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Precursor: 18th Florida Critics Nominations (2014)

Restricting their nominations to 3 per category creates a shortlist of potential Oscar contenders that could be insightful into what critics want when it comes to Oscar recognition. While there are several films that could also have been included, we may be seeing the best case minimum scenario in several categories.

Nominations Tallies

(7) Birdman
(5) The Grand Budapest Hotel
(4) Boyhood, Interstellar
(3) Gone Girl

The Nominations

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This Day in Oscar History: December 17 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released


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Film Preview: The Love Punch (2014)

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Poster #1

Additional posters can be found below.

Trailer Link

Release Date:

May 23, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A divorced couple scheme to recover the retirement money that was stolen from them."

Poster: C- / C / D+

Review: (#1-#3) This trio of generic, bland designs don't strike out differently in each iteration. The first and third are as weak as they could possibly be with the third eliminating the more interesting middle strip that the first one used more effectively. Ultimately, the second design is the best as it tries to establish setting and cause while relying too heavily on a gimmicky quality.

Trailer: B+

Review: Although the film has been released and received weak reviews, the trailer sets up a film that could end up amusingly diverting if nothing else. That level of humor and execution would make it a good DVD rental, but not something to rush out to at the movies.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(December 14, 2014) Original

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Eye on Warner Archive: Dec. 9, 2014

Here are some highlights of the recent releases to the Warner Archive Collection. DVD's and Blu-rays are manufactured on demand. They also have a streaming service. Before you visit Warner Archive to check out their selection, check out the selections below an a few of my thoughts.

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Precursor: 35th London Critics Nominations (2014)

Even if you exclude the two nominations for British Films-only categories, Mr. Turner did better on average than most other films. With Mr. Turner widely available in the UK, but not in the U.S., this may explain why it's done so well with London. Either that, or there's a British bias, which is also possible. Apart from that, nothing here really leaps out as being astounding or unusual.

Nominations Tallies

(6) Birdman, Mr. Turner
(5) Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Under the Skin
(4) '71, Nightcrawler, Whiplash
(3) Ida, Leviathan

The Nominations

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Precursor: 27th Chicago Critics Awards (2014)

Chicago is carrying forward the Boyhood narrative that's dominating precursor season, but as The Social Network, L.A. Confidential and others proved, dominance with the critics does not mean dominance with the Academy. There aren't any major surprises here.

Award Tallies

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

The Awards

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Precursor: 18th Toronto Critics Awards (2014)

Apart from Boyhood, Toronto spread its love among several films, few of which were new selections among precursors. The Lunchbox was a surprising first feature selection while The Overnighters beat out one of the Oscar frontrunners. They will announce their Best Canadian Film award on December 14 and this year, they have a surprisingly dense and well known slate to select from.

Award Tallies

(3) Boyhood

The Awards

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Precursor: 14th Phoenix Critics Awards (2014)

Keira Knightley secures her first precursor win for The Imitation Game, the lone true surprise among the more recognizable categories. Documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me is a bit unusual for a selection, but not one that has me scratching my head.

Award Tallies

(6) Birdman
(3) Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel
(2) Edge of Tomorrow, Into the Woods

The Awards

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Precursor: 13th San Francisco Critics Awards (2014)

For the second year running, San Francisco announced their nominations at the same time as their awards, making things look more favorable to Birdman in nomination count, but giving Boyhood more prizes. As precursor season wears on, the number of unique selections dwindle, but they are one of the few groups that have given quite a bit of love to Mr. Turner, which was nominated for Best Director, but not Best Picture.

Award Tallies

(4) Boyhood
(3) Birdman
(2) Ida

Nominations Tallies

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Precursor: 6th Indiana Critics Awards (2014)

Indiana couldn't find any new ground to break, so they introduced a new award for motion capture/vocal performance and gave it to Andy Serkis (because who else are you going to give it to or nominate?). Their selections were mostly in line with what other groups have done with Locke and St. Vincent doing better than with most other groups.

Award Tallies

(3) Boyhood
(2) The Grand Budapest Hotel, Whiplash

The Awards

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The DVD Report #391

The camera focuses on a middle-aged Irish priest sitting in the confessional listening to a distressed parishioner who is opening up for the first time about being raped and sodomized on a daily basis for five years as a child by a now-deceased priest. Too late to prosecute the bad priest and too cynical to seek therapy, the man tells the priest there is only one way to draw attention to the crime and that is by killing a good priest. He has chosen the good priest hearing his confession and tells him he will kill him a week from Sunday.

The great Irish actor Brendan Gleeson has won several awards in Britain and Ireland for his career best performance as this imperfect, but essentially good priest in John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary. He has also been picking up stateside critics’ nominations and awards as the year-end awards move into high gear.

Gleeson is no stranger to awards, of course, having won his fair share for such portrayals as legendary Irish gangster Martin Cahill in 1998’s The General, Colin Farrell’s hit-man partner in 2008’s In Bruges, Winston Churchill leading Britain to war in 2009’s Into the Storm (for HBO), and the coastal Irish policeman partnered with fish-out-of-water FBI agent Don Cheadle in 2011’s The Guard. Memorable in major supporting roles in 2011’s Albert Nobbs and this year’s Edge of Tomorrow, he has three Golden Globe nominations under his belt but no SAG or Oscar nominations as yet.

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This Day in Oscar History: December 16 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released


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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

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87th Oscars: Makeup & Hairstlying Shortlist

When I said earlier that Foreign Language Film would be the last shortlist, I had forgotten all about the Makeup department. Here are their shortlisted films. It's most interesting that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made the list considering how few effects were in it. The Theory of Everything also seems a bit odd to me.

7 FEATURES ADVANCE IN RACE FOR MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING OSCAR®

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Trailer Watch: Inside Out, updated (2015)

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#9)

Inside Out, updated

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for link to the trailer, more posters (if available) and other commentary not featured here.

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