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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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Golden Globes: Updated Film Predictions – October

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We have updated our Film Predictions for the Golden Globes. We were going to do the television shows as well, but it seems like not much has changed there.

Click here to see Movie and Television predictions.

Big steps have been made by “Joy,” “Spotlight,” and “Room.” However, there are still many films to be seen. “I Saw the Light” gets pushed to 2016, making the “Musical/Comedy” categories even more obscure.

Check out our full film predictions click – “Continue Reading”
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Golden Globes: Updated Predictions – June 2015

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Much has changed after the Cannes Film Festival. Things are still pretty far out, so we have a wide variety of potential contenders.

The Emmys will be updated soon, but we are holding off prediction the television categories of the Golden Globes until those come out. So here we have the Movie, Actor, Supporting categories.

Keep touch with our Golden Globes Page for updated predictions.

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The Revenant
Carol
Steve Jobs
The Danish Girl
The Hateful Eight

Alternates
Bridge of Spies
Joy
The Walk
Brooklyn
Suffragette
The Program
Concussion
Black Mass
Freeheld
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Golden Globes: Updated Predictions – May 2015

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So much is going on in the world of film right now. Many potential award candidates have wrapped production, have had test screenings, and some will be premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival which starts Wednesday May 13th.

After an impressive showing at Cinemacon, we have our eyes on Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “The Revenant.” On the comedy side we are really paying attention to John Wells’ “Adam Jones” and Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Demolition.” You can’t really resist Meryl Streep as a rocker in “Ricki and the Flash” either. Probably the only real lock here.

So here are all our pre-Cannes predictions. We will likely modify the Oscar predictions right after Cannes has concluded and the Golden Globes predictions will follow.

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The Revenant
The Danish Girl
Steve Jobs
The Hateful Eight
Bridge of Spies

Alternates
Joy
The Sea of Trees
Carol
Suffragette
The Walk
In the Heart of the Sea
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Oscar: Way too Early 2015 Oscar Predictions – Round 2

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If you checked out our previous list, there were a lot of films still not considered. We’ve compiled everything to make this next list. It’s 2014 now and even though the 2013 award circuit hasn’t completed, it is about time that we start looking toward the future.

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Top 10: Potential Cult Classics of 2013

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A cult classic is a movie that develops a cult following. A film that many fans may discover at a later time, may quote consistently or may evoke discussion. You can’t determine that a film is a cult classic when it is released. The reviews could be bad or good, the box-office could be bad or good, it doesn’t matter. At this time we can only predict what may become a cult classic in time. So here are the top 10 potential cult classics of 2013: (more…)

Film Review: 12 Years a Slave

12-years-a-slaveFilm Review: 12 Years a Slave

After hearing all the raves and all the Oscar echoes, I finally got to sit down and see what all the fuss was about. “12 Years a Slave,” directed by Steve McQueen is based on an autobiography of the same name, written by Solomon Northup himself. The film retells the amazing story of Northup and his abduction as a free man into the dark world of slavery.

Many have distinguished the film for its depiction of brutality and yes, there are some brutal scenes. I went into the film misguided with those notions, the film didn’t focus-in on the brutality of slavery rather the helplessness  and despondency of it. Northup has many opportunities to escape, to run off into the southern wilderness, but where would he go? The south over-encumbered with slavers and racists. (more…)

Film Trailer: 12 Years a Slave

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Film Festival Circuit: “12 Years a Slave” shown at Telluride

12-years-a-slave-480x270Film Festival Circuit: “12 Years a Slave” shown at Telluride

Steve McQueen has been an interesting public figure in the world of cinema ever since he released his second indie feature “Shame” in 2011. “Shame” was met with positive reviews, but a subject matter not fit for many. The film received an NC-17 rating for explicit sexual content, which was fitting considering it was a film about sex addiction.

Michael Fassbender was the star of “Shame” and he is a supporting player here. His performance was talked about a lot after the screening of “12 Years a Slave,” but not quite as much as the films star Chiwetel Ejiofor playing Solomon Northup.

The consensus of the reactions is that Ejiofor delivers a career best with Fassbender and Nyong’o performing great as well. Also that the film is incredibly dark and violent, embodying the true horrors of slavery. After these reactions, this would be a safe film to bet on for the Oscars.
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Film: 12 Years a Slave

12-years-a-slave-poster12 Years a Slave
(Oct. 18, 2013; Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Summary: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Oscar Prospects: Best Picture, Best DirectorBest ActorBest Supporting Actor, Best Supporting ActressBest Adapted Screenplay, Best CinematographyBest Costume DesignBest Film Editing,

Runner Up: Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing

Long Shots: Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing

IMDB

Status: After it’s screening at Telluride, it’s a safe bet that this film is in and maybe well be one of the best of 2013. Chiwetel Ejiofor specifically received raves which should make him the one to beat.

Projected MetaCritic: 86

The Players

Director: Steve McQueen
Writer: John Ridley, Solomon Northup
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Lupita Nyong’o
Cinematographer: Sean Bobbitt
Production Designer: Adam Stockhausen
Editor: Joe Walker
Original Music: Hans Zimmer