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Oscar Predictions: Part 3

<> on October 19, 2009 in Santa Clarita, California.

Part 3 of my Oscar predictions. You can read part 1 here, part 2 here and my Best Picture pick. This post includes the following categories:

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Oscar Predictions: Part 2

Part 2 of my Oscar predictions. You can read part 1 here, part 3 here and my Best Picture pick. This post includes the following categories:

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Oscar Predictions: Part 1

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It’s Oscar Day! This is part one of three of my Oscar predictions. This post features:

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Best Picture nominees: Where are they most popular?

The New York Times just published a fascinating piece on how different counties in America have responded to each of the Best Picture nominees this year. With 2016 proving that our geographic location plays a huge part in our perceptions of the world, this approach to understanding public enthusiasm (or lack-there-of) for each nominated film is very interesting.

Personal note: I couldn’t help but notice how Dane County (Madison, Wis.) sticks out  in the map of which counties liked Moonlight. This is one of those moments where I am very proud of where I live!

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Review: Arrival

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Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Written by: Eric Heisserer, based on the story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Summary: Linguist professor Louise Banks is brought in by the U.S. military to help communicate with aliens that have made their first contact with Earth. International tensions rise and Louise is under pressure find answers about the aliens and about herself.

I don’t know what I was expecting from Arrival but it wasn’t this. From the outside it looks like a potentially interesting movie about aliens, but it turns out to be far more complex than that. (more…)