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Oscars 2022: Best Cinematography Predictions

The good news for the cinematography race is that theaters have reopened, which means that the full spectacle of “Dune” and “No Time to Die” can be experienced on the big screen. But they are not alone — this season also boasts the visual splendor of “The Power of the Dog,” the romanticized nostalgia of […]

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Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand Bring Joel Coen’s ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ to the Oscars Race

The early days of awards season bring buzz and promise, but they also mean it’s time for studios to develop strategy and brainstorm opportunities to strike.With the Toronto International Film Festival handing out its prestigious People’s Choice prize to Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast,” the Focus Features drama has the authority to declare itself the best picture […]

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Belfast Wins The TIFF People’s Choice Award, Making It Immediate Best Picture Frontrunner

Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film “Belfast” won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which bodes well for its Oscar chances. There are plenty of other prestigious awards to be won during festival season, but TIFF’s People’s Choice Award has the best track record for predicting future Academy Award Best Picture nominees and […]

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The Oscar Race Gets Clearer After the Toronto International Film Festival

No question there’s more to learn from a live film festival than a virtual one. In 2021, live Cannes and Telluride events provided scads of intel on how movies played for audiences and media. Participants were on solid ground. You feel it in a room when a movie plays, from Cannes Palme d’Or-winner “Titane” to […]

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‘Belfast’ Wins TIFF 2021 People’s Choice Award

Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast” won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday night. The prize is often considered a bellwether for the Academy Awards, as the winner for the past nine years has gone on to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination. This includes last year’s winner “Nomadland,” which went on […]

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Belfast Review: Kenneth Branagh’s Drama Is Funny And Sweet And Missing Something [TIFF 2021]

“Belfast” is often a charming and lovely film. The characters are kind and heartfelt, played by talented actors who bring their all to the roles. The black and white cinematography, with touches of color, courtesy of Haris Zambarloukos, is gorgeous and clean. There’s a sense of humor to the whole thing that can be quite funny. People […]

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Kenneth Branagh Breaks Down in Tears After Triumphant ‘Belfast’ Premiere at TIFF

After dazzling the in-person audience at the Toronto Film Festival, writer-director Kenneth Branagh broke down crying over his loosely autobiographical film “Belfast.”Following what was easily the most rapturous response to a festival entry at Toronto’s Roy Thomson hall this year, Branagh was overcome in a Q&a describing the inspiration behind the film.“I started writing this […]

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London Film Festival: ‘Last Night in Soho,’ ‘French Dispatch,’ ‘Succession’ Added as Full Lineup Unveiled

The 2021 BFI London Film Festival — set to run Oct. 6-17 — has unveiled its full program, with a sizeable haul of major titles joining the lineup.Alongside already announced opener, The Harder They Fall, gala screening The Power of the Dog, closing night film The Tragedy of Macbeth and the official competition titles, other […]

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