I’m back again, racing frantically to catch up with all the reviews I haven’t been writing. Today, I’m here to talk about one of the most talked about films in the Oscar race – Manchester by the Sea. Granted, most of the talking has been due to the controversies surrounding star Casey Affleck, but more about that later.
This film has earned Oscar nominations for most of the cast and crew, and even a Best Picture nomination and when you watch the film – it shows. People talk about Oscar bait, and this is probably a prime example. Watchable, well-acted, even gripping at times, but definitely made with an eye on the Academy voters rather than a general audience.
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Moonlight is one of the front-runners in this year’s Oscar race, and would probably be a heavy favourite to take home the main prize if it weren’t for the juggernaut of La La Land. A deeply personal story, this is a film that has gotten a whole lotta praise from a whole lot of people.
In fact, Time Out New York called it “the reason we go to the cinema” and Rolling Stone were so enthralled that they left the theatre “as different people than we’d come in”. High praise indeed, but does Moonlight live up to the hype?
And while Moonlight is a fantastically acted and directed film – no, I don’t think it lives up to praise that is that high. I’m not sure, however, that any film can.
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Note, due to the Australian release schedules of many of the movies nominated for an Academy Award, at this stage I cannot honestly claim to have seen all of the movies that have been nominated. As such, this is more of a style guide to help you sound smart at the water cooler today, rather than a true prediction. This page will be updated with more information as I see more movies.
It’s that time of year, ladies and gentlemen, as the awards season slowly comes to a head with the 89th Academy Awards, honoring the best films of 2016. Who got nominated? What category did they get nominated for? And has anyone actually seen any of the nominees for Best Live Action Short Film? Find out, as I take you through the nominees step by step.
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