AWARDS INTELLIGENCER: The Snubs Heard Round the BARBIE Dreamhouse Bubble – Thelma Adams Reports

I empathize with the director’s need to come from her heart. I honor the genuine disappointment that Gerwig and her star Robbie might have experienced after riding their wave of hype and success. Still, let’s insert a little context here. Barbie, despite its eight Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Ryan Gosling) and Actress (America Ferrara), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and two Best Songs, is not your typical Oscar-winner.

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AWARDS INTELLIGENCER: Five Female Contenders for Best Director! Who’s on the List? – Thelma Adams reports

Imagine there’s no bias. It isn’t hard to do. What if all five Best Director nominees were women? Who would they be? When we put together our AWFJ EDA Awards Nominations, we managed it. We had our ultimate winner, Barbie’s Greta Gerwig, who has gone from the female-driven indie Lady Bird to the female-driven literary adaptation of Little Women to the 2023 blockbuster inspired by the iconic Mattel doll.

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AWARDS INTELLIGENCER: Oscar Best Picture Noms Are a Muddle – Thelma Adams reports

The Golden Globe nominations are in, along with those of the National Board of Review winners and a host of critics’ groups – Why is Oscar’s Best Picture still in such a muddle? It seems to me that the potential winners have been split into distinct categories, like potential Jeopardy questions: Barbenheimer; All the Big Dudes; The Cool Kids; The Internationals; and Outlier Odds and Ends.

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TIFF 2023: Mid-Fest Awards Watch – Thelma Adams reports

The stars didn’t turn out for TIFF, but that didn’t stop the flow of stellar films that provide major alternatives to Oppenheimer, Killers of the Flower Moon and Barbie for the upcoming awards season. Here are a few of my floating predictions mid-week in Toronto, where every day I’m adding new TIFF-programmed films to the list. This is still the glorious brainstorming period before the long red carpet gets streaked with footprints and marijuana butts.

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Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts – MiniViews by Diane Carson

Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films present compelling statements. Five Oscar nominated documentary short films communicate important ideas. Two take animal welfare as their topic through very different styles but with equally powerful, engrossing works. Two are explicitly political, and one chronicles a father/daughter relationship.

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ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT – Review by Susan Granger

Adapted by writer/director Edward Berger from Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 novel, it follows idealistic young Germans, caught in patriotic fervor, as they proudly enlist to serve for “the Kaiser, God and the Fatherland,” marching off to war in France, only to find themselves mired in muck, facing almost certain death.

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In Memoriam: Julia Reichert (1946-2022)

Moviemakers, movie lovers social justice advocates are mourning the loss of the great Julia Reichert, known to those who admired and adored her as the “Godmother of American independent documentaries.” When she and In her partner Steven Bognar accepted the Robert and Anne Drew Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking at DOC NYC’s 2019 Visionaries Tribute, Julia Reichert, then fighting the disease that eventually took her life, tweaked the audience a bit with a teaser about “stumbling upon the secret to great documentary cinematography.” A full four minutes later, she finally revealed the answer: “Editing.”

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ARGENTINA, 1985 – Review by Jennifer Green

Argentina’s nominee to this year’s International Feature Film Oscar, currently streaming on Amazon Prime, is an emotional tour-de-force, a film based on historical events whose dramatic tale is punctuated by both moments of humor and details of horrific human rights abuses that took place under that country’s military dictatorship and so-called “Dirty War,” between 1976 and 1983. The film is about the landmark trial that prosecuted the former president and military leaders for those abuses, ensuring democracy in Argentina

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Academy Award Live Action Shorts – Reviews by Diane Carson

Each year, a selection committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences narrows a large group of nominees to a select five competing for the Oscar in the live-action short film competition. The 2022 group highlights films with serious personal or political content, implicitly or, at times, explicitly presented, reflecting current concerns and the contemporary zeitgeist.

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