Cannes 2018: And The Winners Are

A few days ago the 2018 Cannes Film Festival came to a conclusion, with their awards ceremony. Much speculation was centered on how the jury this year, led by Cate Blanchett, would choose to hand out the prizes. Would they try to make a political statement? Could they opt to highlight female/minority filmmakers in an…

Oscar Profile: Black Klansman

DISTRIBUTOR: Focus Features PRODUCERS: Jason Blum, Spike Lee, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele, Shaun Redick DIRECTOR: Spike Lee CAST: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier SYNOPSIS: Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter.   WHY IT MIGHT WIN It’s been…

Monthly Oscar Roundup: A Year Of Everything?

Another month gone, and another roundup of the buzz for the upcoming Oscar season. Though we are still ten months out, there has been a slight change in momentum. The clear message is that all films are different from each other, from horror-thrillers to classic Political biopics. Let’s star with what could be the current…

Oscar Profile: Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Distributor: Annapurna Pictures Director: Richard Linklater Producers: Megan Ellison, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Ginger Sledge Cast: Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Laurence Fishburne Synopsis: After her anxiety-ridden mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process. WHY IT MIGHT SUCCEED Richard Linklater is currently…

Oscar Profile: Beautiful Boy

DISTRIBUTOR: Amazon Studios PRODUCERS: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt DIRECTOR: Felix Van Groeningen CAST: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan SYNOPSIS: Chronicles meth addiction and recovery through the eyes of a father who watches his son as he struggles with the disease.   WHY IT WILL WIN Beautiful Boy has all the ingredients for an award-winning film. First,…

Oscar Profile: Boy Erased

PRODUCERS: Joel Edgerton, Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts DISTRIBUTOR: Focus Features DIRECTOR: Joel Edgerton CAST: Lucas Hedges, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton SYNOPSIS: The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program.   WHY IT WILL WIN Boy Erased hails from a memoir of the same name by Garrard Conley. Garrard (played by Lucas Hedges) chronicles his…

Oscar Profile: The Frontrunner

PRODUCERS: Helen Estabrook, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Reitman DISTRIBUTOR: N/A DIRECTOR: Jason Reitman CAST: Hugh Jackman, J.K Simmons, Vera Farmiga, Sara Paxton SYNPOSIS: American Senator Gary Hart’s 1988 presidential campaign is derailed when he is caught up in a scandalous love affair.   WHY IT WILL WIN Hugh Jackman has been snubbed many times in the past. Les Miserables was the first and only nomination…

Oscar Profile: If Beale Street Could Talk

PRODUCERS: Megan Ellison, Dede Gardner, Barry Jenkins, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski DISTRIBUTOR: Annapurna Pictures DIRECTOR: Barry Jenkins CAST:  KiKi Layne, Stephen James, Regina King, Dave Franco, Pedro Pascal, Diego Luna SYNOPSIS: A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.    WHY IT WILL WIN It’s…

Oscar Profile: Rio

PRODUCERS: Adam Ackland, Luca Guadagnino, Riva Marker DISTRIBUTOR: No Distributor Yet DIRECTOR: Luca Guadagnino CAST: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Benedict Cumberbatch SYNOPSIS (IMDB): A struggling actor travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit a wealthy friend, only to get sucked into a plot to fake his friend’s death. WHY IT WILL WIN Coming off Call Me By Your Name, director Luca…

Oscar Profile: A Quiet Place

PRODUCERS: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount Pictures DIRECTOR: John Krasinski CAST: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt   WHY IT WILL WIN After the last Oscars with Get Out, it was proven that a not typical genre film could not only get nominated at the Academy Awards but actually win too. This has opened the door to many different…

Oscar Profile: Mary Queen Of Scots

PRODUCERS: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward DISTRIBUTOR: Focus Features DIRECTOR: Josie Rourke CAST: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, David Tennant, Guy Pearce   WHY IT WILL WIN While costume dramas may not light up the Best Picture winners circle, they certainly still show up to play, as evidenced by Darkest Hour‘s surprising six nominations at last year’s Oscars and Victoria and…