Early September Predictions

It’s now September, and the race is heating up. We are midway though the 3 major Film Festivals, Venice (ending on Saturday), Toronto (beginning on Friday), and Telluride, which has already wrapped up. These are the most important events for any perspective nominee that hasn’t gotten any buzz yet. Over to the Foreign Language Film submissions, the submissions have started to trickle in, and this time next month, we will know the full list of submissions. Most front runners in the top categories are starting to lose ground (with the only exception being Gary Oldman for Lead Actor), and soon we will know who is going to be a lock for a nomination. For now, these are who I have predicted to be nominated for the 90th Academy Awards

Best Picture

  1. Dunkirk
  2. The Post
  3. Call Me By Your Name
  4. The Shape of Water
  5. Downsizing
  6. Get Out
  7. Phantom Thread
  8. Darkest Hour
  9. Mudbound
  10. The Big Sick

 

Best Director

  1. Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
  2. Steven Spielberg – The Post
  3. Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name
  4. Guillermo Del Toro – The Shape of Water
  5. Alexander Payne – Downsizing

 

Best Actor in a Lead Role

  1. Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
  2. Daniel Day Lewis – Phantom Thread
  3. Denzel Washington – Roman Israel, Esq.
  4. Hugh Jackman – The Greatest Showman
  5. Tom Hanks – The Papers

 

Best Actress in a Lead Role

  1. Meryl Streep – The Post
  2. Annette Bening – Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
  3. Judi Dench – Victoria and Abdul
  4. Francis McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  5. Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  1. Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
  2. Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me By Your Name
  3. Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name
  4. Mark Rylance – Dunkirk
  5. Michael Shannon – The Current War

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  1. Melissa Leo – Novitiate
  2. Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
  3. Michelle Pfeiffer – Mother!
  4. Mary J Blige – Mudbound
  5. Hong Chau – Downsizing

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. Call Me By Your Name
  2. Mudbound
  3. Last Flag Flying
  4. Molly’s Game
  5. Wonderstruck

 

Best Original Screenplay

  1. The Post
  2. Downsizing
  3. The Shape of Water
  4. Get Out
  5. Darkest Hour

 

Best Animated Feature Film

  1. Coco
  2. The Breadwinner
  3. Loving Vencent
  4. Ferdinand
  5. The LEGO Batman Movie

 

Best Foreign Language Film

  1. Loveless – Russia
  2. The Square – Sweden
  3. A Fantastic Woman – Chile
  4. 120 Beats Per Minute – France
  5. In the Fade – Germany

 

Best Cinematography

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Darkest Hour
  4. The Shape of Water
  5. Wonderstruck

 

Best Costume Design

  1. Wonderstruck
  2. Darkest Hour
  3. Victoria and Abdul
  4. Phantom Thread
  5. The Greatest Showman

 

Best Film Editing

  1. Dunkirk
  2. The Post
  3. Blade Runner 2049
  4. The Shape of Water
  5. Get Out

 

Best Makeup and Hair

  1. Darkest Hour
  2. Logan
  3. The Greatest Showman

 

Best Production Design

  1. Blade Runner 2049
  2. Darkest Hour
  3. Dunkirk
  4. The Greatest Showman
  5. The Shape of Water

 

Best Sound Editing

  1. Blade Runner 2049
  2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  3. Dunkirk
  4. Detroit
  5. Baby Driver

 

Best Sound Mixing

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. The Greatest Showman
  4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  5. The Shape of Water

 

Best Visual Effects

  1. War for the Planet of the Apes
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  4. Dunkirk
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

 

Best Original Score

  1. The Shape of Water
  2. Dunkirk
  3. Darkest Hour
  4. The Post
  5. Wonderstruck

 

Best Original Song

  1. “Come Alive” – The Greatest Showman
  2. “Evermore” – Beauty and the Beast
  3. “Remember Me” – Coco
  4. “Tell Me How Long” – Chasing Coral
  5. “This is Me” – The Greatest Showman

 

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Early September Predictions

Early December Oscar Predictions

It is now December, and Critics Awards season is just getting started. Top prizes from the critics organizations have been surprising to say the least, with The Post, Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird leading the pack win it comes to critics love. The Academy will start start releasing the short lists of films selected to move forward in various categories, with Animated Feature Film (26) and Visual Effects (20) releasing their shortlists already.

