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2018 Fall Festivals: Where We Are in the Oscar Race

The main fall festivals, Venice, Telluride and Toronto, always clue us in on how the studios position their 4th quarter films in terms of box office and/or awards contention. The past decade has seen every Best Picture Oscar winner since 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire play at Telluride and is the last stat standing in terms of using history to predict a …

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TIFF set to World Premiere ‘Widows,’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’, ‘Beautiful Boy,’ ‘High Life’ and more

Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF, today unveiled the first round of titles premiering in the Gala and Special Presentations of the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival. Kicking it off are 21 World Premieres of hotly anticipated films from Oscar winners and nominees alike including Steve McQueen’s Widows with Viola Davis, Barry …

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2019 Oscars: Official Submissions for the Foreign Language Film Oscar

This is the official submission list for countries entering the Foreign Language Film Oscar race for the 91st Academy Awards. The list will be updated with news, trivia and statistics as new announcements are made. This list also includes possible submissions and ‘Other Contenders’ from countries before they’ve been announced. Any changes or additions will be added as announced officially. …

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Academy Invites Record 928 New Members

Quvenzhané Wallis, Chloé Zhao, Justin Simien, Timothée Chalamet among the Academy’s invites AMPAS, the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, has invited a record 928 new members to their ranks, more than any single year in their history. This follows two years of extraordinary growth (774 in 2017 and 683 in 2016 – compared to 322 in 2015) in the Academy’s …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (June) – Spike Lee rebounds; Bradley Cooper’s ‘Star’ rises

Just as in Best Picture, Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman from Focus Features) rebounds and lands back in the top spot for June. Lee’s move pushes last month’s #1 Steve McQueen (20th Century Fox’s Widows) down to #4. Oscar winners Adam McKay (Annapurna’s Backseat), Damien Chazelle (Universal’s First Man) and Barry Jenkins (Annapurna’s If Beale Street Could Talk) stay put in their …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (May) – Spike Lee Moves Up

As with Best Picture, the top of the list remains in tact with Steve McQueen (Widows), Adam McKay (Backseat), Damien Chazelle (First Man) keeping their 1-2-3 spots. I’ve switched Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) and Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk) on the strength of Lee’s Grand Prix win at Cannes this last weekend. It’s 6-10 that sees changes (again, as …

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Wrapping Up: Cannes Isn’t Back, It Never Left

The 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival has ended and with it came the fight with Netflix, causing them to pull out any movies for consideration (they wouldn’t budge on the festival’s rule requiring a film to play in France in a timely fashion – not the three-year hold Netflix currently has), an underwhelming opening night film in Everybody …

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2018 Cannes Awards: Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ Wins Palme d’Or; Spike Lee Takes Grand Prix for ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda has won the highest honor from the Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d’Or for Shoplifters. He previously won the Jury Prize for 2013’s Like Father, Like Son. Shoplifters (review here) is the story of a family, both blood and cobbled together, who scrape by with multiple jobs and supplement their survival with minor thievery that threaten to …

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2018 Cannes Winner Predictions: History in the Making

Trying to predict the winners of the Cannes Film Festival is a bit of a crapshoot. It doesn’t seem like it should be, there are only seven categories, nine jury members, and 21 films to choose from. Compared to the 7500 members of the Academy, it should be easy, right? Not so much. The Cannes festival prizes for its In …

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2018 Cannes at a Glance

The 2018 Cannes Film Festival is this week and this page will be your updated Cannes at a Glance featuring links to reviews from myself and Mina Takla, videos, podcasts, interviews, press conferences and more. You can check out pre-festival Cannes coverage here. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for live thoughts and reactions. One of the more interesting things …

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