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Penultimate Predictions a week out from the Oscar nominations

Seven days from now, we’ll know who and what the Academy Award nominees are. My final set of predictions will drop on Monday, but for now, I wanted to tinker just a little bit first. For what it’s worth, over the coming weekend, the Producers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild will be giving out their awards, so while that can’t impact nominations, it’s still noteworthy. They’re arguably the two biggest precursors, and gems of the guild season, so there’s a chance that I might tinker with final predictions next week if something crazy goes on there. That’s a problem for future me though. As you’ll see below, not a whole lot has changed. Ballots are in though, so what’s done is done. I’m working my few Oscar voter sources to see if anything has gotten more love than expected.
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‘Portlandia’: Let Kumail Nanjiani Prepare You For the End of the World in New Sketch — Watch

‘Portlandia’: Let Kumail Nanjiani Prepare You For the End of the World in New Sketch — Watch
When the worst happens, you’ve got to be ready. And by “ready,” we don’t mean “able to survive.” Even after an earthquake, tornado, or other natural disaster, you should be thriving. Your needs, no matter how lavish, should be met. You’ve got to make the tough decisions, like Fleetwood Mac or Rihanna.

And who better to guide those decisions than Kumail Nanjiani?

In a new clip from “Portlandia’s” eighth and final season, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein make the healthy choice to be prepared for an emergency. When they seek out a disaster expert, he guides them through the difficult choices of what to take, what to leave, and what to listen to when the world is crashing down around them.

Read More:‘Portlandia’: Kyle MacLachlan Strives to Make Portland ‘Less White’ and ‘Less Wet’ in New Season 8 Sketch

The video is not only your
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Vote Now! The 2017 Cinelinx Movie Awards Nominees

2017 is now behind us, and to celebrate the achievements in film over the last 12 months, Cinelinx presents our nominees for our 2017 Movie Awards. We need the help of you fellow cinephiles, however, in order to decide the winners, so come inside to check out the nominees and vote on your picks!

2018 has arrived, and although there are a lot of exciting films on the horizon, it is important to reflect upon all the accomplishments in film from last year. For this reason, we are proud to present the categories and nominees for the 2017 Cinelinx Movie Awards (“The Linxies”). This will be our third year of handing out these special awards and with your help we can make it something really fun and special. Listed below are the categories we’ve chosen to highlight all of the hard work that goes into movies. These categories are organized to reflect our review system.
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Oscar Contenders Dominate Robust Specialty Box Office

Oscar Contenders Dominate Robust Specialty Box Office
Led by an expansion of “The Post” (20th Century Fox), Oscar contenders grossed a combined $40 million-plus this weekend. This continues to be a high-end year for awards hopefuls, as six have already topped $10 million and four have passed the $20-million mark.

This compares well to recent years when titles like “Whiplash,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Danish Girl” and “Room” never reached those highs despite their strong awards presence. This year Amazon’s Sundance buy “The Big Sick” followed “Manchester by the Sea” as a robust awards contender, which could yield elevated acquisitions bidding at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival.

With such a crowded field of established titles, new openings faced intense competition. Lebanese Oscar contender “The Insult” (Cohen) led the field of openers, which all grossed under $10,000 per theater in initial dates.

Opening

The Insult (Cohen) – Metacritic: 71; Festivals include: Venice, Telluride, Toronto, AFI 2017

$24,957 in 3 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $8,319

This Lebanese
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Kumail Nanjiani set for TV adaptation of My Beautiful Laundrette, teases potential sequel to The Big Sick

Fresh from the hit romantic comedy The Big Sick, Variety is reporting that Kumail Nanjiani is set to co-write and star in a small screen adaptation of Stephen Frears’ 1985 film My Beautiful Laundrette.

The project will reunite Nanjiani with Alec Berg, executive producer on Silicon Valley, who will executive produce alongside Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) and Hanif Kureishi, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of the original movie.

My Beautiful Laundrette followed a young Pakistani man in London who rekindles a romantic relationship with his childhood friend, a former right-wing gang leader, and sets out to turn his uncle’s run-down laundrette into a profitable business.

Meanwhile, Nanjiani has also hinted to Variety that early discussions are underway about the prospect of a sequel to The Big Sick, the semi-autobiographical tale he penned wit his wife Emily V. Gordon:

“Yesterday, some of the people involved, I won’t say who, were saying, ‘You
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‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan to Accept Santa Barbara Award

‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan to Accept Santa Barbara Award
This year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 31 to February 10) will present “Lady Bird” Golden Globe Comedy winner Saoirse Ronan with its Santa Barbara Award on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Arlington Theatre.

Ronan has been delivering strong performances ever since her Oscar-nominated breakout role in Joe Wright’s “Atonement.” Since then she has earned a best Actress nomination for “Brooklyn.” She also starred in Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Joe Wright’s “Hanna,” Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones,” and Peter Weir’s “The Way Back.”

Past recipients of the award include Isabelle Huppert, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon, and Naomi Watts.

