Ida” is another gorgeous film. Agata Kulesza steals the film with a grief-stricken performance to remember. However, in the grand scheme of things, the film feels emotionally hollow and mis-paced.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (★★★1/2)

Before showing this film to your child, you should know that it has an uncomfortably depressing conclusion. One that left me saddened and contemplative of human nature. “Princess Kaguya” is a gorgeous film that re-tells an emotional Japenese folk tale with boundless imagination.

Golden Globes: Final Predictions – Nominations announced Thursday December 11th

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The award season is underway and precursors are flooding in. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s chosen nominations will be announced on Thursday December 11th.

On the film side of things we expect “Boyhood” and “Birdman” to get a lot of attention. “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “Gone Girl,” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” should make some appearances too.

On the television side of things “True Detective,” “House of Cards,” and “Modern Family” should all easily show up. “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife,” “Downton Abbey,” “Fargo, ” “Orange is the New Black,” and “The Big Bang Theory” are all strong possibilities in multiple categories as well.

Here are our chosen for each category. Click the “More” link to see alternates/dark horses in that category as well.

Motion Picture – Drama
Boyhood
Selma
Gone Girl
Unbroken
The Imitation Game
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Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Big Eyes
Inherent Vice
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Golden Globes: Updated Film Predictions – November

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We have completely updated all of our film categories for our Golden Globe Predictions.

The HFPA thinks a little differently from the Academy. It’s not really a copy/paste situation. In the past few days we have had some momentum shifts, from the strong premiere of “Selma” at the AFI Fest to the strong presence of “The Imitation Game” at the Hollywood Film Awards.

Most of our Television categories haven’t really changed. We will have one more full updated before the nominations are announced on December 12th.

Click “More” to see our entire list of a category’s front-runners and long shots. And click on our Golden Globes page for all categories including Television categories.

Here are our updated film predictions:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Imitation Game
Boyhood
Selma
Unbroken
Gone Girl
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Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Birdman
Into the Woods
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Top Five
Big Eyes
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Oscar: Full Updated Predictions – November

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We have fully updated all of our Oscar Predictions. Now including the categories: Original Song, Documentary Feature, and Foreign Feature.

With “Interstellar’s” reviews not quite being raves, it has been knocked down a few levels. The close we draw to the end of the year, the safer films like “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game,” “Birdman,” and “The Theory of Everything” look.

There are still some movies to be seen. “Unbroken” has a lot of potential. Others would include “A Most Violent Year,” “The Gambler,” “Selma,” and “Into the Woods.”

So here is where we are right now. After the jump, we have our ranked listings for all of the contenders. Click the “More” links to expand on the category and see other potential contenders.

Best Picture
Boyhood
The Imitation Game
Birdman
Foxcatcher
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken
Interstellar
Gone Girl
Whiplash
Into the Woods
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Preview: The Potential of “Unbroken”

Preview: The Potential of “Unbroken”

“Unbroken” is one of the few 2014 films that hasn’t been seen by any eyes yet. However, it is a film that has had everyone’s attention since it was announced.

“Unbroken” is an adaptation of the non-fiction book titled “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilence, and Redemption,” a title that may have been a tad too long for its feature adaptation. This biography was written by Laura Hillenbrand who retells the story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic track star who survived a plane crash, spent 47 days drifting on a raft, and then survived two and a half years as a prisoner of war in several brutal Japanese internment camps.

Wow. Everything about that sounds like an incredible story. Universal Pictures purchased the rights to the book in January 2011, having already acquired the movie rights to Zamperini’s life towards the end of the 1950s. William Nicholson and Richard LaGravenese wrote early drafts for the film, but when Angelina Jolie replaced Francis Lawrence as director, Joel and Ethan Coen rewrote the script.
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