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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.

IDA Nominations: ‘Minding the Gap, ‘Free Solo;’ ‘RBG,’ ‘Three Identical Strangers’ snubbed

Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap (Hulu) The nominations for the 34th Independent Documentary Association IDA) awards were announced today with some surprising snubs, even in a newly expanded field of nominees. While Minding the Gap, Free Solo and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? made the 10-film cut for Best Documentary Feature, two high-profile docs didn’t: RBG and Three Identical Strangers.  …

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2019 Oscars: ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘Mirai,’ ‘Lu Over the Wall’ Among 25 Animated Features Submitted for Oscar Race

Twenty-five features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 91st Academy Awards.The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are: “Ana y Bruno”“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch”“Early Man”“Fireworks”“Have a Nice Day”“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”“Incredibles 2”“Isle of Dogs”“The Laws of the Universe – Part I”“Liz and the Blue Bird”“Lu over the Wall”“MFKZ”“Maquia: When the Promised Flower …

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Interview: Eva Melander, star of Cannes winner and Swedish Oscar submission ‘Border’

Award-winning actress Eva Melander is widely recognized as one of the most talented of her generation of Swedish actors, having proven herself to be equally accomplished on stage, television and screen. She won the Swedish Academy Award (the Guldbaggen) for her critically acclaimed performance in the Swedish feature Flocken, directed by Beata Gårdeler and recently starred in the TV production Rebecka …

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Review: The thrilling trollmance ‘Border’ (★★★★)

Eero Milonoff and Eva Melander in Border Ali Abbasi creates the grimmest of faerie tales as two outcasts find love in a hopeless place in this wild, wonderful, surprisingly emotional drama. Tina is a border officer for a small Swedish coastal port. Eyeing passengers as they walk through customs, looking for contraband. But, Tina isn’t just looking; she can smell …

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Sandra Bullock must fight an unseen fear in ‘Bird Box’ trailer

“Don’t ever take off your blindfold.” Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) stars in first trailer for the dystopian thriller Bird Box, from the novel by Josh Malerman, where forces invade the planet in the form of your worst fear and what you see can kill you. Following a similar path as films like The Happening and The Road, …

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Donna Gigliotti to produce 91st Academy Awards; Glenn Weiss to co-produce and direct

Oscar®-winning producer Donna Gigliotti will produce the 91st Oscars®, and Emmy®-winning director Glenn Weiss will co-produce and direct the show, Academy President John Bailey announced today.  The Oscars will air live on the ABC Television Network and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, February 24, 2019. “Donna and Glenn will infuse new energy and vision into this 91st awards presentation, and …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST PICTURE (October)

Everything in this month’s top 10 moves except, interestingly, the #1 and the #10 films. As with Best Director, ROMA is still on top after one of the best fall festival runs ever, hitting every major (and most 2nd and 3rd tier) after Netflix’s big Cannes fight this summer. It was a fight that showed the streamer’s muscle and stubbornness …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (October)

The top 5 in Best Director this month stays the same with a bit of movement with that group. In fact, the top 10 is all the same but with slight, but important, changes.  Alfonso Cuarón still holds the top spot with his personal epic ROMA but first-time director Bradley Cooper inches up in what could be the fight of …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST ACTRESS (October)

Best Actress continues to the year’s most stacked and competitive categories and that’s a good thing. It also means that some major names, including previous Oscar winners, will likely have to make room for newcomers and seemingly solid contenders might find themselves struggling for a nomination. I’m keeping Glenn Close (The Wife) at #1 for another month. With her overdue …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST ACTOR (October)

Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) maintains his #1 status and right now still looks like the one to beat in Best Actor. I think the question for many people is how many Oscars can Cooper take home in one night? He could be personally nominated for five awards and I feel like the industry likes him the way they …

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