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Producers Guild of America (PGA): Understanding the Preferential Ballot

On Tuesday, the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA) released their nominations for best motion picture of the year. These are looked upon, given their impressive track record, with considerable interest. But they’re also going to be the first industry preferential ballot of the 2016-2017 season. This year’s race for Best Picture is looking very much like La La Land’s to lose; …

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PGA Preview and Winner Prediction: Spotlight, The Revenant or The Big Short?

  The Producers Guild of America announces their winner this Saturday with the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures and there are never been a more contentious year in recent memory as this one. There are three legitimate contenders for this prize in Spotlight, The Big Short and The Revenant. Even Mad Max: Fury Road …

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REVIEW: ‘The Revenant’ (★★★★)

“You breathe…keep breathing.” One part tale of bloodthirsty revenge, one part tale of undying love, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant is a film of extremes. Extremes of blisteringly cold weather, of violently bloody massacres but also of paternal devotion and tenderness that is almost shocking in its thoughtfulness. Following up after the fanciful fantasy of his Oscar-winning Birdman, Iñárritu goes back …

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2016 Oscar Predictions: FILM EDITING

Long ago Film Editing always used to be very closely tied to Best Picture but in the last decade or so genre films have done very well here. Winners like The Bourne Ultimatum, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Matrix have won without the benefit of a Best Picture nomination. This year looks like a very Best Picture-heavy group …

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Oscar Predictions: This Time Last Year – 82.5% Accuracy in Top 6 Categories

It’s no secret that AwardsWatch likes to brag about its Oscar prediction prowess but how well do we actually do? Pretty great, actually. This time last year AwardsWatch’s Gold Rush Gang clocked in at 82.5% accuracy with the eventual Oscar nominees in the Top 6 categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting …

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‘The Revenant’ Trailer with Leonardo DiCaprio is Here and it’s Breathtaking

  The very anticipated first teaser trailer for The Revenant, from Oscar winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman) and starring five-time Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street, Blood Diamond, The Aviator, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) is here and it’s a doozy of a teaser. Fast, furious, gorgeously shot by Birdman and Gravity‘s Oscar-winning cinematographer EmmanuelLubeski in natural light …

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