With all that said, these are my predictions for the 90th Academy Awards:

Best Picture:

  1. Dunkirk
  2. The Post
  3. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  4. Call Me By Your Name
  5. Lady Bird
  6. The Shape of Water
  7. Get Out
  8. Darkest Hour
  9. The Florida Project
  10. Mudbound

 

Best Director:

  1. Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
  2. Guillermo Del Toro – The Shape of Water
  3. Steven Spielberg – The Post
  4. Luca Guadagnino – Call me By Your Name
  5. Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird

 

Best Actor in a Lead Role:

  1. Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
  2. Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
  3. Daniel Day Lewis – Phantom Thread
  4. Tom Hanks – The Post
  5. James Franco – The Disaster Artist

 

Best Actress in a Lead Role:

  1. Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  2. Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
  3. Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
  4. Meryl Streep – The Post
  5. Margot Robbie – I, Tonya

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

  1. Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  2. Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
  3. Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me By Your Name
  4. Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name
  5. Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

  1. Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
  2. Allison Janney – I, Tonya
  3. Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
  4. Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
  5. Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

 

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  1. Call me By Your Name
  2. Mudbound
  3. Molly’s Game
  4. The Disaster Artist
  5. Last Flag Flying

 

Best Original Screenplay:

  1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  2. Lady Bird
  3. Get Out
  4. The Post
  5. The Shape of Water

 

Best Animated Feature Film:

  1. Coco
  2. The Breadwinner
  3. Loving Vincent
  4. The LEGO Batman Movie
  5. Ferdinand

 

Best Foreign Language Film:

  1. Foxtrot – Israel
  2. BPM – France
  3. Loveless – Russia
  4. In the Fade – Germany
  5. First They Killed My Father – Cambodia
  6. The Square – Sweden
  7. The Insult – Lebanon
  8. A Fantastic Woman – Chile
  9. The Wound – South Africa

 

Best Cinematography:

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. The Shape of Water
  4. Darkest Hour
  5. Call Me By Your Name

 

Best Costume Design:

  1. Phantom Thread
  2. Beauty and the Beast
  3. Darkest Hour
  4. The Shape of Water
  5. The Greatest Showman

 

Best Film Editing:

  1. Dunkirk
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. Get Out
  4. The Post
  5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

Best Makeup and Hair

  1. Darkest Hour
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. Beauty and the Beast

 

Best Production Design

  1. The Shape of Water
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Dunkirk
  4. Darkest Hour
  5. Phantom Thread

 

Best Sound Editing:

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  4. Baby Driver
  5. The Shape of Water

Best Sound Mixing:

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. The Shape of Water
  4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  5. Baby Driver

 

Best Visual Effects:

  1. War for the Planet of the Apes
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  4. The Shape of Water
  5. Dunkirk

 

Best Original Score:

  1. Dunkirk
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. The Post
  4. Darkest Hour
  5. Phantom Thread

 

Best Original Song

  1. “Remember Me” – Coco
  2. “Mystery of Love” – Call Me By Your Name
  3. “Evermore” – Beauty and the Beast
  4. “Prayers for this World” – Cries from Syria
  5. “This is Me” – The Greatest Showman

 

Early December Oscar Predictions

2018 Sundance Film Festival Lineup

The lineup for the Sundance Film Festival 2018 has been announced. The lineup includes both World and U.S. Premiers of the finest independent films that industry has to offer. Sundance has become more and more impotent to the world of film and to the Awards seasons, since it is where many up and coming screenwriters and directors get their first chance to display their talents. The 2018 Sundance Film Festival will take place January 18-28 in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Listed below are the films that are slated for their US and World premiers.

