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    Manchester By The Sea, which was purchased by Amazon at Sundance, is directed by Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me, Margaret) and stars Casey Affleck as a man asked to look after the son of his deceased brother played by Kyle Chandler while dealing with his estranged wife played by Michelle Williams. 

    Because Amazon bought it, who knows how its awards prospects will fare. But I’m very excited for it and I’m hoping to see Michelle Williams back in the awards conversation after a small absence. 

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    My most anticipated film of the year.

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    Affleck is getting major hype for this one

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    In the last 30 years, the only S Actress nominee with multiple losing lead noms without an Oscar was Zellweger in 2003, who won.

    So that could help Williams aside from her ’30something with 4 noms’ narrative. She’s beloved enough by the Academy to have her lead prowess recognized twice, and now she’s in the ‘lower’ category.

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    No, you’re wrong because they DID NOT lose lead twice before that supporting bid. They got their 2nd lead bid at the same time. Read before you post.

    But nice try I guess.

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    A beautiful film that is perfectly paced throughout. A Best Picture nom for sure and it would be a very deserving Director nomination for Kenneth Lonergan if he can get in there.

    On the acting side, Casey Affleck is definitely worthy of a Best Actor nomination but not the win. Maybe it’s just me, but I find him so monotonous (like in “The Assassination of Jesse James …”). Here he was about the same with some nice emotional scenes. I think what really worked for him here was Lonergan’s direction and pacing – played really well to Affleck. Michelle Williams I’m not so sure on. I could see a nomination, or not. Her screen time is far more limited than I expected and I almost forgot she was in the film until near the end where she has a very brief, but powerful scene. She’ll probably get in if the category doesn’t become too stacked.

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    In the last 30 years, the only S Actress nominee with multiple losing lead noms without an Oscar was Zellweger in 2003, who won.

    So that could help Williams aside from her ’30something with 4 noms’ narrative. She’s beloved enough by the Academy to have her lead prowess recognized twice, and now she’s in the ‘lower’ category.

    Williams is a previous supporting actress nominee. So a win here isn’t a fall from grace. Her two lead nods were in years where she wasn’t the runner up.

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    Casey Affleck is fantastic in the lead role here. He thoroughly deserves the Best Actor buzz he is getting. A great internal emotional showcase.

    Lucas Hedges is also great in what is sure to be a big breakout role for him. He offers great sentimentality and humour in equal measure.

    Michelle Williams has only a few scenes, but is great in each and every one.

    My only gripe with the film is that, at times, the score is borederline forcing emotions onto you, when the performances are so powerful they are capable of showcasing these without any external influence.

    Overall, a fantastic watch and phenomenal showcase for its stars.

    Check out more of my thoughts on Twitter (@AMG_Review) and Instagram (amg_reviews)

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    Saw this the other day and loved it. Probably my favorite film I’ve seen so far this year.

    I’d be very to see Affleck win this, and I think he just might. Otherwise, Hedges should get a nom, as well as Lonnergan for directing and writing. Williams is very good but it’s a small role, though will probably still make it in.

    A BP nod is for sure, but what about a win? One thing that might be going for it is that it’s depressing. If Slumdog Millionaire won because of all the hope that was going around in 08, then maybe a film that shows how much life can suck will win in 16. There’s more going against it, though. For starters, it’s a very small and personal film; when was the last time something like this won? Maybe the closest comparison I can make is Ordinary People 36 years ago. It’s the same reason I’m skeptical of Moonlight being a frontrunner, though at least that has the X-factor of being about a rarely seen type of character (plus it’s got a hint of largeness with it’s lifespan scope).

    So I’d say Actor and Screenplay are the only likely wins. I’ll be rooting for it.

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    Think Hedges will be nominated? The Academy does seem to have a problem with young actors, and this category is pretty deep this year. I could definitely see him being nominated or snubbed.

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    Think Hedges will be nominated? The Academy does seem to have a problem with young actors, and this category is pretty deep this year. I could definitely see him being nominated or snubbed.

    I think he will.

    There’s definitely a problem with young actors, but usually in the lead categories. Supporting is usually okay.

    Hedges is great and is a large part of very actor driven film (second only to Affleck, of course).

    I also think this is a fairly weak year for the category. Ali is fantastic, but has maybe 15 minutes of screen time. Shannon is awesome, but I’m not sure how people will react to the film. Bridges is solid, but it’s the type of role we’ve come to expect from him. Haven’t seen Patel. The guys from Silence could be the big threat if they’re undeniable. Otherwise I doubt anyone else is seriously in the running.

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    Finally saw this today. To me, the two best things are the script and Casey Affleck. I don’t know if I’d give him the outright win but currently for me he’s just behind Denzel. The dialogue was amazing and handled very well. Michelle Williams was good, but didn’t have the screentime to make the impact of Viola Davis. Hedges was quite good as well, although his accent seemed to come and go. But the performances all around were quite good.

    Now, other things about the direction distracted me. 1) The music. This movie was woefully overscored. The score and the background music was a distraction at times. The interrogation at the fire station had such loud violins in the background. At other times, it was opera music that was too loud. 2) Some of Longergan’s directorial choices bordered on (and some fell into) pretension. Some of the wordless scenes, slo-mo scenes, etc., I think several minutes could have been trimmed from the movie.

    Overall I did very much like the movie.

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    This film was amazing and devastating, Affleck, Hedges and williams, all incredible, very hard to decide between Affleck and Washington, two very opposite performances and both worth of a Win, I don’t think Washington will lose because it is too much of a show off performance to be ignored.

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