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Wednesday February 1st, 2017

16 Stellar Films About Immigration For These Turbulent Times

Robert De Niro in 'The Godfather: Part II' (Courtesy: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Robert De Niro in ‘The Godfather: Part II’ (Courtesy: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

The first few days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been filled with a slew of sweeping policy changes that have garnered plenty of criticism — but the recent changes to America’s immigration policy have topped headlines. With an executive order that has been considered a Muslim ban by many, let’s take a look at some great films about immigration to the United States. There are plenty of them, but here is just a sampling of 16 that you should definitely watch.

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Tuesday January 17th, 2017

Oscars 2017: All the Evidence That Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Will Be Completely Shut Out

Martin Scorsese and Andrew Garfield on the set of 'Silence' (Courtesy: Paramount Pictures)

Martin Scorsese and Andrew Garfield on the set of ‘Silence’ (Courtesy: Paramount Pictures)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

Martin Scorsese has been a force at the Oscars for decades now with nine films earning some sort of recognition by the Academy but his latest showing, Silence, is looking to be completely glanced over. There much evidence pointing to this happening — lack of precursor nominations, opening weekend box office numbers, domestic box office performance thus far, and critical evaluations. Let’s take a deep dive into these aspects and see if there’s any saving grace for Silence this awards season.

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Tuesday February 4th, 2014

Will American Hustle Go 0-10 on Oscar Night?


By Terence Johnson
Managing Editor

When the Academy Award nominations were announced last month, American Hustle was one of the darlings of the town. It tied Gravity with 10 nominations to lead the field and managed surprise nominations for Christian Bale in Lead Actor. However, the tide has steadily been turning against the film, despite the SAG win, and as the stock of other films are rising, American Hustle seems to be losing steam. So much steam in fact that many seem to be predicting it to go 0-10 at the Oscars in March. This would be a historic fall from grace, as far as the Academy is concerned, so I though I’d dig into the history of the Oscars biggest losers and see what could be gleaned.

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Sunday September 22nd, 2013

The 10 Past Winners Most Likely to Be Nominated Again This Year

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor

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Each year, Oscar voters reward several previously unrecognized talents with their first Academy Award nominations. But they have a habit of filling many if not most of their 20 acting slots with people whom they have previously been nominated. (If you happen to have already won an Oscar? Well, then you are sitting even prettier.)

Why is this the case? That’s probably a question for a psychologist, although my own guess would be that voters are more inclined to check out the work of — and reward — work by quantities who are known and established than who are not.

Regardless, there are, as usual, plenty of previous nominees and winners — actors, actresses, directors, writers, and various behind-the-scenes talent — angling this year to be a part of the Oscar race once again. I have decided to highlight the 10 whom I believe have the best shot at scoring that desired recognition.

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Wednesday September 18th, 2013

In Year of Dark Oscar Contenders, Is Academy Seeking Something Light?

By Joey Magidson
Contributor
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Over the course of the last 85 years, the best picture Oscar race has generally been won by the most “important” film — in terms of its social significance and/or impact on the film industry itself — that is also enjoyable and fun. Think about Argo (2012), The Artist (2011), The King’s Speech (2010) and so many others.

What makes this year’s best picture race unusual, so far, is that virtually all of the major contenders that we’ve seen are extremely dark — from the presumptive frontrunner 12 Years a Slave all the way through longer-shots such as Labor Day. In fact, a large number are literally about life and death crises, including GravityAll Is Lost, Captain Phillips, Fruitvale Station, The Book Thief and Prisoners.

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Friday February 8th, 2013

The 10 Best Groups Of Films That Got Oscar Noms But No Wins

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor

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Everyone knows the saying “it’s an honor just to be nominated,” right? Well, that’s certainly the case, but there are always times when it just doesn’t seem right for a film to leave Oscar night empty handed. Tons of worthy films aren’t even nominated each year, but there is also no shortage of flicks that receive a solid amount of nominations and wind up winning nothing.

A lot goes into actually winning an Academy Award. Quality, of course, comes into play, but a little less than I’d prefer. Politics has its place, too, both in terms of capturing the zeitgeist and also in campaigning for the win. Oscar voters love to be wooed. One can occasionally win without campaigning, but by and large the Academy wants you to want it.

While it’s not included below, Up in the Air is a great recent example of a film that went from looking like a possible Best Picture frontrunner to hanging its hat on an Adapted Screenplay win to winding up without any wins on Oscar night, despite six nominations overall. It’s a long road from nomination morning to the show itself, so many a high quality film has had its moment ruined by another worthy (or at least usually worthy) contender. This year, at least a few similar movies will have that same empty feeling, but I’ll get to them later on.

For this week’s Top 10 piece I opted to do things a little bit differently. Instead of limiting it to 10 films that had multiple Oscar nominations but won nothing, I’ll be looking at 10 groups of films that have that sad distinction. It allows more work to be discussed, a wider net to be cast for answers and a nice change of pace.

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Friday February 3rd, 2012

Why Martin Scorsese Ventured Into Family Friendly Fare With Oscar Nominated ‘Hugo’ (Video)

On Monday morning, I had the opportunity to sit down for a chat in Beverly Hills with the man who is arguably the greatest director of all time, Martin Scorsese.

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Thursday January 5th, 2012

How Two Oscar Op-Eds Rocked the Academy Years Ago and Still Impact Campaigning Today (Analysis)

Nine awards seasons ago, two op-eds — both involving the Miramax film Gangs of New York (2002) — motivated the Academy to begin cracking down on “distasteful” Oscar campaigning, an effort that continues to this day.

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Saturday December 3rd, 2011

5 Stats About the National Board of Review Awards You Never Knew

By Rhett Bartlett

The National Board of Review (NBR) announced their 2011 awards this past week.
23 categories were announced, but among all what you have read about who won what, and who didnt – here are 5 stats about the NBR Awards for 2011, that you probably did not know.

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Wednesday November 30th, 2011

Harvey Weinstein Talks Oscars, Michelle Williams and the Charm of “My Week With Marilyn”

By Sean O’Connell

“Pulp Fiction.” “The English Patient.” “Good Will Hunting.” “Shakespeare in Love.” “Chicago.” “The Aviator.” “Gangs of New York.” “The Reader.” “The King’s Speech.”

For decades, Harvey Weinstein’s name has been synonymous with the Academy Awards, and his influential fingerprints have been all over the Oscar season.

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