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The Two Sicarios

After seeing Sicario: Day of the Soldado, I thought I knew how I felt about it. I found it robust and muscular, if lacking the fluidity of its predecessor, directed with a Michael Mann-like panache by Denis Villeneuve. New director Stefano Sollima is no slouch, but his work behind the camera is comparably rudimentary, if solid. I found Villeneuve’s film superior in almost all aspects. The pacing was sharper, the direction more dynamic and artistic. I didn’t even mind the most complained about…

Blindspotting: Rafael Casal and Daveed Digg’s Love Letter to Oakland

If Blindspotting is in your city this weekend, don't miss the opportunity to see it! Lifelong friends Daveed Diggs (yes, he was in Hamilton and was superb as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson) and Rafael Casal spent ten years writing the script for Blindspotting and what a film it is -- layered with so many emotions that will have you laughing, crying and amazed throughout its 95 minutes of authenticity. There’s a lot to process in Blindspotting. Miles (Casal) and Collin (Diggs)…

Outfest: Bola Ogun On How Her Sister’s Coming Out Story Inspired Her Short Film, Are We Good Parents?

Bola Ogun's first feature The Water Phoenix involved a mermaid and underwater effects. For her second outing, Ogun kept it closer to home. She has created a short based on and inspired by her own sister's coming out story. Are We Good Parents? features Lauren (Traci Thoms) and Bill (Sean Maguire), who have always assumed their daughter was gay, in the same way that most parents assume their child is straight (until given notice). Suddenly, they worry they have not provided an open environment…

Interview: Ol Parker On The Summer’s Most Irresistible Film: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Screenwriter Ol Parker did not anticipate he would be directing Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again when he wrote the script for the sequel to the 2008 hit movie, but as it turned out, he was tapped to do double duty. I caught up with Parker to talk about creating this summer's most irresistible sequel/prequel starring Meryl Streep, Lily James and Cher. Mamma Mia! is a phenomenon and who more perfect to write this sequel than you? I'm probably the 18th choice. It's been ten years since the last…

Donald Sutherland: The Most Underrated Actor Alive

Donald Sutherland celebrated his 83rd birthday on Tuesday. His first film appearance was 55 years ago in something called The World Ten Times Over. His billing? Tall Man in Nightclub. Obviously, things got better for him after that. It took a minute though. Sutherland kicked around doing one offs on TV and the occasional film role until cracking the code in 1967 as Vernon Pinkley in The Dirty Dozen. Despite being perhaps the least well-known actor in a cast that included Lee Marvin, John…


Contender Tracker

Best Picture

Black Panther
Leave No Trace
Eighth Grade
First Reformed
A Quiet Place
The Rider

Best Actor

Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Ben Foster, Leave No Trace
Brady Jandreau, The Rider
Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

Best Actress

Charlize Theron, Tully
Toni Collette, Hereditary
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Thomasin McKenzie, Leave no Trace
Amanda Seyfried, First Reformed
Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
Michelle Pfeiffer, Where is Kyra

Best Supporting Actor

Burt Reynolds, The Last Movie Star

Best Supporting Actress

Anne Dowd, American Animals
MacKenzie Davis, Tully
Florence Kasumba, Black Panther
Lupita Nyong'o, Black Panther

Best Director

Ryan Coogler, Black Panther
John Krasinski, A Quiet Place
Debra Granik, Leave No Trace
Chloe Zhao, The Rider
Paul Schrader, First Reformed


A Quiet Place
Black Panther
The Rider


A Quiet Place

Original Screenplay

First Reformed, Paul Schrader
Eighth Grade, Bo Burnham
Tully, Diablo Cody
The Rider, Chloe Zhao

Adapted Screenplay

Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, Leave No Trace

Production Design

Black Panther

Sound Mixing

Black Panther
A Quiet Place
Mission Impossible
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Avengers: Infinity War
Deadpool 2

Sound Editing

Black Panther
A Quiet Place
Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom
Deadpool 2

Costume Design

Black Panther

Visual Effects

Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom
A Quiet Place
Avengers: Infinity War
Deadpool 2

Original Score

Original Song

Makeup and Hair

Black Panther

Animated Feature

Documentary Feature

Notorious RBG
Dark Money
Won't You Be My Neighbor
Three Identical Strangers

Live Action Short

Documentary Short

Animated Short

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