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Golden Globe Preview and Predictions

Keep in mind that your Best Picture winner is very likely going to be among the nominees in the two Golden Globe categories of drama or musical/comedy. Most of the time the Oscar winner is drawn from the Drama deck. The only recent film that won Best Picture that wasn't nominated in either GG category was 2005's Crash. Otherwise, it's a solid way to focus the field: 2018 - Green Book (won GG Comedy/Musical)  2017 - The Shape of Water (Three Billboards won GG Drama) 2016 - Moonlight (won drama) 2015 - Spotlight (Revenant won drama) 2014 - Birdman (Grand Budapest won Musical/Comedy) 2013 - 12 Years a Slave (won drama) 2012 - Argo (won drama) 2011 - The Artist (won Musical/Comedy) 2010 -...

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How the Oscar Game Sometimes Sidelines the Best Films of the Year

When the AFI announced their top ten of the year, it was astonishing that two acclaimed films about American entrepreneurs, were left off of their list. It was a very carefully curated list, as it always is, but with the two glaring omissions of Ford v Ferrari and Dolemite Is My Name it represents a misread of the year in film and only serves to illustrate how insular the Oscar race and it's feeder tributaries have become, especially the rush to judgement in this year's crushingly compressed time frame. The Oscar race was never meant to take place in the cloistered enclaves of festivals, private screenings, and VIP parties. It was meant to celebrate the most successful and critically acclaimed achievements in film. But...

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AFI Top Ten Films of the Year

AFI MOTION PICTURES OF THE YEAR 1917 The Farewell The Irishman Jojo Rabbit Joker Knives Out Little Women Marriage Story Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Richard Jewell Special Award: Parasite Last year: Black Panther BlacKkKlansman Eighth Grade The Favourite First Reformed Green Book If Beale Street Could Talk Mary Poppins Returns A Quiet Place A Star Is Born Special award: Roma Missing: Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice 2017 Call Me By Your Name Dunkirk Get Out Lady Bird The Big Sick The Florida Project The Post The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Wonder Woman Not named: Phantom Thread (late breaker), Darkest Hour (if you follow Film Twitter you will know why).  2016 Arrival Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water La La...

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New York Film Critics Announcing Winners

Best Picture: The Irishman Best Director: The Safdie brothers for Uncut Gems Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Best Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, Us Best Actor: Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory Supporting Actress: Laura Dern, Marriage Story - Little Woman Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci, The Irishman Cinematography: Portrait of a Lady on Fire Animated Feature: I Lost My Body Best Documentary: Honeyland Foreign Language Film: Parasite Best First Film: Atlantics

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20 Contenders Advance in VFX Race

And here they are. I do not know which of these will be eventual nominees. But I'm fairly certain 1917 and The Irishman have a pretty good shot. “Ad Astra” “The Aeronauts” “Aladdin” “Alita: Battle Angel” “Avengers: Endgame” “Captain Marvel” “Cats” “Dumbo” “Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” “Ford v Ferrari” “Gemini Man” “The Irishman” “Jumanji: The Next Level” “The Lion King” “Men in Black: International” “Midway” “1917” “Spider-Man: Far from Home” “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” “Terminator: Dark Fate” The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the preliminary list of films eligible for further awards consideration. Later this month, the committee will select a shortlist of 10 films that will advance to nominations voting. Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards...

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How the National Board of Review Shapes the Oscar Race

How the National Board of Review Shapes the Oscar Race

To my mind, though a few other groups have announced their nominations before today, the NBR is the first big stop in the Oscar race. Traditionally, they, like the Globes come very early in the season -- almost too early to consistently match with the Oscars -- but they have had enormous impact on shaping the direction of the race going all the way back to their beginning, in the 1930s and certainly for the past 20 years that I've been watching the race. That's why I always anticipate seeing which films and performances they choose and why. Of their top ten films of the year, on average, about 6 or 7 usually make it into Oscar's Best Picture category. Give or take. Here...

