Gary Oldman will run away with Best Actor for his work in “Darkest Hour”

There are times when the prognostication world anoints a presumed Oscar winner, only to have the film or the performance fall flat when actually seen. Then, there are other times when the movie or performer meets expectations and the victor should begin writing up their speech for the Academy Awards. More often than not, the former winds up being true. Gary Oldman is a case of the latter, as his turn in Darkest Hour is 100% going to win him the … [Read more...]

Independent Spirit Award nominations announced

Just a few moments ago, the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were revealed to the public, continuing on with Phase One of the awards season. This precursor marks another new point in the race, as many of these movies nominated today will be contending for Oscar attention as well. Removed from the Academy Award race though, this is just a great precursor because of what it nominates. The films are small in budget and often need a leg … [Read more...]

“Coco” is one of Pixar’s best films yet

Ladies and gentlemen…Pixar has done it again. One more time, they’ve crafted an original modern animated classic. In this instance, the movie in question is Coco, the latest Disney/Pixar outing to tug at heart strings and make you smile in equal measure. Opening this week, in time for Thanksgiving, it should probe to be another massive hit, both with audiences and also Academy voters. The critics are already on board, and rightly so. … [Read more...]

DIRECTORS: Hollywood FRONTRUNNERS 2017

DIRECTORS: Hollywood FRONTRUNNERS Our Hollywood Frontrunners for the category of BEST DIRECTOR are JOE WRIGHT, Darkest Hour, and Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk. Criteria: HOLLYWOOD FRONTRUNNERS LISTS™ are based on multiple elements that are taken into consideration including advance screenings, award events and consultations with industry insiders (agents, managers, journalists, awards strategists, filmmakers, awards voters, producers, studio … [Read more...]

Supporting Actors: Hollywood FRONTRUNNERS

Our Hollywood Frontrunners for the category of BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR is Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. For the category of BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS are Mary J Blige, Mudbound, and Allison Janney, I, Tonya. Criteria: HOLLYWOOD FRONTRUNNERS LISTS™ are based on multiple elements that are taken into consideration including advance screenings, award events and consultations with industry insiders (agents, managers, … [Read more...]

Spirit Award predictions before the nominations are announced

Early on next week, one of the most enjoyable precursors will announce their nominations. Of course, I’m talking about the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Predicting them are always an absolute shot in the dark, and normally I wait until the nominees are announced, but hey, why not be bold this year, right? Fortune favors the bold, after all. So, I’ll be giving this a shot. If nothing else, it’s a fun exercise. The Spirit Awards … [Read more...]

“Justice League” tries to save the day for DC

Today is the day for DC and Warner Brothers. At long last, all of their superheroes are sharing the screen. A few hours from now, the first public screenings of Justice League will begin, giving fans a chance to not just see Batman, Superman (yes, he’s in it…duh), and Wonder Woman on screen, but also Aquaman, Flash, and more. This has been the goal since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was first given the thumbs up. So, what about … [Read more...]

Denzel Washington crusades for justice in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

When you’re as big a star as Denzel Washington is, you pretty much have your pick of the litter, project wise. As such, when a curveball is thrown by the actor, it’s worth noting. This week, Washington tackles something very different with Roman J. Israel, Esq. The film itself struggles, but Washington will be the focus. In fact, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all if Oscar decides that it’s worth yet another Best Actor … [Read more...]

“Mudbound” is Netflix’s latest shot at Oscar glory

Netflix fascinates me, especially when it comes to their hopes at Academy Award attention. This is something I previously wrote about the service: “There’s a notable difference between the types of projects that Amazon and Netflix have been putting out, theatrically speaking. On the one hand, Amazon has been gunning for awards and embracing a theatrical release with things like the Oscar winner Manchester by the Sea. There’s also their … [Read more...]

Few movies are timelier right now than “The Light of the Moon”

Whether you’re a cinephile or not, it’s impossible to escape the raves of news surrounding sexual assault in Hollywood. We’ve all heard the horrifying details surrounding Harvey Weinstein, not to mention James Toback and Kevin Spacey, among others (plus, you know, the current President, as well as Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama), and it’s both shocking and upsetting in equal measure. At the same time as all of … [Read more...]

Updated Oscar predictions for November

We’re heading towards the end of the line, ladies and gentlemen. Well into November now, we’ve only got a few films left to see before all of the contenders will be known entities. As such, it’s a perfect time for an Academy Award predictions update. This is also the time of the year where multiple updates in a month seems appropriate, and in fact, necessary. The race is constantly evolving, which makes any prediction made a … [Read more...]

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is one of the very best films of 2017

Very few films are perfect. That’s a rare beast in the cinematic world. So, I want to be perfectly clear when I say that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is perfect. It truly is. The movie stands tall among almost every single other 2017 release. As terrific as the Trailers have been, they in no way prepare you for the staggering heights of this work. Opening in theaters this week, it could very well become a strong hit for Fox … [Read more...]

Trailer drops for Steven Spielberg’s “The Post”

It was only a matter of time. Perhaps the biggest X factor all season long has been what to make of The Post, Steven Spielberg’s latest film. Centered on the epic fight that The Washington Post had with the United States government over the right to publish the infamous Pentagon Papers, this is Academy catnip. Until now though, it had been completely unseen. We were just going by the fact that Spielberg working with Tom Hanks and Meryl … [Read more...]