WORLD PREMIERS

  • American Animals
    • Director: Bart Layton
    • screenwriter: Bart Layton,
    • Producers: Derrin Schlesinger, Katharine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Mary Jane Skalski
    • Cast: Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd, Udo Kier. World Premiere
    • Synopsis: The unbelievable but mostly true story of four young men who mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.
  • Blaze
    • Director: Ethan Hawke
    • Screenwriters: Ethan Hawke, Sybil Rosen
    • Producers: Jake Seal, John Sloss, Ryan Hawke, Ethan Hawke
    • Cast: Benjamin Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Josh Hamilton, Charlie Sexton.
    • Synopsis: A reimagining of the life and times of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement; he gave up paradise for the sake of a song.
  • Blind Spotting
    • Director: Carlos Lopez Estrada
    • Screenwriters: Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs
    • Producers: Keith Calder, Jess Calder, Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs
    • Cast: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones.
    • Synopsis: A buddy comedy in a world that won’t let it be one.
  • Burden
    • Director: Andrew Heckler
    • screenwriter: Andrew Heckler
    • Producers: Robbie Brenner, Jincheng, Bill Kenwright
    • Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Andrea Riseborough, Tom Wilkinson, Usher Raymond
    • Synopsis: After opening a KKK shop, Klansman Michael Burden falls in love with a single mom who forces him to confront his senseless hatred. After leaving the Klan and with nowhere to turn, Burden is taken in by an African-American reverend, and learns tolerance through their combined love and faith.
  • Eighth Grade
    • Director: Bo Burnham
    • screenwriter: Bo Burnham
    • Producers: Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Christopher Storer, Lila Yacoub
    • Cast: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton.
    • Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school — the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year – before she begins high school.
  • I Think We’re Alone Now
    • Director: Reed Morano
    • Screenwriter: Mike Makowsky
    • Producers: Fred Berger, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fernando Loureiro, Roberto Vasconcellos, Peter Dinklage, Mike Makowsky
    • Cast: Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning
    • Synopsis: The apocalypse proves a blessing in disguise for one lucky recluse – until a second survivor arrives with the threat of companionship.
  • The Kindergarten Teacher
    • Director Sara Colangelo
    • screenwriter: Sara Colangelo
    • Producers: Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Talia Kleinhendler
    • Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Rosa Salazar, Anna Baryshnikov, Michael Chernus, Gael Garcia Bernal
    • Synopsis: Lisa Spinelli is a Staten Island teacher who is unusually devoted to her students. When she discovers one of her five-year-olds is a prodigy, she becomes fascinated with the boy, ultimately risking her family and freedom to nurture his talent. Based on the acclaimed Israeli film.
  • Lizzie
    • Director: Craig William Macneill
    • Screenwriter: Bryce Kass, Producers: Naomi Despres, Liz Destro
    • Producers: Elizabeth Destro, Naomi Despres
    • Cast: Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jamey Sheridan, Fiona Shaw, Kim Dickens, Denis O’Hare.
    • Based on the 1892 murder of Lizzie Borden’s family in Fall River, MA, this tense psychological thriller lays bare the legend of Lizzie Borden to reveal the much more complex, poignant and truly terrifying woman within — and her intimate bond with the family’s young Irish housemaid, Bridget Sullivan.
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post
    • Director: Desiree Akhavan,
    • Screenwriters: Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele
    • Producers: Cecilia Frugiuele, Jonathan Montepare, Michael B. Clark, Alex Turtletaub
    • Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, John Gallagher Jr., Jennifer Ehle.
    • Synopsis: 1993, after being caught having sex with the prom queen, a girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center. Based on Emily Danforth’s acclaimed and controversial coming-of-age novel.
  • Monster
    • Director: Anthony Mandler
    • Screenwriters: Radha Blank, Cole Wiley, Janece Shaffer
    • Producers: Tonya Lewis Lee, Nikki Silver, Aaron L. Gilbert, Mike Jackson, Edward Tyler Nahem
    • Cast: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson, Rakim Mayers, Jennifer Ehle, Tim Blake Nelson.
    • Synopsis: ‘Monster’ is what the prosecutor calls 17 year old honors student and aspiring filmmaker Steve Harmon. Charged with felony murder for a crime he says he did not commit, the film follows his dramatic journey through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison.
  • Monsters and Men
    • Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
    • screenwriter: Reinaldo Marcus Green,
    • Producers: Elizabeth Lodge Stepp, Josh Penn, Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, Luca Borghese
    • Cast: John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chanté Adams, Nicole Beharie, Rob Morgan
    • Synopsis: This interwoven narrative explores the aftermath of a police killing of a black man. The film is told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand.
  • Nancy
    • Director: Christina Choe
    • screenwriter: Christina Choe,
    • Producers: Amy Lo, Michelle Cameron, Andrea Riseborough
    • Cast: Andrea Riseborough, J. Smith-Cameron, Steve Buscemi, Ann Dowd, John Leguizamo.
    • Synopsis: Blurring lines between fact and fiction, Nancy becomes increasingly convinced she was kidnapped as a child. When she meets a couple whose daughter went missing thirty years ago, reasonable doubts give way to willful belief – and the power of emotion threatens to overcome all rationality.
  • Sorry to Bother You
    • Director: Boots Riley
    • screenwriter: Boots Riley
    • Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Charles King, George Rush, Jonathan Duffy, Kelly Williams
    • Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Jermaine Fowler, Armie Hammer, Omari Hardwicke.
    • Synopsis: In a speculative and dystopian not-too distant future, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success – which propels him into a macabre universe.
  • The Tale
    • Director: Jennifer Fox
    • screenwriter: Jennifer Fox,
    • Producers: Oren Moverman, Lawrence Inglee, Laura Rister, Mynette Louie, Sol Bondy, Simone Pero
    • Cast: Laura Dern, Isabel Nelisse, Jason Ritter, Elizabeth Debicki, Ellen Burstyn, Common.
    • Synopsis: An investigation into one woman’s memory as she’s forced to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive; based on the filmmaker’s own story.
  • Tyrel
    • Director: Sebastian Silva
    • screenwriter: Sebastian Silva
    • Producers: Jacob Wasserman, Max Born
    • Cast: Jason Mitchell, Christopher Abbott, Michael Cera, Caleb Landry Jones, Ann Dowd.
    • Synopsis: Tyler spirals out of control when he realizes he’s the only black person attending a weekend birthday party in a secluded cabin.
  • Wildlife
    • Director: Paul Dano
    • Screenwriters: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan
    • Producers: Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker
    • Cast: Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp, Jake Gyllenhaal.
    • Synopsis: Montana, 1960: A portrait of a family in crisis. Based on the novel by Richard Ford.

