Category: For Your Consideration

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For Your Consideration 2018: Bleeker Street

DISOBEDIENCE From Sebastián Lelio, Disobedience follows a woman as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Written by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz and based on Naomi Alderman’s book, the film stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola. BEST PICTURE … Read More For Your Consideration 2018: Bleeker Street

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For Your Consideration 2017: Liongate’s “Wonder”

WONDER || “Wonder,” directed by Stephen Chbosky, tells the story of August Pullman (Jacob Tremblay). Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, … Read More For Your Consideration 2017: Liongate’s “Wonder”

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For Your Consideration 2017: STX Entertainment’s “Molly’s Game”

MOLLY’S GAME || The true story of Molly Bloom, a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her … Read More For Your Consideration 2017: STX Entertainment’s “Molly’s Game”

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For Your Consideration 2017: Entertainment Studios’ “Hostiles”

HOSTILES || Written and directed by Scott Cooper, Hostiles takes place in 1892 and tells the story of an Army Captain (Christian Bale) who reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. On the journey, they meet a widow (Rosamund Pike) whose family was murdered on the plains and offer their help. As the former … Read More For Your Consideration 2017: Entertainment Studios’ “Hostiles”

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For Your Consideration 2017: A24

A GHOST STORY || With A Ghost Story, acclaimed director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon) returns with a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his … Read More For Your Consideration 2017: A24

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For Your Consideration 2017: Amazon Studios

THE BIG SICK || Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail, who connects with grad student Emily after one of his stand-up sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by … Read More For Your Consideration 2017: Amazon Studios

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For Your Consideration 2017: Annapurna’s “Detroit”

DETROIT || From director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, DETROIT is the dramatic true story of a racially motivated crime that took place over one dark night in 1967. Up-and-coming Motown musician Larry Reed (Algee Smith), six other young African American men and two young white women were terrorized by local police, despite the presence of the State Police, the National Guard and … Read More For Your Consideration 2017: Annapurna’s “Detroit”

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For Your Consideration 2017: Bleeker Street

BREATHE || For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Academy Award® nominee Andrew Garfield, Golden Globe® winner Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital … Read More For Your Consideration 2017: Bleeker Street

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For Your Consideration 2017: Netflix Original Films

OKJA || For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja—a massive animal and an even bigger friend—at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) … Read More For Your Consideration 2017: Netflix Original Films

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For Your Consideration 2017: Walt Disney Studios

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST || ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is the journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. BEST PICTURE PRODUCED BY DAVID … Read More For Your Consideration 2017: Walt Disney Studios

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For Your Consideration 2017: Focus Features

PHANTOM THREAD || Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until … Read More For Your Consideration 2017: Focus Features

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For Your Consideration 2017: Fox Searchlight

BATTLE OF THE SEXES || In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time. As the rivalry kicked into high … Read More For Your Consideration 2017: Fox Searchlight

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For Your Consideration 2017: 20th Century Fox

LOGAN || In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when he meets a young mutant (Dafne Keen) who is very much like him. Logan must now protect the girl and battle the dark forces that want … Read More For Your Consideration 2017: 20th Century Fox

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For Your Consideration 2017: Universal Pictures

GET OUT || In Universal Pictures’ Get Out, a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation. Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), … Read More For Your Consideration 2017: Universal Pictures

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For Your Consideration 2017: Paramount Pictures

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER || A decade after An Inconvenient Truth  brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras … Read More For Your Consideration 2017: Paramount Pictures

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For Your Consideration 2017: Warner Bros. Pictures

BLADE RUNNER 2049 || From director Denis Villeneuve comes “Blade Runner 2049.” Blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. BEST PICTURE ANDREW A. KOSOVE BRODERICK JOHNSON CYNTHIA … Read More For Your Consideration 2017: Warner Bros. Pictures

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For Your Consideration 2015: The Martian

THE MARTIAN || The novel by Andy Weir was one of the best that I’ve read in very long time, so it was natural to be drawn to the film “The Martian.” Leading up to my viewing of the film, I marveled at a theater display about the film and wondered how crazy it would be if Matt Damon, the perfectly cast character for … Read More For Your Consideration 2015: The Martian

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For Your Consideration 2013: Out Of The Furnace

Even though Christian Bale is marketing “Out Of The Furnace” more than the other strong Oscar contender he’s apart of “American Hustle”, there could be a few reasons for that including that “Out Of The Furnace” comes out sooner and could probably actually use Bale’s help in pushing it into absolutely any category, which is saying a lot. Jeff Bridges has an Oscar from … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Out Of The Furnace

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For Your Consideration 2013: Stories We Tell

For a documentary that I had absolutely no interest in seeing back in May, I’ve heard enough about it and seen it pop up in enough places to where my interest is peaked. Sarah Polley investigating her family to find truth to their stories, the film is a personal look into a creative woman’s family. Polley is also no stranger to the Oscars, having … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Stories We Tell

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For Your Consideration 2013: All Is Lost

J.C. Chandor is no stranger to the Academy Awards, having garnered a nomination for his writing work on “Margin Call”. Now he lands in the directing chair, bringing this one man show to fruition. Robert Redford stars as the sailor lost at sea after his sailboat hits a dropped freighter full of shoes. Determined to survive, Redford delivers one of the most powerful performances … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: All Is Lost

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For Your Consideration 2013: Mud

Will he go from being under-appreciated to having two nominations this year? I might be pulling for it. Matthew McConaughey is a force to be reckoned with and delivering two absolutely astounding performances this year, we’ll not only see him in the critics’ awards circle, but I have a feeling we’ll see his name, not just once, but possibly twice in up for contention. … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Mud

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For Your Consideration 2013: Her

