First Two Awards To Set Tone?

 Pete Hammond at Deadline.com has discovered what the first two awards will be at the Oscars this Sunday: I’ve learned 2-time Oscar winner and Academy favorite Tom Hanks will be the first presenter and name winners in both the Art Direction and Cinematography categories right off the bat. Best Picture frontrunner The King’s Speech is up for both, so the world will …

In Theatres for Friday, February 25th

  It’s Oscar weekend!!  That being said, if you are going to the theatre this weekend I would recommend trying to see anything that you might have missed up until now.     If you are already up to par on the Oscar nominated films, here is what is slated for release on Friday:    The …

Costume Designers Guild Winners

For those of us torn between Alice in Wonderland and The King’s Speech for Best Costume Design on our Oscar ballots, this should only muddy the waters a bit further: The King’s Speech, Black Swan and Alice in Wonderland took the top feature film honors Tuesday evening at the 13th Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Jenny Beavan won excellence in period …

On Video for February 22nd

With such a busy week in front of us, I’m going to be rather brief with this Video posting.  You’ll still get a list of what is out and what I recommend, just in a ‘nutshell.’    The film trilogy based on Steig Larsson’s Millennium series is out today (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl …

Oscar Week: Final Oscar Prediction Update and MPSE Awards

 Happy Oscar week everyone!     It’s a big week here at Award Contenders.  I will be extremely busy wrapping up my final Oscar predictions, as well as giving you the last two installments in our first annual Aycee Awards.    On Thursday evening, at 10 p.m. EST, I will be participating in Jason O’Brien’s annual …

Oscar Presenters List Updated

Here is the most up to date list of Oscar presenters for this Sunday’s (omg, omg, omg) Oscar ceremony: Annette Bening Halle Berry Russell Brand Jeff Bridges Sandra Bullock Robert Downey Jr. Tom Hanks Hugh Jackman Scarlett Johansson Nicole Kidman Jude Law Alan Menken, Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Randy Newman, Gwyneth Paltrow, A.R. Rahman (musical performers) Marisa Tomei Florence Welch Oprah Winfrey …

Oscar and Foreign Films, and An Argument

  It’s almost Oscar time. Whatever you think, however you feel about the Academy Awards and awards in general, there’s little arguing with the eighty plus years of history and rich tradition of this still most prestigious and popular of movie honors.    For many years now the most interesting part of the awards for …

Streep Going for Number 3 As Thatcher

 As many of you know, Meryl Streep will be playing British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the upcoming film, The Iron Lady.  Could this role earn her the much deserved 3rd Oscar she has been chasing for 27 years?     Streep has said of the role:  “I am trying to approach the role with as much …