So far this awards season the festival has already presented Judi Dench with its Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film; the festival will also give Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) its Maltin
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‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan to Accept Santa Barbara Award

‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan to Accept Santa Barbara Award
This year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 31 to February 10) will present “Lady Bird” Golden Globe Comedy winner Saoirse Ronan with its Santa Barbara Award on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Arlington Theatre.

Ronan has been delivering strong performances ever since her Oscar-nominated breakout role in Joe Wright’s “Atonement.” Since then she has earned a best Actress nomination for “Brooklyn.” She also starred in Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Joe Wright’s “Hanna,” Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones,” and Peter Weir’s “The Way Back.”

Past recipients of the award include Isabelle Huppert, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon, and Naomi Watts.

So far this awards season the festival has already presented Judi Dench with its Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film; the festival will also give Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) its Maltin
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Sundance 2018: Collider Partners Up with Kia Motors for Our Portrait and Media Studio

With Sundance 2018 getting ready to begin next week in Park City, Utah, I’m happy to announce Collider is once again going to be covering one of the best film festivals on the planet. Like previous years, we’re going to be posting news from Park City as it happens and we’ll also have tons of daily reviews and interviews. If you remember last year, the Sundance Film Festival world premiered a number of films that are in this year’s Oscar race like Call Me by Your Name, The Big Sick, and Mudbound. All three of these …
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Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani Say ‘The Big Sick’ Was Better Than Therapy: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani Say ‘The Big Sick’ Was Better Than Therapy: Awards Season Spotlight Profile
To most people, reliving your most harrowing life experience in painstaking detail for five years sounds like a nightmare. For Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, it was “therapeutic.” The married co-writers sat down with IndieWire to discuss the writing process behind “The Big Sick,” their charming, bighearted rom-com that renewed the oft-maligned genre with contemporary flair.

“My mom kept saying, ‘I don’t know how you’re ever going to make this funny.’ Even though many funny things happened along the way, it wasn’t funny to her,” said Gordon. Based on real events, “The Big Sick” chronicles a mysterious infection that landed Gordon in a coma at the beginning of her romance with Nanjiani — an usual premise for a comedy, to be sure. “We were never gonna take this and make it a cheap laugh,” she added.

Read More:‘The Big Sick’ Writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V.
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‘Here And Now’ Trailer: HBO’s New Series Is All About Family

More Holly Hunter is always a good thing, and the actress — who is turning heads with her warm role in “The Big Sick” — is one of the puzzle pieces of HBO‘s new series “Here And Now.”

Creator Alan Ball (“Six Feet Under,” “True Blood“) returns to the network to weave a multi-ethnic, multi-generational story of modern life in America.

Continue reading ‘Here And Now’ Trailer: HBO’s New Series Is All About Family at The Playlist.
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NAACP Image Awards: Key Categories to Watch

NAACP Image Awards: Key Categories to Watch
Over the years, the NAACP Image Awards has celebrated an increasing number of Lgbt movies, television shows, actors and characters.

Although there have been far more nominations than wins, there are noticeable strides. For instance, Viola Davis won the actress in a drama series Image Award for her turn as bisexual attorney Annalise Keating on “How to Get Away With Murder” in 2016. And “Moonlight,” which tracks the life of a gay boy growing up in poverty, triumphed last year with four wins, including directing and independent motion picture.

This year, openly gay actress Rutina Wesley has been nominated for actress in a drama series for her performance on Own’s “Queen Sugar.” She will compete against Davis, nominated again in the category for her performance as Annalise Keating, and an Image Award victor last year for her supporting film turn in “Fences.” They are up against “Underground” star Jurnee Smollett-Bell, “Scandal” star Kerry Washington
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The Shape of Water and all of the winners at the Critics Choice Awards

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The Shape of Water and all of the winners at the Critics Choice AwardsThe Shape of Water and all of the winners at the Critics Choice AwardsAdriana Floridia1/12/2018 12:42:00 Pm

Last night, The Broadcast Film Critics Association handed out their top prizes for film and television.

The same films keep coming out on top. It looks like this year's awards race is going to be a tight one between Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water, which won Best Picture among other awards from the Bfca, and Three Billboard's Outside Ebbing, Missouri which picked up three acting honours.

Check out all of the Critics Choice winners below!

Best Picture

The Big Sick

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

The Florida Project

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water

Greta Gerwig
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The Shape of Water bests Three Billboards at 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards, while Big Little Lies leads TV winners

Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance The Shape of Water emerged as the big winner from the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards, scooping four awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Meanwhile, HBO’s Big Little Lies dominated the television categories, also winning four prizes.

The Shape of Water defeated Oscars frontrunner Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in the majority of the categories in which they competed, though Frances McDormand beat Sally Hawkins to the Best Actress prize and Sam Rockwell was crowned Best Supporting Actor for his work in Irish filmmaker Martin McDonagh’s incendiary drama.

Elsewhere, Gary Oldman followed up his Golden Globe victory with another Best Actor prize for his performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, while Jordan Peele added his name firmly to the Oscar conversation with a screenplay victory for Get Out.

