August: Osage County

Oscar: Snubs that could happen

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There will undoubtedly be some major snubs when the Oscar nominations are announced January 16th. Major front-runners have often been pushed aside. Some say this is because voters won’t pick the obvious choice so they can help an underdog get in.

Unfortunately this helps to eliminate a lot of major front-runners. (Which is said to have happened last year to Ben Affleck for “Argo.”)

So really though, no one is completely safe. So here are list of some obvious choices that could get the booth on the morning of the 16th.

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Awards: Golden Globe Final Predictions

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Golden Globes: Final Predictions

“American Hustle” will win big tonight. At least that’s what we’re predicting. It’s been a long time since the Golden Globes have had so many categories that could go either direction. “Gravity” vs. “12 Years a Slave” will be the biggest rivalry of the night.

Both Television and Film Nomination Predictions are listed below.

So here are our predictions and odds for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards:

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Awards: Golden Globe Nominations – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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Many would have strong arguments that state that Golden Globes matter very little to the Oscar race. I think, in some cases, they matter a lot. Even since their slates started showing up more clean (No More “The Tourist” incidents) the H.F.P.A. has been given us some solid selections in each category.

This year there were a couple notable things that occurred. A couple notable films/shows that were left out of contention, and a couple of reasonable twists, and some unreasonable. So let’s take a look at these nominations and see what was good, what was bad, and what was just ugly. (more…)

Awards: Final Golden Globe Predictions

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Awards: Final Golden Globe Predictions

One of the most widely acknowledged awards shows will announce its nominees 5:15am PT/8:15am ET. After what we have seen with the Screen Actors Guild nominees you should be expecting attention from “The Butler,” “Enough Said,” and “August: Osage County.” Among the usual front-runners.

After tomorrow the Golden Globes Page will only predict winners of the categories and we’ll see how we did.

So here are the Final Golden Globe Predictions: (more…)

Awards: SAG Predictions

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Awards: SAG Predictions

The Screen Actors Guild awards can be a little bit difficult to predict. They happen early in the year where it is hard to tell which December films SAG has seen and hasn’t seen. For example “Django Unchained” got nothing last year, because not one had seen it yet. Even though it had a very strong acting ensemble.

This year “The Wolf of Wall Street” has reportedly screened for the nominating committee, but what about the members? It is likely “The Wolf of Wall Street” won’t go anywhere here, but I’m going to take that road and say that it will get some attention (But I won’t completely fall for it here).

So here are my final locked-in predictions for SAG (with my runner-up choices):

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Oscar: The 9 films that could win “Best Picture”

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Oscar: The 9 films that could win “Best Picture”

This list won’t just be the top 9 films on the Best Picture prediction page. It also won’t be the 9 I think will make it with nominations (though very possible). Many other films not on the list could be nominated, but won’t compete for the win, the same way “The Blind Side” or “District 9” didn’t compete in 2010 and how “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” didn’t compete in 2011.

At this point in the race we have seen all but four of the major contenders. We, as a film-going audience, haven’t seen them, but critics have, and we have been given a general consensus on the film.

So here are the top 9, possible Oscar Winners. I can guarantee one of these nine films will be our Oscar Best Picture winner.
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Film: August: Osage County

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(Dec. 25, 2013; The Weinstein Company)

Summary: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

Oscar Prospects: Best Actress

Runner Up: Best PictureBest Supporting ActressBest Adapted ScreenplayBest Original Score

Long Shots: Best Director, Best Costume DesignBest Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing

IMDB

Status: After recent screenings “August: Osage County” has received mixed reviews. It currently has a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes with 11 reviews. Even if this film maintains its position on the latter part of the 60s, it still stands a chance. Harvey Weinstein still is behind this and it has a prime Christmas release. Meryl Streep is still a major threat for the Best Actress win, Simply because she’s Meryl Streep.

Projected MetaCritic: 66 (Currently 67)

The Players

Director: John Wells
Writer: Tracy Letts
Starring: Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Margo Martindale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper
Cinematographer: Adriano Goldman
Production Designer: David Gropmann
Editor: Stephen Mirrione
Original Music: Gustavo Santaolalla

Awards: Way too early 2014 Oscar Predictions

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Awards: Way too early 2014 Oscar Predictions

This Article is out-of-date! All current Oscar Predictions can be found HERE

So yes, this is way to incredibly early, and it’ll be tremendous fun to revisit this post to see how incredibly wrong these predictions turned out to be. I remember everyone who predicted really early a couple years back thought Amelia that movie about Amelia Earhart with Hilary Swank was going to sweep, and it received atrocious reviews.

Something like that could easily happen. Couple years back Jason Reitman (who had previously received award attention for Juno and Up in the Air) was reported to be doing a film with Charlize Theron. Young Adult met mid to positive reviews.

So here we are now, pretty much pure speculation based on previous years and the names attached to the projects. Release date is a big factor to, only the films at Sundance have been reaffirmed (though it felt nothing was thoroughly raved about this year) Fruitvale and Before Midnight probably getting the most results.

So here’s what I have come up with for next year, last year we had an impressive slate with a Spielberg president biopic, a strong emotional Broadway musical from a previous winner, a hunt for Osama bin Laden picture from a previous Oscar winning director and screenwriter, and a Tarantino western. All which ultimately ended up in the final mix. (more…)