From the trailer alone, I want to root for Joaquin Phoenix and his role in “Her” as a man looking for connection and finding it in the robotic voice that becomes his personal assistant. With director Spike Jonze guiding him and an emotional gambit to run, there’s no telling what Phoenix can deliver. Having been nominated three times for his acting work in different … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Her

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For Your Consideration 2013: Prisoners

Never say never. The Academy loves to nominate Roger Deakins without awarding him and this year could be no different and “Prisoners” is the Oscar caliber film that could go either way, meaning it could either grab a few nominations and no one would be surprised, or it could totally be forgotten and that wouldn’t effect many people either. With multiple Academy Award nominees … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Prisoners

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For Your Consideration 2013: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Expect about the same showing, or even less, from this year’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”. With the same nominations it had last, the film could easily slide into Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. As with more characters involved and the visual effects of a dragon, there’s absolutely no reason this film can’t harness those same nominations, … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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For Your Consideration 2013: Gravity

Get out your pen and paper because “Gravity” will be kicking ass and taking names at this year’s Oscars, becoming one of the biggest box office successes and most critically acclaimed films of the year. Not only with this be shoveling in the critic’s awards, as one of the most successful original screenplays on the market this year, but it will also land in … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Gravity

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For Your Consideration 2013: Pacific Rim

Falling in the same boat as fellow Warner Brothers film “Man Of Steel”, the same sort of guidelines apply to “Pacific Rim”. Backed by a major studio award contender as of late, more attention can be placed on films under the umbrella, but with “Pacific Rim” not bringing in the greatest numbers or critical acclaim, the film could easily fall on the wayside. It … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Pacific Rim

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For Your Consideration 2013: Man Of Steel

With Warner Brothers backing it and the Christopher Nolan factor at play, “Man Of Steel” could make a slightly bigger impact at the Oscars than one would expect. Not to say it will land in any major categories, but there is a possibility it could garner some attention in at least Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing, but those categories … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Man Of Steel

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For Your Consideration 2013: The Great Gatsby

Having supposed to released before last year’s Academy Awards, it would have been interesting to see what this film could have done. Now having released in May, “The Great Gatsby” is anything but fresh in our minds. Leonardo DiCaprio has been snubbed by the Oscars countless times and you can bet that he will not be receiving a nomination for his role as J. … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: The Great Gatsby

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For Your Consideration 2013: 42

Before seeing “42” in April, I would have strongly guessed this film would garner tons of Oscar attention. But after seeing the film, I realized it was just a well produced sports film and not much more. With strong historical relevance and a period piece setting, the film had all the prerequisites to grab some nominations, but with weak delivery and now some much … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: 42

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For Your Consideration 2013: Rush

“Rush” is one of those feature films that has so many things going for it, like an Academy Award winning director in Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”) and a top-notch cast in Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, but has the chance of not being noticed at this year’s Oscars. I could see this year playing out one of two ways. Either “Rush” upsets and … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Rush

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For Your Consideration 2013: Lone Survivor

It’s not every year you have a Peter Berg film in the For Your Consideration bracket for the Academy Award, but this year, “Lone Survivor” barely makes the cut, coming out in December. This brute military film about four men facing off against an unexpected army looks well done but to the extent of being nominated for anything. If we were going to put … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Lone Survivor

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For Your Consideration 2013: The Croods

Along with “Despicable Me 2”, I highly expect to see “The Croods” as another Best Animated Feature nomination, with an amazing voice cast, some great visuals, and a strong score. On par with nominations from other years, “The Croods” was also a huge box office success, bringing in over $580 million in its worldwide run, meaning its wide spread. Do not expect this to … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: The Croods

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For Your Consideration 2013: Labor Day

As far as “Labor Day” goes, I’ve heard literally nothing about the film. With a late start date and no reviews surfacing yet, the only thing we have to go on is those involved their history with the Oscars. Director Jason Reitman has been to Oscars twice with four total nominations between “Juno” and “Up In The Air”. Sadly, with how heavy competition is … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Labor Day

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For Your Consideration 2013: Nebraska

Alexander Payne has won 2 Oscars for his writing work (“Sideways” & “The Descendants”). His latest film, “Nebraska”, it does not appear that he has had any hand in the writing, which could fail to grab this film a nomination for writing. That being said, Bruce Dern’s performance is being raved about from the few critics that have seen it. Being apart of Cannes … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Nebraska

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For Your Consideration 2013: Captain Phillips

With a tone and feel much like last year’s “Zero Dark Thirty”, which garnered countless critics’ awards and several nominations from the Academy, “Captain Phillips” will probably not be as popular, but guaranteed that this film gets recognized in nominations regardless. With a well-rounded, newspaper headline film, there’s two nominations that almost have to be locked, Best Actor (Tom Hanks) and Best Supporting Actor … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Captain Phillips

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For Your Consideration 2013: Despicable Me 2

The first “Despicable Me” may not have gotten nominated for an Academy Award in 2010-2011, but “Despicable Me 2” has a huge chance of getting the nod. Up against fellow animated films like “The Croods” and “Monsters University”, “Despicable Me 2” goes into the For Your Consideration section with mostly positive reviews and a box office of almost $1 billion dollars, meaning people have … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Despicable Me 2

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For Your Consideration 2013: Fast & Furious 6

Do not count it completely out, but chances are high that “Fast & Furious 6” does not make it to Oscar nominations in the least. Banking more on Best Sound Mixing and Sound Editing, those seem to be this film’s only chance of making it to the big night. With popularity rising for this franchise, that doesn’t mean much considering none of the previous … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Fast & Furious 6

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For Your Consideration 2013: Oblivion

