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Frontrunner Friday – Annapurna in flux; category changes

After last week’s drops of trailers for Vice and The Mule, this week’s Frontrunner Friday brings us a few changes that may or may not affect the status of a handful of films and performances. The big news is that Annapurna suffered a big loss with the stepping down (firing?) of its president Chelsea Barnard this week as the fledgling …

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87 Countries to Compete for Foreign Language Film Oscar

The final list is in and 87 countries have qualified to compete for the Foreign Language Film Oscar.  Afghanistan’s entry, Rona, Azim’s Mother, was not on the final list. No reason was given for its omission. This year features two countries entering for the first time; Malawi and Niger.  60 of the 87 selections come from directors having their films submitted …

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2019 Oscar Predictions – Foreign Language Film

ROMA (Netlfix) These are predictions for the 9-film shortlist from the Foreign Language Film committees which will be revealed in mid-December. This list includes official and unofficial submissions. The deadline for entries is October 1st. Previous…Animated Feature Next…Documentary Feature

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST PICTURE (September)

ROMA (Netlfix) What a difference the fall festivals make. The top 10 for September is teeming with green as Venice, Telluride and Toronto brought the top Oscar contenders to critics, pundits and audiences and began separating the ‘good on paper’ films from actually good films that could go the distance. For me, ROMA is the standout and inches up to …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (September)

Alfonso Cuarón has emerged from Venice, Telluride and Toronto as the one the beat in the Best Director Oscar race with ROMA and he is the new #1 for September. It’s an exciting month overall on the chart, lit up with green, red and blue everywhere as the fall festivals really began weeding out non-contenders, giving us frontrunners and three …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: ADAPTED and ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (September)

If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna) I’m still holding on to Spike Lee pulling off a competitive Oscar win with BlacKkKlansman but Barry Jenkins is a real threat to win this category again with If Beale Street Could Talk, which was the first runner-up for the People’s Choice Award at Toronto last weekend.  Beautiful Boy, A Star Is Born and …

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A Cry From the Heart: An interview with ‘Capernaum’ director Nadine Labaki

Nadine Labaki With CAPERNAUM, Nadine Labaki has captured the hearts of audiences across the globe. From Cannes (where the film nabbed the Jury Prize) to Sarajevo and Melbourne (both of which awarded the film their Audience Prize), the film is clearly resonating with audiences and will be one of the biggest Foreign Language Oscar contenders of the year. At TIFF, …

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2019 Oscars: The State of the Foreign Language Film Oscar Race – Part 2

Venice and Telluride have just begun. Toronto has announced its lineup and starts in less than a week.  That means another installment of AwardsWatch’s The State of the Foreign Language Oscar Race is due and I am joined again by AW foreign correspondent Mina Takla. As of right now we have 14 official submissions for Oscar consideration including Cannes and Berlin …

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