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Nomination ballots for the 89th annual Oscars have been mailed, or beamed out, to the nearly 7,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Voting is scheduled to run Thursday through Friday, Jan. 13, with nominations to be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24.
The group-think of awards season can be overwhelming and sometimes it can be all too easy to just fall in line. But we’d like to offer a few humble, off-the-beaten-path suggestions for voters to keep in mind as they sit down to make their decisions this week and next. Spare a thought for these contenders?
Best Costume and Production Design
It’s time for the Academy’s craft branches to take below-the-line work on animated films seriously. Laika has been deserving in both of these categories virtually every step of the way, and “Kubo and the Two Strings” is the glorious »
- Kristopher Tapley and Jenelle Riley
The start of a new year can be a tad bittersweet. While there’s the promise of hopeful resolutions and much-needed change, there’s also the unavoidable realization that we’re all edging closer to the grave. Given that we’re coming off the back of a year that saw more celebrity deaths than the first act of This Is the End, it feels like more of a relief to be done with 2016, our own mortality be damned.
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- Benjamin Lee
At some point Channing Tatum went from man-candy (what? It's been said) to movie star. His star rose when Step Up stole the hearts of romantic comedy lovers that had waited too long for a new dance film. Seemed like Save The Last Dance had been decades before, despite the fact it actually released only five years prior. But, let's take a look back at Channing's filmography and see exactly where Tatum became something more.
CSI: Miami - Bob Davenport (2004) Never saw it, lets assume he was "okay."Coach Carter - Jason Lyle (2005) Same as CSI: Miami, watching Samuel L. Jackson as a coach just seemed too easy. Yell. Throw Notebook. Win baby, win.War of the Worlds - Boy in Church (uncredited, 2005) Wuh? Did they know he was just in Coach Carter?Havoc - Nick (2005) Is this the Havoc with Anne Hatheway's nude scene? Must go back and pay »
- Tyler Richardson
3 items from 2017
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