U.S. Premiers

  • A Kid Like Jake
    • Director: Silas Howard
    • Screenwriter: Daniel Pearle
    • Producers: Jim Parsons, Todd Spiewak, Eric Norsoph, Paul Bernon, Rachel Song)
    • Cast: Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra, Ann Dowd, Amy Landecker.
    • Synopsis: As married couple Alex and Greg navigate their roles as parents to a young son who prefers Cinderella to G.I. Joe, a rift grows between them, one that forces them to confront their own concerns about what’s best for their child, and each other.

  • Beirut
    • Director: Brad Anderson,
    • Screenwriter: Tony Gilroy
    • Cast: Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Shea Whigham, Dean Norris.
    • Synopsis: A U.S. diplomat flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at his home. Ten years later, he is called back to war-torn Beirut by CIA operatives to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.

  • The Catcher Was a Spy
    • Director: Ben Lewin
    • Screenwriter: Robert Rodat
    • Producers: Kevin Frakes, Tatiana Kelly, Buddy Patrick, Jim Young
    • Cast: Paul Rudd, Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Jeff Daniels, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti.
    • Synopsis: The true story of Moe Berg – professional baseball player, Ivy League graduate, attorney who spoke nine languages – and a top-secret spy for the OSS who helped the U.S. win the race against Germany to build the atomic bomb.

  • Colette (United Kingdom)
    • Director: Wash Westmoreland
    • Screenwriters: Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer
    • Producers: Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley
    • Cast: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Denise Elinor Tomlinson, Aiysha Hart. World Premiere
    • Synopsis: A young country woman marries a famous literary entrepreneur in turn-of-the-century Paris: At her husband’s request, Colette pens  series of bestselling novels published under his name. But as her confidence grows, she transforms not only herself and her marriage, but the world around her.

  • Come Sunday
    • Director: Joshua Marston
    • Screenwriter: Marcus Hinchey
    • Producers: Ira Glass, Alissa Shipp, Julie Goldstein, James Stern, Lucas Smith, Cindy Kirven
    • Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Condola Rashad, Jason Segel, Lakeith Stanfield, Martin Sheen.
    • Synopsis: Internationally-renowned pastor Carlton Pearson — experiencing a crisis of faith — risks his church, family and future when he questions church doctrine and finds himself branded a modern-day heretic. Based on actual events.

  • Damsel
    • Directors: David and Nathan Zellner
    • screenwriters: David and Nathan Zellner
    • Producers: Nathan Zellner, Chris Ohlson, David Zellner
    • Cast: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner, Robert Forster, Nathan Zellner, Joe Billingiere.
    • Synopsis: Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American Frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope. As Samuel, a drunkard named Parson Henry and a miniature horse called Butterscotch traverse the Wild West, their once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.

  • Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot
    • Director: Gus Van Sant,
    • Screenwriters: Gus Van Sant (screenplay), John Callahan (biography),
    • Producers: Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, Steve Golin, Nicolas Lhermitte
    • Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black.
    • Synopsis: John Callahan has a talent for off-color jokes…and a drinking problem. When a bender ends a nine car accident, Callahan wakes permanently confined to a wheelchair. In his journey back from rock ; Callahan finds beauty and comedy in the absurdity of human experience.

  • Futile and Stupid Gesture
    • Director: David Wain
    • Screenwriters: John Aboud, Michael Colton,
    • Producers: Peter Principato, Jonathan Stern
    • Cast: Will Forte, Martin Mull, Domhnall Gleeson, Matt Walsh, Joel McHale, Emmy Rossum.
    • Synopsis: The story of comedy wunderkind Doug Kenney, who co-created the National Lampoon, Caddyshack, and Animal House. Kenney was at the center of the 70’s comedy counterculture which gave birth to Saturday Night Live and a whole generation’s way of looking at the world.
  • The Happy Prince (Germany, Belgium, Italy)
    • Director: Rupert Everett
    • screenwriter: Rupert Everett
    • Cast: Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas, Rupert Everett.
    • Synopsis: The last days of Oscar Wilde–and the ghosts haunting them–are brought to vivid life. His body ailing, Wilde lives in exile, surviving on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him as the transience of lust is laid bare and the true riches of love are revealed.
  • Hearts Beat Loud
    • Director: Brett Haley
    • Screenwriters: Brett Haley, Marc Basch
    • Producers: Houston King, Sam Bisbee, Sam Slater
    • Cast: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, Toni Collette
    • Synopsis: In Red Hook, Brooklyn, a father and daughter become an unlikely songwriting duo in the last summer before she leaves for college.
  • Juliet, Naked (United Kingdom)
    • Director: Jesse Peretz
    • Screenwriters: Tamara Jenkins, Jim Taylor, Phil Alden Robinson, Evgenia Peretz,
    • Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa
    • Cast: Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O’Dowd.
    • Synopsis: Based on the novel by Nick Hornby. Annie is the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan, an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe. When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s celebrated record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to an encounter with the elusive rocker himself.
  • Ophelia (United Kingdom)
    • Director: Claire McCarthy
    • Screenwriter: Semi Chellas
    • Producers: Daniel Bobker, Sarah Curtis, Ehren Kruger, Paul Hanson
    • Cast: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, George MacKay, Tom Felton, Devon Terrell.
    • Synopsis: A mythic spin on Hamlet through a lens of female empowerment: Ophelia comes of age as lady-in-waiting for Queen Gertrude, and her singular spirit captures Hamlet’s affections. As lust and betrayal threaten the kingdom, Ophelia finds herself trapped between true love and controlling her own destiny.
  • Puzzle
    • Director: Marc Turtletaub
    • Screenwriter: Oren Moverman,
    • Producers: Peter Saraf, Wren Arthur, Guy Stodel
    • Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman, Bubba Weiler, Austin Abrams, Liv Hewson.
    • Synopsis: Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world – where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.

  • Untitled Debra Granik Project
    • Director: Debra Granik
    • Screenwriters: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, Producers: Anne Harrison, Linda Reisman, Anne Rosellini
    • Cast: Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Jeff Korber, Dale Dickey.
    • Synopsis: A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. A small mistake tips them off to authorities sending them on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.

  • What They Had
    • Director: Elizabeth Chomko
    • screenwriter: Elizabeth Chomko
    • Cast: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster.
    • Synopsis: Bridget returns home to Chicago at her brother’s urging to deal with her mother’s Alzheimer’s and her father’s reluctance to let go of their life together.

 

2018 Sundance Film Festival Lineup

60th Grammy Awards Nominations

Tomorrow the nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards will be announced in all categories. Since there are over 100, I’m just going to predict the nominees of the 4 general categories for Record, Song, Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

  • DAMN – Kendrick Lamar
  • Divide – Ed Sheeran
  • 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
  • Starboy – The Weeknd
  • Melodrama – Lorde

Possible Spoilers:

  • The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert
  • Hardwired to Self Destruct – Metallica
  • Joanne – Lady Gaga
  • We Got It from Here…Thank You 4 Your Service – A Tribe Called Quest

 

RECORD OF THE YEAR:

  • “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran
  • “Humble” – Kendrick Lamar
  • “Despacito ” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Beiber
  • “That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars
  • “Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift

