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"...a disgraced detective on the trail of a killer and a group of student filmmakers cross paths at a Halloween fright farm in the dead of winter..."
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- Michael Stevens
After months of festival screenings, schmoozing luncheons, and lesser award shows, this year's Oscar season finally got real and cut the dead weight this morning when the Academy Awards announced the final roster of nominees. As is always the case, there were a number of pleasant surprises (congrats on that Best Visual Effects nod, Ex Machina!).
And, naturally, there were a much larger number of devastating omissions, as dreams were dashed and the toilets into which studios sunk their campaign dollars were finally flushed. Some of the snubs were probably deserved, »
This year’s Oscar race may offer a new experience to many first time nominees throughout the Academy’s categories.
Though many familiar faces are a part of this year’s final push toward the big night (notably: last year’s best director, Alejandro G. Inarritu for his western revenge epic, The Revenant, and best actor, Eddie Redmayne for his performance as transgender artist Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl) the roster of never-been-nominees is shaping up to be quite substantial.
Redmayne’s costar, Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, looks like a strong contender for her performance as artist Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl. The 27-year-old has never been nominated by the Academy but recently received a nomination from the Golden Globes for her work in the film.
Vikander has some stiff competition in the category, however, and not just from past winners »
- Patrick Shanley
Balloting is well underway for the 88th annual Oscars as members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (or their assistants or sons or daughters or dogs or cats) sit down to chalk up the best in 2015 cinema. I’ve already rattled off a personal list of superlatives, but allow me a final “for your consideration” pitch for a few contenders that could really use a leg-up. All of these are on the far outside looking in, but they represent some of the finest achievements of the year. So, to the various branches of the Academy…
I’ve been ringing this bell all season long but here’s one more push: Animation directors deserve some love, too, particularly when they crank out something as thematically and emotionally rich as “Inside Out.” Pete Docter and his co-director Ronnie Del Carmen created, »
- Kristopher Tapley
4 items from 2016
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