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“The Lego Movie” : 2015 Best Animated Feature contenders

6 hours ago

Today, for my weekly 2015 contender rundown, I’m moving on from the big eight categories and looking at one of the in between ones…the Best Animated Feature race. Since there are far less contenders in this category, I’ll be doing things a little bit differently. Here now are the five particular animated films that I have cracking the unofficial lineup at this point in the year: 1. The Lego Movie – The apparent frontrunner in the category, it’s a huge hit, captured the zeitgeist for a time in the country, and is just an absolute delight. The only concern in my eyes is if it’s just a little too weird for older voters, but I don’t think that’ll be much of an issue at all. It transcends the animation genre, so it would be a perfect winner in this category. Right now, the heavy Best Animated »

- Joey Magidson

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The New York Film Festival is upping its Oscar game this year

21 July 2014 11:33 AM, PDT

With only three announcements, the annual New York Film Festival has managed to make their 52nd fest probably the biggest one of the year. I’ve been going the past few years and it’s slowly transformed into an awards season destination, but 2014 seems primed to be the year they really start to challenge the Toronto Film Festival for Oscar launch pad supremacy. Their Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing selections are always top notch selections, but this year they really seem to have outdone themselves. Nyff may very well have their best slate ever, and they’re still announcing the rest of their lineup at some point in the next few days. In the Opening spot, they’re debuting David Fincher’s Gone Girl. Fincher has been there before with The Social Network, so he certainly knows how bit a launching pad this can be. When that movie debuted, it almost »

- Joey Magidson

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