With last year’s Academy Award winner for Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda (“Life Of Pi”), impeccable futuristic-wasteland visual effects, and an original score from the band M83, “Oblivion” has to be on the Academy’s radar. If I were to put all chips on one nomination out of Joseph Kosinski’s science fiction thriller, it would have to be on Best Visual Effects, with all the gadgets … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Oblivion

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For Your Consideration 2012: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Per IMDB: “A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government.” For your consideration in Best Documentary Feature Produced by Andy Cohen Michael Frahm Nicolai Frahm Julie Goldman Colin Jones Karl Katz Alison Klayman Cathy Price Adam Schlesinger

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For Your Consideration 2012: Argo

Not only did Roger Ebert name “Argo” the frontrunner for Best Picture at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, but tons of critics are following suit, also stating that Ben Affleck could be in the standings to win Best Director. Now, as I’m inclined to side with films I really like over films I casually like, I want to agree, but up against the … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Argo

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For Your Consideration 2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

What is it about Peter Jackson’s latest venture into the world of Middle Earth that doesn’t have critics and awards season followers expecting any major wins from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”? All three of “The Lord Of The Rings” films were nominated for Best Picture and “The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King” even won the prestigious award, along with 11 … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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For Your Consideration 2012: Cloud Atlas

“Cloud Atlas” is quite the ambitious undertaking, but I’m afraid most of these categories will be overlooked when thinking of the film. However, some strong chances of nominations that it does have are in the Best Original Score and Best Visual Effects categories, bringing some of the best of the year for each of those categories. Never count out Best Film Editing, Best Makeup, … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Cloud Atlas

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For Your Consideration 2012: Magic Mike

Not your everyday film about strippers, “Magic Mike” is kept in-line by director Steven Soderbergh. Now, I really do not see any Academy Awards nominations coming from this film, but the Golden Globes could easily eat this film up. For your consideration in all categories Best Picture of the Year Produced by NICK WECHSLER GREGORY JACOBS CHANNING TATUM REID CAROLIN Best Director STEVEN SODERBERGH … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Magic Mike

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For Your Consideration 2012: The Dark Knight Rises

Considering that the Best Picture rules were changed because of the backlash towards “The Dark Knight” not being recognized at the 2009 Academy Awards, it would be pressing to say that “The Dark Knight Rises” doesn’t at least have a chance of making the final cut. Regardless, the film should at least grab most of the technical nominations like both Sound Editing and Sound … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: The Dark Knight Rises

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For Your Consideration 2012: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

With “Brave”, “Wreck-It Ralph”, and “Rise of the Guardians” pegged as the clear front-runners, almost no one has Madagascar 3 on the top of their list for Best Animated Feature. As we saw with “Rio” last year, Best Original Song is always a possibility, but with none of the previous installments of the “Madagascar” franchise ever even being nominated at the Academy Awards, it … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

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For Your Consideration 2012: Jeff Who Lives At Home

With the continued, never say never attitude that comes along with the Academy Awards, it is very hard to count out “Jeff Who Lives At Home” or The Duplass Brothers in the Original Screenplay category, with the down-home writing and rich, natural characters, there would be little surprise from me if it snagged a nomination. For your consideration in the following categories Best Original … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Jeff Who Lives At Home

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For Your Consideration 2012: Katy Perry: Part of Me

Katy Perry sneaks into consideration with her original song “Wide Awake”, which was written specifically for her film and which plays during the credits. Although I would assume this will go no further than the consideration stage, who knows what the Best Original Song category will hold this year with new rules and poor showing last year. For your consideration in Best Original Song … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Katy Perry: Part of Me

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For Your Consideration 2012: Not Fade Away

Although I have not yet seen this film, I am fairly certain it will not gain enough traction by awards season. Small films like this should, however, not be taken for granted, since even the smallest performances or screenplays can get enough rallied support to push them through for nominations. Look at Demian Bichir in “A Better Life”, nominated for Best Actor last year. … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Not Fade Away

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For Your Consideration 2012: Flight

With a big name like Robert Zemeckis behind it and the thrill of his return to the live action, “Flight” has a great shot of getting some Oscar recognition this year, especially with Denzel Washington’s high caliber performance and an excellent script from John Gatins. Zemeckis has been nominated for an Academy Award an astounding 32 times, with 1/3 of those wins. Here’s his … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Flight

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For Your Consideration 2012: Skyfall

James Bond is no stranger to the Academy Awards, usually with nominations for Visual Effects, Sound Design, or Original Songs, but “Skyfall” will take on several other potential nominations this year, including the highly sought after Best Cinematography category with veteran Roger Deakins landing some incredible visuals. Roger Deakins has been nominated for Best Cinematography a record nine times, and this year will probably … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Skyfall

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For Your Consideration 2012: Zero Dark Thirty

Kathryn Bigelow surprised everyone when she won the 2009 Academy Award for both Best Director and Best Picture for her war related film “The Hurt Locker”. Fast forward three years, to 2012, and she hasn’t done a film since. Now, this December, her latest film “Zero Dark Thirty” is causing everyone to hold their breath, seeing if this will grab any nominations. With her … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Zero Dark Thirty

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For Your Consideration 2012: Les Misérables

Considered one of the strongest competitors at this year’s Oscars, even before it’s release, “Les Misérables” will easily snag certain nominations, including a return to the Best Director category for Tom Hooper, after his win in 2010 for directing “The King’s Speech”. Expect “Les Misérables” to get Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction, and Best Original Song nominations as well. Don’t … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Les Misérables

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For Your Consideration 2012: This Is 40

Another release focusing mainly on garnering Golden Globes attention, Judd Apatow has only ever witnessed Academy Awards glory last year with a nomination for writing on “Bridesmaids”. Not to say this couldn’t be his year, but “This Is 40” just doesn’t appear strong enough to hack up against the competition. I’d be very surprised to see this film come up with any Oscar nominations. … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: This Is 40

