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Oscars 2018: Preview and Predictions For The 90th Annual Academy Awards
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Oscars 2018 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The 90th Annual Academy Awards ceremony is tonight and and the crop of nominees for Oscars 2018 is just a tad different, perhaps echoing the changing landscapes of Hollywood. There are not one, but TWO genre films nominated for Best Picture (Get Out and The Shape of Water), and diversity continues to improve this year.

Last year after Moonlight became only the second film from an African American director to win Best Picture, Get Out‘s Jordan Peele is nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture this year. Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) is likewise only the fifth female Best Director nominee and only Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, 2010) has won. Celebrating a year in film that will unfortunately be remembered for the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement, female nominees and strong performances are all over the show. It’ll be interesting to hear how host Jimmy Kimmel handles the Weinstein-sized elephant in the room.

But let’s face it, you’re here for predictions, so let’s get to it… if you’re filling out a ballot, I nailed ALL the major awards last year, so take that under consideration…

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2018 Independent Spirit Awards Winners: ‘Get Out’, ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Call Me By Your Name’
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Independent Spirit Awards winner Get Out Jordan Peele

The 33rd Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards were held on a Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica, CA. Recognizing the best in independent filmmaking, films like Get Out, Lady Bird, and Call Me By Your Name were all honored with awards for feature, writing, directing, and acting.

Get Out won two awards for Best Feature and Best Director; Call Me By Your Name earned awards for Best Male Lead and Best Cinematography; I, Tonya won for Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing; while Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, won Best Female Lead and Best Supporting Male; and Lady Bird, which won Best Screenplay.

Other winners went to some first-timers. Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani won Best First Screenplay for The Big Sick, while Ingrid Goes West won for Best First Feature. Check out the full list of winners here below.

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Oscars 2018: 10 Snubs and 5 Surprises From This Year’s Academy Award Nominations
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Oscars 2018: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Now that the Academy Award nominations have been announced, it’s time to take a look at some of the biggest surprises and of course the biggest snubs for this year’s Oscars. The Shape Of Water led the pack with 13 Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. Dunkirk got eight, and while a lot of it was on the technical aspects of the film, it did help Christopher Nolan score his first nomination for Best Director. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri came behind with 7, including Best Actress and two for Best Supporting Actor. So you get the gist.

But there were some things that just got flat-out snubbed, along with a few surprises as well. Check out some of these here below…

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2018 DGA Awards Nominees Include Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, Guillermo del Toro, More
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Guillermo del Toro Directing The Shape of Water

Awards season is already in full swing with the HFPA having awarded the Golden Globes this past weekend, and the LAOFCS announcing their winners last month. Often times, they are an indicator of who will end up being nominated or winning an Academy Award. However, actors, writers, producers, and directors in respective guilds and societies have their own awards that recognize its members. We’ve already seen nominations from SAG, WGA, and PGA, and now the Directors Guild of America have released their own nominees for film and TV.

Among those honored are Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water, Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird, Jordan Peele for Get Out, and Aaron Sorkin for Molly’s Game. There’s also Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk and Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Check out the full list below.

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2018 Producers Guild Award Nominees: ‘The Big Sick,’ ‘The Shape Of Water,’ ‘Get Out’
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The Shape of Water, starring Sally Hawkins Producers Guild nominee

Following the release of the nominees for the 2018 Writers Guild Of America Awards, come the nominations for the 2018 Producers Guild Awards. The Big Sick, The Shape Of Water, Get Out, The Post, and Lady Bird are among the biggest names to earn nods, as well as some awards favorites like I, Tonya, Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

However, films like Phantom Thread, The Florida Project, and Logan appear to have been snubbed. But Wonder Woman is continuing to prove that well-crafted comic book films can also be award-contending films. Check out the full list of nominees here below.

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2018 WGA Awards: ‘Logan,’ ‘The Big Sick,’ ‘Get Out,’ and ‘Molly’s Game’ Nominated
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The Big Sick

As with all Guilds and Societies in the film industry, the nominations are an indicator of which films are likely to get Academy Award nominations. Get Out, The Shape of Water, Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird, and The Disaster Artist are among the films that are getting recognition for their performances, writing, and production. All are likely to get more nominations as we get closer to the Academy Awards announcing their own nominations.

Now the nominations for the 2018 WGA Awards have been announced, and they include a couple of surprises. This year, nominations went to films like The Big Sick, Get Out, and The Shape of Water for original screenplay, while Logan, The Disaster Artist, and Molly’s Game get nominated for adapted screenplay. Check out the full list of nominations below.

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Mike Lee’s Top 10 Favorite Movies Of 2017
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To say that 2017 was an incredible year for films would be a vast understatement. The year was full of extraordinary films ranging from the typical blockbuster tentpoles like Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Wonder Woman to the indie darlings like The Big Sick and Lady Bird. And the best thing about it, a lot of these movies come from first-time directors, women, and veterans like Jordan Peele, Patty Jenkins, Greta Gerwig, and Rian Johnson. It’s not easy to see all of the films that are released within the one calendar year, but I make sure I damn well try to see as much as I can, and 2017 was no different. I went out to see over 100 films, and to narrow it down to 10 best within the field of exceptional titles that were released was hard. While best is subjective, I tried to narrow it down to the 10 films that meant the most to me that I enjoyed thoroughly.

So, you’ll find the 10 of my favorite movies of 2017 that I could not stop thinking about, along with a few honorable mentions. Check them all out here below.

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The LAOFCS’s Best Of 2017 Winners Include ‘The Shape Of Water,’ ‘Get Out,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Baby Driver’
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Sally Hawkins in THE SHAPE OF WATER

Two weeks ago the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society announced their nominations for the best of 2017. The categories and members are just as diverse as its members, which casts a reflection on today’s society.

Now with awards season in full swing, the society have named the winners. Guillermo del Toro‘s The Shape of Water is the biggest winner, taking home awards for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Male Director, and Best Score. Lady Bird, Get Out, and Baby Driver are among the other notable winners of the year. You can check out all of the winners below.

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2018 Golden Globe Awards Nominations: ‘The Shape Of Water’ Leads Nods
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The 2018 Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, and as you can expect there were some big front runners, some questionable snubs, and even more questionable nominations. The announcement means that it is time to get ready for awards season. Check out the full list of nominations here below, along with some thoughts on who got nominated and snubbed.

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