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Poll: Best Supporting Actress (2001 – 2005)

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Best Supporting Actress Poll: 2001 - 2005

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Film Preview: Match (2015)

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Release Date:

January 14, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "As a Juilliard professor is interviewed by a woman and her husband for her dissertation on the history of dance in 1960's New York, it becomes increasingly clear that there are ulterior motives to the couple's visit."

Poster: D+

Review: Another design that builds its potential success on the film's star. This time, Patrick Stewart, who's never been a box office draw, is front-and-center. Perhaps those who recognize him from the X-Men series will give the film a second glance, but most likely they'll take one look and decide it isn't their kind of film.

Trailer: C

Review: Like Patrick Stewart's character in the film, the trailer tries to put this off at first as a look at a fascinating character, but ultimately ends up being a relationship drama filled with anger, recriminations and emotional weaknesses.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(January 25, 2015) Original

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Oscar Profile #222: Roddy McDowall

McDowallBorn September 17, 1928 in London, England, Roderick (Roddy) MacDowell was the son of a merchant mariner and housewife mother, both of whom had an interest in the theatre. His older sister Virginia (1927-2006) and he were both child actors.

He made his screen debut in 1938’s Murder in the Family as the younger brother of Jessica Tandy and Glynis Johns. Three years and sixteen films later he made his Hollywood debut at the age of 12 in Fritz Lang’s Man Hunt with Walter Pidgeon. Later that year he was fifth billed but essentially the lead in John Ford’s Oscar winning How Green Was My Valley which made him a household name. While it is often assumed that he won a juvenile acting Oscar for that performance, he sadly did not.

McDowall emerged from How Green Was My Valley as the most popular boy actor of the day. Within the next three years he would appear fifth billed as the young Tyrone Power in Son of Fury, second billed only to Monty Woolley in The Pied Piper, top billed in My Friend Flicka and Lassie Come Home, third billed as Irene Dunne’s son who grows up to be Peter Lawford in The White Cliffs of Dover and fifth billed as the young Gregory Peck in The Keys of the Kingdom. He continued to alternate star roles with major supporting turns throughout his teen years, most notably as the leads in 1945’s Thunderhead – Son of Flicka and 1948’s Kidnapped.

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2014 Precursor Predictions: American Cinema Editors

The American Cinema Editors are one of the oldest guilds in existence, at least in terms of which guilds give out awards. As such, they are a crucial forecaster of the Best Editing Oscar and can also give hints as to what films might just carry over to Best Picture wins.
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The Rundown 2014: Original Music (Score & Song)

For our first Rundown article, we are looking at the music categories. After the jump, you'll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Original Score and Best Original Song as well as general commentary about the race. Friday, we'll cover the first category where a major upset left one of the key competitors off this year's list.
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This Day in Oscar History: January 29 (2015)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Died

Released


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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2015)

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Film Preview: Song One (2015)

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Release Date:

January 23, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A young woman strikes up a relationship with her ailing brother's favorite musician."

Poster: D+

Review: Perhaps if you're a romantic drama fan who also likes Anne Hathaway, this might have some appeal to you. However, for most folks, it's easy to skip over the poster at your local cineplex when examining more active fare.

Trailer: F / C+

Review: These are a perfect example of how editing can turn something borderline questionable into something mainstream acceptable. No doubt this first trailer put off a number of potential customers as a second trailer was created. (#1) The first cut sets the premise of a sister visiting her hospitalized brother and then proceeding to fall in love with his musical idol. It's a somewhat questionable way to sell a film. (#2) The second trailer makes the film seem like a romantic drama about two semi-damaged people finding each other, yet a tragedy occurs in the midst of their burgeoning relationship, setting things on a new course. Unfortunately, this second trailer is more misleading than the first as the first does a better job setting up the impetus for the plot while the second tries to mask it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(January 25, 2015) Original

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2015

Could American Sniper win the box office for a third consecutive weekend? With Black or White having the highest profile of the three new releases, my guess is yes.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Another week of so-so releases to ignore and wait for on DVD.
Peter J. Patrick: Some strong January releases this week including the Oscar nominated Timbuktu and the Oscar rejected but potentially audience pleasing Black or White.
Tripp Burton: Why must January movies all look so bad?
Thomas LaTourrette: Except for the Oscar nominated Timbuktu, it is a pretty weak set of movies. Perhaps it is another weekend to work on catching up with the Oscar nominees.

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This Day in Oscar History: January 28 (2015)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Best of 2013, Wide

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What's the Best of 2013, Wide?

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Film Preview: Predestination (2015)

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Release Date:

January 9, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "The life of a time-traveling Temporal Agent. On his final assignment, he must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time."

Poster: B+ / C+ / C

Review: (#1) I don't know why I've always been fascinated by posters that build an image out of multitudes of smaller images. While it doesn't always work within the confines of a film's plot, this one fits nicely. (#2) Far less interesting than the original, it still has some elements that beg further inspection. (#3) However, the third design tries to embellish on design two only to come up short in the visually creativity department.

Trailer: C+

Review: The plot doesn't quite get lost in translation, but it does seem to get a bit muddy when you're trying to figure out why this movie should be something to go see in the theater. When the audience may ultimately become disinterested, you need to jolt the concept back to life with a stronger trailer than this.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(January 25, 2015) Original

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The DVD Report #397

The Oscar-nominated animated film The Boxtrolls is another stop-motion masterwork from the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman. It’s a thoroughly engaging children’s film that provides strong entertainment for adults as well.

The film, which takes place in fictional Cheesebridge in 1805, is about a boy raised by underground trash collectors who live in boxes and are thus called boxtrolls. Deemed a nuisance by the town’s mayor, a local exterminator makes a deal with the mayor to rid the town of the endearing pests. The boy, called Eggs because his box is an egg carton, is joined by the mayor’s daughter, Winnie, in his crusade to convince the mayor and the townspeople of the goodness of the lowly creatures as the exterminator’s gluttony eventually does him in.

Excellent voice work is provided by Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Eggs, Elle Fanning as Winnie, Ben Kingsley as the exterminator and Jared Harris as the mayor.

The Boxtrolls is available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray 2D and standard DVD. It is also available as part of a three-film Blu-ray pack that also includes Coraline and ParaNorman, the first time to my knowledge that a new film has been released on Blu-ray as part of a package that includes two formerly released films.

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Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 9

As the precursor awards continue unabated until Oscar night, I'm going to be providing a weekly update highlighting the films that have won and lost momentum through the precursor awards (and in some cases other outside influences).

Apologies first to failing to get this posted yesterday when I had intended. However, today is just as good as any considering there isn't anything else on deck until the weekend. This coming weekend, we have a smattering of guild and other awards, but it's the two guilds we saw this past week that have the most influence on the future potential Oscar winner. Yet, with so few precursors in release, we're fairly limited on what are big winners and losers this week.

But, before we get into this week's winners and losers, let's take a look at what's coming up this week:

Week 10

Friday, Jan. 30 - Cinema Editors Awards (Official)
Saturday, Jan. 31 - Annie Awards Awards (Official)
Saturday, Jan. 31 - Art Directors Awards (Official)
Saturday, Jan. 31 - USC Scripter Awards (Official)

Big Winners

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This Day in Oscar History: January 27 (2015)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


Died

Released

Ceremonies


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