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Will any film’s Oscar hopes be resurrected by critics’ awards?

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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    #199616

    Best thing about critics is that they see everything and can launch a lesser-known actor, filmmaker, or movie into the Oscar race that might not have been before, kinda like Marcia Gay Harden, who won NYFCC and then nothing else before winning the Oscar for “Pollock.”

    What contenders aren’t getting that much talk that you think could (and should) get a boost from the critics?

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    manakamana
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    #199618

    I think “Mad Max” might be lent some legitimacy with major critics citations. I wonder if someone like Cynthia Nixon will be helped with some critics support, since I know “James White” was pretty well respected and I don’t think the critics would go with the fraudulent frontrunners in supporting actress. Speaking of, perhaps it’ll be easier to place someone like Mara in lead at enough groups’ insistence. I think Géza Röhrig might really be a compelling alternative choice in a lead category occupied more by starpower than actual interesting work.

    I’d personally love for them to go to bat for “Tangerine” and Mya Taylor.

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    Bird
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    #199619

    I have a feeling that Love and Mercy may gain some notice with Critics groups. Particularly for Paul Dano and/or Elizabeth Banks

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    AviChristiaans
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    #199620

    Mad Max: Fury Road and Love and Mercy

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    leothescorpio
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    #199621

    I’m hoping Beasts of No Nation & Abraham Attah can get back into the race.

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    AMG
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    #199622

    45 Years should get critics love.

    Beasts of No Nation really should get a boost there, and hopefully have it be enough to get it in multiple places at the Oscars.

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    OnTheAisle
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    #199623

    After well deserved Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Screenplay, I am more confident that the various critics’ groups will honor Jason Segel and Donald Margulies for The End of the Tour.

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    FilmGuy619
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    #199624

    I think critics will give life to Mad Max’s campaign. Also, despite Room being left out of Best Film at the Gothams and Spirit Awards, they might back that one as well. Hopefully, they’ll back The End Of The Tour for Best Adapted Screenplay and especially Jason Segel, Ben Mendelsohn for Mississippi Grind since he landed a well-deserved Spirit nod, and Love & Mercy as well. 

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    tennisfreak
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    #199625

    This is probably the last best chance for Steve Jobs to make any commotion since its untimely BO death.

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    babypook
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    #199626

    I’m hoping Beasts of No Nation & Abraham Attah can get back into the race.

    It’s early but I suspect this may be already happening, with London, Venice, and now the Indy Spirits.

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    AviChristiaans
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    #199627

    James White (Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon) .

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    Anonymous
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    #199628

    Watch out for Diary of a Teenage Girl!!!!This little film keeps popping up in random spots.

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    babypook
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    #199629

    Watch out for Diary of a Teenage Girl!!!!This little film keeps popping up in random spots.

    Good point. I’ve been watching it’s progress. I think she may be, at this point, the only woman helming a film with a (long) shot.

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    KyleBailey
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    #199630

    I’m hoping Diary of a Teenage Girl, The End of the Tour, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (at least the screenplay nom at the Spirits made a decent showing), Love and Mercy, It Follows, and 99 Homes will gain some traction. The Spirits embraced them all in some way so i’m hoping others take note 

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    Jalal Haddad
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    #199631

    I agree about Mad Max: Fury Road. Each critics group will reward it somewhere and keep it in the conversation. I think Sicario has a good chance of popping up somewhere. Blunt has grown increasingly popular with critics and this is Villeneuve’s best reviewed English language film. I could see a group like the NBR or the HFPA really responding to Sicario.

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