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Cate Blanchett already has one Oscar worthy performance this year in Todd Haynes’ brilliant Carol. She will be now competing against herself with her performance as Mary Mapes in James’ Vanderbilt’s excellent new film, Truth. The way Michael Fassbender owns ...

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The first full captivating trailer for Room has arrived from A24. Adapted from Emma Donoghue’s novel, Brie Larson plays a woman who is kidnapped and held in a tiny room. She gives birth to a son and tells him, the ...
Carey Mulligan as Maud in SUFFRAGETTE

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This year’s Best Actress race has so far been mostly dominated by performances already seen at Cannes and Sundance. At the top of that list would be Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara for Carol, Bel Polowy for ...

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The year is beginning with promise, as the years almost always do, because the movies that are released now star women. The “Oscar movies,” as such, star men. That is how we find ourselves in this crazy predicament where the ...

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Robin Write at shares his favorite Best Actress winners at Cannes. Where actresses are concerned in Cannes, there seldom is a limited range of women from which the voters have to make their decision on who is “best”. The ...

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Best Actress has been an unexciting race this year because Julianne Moore has been the projected winner since her shining reviews for Still Alice emerged from the Toronto Film Festival in September. Moore has never won an Academy Award, despite ...

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I’ll start by saying no, I don’t think anyone can beat Julianne Moore for her performance in Still Alice. Twice nominated at the Golden Globes (like Kate Winslet was the year she won), and a career of brilliant performances behind ...

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There are always complaints about the Oscar race – the choices are too narrow, the pundits don’t do a good enough job of keeping the options as open as possible, the movies are too boring, the movies are too independent, ...
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Julianne Moore. There, I said it. That’s a name you’re likely going to be hearing a lot in the coming weeks, hell, probably months. She is the surest thing to come out of this year’s awards race. Ever since I ...

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Reese Witherspoon continues her reign as Most Valuable Player in the Oscar race this year, having produced two films (Wild and Gone Girl) and starred in two, all the while challenging herself in unexpected ways. In Wild, we follow her ...

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Despite my reputation online, in the Oscar race and on message boards around the internet, I didn’t start my site to be a “feminist” blogger or a “civil rights” blogger. It just turned out that way. I use quotes because ...

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While many of us were wondering where Jessica Chastain would land for A Most Violent Year, it turns out that she’ll be going lead, the studio just confirmed. The Best Actress race is not as crowded as the Best Supporting ...

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**Slight Spoiler Warning*** Women don’t get to be anti-heroes much, at least where Oscar wins are concerned, whether male or female, voters prefer good or admirable characters to dark ones.  Good girls usually suffer no pushback but bad girls? They ...
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You can choose as many as 10 actresses. The consensus will sort things out.

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by Jazz Tangcay Will 2015’s Best Actress race be The Year of the Redhead? It’s only July and some might consider it a bit too early to be making any predictions about who’s going to win, but we can’t help ...

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As we head into another Oscar season you’ll see an array of representations of male characters of all ages and walks of life. Old, young, fat, thin, handsome, unattractive – you name it, they never run out of stories to ...
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How many great moms on film can you think of? They fall into categories. The first is the best kind, the mom who figures out motherhood along the way. There is the saintly mother – Grapes of Wrath, It’s a ...
Film Cate Blanchett

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Cate Blanchett, on her way to winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Jasmine in Blue Jasmine is going to be feted tonight at the Santa Barbara Film Fest.  At the same time, a personal open letter by Dylan Farrow ...

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The most intriguing performances this year by women were delivered by powerhouse actresses at a time when those kinds of films and those kinds of performances have been selected out in favor of younger and younger women to appeal to ...

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With several potentially pivotal roles left to be seen — Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks and Amy Adams in American Hustle, two names seem like they might dominate the category when the critics start handing out their awards. Those ...

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