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Tuesday
Jan182022

Best Actor - Just how volatile is that fifth spot? 

by Nathaniel R

Former Oscar winners: Denzel, Nicolas (and Javier Bardem) all rising on the chart

Oscar chart update time. The SAG nominations threw a wrench into Best Actor predictions with the inclusion of the polarizing performance (or rather polarizing casting) of Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz in Being the Ricardos. But is he really a threat to the nomination? Probably, yes, as Oscar's acting branch loves almost nothing more than celebrities playing other celebrities. Not all biopics are about celebrities or star bonafide celebrities so this is a special awards-magnetized division of the overall 'genre' if you will. We think he might be nominated -- especially if Nicole Kidman becomes the clear favourite in Best Actress -- but he's hardly locked up. Especially because it seems extra foolish to assume his nomination chances are as sturdy as the other four SAG nominees (Will Smith, Andrew Garfield, Benedict Cumberbatch, Denzel Washington) who have all scored at all three important precursors (which Bardem has not). 

Our conclusion. The fifth spot is a true free-for-all...

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Tuesday
Jan182022

"Happening" and "Annette" win at the Lumières 

by Nathaniel R

Some of you may recall that we were thrilled when Happening (also known as L'Evenement) won the Golden Lion at Venice this past September. Audrey Diwan's abortion drama, set in the 1960s when the procedure was still illegal in France, is a riveting film with a superb lead performance. It's also apparently popular in France since it's just won the top prize at the 27th annual Lumière Awards, France's other big movie award beyond their top industry prize (the César). César nominations hit on January 26th so we'll see how films like Titane and Happening and Annette do there, but we already know what the Lumières thought of those three films. The complete list of nominations and wins are after the jump. If we've written about the films there's a link...

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Tuesday
Jan182022

2nd Annual "Gold List" Honoring Asian Achievements in Film

by Nathaniel R

Shang-Chi

Hello, awards fans. While we have often bemoaned the ever-increasing amounts of groups giving out "best" honors here at TFE, we do love to share and champion groups that have very specific focuses since the conversation could always do with broadening rather than the narrowing that more traditional awards do. So we're pleased to share the second annual "Gold List" a joint venture between Gold House and CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) recognizing outstanding work by Asian filmmakers and actors. Shang-Chi and Drive My Car both took multiple prizes this year while The Green Knight played bridesmaid with multiple honorable mentions. The full list of winners and honorable mentions is after the jump... 

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Tuesday
Jan182022

Almost There: Ian McKellen in "Richard III"

by Cláudio Alves

With its streaming release on Apple TV+, it seems like everyone is watching The Tragedy of Macbeth. As people discuss Joel Coen's adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play, talks of Oscar are nearly unavoidable - Denzel Washington is poised to earn his ninth acting nomination for the titular role. However, while his awards triumph feels obvious, one shouldn't think that playing the Bard's most famous roles is an easy ticket to the Oscars. Many major adaptations have been snubbed over the years, and even when the Academy embraces a Shakespearean flick, it rarely extends such love to its cast.

Look no further than Sir Ian McKellen's first major bid at big-screen stardom. In 1995, after starring in a famed stage production directed by Richard Eyre, the actor decided to take that Richard III to the movies…

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Monday
Jan172022

Critics Groups Round 7 - That point in the year when we begin to lose our minds

by Nathaniel R

JK Simmons picks up his first prize for Being the Ricardos

Another week. Another crowded list of critics associations announcing their "Bests". There's still a lot of repetition but there are a couple of minor points of interest, some annoying and some delightful in this particular roundup. Here are the 12 latest critics groups to announce after the jump...

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