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Golden Globes: 80 Films Eligible for Foreign Language Film

The last two years saw the Foreign Language Film Globe winner not nominated for the Oscar 80 films from 49 countries have qualified to be nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for the Foreign Language Film category at the 76th Golden Globe Awards.  The Golden Globes do things differently than the Oscars; primarily, they allow more than one …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: ADAPTED and ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (September)

If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna) I’m still holding on to Spike Lee pulling off a competitive Oscar win with BlacKkKlansman but Barry Jenkins is a real threat to win this category again with If Beale Street Could Talk, which was the first runner-up for the People’s Choice Award at Toronto last weekend.  Beautiful Boy, A Star Is Born and …

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2018 TIFF: What Did We Like and What Did We Learn

As awards watchers, the Toronto International Film Festival is the biggest jumping off point for Oscar season. Venice and Telluride come first (just by a few days) but TIFF’s size and stature mark it as the premiere festival for films of all kinds – Hollywood, independent, foreign language and documentary – to begin or build their buzz as we enter …

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A Cry From the Heart: An interview with ‘Capernaum’ director Nadine Labaki

Nadine Labaki With CAPERNAUM, Nadine Labaki has captured the hearts of audiences across the globe. From Cannes (where the film nabbed the Jury Prize) to Sarajevo and Melbourne (both of which awarded the film their Audience Prize), the film is clearly resonating with audiences and will be one of the biggest Foreign Language Oscar contenders of the year. At TIFF, …

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First look: Trailer Nadine Labaki’s Cannes-winning ‘Capharnaüm’

The trailer for Nadine Labaki’s Jury Prize winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is here and we have your first look.  Capharnaüm tells the politically charged story of a young Lebanese boy named Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) who announces that he wants to sue his parents “for giving me life.” After running away, he holds up at a decrepit fairground …

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TIFF set to World Premiere ‘Widows,’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’, ‘Beautiful Boy,’ ‘High Life’ and more

Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF, today unveiled the first round of titles premiering in the Gala and Special Presentations of the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival. Kicking it off are 21 World Premieres of hotly anticipated films from Oscar winners and nominees alike including Steve McQueen’s Widows with Viola Davis, Barry …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (May) – Spike Lee Moves Up

As with Best Picture, the top of the list remains in tact with Steve McQueen (Widows), Adam McKay (Backseat), Damien Chazelle (First Man) keeping their 1-2-3 spots. I’ve switched Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) and Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk) on the strength of Lee’s Grand Prix win at Cannes this last weekend. It’s 6-10 that sees changes (again, as …

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2018 Cannes Awards: Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ Wins Palme d’Or; Spike Lee Takes Grand Prix for ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda has won the highest honor from the Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d’Or for Shoplifters. He previously won the Jury Prize for 2013’s Like Father, Like Son. Shoplifters (review here) is the story of a family, both blood and cobbled together, who scrape by with multiple jobs and supplement their survival with minor thievery that threaten to …

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