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‘The Shape of Water’ is NOT a conventional Best Picture winner

I suppose it was inevitable. Almost immediately after Guillermo del Toro’s adult fantasy The Shape of Water was announced as Best Picture by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway came the claims that somehow its win was ‘conventional’ or ‘safe.’ Was it conventional in theme – underdog triumphing over a greater evil – sure. But in subject and execution – absolutely …

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2018 Oscars: ‘Shape of Water’ wins Best Pic; Jordan Peele makes history

  After one of the wildest awards seasons in years; a strange combination of rubber-stamped acting winners and a completely up in the air Best Picture race, Guillermo del Toro’s adult fairy tale The Shape of Water came out triumphant, winning Best Picture, Director, Score and Production Design. The Shape of Water came into the Oscars with wins from the …

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FINAL Oscar Winner Predictions for the 90th Academy Awards

Here we go. After one of the wildest and most unpredictable Oscar seasons in recent memory with regards to the top category, Best Picture, the Gold Rush Gang and myself have finally settled on our final Oscar winner predictions. Or have we? LISTEN: Oscar Podcast #65: FINAL Oscar winner predictions with Vanity Fair’s Joanna Robinson Three films have #1 spots …

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33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards Winner Predictions

Last year, Moonlight blew through the Independent Spirit Awards, winning everything is was nominated for, including Best Feature and Best Screenplay, and the juried Robert Altman Award for its ensemble. Although there is no crossover voting period between the Independent Spirits airing and the Oscars, Moonlight‘s win continued a four-year streak of the same film winning the top prize with …

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Why Should I Care About the Oscars?

Earlier this week, my very patient and supportive husband asked me this question. He doesn’t really watch movies very much anymore. He’s not that interested in seeing Gary Oldman or James Ivory win Oscars after long and prolific careers. He hasn’t even seen Call Me By Your Name. I’m on the opposite end, obviously – I’ve seen it five times. …

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Frontrunner Friday: Stuck in the Middle of Oscar Voting

We’re just over a week from the Oscars and while a handful of races seem pretty locked up right now (Adapted Screenplay, Director, ALL four acting categories), we still have some real nail-biters that will be keeping us on the edge of our seat right until the envelope is opened (barring some fiasco like last year…). Best Picture has never …

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2018 Oscars: Did the WGA help clear up Best Picture?

Well…yes and no. The predictions of who would win the Writers Guild award for Original Screenplay were generally pretty varied among seasoned Oscarologists. Get Out, the winner, was seen as the favorite but there were also trumpets blared for Lady Bird‘s last stand to stake a claim of a guild win (it did not) and then the creeping feeling that …

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