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Just how many Oscars can “La La Land” potentially win?

19 hours ago

As we approach the Academy Awards in just a few short days, the number one question on any serious pundit’s mind is this: just how well is La La Land going to do? Between now and Sunday night, it’s just a matter of figuring out if Damien Chazelle’s film is going to sweep or not. Now, it’s likely that it’ll come up short in at least one or two places, but this could very well end up a record tying or record setting night for the flick. It couldn’t happen to a better movie in my humble opinion, but keeping personal feelings out of it, let us look at La La Land’s chances going into Sunday evening. There are a few categories I’ve split things into. There’s the near locks, the likely wins, the potential wins, and the longer shot win »

- Joey Magidson

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“Get Out” is a very promising filmmaking debut for Jordan Peele

22 February 2017 11:53 AM, PST

Horror comedy hybrids are a hard thing to really pull off. You need to mix the two genres in such a way that never overpowers the other. When it works, it can be brilliant. When it doesn’t, the results can be cringe worthy. With Get Out, Jordan Peele has gone and attempted to mix genres with his directorial debut. For the most part, he really succeeds, creating something rather unique. Peele immediately announces himself as a new voice in movie making to watch out for. Much more than just half of Key & Peele now, he’s a true filmmaker in his own right. Opening this week, the movie should develop a nice little following and give Peele an avenue to really do something even bigger and better next. As a calling card, this is pretty strong stuff. The film is a look at just how bad meeting your girlfriend’s parents can really go. »

- Joey Magidson

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Film Independent Spirit Award predictions

21 February 2017 10:44 AM, PST

On Saturday, the day before the Academy Awards, a very different sort of ceremony is held. Yes, I’m talking about the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which come right before Oscar this weekend. The Spirit Awards often ends up containing my favorite nomination slates, as they reflect a broader sensibility than the Academy. To be fair, it’s also a smaller and more indie sensibility, but that jives with my taste anyway. I think both bodies did excellent work this year, so it’s a pleasure to be covering it all. The Spirit Awards are the focus today though, so lets dive in and try to make some accurate predictions. Here goes nothing… With this particular precursor, there’s zero Oscar impact, due to when balloting occurs, so it’s purely interesting to see how this group feels about the year in film. It’s going to be a battle »

- Joey Magidson

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WGA winners include “Arrival” and “Moonlight”

20 February 2017 8:33 AM, PST

Yesterday evening, the Writers Guild of America handed out their awards, marking one of the season’s final precursor stops and last guild ceremony. As with many of the guilds this year, a slight curveball was tossed our way, namely in that one potential frontrunner is nominated in a different category at Oscar. You’ll see what I mean shortly, along with a few other precursors that went down over the weekend. Ballots for the Academy Awards are due by tomorrow, so voters are making their final decisions literally as you read this. It’s very much the moment of truth, with the results of it all less than a week away now… Below you will see not just the WGA winners, but also the Cinema Audio Society, which basically predict Best Sound Mixing at the Oscars, as well as the victors from the Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists guild. »

- Joey Magidson

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