Starting October 2nd, I will be attending my first New York Film Festival in New York City. The festival, which runs from September 30th until October 15th is in its 54th year and I could not be more excited. My time will consist of seeing "Manchester By The Sea" first Sunday morning, then "Moonlight" later on that evening. Fast forward to the 8th and that is when I'll be seeing Mike Mill's latest "20th Century Women" starring Annette Bening. Then on the 13th I will seeing "Jackie" which is making its U.S. premiere after receiving glowing reviews at Venice and Toronto. After that, its on to the 14th and the world premiere of "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk." Directed by two time Academy Award Winner Ang Lee and filmed for the first time ever in 120fps, its probably the hottest ticket of the festival. I will end my time seeing James Grey's newest film "The Lost City Of Z" on the 15th. Some of these are having their world premieres while others are returning to the festival circuit. Let's take a look at which films we are most looking forward to at the festival and their impact on the Oscar race.
On Episode 4, we have a lighter week as we discuss the latest on the 2016 Awards Season post TIFF, the new "Passengers" trailer and review the 2016 remake of "The Magnificent Seven."
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Academy Award winning director and writer Curtis Hanson has died at the age of 71 today. He leaves behind a legacy of films which include: "LA Confidential," "Wonder Boys," "8 Mile," "In Her Shoes," the television film "Too Big To Fail" and many more. We here at NextBestPicture.com send our thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones.
A good fight scene in a movie can feature many elements coming together for what is undeniably a very cinematic moment for the audiences. Some can help propel a film to live on in infamy. Others function as one of many such scenes in a single movie. Sometimes it's the culmination of all of the storytelling that came before it leading to the inevitable confrontation of the protagonist and antagonist. Other times it is simply a badass clash of two opposing forces in a life or death situation. This is not what I would consider "the best" one on one fight scenes within a movie, rather these are personal favorites of mine in a very subjective list which I'm sure will differ for most. For the purposes of this list, I chose to keep it to one fight per film series and tried to make the list as varied as possible so you won't see multiple lightsaber fights/sword fights/boxing fights/etc.
Click below to see for yourself what are my favorite one on fight scenes.
On Episode 3, we discuss the fallout of the Toronto Film Festival, talk the latest trailers, review "Snowden" (With special guest Mike Trapani), recap the 2016 Emmy Awards and myself, Will and Michael do battle in "Cinema Throwdown" as to which film we each believe is Oliver Stone's best (Which you can vote for down below or in the polls).
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Today we are launching a "Historical Reviews" section on NextBestPicture.com where we will be asking our dear readers in the "Polls" section which film they would like to see us review next from a previous year in film history on the site. This will be updated regularly.
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The 2016 Toronto Film Festival is still going on but by this point the narrative of the 2016 awards season is starting to come into frame. True stories and fictional ones which feature likable and relatable characters is what's currently becoming the talk of the race with films such as "La La Land," "Moonlight," "Sully,"& "Florence Foster Jenkins." An interesting film to include in this list is "The Birth Of A Nation" which may feature the most likable lead character but with the most unlikable leading actor playing him as far as the media is concerned. The story of Nate Parker's journey with "The Birth Of A Nation" continued at the Toronto Film Festival, while others such as "Lion," "Deepwater Horizon," and "A Monster Calls" began their journeys.
Click below to see what our biggest takeaways from the festival have been and how they will play into the rest of the 2016 awards season.
On Episode 2, we continue our 2016 Awards Season Talk recapping the latest news from the festival circuit, we also predict the Primetime Emmy Awards, discuss and review "Sully" and finally we cap it all off with a countdown of our top 3 favorite Tom Hanks performances.
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With Telluride out of the way, the Toronto Film Festival is in full swing. The films that we have heard a lot about on the circuit will be coming back such as "The Birth of A Nation," "Arrival," "La La Land," "Nocturnal Animals," "Loving," and "Moonlight." However, there are many films which may or may not end up becoming important in this year's Oscar race that are making their world premieres at TIFF 2016. Here is a quick Top 5 of our most anticipated films premiering at TIFF 2016.
Now that DiCaprio has his long-elusive Oscar out of the way, it’s time to turn our eyes to the many others in the industry who have been passed over for gold time and time again. For the definition of ‘overdue,’ I’ll be sticking entirely to the sheer number of nominations for each individual listed here. These will primarily be the men and women who work in tech categories, simply because, unlike actors and directors, their names don’t appear on Oscar ballots. Therefore it is difficult for them to ever manage to take advantage of their overdue status. Here’s to hoping this piece can bring them some attention instead.
