OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BELOW THE LINE PART ONE
I'm taking a look today at eight additional categories for this year's 90th Oscar ceremony.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Coco is an incredibly prohibitive favorite. If there were a spoiler it might be The Breadwinner.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
This is all over the place. I've run across support for the notion of any one of the five films winning the trophy Sunday night. For the moment, let's call the winner A Fantastic Woman with The Square and Loveless also possible.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Another difficult race. Let's say Faces/Places with Icarus as the upset possible.
BEST FILM EDITING
A tight race between Dunkirk and Baby Driver. I'm going with Dunkirk.
Will it be Roger Deakins year, finally, for Blade Runner 2049? I'm saying yes but there is also a lot of support for Dunkirk and The Shape of Water.
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Shape of Water seems most likely followed by Blade Runner 2049.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Another toss up. I'm going with Remember Me from Coco with This Is Me from The GReatest Showman as the upset special.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat looks to have the inside track for The Shape of Water. Hans Zimmer could get it for Dunkirk.
I'll have a set of predictions on Thursday for the remaining eight categories and the comprehensive final set of predictions in a special Sunday edition of MTFB.
The 68th Berlin International Film Festival came to a close over the weekend with The Golden Bear going to Adina Pintilie's Touch Me Not.
Berlin has been a noticeable touchstone for films that end up playing Telluride in the fall with such films as A Fantastic Woman and The Other Side of Hope being examples from last year.
The Berlin-Telluride crossover has been very common as this list attests:
2016: Fire at Sea (Golden Bear winner), Things to Come
2015: Taxi (Golden Bear winner), 45 Years, Ixcanul
2014: 50 Year Argument, '71, The Decent One, Diplomacy
2013: Gloria, Fifi Howls from Happiness, Le Maison de la Radio, Slow Food Story, On Death Row
2012: Barbara, A Royal Affair
2011: Forgiveness of Blood, Mondo Lux, Pina, A Separation (Golden Bear winner), Target, The Turin Horse
2010: Daniel Schmid, If I Want to Whistle I Whistle, The Illusionist
2009: Gigante, London River
2008: Happy-Go-Lucky, I've Lover You So Long
2007: The Counterfeiters
Last year I listed five Berlin films that I thought were the most likely to continue the trend with both Fantastic Woman and Other Side of Hope making that list (The other mentions were The Party, On Body and Soul and Spoor.
But...I have to tell you that I have no films from this year's Berlin Fest that are pinging my TFF sonar.
If forced to name some possibilities, I'd probably guess:
Alonso Ruizpalzcios' Museum
Christian Petzold's Transit
Aleksey German's Dovlatov
Malgorzata Szumowska's Mug
Marcelo Martinessi's The Heiresses
Erik Poppe's U: July 22
Here's coverage of the Berlin fests awards from Variety.
And also from Indiewire.
FEATURES FOR TFF #44 FILMS: HEROIN(E) AND LOVELESS
I ran across a couple of articles that focused on two films that played TFF #44 and are Oscar nominated.
Business Insider took a look this week at the Short Doc Oscar nominated Heroin(e) which focuses on the opioid epidemic in a small town in West Virginia.
That profile is here.
And I also tumbled across an Ioncinema interview with twice Oscar nominated Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan) whose Loveless is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film this year.
That interview is here.
That''s a wrap for MTFB for this Monday. More coming Thursday.
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