We the Animals - 2019 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Awards season is officially in full swing as the folks at Film Independent have officially announced the nominations for the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, honoring achievements in independent film for the year 2018.

Jeremiah Zagar‘s film We the Animals led the indie pack with five total nominations. But coming in close behind are two wildly different A24 films, Bo Burnham‘s coming of age comedy Eighth Grade and Paul Schrader‘s challenging drama First Reformed, each with four nominations. Other films landing nods include You Were Never Really Here, Hereditary, The Tale and more

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netflix oscar race

Netflix wants in on the Oscar action, and some members of the Academy aren’t happy. According to a new report, Academy members are split down the middle regarding Netflix’s attempt to join the Oscar race by releasing several of their films in limited theatrical runs. One faction of Academy voters thinks the idea is intriguing, while another thinks Netflix is running a scam. More on the Netflix Oscar race below.

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most popular film oscar

The Academy faced a whirlwind of backlash when they announced their idea for a “Most Popular Film” Oscar – the type of award that seemed to misunderstand why people like movies at all. Not long after, word came that the Academy would not be going through with the Popular Film Oscar after all. But not so fast! According to Academy President John Bailey, the Popular Film award isn’t dead – just dormant. And it might spring forth from the grave at any moment.

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netflix theatrical release

The critical hype around Roma is driving Netflix to break its own rules on theatrical releases. The streaming giant, which was once so uncompromising about its day-and-date theatrical and online release stance that it got banned from the Cannes Film Festival, is making a dramatic move for three of its biggest Oscar contenders this year.

The Netflix theatrical releases for RomaThe Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Bird Box have be set several weeks before the three films’ streaming debuts.

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12 Horror Movies That Should Have Won Best Picture

The Oscars don’t like horror. Every once in a while, a horror film peeks its head into the rarefied air of the Academy Awards with a costume or technical nod. One even won Best Picture. But, despite Get Out and The Shape of Water getting their due, it’s a genre largely cast out of the process for seeming too middle- or low-brow. As if fear and its construction aren’t worthwhile artistic pursuits. As if dramas can’t also be schlocky or cheap.

It’s in that spirit that I wanted to conduct this little thought experiment considering the scary movies that deserved the highest prize in filmdom.

This isn’t frivolous – which may be too fair to the Oscars because it still uses their biased paradigm into consideration for what horror films could have won when whether they should have won is the main concern. My goal is to argue realistically not only that a horror film was excellent, but that it was better than what won Best Picture that year.

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A Quiet Place cast

A Quiet Place hit theaters very early in 2018, but Paramount is apparently confident that awards voters have long memories: the studio is going to position the film’s cast for potential Oscar nominations. A new report says that after a change in strategy, actors John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe will now all be competing in supporting categories. But will any of them get a nod? Read More »

oscars 2019 animated feature

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has officially announced the 25 animated films qualified to compete in this year’s Oscar race. The competing films for the Oscars 2019 animated feature category include Pixar’s superhero sequel Incredibles 2, Disney’s irreverent comedy Ralph Breaks the Internet, Sony’s eye-popping Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Wes Anderson’s quirky Isle of Dogs. But there are a handful of anime films jostling for a slot that may just earn the rare non-U.S. studio nomination.

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A Star Is Born Songs

Bradley Cooper‘s remake of A Star Is Born is chock full of new, original songs performed by the filmmaker himself and the incredibly talentedLady Gaga. However, not all of them will be in the running for Oscars this awards season.

Warner Bros. Pictures has put up the list of categories they’re hoping A Star Is Born will land Oscar nominations for when the time comes early next year. Of course, the studio is looking to land the Academy Award for Best Original Song, but they will only be submitting three of the songs from the soundtrack in their attempt to win it. Unfortunately, the instantly infamous butt song “Why Did You Do That?” is not among them. Read More »

black panther oscar chances

Marvel and Disney are very serious about the King of Wakanda claiming his Oscar crown. In an effort to limit any sort of category split, the House of Mouse is only campaigning Avengers: Infinity War for one Academy Award, while pushing Black Panther for every nomination under the sun. This greatly increases Black Panther‘s Oscar chances.

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2018 emmy winners

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards aired on NBC Monday night with Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che double-teaming to present the awards to TV’s finest talents live from the Microsoft Theater. The 2018 ceremony marks a historic shift for the Emmy Awards’ — moving the ceremony from Sunday to Monday night in a bid to increase declining ratings.

The 2018 Emmy winners were updated live during the ceremony. Winners appear in bold.

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