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Oscar Podcast #57: Entering Awards Season Without a Frontrunner

It’s the first Oscar podcast after the big summer film festivals – Venice, Telluride and Toronto – and usually by now we have a frontrunner. But not this year. Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water won the Golden Lion at Venice and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won the People’s Choice Award at Toronto. Both are from ...

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‘The Shape of Water’ Wins Golden Lion for Best Film at Venice Film Festival

The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s 1960s woman meets fish fantasy has captured the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, the Golden Lion for Best Film. The jury, led by Academy Award nominee Annette Bening, awarded Best Actress to Charlotte Rampling (Hannah) and Best Actor to Kamel El Basha (The Insult, Lebanon’s Foreign Language Film Oscar submission). The ...

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10 Performances that Lit Up the Lido at the Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival awards will be announced shortly (predictions here) and it will be interesting to see what Annette Bening and co choose to reward. Will they pick the critic favorites or just go with the films they loved? Meanwhile, and as we await the results, here are the top 10 performances that stood out to us during the ...

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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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Venice Critics and Audience Grids – Which Films Scored Highest?

Unlike the Cannes Film Festival where only critics get their grids, Venice allocates both critic and audience grids to assess how the public and the experts are reacting to the films in competition. This year, 3 different grids published their results on a daily basis: an Italian critics grid, a Venice audience critics grid (a panel of audience members selected ...

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Venice Film Festival: Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Sam Rockwell, Hong Chau Spark Oscar Buzz

The Venice Film Festival isn’t over – but four standout supporting performances are already getting considerable buzz. From The Shape of Water to Three Billboards to Downsizing, these four performances feature actors and actresses at the top of their game and Oscar clips that had everyone talking. Three of these four performances are male – only one supporting actress delivered ...

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