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BAFTA Preview and Predictions

BAFTA Preview and Predictions

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The BAFTA, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, will be announced via livestream on January 8th. You’ll have to figure out what that time will be in your own time zone as I can’t even figure out my own (it’s my tragic flaw).  The BAFTA have become much more like Oscar over the years since they changed their date from after to before the Oscars (around the year 2000)….

North Carolina Film Critics Nominations

North Carolina Film Critics Nominations

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Thanks to Paddy at ScreenOnScreen Best Narrative Film · 12 Years a Slave · American Hustle · Gravity · Inside Llewyn Davis · The Wolf of Wall Street Best Director · Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) · Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) · Alexander Payne (Nebraska) · David O. Russell (American Hustle) · Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

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August: Osage County wins 4 Awards at Capri Fest

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The Hollywood Reporter announced that John Wells’ August: Osage County won big at the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival, winning the fest’s biggest prize.  Last year’s big winner was Silver Linings Playbook.   Meryl Streep was the big winner as well as the whole cast for the ensemble prize. Meanwhile, Annette Insdorf penned a lovely op-ed about August: Osage County – and believes that the harsh criticism directed at the film is an…

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WGA Preview and Predictions

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The WGA will announce their nominees tomorrow morning. Usually this happen around 10am. The rules for inclusion at the WGA awards usually exclude many of the year’s best scripts – and thus, can sometimes render the WGA awards not useful come Oscar time. Kris Tapley announced the films that would be excluded this year and that includes John Ridley’s 12 years a Slave, the likely winner, or certainly the strongest…

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Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Receive Cinema Vanguard Award from SBIFF

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Marty and Leo will be honored this year at the Santa Barbara Film Fest for their extraordinary collaborations which include Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Shutter Island, The Departed and the Wolf of Wall Street. All but one of those films were nominated for Best Picture. The award will be handed out on February 6. Click jump for press release.

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Find Your Best Picture Nominees via the PGA Announcement

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The Producers Guild has a membership of around 4,700, representing “representing television producers, film producers and New Media producers.”  What it has in common with the Academy is that they use the preferential ballot to determine their winners for Best Picture.  Where they differ from the Academy, other than the make up of their membership (for instance, the Academy is dominated by actors), is that they choose a solid ten for nominees rather than…

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Wolf and the Accusations of Presumed Misogyny

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Welcome to 2013 when every tiny detail in a film is scrubbed clean of any ambiguity — because if anything is left in doubt it might be misinterpreted and then what does that say about the film? What does it say about the film’s director? What does it say about society? Because our films are, perhaps, the new gathering place where church used to be, there is this continual application…

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Best of 2013 – Roads, Doubles, Myths and Monsters

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(Sasha Stone’s Top Ten) 1. Wolf of Wall Street “What is it you’re looking for in this endless quest? Tranquility. You think if only you can acquire enough worldly goods, enough recognition, enough eminence, you will be free, there’ll be nothing more to worry about, and instead you become a bigger and bigger slave to how you think others are judging you.” – Tom Wolfe, A Man in Full In its…

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Wolf of Wall Street Roundtable

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Thanks to Anne Thompson for the heads up – a roundtable discussion. Audiences seem sharply divided on this one, arguing it out in comment sections and on Twitter. Leave it to Scorsese to still be so punk rock at 71.

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Leonardo DiCaprio – The Actor of the Year

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Leonardo DiCaprio was the best thing about this year’s Great Gatsby. He turns in a career best performance in The Wolf of Wall Street. He has had his best year yet as an actor. But we know he will be ignored for it because he always is. A lovely piece about the two Leos just appeared in the New Yorker, a beautifully written essay on DiCaprio’s work in both films…