Top 7 Takeaways from the Oscar Nominations

So the 89th Academy Award nominations were released at 8:18 EST this morning, and the news has been very positive for a number of movies. La La Land, the current Best Picture frontrunner, tied for the most Oscar nominations ever with Titanic and All About Eve at 14 nominations. La La Land was followed closely by, well not much, as the next films with multiple award nominations were Arrival and Moonlight, both of which got eight nominations, almost half of the number of La La Land. Then Hacksaw RidgeLion, and Manchester by the Sea, all of which got six nominations, Fences and Hell or High Water with four, then Hidden Figures and Jackie both with three. For the complete list of nominees look here. By the way, La La Land already has over $170 million at the box office, so I’m expecting that number to go north of $200 million after this weekend with news like this. So that being said, here are some major snubs or surprises that happened, as well as what these nominations mean for potential winners going forward.

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Top 20 Greatest Best Picture Oscar Winners

It’s awards season and the Internet is chock full of websites about movies predicting Oscar nominations and awards winners, or talking about previous winners. While my own Oscar predictions will be up later this week, there’s plenty of Oscar history to talk about. This is the first part of a series in which I’ll be examining the best winners from particular categories at the Academy Awards. Plenty of others lists on the Internet like to rank the “Worst” of particular categories like the Worst Best Picture winners, or similar lists for Best Actor and so on. However, we like to stay positive here at The Reel Life and so our focus is here is going to be on the “Best” of a particular award. The first is going to be the Top 20 Greatest Best Picture Winners here, including some honorable mentions, that is going to be followed by others later in the week. Films on this list are ranked based on how well they have stood the test of time, becoming essential parts of film history and that are widely considered as being among the top award best winners, if not some of the best films ever made. Continue reading “Top 20 Greatest Best Picture Oscar Winners”

50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

2016 has come to a close and while a number of anticipated Summer blockbusters might have flopped, I think that this has still overall been an excellent year for movies. Smaller films like Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight have done well at the indie box office while Damien Chazelle’s La La Land appears to be on course to break some box office records and could easily dance its way to future glory. And while I hope to be able to get a Top 10 of 2016 list up as soon as I can, before the year ends here are the 50 films that I am most looking forward to for 2017. While I have my own particular sense of taste I hope that there are plenty of movies across a wide range of genres and sizes that everyone can look forward to for the coming year. Starting with number 50:

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