The 2016 Academy Awards: Complete Coverage

The day has FINALLY arrived, the 2016 Academy Awards is slowly upon us, and, as expected, this year is another nail-bitter right to the end for many of the winners. 2016 has proven to be a quite exceptional year of gloriously creative, original and visionary cinema. Thanks to the likes of filmmakers like Alejandro G. Iñárritu and his talented cast and crew, who brought us this year’s The Revenant, a film shot entirely with natural lighting, to George Miller’s awesome Mad Max: Fury Road, to the brilliant economic drama The Big Short, Oscar sure does have his hands full for 2016.

As we get excited and prepped for the big night of winners, Night Film Reviews will be providing LIVE coverage of the winners and predictions and reasons for each category, to get those last minute votes and ballots in.

So without further ado, lets get this party started.

*WINNERS WILL BE BOLD ONCE ANNOUNCED*

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Golden Globes 2014

So it’s January. That means Awards Season is well under way. As always with the start of the New Year, the Golden Globes are the first high-profile televised awards broadcast, and it’s a night for the stars to kick up their heels, have a drink (or 5), and get a little rowdy in a way that only Hollywood does best. This year was quite the year for film and television, and although the nominations by the Hollywood Foreign Press (HFP) are usually not the most agreed upon or necessarily the most prestigious, they surely have something for everyone to talk about. Whereas the Oscars are a more serious and classier event, the Golden Globes are a night where stars say everything or anything they couldn’t–or shouldn’t–say, come Oscar night. Interestingly enough, unlike past Awards seasons, this year the Globes have chosen to nominate, vote, and broadcast their winners all before the Academy Awards have even released their nominations. Perhaps the Globes are trying to secure their own viewership and set themselves apart from the fast approaching Oscars, or maybe their just as eager as we at Night Film Reviews are for Awards Season to start. Either way, without further ado, here is the list of nominees and winners but with my own personal take on the verdicts. Which awards were well deserved and which were clear snubs? There were some interesting developments to come from this evening so I’m giving you a sneak-peak into my predictions and how the winners of tonight could possibly have a great impact on the Oscar nominations announced this coming Thursday.

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Review: American Hustle

The heist film genre is one of the most exciting film genres in recent memory, thanks to the likes of elaborate minds and stylistically driven directors. From Soderbergh’s Ocean trilogy which began the trend of mainstream, modern-day cops-and-robbers films, to other very meticulously crafted caper films, the heist genre is one which is both exciting and compelling to crack before the climactic final act. American Hustle is a modern day, somewhat self-indulgent, patriotic heist film with outstanding performances, many good times and very few bad times. The beauty of Hustle lies in its amazing ability to fake it; whether it be faking an overly complicated narrative for no apparent reason or a meaningful story that never gets old, Hustle is a solid film that will con your heart, through and through.  Continue reading