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    Circuit Considerations: Tatiana Maslany in ‘Stronger’ for Best Supporting Actress

    Oscar ballots were sent to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, or better known as the Academy members, on Friday, Jan. 5.  We’ll be using the next week to remind the voting membership of our favorite films and performance of 2017 that they should consider when filling out their ballots!  If you missed one, […] 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: Anticipating the Tears for Best Actor Going Into the Winter Break

    With SAG voting firmly underway, Oscar voters are packing up for their getaways for the winter break.  Screeners are being piled up, and they look to dedicate some time to watch what they “hear is really good” and what’s going to be “in contention.” With Golden Globes, SAG, and Critics Choice announcing their nominations, pundits, […] More

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    New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (12/19/17) – Auteurs Fuel 2017’s Best Slate

    This week, a group of top notch films helmed by top tier auteurs highlight the Blu-Ray/DVD field. In fact, it’s a three-way tie for the big spot today, between “Dunkirk,” “mother!,” and “Stronger“. Each of the trio has locked in a slot on my year end top ten list, so you know the quality is […] More

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    Final SAG Predictions – Will the SAG Ensemble Curse Be Broken?

    The SAG Nominations are tomorrow, lighting up an epicenter of talk about which performers and films will land Oscar nominations on Jan. 23.  As always, we’re looking at what films the membership may not have seen in time, anticipating snubs as just “mishaps” on the awards circuit. We know the voting body has not seen […] More

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    Interview: Makeup Artist Donald Mowat on ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘Stronger’

    As we dive deeper into awards season, we’ll begin to critics and guilds rewarding extraordinary craft work. One individual who stands out in the fray of 2017 is Donald Mowat, a makeup designer responsible for two extremely technical displays of his craft this year. Not only did Donald design the makeup effects for “Stronger,” a contemporary […] More

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    OSCARS: Predictions for the National Board of Review and the Important Week Ahead

    If there was an official “starting pistol” to the awards season, this week would be the time to listen for the big bang.  For the next several months, we’ll be analyzing (likely either under or over) different groups and guilds, all leading to the coveted Oscar ceremony that will take place on March 4, 2018. […] More

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    OSCARS: Looking at the Supporting Actress Race Without a Frontrunner

    2017 OSCAR CIRCUIT: We’re a second away from the month of November, where the precursors will kick off at the end of the month.  Thanksgiving will roll around, likely with big screenings, hot after the close of the AFI festival in Los Angeles.  It would be a good idea to actually break down a race […] More

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    OSCARS: Has a Frontrunner Emerged in the Best Picture Race Yet?

    As we get knee deep into the October days, films like “Blade Runner 2049” from Denis Villeneuve and “Last Flag Flying”  from Richard Linklater got their first views in front of critics.  In the case of the former, it has emerged as a true spectacle, along with being declared the technical achievement of the year.  […] More

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