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For Your Consideration 2012: Ted

More of a Golden Globes nominee than Academy Awards, the only categories I could see even the slightest potential is Best Original Song, with the “anything goes” mentality that lives in the that current category, and Best Visual Effects, as CGI-ing a stuffed bear as believable as in “Ted” is award-worthy in my book. There are three potential ways this film could break through … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Ted

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For Your Consideration 2012: Snow White and the Huntsman

The best shot “Snow White and the Huntsman” has of getting nominated for an Academy Award is through its technical aspects, specifically Costume Design, Production Design, and Visual Effects. With some of the best visual effects of the year, including Charlize Theron’s milk bath, the swarms of crows, and a liquid gold mirror mirror, there’s a fairly strong chance this film breaks into that … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Snow White and the Huntsman

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For Your Consideration 2012: The Lorax

Chris Renaud is no stranger to Dr. Seuss adaptations, with “Horton Hears A Who” also under his belt, and he’s no stranger to the Academy Awards, with a nomination in 2007 for an Animated Short by the name, “No Time For Nuts”, starring the “Ice Age” character, Scrat. With an ever expanding pool of animated films, “The Lorax” teeters on the top tier of … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: The Lorax

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For Your Consideration 2012: Rise Of The Guardians

“Rise Of The Guardians” fights an uphill battle against the Pixar giants and their summer release, “Brave”, along with Disney’s box office hit “Wreck-It Ralph”. What helps this Dreamworks labor of love is a score from composer extraordinaire, Alexandre Desplat, and a visual consultant in one of the best cinematographers in the world, Roger Deakins. For your consideration in all categories Best Picture of … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Rise Of The Guardians

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For Your Consideration 2011: “We Need To Talk About Kevin”

A film that screams Oscars, “We Need To Talk About Kevin” is being considered in all categories, including its main focus, Best Actress. If Tilda Swinton were to first become nominated and then actually win the Academy Award, this would be here second Academy Award win (the first was for “Michael Clayton”). Swinton has already won two awards for this performance (the European Film … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “We Need To Talk About Kevin”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Warriors Of The Rainbow: Seedig Bale”

Of all the foreign language films up for contention at this year’s Academy Awards, “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seedig Bale” is by far the most intriguing thus far, with amazing visuals and graphics, and this is simply from viewing the trailer. And with a big name like John Woo attached, you would expect nothing less. Produced out of Taiwan, I am definitely rooting for … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Warriors Of The Rainbow: Seedig Bale”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Morgen”

“Morgen” is the Romanian entry for consideration during this year’s Oscar season. A dark satire, “Morgen” tackles the subject matter of illegal immigration. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Produced by Anca Puiu

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For Your Consideration 2011: “72 Days (Sedamdeset i dva dana)”

Croatia’s entry into the Academy Awards consideration for Best Foreign Film, “72 Days” is written and directed by Danilo Šerbedžija and stars his father Rabe Šerbedžija. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Directed by Danilo Šerbedžija

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Monsieur Lazhar”

From the producers of the Academy Award nominated film “Incendies” and winner of the Best Canadian Feature Film award at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, “Monsieur Lazhar” is being considered for Best Foreign Language Feature. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Luc Déry & Kim McCraw

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within”

Under consideration in the Foreign Language department, “Elite Squad-The Enemy Within” not only gains attention from being the official selection of Brazil for the Academy Awards, but was also the highest-grossing film of all-time in Brazil. If that doesn’t make this film a leader in the pack, I don’t know what what will. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Produced by Marcos Prado

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Semper Fi”

Any time a documentary lifts the curtain on certain issues, it usually makes for entertaining and enlightening productions. Much like last year’s “GasLand” which was a filmmaker with his own camera, driving around and getting regular people’s input on the state of their drinking water, “Semper Fi” is a military man stepping forward and speaking up about certain pollution caused by the military. BEST … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Semper Fi”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Pina”

What sounds like another passionate documentary, “Pina” was originally supposed to followed the life of Pina Bausch, a German modern dance choreographer. When Pina passed away unexpectedly, the film was all but dead, however Pina’s dancers requested the film still get made and now this film garners not only a foreign language film consideration but also a documentary feature film consideration. BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Pina”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Buck”

As my personal favorite documentary of the year, “Buck” has my wholehearted vote for a nomination at this year’s Academy Awards. Though there is nothing groundbreaking in the film, there is a passion in “Buck” unlike any documentary this year so far and in what seems like the most unlikely of places. I would honestly love to see this film win Best Documentary and … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Buck”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Beauty (Skoonheid)”

The South African submission for Best Foreign Language film, “Beauty” was awarded the Queer Palm Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Produced by Oliver Hermanus

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Lady”

Directed by Luc Besson, a French director, “The Lady” is being considered for the Academy Awards this year. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IN ALL CATEGORIES including BEST ACTRESS** Michelle Yeoh BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR** David Thewlis

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Drive”

“Drive” was my favorite film of the year and the more nominations this film receives, the happier I will be. Ryan Gosling by far deserves a nomination, as well as the director, the score, the screenplay, and without a doubt, the cinematography. Deep down I have a feeling this film may get snubbed for its graphic nature, but overall, this film deserves some recognition. … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Drive”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “W.E.”

