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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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2016 Oscars: SAG/GG Post-Mortem and Michael Shannon?

Carol, Mad Max: Fury Road and Spotlight

  With the two major critics groups (LAFCA and NYFCC), the National Board of Review (NBR), Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and now The Golden Globes having had their say on winners and nominees for 2015 films it’s time to where things are. I’ll do another post-mortem once the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) and ...

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When Oscar Bait Fails: How Film Festival Response Makes or Breaks a Film

From left; Freeheld, I Saw the Light, Our Brand Is Crisis and Suffragette - all on Oscar life support

  What has happened to this Oscar season? The Toronto International Film Festival, currently underway, is normally the jumping off point, or in some cases the breeding ground, for the season’s major Oscar players and for the most part many of them are here. But one by one, they’ve been shot down, bang bang. Hype and hope collided and didn’t ...

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby gets a trailer

James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

The story of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is a complicated one. It’s not a movie, it’s three movies. Originally meant to be two films of a love story told by both sides (one male, subtitled Him and one female, subtitled Her), it became three once TWC’s Harvey Weinstein got his hands on it. Then, director Ned Benson made a ...

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Contender or Pretender Series: Big Eyes

From left; Amy Adams as Margaret Keane, Keane's 'The Waif,' director Tim Burton

Welcome to the latest installment of Awardswatch’s Contender or Pretender 2014. This week we tackle Big Eyes, the real-life story of painting couple Margaret and Walter Keane, which will be brought to the screen by the celebrated director Tim Burton. The Hopeful: Big Eyes Directed by: Tim Burton Written by: Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski Starring: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, ...

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Contender or Pretender Series: Inherent Vice

From left; Paul Thomas Anderson, Thomas Pynchon's novel, Joaquin Phoenix

Welcome to the latest entry of Contender or Pretender 2014! Our Oscar hopeful this week is Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. Will it prove to be a triumph with Oscar, like There Will Be Blood, or an awards disappointment like The Master? The Hopeful: Inherent Vice Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson Written By: ...

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