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The 2016 Telluride Film Festival has concluded and we have emerged from the popular festival with a much better idea of how the 2016 Oscar Race is shaping up. Some films need to still be seen a by more people ("Bleed For This") while others made another stop on the trail ("Manchester By The Sea") towards potential Oscar glory. The Venice Film Festival is still going on right now until September 12th, while the Toronto Film Festival starts September 8th and the New York Film Festival follows September 30th. There is certainly more to come from this exciting season, but a lot usually starts with Telluride due to their notoriety for hosting world premieres for certain films throughout the season. So with that said, down below we highlight the big takeaways from the Telluride Film Festival.
I have to say, I'm pretty excited about this one!
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The Next Best Picture Podcast: Episode 1 - Introducing The Next Best Picture Podcast & "The Light Between Oceans"
I am very pleased and excited to bring you our very first podcast for NextBestPicture.com called "The Next Best Picture Podcast."
The podcast is run by myself, Will and Mike. We will be detailing the 2016 Awards Season with a weekly review and there will be more to come! Any and all feedback is appreciated.
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It happens every year. The awards season presents a tremendous amount of buzz and anticipation. Trailers are released to further fuel the anticipation, festival lineups are announced and then the movie gets seen. As of this moment "Manchester By The Sea," "Arrival," "La La Land," "Moonlight," "Nocturnal Animals," "Sully" and to a certain extent "Bleed For This" have all been seen by major film critics and have each been positioned as major contenders. So this begs us to ask the question, "Which film is destined to crash and burn during this year's awards season?"
Get Out (15) - AFCA, AFCC, AAFCA, BOFCA, BRA, KCFCC, NCFCA, OFCC, OFCS, PFFCC, SDFCS, SFCA, SFCS, SPIRIT, WAFCA
Lady Bird (10) - CFCA, CIFCC, COFCA, GFCA, GG, HFCS, IFJA, NSFC, NYFCC, VFCC
The Shape Of Water (9) - AWFJ, CC, DFWFCA, LAOFCS, OSCAR, PCC, PFCS, PGA, StLFCA
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (8) - AACTA, BAFTA, GG, LFCC, LVFCS, NFCS, PCC, SAG
The Florida Project (4) - DFCSA, NYFCO, SFFCC, TFCA
Call Me By Your Name (3) - GALECA, IFP, LAFCA
Dunkirk (2) - DFCC, FFCC
Mudbound (2) - BFCC, NYFCO
The Post (2) - NBR, NTFCA
Detroit - NAACP
A Ghost Story - UFCA
Girls Trip - NAACP
Logan - CIFCC
Phantom Thread - BSFC
Guillermo del Toro (18) - AFCA, AWFJ, BAFTA, CC, DFWFCA, DGA, GG, KCFCC, LAFCA, LAOFCS, LVFCS, NFCS, NTFCA, OSCAR, PFCS, SFCA, SFFCC, StLFCA
Greta Gerwig (10) - COFCA, GALECA, GFCA,HFCS, IFJA, LAOFCS, NBR, NSFC, SDFCS, TFCA
Christopher Nolan (10) - AACTA, AFCC, DFCC, CFCA, FFCC, OFCS, PCC, SFCS, UFCA, WAFCA
Jordan Peele (10) - AAFCA, BFCC, BRA, CIFCC, IFP, NAACP, NCFCA, OFCC, PFCC, SPIRIT
Sean Baker (3) - DFCSA, LFCC, NYFCC
Paul Thomas Anderson (3) - BOFCA, BSFC, VFCC
Luca Guadagnino - LAFCA
Dee Rees - NYFCO
Gary Oldman (23) - AACTA, AWFJ, BAFTA, BFCC, CC, CIFCC, COFCA, DFWFCA, GG, LAOFCS, NCFCA, NFCS, NTFCA, NYFCO, OFCC, OFCS, OSCAR, PFCS, SAG, SFCA, StLFCA, WAFCA, WFCC
