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Oscar Prep

  Oscar Prep

Our annual Oscar prep event provides the perfect lead-in to the iconic Academy Awards-complete with popcorn and trailer screenings. This Oscar-centric evening is sure to entertain and inform. Our award-winning presenters, the critics and co-hosts of WCBE’s Cinema Classics, focus the discussion on this year’s Best Picture nominees, expounding on the highlights and particulars of […]

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Fearless Oscar Picks

Hope Madden Hope Madden Fearless Oscar Picks

by Hope Madden and George Wolf It fills us with glee to look back on a year brimming with so many great movies. Original movies, even! Jojo Rabbit—that was unique. The Farewell, Marriage Story, Knives Out, The Lighthouse, Parasite, The Souvenir, Uncut Gems, Us, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, The Last Black Man in […]

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Oscar Noms and Surprises

Hope Madden Hope Madden Oscar Noms and Surprises

by Hope Madden and George Wolf Any year as strong as 2019 is going to see its share of snubs in the Oscar race because there are just too damn many worthy films and performances. It’s a blessing, really. But we will complain anyway. First, though, we’ll celebrate Scarlet Johansson for finally getting a nomination, […]

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Fearless Oscar Predictions

Hope Madden Hope Madden Fearless Oscar Predictions

When it comes to predicting the Academy Awards, it’s best not to be too sentimental. Which individual groups—like the Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild, Producers Guild— possesses a lot of voters who are also Academy voters? Start there and hope that things like Netflix bias and studio budgets play less of a role than you […]

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Oscar Nominations and Grumblings

Hope Madden Hope Madden Oscar Nominations and Grumblings

Just eight Best Picture nominations this year and a list of contenders that clarifies what a kick-ass year 2018 was for female roles. Well done, chicas! Do we have gripes? Well, honestly, not too many. Here’s the rundown. Supporting Actress This is a good list. Strong. Not a lot of bones to pick here. Our heart […]

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Oscar Predictions Amid an Impressive Slate of Nominees

Hope Madden Hope Madden Oscar Predictions Amid an Impressive Slate of Nominees

Rarely is the Oscar ticket quite so easy to fill out. This year’s set of nominees offers more clear-cut front runners across the board than most previous broadcasts, but the other aspect of note is that the actual quality of the work is tighter than in years past. In nearly every category, the likely winner […]

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Oscar Picks 2017: What Will Win, and What Should Win

Hope Madden Hope Madden Oscar Picks 2017: What Will Win, and What Should Win

Oscar cometh, and with him the possibility of drawing attention to some of the best films a lot of people didn’t see last year. By all means, check out Hell or High Water and Moonlight. Watch Natalie Portman’s brilliant turn in Jackie, or Viola Davis’s blistering performance in Fences. And for the love of God, […]

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