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QC Writers Of ‘A Quiet Place’ Making Noise With Guild Nom

January 7th, 2019

People are still talking and awards academies keep on cheering loudly for the movie without much dialogue, penned by two former Quad-Citians. A Quiet Place (screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, story by Woods & Beck) has been nominated for Best Original Screenplay for the 2019 Writers Guild of America West Awards. Other nominees in the category include Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham), Green Book (Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly), Roma (Alfonso Cuarón), and Vice (Adam McKay). The 2019 Writers Guild Awards will be presented at concurrent ceremonies... Read More

And The Oscars Will Go To…

March 4th, 2018

Sunday night, the Academy Awards will be given out in Los Angeles as millions watch from their homes. And the Oscars will go to…   Best Picture: “Call Me by Your Name” “Darkest Hour” “Dunkirk” “Get Out” “Lady Bird” “Phantom Thread” “The Post” “The Shape of Water” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”   I think we are going to be surprised when the coveted “Three Billboards” and “The Shape of Water” get La-La-Landed on Sunday night. “Get Out” is the one that really hits this year and deals with all the right issues in all the right... Read More

Who Will Be Nominated For Oscars?

January 22nd, 2018

The lucky nominees of the 90th Annual Academy Awards will be announced Tuesday, January 23 at 7:22pm central time. Will The Shape of Water break a record? Will The Florida Project fail to secure a Best Picture nomination? Will Sebastian Stan slide into the Best Supporting Actor category at the last minute? It’s been one of the best years for film in a decade and I am positive there will snubs and surprises galore come Tuesday morning! How do I think it will all shake down? Let’s check it out….   BEST PICTURE Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri The Shape of Water The... Read More

And The Oscars Will Go To . . .

February 25th, 2017

The Academy Awards will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, airing on ABC, and finally all of the speculation will be over in regard to who will walk away with the coveted statues. So who will win? Here are this critic’s humble picks. And the Oscar goes to… BEST PICTURE Arrival Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Manchester by the Sea Moonlight WINNER: La La Land did tie Titanic’s record and has all the spot on buzz around it. It will be hard to beat this beautiful and energetic film. POSSIBLE UPSET: I wouldn’t be too surprised if Hidden Figures came... Read More

What Are La La Land’s Chances Of Setting A New Oscar Record?

February 24th, 2017

La La Oscarland By now, we all know La La Land is my favorite film of the year and one of my favorite films of all time. I think it’s a masterpiece and deserves each and every award it garners. Is my opinion biased? Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. But I think we can all agree that is not an “alternative fact” that La La Land rocks. Like or not, it’s hard to call foul on something that looks and sounds this good. The Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday and La La Land is up for a whopping 14 Academy Awards. To beat the record held by Titanic, Lord of the Rings and... Read More

And The Oscar Nominees Will Be…

January 23rd, 2017

Oscar nominations will be announced January 24th and this day has always been (and still is) a little like Christmas morning for me. I love the hype, the excitement, the politics… I hate that I love it, but man oh man do I love show business. It’s totally cool to get stoked about this kind of thing! I’ve been so inspired by this year’s offerings and it safe to say this has been one of my favorite movie years since 2005-2006. Here are my Academy Award nomination predictions for the Picture, Director, Actor and Actress categories: Best Picture: Moonlight La La Land Manchester by the Sea Lion Hell... Read More

Oscar-Winning McQueen A Gracious Interview And Award Winner

October 26th, 2016

NOTE: Nationally known film critic Connie Corcoran Wilson is providing coverage of this year’s Chicago International Film Festival for QuadCities.com. British director Steve McQueen came to Chicago to receive an award on the 20th anniversary of the Chicago International Film Festival’s Black Perspectives program. Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, interviewed him onstage. Prior to Ms. Stewart’s questioning, McQueen spoke to us on the Red Carpet and answering a question about the climactic hanging scene in “12 Years A Slave,”... Read More

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