Possible Spoilers:

  • “Feel It Still” – Portugal. The Man
  • “I Feel It Coming” – The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk
  • “1-800-273-8255” – Logic feat. Alessia Cara and Khalid

 

SONG OF THE YEAR:

  • “Humble” – Kedrick Lamar
  • “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran
  • “1-800-273-8255” – Logic feat. Alessia Cara and Khalid
  • “Million Reasons” – Lady Gaga
  • “Praying” – Kesha

Possible Spoilers

  • “Better Man” – Little Big Town
  • “Too Good a Goodbyes” – Sam Smith
  • “Say You Won’t Go” – James Arthur

 

BEST NEW ARTIST:

  • Alissa Cara
  • Khalid
  • SZA
  • Logic
  • James Arthur

Possible Spoilers:

  • Julia Michaels
  • Brett Young
  • Old Dominion

By this time tomorrow, we’ll know who’s up for a Grammy in all categories.

The 60th Grammy Awards will be held earlier than usually, on January 28, to avoid conflict with the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics. This year’s Grammy’s will also be moving back to New York for the first time in 15 years.

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60th Grammy Awards Nominations

Late November Oscar Predictions

I am back with new predictions! I’ve taken the last month or so off from predicting but I am back with updates. Next month, The SAG and Golden Globe nominees will be announced and we’ll have a better idea of what the Academy members are going to nominate. These are who I see being nominated on 23 January.

 

Best Picture

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  3. The Shape of Water
  4. Call Me By Your Name
  5. Darkest Hour
  6. The Post
  7. Lady Bird
  8. Get Out
  9. The Florida Project
  10. The Big Sick

Best Director

  1. Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
  2. Guillermo Del Toro – The Shape of Water
  3. Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name
  4. Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  5. Steven Spielberg – The Post

Best Actor in a Lead Role

  1. Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
  2. Daniel Day Lewis – Phantom Thread
  3. Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
  4. Tom Hanks – The Post
  5. Jake Gyllenhaal – Stronger

Best Actress in a Lead Role

  1. Francis McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  2. Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
  3. Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
  4. Meryl Streep – The Post
  5. Margot Robbie – I, Tonya

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  1. Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  2. Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
  3. Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me By Your Name
  4. Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name
  5. Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  1. Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
  2. Allison Janney – I, Tonya
  3. Holly Hunter – The Big
  4. Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water
  5. Mary J. Blige – Mudbound

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. Call Me By Your Name
  2. Mudbound
  3. Molly’s Game
  4. The Disaster Artist
  5. Last Flag Flying

Best Original Screenplay

  1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  2. Get Out
  3. Lady Bird
  4. The Shape of Water
  5. The Post

Best Animated Feature Film

  1. Coco
  2. The Breadwinner
  3. Loving Vincent
  4. Mary and the Witch’s Flower
  5. Ferdinand

Best Foreign Language Film

  1. Foxtrot – Israel
  2. Loveless – Russia
  3. In the Fade – Germany
  4. First They Killed my Father – Cambodia
  5. The Square – Sweden

Best Cinematography

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. The Shape of Water
  4. Darkest Hour
  5. Wonderstruck

Best Costume Design

  1. Phantom Thread
  2. Beauty and the Beast
  3. Darkest Hour
  4. The Shape of Water
  5. The Greatest Showman

Best Film Editing

  1. Dunkirk
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. Get Out
  4. The Post
  5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  1. Darkest Hour
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. I, Tonya

Best Production Design

  1. The Shape of Water
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Dunkirk
  4. Darkest Hour
  5. Blade Runner 2049

Best Sound Editing

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  4. Baby Driver
  5. The Shape of Water

Best Sound Mixing

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. The Shape of Water
  4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  5. Baby Driver

Best Visual Effects

  1. War for the Planet of the Apes
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  4. The Shape of Water
  5. Dunkirk

Best Original Score

  1. Dunkirk
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. Darkest Hour
  4. The Post
  5. Wonderstruck

Best Original Song

  1. “Remember Me” – Coco
  2. “Mystery of Love” – Call Me By Your Name
  3. “Evermore” – Beauty and the Beast
  4. “Prayers for this World” – Cries from Syria
  5. “Stand Up for Something” – Marshall

 

Late November Oscar Predictions

Mid October Oscar Predictions

Best Picture

  1. Dunkirk
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. The Post
  4. Darkest Hour
  5. Call Me By Your Name
  6. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  7. Get Out
  8. Lady Bird
  9. The Florida Project
  10. The Big Sick

