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Croisette Contenders and Palme Pretenders: Cannes Special Edition

Welcome back to AwardsWatch’s Contender or Pretender series, where this week we will be doing something a little bit different. This last Saturday concluded the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, cinema’s most prestigious film festival. There, Jane Campion’s jury awarded prizes to films from a wide variety of countries and filmmakers, ranging from a Hollywood star such as Julianne Moore, to ...

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67th Cannes Film Festival WINNERS

  The Cannes jury, led by president Jane Campion, has spoken and Turkey’s Winter Sleep, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, has won the coveted Palme d’Or. Up the very last minute it was a nail-biter, with the Dardennes Two Days, One Night and Naomi Kawase’s Still the Water also in the running. The Dardennes, previous two-time winners of the Palme were ...

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Cannes 2014 Predictions: Mommy and Winter’s Sleep Top Predix

It’s almost time for the 67th Cannes Film Festival to wrap up and give out its awards so you know what that means…Awardswatch predictions! Despite a slightly shortened festival, the buzz this year has been very high and many films. And, as with every year, some headscratchers as to why certain things made it into competition (The Search, Captives) and ...

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Contender or Pretender Series: Interstellar

Welcome to the latest Contender or Pretender 2014.  Today we take a look at what will likely be the biggest film in the awards race this year, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. The Hopeful: Interstellar Directed by: Christopher Nolan Written by: Christopher and Jonathan Nolan Starring: Matthew McConnaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck,  Wes Bentley, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine, Mackenzie Foy, Topher Grace, John Lithgow Distributor: ...

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Worst Picture/Best Picture Series: Bolero and Amadeus (1984)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lida MacGillivery, two brilliant artists who are masters in their work. Wolfie, a composer who makes exquisite music almost without even trying, and Lida, an exquisite woman who has trouble losing her virginity almost without even trying. BOLERO and AMADEUS BOLERO – “This erotic drama is wonderfully filmed, whether the English countryside, Spain or Bo’s cleavage it ...

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Contender or Pretender Series: Big Eyes

Welcome to the latest installment of Awardswatch’s Contender or Pretender 2014. This week we tackle Big Eyes, the real-life story of painting couple Margaret and Walter Keane, which will be brought to the screen by the celebrated director Tim Burton. The Hopeful: Big Eyes Directed by: Tim Burton Written by: Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski Starring: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, ...

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Awardswatch’s Best Actress Nominee Rankings – 2000s Edition

As promised, after yesterday’s Best Actor nominee rankings comes everyone’s true favorite, Best Actress. And again, some surprising results are in store. Where will Meryl Streep’s many performances land? Or Kate Winslet? Or Judi Dench? Prepare yourself. Wigs will be snatched. Faves will be slayed. Here are the hints: 1. Two performances received no votes. 2. One actress has two of her ...

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Awardswatch’s Best Actor Nominee Rankings – 2000s Edition

The Best Picture Rankings of the 2000s era nominees proved so popular that we’re back and this time counting down the Best Actor nominees! Awardswatch voters dug deep to analyze which Oscar nominated performances have stuck with us the most and which have been forgotten. Surprisingly, there were no ties in the Best Actor list. A huge thank you to ...

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Contender or Pretender Series: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Welcome to the latest installment of Awardswatch’s Contender or Pretender 2014, and this week we give you something a little bit different.  To this point, the series has focused on films whose releases are months in the future, some of which having not yet even put out trailers.  But this week we turn our attention to perhaps the one film ...

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