Oscar predictions 2017

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It’s that time again!

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Best Picture
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Hidden Figures
Hacksaw Ridge
Lion
Arrival
Fences
Hell or High Water
Silence

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The echo-ey chamber

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In defence of the multiplex

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The multiplex cinema experience is oft-maligned. Justifiably so, sometimes. There are the people who seem pathologically unable to put away their phones. The mess and broken seats. The half-hour of ads and trailers. The lighting. All those fucking nachos.

To say there’s room for improvement would be like saying I’m kind of looking forward to Dunkirk. (Of course I am. It goes without saying. Everybody is.) Showcase has, to its credit, recognised this, and responded with reclining seats and a borderline-comical expanse of legroom. Other chains too will need to shape up if they want to keep cinemagoing a national pastime in the age of on-demand everything.

The Alternate Oscars

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A moment for the best pictures not nominated for Best Picture

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2015 was a remarkably strong year for film. So strong, in fact, that there’s an alternate, but equally-strong Best Picture race being run in a parallel Los Angeles, featuring none of the films currently vying for a trophy. Some were early favourites that dropped off, some received bafflingly-average reviews, others were near-locks right up until they weren’t.

Without further ado, the Alternate Oscars.

The underappreciated master

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From Jaws to Bridge of Spies: why Steven Spielberg still doesn’t get his due

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It’s a curious thing. On one hand, you’re the most successful director in cinema history with over $9.1 billion in worldwide grosses; you’ve got a pair of Best Director Oscars, plus a third for Best Picture; your resume reads like a cultural ‘best of’ list from the last three decades. On the other, you’re arguably the most underappreciated director around.

Such is the case of Steven Spielberg.

Carell: Suck it, Gosling

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The Big Short star reacts to his nomination

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards yesterday, Thursday 10 December.

The Big Short confirmed its position as a major contender in the awards race with four nominations, including two of the five nominees for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, for stars Christian Bale and Steve Carell. The film also features Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling.