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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (August)

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features) Spike Lee Still On Top Spike Lee remains at #1 with BlacKkKlansman, which just opened in theaters last weekend. It’s one of only two films in my top 10 this month that’s even been seen yet. The reviews are in for BlacKkKlansman and they’re overwhelmingly positive with many calling it the director’s best work to date. …

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First trailer for Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ commemorates James Baldwin’s birthday

The long-awaited trailer to Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to his Oscar-winning Moonlight is here. Jenkins has long been one of James Baldwin’s most ardent fans and debuts his adaptation of Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk on the celebrated author’s birthday, with Baldwin’s haunting words deeply embedded. “There are days when you wonder, what your role is in this country and what …

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Barry Jenkins shares ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ first look at Essence Fest with Regina King, Stephan James and KiKi Layne

It’s been less than two years but people have been highly anticipating the follow-up to Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning Moonlight, which won Best Picture, Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali and Adapted Screenplay (for Jenkins and short story creator Tarell Alvin McCraney) at the 89th Academy Awards. He came to Essence Fest in New Orleans to share a first look at that …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (June) – Spike Lee rebounds; Bradley Cooper’s ‘Star’ rises

Just as in Best Picture, Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman from Focus Features) rebounds and lands back in the top spot for June. Lee’s move pushes last month’s #1 Steve McQueen (20th Century Fox’s Widows) down to #4. Oscar winners Adam McKay (Annapurna’s Backseat), Damien Chazelle (Universal’s First Man) and Barry Jenkins (Annapurna’s If Beale Street Could Talk) stay put in their …

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‘Underground Railroad’ Set for 2019 Bow; Barry Jenkins to Direct All Episodes

Amazon officially announced today that Barry Jenkins’ in gestation project to bring Colson Whitehead’s book The Underground Railroad to life has been ordered to series from the streamer. It was also announced that Oscar winner Jenkins will direct all 11 episodes himself. Amazon had picked up the series a year ago but Jenkins opted to adapt and direct If Beale Street Could …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (May) – Spike Lee Moves Up

As with Best Picture, the top of the list remains in tact with Steve McQueen (Widows), Adam McKay (Backseat), Damien Chazelle (First Man) keeping their 1-2-3 spots. I’ve switched Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) and Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk) on the strength of Lee’s Grand Prix win at Cannes this last weekend. It’s 6-10 that sees changes (again, as …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (April) – McQueen is King

As was with Best Picture, Best Director sees a change-up from last month with Widows‘ Steve McQueen taking the pole position for April. Adam McKay (Cheney), Damien Chazelle (First Man), Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk) and Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) round out the top 5. The rest of the top 10 plays out similarly to the top 10 in …

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