See Also: Golden Globes 2018: Winners and Losers from the World of Film

In the speciality categories,
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“The Shape of Water” wins big at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards

Last night, the critics portion of the precursor season came to a head with the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Chosen by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the winners here get a nice little boost as Academy Award voting is currently wrapping up. Remember, critics aren’t members of the Academy, so there’s limited impact to be found for Oscar, but televised victories are never a bad thing. Wins here are fuel for nominations, and little more. Still, forward momentum is useful and appreciated, to say the least. For a few movies, it was a great evening, with one Guillermo del Toro helmed picture doing particularly well. The Bfca went wild (comparatively) for The Shape of Water, which led the field with four wins, to go along with entering the night as the overall nominations leader. Other multi winners were Coco, Darkest Hour, Get Out, I, Tonya, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
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‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Top Critics’ Choice Awards

‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Top Critics’ Choice Awards
“Get Out,” “The Shape of Water,” “Big Little Lies” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” were just some of the films and television series honored by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. and Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. Thursday at the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

Overall nominations leader “The Shape of Water” walked away with the most movie awards with four, including best picture and best director for helmer Guillermo del Toro. On the television side, “Big Little Lies” also reigned with four wins, including yet another best limited series prize. “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won in the top drama and comedy fields.

Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) joined Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) in the winners circle for film acting honors, while Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”), Ted Danson (“The Good Place”) and Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”) were
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Critics’ Choice Awards 2018 Winners List: ‘The Shape of Water’ Dominates With Best Picture and Best Director Prizes

Critics’ Choice Awards 2018 Winners List: ‘The Shape of Water’ Dominates With Best Picture and Best Director Prizes
Following the Golden Globes earlier this month, the 2017-18 awards season continues with the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. The ceremony honored the best in film and television from 2017. Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” led all films with 14 nominations this year, including Best Picture and Best Director. “Feud: Betty and Joan” leds the television categories with six nominations, but HBO’s highly competitive “Big Little Lies” is a close second with five.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions

The Critics’ Choice Award honored director Damien Chazelle and actors Casey Affleck, Mahershala Ali, and Viola Davis with prizes last year. All of them went on to earn Oscars. The Best Picture award went to “La La Land.”

Check out all of the nominations for the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards below. Winners will appear in bold.

Film Award Winners

Best Picture

The Big Sick

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk
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‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ TV Series in the Works With Kumail Nanjiani as Star and Co-Writer

‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ TV Series in the Works With Kumail Nanjiani as Star and Co-Writer
Lots of eyes are on Kumail Nanjiani now after the success of his autobiographical comedy, The Big Sick. While the comedian is still plugging away on the HBO comedy that provided his breakout role, Silicon Valley, Nanjiani is starting to flex his acting and writing chops outside of his comfort zone. Nanjiani will star in the TV remake of My Beautiful […]

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Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning and Lupita Nyong'o to Present at 2018 SAG Awards

Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning and Lupita Nyong'o to Present at 2018 SAG Awards
The first star-studded list of presenters has been announced for the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning, Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Stone and Kelly Marie Tran will take to the stage on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles, People can exclusively reveal.

Berry, 51, has won twice at the SAG Awards, for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in 1999 and Monster’s Ball in 2001.

Fanning, 23, became the youngest-ever individual SAG Award nominee for her supporting role I Am Sam at the age of 7. She introduced the SAG Awards’ tribute to child actors in 2002 and presented the SAG Life Achievement Award to Shirley Temple Black in 2006.

Nyong’o,
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Here’s What the Directors Guild Award Nominations Mean for the Oscar Race

Echoing much recent Oscar buzz, the 2018 DGA nominations went to the five lead contenders for Best Picture: Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Peele was also nominated for the first-time directing award, along with Geremy Jasper (“Patti Cake$”), William Oldroyd (“Lady Macbeth”), Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River”) and Aaron Sorkin (“Molly’s Game”), whose movie is picking up guild nods and is a strong contender for the Adapted screenplay Oscar. (It was a good day for Fox Searchlight, which released “Three Billboards,” The Shape of Water” and “Patti Cake$”).

Read More: Directors Guild of America 2018 Film Nominations: Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig Make the Cut

It’s Nolan’s fourth DGA nomination (if he gets an Oscar directing nod, it will be his first); Mexican Del Toro beat out British McDonagh,
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Here’s What the Directors Guild Award Nominations Mean for the Oscar Race

Echoing much recent Oscar buzz, the 2018 DGA nominations went to the five lead contenders for Best Picture: Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Peele was also nominated for the first-time directing award, along with Geremy Jasper (“Patti Cake$”), William Oldroyd (“Lady Macbeth”), Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River”) and Aaron Sorkin (“Molly’s Game”), whose movie is picking up guild nods and is a strong contender for the Adapted screenplay Oscar. (It was a good day for Fox Searchlight, which released “Three Billboards,” The Shape of Water” and “Patti Cake$”).

Read More: Directors Guild of America 2018 Film Nominations: Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig Make the Cut

It’s Nolan’s fourth DGA nomination (if he gets an Oscar directing nod, it will be his first); Mexican Del Toro beat out British McDonagh,
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