Is it me or is this the year of nontraditional director taking the reigns; Ralph Fiennes, Vera Farmiga, Jodie Foster, Angelina Jolie, and now Madonna directing the Weinstein Company’s for your consideration film “W.E.”. Basically picking up where “The King’s Speech” left off, “W.E.” focuses on the other brother, King Edward, and his mistress. Though my philosophy towards the Oscars is to never say … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “W.E.”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Undefeated”

Unsure of what this film is or what it is being nominated for, I will have to post more when I find out. All I know now is that The Weinstein Company has listed this film as being considered for the 2011-2012 awards season and that it was screened at the South By Southwest Film Festival. (Apparently not to be confused with the documentary … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Undefeated”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “My Week With Marilyn”

With her performance in “My Week With Marilyn”, Michelle Williams looks to get nominated for Best Actress two years in a row (last year for her performance in “Blue Valentine” aside Ryan Gosling). Though Eddie Redmayne has yet to make a name for himself, his performance should probably also be recognized. Besides the acting awards, I would be surprised to see this film nominated … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “My Week With Marilyn”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Iron Lady”

When Meryl Streep is made the face of a film, you are damn sure that film will get some Oscar attention. Streep has been nominated for sixteen Academy Awards, winning two for Best Actress (“Kramer Vs. Kramer” & “Sophie’s Choice”). This year “The Iron Lady” will almost assuredly win her another nomination as she plays former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, yet another historical … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Iron Lady”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Coriolanus”

Based on the Shakespearian tragedy of the same title, it is hard to justify why “Coriolanus” would not get an Adapted Screenplay nomination. However, marking Ralph Fiennes directorial debut, the rest of the film may end up empty-handed (talk of Vanessa Redgrave gaining a nomination is stirring though). BEST PICTURE Produced by Ralph Fiennes, Colin Vaines, John Logan, Gabrielle Tana, Julia Taylor-Stanle BEST DIRECTING … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Coriolanus”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Artist”

Few films are getting quite the buzz as “The Artist”. If you would have asked me at the beginning of the year if I thought a French, black-and-white, silent film would be receiving the praise of critics and even the end-all talk of being good enough to win Best Picture, I would have called you crazy. Jean Dujardin won Best Actor at Cannes Film … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Artist”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “In Darkness”

A Polish drama directed by Agnieszka Holland: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

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For Your Consideration 2011: “A Separation”

Iran’s submission for the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Film, “A Separation” has already won the top award at the Berlin International Film Festival (the Golden Bear) becoming the first Iranian film to win the award. Having won such an award and being picked up for distribution by Sony Picture Classics makes this film a front-runner for gaining the coveted nomination. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “A Separation”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Higher Ground”

Vera Farmiga takes her first leap from acting to directing and though I am sure her efforts are valiant, I do not see this film going very far at this year’s Academy Awards, probably not getting nominated for any awards. BEST PICTURE Produced by Claude Dal Farra, Renn Hawkey, Caryl Hugo, Matthew Parker BEST DIRECTOR Vera Farmiga BEST ACTRESS Vera Farmiga BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Higher Ground”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Guard”

Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle are definitely established and enjoyable actors, but are they good enough to a) be nominated for Academy Awards and b) win those nominations. My answer would be “no” to each one, but any exposure for this film, as it is being considered, is good for business. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IN ALL CATEGORIES including BEST ACTOR Brendan Gleeson BEST SUPPORTING … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Guard”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Take Shelter”

Winning the 50th Critics’ Week Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival, “Take Shelter” is one of my many anticipated films of the year, starring Michael Shannon in yet another Jeff Nichols directed film (the two paired in “Shotgun Stories”). Both Nichols’ writing and Shannon’s are gaining attention, though may I point out that Jessica Chastain is being considered in her fourth film of the … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Take Shelter”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Midnight In Paris”

Here are some numbers for you: Woody Allen has won three Academy Awards (two for “Annie Hall” for Directing and Screenplay and one for “Hannah and Her Sisters” for Screenplay). Allen has been nominated a total of 21 times: 14 as a screenwriter, six as a director, and one as an actor. Allen has been nominated for screenwriting Academy Awards (Original Screenplay mind you) … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Midnight In Paris”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “A Dangerous Method”

Yet another film that simply screams Academy Awards. The pieces are all there. Period pieces are normally revered by the Academy and depicting Sigmund Freud, a prominent figure, who has had very little exposure on the big screen helps this film out immensely. Viggo Mortensen is a seasoned actor, having been nominated for an Academy Award before (for “Eastern Promises”, yet another David Cronenberg … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “A Dangerous Method”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

If there is one film (besides “Super 8” and “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part Two”) that screams Best Visual Effects this year, it is “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. Using the same CGI technology as the beloved “Avatar”, the monkeys/apes are given the define characteristics of their human counterparts with this technology. Expect to see this in the Visual Effects … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Rio”

All I know about “Rio” is that 20th Century Fox had a field day with marketing the film with Angry Birds when it came out. From the trailer, the animation looks up to par with the productions that Disney/Pixar put out, so your guess will be as good as mine when it comes to picking from the eighteen animated films nominated this year. “Rio” … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Rio”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Carnage”

Politics involving Roman Polanski aside, “Carnage” is the first film of his that I have genuinely been excited to see and credit has to go to casting. First off, Christoph Waltz in anything is great and seeing him take a comedic role like this and seemingly knocking it out of the park continues to drive my admiration for him. John C. Reilly and Jodie … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Carnage”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Win Win”

Though “Win Win” is one of the best and highly acclaimed dramas of the year, never count out Paul Giammati at Oscar time. The writing could easily gain a nomination this year, but with the tough competition this year in all categories, “Win Win” may not have a place among the nominees regardless of how well received the film may be. BEST PICTURE Produced … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Win Win”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Shame”

Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender have been winning awards for the film “Shame” since it debuted, including Best Picture and Acting awards at the Venice Film Festival and Directing and Acting awards at the Seville European Film Festival. Though its NC-17 rating could hinder its possibilities of being nominated at this year’s Academy Awards, Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender’s talent cannot be denied. The … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Shame”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Martha Marcy May Marlene”