Timothee Chalamet (12) - AFCA, AFCC, BOFCA, CFCA, FFCC, GALECA, KCFCC, LAFCA, LFCC, NYFCC, PCC, SPIRIT
Daniel Kaluuya (8) - AAFCA, BRA, BSFC, CIFCC, GFCA, LVFCS, NAACP, NSFC
James Franco (7) - CC, DFCC, DFCSA, GG, HFCS, IFP, NFCS
Daniel Day-Lewis (4) - PFCC, SFCS, TFCA, VFCC
Andy Serkis (2) - SFFCC, UFCA
Harry Dean Stanton - IFJA
Tom Hanks - NBR
James McAvoy - SDFCS
Frances McDormand (21) - AAFCA, AFCA, AWFJ, BAFTA, BFCC, BOFCA, CC, DFCSA, GG, LFCC, LVFCS, NTFCA, OSCAR, PCC, PFCS, SAG, SPIRIT, StLFCA, TFCA, WAFCA, WFCC
Sally Hawkins (19) - AFCC, BSFC, COFCA, DFWFCA, GALECA, HFCS, KCFCC, LAFCA, LAOFCS, NCFCA, NFCS, NSFC, OFCC, OFCS, PCC, PFCC, SDFCS, SFCA, UFCA
Saoirse Ronan (9) - CFCA, CIFCC, GFCA, GG, IFJA, IFP, NYFCC, SFCS, VFCC
Margot Robbie (5) - AACTA, CC, FFCC, NYFCO, SFFCC
Natalie Paul - BRA
Meryl Streep - NBR
Octavia Spencer - NAACP
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Willem Dafoe (25) - AFCA, AFCC, AWFJ, BFCC, BOFCA, BSFC, CFCA, CIFCC, COFCA, DFCSA, GFCA, IFJA, KCFCC, LAFCA, NBR, NCFCA, NSFC, NYFCC, NYFCO, OFCC, SFCS, SFFCC, TFCA, UFCA, VFCC
Sam Rockwell (19) - AACTA, BAFTA, CC, DFWFCA, FFCC, GG, HFCS, LVFCS, NFCS, NTFCA, OFCS, OSCAR, PCC, PFCS, SAG, SDFCS, SFCA, SPIRIT, WAFCA
Michael Stuhlbarg (2) - GALECA, LAOFCS
Idris Elba - NAACP
Laurence Fishburne - AAFCA
Hugh Grant - LFCC
Woody Harrelson - PFCC
Richard Jenkins - StLFCA
Jason Mitchell - BRA
Patrick Stewart - LAOFCS
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Laurie Metcalf (28) - AFCC, AWFJ, BOFCA, BSFC, CFCA, CIFCC, COFCA, GALECA, GFCA, IFJA, KCFCC, LAFCA, LVFCS, NBR, NCFCA, NSFC, NTFCA, OFCC, OFCS, PCC, SDFCS, SFCA, SFCS, SFFCC, StLFCA, TFCA, VFCC, WAFCA
Allison Janney (19) - AACTA, AFCA, BAFTA, CC, CIFCC, DFCSA, DFWFCA, FFCC, GG, HFCS, LAOFCS, NFCS, NYFCO, OSCAR, PFCC, PFCS, SAG, SDFCS, SPIRIT
Tiffany Haddish (4) - AAFCA, BRA, NAACP, NYFCC
Mary J. Blige - BFCC
Lesley Manville - LFCC
Tatiana Maslany - UFCA
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Get Out (34) - AAFCA, AFCA, AFCC, AWFJ, BFCC, BOFCA, BRA, CC, CFCA, CIFCC, COFCA, DFCC, FFCC, GALECA, GFCA, IFP, KCFCC, LAFCA, LAOFCS, NAACP, NCFCA, NYFCO, OFCC, OFCS, OSCAR, PFCC, SDFCS, SFCA, SFFCC, TFCA, UFCA, VFCC, WAFCA, WGA
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (9) - AACTA, BAFTA, DFCSA, GG, LFCC, LVFCS, NFCS, PCC, PFCS
Lady Bird (8) - BSFC, DFWFCA, HFCS, IFJA, NSFC, PCC, SFCS, SPIRIT
Phantom Thread (2) - NBR, NYFCC
The Shape Of Water - StLFCA
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Call Me By Your Name (15) - AFCA, AWFJ, BAFTA, CC, CFCA, FFCC, KCFCC, LVFCS, OFCC, OFCS, OSCAR, SFCA, SFFCC, USC, WGA
The Disaster Artist (8) - CIFCC, GFCA, NBR, NCFCA, NFCS, PFCS, SDFCS, StLFCA
Mudbound (3) - BFCC, COFCA, WAFCA
Logan (2) - IFJA, KCFCC
Molly's Game (2) - LAOFCS, NCFCA
Blade Runner 2049 - UFCA
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Coco (38) - AFCA, AFCC, AAFCA, AWFJ, BAFTA, BFCC, BOFCA, BSFC, CC, CFCA, CIFCC, COFCA, DFWFCA, FFCC, GFCA, GG, HFCS, IFJA, LAOFCS, LVFCS, NBR, NCFCA, NFCS, NTFCA, NYFCC, NYFCO, OFCC, OFCS, OSCAR, PCC, PFCC, PFCS, SFCA, SFCS, SFFCC, StLFCA, UFCA, WAFCA
The Breadwinner (2) - LAFCA, TFCA
The LEGO Batman Movie - DFCSA
Loving Vincent - AWFJ
My Life As A Zucchini - SDFCS
