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  • Teridax
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    Willem Dafoe would fit in well with the last couple of Supporting Actor Oscar winners, Mark Rylance for “Bridge of Spies” and Mahershala Ali for “Moonlight,” who won for subtle yet impactful work that clearly could not be called any kind of a “category fraud.”

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    Andrew Carden
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    I can definitely fathom Dafoe prevailing, especially if Harrelson gets in there and siphons some votes away from Rockwell.

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    AviChristiaans
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    I watched this little gem again yesterday, and it might just be my favourite film of the year.

    I still have a huge problem with the last 20 minutes. I understand Baker and Bergoch’s intend of going that way, but for me it takes away a lot from the beautiful, poignant splender that was the film up until then.

    I have Sean Baker comfortably getting a Best Director nomination for The Florida Project. This is exactly the kind of film and director they would single out and honor.

    Hopefully the Screen Actor’s Guild recognises the wonderful ensemble cast in The Florida Project. Every single actor brings something spectacular to the table.

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    Riley
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    I would like to predict Baker, but I feel burned after the Oscars subbed DGA-stamped Garth Davis working with kids in his directorial debut year for Mel Gibson last year.

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    I would like to predict Baker, but I feel burned after the Oscars subbed DGA-stamped Garth Davis working with kids in his directorial debut year for Mel Gibson last year.

    The Florida Project is much more in the taste if the snobby directing branch (I say that as someone who enjoyed both films) than Lion.

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    Eddy Q
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    Dafoe snubbed for Indie Spirits. Is he in trouble?

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    Andrew Carden
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    The Spirits have a history of some odd acting snubs – Dafoe should still be A-OK for a nomination.

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    I thought the film was okay. Some of the same issues I had with “Tangerine” are present here: lack of narrative focus, amateur nonactors showing their novice statuses, unlikeable leads, and overlong framing/scenework. At least thirty minutes could have been shaved off of this film for a tighter and stronger overall final product. I think the novelties of the subject matter with trans representation and the iPhone hook did a lot to send me in “Tangerine”‘s corner, but this is a much tougher sell. Bria Vinaite and Brooklynn Prince are certainly breakouts and discoveries. I wouldn’t mind seeing what else they can do, but not this again. Willem Dafoe was very good here. He was the grounding presence a film like this desperately needed. I’m fine with a supporting actor Oscar nod for him, but I think he could miss out on it just as easily. I didn’t quite get what was going on between him and Caleb Landry Jones in their scenes together. I instantly remembered him from “Get Out,” so it’s cool that he’s in something else so quickly. I’d like to see Sean Baker do a documentary of some sort next. I kept thinking this all through the film’s duration. His observational eye is just superb. That seems to be where his untapped potential and true heart lies.

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    Paul Hardister
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    It’s odd that at the Spirits it would get nominated for Best Feature and Best Director and nothing else. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before in any award show. If it was that good and that well directed (which I think it was), why no other nominations? Part of being a great director is finding actors, getting great performances, zero acting nominations is astonishing. And the cinematography was beautiful on the big screen because it was actually shot on film (except at the very end for a very specific reason).

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    Riley
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    The Spirits do not always know good cinematography when they see it, even in films that they like. Also snubbed:
    Jackie, despite four other nominations
    Nightcrawler, despite five other nominations
    Nebraska, despite six other nominations
    Drive, despite four other nominations

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    I’ve been thinking about why it is that The Florida Project isn’t doing as well as i would hope so far in the awards season and I have a different take on it: the film is simply too superb in one significant way – it doesn’t tell audineces what they already believe and are accustomed to. This film allows its characters to just be, without the agenda that the films that are more manipulative and are telling audiences what they want to hear and reinforces what they already believe about the world. The reason I think Sean Baker’s direction is far superior to any of the frontrunners (at least the ones I have already seen) is because he discerns rather than judges his characters and allows us to get to know these characters as full human beings, without trying to manipulate us in the audience. The mother in this film is violent; we get to know her and can discern that her behaviors are pathological but we are never made to feel dismissive of her – nor are we told to make her out to be an ‘anti-heroine’ or someone we should (insanely) root for. We are presented with her and get to know her. In fact, this film is about the people in this world who we are taught to despise and marginalize. His achievement with this film is beyond remarkable. It’s one of the few A+ movies so far I have seen this year. It’s depressing that he isn’t the frontrunner for Best Director. Instead, the frontrunner is someone who’s movie is entertaining, yes, technically proficient, but has zero character development (I enjoyed Dunkirk as an entertainment, but for Christopher Nolan to be considered the “Best Director” over Sean Baker is beyond absurd).

    I am hoping film critics will turn things around and start giving The Florida Project the awards that it deserves but this is a slim hope. The new breed of film critics are hired to keep the establishment happy and will choose films that continue to keep us where we are, championing films that give us our continued false view of ourselves. Time will tell… meanwhile, I will continue to champion this movie as a masterpiece, a truly great cinematic achievement.

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    This was a great film – the issues pointed above are not really issues, but it’s what makes the movie come to life. I went back and forth with the last 20 minutes, but that ending eventually won me over

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    Bizarre: the Satellite award nominations have come out and The Florida Project has 3 nominations: Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor – but not for Best Motion Picture? At least they got those 3 categories correct. It’s going to be a tough awards season but here’s hoping the Director’s branch gets it right and nominates Sean Baker and the film makes it into the finalists for Best Picture.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Beyond thrilled by Sean Baker’s Best Director win from the New York Film Critics Circle! (: I have stubbornly kept him in my predictions for Best Director (Oscar) despite his having 100-1 odds! (: Here’s hoping he wins more awards going forward and at least gets nominated for the Oscar! (:

    As for Willem Dafoe: his performance is so compassionate and compelling (: I saw the film weeks ago and I can recall vividly his scenes, the way he uses his body, his voice, his PRESENCE! (: I really do hope this is the first of many awards for him this awards season! (:

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    Paul Hardister
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    Beyond thrilled by Sean Baker’s Best Director win from the New York Film Critics Circle! (: I have stubbornly kept him in my predictions for Best Director (Oscar) despite his having 100-1 odds! (: Here’s hoping he wins more awards going forward and at least gets nominated for the Oscar! (:

    As for Willem Dafoe: his performance is so compassionate and compelling (: I saw the film weeks ago and I can recall vividly his scenes, the way he uses his body, his voice, his PRESENCE! (: I really do hope this is the first of many awards for him this awards season! (:

    I have him in there as well! Don’t worry about the 100 to 1 odds. Sometimes that does pay off. I think I had Octavia Spencer last year for Hidden Figures at 100 to 1 odds and that prediction paid off 🙂

    If he starts winning more awards, or the film, that 100 to 1 will shrink and you will reap the rewards!

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