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The Irishman, Tarantino Top National Board of Review winners

Below is a full list of the 2019 award recipients, announced by the National Board of Review: Best Film: THE IRISHMAN Best Director: Quentin Tarantino, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD Best Actor: Adam Sandler, UNCUT GEMS Best Actress: Renée Zellweger, JUDY Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates, RICHARD JEWELL Best Original Screenplay: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, Ronald Bronstein, UNCUT GEMS Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zaillian, THE IRISHMAN Breakthrough Performance: Paul Walter Hauser, RICHARD JEWELL Best Directorial Debut: Melina Matsoukas, QUEEN & SLIM Best Animated Feature: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD Best Foreign Language Film: PARASITE Best Documentary: MAIDEN Best Ensemble: KNIVES OUT Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Roger Deakins, 1917 NBR Icon Award:...

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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ is Sharper and More Ambitious In Its Third Season

The third season of Amazon's awards juggernaut broadens its scope and soars on the open road. I recently said that The Crown was the most exquisite show on television, but I should correct myself here and now. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is utter perfection, and—I'm sorry, Lizzie—but when you lay your eyes on the third season of the Amazon show, your eyes will bulge out of your head when you take in the craft and the stunning production value. Amy Sherman-Palladino continues to push her characters in directions that a lesser show wouldn't dare to, given...

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2/9-92nd Oscar telecast

WGA Awards (Feb 1)
Oscars - Final Voting Closes (Feb 4)
Oscars - 92nd Academy Awards (Feb 9)

Best Picture

+NBR winner *top ten
+NYFCC winner

The Irishman++
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*
Jojo Rabbit*
Ford V. Ferrari*
Dolemite is My Name*
Marriage Story*
Richard Jewell*
Knives Out *
Uncut Gems*
The Two Popes
Little Women
The Farewell
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Queen & Slim
Motherless Brooklyn
Dark Waters

Best Actor

Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems+
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory+
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
George MacKay, 1917
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Eddie Murphy, Dolemite is My Name
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Robert De Niro, The Irishman
Paul Walter Hauser, Richard Jewell
Christian Bale, Ford V. Ferrari
Matt Damon, Ford V. Ferrari
Edward Norton, Motherless Brooklyn
Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
Michael B. Jordan, Just Mercy
Mark Ruffalo, Dark Waters
Daniel Kaluuya, Queen & Slim
Kelvin Harrison, Jr. Waves 
Robert Pattinson, The Lighthouse
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Adam Driver, The Report

Best Actress
Renee Zellweger, Judy+
Lupita Nyong'o, Us +
Charlize Theron, Bombshell 
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women 
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet 
Ana De Armas, Knives Out
Awkwafina, The Farewell 
Jodie Turner-Smith, Queen & Slim 
Alfre Woodard, Clemency 
Elizabeth Moss, Her Smell 
Felicity Jones, The Aeronauts 

Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood+
Joe Pesci, The Irishman+
Tom Hanks, Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood 
Wesley Snipes, Dolemite is My Name 
Sam Rockwell, Richard Jewell
Jamie Foxx, Just Mercy
Tracy Letts, Ford v Ferrari
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Sam Rockwell, Jojo Rabbit 
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Zack Gottsagen, The Peanut Butter Falcon
Shia LaBeouf, Honey Boy
John Lithgow, Bombshell 
Alan Alda, Marriage Story
Ray Liotta, Marriage Story
Sterling K. Brown, Waves 
Tim Robbins, Dark Waters 
Timothee Chalamet, Little Women 
Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse 

Best Supporting Actress
Laura Dern, Marriage Story+
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell+
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dolemite is My Name
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Anne Hathaway, Dark Waters
Shuzhen Zhao, The Farewell
Thomasin McKenzie, Jojo Rabbit
Taylor Russell, Waves
Nicole Kidman, Bombshell
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Motherless Brooklyn
Elisabeth Moss, Us
Annette Bening, The Report

