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Frontrunner Friday: No one knows anything (and that’s a good thing)

Frontrunner Friday has returned after a month to digest the impact that Venice, Telluride and Toronto had on the Oscar playing field and it was definitely substantial.  What it didn’t do, however, is solidify among us Oscar pundits an actual frontrunner. You ask one of us and they’ll say A Star Is Born has it. You ask another and it’s …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST PICTURE (August)

Does the Academy’s new ‘Popular Film’ category put the Best Picture chances for Disney’s Black Panther in jeopardy? Black Panther’s fate hangs in the balance It’s impossible to discuss this month’s Best Picture predictions without first addressing the hugely controversial decision by the Academy’s Board of Governors last week to vote on and approve a new category that will take effect …

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2019 Oscars: New Rules in Music and Doc Feature categories and more for 91st Academy Awards

Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced some big changes to the eligibility, campaigning and qualifications for films that want to be considered for the 91st Academy Awards. Submission deadlines for awards eligibility have been changed.  There is now one submission deadline – Monday, October 1, 2018 – for the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign …

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2019 Oscars: The Best Picture Contenders (March)

Now that the dust has started to settle on the 90th Academy Awards, it’s time to set our sights on the 91st. You do know that Oscar season is all year, right? The last two years of the Oscars have showed us that Best Picture is truly an open field. Between the preferential ballot and the huge addition of new, …

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‘The Shape of Water’ is NOT a conventional Best Picture winner

I suppose it was inevitable. Almost immediately after Guillermo del Toro’s adult fantasy The Shape of Water was announced as Best Picture by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway came the claims that somehow its win was ‘conventional’ or ‘safe.’ Was it conventional in theme – underdog triumphing over a greater evil – sure. But in subject and execution – absolutely …

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