Roger Deakins

Analysis: Will he finally win an Oscar?

roger-deakinsAnalysis: Will he finally win an Oscar?

People often forget that Alfred Hitchcock, in his prime, never won an Oscar. He was nominated 5 times for Best Director, but lost each time. Eventually he was awarded the honorary Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award by the Academy in 1968.

Awards, including Oscars, can sometimes feel like sporting events where people back a certain “team” and root for them from the moment that movie premieres to the ceremony at the dawn of spring.

This is why Leonardo DiCaprio’s lack of an Oscar has become an ever-growing concern for many people. People see him deliver exceptional performances almost bi-annually while he doesn’t reap any benefits. (more…)

Preview: 2015 Cannes Film Festival – Films In Competition

354559Preview: 2015 Cannes Film Festival – Films In Competition

There are many notable films competing at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival this year. While films like Pixar’s “Inside Out,” Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man,” and George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” are screened outside of competition, the film’s below will be competing to a very diverse jury.

Directors Joel and Ethan Coen will be the presidents of this years Feature Film jury which consists of actors Rossy de Palma, Sophie Marceau, Sienna Miller, Jake Gyllenhaal, directors Guillermo del Toro, Xavier Dolan, and composer/singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré.

The list of all the films premiering In/Out of competition and in the Un Certain Regard group can be found here. We will also grade each film’s chance to win the top prize – the Palme d’Or.

Expand this article to see bio’s for all In Competition films:
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Oscar: Full Updated Predictions – November

2014CitizenfourSnowdenArtificialEyeOscar: Full Updated Predictions – November

We have fully updated all of our Oscar Predictions. Now including the categories: Original Song, Documentary Feature, and Foreign Feature.

With “Interstellar’s” reviews not quite being raves, it has been knocked down a few levels. The close we draw to the end of the year, the safer films like “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game,” “Birdman,” and “The Theory of Everything” look.

There are still some movies to be seen. “Unbroken” has a lot of potential. Others would include “A Most Violent Year,” “The Gambler,” “Selma,” and “Into the Woods.”

So here is where we are right now. After the jump, we have our ranked listings for all of the contenders. Click the “More” links to expand on the category and see other potential contenders.

Best Picture
Boyhood
The Imitation Game
Birdman
Foxcatcher
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken
Interstellar
Gone Girl
Whiplash
Into the Woods
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Preview: The Potential of “Unbroken”

Preview: The Potential of “Unbroken”

“Unbroken” is one of the few 2014 films that hasn’t been seen by any eyes yet. However, it is a film that has had everyone’s attention since it was announced.

“Unbroken” is an adaptation of the non-fiction book titled “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilence, and Redemption,” a title that may have been a tad too long for its feature adaptation. This biography was written by Laura Hillenbrand who retells the story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic track star who survived a plane crash, spent 47 days drifting on a raft, and then survived two and a half years as a prisoner of war in several brutal Japanese internment camps.

Wow. Everything about that sounds like an incredible story. Universal Pictures purchased the rights to the book in January 2011, having already acquired the movie rights to Zamperini’s life towards the end of the 1950s. William Nicholson and Richard LaGravenese wrote early drafts for the film, but when Angelina Jolie replaced Francis Lawrence as director, Joel and Ethan Coen rewrote the script.
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SideNote: “The Imitation Game” vs. “Boyhood”

SideNote: “The Imitation Game” vs. “Boyhood”

Last year it was “12 Years a Slave.” If not “12 Years a Slave,” it was “Gravity.” Both films had excellent responses from their respective festival showings which lead them to the top of everyone’s radar.

The things is, we knew and we knew this time in 2012 that “The Artist” was clear to take it. However it took the assistance of various guilds to give both 2013 winner “Argo” and 2011 winner “The King’s Speech” the edge over “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Social Network.”

Looking at the list of contenders, both of these films can fit the bill.
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Oscar: “Best Cinematography” Predictions

Birdman-1Best Cinematography

Emmanuel Lubezki – “Birdman”
Roger Deakins – “Unbroken”
Hoyte Van Hoytema – “Interstellar”
Benoit Delhomme – “The Theory of Everything”
Jeff Cronenweth – “Gone Girl”

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