The Academy shed its distaste for showy blockbuster films for the 2019 Oscars. The eight films nominated for best picture have grossed a combined total of $1.2 billion at the domestic box office – the highest-earning batch of nominees since 2011. While predictable political dramas “Vice” and “Green Book” are well within the Academy’s comfort zone, more mainstream candidates like “Black Panther” and “A Star Is Born” are steadfast competitors. Similarly, veteran actors like Willem Dafoe and Amy Adams are interspersed amongst equally deserving first-timers such as Lady Gaga and Yalitza Aparicio, who was an aspiring preschool teacher before she was cast in “Roma.” With the 91st Academy Awards fast approaching, the Daily Bruin’s Alissa Evans predicts the winners in six of the most hotly debated categories. Best Picture: “Roma” The best picture front-runner is the quietest film in a group of flashy … [Read more...] about 2019 Oscars predictions
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COYLE: Will win: Close; should win: CloseThere's not a bad choice in the bunch and many more, too, that didn't make the cut. There may be room here for an upset from Colman, whose Queen Anne was a delirious heap of emotions. But it feels like this belongs to Close whose subtle performance overflows with the kind of intricacy that can go (and, in Close's case, often has gone) overlooked at the Academy Awards.Best actorThe nominees: Christian Bale, Vice; Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born; Willem Dafoe, At Eternity's Gate; Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody; Viggo Mortensen, Green BookBAHR: Will win: Malek; Should win: Cooper That Malek somehow became the consensus choice here still kind of baffles me, especially when there's Cooper giving the performance of a lifetime as sad, sweet, awful and tragic Jackson Maine. He felt realer than the sanitized Freddie Mercury of Bohemian Rhapsody, that's for sure.COYLE: Will win: Malek; should win: DafoeIn an Oscars full of question marks, Malek's win seems … [Read more...] about Oscars predictions: Who will win and who should win
Alfonso Cuarón could snatch a Best Director statue for Roma. Carlos Somonte The 91st Academy Awards still doesn’t have a host, but it does have a handful of serious contenders vying for its most coveted trophies. In a year packed with good films (though perhaps not many great ones), this Oscars race is as crowded—and clouded—as ever. Based on everything we’ve seen, industry chatter, the results of other awards ceremonies thus far and the Academy’s history, here’s who we think will get nods when the 2019 nominations are announced January 22—and who will win when the big event takes place on February 24.Best PictureTop Contenders:A Star Is BornStill in the Running: Can You Ever Forgive Me?Eighth GradeWidowsFirst ManA Star Is Born was arguably 2018’s most anticipated movie and, somehow, it lived up to the hype. However, it’s worth noting that it wasn’t among the top three films considered for the Toronto … [Read more...] about Our 2019 Oscars Predictions: Will Gaga Win? Can ‘Roma’ Take Home the Top Prize?
Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post Published 8:41 am PST, Friday, December 7, 2018 Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy in "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy in "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" Photo: Mary Cybulski, Fox Searchlight Photo: Mary Cybulski, Fox Searchlight Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy in "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy in "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" Photo: Mary Cybulski, Fox Searchlight The 10 biggest movie surprises of 2018, from Melissa McCarthy to 'Mowgli' 1 / 1 Back to Gallery In an art form that thrives on sequels - and that might as well market its … [Read more...] about The 10 biggest movie surprises of 2018, from Melissa McCarthy to ‘Mowgli’
Here are the Oscar-worthy movies you should keep an eye on this fall. By Sophie Bennett, Staff Writer September 12, 2018 As Oscar season creeps up on us, the fall movie lineup boasts a full roster of promising films. MoviePass may be gasping for air as it drowns in debt, but even if you’re paying full price, these films are worth a little budget bending. The first major film of awards season is the Oct. 5 release “A Star is Born,” directed by Bradley Cooper and starring Tisch dropout Lady Gaga. The third rebirth of the classic 1937 film is — after a tremendous response from festivals — expected to find much success among young adult audiences feeding out of Gaga’s fan base. The film is riding a resurgence of movie musicals with recent hits like “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman,” and serves as a platform for Cooper and Gaga to explore new branches of their careers. Still riding the fame of the critically acclaimed … [Read more...] about Oscar Bait Worth Taking