Best Director Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood+
Sam Mendes, 1917
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Bong Joon-Ho, Parasite
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
James Mangold, Ford V. Ferrari
Safdie brothers, Uncut Gems+
Todd Phillips, Joker
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Craig Brewer, Dolemite is My Name
Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim
Jay Roach, Bombshell
Greta Gerwig, Little Women
Todd Haynes, Dark Waters
Lorene Scafaria, Hustlers
Trey Edward Shults, Waves
Fernando Meirelles, The Two Popes
Marielle Heller, Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Edward Norton, Motherless Brooklyn
Jordan Peele, Us
Lulu Wang, The Farewell
Scott Z Burns, The Report

Original Screenplay Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino+
Uncut Gems, The Safdie brothers+
1917, Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Sam Mendes
Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach 
Parasite, Bong Joon-Ho, Jin Won Han
Dolemite is My Name, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Ford V. Ferrari , Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
Queen & Slim, Lena Waithe
Bombshell, Charles Randolph
Waves, Trey Edward Shultz
The Farewell, Lulu Wang
Us, Jordan Peele 
Honey Boy, Shia LaBeouf
Late Night, Mindy Kaling
Booksmart , Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie Silberman
The Report , Scott Z Burns

Adapted Screenplay The Irishman, Steve Zaillian+
Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi
The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten
Little Women, Greta Gerwig 
Joker, Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
Hustlers,  Lorene Scafaria
Motherless Brooklyn, Edward Norton
Just Mercy, Daniel Destin Cretton, Andrew Lanham

Cinematography 1917
A Hidden Life
Ad Astra
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Ford V. Ferrari
The Irishman 
Portrait of a Lady on Fire+
Little Women
The Aeronauts
Jojo Rabbit 
The Two Popes

Editing Ford v Ferarri
The Irishman
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Jojo Rabbit 
Marriage Story

Production Design 1917
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
A Hidden Life
The Aeronauts
Little Women
Ad Astra
Ford V. Ferrari
Motherless Brooklyn

Sound Mixing 1917
Ford v Ferrari 
Ad Astra
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King 

Sound Editing Ford v Ferarri
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Avengers: Endgame
Ad Astra
The Irishman
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Costume Design Dolemite is My Name
Little Women
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Downton Abbey
Knives Out
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
The Aeronauts
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit

Visual Effects 1917
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Ad Astra
The Aeronauts
Avengers: Endgame
Alita: Battle Angel
Captain Marvel
Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Ford v Ferrari
Gemini Man
The Irishman
Jumanji: The Next Level
The Lion King
Men in Black: International
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Terminator: Dark Fate

Original Score 1917
Marriage Story
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Ad Astra

Original Song Into the Unknown - frozen II
Spirit - The Lion King
Speechless - Aladdin
Stand Up -Harriet
i'm Standing With You - Diane Warren
Beautiful Ghosts - Cats
I'm Gonna Love Me Again - Rocketman

Makeup and Hair Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Dolemite is My Name
The Irishman

Animated Feature Toy Story 4
Frozen II
Missing Link
I Lost My Body+
The Lion King
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Documentary Feature The Factory
Apollo 11
Sea of Shadows
The Edge of Democracy
Citizen K
The Apollo
Biggest Little Farm
Midnight Family
One Child On Nation
For Sama
Rolling Thunder Revue

Foreign Language Feature
Parasite, South Korea++
Pain & Glory, Spain
Les Misérables, France
The Boy Who Harnassed the Wind, UK
Beanpole, Russia
The Painted Bird, Czech Republic

Full List

Live Action Short Fifteen Minutes at 400 Degrees
A Worthy Man
The Confirmation
Nefta Football Club
Any Wednesday
Missing a Note
A Million Eyes
9 Steps
Little Hands
Sin Cielo
Dunya’s Day
A Worth Man
Tree #3
Marriage Material
Just Me and You
The Confirmation
My Time

Documentary Short Skateboard in a Warzone (if you're a girl)

Animated Short




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