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Nominee Spotlight: Darren Aronofsky

Stats Birthdate: February 12, 1969 Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York Big Screen Debut: Pi (1998) Oscar Stats: First time nominee For years Darren Aronofsky has given us artistically hypnotizing films, never compromising his vision once in the process.  In addition to creating these innovative films, he has directed four actors in Academy Award nominated performances and […]

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Oscar Podcast Series- Episode 2

Got 15 minutes to spare? Check out this week’s podcast!  Episode 2 covers the Screen Actors Guild Awards, DGA Awards and the Oscar nominations snubs and surprises! Also, a lowly and begrudged attempt at a Monday Match Up.

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Annette Bening: A threat or an afterthought?

When The Kids Are All Right was released in July  it was assumed that the Best Actress race would be a two-way contest between three-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening  and Academy Award nominee Natalie Portman (Black Swan).  When Black Swan opened the Venice Film Festival in September, it was confirmed.  However, the end of […]

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The Real Reel’s Oscar Wish List: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Time is finally on my side and I’m finally able to finish up the last of my Oscar wish lists; only two more to go and just in time for Christmas!!! Here are my thoughts on the race for Best Actor in a Leading Role:   1. Jesse Eisenberg Film: The Social Network Oscar nominations: […]

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Live Action and Animated shorts advance to the next round in Oscar voting

10 Live Action short films  and 10 Animated short films  received their ‘golden ticket’   in the wee hours of the morning, and although they wont be  meeting Willy Wonka anytime soon they have advanced into the next round of voting for the 83rd Academy Awards. Here’s the list of hopefuls separated by categories accompanied with […]

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The Real Reel’s Oscar Wish List: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Here’s my Oscar wish list this week for Best Actress in a Leading Role. I compiled this list earlier in the week— shame on me for just getting around to posting it.   Check it out and leave your thoughts down below. 1. Natalie Portman Film: Black Swan Oscar nominations: 1, Closer Oscar wins: 0 Why […]

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15 documentaries advance in Oscar voting process

Yesterday the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the 15 documentary films that would advance into the next phase of the voting process. The following list was narrowed down from 101 entries: “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer,” Alex Gibney, director (ES Productions LLC) “Enemies of the People,” Rob Lemkin […]

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The Real Reel’s Oscar Wish list: Best Director

1. Darren Aronofsky ‘Black Swan’ Why he should be considered: Because he’s practically been looked over for years now, and I’m sick of it!  This man is single-handedly responsible for bringing Mickey Rourke out of oblivion, and on top of that— he tells amazing stories.  Requiem for a Dream, Pi,  The Fountain, The Wrestler and […]

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The Real Reel’s Oscar Wishlist: Best Picture pt.2

6. The Kids Are All Right Directed by Lisa Cholodenko Written by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg Why it should be considered: Every awards season there’s always that one film that kind of pushes the envelope— this year it’s ‘The Kids Are All Right’.  The only bad thing I can say about this film is […]

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The Real Reel’s Oscar Wish List: Best Picture

It’s the 700th post here at The Real Reel and I couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate the occasion, then with my first official wish list of the season! If you were around the blog last year, then you already know how this works but if you’re a new reader, here’s some general […]

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