Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon previews the Cannes Film Festival by listing the ten films he is anticipating the most. Meanwhile, Pete Hammond at Deadline wonders if this year’s fest will have the same impact on Oscar as the last two. And finally, Scott Beggs at Film School Rejects gives you everything you need to know about the films playing there.
Deadline’s Pete Hammond explains why there is no truth to the Oscar rumors surrounding Seth MacFarlane’s return as host as well as why AMPAS brought back last year’s producers. While The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg feels the man behind The Family Guyshould return for an encore.
At The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw examines the 2013 Cannes Film Festival lineup, from the films expected to big players (The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby) to some lesser-known gems.
It’s Opening Day (week) for baseball! After witnessing Terence’s damned Yankees clobber my beloved Indians on Opening Day in Cleveland, Ohio, my spirits were a little dampened. But the staff at The Playlist knew just how to ease my pain by ranking the top 15 best baseball movies (just in time for this weekend’s new release of 42). I wish they would have put them in order, because the 15 films chosen are damn near perfect.
With The New York Timesreporting that Academy members were meeting to discuss the future of the Oscars, Sasha Stone of Awards Daily gave five suggestions for AMPAS to keep in mind when they get together.
Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon gives us his first predictions for Best Picture. He and I agree on the top three at the moment (Monuments Men, The Wolf of Wall Street, and David O. Russell’s untitled Abscam film). Great minds think alike, I suppose.
Deadline’s Pete Hammond gave his opinions on how the Oscars went down, and sympathizes for host Seth MacFarlane. I agree with Pete’s assessment that we seem to be too sensitive nowadays when it comes to our sense of humor, but I know there are others on staff who feel MacFarlane went too far. Where do you stand?
When an Oscar race seems all but sewn up for a film you aren’t necessarily rooting for, there comes a time where you must accept it, make peace with it, and move forward with your predictions. That’s exactly what The Film Experience’s Nathaniel Rogers did this week following Argo’s win at the DGA.
In the wake of Argo cleaning up at PGA and SAG last weekend, Jon Weisman of Variety warns us against counting Lincoln out of the Oscar race, regardless of how good the chances look for Affleck’s film to bring home the big prize.
Sasha Stone of Awards Daily examines the Best Picture race through her PGA predictions, and hopes (like me) that a win here for Lincoln will finally lead to super-producer Kathleen Kennedy winning her first Oscar for Best Picture. She looks ahead to the SAG awards as well.
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It’s the end of the year, so “best of” and “worst of” lists are abound. But the people at Film School Rejects went all out, with best of lists that include everything from Best Cinematic Facial Hair to Best in Criterion Collection.
At The Wrap, Steve Pond ran a simulation for Oscar that resulted in an outcome with eight Best Picture nominees. He has been allowed by the BFCA to recount their ballots under Oscar’s preferential system, and while the same method forecast eight noms last year (we had nine), it’s still an interesting read to say the least.
The big buzz around the web this week was in response to the SAG and Golden Globe nominations. The actors that receive a nomination never seem to generate as much discussion as the actors that get left off, and the web was humming the same tune about the SAG omissions of Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams for their performances in The Master, a film that seemed almost DOA this awards season before the Golden Globes swooped in to save them. Many around the web had the same feelings on the race at this point, but the very best came from the fact-filled SAG analysis from The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, and his factoids on the Globes impact.