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Before we begin our rundown of Oscar snubs that still sting, a few words of disagreement about traditional choices in this category: I prefer Ordinary People to Raging Bull (especially since Op contains more than one great character), Kramer vs. Kramer to Apocalypse Now (Do we really need another '70s Best Picture winner with 0-1 viable female roles?), and Shakespeare in Love to Saving Private Ryan (thanks to performances and narrative payoff). But for the most part, it's easy to agree on Oscar's biggest misses, and we're counting up a whole bunch of them here. »
- Louis Virtel
We’ve got just over a week until the 66th Berlin Film Festival kicks off in Germany. We’ll be in Berlin for full coverage of this year’s festival, a first for The Hollywood News.
Today, the full Berlinale International Jury was announced. Meryl Streep will be serving as Jury President this year, and the Berlinale International Jury will decide who will receive the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the 2016 Berlinale Competition.
Berlinale International Jury 2016
The other members of the International Jury will be actor Lars Eidinger (Germany), film critic Nick James (United Kingdom), photographer Brigitte Lacombe (France), actor Clive Owen (United Kingdom), actress Alba Rohrwacher (Italy) and director Ma?gorzata Szumowska (Poland).
Here’s their respective career essentials.
Meryl Streep, Jury President, USA
Meryl Streep has appeared in over 40 films and is considered one of the world’s most talented and versatile actresses. She has received countless awards and nominations, »
- Paul Heath
While the Oscars often get it spectacularly wrong, it remains that, when choosing a Best Picture winner, they’re usually right. That’s not right in that the absolute best film of the year has won (hell, the best film of the year is rarely even nominated anymore), or that the best nominee has actually won, but rather right in that despite everything, the Best Picture winner is nearly always, at the very least, a good film.
For instance, in 1979 Apocalypse Now should have of course won Best Picture, but it didn’t, losing out to Kramer vs. Kramer instead. That’s not the right choice, but Kramer vs. Kramer is still a very good film in it’s own right. For a more recent example, Boyhood absolutely deserved to win in 2014, but the film it lost out to, Birdman, is too an extraordinary film.
There are instances »
- Taylor Burns
Recently Scott Feinberg added Jacob Tremblay to his actual predictions for Best Actor nominations. Yes, Best Actor. While Tremblay is obviously the leading man of Room (he co-leads the first half and essentially takes over in the second) he's been campaigned as supporting because he is a kid and that's how kids are campaigned invariably -- remember when they tried to pretend that Keisha Castle Hughes (Whale Rider) was supporting even though her movie had no other leads. Lol. Not so good times.
Tremblay in Best Actor would be a surprise but it maybe isn't a bad call given the seemingly passion-free zone that is the presumed leaders in that particular race. Though I think we'll only see that "promotion" happening if Room is strong enough to nab a Best Picture nomination (I think it is --see the updated Best Picture chart). On the other hand the actors branch, like most organizations, »
- NATHANIEL R
With a number of big Golden Globe wins last night, including best director and best dramatic picture for The Revenant, director Alejandro G. Inarritu finds himself once more in the thick of the Oscar hunt. The Mexican-born filmmaker won big last year with three Oscars for his avant garde drama Birdman, which scored him the best original screenplay, best director, and best picture awards.
This year, with the western revenge thriller The Revenant, Inarritu has once more directed a film that he wrote himself, this time adapting the screenplay from the novel by Michael Punke with co-writer Mark L. Smith.
Inarritu is not the only writer/director with films in the race this year, however, as a number of other contenders boast a director who also penned the film’s script. The original screenplay hopefuls include Spotlight (directed and written by Tom McCarthy with co-writer »
- Patrick Shanley
So, we’ve arrived at the top 20, slowly creeping toward those films that are exactly what a romantic comedy should be. We’ve seen films that fall into the category, but lean more toward other genres. We’ve seen romantic films that are funny enough to be comedies, but don’t entirely represent the spirit of the rom-com, despite being brilliant films. Now, we form a clearer picture of what a romantic comedy is. Not all of the films in this section are necessarily “good,” but they’re all iconic, definitive romantic comedies (hence their inclusion). Memorability does not necessarily come partnered with quality. It means right place, right time.
courtesy of totalfilm.com 20. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
- Joshua Gaul
6 items from 2016
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