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Predicting the Venice Film Festival Awards: Which Films Will Win Big Tomorrow?

The Venice Film Festival wraps up tomorrow with its much-anticipated awards ceremony. As with Cannes and other film festivals, it’s almost impossible to accurately predict what the jury, led by Annette Bening, will reward. Nevertheless, here are our guesses based on critic and audience reviews and the general buzz on the Lido. Last year’s Best Actress winner here was Emma ...

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2018 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (September)

The top 4 here remains the same as last month so either we’re doing something right or terribly wrong. It’s a close race for #1 though, as Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) bolts up to #2 and lands just a single point behind Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) this month. Venice and Telluride gave the Mexican director the biggest boost ...

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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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