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Is Judi Dench a lock for a Best Actress nomination for Victoria and Abdul?

Stephen Frears’ new film Victoria and Abdul premiered at the Venice Film Festivals and the reviews – including ours – were mixed. The film features a powerful performance by Judi Dench as Queen Victoria, which comes as no surprise given how consistent Dench is, but the story suffers from a misguided tone and a miscast co-lead that drags the film into a caricature version ...

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The Best Picture Oscar race in Venice so far – who has the best shot?

Three major American films backed by key studios were unveiled this week at the Venice Film Festival with several more films to go. Downsizing kicked off the festival on a polarizing note, The Shape of Water had all the buzz and Suburbicon split critics and audiences. Here’s how the Best Picture Oscar chances of all 3 films look at the moment… Best Picture In the Oscar ...

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2018 Oscars: Submission Deadlines for Next Year’s Academy Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today published its list of upcoming submission deadlines for 90th Academy Awards® consideration. Submissions for individual categories and the General Entry/Official Screen Credits (OSC) form are due by 5 p.m. PT on the following dates: Documentary Short Subject Friday, September 1 Documentary Feature Wednesday, September 20 Animated Short ...

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2018 Oscars: Record 92 Countries to Compete for Foreign Language Film Oscar

A record 92 countries will compete for the Foreign Language Film Oscar. Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal, and Syria are first-time entrants. There were no disqualifications this year. Just like last year with My Life as a Zucchini, Switzerland was the first official Foreign Language Film Oscar submission of the year. The film is about a group of ...

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Cinematographer John Bailey Elected Academy President

In a shocking surprise, cinematographer John Bailey was elected president of the Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences late Tuesday night. He succeeds Cheryl Boone Isaacs, only the third woman ever elected to the post and the first person of color. Isaacs leaves behind a legacy that, while at times may have been rocky, also put forth massive pushes for diversity ...

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How Will Politics Impact This Year’s Oscar Race?

The Oscars are (theoretically) a celebration the best film has to offer in our society, and therefore by definition they reflect the shifting values, social mores, and political debates throughout American life. Awards shows are political, period.  This is reflected not only by the political incidents that take place during the actual Oscar show (among the most famous Sacheen Littlefeather ...

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Cannes Unveils ‘Wonderstruck,’ the First Oscar Player of the Festival

The 2017 Cannes Film Festival has just kicked off and the new film from Todd Haynes, Wonderstruck, was first out of the gate and gives us the festival’s first Oscar player. The first reviews and reactions were overall positive, if not the glowing and rapturous reviews that greeted Haynes’ Carol two years ago. But, as we saw, the best of ...

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