In defense of ‘The King’s Speech’

A movie like “The King’s Speech” doesn’t seem like it needs someone to stand up for it.

Just a reminder, this is a film that won four Oscars, including Best Picture, seven British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, two Critics Choice Awards, a Director’s Guild of America award, a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild awards and a Producers Guild of America award. It has a very full trophy case and everyone involved walked home happy

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Special Movie Report: ‘Parasite’ surges on Oscar night

“Parasite” capped off a great award season run with a golden night Sunday, as it earned the top prize from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Along with Best Picture, “Parasite” earned wins in categories such as Original Screenplay and Directing. Also having a good night was “1917,” which earned wins in Visual Effects, Sound Mixing and Cinematography.

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Oscar Docs: A look at the nominees

One of the nice things about the Academy Awards is it shines a spotlight on movies some people haven’t seen.

More often than not, documentaries end up in that category, as they usually lack theatrical releases. As usual, five docs were nominated for the gold statue and I managed to see all of them. Here’s my takeaway.

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92nd Academy Award Predictions

Oscar Sunday is here and after a lot of movie watching and research, I’m ready to make my picks for nearly all of the categories.

I’ve already written prediction pieces for some of the other categories, such as acting and directing. However, there are plenty others I still need to pick.

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Monday Movie Report: Oscar Nominations Announced

A preview of award season’s grand finale was released this morning with the announcement of nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards.

Earning the most nominations is “Joker,” with 11 total, including Best Picture. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” meanwhile, also earned several nominations, including Best Picture.

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Monday Movie Report: ‘Green Book’ wins big on Oscar night

On Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, “Green Book” was announced as the top movie of 2018.

Not only did  it earn Best Picture, it also received Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. While it was an good night for “Green Book,” though, it wasn’t the only one receiving glory from the Academy.

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Oscar Docs: A Look at the Nominees

Another award season has come and gone, with several movies now nominated for the biggest honor in Hollywood. Five of those movies are documentary features and this year, I managed to see all of the nominees.

With my major disappointment that “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” (sort of) behind me, here’s my take on the documentaries nominated for an Oscar.

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‘Roma’ has a good chance for Oscar glory on Sunday

Award season spans over several months, with film festivals, the Golden Globes, the guild awards and other ceremonies taking place. All of it leads to one night, Oscar Sunday.

On Feb. 24, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the best that the film industry had to offer last year, whether they be from Hollywood or indie corners. Of all the categories the Academy hands out gold trophies for, though, there is one that stands above the rest.

Best Picture.

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Top 10 Movies of 2018

The new year is here and with 2018 wrapped up, it’s time to take a look back at the best filmmakers had to offer the last 12 months.

Before getting into my top 10, though, here are some honorable mentions that didn’t make the cut.

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Monday Movie Report: Denzel Washington to receive AFI Lifetime Achievement

Acting legend Denzel Washington will be the 47th recipient of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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