Of the films I’ve seen at TIFF thus far, two stand out as ready to go head-to-head with Dunkirk in the main categories at the Oscars early next year. I’ve already said previously I expect The Current War to be nominated for Best Picture, but it will more than likely just be there to make… Continue reading Breathe and The Shape of Water are set to become firm Oscar favourites.
I saw Hidden Figures back in early January at a preview screening at Odeon. Since then I’ve been bombarded by trailer after trailer for the film. This wouldn’t be a problem if it were a teaser we were talking about, but no. The final Hidden Figures trailer is the most tragic case of spoiling an… Continue reading Trailer comparison: Hidden Figures and Fences.
On paper, Moonlight is a film that faced an uphill battle from the start. This film, perhaps more than any other this year, breaks conventions, and not just for the sake of doing so, but in order to tell its story. That story, and the tiny cast of characters we meet along the way, have… Continue reading Moonlight.
I’ll say it right now; there is an intriguing battle shaping up for Best Picture at the Academy Awards next year. On one hand, the favourite (quite clearly, for a reason I’ll go on to detail); Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, a musical about classical Hollywood and the kind of artistic work that the Academy… Continue reading BFI London Film Festival 2016 – preview.
Awards season is finally over, and it ended on a night that won’t have provided many shocks for those who’ve been following the build-up to this year’s Academy Awards. Let’s be honest though; viewers and industry professionals don’t exactly tune in to the Oscars for their unpredictability factor. I’ve already covered my broad feelings toward… Continue reading Oscars 2015: Reaction and final thoughts.
Sunday night’s BAFTA film awards ceremony was entertaining, predictable and, at times, a reminder of the emotional capacity that films have. To hear Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette speak of watching Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater literally grow up in front of their eyes as they worked together through the 12 years of making Boyhood,… Continue reading Film Awards Season.