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Gary’s 2017 Oscar Picks!

2016 Favorite Movies 2016  There were so many wonderful movies across categories this year. In thinking of my favorites, I tried to think about which movies moved me and caused me to think about them long after the film was over. There were some films that had great performances but didn’t necessarily hit my top movies (I gave my appreciation to those performances in a previous post). So, my top 15: “Moonlight”. The story of a gay black man, told at 3 periods in his life, was powerful in its truly personal approach to the film. The acting across the …

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Diversity in the Movies in 2016

Diversity in the Oscar race: Last year, I remember that there were many issues raised about the lack of diversity in the Oscar’s. I agreed with this (although last year, in my opinion, there were not a lot of really strong, award-worthy performances by African-American actors. The root of the problem, I feel, is that there are not enough roles for black directors and black actors to really shine. This year is very different. I wrote to someone that if African-American actors and directors swept Picture, Director, Actor/Actress, Supporting Actor/Actress, and Documentary, I would not be disappointed. Has it happened …

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2016 Best Actor/Actress & Supporting Actor/Actress – Reflections

With the Oscars coming in soon, I thought I would weigh in on the nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. The movie choices and performances this year seemed stellar compared to last year, making for exciting competition. In case you are not interested in the reading: My favorites are Casey Affleck, Emma Stone, Mahershala Ali, and Naomi Harris. Best Actor: All of the performances were wonderful, although I have my clear favorite. Andrew Garfield was excellently cast in “Hacksaw Ridge”; Ryan Gosling was very good as a struggling jazz musician in LA in …

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