The Highs & Lows of the Oscars 2017

Monday, 27 February 2017 22:56

The 89th Academy Awards provided a night of few real shocks and not many memorable moments until a stunning last minute twist that instantly made it one of the most memorable Oscars telecasts of all time. People will be talking about that envelope snafu for years to come. You can check out a list of the night's winners here, but check out the highs and lows of a typically up-and-down ceremony below... 

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Oscar Winners 2017

Monday, 27 February 2017 18:06

Wow. Well, awards season came to a close last night in what was a largely predictable, fairly run of the mill Oscars ceremony until THAT stunning last minute twist. Not only was it a huge shock that Barry Jenkins' Moonlight managed to upset the overwhelming favourite La La Land to take Best Picture, but the way it happened was as dramatic as any moment in the history of the Academy Awards. After being handed the wrong envelope, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway bumbled around before announcing La La Land as the winner - only it wasn't, and midway through the speeches, the Oscars had to be handed over to the Moonlight crew.

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Final Oscar Predictions 2017

Thursday, 23 February 2017 23:55

Awards season seems to get longer and longer every year, with this year’s race finding its front runners last summer and going through the motions ever since. Some of those frontrunners are vulnerable at this point though, so while a La La Land sweep is on the cards, there are a few races that will still hold some intrigue at this Sunday’s ceremony.

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Oscar Nominations 2017: Full List

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 23:24

Well, we all expected La La Land to rack up an impressive amount of Oscar nominations and it has done so this Tuesday, to record-equalling effect. Damien Chazelle's sparkling musical matched All About Eve and Titanic's 14 nominations, confirming beyond any reasonable doubt that it will take home the Best Picture prize on Oscar night.

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Oscar Nominations 2017: The Predictions

Monday, 23 January 2017 22:33

By the time the eventual ceremony rolls around, the Academy Awards are so predictable that much of the excitement around individual categories has waned. The nominations are a far more exciting prospect, with more surprises in store. Though a lot of categories look largely set in stone, there are a number of potential spoilers that could shake things up. Will Nocturnal Animals’ Aaron Taylor-Johnson continue a surprising awards season run? Can Deadpool follow-up some guild nominations with a shock screenplay nod, or even Best Picture? Is Hidden Figures’ whopping box office take enough to force it into Best Picture?

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Best of the Year: Top 20 Films of 2016

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 22:30

For a variety of reasons, 2016 will be remembered as a difficult year, whether it be the political issues that have divided nations or the deaths of many beloved icons in pop culture. The year in cinema however, was mostly like any other: a mixed bag of big budget disappointments, small scale surprises and everything in between.

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Though only 27-years-old, Brady Corbet is a veteran of the movie business. A role in Catherine Hardwicke's teen drama Thirteen, at the age of just fifteen, lead to a prominent role in the ill-fated Thunderbirds reboot but it's in impressive roles in the likes of Mysterious Skin and Funny Games that brought Corbet to the attention of indy audiences.

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Since her directorial debut in 1995, Rebecca Miller has built up a quietly impressive CV as both a writer and director. Her latest film, smart dramedy Maggie’s Plan, was one of the many highlights of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Miller was on hand to discuss the film, her casting process and Bruce Springsteen…

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Undoubtedly, the star of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival was Kevin Smith. The writer/director, here with his new film Yoga Hosers, was an amiable presence at a number of events during his time in the city and was always more than happy to take the time to chat with fans about any number of topics. His penchant for chatting actually became a feature of the festival as every event where he was due to speak ran wildly overtime, with his 90-minute In Person event turning into a three-hour-long epic.

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Whether it be his roles in British fare like Snatch, The Damned United and This Is England, or prestigious American epics like Gangs of New York, Public Enemies and HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Stephen Graham has become one of the country's best actors. His latest film, Belfast-set thriller A Patch of Fog, sees Graham play a lonely security guard who becomes obsessed with Conleth Hill's shoplifting author. It's another great performance from Graham and I caught up with him at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival to talk about his new film, weird fan experiences, working with Scorsese and more.

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