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Contender or Pretender Series: Big Eyes

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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Awardswatch’s Best Actress Nominee Rankings – 2000s Edition

As promised, after yesterday’s Best Actor nominee rankings comes everyone’s true favorite, Best Actress. And again, some surprising results are in store. Where will Meryl Streep’s many performances land? Or Kate Winslet? Or Judi Dench? Prepare yourself. Wigs will be snatched. Faves will be slayed. Here are the hints: 1. Two performances received no votes. 2. One actress has two of her …

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Awardswatch’s Best Actor Nominee Rankings – 2000s Edition

The Best Picture Rankings of the 2000s era nominees proved so popular that we’re back and this time counting down the Best Actor nominees! Awardswatch voters dug deep to analyze which Oscar nominated performances have stuck with us the most and which have been forgotten. Surprisingly, there were no ties in the Best Actor list. A huge thank you to …

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Contender or Pretender Series: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Welcome to the latest installment of Awardswatch’s Contender or Pretender 2014, and this week we give you something a little bit different.  To this point, the series has focused on films whose releases are months in the future, some of which having not yet even put out trailers.  But this week we turn our attention to perhaps the one film …

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67th Cannes Film Festival Complete Jury Revealed

The complete Cannes Film Festival jury was revealed this morning and the group is as eclectic as its been in many years. Previous Cannes winners will sit alongside respected filmmakers and actors in what could be a divisive and exciting amount of deliberation come awards time. The list: Jane CAMPION – President Carole BOUQUET – French actress Sofia COPPOLA – …

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Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight Lineup Announced

Two Sundance films are making their way to the south of France next month; Jim Mickle’s Cold in July and Damian Chazelle’s Whiplash. The two films will compete in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs during the festival and are eligible for the coveted Caméra d’Or prize. Created in 1978 to encourage greater recognition of young filmmakers, the Caméra d’Or is awarded to the …

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Contender or Pretender Series: Inherent Vice

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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Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’ Gets a Trailer

Oscar hopeful Jersey Boys from director Clint Eastwood gets it first trailer and boy is it bland. Getting the jump on the James Brown biopic, Jersey Boys opens June 14th. Based on the Tony-winning Broadway musical of the same name, the story chronicles the creation of The Four Seasons and the unusual sound of Frankie Valli. The film employs characters talking directly …

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