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Oscars 2019: Bets Placed!

Last year`s challenge inspired three major BlogProFilm experts to try their luck again and predict possible Oscars outcomes. This year`s Academy Award season tends to dilute Foreign Language Film nomination: its nominees appeared to be overspread among almost all other nominations. Here are our predictions, and feel free to comment.

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Anthony McCarten: the screenwriter of the luck

Freshly screened Bohemian Rhapsody has already fairly set the Thames on fire at the Golden Globes ceremony by gaining the key awards for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. There is not the less prestigious BAFTA ahead, and then comes the Oscars with five nominations – a half less that The Favourite earned, however, no one doubts that Bohemian Rhapsody will take the floor at the Academy Awards ceremony. Some may think that the award season of 2019 will be remarkable for its musical trend: along with Bohemian Rhapsody critics put their stakes on Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga`s project A Star Is Born. But I will take a risk and propose the other vision of award trends. Look, it might be a coincidence but while crusading in pursuit of globes, BAFTAs and golden guys the first leading film must be somehow a fairytale (remember The Shape of Water, the last year winner), as the other one conversely realistic. And what can be more realistic than a biopic? This genre has its own recipe of success, and no one knows it better than Anthony McCarten.

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Mary Queen of Scots: Two Queens, Twin Souls, Arch Enemies

Historical drama Mary Queen of Scots has hit the screens in late 2018, having both lead parts portrayed by Oscar nominees Margot Robbie (Elizabeth I) and Saoirse Ronan (Mary Stuart), but surprisingly none of them despite of brilliant performance were nominated this year. Anyway, the Academy saved two well-deserved nominations for the film: Costume Design and Makeup & Hairstyling. The film relates the youth years of two strong women who tried to overpower the gender politics and the politics itself in the age of men`s rule and backward mentality.

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Gary Oldman holds the keys to powerful performances

BlogProFilm has touched upon different cinematic ‘behind-the-screen’ professions and their approaches to their job. However, the most-seen are still the actors, and their preparations may be not the less diverse and captivating. Having BAFTA and Oscars ahead we are going to place our traditional bets, and now it`s time to remind you some successful stories of the last year winners. Gary Oldman tells about his role in Darkest Hour.

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May The 4th Be With You

Being already in its fifties, the most legendary franchise is going on through the Galaxy far far away. Except the new episodes, directors and characters its trunk is full with cartoon series, spin-offs, comic books and graphic novels, along with numerous cosplayers` groups and even official postal stamps of several states. But there is a strange item in this Millenium Falcon`s glovebox – it can be a treasure chest or a can of worms as well – I mean the Disney announcement of the forth trilogy conceptually supervised by Rian Johnson (the director of The Last Jedi). Let`s dive deeper in what is good and what is bad in the Star Wars universe.

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Ready Player One – Are Ya Ready, Kids?

Fantastically attractive virtual worlds, bare-boned devastated reality, adventures and endless horizon for imagination – all this can be easily packed inside a good book. That is why I was a bit suspicious about screen adaptation of Ernest Cline`s Ready Player One. The book filled with sultry links to 1980ies` pop culture up to full capacity seemed unreal not only due to its plotline, but also in terms of screening-ability, let`s put it this way. A reader is not limited in his fantasy, each person interprets the author`s style and context in a unique way, while the film sets the exact visual frame and shapes its own reality. Luckily it was Steven Spielberg to take the helm, and, with a dream team of brilliant cast and his talent to ignite the screen with any fairytale he managed to create the film that deserves all highest rankings.

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A Spielberg`s Year By Cinematic Calendar

Steven Spielberg entered 2018 with two films ready to impress the audience worldwide: the Academy Award Nominee The Post and the pop-culture praise of 1980ies Ready Player One. Absolutely different, but both attention-drawers, the two films reaffirmed the director`s image as a multidimensional artist who can incarnate any idea of any genre on screen.

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‘Song Of Granite’ – meeting Richard Kendrick, Director of Photography

There hardly could be something more Irish than endless and pure Connemara landscapes and traditional sean-nós singing that releases the very soul of the Emerald Island. This year Moscow Irish Week hosted the 11th Irish Film Fest that brought Gaelic-speaking Song Of Granite on screen. The film by Pat Collins rebuilds the biography of famous sean-nós singer Joe Heaney (Seosamh Ó hÉanaí) who spent his life wandering the world with motherland in his heart and deep affection to Irish tradition in his unique singing.

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90th Oscar: The Winner Shapes It All

Another Academy Award season is over. The winner unveiled: Guillermo Del Toro`s nets double with The Shape Of Water. The film has received 13 nominations with 4 won, including Best Picture and Directing. Another Academy fave, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, has brought the award to Frances McDormand as Leading Actress and Sam Rockwell as Supporting Actor. It was quite a battle: the film has two Supporting Actor noms, for Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, but the striking performance in Officer Dixon`s role made Sam win. Another well-deserved, long-awaited and highly appreciated winning nomination was Best Actor that went to Gary Oldman for his brilliant, smart and witty Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. All listed above were more or less predictable, but what surprises was Oscar-2018 hiding, and who turned out to be a loser this time – let`s have a quick look.

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The Last Jedi: A Way Out Of The Galaxy Far Far Away?

The legend franchise ever has released maybe the most ambivalent episode in its long-lasting history. The audience has split into two camps: the ones who accepted Episode VIII positively with all its exceptions from the Galaxy Far Far Away, and those who stood sceptical about some innovations. Anyway, there is no one indifferent to Rian Johnson`s vision of Star Wars. With numerous surprises inside, the film undoubtedly received four Academy Award Nominations this year and pretends to win some if not all of them. But what does these surprises mean to the future of Star Wars, and were these last Jedi the very last drop in the ocean of Star Wars canon? No spoilers, just some thoughts out loud.

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