OSCARS 2016: The Nominations

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Chris Luckett

While the nominations this year were more predictable than in some years past, the movies that did rise to the top have produced a more interesting race from the outset than we’ve had in quite a while. When the field of Best Picture nominees includes eight incredibly varied films, each quite strong as their respective cinematic goals, it’s a good sign that anything can happen over the next six weeks.

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OSCARS 2016: Nomination Predictions

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Photo: EPA

Chris Luckett

With the Golden Globe Awards taking place this past Sunday, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that nobody actually cares about them. Regardless of how they’re very on by fewer than 90 people and the fact they consider things like The Martian a comedy, The Golden Globes are just the most public awards show for movies in the lead-up to the movie awards that really matter – the Oscars!

Tomorrow morning at the crack of dawn, the world will find out the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards. But what movies can you expect to be up for the treasured trophies? Continue reading

OSCARS 2014: A Look at the Best Picture Nominees

Photo: Columbia Pictures

Photo: Columbia Pictures

(This is Part 5 of a five-part series looking at the Oscar nominees in the eight major categories. Click here for Part 1Part 2Part 3, or Part 4.)

Chris Luckett

Ever since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences allowed for up to ten Best Pictures nominees in 2009, it’s made for especially interesting races. While some nominees that came as a result of the expansion never stood a real chance — Remember The Blind Side? Or The Kids are All Right? Or The Help? No? — it’s also allowed for tougher predictions and dark-horse contenders. This year’s nominees include big-budget epics, small indies, and everything in between — and, unlike in recent years, a good number of the movies stand a chance of walking away with the night’s top prize.

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OSCARS 2014: A Look at the Directing Nominees

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Photo: Paramount Pictures

(This is Part 4 of a five-part series looking at the Oscar nominees in the eight major categories. Click here for Part 1Part 2, or Part 3.)

Chris Luckett

People sometimes confuse directors and producers or are unsure of which the important one is. Producers add input and help raise money, but the person running the whole show — telling the actors how to act, choosing how to interpret the script, deciding what the final product will be — is the director.

Usually, because of how pivotal directors are to their final products, the people who win the Oscar for Best Director also have their respective films chosen for Best Picture – last year’s victory for Argo despite Ben Affleck’s snub for Best Director being a rare exception. As such, if you want to know who’s on track to win Best Picture, keep your eyes focused on the five nominees in the race for Best Director.

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OSCARS 2014: A Look at the Lead Performance Nominees

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Photo: Paramount Pictures

(This is Part 3 of a five-part series looking at the Oscar nominees in the eight major categories. Click here for Part 1 or Part 2.)

Chris Luckett

Ten lead performances are nominated for Academy Awards each year: five male and five female. This year’s batch includes some real heavyweights; despite two of them scoring first-time nominations, the ten actors and actresses up for Lead Performance Oscars have 38 Academy Award nominations between them.

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OSCARS 2014: Nominations and Prediction Results

Artwork: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Artwork: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Chris Luckett

Despite there being only a dozen of so films in major contention for the Oscars this year, while I was right about many nominations, I also misjudged a number of them. Inside Llewyn Davis, Rush, All is Lost, and Saving Mr. Banks all proved less loved by the Academy than they’ve been by other award groups and guilds. Philomena, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Dallas Buyers Club also proved even stronger bets than I initially thought.

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