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    Directed by Women: 2018’s Unsung Awards Contenders in Writing, Music, and Performance (Part 2 of 3)

    Yesterday, we started looking at the Academy’s history in terms of recognizing films directed by women. If you missed it, be sure to go back and see some dismaying, if not entirely surprising, statistics. We also examined several key crafts races, paying special attention to films that may not be considered likely nominees, but that […] More

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    Directed by Women: 2018’s Unsung Awards Contenders in the Crafts (Part 1 of 3)

    Every year, as another awards season looms, we look to the statistics of awards seasons past to predict which historical precedents are poised to fall. The stats on underrepresented artists collecting Oscar nominations are always disheartening. The percentages never seem to change, even with the shifting demographics of an expanding Academy. And even with the […] More

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    90TH OSCARS: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ Wins!

    The 90th Academy Awards finished just minutes ago at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, CA, where the best films of 2017 received the most coveted accolades of the awards season. Gary Oldman won Best Actor for “Darkest Hour” and Frances McDormand brought the house down when she won Best Actress for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” asking for […] More

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    2018 Oscar Circuit: Visual Effects

    More than most years, visual effects in 2018 were required to build the world’s in which our films took place. We had giant pink ads walking through the skyline of Los Angeles in 2049. The forests of California were populated with thousands of Apes, completing one of the landmark trilogies of the decade. We traveled […] More

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    2018 Oscars Circuit: Best Costume Design

    What characters wear says a lot about themselves. Costume designers are tasked with showing personality, life and an arc through a series of garments. The nominated designers come from films of many different genres. While we have the requisite period pieces and films about fashion designers, we also have a monster movie and live-action Disney […] More

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    2018 Oscar Circuit: Best Animated Feature

    Every year, there is a race at Oscar that is so one-sided that even a layman could tell you the winner weeks out. This year, Animated Feature is that race. Still, there are many nominees that are worth checking out. The race is top heavy, with 3 films standing above the pack. At the same time, […] More