 

Best Director

  1. Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
  2. Guillermo Del Toro – The Shape of Water
  3. Steven Spielberg – The Post
  4. Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name
  5. Joe Wright – Darkest Hour

 

Best Actor in a Lead Role

  1. Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
  2. Daniel Day Lewis – Phantom Thread
  3. Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
  4. Jake Gyllenhaal – Stronger
  5. Tom Hanks – The Post

 

Best Actress in a Lead Role

  1. Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
  2. Francis McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  3. Meryl Streep – The Post
  4. Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
  5. Margot Robbie – I, Tonya

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  1. Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
  2. Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  3. Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me By Your Name
  4. Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name
  5. Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  1. Allison Janney – I, Tonya
  2. Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
  3. Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
  4. Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water
  5. Melissa Leo – Novitiate

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. Call Me By Your Name
  2. Mudbound
  3. Molly’s Game
  4. Last Flag Flying
  5. The Disaster Artist

 

Best Original Screenplay

  1. Get Out
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  4. The Post
  5. Lady Bird

 

Best Animated Feature Film

  1. Coco
  2. The Breadwinner
  3. Ferdinand
  4. The LEGO Batman Movie
  5. The Boss Baby

 

Best Foreign Language Film

  1. The Square – Sweden
  2. A Fantastic Woman – Chile
  3. In the Fade – Germany
  4. BPM (Beats Per Minute) – France
  5. Happy End – Austria
  6. First They Killed My Father – Cambodia
  7. Tom From Finland – Finland
  8. Loveless – Russia
  9. Summer 1993 – Spain

 

Best Cinematography

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. The Shape of Water
  4. Darkest Hour
  5. Wonderstruck

 

Best Costume Design

  1. Beauty and the Beast
  2. Darkest Hour
  3. The Greatest Showman
  4. Phantom Thread
  5. The Shape of Water

 

Best Film Editing

  1. Dunkirk
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. Blade Runner 2049
  4. Darkest Hour
  5. Get Out

 

Best Makeup and Hair

  1. Darkest Hour
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. Beauty and the Beast

 

Best Production Design

  1. Blade Runner 2049
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. Dunkirk
  4. Darkest Hour
  5. The Greatest Showman

 

Best Sound Editing

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  4. Baby Driver
  5. The Shape of Water

 

Best Sound Mixing

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. The Shape of Water
  4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  5. Baby Driver

 

Best Visual Effects

  1. Blade Runner 2049
  2. War for the Planet of the Apes
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  4. The Shape of Water
  5. Beauty and the Beast

 

Best Original Score

  1. Dunkirk
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. Darkest Hour
  4. The Post
  5. Wonderstruck

 

Best Original Song

  1. “Evermore” – Beauty and the Beast
  2. “Remember Me” – Coco
  3. “Truth to Power” – An Inconvenient Sequel
  4. “Stand Up for Something” – Marshall
  5. “The Babysitter” – The Babysitter

 

Mid October Oscar Predictions

91st Academy Awards: Early As Hell Predictions

Continuing the tradition that I began last year, I’ve put together my first set of predictions for next year’s Oscars, far too early. At this point, we’re able to see what many producers, directors, actors, writers and technicians are working on and what is planned to be released in 2018. If we look to the set of predictions I put out this far ahead of the 90th Academy Awards, Dunkirk, which is currently the front-runner in 6 categories (including Best Picture and Best Director) was already predicted in many categories. Looking back, that is exactly what I was hoping for, that at least one predicted nominee would survive and possibly end up nominated, if not winning. So take a look at what’s I’ve foreseen as nominees, and prepare yourself to see them in theaters in 2018!

Best Picture:

  • Beautiful Boy
  • Bohmian Rhapsidy
  • Boy Erased
  • First Man
  • The Little Stranger
  • On the Basis of Sex
  • Widoews
  • The Women of Marwen

 

Best Director

  1. Lenny Abrahamson – The Little Stranger
  2. Damien Chazelle – First Man
  3. Steve McQueen – Widows
  4. Bryan Singer – Bohemian Rhapsody
  5. Robert Zemeckis – The Women of Marwen

 

Best Lead Actor

  • Steve Carell – The Women of Marwen
  • Domhnall Gleeson – The Little Stranger
  • Ryan Gosling – First Man
  • Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased
  • Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

 

