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Frontrunner Friday: Guilds start rolling in but the Oscar race is still open

Last weekend, the Screen Actors Guild gave us another piece of the prediction puzzle, with three actors securing their frontrunner status to near-locked while one blew the doors open on its race. Glenn Close (The Wife), Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) and Mahershala Ali (Green Book) were already the leaders in their respective races but now with SAGs in their hands …

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Frontrunner Friday: Is This Where Critics and the Oscars Will Divide?

It’s the last Frontrunner Friday of 2018 and I’m closing it out with predictions, of course, but also a deep look into what could be a great divide between critics and the Academy this year. It’s often griped that the Oscars don’t, or shouldn’t, align with critics because critics don’t vote on the Oscars. Fair enough, as critics have their …

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Frontrunner Friday: Awards season has begun

First Reformed, A Star Is Born, Eighth Grade and Green Book have started out awards season ahead of the pack This week has given us the Gotham Award winners, the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle.  With wins for ROMA to Green Book to A Star Is Born, and performances from Ethan Hawke to Regina King to …

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Frontrunner Friday: The Impact of AFI Fest and Spirit Awards noms

This week saw the second half of AFI FEST bring us two long-awaited world premieres that could impact many Oscar categories: Mimi Leder’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On the Basis of Sex (review here) starring Academy Award nominee Felicity Jones and Josie Rourke’s feature film directorial debut Mary Queen of Scots (review forthcoming) about the Queen Anne/Queen Elizabeth I rivalry …

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