The two Best Actor categories this year both have good narratives to them. They are arguably the most exciting, as it is difficult to see exactly who is on top.
It wouldn’t be surprising if you only know of the film Roman J. Israel, Esq. because the poster features the back of Denzel Washington’s head. It’s understandable. It’s not as if the name is particularly catchy. But Roman J. Israel, Esq. is the second directorial feature from Dan Gilroy, the man behind Nightcrawler and the scripts of such films as The Fall and Bourne Legacy.
For someone who appreciated Nightcrawler, it is not unreasonable to anticipate good things from Gilroy’s follow up. Don’t be fooled. Roman J. Israel, Esq.—and I only keep reiterating the name because we are reminded of it time and time again in the film—is not Continue reading Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Movie Review
None of these movies have been released (except for Get Out). Most of these movies don’t even have trailers released. But we’re talking about them anyway.
There is an elephant in this room, which we can still see as we move on toward the door. This is no more a riddle than what occurred in the final moments of the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony. There were plenty of shocks and surprises from the 89th Annual Oscars.
Let’s get the elephant out of the way so we can talk about the mice.
Something Won Best Picture
Call it alternative facts. Call it a publicity scheme. Call it a conspiracy that goes all the way to the top! In the end, Continue reading Surprises and Reactions from the 2017 Academy Awards
The 2017 Oscars are mere minutes away. This is the movie nerd Super Bowl. A wonderful night where the Hollywood elite pat each other on the back and make pointed political statements that somebody will be Tweeting about tomorrow.
Here are some things to keep in mind while you watch. Continue reading What to Expect from the 2017 Academy Awards
In some respects, 2017 is a very boring year for Oscar predictions. This also means that many of the categories are downright pieces of cake to narrow down. What’s good for the Oscar ballot is not as good for the press, I guess.
In Best Actor, we have a handful of great performances, but there is only one that has been the favorite from the very start.
I like how the 2017 Best Director Oscar race is shaping up. It is quite interesting in terms of which directors have been getting attention thus far. There are some surprises, I think, which leaves the Oscar race more open than it initially seemed to be.