Best Lead Actress

  • Cate Blanchett – Where’d You Go Bernadette
  • Viola Davis – Widows
  • Claire Foy – The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  • Felicity Jones – On the Basis of Sexes
  • Rooney Mara – Mary Magdalene

 

Best Supporting Actor

  • Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy
  • Russell Crowe – Boy Erased
  • Armie Hammer – On the Basis of Sex
  • Liam Neeson – Widows
  • Will Poulter – The Little Stranger

 

Best Supporting Actress

  • Kathy Bates – On the Basis of Sex
  • Nicole Kidman – Boy Erased
  • Diane Kruger – The Women of Marwen
  • Ruth Wilson – The Little Stranger
  • Kristen Wiig – Where’d You Go Bernadette

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • First Man
  • The Little Stranger
  • Where’d You Go Bernadette
  • Widows
  • The Women of Marwen

 

Best Original Screenplay

  • Ad Astra
  • Bohimian Rhapsidy
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Moral Engines
  • On the Basis of Sex

 

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Early Man
  • The Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

 

Best Cinematography

  • First Man
  • The Little Stranger
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • The Women of Marwen

 

Best Costume Design

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2
  • The Little Stranger
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Film Editing

  • Bohmian Rhapsidy
  • First Man
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  • The Little Stranger
  • Widows

 

Best Makeup and Hair

  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Production Design

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • The Women of Marwen
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Sound Editing

  • The Little Stranger
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Sound Mixing

  • The Little Stranger
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Visual Effects

  • Dark Phoenix
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2
  • Pacific Rim Uprising
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Original Score

  • Christopher Robin
  • First Man
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Widows

 

91st Academy Awards: Early As Hell Predictions

91st Academy Awards: Early as Hell Oscar Predictions

As I do, I’m always looking to see who is going to be a potential nominee. I do this year round. At this point in the year, where I’m mostly confident of who’s in and who’s out of the Oscar race, I like to look forward a year and try to guess who is going to be in the running. So, for the 91st Academy Awards, these are who I foresee being nominated.

Best Picture:

  • The Black Hand
  • Bohmian Rhapsidy
  • First Man
  • Widoews
  • The Women of Marwen

 

Best Director

  • Damien Chazelle – First Man
  • Steve McQueen – Widows
  • Martin Scorsese – The Black Hand
  • Bryan Singer – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Robert Zemeckis – The Women of Marwen

 

Best Lead Actor

  • Steve Carell – The Women of Marwen
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Black Hand
  • Ryan Gosling – First Man
  • Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased
  • Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

 

Best Lead Actress

  • Cate Blanchett – Where’d You Go Bernadette
  • Viola Davis – Widows
  • Claire Foy – The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  • Felicity Jones – On the Basis of Sexes
  • Saoirse Ronan – Mary, Queen of Scots

 

Best Supporting Actor

  • Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy
  • Russell Crowe – Boy Erased
  • Joel Edgerton – Boy Erased
  • Armie Hammer – On the Basis of Sex
  • Liam Neeson – Widows

 

Best Supporting Actress

  • Kathy Bates – On the Basis of Sex
  • Nicole Kidman – Boy Erased
  • Diane Kruger – The Women of Marwen
  • Maura Tierney – Beautiful Boy
  • Kristen Wiig – Where’d You Go Bernadette

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Beautiful Boy
  • The Black Hand
  • First Man
  • Widows
  • The Women of Marwen

 

Best Original Screenplay

  • Ad Astra
  • Bohimian Rhapsidy
  • Moral Engines
  • On the Basis of Sex
  • The Silent Man

 

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Early Man
  • The Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

 

Best Cinematography

  • Bohmian Rhapsidy
  • First Man
  • Han Solo
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • The Women of Marwen

 

Best Costume Design

  • Bohmian Rhapsidy
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Film Editing

  • Bohmian Rhapsidy
  • First Man
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  • Widows
  • The Women of Marwen

 

Best Makeup and Hair

  • Han Solo
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Production Design

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2
  • Han Solo
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Ready Player One
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Sound Editing

  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  • Han Solo
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Ready Player One
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Sound Mixing

  • First Man
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  • Han Solo
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Visual Effects

  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2
  • Han Solo
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • A Wrinkle in Time

 

Best Original Score

  • Christopher Robin
  • First Man
  • Han Solo
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Widows
91st Academy Awards: Early as Hell Oscar Predictions