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Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Fabelmans’ Is a Small Movie with Big Awards Potential

If any movie deserved its hyperbolic standing ovation on the festival circuit this year, Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” was it. When the director took the stage of the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, he received the thunderous response to more than 50 years of filmmaking, not just the passion project that recounts the beginning of […]

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After Telluride and Venice, the Oscar Best Picture Race Remains Wide Open

Is this what normal looks like? A year after Telluride launched “King Richard,” “Belfast” and “Power of the Dog,” the festival was a quieter affair with fewer stars and more challenging movies. It’s also the year that the Academy reinstated its theatrical requirement for Oscar eligibility — and in 2022, it’s harder than ever to […]

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‘Empire Of Light’ is Old School Oscar Contender With a Career Best Performance from Olivia Colman

Roughly a year ago, Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast,” launched out of Telluride, and there was something about that film’s emotional expansiveness and the irresistible pull of its unapologetic nostalgia that made it clear it was going to be a force to be reckoned with at the Oscars.I got the same sense watching Sam Mendes’ “Empire of […]

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Judi Dench Hasn’t Watched Many of Her Films Because She ‘Would Just Be Irritated’

Dame Judi Dench received her eighth Oscar nomination this year for her role as Granny in Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast,” a performance that proved she is still a formidable acting talent. Even at the age of 87, and having won nearly every conceivable accolade for an actress, Dench is not even thinking about retirement.“I’m slowing down […]

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Do ‘Everything Everywhere,’ ‘Northman’ and ‘Unbearable Weight’ Offer More Action Than Awards Voters Can Handle?

With “The Northman,” “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” and the continued success of “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” this month has been about action-forward movies that are entertaining and worthy, but might fail to be taken seriously as real “achievements” in Hollywood. Timing has also proven to be an essential factor, and not just […]

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Jamie Dornan Slams Casting Critics: ‘Prejudgment Is Such a F*cking Disease’

“Belfast” star Jamie Dornan clapped back at casting criticisms over actors taking on iconic roles in well-known franchises.Dornan, who famously brought Christian Grey to life onscreen in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, told Esquire that even A-listers like Robert Pattinson and Daniel Craig aren’t immune to casting backlash.“Prejudgment is such a fucking disease,” Dornan […]

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Oscar Winner Kenneth Branagh’s Poirot Explained In Death On The Nile Bonus Feature Clip [Exclusive]

After seven Oscar nominations since his splashy debut in 1990’s “Henry V,” Kenneth Branagh finally took home his first Academy Award for the screenplay for “Belfast” this past Sunday. Lest you forget, the brilliantly talented multi-hyphenate has another movie arriving on home video this week: The star-studded sequel to “Murder on the Orient Express,” titled […]

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‘Coda’ Has Changed Oscar Movies’ Release Strategies Forever

In analyzing how “Coda” achieved its Best Picture win, we must face a discomfiting reality: Beyond Oscar qualification, theatrical play had very little to do with its success.Most years, winning Best Picture includes a careful effort by its distributor to make it hit. Recent winners such as “Parasite” and “Green Book” played theaters during the […]

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It’s Hard To Be Mad At Kenneth Branagh Winning An Oscar

Kenneth Branagh received his first Oscar nomination 32 years ago for 1989’s “Henry V,” and the actor-director has finally won his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his latest film, “Belfast.”Although “Belfast” was a surprising win — keeping in mind that the other contenders in the category included “King Richard,” “Licorice Pizza,” “Don’t Look […]

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‘A better deal than the Oscars’: the party celebrating the Irish in Hollywood

Jamie Dornan and Kenneth Branagh were honored at this year’s Oscar Wilde awards amid excitement over BelfastIreland could see big victories at the Academy Awards this year, with Irish actors nominated in key categories including best supporting actor and actress. Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, inspired by his own childhood during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, secured […]

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