Could Emmy Be Bigger Than Oscar?

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Awards, Big News, The Tube | 0 comments

The day after watching 12 Years a Slave win Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards, I sat down to watch the season finale of True Detective. The show had unfortunately aired against the Oscars, and I made the choice to watch some solid movies be declared “the best” in one category or another. The irony of it all: The real “best” everything was airing on HBO that night. This isn’t a new phenomenon. We’ve been talking about how television is better than film for years now. It’s something that started with The Sopranos and The Wire going on right up until Breaking Bad, Mad Men and True Detective. The storytelling is richer on TV these days and the productions more cinematic. Even the pop programs like Scandal, Arrow and Vampire Diaries are more entertaining than any comparable film....

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Final Oscar Predictions: GRAVITY Wins 6. SLAVE for Picture. Is Leo Tonight’s Big Spoiler?

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Awards | 0 comments

It’s just a few short hours until the Oscars happen and oh what a race it’s been. American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave  looked locked in a 3-way race for a time after the nominations, Globes and Critics Choice Awards, but now the race has settled to this: 12 Years a Slave will win Best Picture, Gravity will win Best Director and American Hustle will win… nothing. Nada. Zero. Hustle looked like it could steal the Best Picture award away from 12 Years a Slave, but in my final Oscar predictions, I now see very few opportunities for a Hustle win in any category. Look for American Hustle to join the ranks of The Turning Point, The Color Purple and Gangs of New York as one of the most nominated movies without a win. On the flip side, Gravity could become one of the winning-est movies to not win Best Picture, with 6...

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The Contenders: 5 Outstanding Documentaries Competing At The 67th BAFTA Awards

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Awards | 0 comments

The 67th BAFTA Awards arrives this year with a full list of great nominees. Only one week after the Oscar ceremony, the British capital will celebrate the big day of cinema. This edition brings us five outstanding works that will compete in the Best Documentary category. From the most horrific side of the history of Indonesia to one of the biggest media scandals in the XXI century, it won’t be easy for the jury to decide who the Bafta mask will go to. The Act of Killing It was also nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars 2014; however, its anonymous co-director turned the invitation down. “The Act of Killing” explores not only the impunity enjoyed by a group of small-time gangsters that killed thousands of people during the 60s in Indonesia, but it also shows the emotions...

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The Contenders: It’s A Three-Way In The Best Picture Oscar Race

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Awards | 0 comments

For the first time in my Oscar watching years (17!), something strange is happening in the Best Picture race: There’s a legit three-way race for the top prize between American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave and Gravity . While most of the acting prizes have settled, with the exception of Jennifer Lawrence vs. Lupita Nyong’o, and Alfonso Cuaron looks locked in for a Best Director win, the Best Picture far from over at the moment. So here’s what happened. The Golden Globes gave American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave a boost, followed by another Best Picture prize for Slave at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.  All well and good, but The Social Network and Saving Private Ryan were in the same position as 12 Years a Slave when they lost Best Picture. Critical darlings don’t seem to have as much luck in the long run, especially ones that sweep...

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86th Academy Award Nominations List! AMERICAN HUSTLE and GRAVITY Lead with 10 Nods

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Awards, Big News | 2 comments

You don’t always have to have the most nominations to win Best Picture, but it certainly helps. American Hustle and Gravity, in this case, might just have hurdled past 12 Years a Slave in the Oscar race, scoring 10 nominations each, while 12 Years got nine. Full analysis later. Anyway, here’s the complete list: Best Picture American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Nebraska Philomena 12 Years a Slave The Wolf of Wall Street Best Actor Christian Bale, American Hustle (Sony Pictures Releasing) Bruce Dern, Nebraska (Paramount) Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount) Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight) Matthew McConaughey,  Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features) Best Actress Amy Adams, American Hustle (Sony Pictures Releasing) Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics) Sandra Bullock, Gravity (Warner Bros.) Judi Dench, Philomena (The Weinstein Company) Meryl Streep, August: Osage County (The Weinstein Company) Best Supporting Actor Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips Bradley Cooper, American Hustle Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave...

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71st Annual Golden Globe Motion Picture Winners!

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Awards | 0 comments

Did we just find a chink in the chain of 12 Years a Slave? The film may have one best drama at the Golden Globes last night, but that’s the only award it took home. No director. No screenplay. No score. Maybe the HFPA decided to spread the wealth, or maybe a slavery drama doesn’t have the same impact on foreign media as it does American. We’ll find out more when the Oscar nominations are announced on Thursday, for sure. But right now it looks like there may be some weakness in the frontrunner… even if the Globes mean nothing come Oscar time. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA 12 Years a Slave BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA Matthew McConaughey, Dallas...

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