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Close Up: Award Season - Predictions

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As January fades into February and resolutions of all kinds dissolve away like a chocolate biscuit into a cup of hot tea…

Something beautiful begins to happens as the film award season unfolds. Cinemas across the land show what’s nominated and what’s hot. Who would you tip for the top this year? What have you seen what have you loved, and what have you loathed?  We asked  Tara Judah Co-Director 20th Century Flicks for her predictions. 

Best Picture

This usually goes to a quite good but not brilliant film so Imma go with Spotlight or Brooklyn. They're both decent mainstream dramas but there's nothing really stand out about 'em.

Best Actor

Brian Cranston - Trumbo

It should be said that we haven't at the time of predicting seen The Revenant, which means that we could be totally wrong and maybe it's time for Leo to take the limelight! If not, then Cranston's Trumbo deserves it. He's worked in the industry for a very long time and this is a real performer's role; not quite charicature but certainly a LOT of character.

That said, Eddie Redmayne will probably get the award because the Oscars have and will always be super conservative.

Best Actress

A battle between two brilliant actresses - Cate Blanchett (Carol) and Brie Larson (Room). Though Carol is by far the better film, Room is more 'Oscar worthy' as it were. As such, Larson is more likely to take out the title. But it ought to be said that Cate gives one helluva performance in Carol.

Best Director

This one is well tough. I think George Miller is a likely contender, but then again, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu might swoop in and steal the show.

Despite how good The Martian is, I can't see Ridley Scott getting an award for it - the subject matter isn't 'gritty' enough, or something.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

I'm going to go with Rooney Mara from Carol. Even though Cate Blanchett is the real star, Mara is climbing fast fame wise and is still close enough to the hetero side of the narrative to take an award in a queer film. Ah, the Academy, heteronormative forever.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Mark Ruffalo was pretty good in Spotlight - the forever loveable rogue finally gets a decent role in a mainstream film that will get its share of critical acclaim.

But then again, Creed hasn't hit cinemas just yet and it might just be time for Sly Stallone to get himself another cinematic lease of life. Imma go Stallone.

Your honorary nomination – any category

Animation - INSIDE OUT. LOVE this film, totally made me cry - twice. And it's a Disney Pixar film, and I'm pretty sure that means it's a shoe-in.

Bristol institution 20th Century Flicks is quite probably the very finest film rental shop there is.

A huge selection of DVD, VHS (and the players!) and BlueRay rental, a private cinema for hire, fantastic staff... If you haven’t been you are missing out.

Award Season Winners competition

The award searson is probably the best time of year to go to the cinema. For your change to win two cinema tickets where you are just send in a correct answer. 

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