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89th Academy Awards: LIVE BLOG

Welcome to the Film Misery Live Blog for the 89th Academy Awards!  Winners, predictions, generally insightful and amusing thoughts—it's all here! All times listed are United States Eastern Standard (UTC - 5:00).  Full list of…

nominees

AND THE NOMINEES SHOULD HAVE BEEN…

Well, the Oscars are this evening.  This is it: The Big Kahuna, The Final Showdown!  My excitement is somewhat muted this year, because I don’t really have many dogs in these races.  In case you…

2016 Academy Award Nominations

2016 Academy Award Nominations Announced

Okay, I may have been just a skosh hyperbolic in my writeup on the BAFTA nominations.  You remember, when I said I was a bit more excited to hear the BAFTA nominations than the Academy…

BAFTA

2016 BAFTA Nominations Announced

I’ll be honest, which is always a dangerous thing.  I find myself a bit more excited to hear the BAFTA nominations than I do to hear the Oscar noms.  Part of it is because the…

Toni Erdmann

REVIEW: ‘Toni Erdmann’ (2016)

Tell me if you’ve heard this one: an uptight business woman focusses solely on her career to the detriment of her personal life.  Even at social and family functions, she is on her phone, putting…

From Afar

REVIEW: ‘From Afar’ (2015)

Armando slinks about the bus stop, his expression blank, but his eyes searching, analysing.  He spies his prey: a thin, hairless twink who in England may be referred to as ‘chav,’ or ‘scally’—the only thing…

REVIEW: ‘Julieta’ (2016)

Synopsising a Pedro Almodóvar film is often a fruitless enterprise.  His hallmarks are dense characterisations, and plots as twisty and layered as real life.  I mean, have you ever heard a summary of Bad Education…

REVIEW: 87th Academy Awards Show Proves More Moving…

[caption id="attachment_25027" align="aligncenter" width="624"] Common and John Legend perform Oscar winning song "Glory"[/caption] Last night should have felt terrible, at least for me. I saw the filmmakers behind two of my favorite nominees, Boyhood and…

OSCAR TRACKER: Is 2014 Setting Itself Up for…

[caption id="attachment_24343" align="aligncenter" width="622"] Unbroken[/caption] The Toronto International Film Festival ended this weekend, which means we officially have just enough players on the table to start covering the Oscar season, which is still a league…

OSCAR REVIEW: ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘Gravity’…

[caption id="attachment_23638" align="aligncenter" width="623"] Steve McQueen jumps for joy! Let the memes commence![/caption] Telecast Grade: B-/B Winners Grade: B+ It certainly felt like the night was going in Gravity's direction, nearly sweeping the technical awards,…