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Frontrunner Friday: DUNKIRK Hits the Beach Running as new #1

We have a new #1 in Best Picture this Frontrunner Friday (July 21) with Dunkirk. It also happens to be the opening day for the highly anticipated Christopher Nolan film. With a Thursday preview total of $5.5M, the WWII-era film told in three timelines is poised for a healthy opening weekend, further boosting its awards chances. Add to that a ...

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2018 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (July) – Bigelow and Spielberg Tie for the Top Spot

Kathryn Bigelow (Detroit) returns to the #1 spot this month in our Best Director predictions, albeit tied with last month’s #1, Steven Spielberg (The Papers). Interestingly, Spielberg’s point total remains the same while Bigelow’s rises five. Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Joe Wright (Darkest Hour) flip spots, and nearly the same point totals, giving Nolan his highest ranking to date. Luca ...

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2018 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (April)

Kathryn Bigelow remains at #1 with her still Untitled Detroit Riots Project but her competitors are starting to chip away at that lead. Strong word of mouth from the 10-minute clips shown at CinemaCon keeps Alexander Payne (Downsizing) at #2 and Todd Haynes (Wonderstruck) at #3. The big debut entry this month is two-time Best Director Oscar winner Steven Spielberg for ...

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2018 Oscar Predictions – BEST DIRECTOR (March)

The Best Director top five for March mirrors the Best Picture top five and right now that’s a ‘safe’ prediction. We know that the directing branch of the Academy always throws us for a loop right at the end but for now matching them up makes sense. We are looking for Kathryn Bigelow to make a big Oscar comeback this ...

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89th Academy Award Winners: Moonlight Upsets La La La for Best Picture

MOONLIGHT won the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture, one of its three wins of eight nominations. But it wasn’t met without a period of confusion as presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced La La Land as the winner. It turns out Beatty and Dunaway, who announced the winner, was given the wrong envelope and announced La La Land as the ...

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Oscar Podcast #51: FINAL Oscar Winner Predictions

Well, here we are. The last prediction podcast of the 2016-2017 Oscar season. I am joined by Gold Rush Gang members Kenneth and Evan for a deep dive into all 24 categories, starting off with the last batch of guilds that announced and using them as the jumping-off points for those Oscar categories. That carries us into a conversation about Hidden ...

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2017 Oscar Predictions: Frontrunner Friday Sees Some Close Races in the Final Stretch

We’re just over a week away from the Oscars and as we head into the final stretch something surprising is happening. We’re seeing cracks in previously ‘locked’ categories, opening the door for former frontrunners to be overtaken by late-breaking films and performances. Specifically, Best Actor is now a true horserace with Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) and Denzel Washington ...

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