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Proof that you both can and will be rewarded for posting one bilious, profanity-laden tirade in the comments section after another, and that offending your fellow commenters is always the best way to conduct business here, I return with a series of ten diary entries on my exploits at the London Film Festival! 2015 is […]

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It is no surprise that Saoirse Ronan gives one of the most deeply felt and wonderful female performances of the year in Brooklyn. After all, this is an actress who was nominated for an Oscar when she was just 13 years old for her pivotal role in Joe Wright’s Atonement. “When Atonement happened I was […]

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This week’s Oscar predictions have folded in Steven Spielberg’s moody meditation on the Cold War, carefully and meticulously directed as only a master like Spielberg can. Every frame of Bridge of Spies is like a work of art. It seems like a film that will be recognized by many different branches. Partly because Spielberg is working […]

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The trailer for Hail, Caesar is here. The Coen Brothers comedy takes place in Old Hollywood and stars Channing Tatum, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Jonah Hill. The film centers around Clooney’s character, a bumbling star who is kidnapped by a group called The Future. Josh Brolin stars as the studio exec out […]

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The internet came alive yesterday with rumors that Benicio Del Toro would be returning to Guardians of The Galaxy after Zoe Saldana released a video on her husband’s Facebook saying, “I’ll see you on Guardians.” I  spoke to Oscar Winner Del Toro about his latest movie Sicario in which he plays a hitman out for […]

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This year is marked by an odd phenomenon of masterful leading performances that will have to be put in the supporting categories because there isn’t enough room for them in the leading categories. If the Academy had the flexibility to expand the lead categories we would not have this problem, but as it is, even […]

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The number 5 has never seemed so small as this year – not just for the top acting categories, but for the Documentary and Foreign Language categories. This year, there will be 81 films competing for one of those five slots. Son of Saul is likely the winner, however. Here are the contenders: Afghanistan, “Utopia,” […]
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Though it came out at Sundance, then skipped Telluride, Brooklyn’s screening at the New York Film Festival sent the quietly “off the radar” movie headlong into the Oscar race. The reaction to the film this time around trumped the reaction at Sundance probably because things have begun to crystalize, particularly for people who are following […]

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Apparently there have been some strange goings on at the hands of (what the Church of Scientology is calling) rogue Scientology members hoping to thwart any Oscar hopes for Alex Gibney’s Going Clear. Vanity Fair writes: The organization’s alleged smear campaign involves making a documentary about and writing a profile of Gibney, according to the […]
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Scene One: A few Oscar bloggers were at an event in Santa Barbara. One said, “I hear that movie is moving to next year.” The other one said, “But that’s just a rumor. Can’t be trusted.” The other one said, “Well, what if it’s true? Is the movie in trouble?” That movie turned out to […]

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Variety reports that Producers Jay and Mark Duplass and distributor Magnolia Pictures will push for Kitana Kiki Rodriguez to become the first ever transgender actress pushed for an Oscar. Co-star Mya Taylor will be campaigned in supporting. What this is means is that industry voters will have to watch Tangerine. It got rave reviews, like […]

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My 17 year-old daughter goes to a school that prides itself on its social justice agenda. Gay couples can walk around holding hands and not get judged. Three of her friends are transitioning genders. Today she told me that during their class discussing racism a group of Jewish students wrote an angry letter of protest […]

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Lily Tomlin has only been nominated for a single Oscar, 39 years ago for Nashville. She did not get a supporting nod for Flirting with Disaster (she should have).  She was not nominated for Short Cuts nor for I Heart Huckabees.  Jane Fonda has been nominated seven times and won twice.  She was nominated 6 times […]

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In what I would consider Tom Hooper’s most ambitious and successful film to date, newcomer Alicia Vikander has given one of the best performances of the year as Gerda Wegener, the wife of The Danish Girl, Married to Einar Wegener, whose true self as Lili Elbe emerges throughout the film, her role is every bit […]

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In case you’ve missed it, a storm erupted over Meryl Streep and the cast of Suffragette wearing a t-shirt with the slogan, “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave” emblazoned on it. The slogan led to a Twitter storm where Streep was called a “racist” and a “privileged white woman.” White women have said […]

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