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Frontrunner Friday: Female Directors, Auteurs, Oscar Favorites and a WWII-heavy slate

Top: John Boyega in Kathryn Bigelow's Untitled Detroit Riots Project; Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon in Downsizing
Bottom: Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in The Post; Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell in Mudbound

Kathryn Bigelow’s Untitled Detroit Riots Project, Downsizing, The Post and Mudbound head up this week’s Frontrunner Friday So early, still so many predictions of the ‘good on paper’ variety but that isn’t stopping us from looking at what is or might be drawing buzz towards the march to Oscar next season. Kathryn Bigelow’s (still) Untitled Detroit Riots Project remains in the top ...

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2018 Oscar Predictions – BEST PICTURE (March)

Top: Untitled Kathryn Bigelow Detroit Riots Project, Downsizing
Bottom: Wonderstruck, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk

Moonlight‘s surprise win in Best Picture just over a week ago should have lit a fire under the collective asses of Oscar predictors. Defying all possible odds to best the perceived frontrunner (even with its weak spots)  means the Academy was ready for something different and weren’t about to be told what was going to win. Does that mean the ...

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2018 Oscars Contenders: Best Actor

Best Actor top contenders: Gary Oldman, Chadwick Boseman, Timothée Chalamet, Donald Sutherland and Benedict Cumberbatch

Where last year might have seemed a bit thin for Best Actor, this year looks to be another cup runneth over Oscar season for men. Way out in front right now is Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour. It took Oldman decades to get his first Oscar nomination (for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in 2011) but this year he’s playing Winston Churchill ...

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2018 Oscar Contenders: Best Actress

Glenn Close, Brie Larson, Daniela Vega, Margot Robbie and Emma Stone headline first 2018 Best Actress contenders

After what most felt was a stellar year for lead female performances in 2016, resulting in one of the most competitive Oscar races in years, the 2018 race is looking quite full as well. Previous Oscar winners and nominees are going to flood this year, as well as some ladies looking for their first nomination in breakthrough or classic ‘deglam’ ...

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First trailer and poster for ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ starring Jessica Chastain

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After a quick teaser yesterday, Focus Features has released the first full trailer for The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl. Set against the backdrop of the rise of Nazi’s invading Poland in 1939, The Zookeeper’s Wife is a real-life story about one woman, Antonina Żabińska, (Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh from The Broken Circle Breakdown). who ...

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2017 Oscar Predictions: BEST ACTRESS (September)

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Viola Davis (Fences) continues to reign with a perfect score of 50 from the Gold Rush Gang once again this month. This, despite completely unsubstantiated ‘rumors’ that Paramount might be pushing her in supporting. It’s. Not. Going. To. Happen. Davis won the Tony for this role in Lead, not Supporting like her predecessor. She has been very outspoken that her ...

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‘LOVING’ to be Closing Night film at the 39TH MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

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SAN RAFAEL, CA (August 10, 2016) – The Mill Valley Film Festival (October 6 – 16, 2016), presented by the California Film Institute, is pleased to announce its Closing Night Film, Focus Features’ Loving. About LOVING A world premiere at the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival, LOVING is the new film from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, best known for MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, TAKE ...

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2017 Oscar Predictions: ANIMATED FEATURE (August)

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The Animated Feature Oscar race is pretty competitive this year. While our #1 prediction, Moana, hasn’t even come out yet, what we’ve seen of it from the trailer and stills and that Emmy, Grammy and Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) is doing original songs for the film (hello, EGOT) is enough to sell us on it as the film to ...

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