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Middle of Nowhere Surprises with 4 Spirit Award Nominations

Middle of Nowhere Surprises with 4 Spirit Award Nominations

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Two movies lead the Spirit Award nominations, Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom, both with five. But heading into the race with 4 is Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere, the REAL little movie that could, funded by DuVernay herself.  Middle of Nowhere earned acting nominations for three of its stars - Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo and Lorraine Toussant.  DuVernay is nominated for the Cassavettes award, and I know he would approve.  Missing,…

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Hollywood, the Oscars and Race

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It really isn’t fair that every film involving any ethnic group besides white people is controversial at the outset. Even before the film is seen it’s controversial — just for including Black or Asian or Hispanic characters, or independent strong-willed women, it’s controversial. Our need to redefine identity through American film is vital to progress — but it can also choke the life out of artistic expression, particularly when the…

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Ensemble Casts on the Path to Best Picture

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Will actors eventually be selected out of their central role in movies, increasing replaced by animation,  performance capture, and other evolving forms of digital characters?  That irrational fear has been drifting in and out of Oscar conversations for years. Just as the pleasure of reading books has endured while movies became the world’s foremost storyteller, films driven by great performances remain as popular now as they’ve ever been.  In the end,…

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The State of the Oscar Race – And of These, Hope

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With two weeks before the US Presidential election, nerves are frayed. The horses are kicking in their stalls. Cumulonimbus clouds on the horizon and a country sharply divided. Oscar season had no choice but to start early this year. With ballots being turned in very early in January, there are just two months left to lay it all out. At the end of November and early December we’ll get our…

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Ava DuVernay Joins the Original Screenplay Race, Emayatzy Corinealdi for Best Actress

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Yet another delightful surprise has dropped in the lap of Oscar this year in Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere. You’ve probably never seen a film like this, I know I never have. DuVernay has crafted vibrant, original, flawed and interesting female characters who are trying to find their own way in life out from underneath the shadow of the men they’ve depended on. This is  a story about a slow…