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While it may have been a joke last year when Deadpool wasn’t even eligible for an Oscar nod, this year the possibility of Deadpool receiving multiple Oscar nominations isn’t a joking matter and Ryan Reynolds is ready to do what it takes to make things happen. He’s just released a new For Your Consideration Video and sent personally signed letters in screener packages to Oscar nominators. Check those out below. (more…)

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For better and for worse, this year’s Academy Awards ceremony was perhaps the most talked-about one in recent years. This year, the lack of non-white nominees have brought forth a major discussion on Hollywood’s issues with diversity. #OscarsSoWhite trended on Twitter, several famous people boycotted the ceremony, and just about every online article about the Oscars centered around the controversy. As a result, this year’s show had the stigma of being as white as an angel food cake covered mayonnaise. Needless to say, it left a bad taste in people’s mouths way before it aired. However, despite the controversy leading into it, the end result was a pretty solid show full of satisfying wins and even a few surprises.

The show started off with an opening montage featuring the films that were nominated for awards that night. This year’s host, Chris Rock,  proceeded to take the stage, and he certainly didn’t hold back any punches. Chris Rock’s comedy mainly centers around race, so it was pretty much guaranteed that he would roast the Academy for its lack of diversity. He didn’t roast the academy though; he burnt them like Anakin Skywalker at the end of Episode 3. (more…)

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He’s frozen to death and drowned, he’s been deprived of the love of his life, he’s run the meanest firm in Wall Street and he’s (relatively recently) been forced to eat raw bison liver for the sake of authenticity. Also, he’s portrayed one of the scariest slave-owners in recent Western film tradition. Love him or hate him, Leonardo DiCaprio has done everything to get an Oscar, but all he’s gotten so far is a legion of memes for his trouble. It’s gotten so bad in fact, that his recent attempts have gotten him transported straight into the realm of vidya…

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While Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was an astounding end to a beloved franchise, does it deserve the prestige of being named Best Picture of the year? Well, Warner Bros. sure thinks so.  They have gone all out in their campaign to get nods from the Academy for a nomination. Now according to Variety,

“Warners will ‘absolutely, hands-down, across-the-board’ push the last installment of Harry Potter hoping Academy members will consider a vote for Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as a wider nod to the entire franchise, a notion that very much helped propel Return of the King to Oscar glory.”

While it may assuredly claim a nomination, it seems a bit of a stretch to assume that they will take Best Picture.  It will surely sweep a good many other nominations in the categories for visual effects, art direction, editing, sound and other technical categories.  Warner Bros. wishes to attain notoriety for this last film in the Harry Potter franchise the way Lord of the Rings managed to take Best Picture for their last film, Return of the King.

I must say that I liked the last film, but I never saw it as anything that could hold a candle to what Return of the King did for the end of  franchise/trilogy. Harry Potter was touching and  made my eyes water a little bit, but did not deliver pure awesome sauce oozing from its theatrical pores.

What do you all think about Deathly Hallows Part 2 being pushed for Best Picture? Do you think it has a chance of winning?