45 Years

My Top 20 Films of 2015

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I saw so many movies in 2015, and I wish that I had seen a few more! I haven’t seen “Son of Saul” or a lot of the documentaries, but I do plan on watching them and updating this list as time goes on. But for now here are my Top 20 Films of 2015.

20. Brooklyn
19. Bridge of Spies
18. The Look of Silence
17. Spotlight
16. 99 Homes

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Oscars: 2016 Winner Predictions and Full List

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After “The Revenant” scored 12 nominations on Thursday morning, you have to start thinking that the HFPA favoring “The Revenant” to “Spotlight” wasn’t just a fluke.

We’ll watch and follow the momentum, there is still plenty of time before the Oscars, but we’ve seen this momentum change at the end all too often in the past few years. Primarily when it was supposed to go to “Boyhood” but went to “Birdman” and in 2011 when it was supposed to go to “The Social Network” but went to “The King’s Speech.”

Watch for the PGA and DGA winners as well to notice any significant momentum shift. “Spotlight” should win SAG and PGA, but I think all “The Revenant” needs is a push from a DGA win to secure its victory. If “The Revenant” wins PGA? Well, then it’s over.

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The Revenant
Spotlight
Mad Max: Fury Road
Room
The Martian
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
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Oscar: Final Nomination Predictions – 2016

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Well here they are.

It’s been a very different year for award predictions, but thanks for baring with me. The nominations will be announced next week, and I feel very confident in my predictions.

At this stage, it definitely looks like “Spotlight” is our winner, however I’d watch out for a Director/Picture split. Potentially Miller could get away with murder here, overcoming a genre-bias Academy.

Here are our final predictions and stay tuned for more from us as the season continues.


Best Picture

Spotlight
The Revenant
The Martian
Mad Max: Fury Road
Room
Bridge of Spies
The Big Short
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
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Awards: 2016 BAFTA Predictions

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I don’t usually do them, but I went ahead and took a shot at predicting the BAFTAS.

Nominations will be announced Friday, let’s see how I do!

Best Film
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
Spotlight

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Annoucement: 3rd Annual M10 Nominations

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Film Categories

Best Film
Anomalisa
Carol
Ex Machina
45 Years
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Son of Saul
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
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Golden Globes: Final Predictions (2015)

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The Screen Actors Guild nominations should give us a better idea of what these categories should look like, but we’re posting our finals a day before they are announced this time.

We usually try to bring out our final predictions the day that ballots are due, we’re a little behind this time, but we think our predictions are really strong for this one.

Here are the Predictions:

Motion Picture – Drama
Spotlight
Bridge of Spies
The Revenant
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road

Alternates
The Hateful Eight
Brooklyn
Room
Steve Jobs
Black Mass
Straight Outta Compton

Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
The Martian
The Big Short
Joy
Trainwreck
I’ll See You in My Dreams

Alternates
Spy
Diary of a Teenage Girl
Grandma
The Lady in the Van
Infinitely Polar Bear
Tangerine
Irrational Man
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Awards: SAG (Film) Predictions

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The Screen Actors Guild will announce both their film and television nominees Wednesday morning.

Usually SAG voters eyeball the front-runners, however many of them miss the late films (Joy, The Hateful Eight, The Revenant), and they usually throw us a curveball or two.

See here are our quick predictions on what will go down Wednesday morning, once the nominees are announced we will scramble to finalize our Golden Globe predictions factoring in what we’ve seen this season.

Here they are:

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Spotlight
The Martian
The Big Short
Black Mass
Steve Jobs
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Awards: How the Awards Season will Start – NBR, NYFCC, LAFCA and more

thumbnail_23485Awards: How the Awards Season will Start – NBR, NYFCC, LAFCA, and more.

A lot of what happens in the pre-cursor awards will determine the outcome of the bigger ceremonies such as the Globes, SAG, Critics Choice, and the Oscars.

Before the end of the year we will have a couple of these. These predictions can be pretty bold cause many of these critics groups are fairly unpredictable.

We looked at the National Board of Review Award, the New York Film Critics Circle, the LA Film Critics Association, the Screen Actors Guild Nominees, and the Critics Choice Award Nominees.

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Oscars: Updated Predictions – November

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A lot of moves are being made now that the majority of films have been seen to some extent. We are now including the categories Original Song, Foreign Film, and Documentary Film as well.

Everything is up to date as of November 1st.

Keep voting in our sidebar polls, there will be more as the season progresses. And, as always, keep checking back to our Oscar page for updated predictions.

Here they are:

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Spotlight
The Revenant
Room
Joy
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Steve Jobs
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SN: Venice, Toronto, and Telluride Film Festivals are underway

SideNote: Venice, Tornoto, and Telluride Film Festivals are underway

It’s that time of the year where we begin to get a slight understanding of what this award season is going to look like.

The past few days Venice has already showed up four award-anticipated films: “Black Mass,” “Everest,” “Spotlight,” and “Beasts of No Nation.”

“Beasts of No Nation” has the best reviews of the four currently holding an 81 on Metacritic.

“Black Mass,” which premiered early today, is holding a strong score of 73.

“Spotlight” is being called Thomas McCarthy’s best, and is holding a score of 77.

“Everest” is looking like a strong thriller, but may not compete in the award game with a 64 on Metacritic.

As far as potentially strong films we are still waiting to hear about Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl.”

For more information about what’s playing in Toronto and Telluride click: Continue Reading.

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