Blade Runner 2049 (28) - AFCA, ASC, AWFJ, BAFTA, BFCC, BOFCA, CC, CFCA, CIFCC, COFCA, DFCC, FFCC, HFCS, LAOFCS, LVFCS, NCFCA, NFCS, NSFC, NTFCA, OFCS, OSCAR, PFCC, PFCS, SFCS, SFFCC, StLFCA, UFCA, WAFCA
Dunkirk (5) - AFCA, BSFC, GFCA, SDFCS, SFCA
The Shape Of Water (3) - DFWFCA, LAFCA, NYFCO
Call Me By Your Man - SPIRIT
Mudbound - NYFCC
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Phantom Thread (6) - BAFTA, CC, CIFCC, OSCAR, SDFCS, SFCS
Beauty And The Beast (2) - PFCS, SDFCS
Blade Runner 2049 - LVFCS
I, Tonya - CDG
The Shape Of Water - CDG
Wonder Woman - CDG
BEST FILM EDITING
Baby Driver (11) - BAFTA, CC, CFCA, CIFCC, COFCA, LAOFCS, LVFCS, SDFCS, SFFCC, StLFCA, WAFCA
Dunkirk (9) - ACE, AWFJ, BOFCA, CC, LAFCA, OFCS, OSCAR, PFCS, SFCS
I, Tonya (2) - ACE, SPIRIT
Coco - ACE
A Ghost Story - BSFC
Jane - ACE
BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
Darkest Hour (4) - BAFTA, CC, MHG, OSCAR
Phantom Thread - CIFCC
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Blade Runner 2049 (9) - ADG, CFCA, CIFCC, GFCA, FFCC, LAFCA, LVFCS, SFCS, WAFCA
The Shape Of Water (9) - ADG, BAFTA, CC, NFCS, OSCAR, PFCS, SDFCS, SFFCC, StLFCA
Coco - ADG
Logan - ADG
BEST SOUND MIXING
Dunkirk (3) - BAFTA, CAS, OSCAR
BEST SOUND EDITING
Dunkirk (2) - BAFTA, OSCAR
Blade Runner 2049 - MPSE
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
War For The Planet Of The Apes (8) - CC, CIFCC, LAOFCS, NCFCA, PFCS, SDFCS, SFCS, VES
Blade Runner 2049 (7) - BAFTA, FFCC, HFCS, LVFCS, NFCS, OSCAR, StLFCA
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Shape Of Water (14) - AFCA, BAFTA, BOFCA, CC, COFCA, DFWFCA, GG, HFCS, IFJA, LAOFCS, LVFCS, OSCAR, PFCS, UFCA
Phantom Thread (9) - BOFCA, BSFC, CFCA, CIFCC, LAFCA, PCC, SFCS, SFFCC, StLFCA
Blade Runner 2049 (2) - FFCC, WAFCA
Coco - PFCC
Dunkirk - GFCA
Get Out - BRA
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Coco (6) - CC, GFCA, HFCS, LVFCS, OSCAR, PFCS
Detroit - AAFCA
The Greatest Showman - GG
Mudbound - BRA
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BPM (Beats Per Minute) (10) - AFCC, COFCA, FFCC, GALECA, LAFCA, NYFCC, OFCS, SFFCC, VFCC, WAFCA
The Square (8) - AWFJ, BSFC, CFCA, DFWFCA, GFCA, LAOFCS, OFCC, TFCA
First They Killed My Father (4) - BOFCA, LVFCS, PFCS, SFCA
In The Fade (4) - CC, GG, KCFCC, NYFCO
Raw (4) - CIFCC, NTFCA, PCC, SFCS
A Fantastic Woman (3) - BFCC, OSCAR, SPIRIT
Thelma (3) - HFCS, SDFCS, UFCA
Graduation (2) - PFCC, NSFC
Okja (2) - AFCA, NCFCA
The Wound (2) - AAFCA, BRA
Faces Places - IFJA
Foxtrot - NBR
Loveless - LAFCA
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Jane (17) - AFCC, CFCA, FFCC, GFCA, HFCS, KCFCC, LAOFCS, LVFCS, NBR, NFCS, NTFCA, PFCC, SDFCS, SFCA, StLFCA, UFCA, WAFCA
Faces Places (14) - AFCA, AWFJ, BOFCA, CIFCC, COFCA, GALECA, LAFCA, NSFC, NYFCC, OFCS, SFCS, SFFCC, SPIRIT, TFCA
City Of Ghosts (3) - DFWFCA, PCC, PFCS
Step (3) - AAFCA, BRA, NAACP
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2) - DFCSA, LAOFCS
Kedi (2) - AFCC, NCFCA
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story - NYFCO
Dawson City: Frozen Time - BSFC
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library - VFCC
The Farthest - DFCC
Icarus - OSCAR
Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 - IFJA
Oklahoma City - OFCC
Strong Island - IFP