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Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

Kenyan judge lifts ban on ‘Rafiki,’ making the LGBTQ film Oscar-eligible

Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva in Rafiki The film will screen in Nairobi from September 23rd-29th, making it eligible for Oscar consideration.  A Kenyan judge has temporarily lifted the ban on Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki, paving the way for the LGBTQ love story, which world premiered in Cannes and recently screened at Toronto, to be submitted for the foreign-language film Oscar race. …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST ACTRESS (September)

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) Glenn Close still holds onto the #1 spot with The Wife but she’s going to be holding onto it for dear life as Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) is now nipping at her heels in the #2 slot. It’s a big move for Gaga but after stunning reviews from Venice and …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST ACTOR (September)

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) Bradley Cooper makes not only the biggest jump on this month’s chart he shoots all the way to the #1 spot. The hype is real for A Star Is Born not just as an incredible directorial debut but for what many are calling the best performance of his career. He’s already loved …

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Watch the stunning new trailer for Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Academy Award-winning writer/director Barry Jenkins’ first film since the Best Picture Oscar-winning Moonlight is If Beale Street Could Talk, his adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel – the first English-language feature film based on the work of the author, to whom the movie is dedicated.  Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (September)

Alfonso Cuarón has emerged from Venice, Telluride and Toronto as the one the beat in the Best Director Oscar race with ROMA and he is the new #1 for September. It’s an exciting month overall on the chart, lit up with green, red and blue everywhere as the fall festivals really began weeding out non-contenders, giving us frontrunners and three …

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New ‘Beautiful Boy’ trailer starring Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell

Amazon Studios has released a new trailer for Beautiful Boy, starring Academy Award nominees Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) and Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) and it’s a tear-jerker. The film, which world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, is based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff and chronicles the heartbreaking and …

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Toronto Review: ‘Boy Erased’ (★★★½)

Joel Edgerton has crafted a compassionate family drama with extraordinary performances from Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe In Boy Erased, based on Garrard Conley’s best-selling memoir of the same name, Jared, a 19-year old college student, is whisked away from his Arkansas home in the dark, early hours of the morning by his mother to 12-day gay conversion …

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Academy reveals Nicholl Fellowship screenwriting winners

Scripts to be performed at live read in November Three individuals and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2018 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.  The fellows will each receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read on Thursday, November 8, …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: ADAPTED and ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (September)

If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna) I’m still holding on to Spike Lee pulling off a competitive Oscar win with BlacKkKlansman but Barry Jenkins is a real threat to win this category again with If Beale Street Could Talk, which was the first runner-up for the People’s Choice Award at Toronto last weekend.  Beautiful Boy, A Star Is Born and …

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First look: Brie Larson is ‘Captain Marvel’ teaser trailer and poster

Higher. Further. Faster. The next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is here as Academy Award winner Brie Larson (Room) stars as in an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the MCU that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two …

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