Since the debut of “Martha Marcy May Marlene” at the Sundance Film Festival, critics have been raving about Elizabeth Olsen’s performance. The forgotten Olsen twin proves she can act and hopefully earns herself an Oscar nomination at this year’s Academy Awards. The performance from John Hawkes has also been buzzed about and after his nomination last year for his role in “Winter’s Bone” I … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Martha Marcy May Marlene”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Terraferma”

Italy’s official selection for consideration in the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language category, “Terraferma” has already won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Marco Chimenz, Giovanni Stabilini, Riccardo Tozzi

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Montevideo, God Bless You”

Of the foreign films that I have glanced at thus far, “Montevideo” is the first film that appears Oscar-worthy. The cinematography appears on par with its Hollywood counter parts and the performances come off well even in the trailer. Coming from Serbia, “Montevideo” won the Audience Choice Award at the Moscow International Film Festival. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Produced by Dejan Petrović

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Love Child (La Hija Natural)”

Written, produced, and directed by Leticia Tonos, “La Hija Natural” is the Dominican Republic’s submission for consideration in the Foreign category. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Produced by Leticia Tonos

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For Your Consideration 2011: “José & Pilar (José e Pilar)”

Coming out of Portugal, “José & Pilar” is a documentary depicts the last year of a Nobel Prize winning writer and his wife. Looking very emotional and very well filmed, we will see if it is enough to hook Academy members. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Produced by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, Ana Jordão, Daniela Siragusa

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Tree of Life”

More times than not, it is the films like “The Tree of Life”, which people have such a polarized opinions of, that actually end up being nominated for Academy Awards. The Terrence Malicks and Lars von Triers are some of the most imaginative and inspirational directors of our time, but often not understood, causing the love them or hate them reactions. “The Tree of … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Tree of Life”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Way”

Written, directed, and starring Emilio Estevez, “The Way” is being considered in all categories including BEST PICTURE Produced by David Alexanian and Emilio Estevez BEST DIRECTOR Emilio Estevez BEST ACTOR Martin Sheen BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Emilio Estevez James Nesbitt Yorick van Wageningen BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Deborah Kara Unger BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Juan Miguel Azpiroz BEST FILM EDITING Raúl Dávalos BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Emilio Estevez BEST … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Way”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Skin I Live In”

“The Skin I Live In” has received phenomenal reviews thus far and I look forward to viewing it. Though it is unclear what exactly is being considered from this film, the main focus of the ads are for Original Score. I cannot imagine, however, that Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya would not be considered for their performances as well. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IN ALL … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Skin I Live In”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Raw Faith”

“Raw Faith” is a documentary about a woman of God and her struggles with faith. I am unsure whether or not this film is still being considered, as it did not make the documentary short list of contenders, but the film does contain an original song by Sheryl Crow, so I am speculating that perhaps it is still in contention for that category. As … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Raw Faith”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Rampart”

Regardless of what he is in, I am pro-Woody Harrelson. The man commands his roles with a precision unlike any other actors his age. Rugged and careless, frightening yet loveable, Harrelson is one of the best actors of our time, and one of the most underrated as well. In 2009, he was nominated for his supporting role in “The Messenger” and that was one … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Rampart”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The First Grader”

If I have learned anything over the years of watching the Academy Awards, it is to never count anything out. “The First Grader” may not fit the high standards that are normally placed on nominated films of the year, but as I stated in a previous post, dark horses are known to squeak into the awards ceremony all the time. All it takes is … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The First Grader”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “A Better Life”

The Oscar season breeds dark horse films like these and normally they find a way to squeeze into the nominations with pure admiration. Not necessarily in any major categories, but they do find a way to gain smaller, yet still prestigious nominations like screenplay or even acting. The trailer for “A Better Life” does radiate family values and the Academy usually thrives on those … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “A Better Life”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Descendants”

Every year there are films that simply scream Academy Awards. Though I have yet to see this one, “The Descendants” looks to epitomize what an Oscar nominated film is made of. George Clooney alone is practically locked as a nomination for Best Actor. Also, the screenplay should just about be locked as well, with such an original and passionate story. I would even go … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Descendants”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Tower Heist”

Imagine these phrases: “And the Oscar goes to: Eddie Murphy”… “And the Oscar goes to: Ben Stiller” … “And the Academy Award for Best Picture goes to: ‘Tower Heist’”. If any of these statements are uttered at the Academy Awards this upcoming year, I will quit watching movies. However, even before Brett Ratnor became one of the most hated man in Hollywood with his … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Tower Heist”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Bridesmaids”

As much as I admire the women that made “Bridesmaids” possible, a Judd Apatow produced comedy has little to no possibility of being nominated for an Academy Award. The fact that it is being considered is grounds enough impressive, but a comedy at the Oscars is very rare.  I can maybe justify the screenplay gaining a nomination simply because it was very well written, … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Bridesmaids”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Margin Call”

Being considered one of the most underrated films of the year, “Margin Call”, though it is being considered for all the right nominations to make it a big player simply will not register at this year’s Oscars. Filled with acting considerations, I highly doubt any of them will actually come through on the big night, though I will be holding out for the screenplay … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Margin Call”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Albert Nobbs”

For starters, Glenn Close actually played this role in 1982 in a stage production of “Albert Nobbs”. After trying to get the play produced into a film for all these years, she finally found director István Szabó, a Hungarian filmmaker. Now imagine this, before the film was recast following a delay in production, the supporting roles were supposed to be played by Amanda Seyfried … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Albert Nobbs”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Warrior”

The Mixed Martial Arts equivalent of “The Fighter” from last year, the only thing saving “Warrior” is headliner Tom Hardy (“Bronson” and “Inception”). There has also been tons of buzz surrounding Nick Nolte’s supporting role, but this year’s Best Supporting Actor category is probably the toughest to get into (with George Clooney, Christopher Plummer, Colin Firth, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, but more on that … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Warrior”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “War Horse”

