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Erik Anderson

Erik blames 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.

2018 Berlin Film Festival Review: Benoît Jacquot’s ‘Eva’ starring Gaspard Ulliel and Isabelle Huppert is contrived and unconvincing

Synopsis: A playwright encounters a mysterious woman when he takes shelter in a chalet during a violent snowstorm. Benoît Jacquot’s EVA is a revenge thriller that neither sets out the revenge to be convincing nor thrills enough for the audience to stay invested in the story. Failing to balance dramatic and thriller tones, the film ends up as a confused story ...

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2018 Berlin Film Festival Review: Christian Petzold’s ‘Transit’

Synopsis: When a man flees France after the Nazi invasion, he assumes the identity of a dead author whose papers he possesses. Stuck in Marseilles, he meets a young woman desperate to find her missing husband – the very man he’s impersonating. Global displacement and the current refugee crisis are at the center of Christian Petzold’s TRANSIT, an interesting, if not ...

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2018 Berlin Film Festival Review: ‘The Heiresses’

Synopsis: Due to bank debts, an elderly woman’s long life companion gets sent to jail. She is then left to contemplate on her past and future. There comes a time when one starts to question their choices. But sometimes it takes a large loss to actually reach that point of questioning – and in other cases, a loss somewhere is ...

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2018 Oscars: First Presenters Announced including Emma Stone, Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis

The first presenters for the 90th Academy Awards have been announced including three of last year’s acting winners: Emma Stone (Actress in a Leading Role for La La Land), Mahershala Ali (Actor in a Supporting Role for Moonlight) and Viola Davis (Actress in a Supporting Role for Fences). The presenters, including past Oscar® winners and nominees, are Mahershala Ali, Chadwick Boseman, ...

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Academy to End Paper Ballots for Oscars Next Year

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced that this will be the last year that Oscar voters will be using paper ballots to submit their choices for the Academy Awards. Starting next year, Academy members will be required to vote electronically, putting them in line with the Television Academy (the Emmys) and the Recording Academy (the Grammys) ...

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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami to Open This Spring

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, director and editor Sophie Fiennes’ critically acclaimed documentary exploring the public and private worlds of the legendary artist, is set for theatrical release nationwide this spring, following its highly regarded debut at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival. Kino Lorber is distributing the film in the United States and Canada. Beginning with a New York theatrical run at Metrograph, BAM and the Film Society of ...

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2018 Berlin Film Festival Review: ‘Isle of Dogs’

Synopsis: In Japan, after a wave of dog-flu hits the city’s dogs, they are all exiled to trash island. Meanwhile, one of the dog’s owners decides to rescue his now exiled dog and goes on a perilous journey to get him back. In one of his most ambitious films to date, Wes Anderson once again employs stop-motion animation to tell ...

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