AWFJ’s 2018 Oscar Predictions — Kristen Page-Kirby

Best Picture: The Shape of Water

Best Director: Guillermo del Toro

Best Actress: Frances McDormand

Best Actress Supporting: Allison Janney

Best Actor: Gary Oldman

Best Actor Supporting: Sam Rockwell

Best Documentary: Last Man in Aleppo

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AWFJ’s 2018 Oscar Predictions — Betsy Bozdech

Best Picture​:​ Shape of Water

Best Director​:​ Jordan Peele

Best Actress​:​ Frances McDormand

Best Actress Supporting​:​ Allison Janney

Best Actor​:​ Daniel Kaluuya

Best Actor Supporting​:​ Sam Rockwell

Best Documentary​:​ Faces Places

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AWFJ’s 2018 Oscar Predictions — Danielle Solzman

Best Picture: The Shape of Water

Best Director: Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water

Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards

Best Actress Supporting, Allison Janney, I Tonya

Best Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Best Actor Supporting: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Best Documentary: Strong Island

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89th Oscars Make Movie History — Chaz Ebert comments (Exclusive)

89th Oscars Make Movie History — Chaz Ebert comments (Exclusive)

The Oscars continue to be on my “must see” list and this year’s 89th edition was not only immensely enjoyable, but historic for many reasons. It was the first time in history that an African-American director won for Best Picture; it was the first win for Supporting Actor for a Muslim; it was the first win for a picture about someone in the LGBTQ community, and the first Best Foreign Film win for someone who was not there in protest of a travel ban instituted by the President of the United States. Sometimes it is difficult to remember from year to year who won Best Picture, but the “Moonlight” – “La La Land” flub will forever be in our collective memories.

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“Dinner With Friends” Playwright Donald Margulies On Writing “The End of The Tour”

“Dinner With Friends” Playwright Donald Margulies On Writing “The End of The Tour”

There’s really only one thing you need to know about Donald Margulies, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his play “Dinner With Friends” (1998) — he will field any question graciously. This generosity is the defining characteristic of someone at the top of their craft. So when The End of The Tour (starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg) opens in theaters on July 31, Margulies, as the screenwriter who adapted the David Lipsky memoir about David Foster Wallace, will be discovered by a whole new generation of film audiences.

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From Paper Moon to Phantom Halo: Another Bogdanovich Ascends

From Paper Moon to Phantom Halo: Another Bogdanovich Ascends

Two-on-one interviews are never easy, especially if you inexplicably fluff a plot-point on a movie. Writer-director Antonia Bogdanovich, on the phone with her father Peter Bogdanovich, who executive produces on her debut feature film Phantom Halo, graciously corrects the error with: “The (other) guy shot the father. Not the son.” And with that Freudian flourish, you solider on somehow, mostly because the Bogdanovich’s are so gracious.

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Awards Discovery: Newcomer Lindsay MacKay & How Scaling Up Shorts Works

Awards Discovery: Newcomer Lindsay MacKay & How Scaling Up Shorts Works

During Awards Season when most focus on trophy sweeps by the majors, behind the scenes, 1000’s of films go up for some kind of consideration. Consider writer/director Lindsay MacKay, from Canada, who is now scaling up an award-winning short film, Clear Blue (2010), for another long-form film to match her feature-length flawless first effort, Wet Bum (2014).

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OSCAR CALCULUS: Why Best Actor is a Two-Way Race Between Keaton and Redmayne

OSCAR CALCULUS: Why Best Actor is a Two-Way Race Between Keaton and Redmayne

An informal red carpet survey may not be the most accurate way to gauge the Best Actor race for 2015, but this year it does confirm prevailing insider Hollywood sentiment that predicts a two-way tug between veteran Michael Keaton and newcomer Eddie Redmayne. leaving Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper and Benedict Cumberbatch on the sidelines. To understand voter calculus, let’s take a measure of the golden profiles of the Best Actor nominees, see what they bring to the gate, and reflect on what voters have said about their chances.

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EDA Awards @ Salem Film Fest 2015

EDA Awards @ Salem Film Fest 2015

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is partnering with Salem Film Fest to present the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Film at this year’s festival, taking place in Salem, Massachusetts from March 5 to 12, 2015. This is the fourth consecutive year of the EDA Awards partnership. For the list of nominated films and jury members, read on…

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And the winners are….AWFJ EDA Awards 2015

And the winners are….AWFJ EDA Awards 2015

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists announces the 2014 AWFJ EDA Awards, with BOYHOOD named Best Film and BIRDMAN getting six awards. Ava DuVernay and Laura Poitras also get top honors for SELMA and CITIZENFOUR, respectively, and both are named Female Icons of the Year. Congrats to all the EDA Award winners. To see the complete list, and find out which film had the best depiction of nudity and who is this year’s Actress Most in Need of a New Agent, see the full list…

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AWFJ Announces 2014 EDA Awards Schedule

AWFJ Announces 2014 EDA Awards Schedule

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) is pushing its year end award schedule back a bit, aiming to announce the winners of the 2014 EDA Awards in January, rather than in December, as they were last year. The organization’s later deadlines for nominations and final votes will allow AWFJ members — of which I am one — greater opportunity to see and consider films released at the very end of the year, and targeted for Oscars consideration, as well. For further details and the full schedule, read on…

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Interview: Jennifer M. Kroots’ Take On TO BE TAKEI

Interview: Jennifer M. Kroots’ Take On TO BE TAKEI

TO BE TAKEI is an entertaining and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic 76-year-old actor/activist George Takei whose wit, humor and grace has allowed him to become an internationally beloved figure. He’s an A-Lister, if ever there was one. Filmmaker Jennifer M. Kroots gives us the scoop on working with Takei and bringing his world of accomplishments to the big screen. Read on…

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Birks Diamond Tribute Honors Women Filmmakers @ TIFF 2014

Ten Canadian women directors and actors who have had an outstanding year are being honored at TIFF 2014 on September 18 with the Birks Diamond Tribute, presented by Telefilm Canada and Birks (a Canadian jeweler). The honorees have been selected by a pan-Canadian jury of journalists specializing in the arts, culture and entertainment. Who are they and what have they accomplished? Read on…

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What’s the Awards Intellegencer all about? Movie Awards! More specifically: Oscar. Emmy. Golden Globe. Indie Spirit. Gotham. BAFTA. Cinema Eye. SAG. PGA. DGA. WGA. EDA. Critics Choice. Razzies. Check in here to see what’s hot. What’s not. What’s worthy. What’s glam. What’s spam. What’s right. And, what’s just plain wrong. Quendrith Johnson’s views take the […]

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