When Steven Spielberg’s name is attached to a film, you damn sure better expect it to get noticed. I expect multiple nominations to come out of this film, including Costume Design and Cinematography. With John Williams at the helm of the score, I would not doubt a Best Original Score nomination, nor would I doubt Spielberg himself getting a nomination for directing. It just … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “War Horse”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Help”

The surprise success of the summer, “The Help” held the top spot in the weekend box office for four straight weekends in a row, having made $168 million in its theater run,  and only costing about $25 million to produce. With astonishing and heartwarming performances from several of the actresses in the film, specifically Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain, some acting nominations are almost … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Help”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Winnie The Pooh”

Though I have yet to see “Winnie The Pooh”, I am throwing my vote into this film being nominated for Best Animated Feature. Of the eighteen animated feature up for consideration, “Winnie The Pooh” just has a charm about it that I believe deserves to be nominated. This may change once I see it, or once I see some of the other films nominated, … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Winnie The Pooh”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”

Every year that there is a “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, it gets nominated for Academy Awards. Each year the nominations get less and less and each year the films never win (save for “Dead Man’s Chest”). Not much will change this year, I am afraid. “The Curse of the Black Pearl” had four nominations for Johnny Depp, Makeup, and Sound Editing/Mixing, “Dead Man’s … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Muppets”

For such an original and successful franchise, I do not see a huge place for “The Muppets” at this year’s Academy Awards. Originally, I had prayed for the powers-that-be to allow the Muppets to host the Academy Awards, but then Brett Ratner announced Eddie Murphy. When Ratner and Murphy stepped down, I thought for sure it would happen (there were even rumblings of such … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Muppets”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “La Luna”

With the name Pixar attached, this Animated Short already has the upper hand. What a great way to honor the late Steve Jobs if the company he helped produce were to take home the Oscar this year. BEST ANIMATED SHORT Enrico Casarosa (Producer)

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Gnomeo & Juliet”

Of the eighteen animated films up for consideration for Oscar nomination, “Gnomeo & Juliet” has one of the least chances of making the final cut. The only chances this film has of being nominated is that it is based on a Shakespearean play and it contains original music by Elton John. Unsure of how the Original Song category will pan out, having a name … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Gnomeo & Juliet”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Cars 2”

This year’s Disney/Pixar installment, you can place your bets on this one getting nominated for the Oscar. The original “Cars” was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 79th Academy Awards and lost to “Happy Feet”. The funny thing is “Cars 2” faces “Happy Feet Two” this year in the pool of eighteen animated films up for consideration, and in my opinion, “Happy Feet … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Cars 2”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Young Adult”

An up-and-coming dream team of sorts, director Jason Reitman (“Juno” and “Up In The Air”) and writer Diablo Cody (“Juno” and “Jennifer’s Body”) release yet another award-buzzing film. Both were nominated for their collaboration on “Juno” and Diablo Cody actually took home the statue for that one. Jason Reitman was also nominated for his film “Up In The Air” in 2010, which lost to … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Young Adult”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Like Crazy”

Being my favorite film of the year, any nominations that “Like Crazy” gets will make me extremely happy. Both the film and Felicity Jones took away major awards at this passed year’s (27th Annual) Sundance Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury Prize in the Drama category, as well as the Special Grand Jury Prize for Acting. Like last year’s “Winter’s Bone” with the film, … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Like Crazy”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

Imagining “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” nominated for Best Picture is rather comical. Though it is one of my favorite action franchises, the idea of the film getting considered for Best Picture is humorous. Expect the film to get the normal Visual Effects and Sound Mixing/Editing nominations and not much more. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IN ALL CATEGORIES INCLUDING BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR Produced … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Super 8”

“Super 8” is easily one of the most original films of the year, produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by J.J. Abrams. Though I do not see any huge awards coming out of this film, visual effects and screenplay should definitely be honored. How nice would it be to see Elle Fanning nominated for her performance, however, she may be too young and this … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Super 8”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Hugo”

Martin Scorsese as director makes “Hugo” a huge attention-grabber, however, as an action-adventure children’s film, the film does not hold a huge chance of being nominated for anything like Best Picture. That being said, from the trailer alone, “Hugo” could easily pull off nominations for visual effects, art direction, and directing. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IN ALL CATEGORIES including BEST PICTURE** Produced by Johnny Depp, … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Hugo”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Adventures of Tintin”

An animated film produced by Peter Jackson, directed by Steven Spielberg, and scored by John Williams seems a hard film to top. How this film will not get nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film I do not know. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IN ALL CATEGORIES including BEST PICTURE & BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM** Produced by Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Adventures of Tintin”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Puss In Boots”

Considering the amount of press “Puss In Boots” has gained since its release on top of the huge numbers it is pulling in the box office, I would not at all be surprised if “Puss In Boots” found a nomination at this year’s Academy Awards. If you remember, “Shrek” was the first film to ever win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Puss In Boots”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Kung Fu Panda 2”

The first “Kung Fu Panda” was a great film, funny and charming, witty and action-ey, but not award-worthy (though it was nominated at the 2008 Oscars against “Bolt” and “WALL-E” for which the latter won). Since I have not seen the newest sequel, I cannot speak for sure, but unless it is incredibly better than the original, I do not see it as an … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Kung Fu Panda 2”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Rango”

Easily one of the best animated films of 2011, “Rango” is also one of the eighteen animated films up for consideration for the Academy Awards. I wholly expect the film to get a Best Animated Feature Film nomination if nothing else. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IN ALL CATEGORIES INCLUDING BEST ANIMATED FEATURE & BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR** Produced by Gore Verbinski • Graham King … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Rango”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Ides of March”

