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    New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (05/01/18) – Prestige Foreign Fare Leads The Way

    This week, a couple of Academy Award nominated foreign films highlight the new releases coming to Blu-Ray and DVD. It’s an overall middling slate today, though there’s a fair amount of variety to be found. You’ll see below, so why not get right down to it? PICK OF THE WEEK “In the Fade” Diane Kruger […] More

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    Top 10: The Best Foreign Language Films of 2017

    In our common lexicon, we often refer to any film made outside of the United States as a “foreign” film. But this definition can be somewhat misleading, implying a certain “otherness” that deters audiences. As 2017’s best non-English language films proved however, many of the themes found in the year’s most celebrated English films are […] More

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    Best of 2017: If I Had an Oscar Ballot

    As the Best of 2017 series gears up with “unconventional citations,” thought pieces from the filmmakers and actors themselves, and about a dozen other things to celebrate the year, I present to you MY PERSONAL Oscar ballot. Always trying to be a champion of diversity and inclusion, I’m proud in many aspects of this list, […] More

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    Oscars Reveal Shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has just released the names of the nine films still competing for a nomination in the best foreign language film category. Palme d’Or winner “The Square” from Swedish director Ruben Östlund is still standing, but Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” is not up for […] More

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    Interview: Fatih Akin on Anger, Morality and ‘In the Fade’ from Germany

    When it was announced as Germany’s Oscar submission, Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade” immediately became one of the top contenders. This intense revenge thriller had already been garnering attention for Diane Kruger’s performance, which won Best Actress at Cannes. And with its topical themes and provocative storyline, it seemed destined to make an impact with […] More

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    New York Film Critics Online Winners – Dee Rees Takes Director as ‘Mudbound’ Ties with ‘The Florida Project’ in Best Picture

    The New York Film Critics Online announced their winners today.  As a voting member, I’ll give you an inside look at the voting as “The Florida Project” and “Mudbound” tied in the Best Picture category.  This occurred as the bylaws state that any winner must win by a significant margin.  When it does not, we revote […] More

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    AFI Fest 2017: From American Independents to World Cinema

    The AFI Fest 2017 begins this week, with a slate of films that include Oscar hopefuls from independents and documentaries to foreign language submissions. The American Film Institute is dedicated to preserving the legacy of film and celebrating filmmakers. The festival, which began in 1987, is part of its commitment to preserving the legacy. Because […] More

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    2017 Middleburg Film Festival: Preview for a Regional Oscar Launching Pad?

    With the big kick-off festivals behind us (Telluride, TIFF, and NYFF), and more than a few weeks away from AFI Film Fest, the regional film festivals are hoping to snag a few Oscar voters to discover the fall’s best films. This weekend, Awards Circuit will be traveling to the Middleburg Film Festival for the second […] More

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    5th Annual Middleburg Film Festival Unveils Full Slate

    Middleburg, VA, September 28, 2017 – Middleburg Film Festival’s Executive Director Susan Koch announced today the 25 films comprising the main slate for the 2017 Festival. The festival, celebrating its fifth year, opens Thursday, October 19 with Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour,” starring Academy Award©-nominated actor Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. As previously announced, actor Ben […] More

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    2017 Golden Globe Predictions: British History and a Strong Pool for Comedies?

    Living as a website that focuses on Oscar Predictions, to ensure you are presenting the best “guesses” on what could be chosen by the Academy, you have to look at the awards season as a whole. As Telluride and TIFF sit firmly behind us, and the New York Film Festival heats up with big premieres […] More

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