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FINAL 2022 OSCAR PREDICTIONS

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  Ryan Garasich 3/25/21   Sunday, March 27th, at 8:00 on ABC the Academy Awards will take place for the 94th time. The Super Bowl of Film and the culmination of award season is usually ripe for some shocks and surprises. Here I am to help you navigate that unknown terrain with my Official Final Oscar Prediction of 2022. This should be a fun night and, in many ways, a return to form after the calamitous Oscar production last year. Of course this year is not without its own staggering controversies. At the end of the day this is about the artists and the art, however, and this is their bright shiny moment. So tune in and enjoy it as much as you can (while you still can), and see how well I did with my guesses. Mock me or be wowed by my genius depending on how well I did.  BEST PICTURE:  Belfast CODA Don't Look Up Drive My Car Dune King Richard Licorice Pizza Nightmare Alley Power of the Dog West Side Story WILL WIN: Power of the Dog MIGHT STEAL: CODA SHOULD WIN: Power of the Dog SNUB

THE BEST MOVIES OF 2021

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 Ryan Garasich 2/13/22 2021 was a terrific bounce-back year for film after an understandably weaker-than-normal yield in the pandemic ravaged 2020. From the return of adrenaline fueled blockbusters, to prestige, major studio  spectacles, to adoring small indies, to lavish and spectacular international films, this list became increasingly difficult to whittle down to 10 choices. This is a great problem to have for the audience' sake. As is always the case, there were some films I would have loved to see but was unable to, so if your favorite movie is absent from the list, just pretend that's why. Also know that this is specifically feature films and I do not include documentaries or miniseries. And now, my 13th (wow I'm getting old) annual list of the Best Movies of the Year #10 BELFAST When I first saw the Oscar buzz for Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical passion project my eyes rolled so hard they nearly detached from my brain. This is not the type of movie I typica

FINAL 2021 OSCAR PREDICTIONS

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Ryan Garasich 4/23/21 It feels strange to be talking about the Oscars in April, but does anything really feel normal anymore? This Sunday 8:00 Eastern on ABC, the Academy Awards will kick off its 93rd ceremony, with a full audience, for better or worse. The Super Bowl of the film industry is usually primed for a few surprises, and this year is a particularly muddy field. This is welcome, as it makes for better theater. So lets put my reputation on the line and make my formal and final predictions on who is getting the gold.  BEST PICTURE:  The Father Judas and the Black Messiah Mank  Minari Nomadland Promising Young Woman Sound of Metal Trial of the Chicago 7 WILL WIN: Nomadland MIGHT STEAL: Trial of the Chicago 7 SHOULD WIN: Minari SNUBBED: I was a bit surprised to see Ma Rainey's Black Bottom left off. That and Never Rarely Sometimes Always or One Night in Miami could have rounded out the 10 noms. ANALYSIS: While many other categories this year are much more fraught with intrigue

THE BEST MOVIES OF 2020

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Ryan Garasich. 3/27/2021 2020, for the most part, was a complete wash of a calendar year. The world came to a screeching halt in the wake of the worst global threat we have seen in centuries, and the film industry was not immune to Covid's devastation. Still, in this strangest of all years, there was a solid crop of remarkable and deeply moving films. Most major studios pushed their larger titles to 2021 in an attempt to gross more at the box office, which opened the door for smaller films to share a larger portion of the spotlight. Black stories especially, saw a wellspring in 2020 unlike any we may have ever seen, and there are several of them dotted throughout this list in addition to the ones that were near misses.  About the list itself... This is the latest this list has ever posted for obvious reasons. I set a couple of arbitrary deadlines in order for me to make this list with as much integrity as possible. Only films I saw before March 1st were eligible, which left out som