One of my favorite films of the year (thus far), there is no surprise that “The Ides of March” is being considered for all categories of the Academy Awards. I have a strong feeling that this might be Ryan Gosling’s year, if not to win an Oscar than to at least be nominated. Having George Clooney star and direct may give Clooney an edge … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Ides of March”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Moneyball”

Nothing but rave reviews have come out of “Moneyball” and for a sports film to be considered for the Oscars is quite an achievement. Brad Pitt is no stranger to the Academy Awards, but Jonah Hill takes his first step out of the dirty comedy realm and earns his first consideration for an Oscar nomination, and what an achievement it will be if he … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Moneyball”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Arthur Christmas”

Another film that I have no desire to see, “Arthur Christmas” finds its way into the pool of eighteen animated films up for consideration for the Academy Awards this year. Though I am positive it will be better than “Happy Feet Two”, the advertisements still do not sell me enough to get behind it (though, I am stating all of this without having seen … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Arthur Christmas”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”

Most fans of David Fincher and “The Social Network” felt that Fincher was robbed last year at the Oscars, but now that we’ve seen Fincher as an Academy Award nominee, I feel like we will be seeing a lot more of him for years to come. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is a highly anticipated film this year and I believe upon its … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Anonymous”

“Anonymous” is a film I will have to see before I can actually judge whether this consideration will become a nominee in any of the categories. The period-ness of the film is a good start, but with little hype for the film and a slightly nobody cast, I am not sure it will be able to contend. Best Picture** Roland Emmerich (Producer) Larry Franco … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Anonymous”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part Two”

Expect “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part Two” to be a big contender at this year’s Academy Awards. Though Harry Potter is no stranger to the Academy Awards (normally in the cinematography category) this year’s Harry Potter will change things and rightfully so, with the biggest opening weekend in movie history ($483.2 million dollars opening weekend). Expect some acting awards to come out … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part Two”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Happy Feet Two”

One of the eighteen animated feature films up for consideration for Best Animated Feature, I really hope “Happy Feet Two” is not nominated because I really do not want to watch it. Its box office will probably not prove very successful and the franchise is not a very popular one, so I assume I will be in the clear. However, contrary to popularity, the … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Happy Feet Two”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”

Winning an Oscar at a prior Academy Awards ceremony definitely puts an actor/actress in the driver’s seat when it comes to getting nominated again. Sandra Bullock has enough steam to be another front-runner at this year’s Oscars and, though I have yet to see the film, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” appears like “The Blind Side” of 2011, with family values and strong emotion. … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Contagion”

As much as I thoroughly enjoyed “Contagion”, I do not feel like this is an Academy Award film. Hopefully I will be proven wrong especially since there are many great elements in this film including an exquisitely subtle score by Cliff Martinez (also did the score for “Drive”) and great directing from Steven Soderbergh. Best Picture Michael Shamberg (Producer) Stacey Sher (Producer) Gregory Jacobs … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Contagion”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “J. Edgar”

Any film with the name Clint Eastwood attached is destined to be nominated for an Academy Award. Not only do I believe a Best Picture nod will come from this film but also Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Make-up (probably Best Original Screenplay as well). Having just seen this film last night, the Oscar feel is definitely in this film … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “J. Edgar”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Debt”

Of the many breakthrough stars this year, Jessica Chastain has to be my favorite actress of them all. Present in both “The Help” and “The Tree of Life”, Chastain is also up for consideration in “The Debt”. Though I do not doubt the quality of “The Debt”, I do not see many nominations coming out of this film come awards season. I really do … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Debt”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Hanna”

Last year, I was positive Daft Punk would be nominated for Best Original Score for their work on “Tron: Legacy”, yet come nomination time, they were snubbed. So now when The Chemical Brothers are up for consideration for Best Original Score, I am leery to assume that they will be nominated. We can only hope. Apart from the score, I do not see many … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Hanna”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Jane Eyre”

Period pieces are always shoe-ins for Academy Award nominations, so seeing “Jane Eyre” up for consideration is no real surprise. With three quickly rising stars (Mia Wasikowska from “Alice In Wonderland”, Michael Fassbender from “X-Men: First Class, and Jamie Bell from “Defiance” and “Jumper”) and a solid veteran in Judi Dench, the acting awards could come out strong from this film. Michael Fassbender appears … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Jane Eyre”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Beginners”

Having recently viewed “Beginners”, I am strongly behind this film getting some nominations at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Among the directing and writing considerations, I would also love to see Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Melanie Laurent all get nominations. Also, the Original Score definitely deserves some honoring. If you click the link provided for the Focus Features page, the score loops on … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Beginners”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Pariah”

Coming off very comparable to “Precious”, this drama is up for consideration for the Academy Awards. I am not completely sure any of these nominations will come to fruition, but I also have yet to see the film. Best Picture Nekisa Cooper (Producer) Best Director Dee Rees Best Actress Adepero Oduye Best Supporting Actor Charles Parnell Best Supporting Actress Kim Wayans Pernell Walker Aasha … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Pariah”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Though not yet released, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is getting the full treatment, with considerations in all categories: Best Picture Tim Belvan (Producer) Eric Fellner (Producer) Robyn Slovo (Producer) Best Director Tomas Alfredson Best Actor Gary Oldman Best Supporting Actor Benedict Cumberbatch David Dencik Colin Firth Stephen Graham Tom Hardy Ciaran Hinds John Hurt Toby Jones Simon McBurney Mark Strong Best Supporting Actress Kathy … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

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For Your Consideration 2011: Another Happy Day

The main considerations coming out of “Another Happy Day” include: Ellen Barkin for Best Actress Sam Levinson for Best Original Screenplay