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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Jan. 2015, Wide)

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What Are You Most Anticipating? (Jan. 2015, Wide)

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Precursor: 18th Florida Critics Awards (2014)

In another split ballot, Birdman takes the top prize while Richard Linklater takes the prize for directing. None of these awards are terribly surprising in the current gamut of awards so far announced.

Award Tallies

(2) Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Interstellar, Whiplash

The Awards

Best Picture

Birdman (RU: Boyhood)

Best Animated

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Precursor: 10th Austin Critics Awards (2014)

When an organization gives it's Best Film Prize to the film it also recognizes as the best film made in their own city, you can disregard the result. That it matches other groups is somewhat circumstantial.

Award Tallies

(4) Boyhood
(3) Nightcrawler
(2) Birdman

The Awards

Best Film

Boyhood

Best Animated Film

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Precursor: 4th Nevada Critics Awards (2014)

Gone Girl nabs two awards from Nevada while Birdman is shut out completely and Boyhood has a token award for Youth Performance. Many of these names we've seen bandied about as potential Oscar nominees, so there aren't any real surprises.

Award Tallies

(3) Nightcrawler
(2) Gone Girl, Interstellar

The Awards

Best Film

Gone Girl

Best Animated Movie

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Precursor: 13th Utah Critics Awards (2014)

There isn't a lot of overlap in categories from Utah with most films taking only a single award versus the four for Birdman, which continues to perform well with the regional critics.

Award Tallies

(4) Birdman

The Awards

Best Film

Birdman (RU: The Imitation Game)

Best Animated Feature

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Precursor: 18th Las Vegas Critics Awards (2014)

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's backstage seriocomedy dominated the Las Vegas critics awards taking home seven, a huge tally for a single film. The rest of the selections were on par with other recent results, though Guardians of the Galaxy winning a costume design award is a bit unusual, even for critics.

Award Tallies

(7) Birdman
(2) Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lego Movie, Whiplash

The Awards

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Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 4

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).

Apart from a few stragglers, critics have now had their say. We have a week off to cover the space between Christmas and the preparation for the New Year, but then we begin a new phase the following 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 5

Nothing

Big Winners

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Weekend Preview: Dec. 25-28, 2014

Below are seven previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: Two Days, One Night (2014)

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Trailer Link

Release Date:

December 24, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job."

Poster: D

Review: A simple design that doesn't grab the viewer's attention and doesn't give much information on the plot, making it a multi-faced failure.

Trailer: B-

Review: Were it not for Marion Cotillard's performance, I wouldn't even give a film like this a second loot. Apart from the unusual setup, the film seem like a fairly straight forward working class drama.

Oscar Prospects:

It was shut out of the Best Foreign Language Film category by nine other finalists. That won't stop Marion Cotillard from being a contender for a Best Actress nomination, the film's only other shot at Oscar attention. Cotillard has gotten quite a lot of attention from critics for this performance, but if the cuddly Foreign Film Committee can't fall for Two Days, will the rest of the Oscar voting roster?

Revisions:

(December 21, 2014) Original

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This Day in Oscar History: December 21 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released


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This Day in Oscar History: December 20 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died


Released


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Film Preview: The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015)

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Poster #1

Additional posters can be found below.

Trailer Link

Release Date:

March 20, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart."

Poster: B- / C / C+ (7)

Review: (#1) The first design is a head-trip of mind-bending proportions. It doesn't say a damned thing about the film itself, but it's somewhat fun to look at. (#2) Then you have a design ripped right out of the first trailer and it's as unspectacular and unexciting as the poster was, possibly even less so.

(#3-#10) These seven character posters are distinct only in their differing poses. Apart from that, you probably couldn't tell these people apart, which does little for the certain accusations of sameness that will surely emerge.

Trailer: C+

Review: The toughest part of selling the first film was setting up the concept without giving away the plot. The problem here is that they've tried so very hard to avoid revealing the plot that they've created a modestly exciting, but ultimately boring teaser that doesn't even remotely dig into anything fans of the franchise are looking forward to.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(December 14, 2014) Original

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 51, 2014)

Every week, we'll take a look back 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years into the box office past to explore how Oscar's nominees were doing at the box office that weekend historically. All data is taken from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office. The second section is an alphabetical list of those films and the categories in which they were nominated. And to start each week off, we'll be looking at the films releasing over the weekend that have the best chance of getting Oscar nominations and specifying the categories where we think they have the best chance at this stage of the game. Please let us know if you like our new feature or if you want to see more information and we'll see what we can do!

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

Annie (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Original Song.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Original Score, Original Song, Film Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Effects, Visual Effects.

Mr. Turner (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Director, Actor (Timothy Spall), Original Screenplay.

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87th Oscars: Foreign Language Film Shortlist

The Academy has revealed their final shortlist. From here, only five films will be selected by the Academy for Best Foreign Language Film.

Before I get to my initial (brief) thoughts on which five of these will get nominated for Oscar, let's look at some of the acclaimed films I had thought might make it to this round of voting: "Two Days, One Night" from Belgium (starring Oscar contender Marion Cotillard); Brazil's "The Way He Looks" about a blind, gay teenager trying to come to terms with his sexuality; "Mommy" from Canada, a film that has generated a lot of buzz from director Xavier Dolan; French biopic "Saint Laurent" about famed clothing designer Yves Saint Laurent; the canine drama of "White God" from Hungary; Israel's late-breaking contender "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem"; The Latvian animated feature dealing with depression "Rocks in My Pockets"; "Norte, The End of History" from The Philippines, director Lav Diaz's 4-hour epic; Switzerland's gay historical drama "The Circle"; "Winter Sleep" from Palme d'Or-winning director Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

Now, which films will carry over to Oscar? "Ida" and "Force Majeure" seem like locks. "Timbuktu" and "Leviathan" are also strong contenders. "Wild Tales" and "Tangerines" have had some precursor love. "Corn Island," "Accused" and "The Liberator" could be spoilers.

9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR® RACE

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #72

We started over at the beginning of August 2013, but with a new, more streamlined methodology to collecting votes. Just choose one selection in each of the ten categories below. Our first few weeks will be to select winners in cases of ties or in years where multiple categories existed for each discipline. After that, we'll go into the full face-off contest where each winner will then move on to a second round to face off against others.

Here is this week's ten face-offs. So, let's get started.

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