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Chasing Cinema’s 2017 Oscar Predictions & Results

Update: LOUIE WINS! He predicted 17 out of 24 categories correct. Jacob predicted 16 out of 24, losing by one category. See the winners & predictions below

This Sunday, Feb. 26, is the 89th Academy Awards and just like years past the Oscars has got us excited here at Chasing Cinema. Below are Jacob Tiranno and Louie Coruzzolo’s 2017 Oscar Predictions. We both feel like La La Land will follow its recording-tying nominations for a single film (14) with a big night and walk away with a lot of hardware.

Chasing Cinema's 2017 Oscar Predictions

Chasing Cinema’s 2017 Oscar Predictions

Also, we feel that the terrific performances by Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in Fences will take home the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress Oscars respectively. To check out our full coverage of the biggest winners and the must-see moments of the show make sure you follow us on Twitter (@ChasingCinema) as we live-tweet the Oscars this Sunday, February 26 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT!

Here our 2017 Oscar Predictions & RESULTS

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The Boss Movie Review

I, like most people, fell in love with Melissa McCarthy after watching her outrageous performance in the hit comedy Bridesmaids. I’ve called her the “One of the funniest women in Hollywood,” and to this day, I still believe this is true. However, just because I think she is funny, that doesn’t mean I find all of her work funny. Tammy and Identity Thief immediately come to mind. These films aren’t horrible, but in both of my reviews I talk about how the movies fail to reach the female, physical comedian’s potential, and now, I add another title to the mentioned list—The Boss.

Kristen Bell & Melissa McCarthy in The Boss

Kristen Bell & Melissa McCarthy in The Boss

The Boss is directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, who has been a creative force in the majority of her work. They make a great team, but unfortunately, they don’t always make great movies. See, before seeing this film, I argued that McCarthy was on the fast track of being type-casted. She usually plays the role of an eccentric character either a slob or in this case a wealthy snob. But, after seeing her newest picture, I realized it’s not her being typecast as much as her movies (the ones she or her husband are in creative control of) follow the same formula.

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Joy Movie Review & Film Summary

Throughout cinema’s history, there have been numerous director/actor collaborations, and when these collaborative efforts are truly symbiotic, we get some of the most memorable films and performances. Whether it is Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, or Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, these types of director/actor pairs have made some of the most iconic films of the last century. Now, it appears that we have another director/actor collaboration in the making. While it is way too early to even mention this new pair in the same sentence as the examples above, it feels like this new cinematic relationship can develop into something exciting and unforgettable.

Jennifer Lawrence in JOY

Jennifer Lawrence in JOY

This new pair is of course writer and director David O. Russell and America’s favorite star Jennifer Lawrence. They have made two films already, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, and their third effort is opening up on Christmas day. Joy is based on the life of Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence)- the woman that invented the miracle mop. The film takes us on a wild journey inside Joy’s personal life as we watch Joy grow from a young, imaginative child into a strong woman who becomes the matriarch of her own business.

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Concussion Movie Review

As I sit here and brainstorm about what I want to say about Will Smith’s new football drama, Concussion, I am currently watching the New England Patriots take on the Houston Texans. Now, the original plan was first to write about how millions of Americans- myself included- will spend every Sunday watching a full day’s worth of football for 17 consecutive weeks. In addition to Sundays, there are also Monday, Thursday, and the occasional Saturday night football games, and we must not forget about the four weeks of playoffs that ends with America’s new favorite holiday, Super Bowl Sunday. However, something happened during the game that has always been a costly price for playing this sport but has only become a prominent concern in recent years. Can you guess what it is?

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Will Smith in Concussion

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Will Smith in Concussion

The quarterback for the Texans, Brian Hoyer, left during the fourth quarter after possibly suffering another concussion (he was diagnosed with one less than a month ago). Concussions are definitely not a new risk for these players; however, understanding the actual risks of these types of head injuries are. Along with the growing concerns about the dangers of head on collisions, the National Football League is now being held accountable for the player’s safety on the field. Because of this, the league has enforced a more extensive concussion protocol; however, concussions have not been prevented. According to PBS and their “Concussion Watch”, the NFL had 171 concussions in 2012, 152 in 2013, 123 in 2014, and 166 so far in the 2015 season. It is safe to say that Concussion is being released at a pivotal time.

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The Big Short Movie Review

I am sure all of us can remember the financial crisis of 2008, but can any of us really explain what exactly happened? Do we actually know why the government bailed-out the national banks and why the housing market practically imploded? The answer is most likely no, and it is okay neither can I. So, take this opportunity now and drop what you are doing and see The Big Short. It is a brilliant indictment of the financial systems of America and allows you to see what exactly the banks did and got away with.

Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling in THE BIG SHORT

Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling in THE BIG SHORT

The Big Short, which is based on Michael Lewis book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, follows a group of outsiders that were able to predict the build-up and eventual collapse of the financial and housing bubble. More specifically, the film follows Dr. Michael Burry (Christian Bale), Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), Ben Rickert (Pitt), and Mark Baum (Steve Carell) as they all begin to take on the big banks and prove that the most stable investment, the housing market, is destined to blow.

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Spotlight Movie Review & Film Summary

At a time when newspapers are closing, and print readerships are down, Spotlight couldn’t have arrived at a more pivotal time. The new film from director Thomas McCarthy is truly a love-letter to the art of journalism. It doesn’t glamorize the job or what these journalists did; it just illustrates how they did their jobs—to investigate and to report. It shows all of the lengthy footwork that is among the process of an investigative reporter’s job. Most importantly the film, which is based on a true story, shows just how important journalism is.

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, and John Slattery in Spotlight

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, and John Slattery in Spotlight

Spotlight follows the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative unit in America, The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team. The team consisted of Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton), Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), Ben Bradlee Jr. (John Slattery), and Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James). The focus of the movie is on the team’s coverage of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts. The “Spotlight” team brought the filthy secret of sexually abused minors by the church to the national limelight. The coverage earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

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Room Movie Review & Film Summary

**The following is a wonderful review for the new film Room, however, it does contain minor spoilers that are given away on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. But, if you plan on seeing this film and haven’t read anything about it, I believe it would be best to see it without knowing a thing for the best moviegoing experience – Jacob Tiranno**

Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson in Room

Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson in Room

Most of us typically view rooms, especially rooms in our homes, as our escape from the outside world. Whether it is the living room, the kitchen, the dinning room, or the bedroom, people can find solace in their favorite rooms. But what if, one room became your entire world? One singular room only confined by four walls is now the bane of your existence. Sounds horrifying, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, for Ma- formerly known as Joy- and her newly turned 5-year-old boy, Jack, this is their nightmarish reality.

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Secret in Their Eyes Movie Review

La Pregunta de Sus Jos (translating to The Question in Their Eyes) is a 2005 thriller novel, written by Argentinian author Eduardo Sacheri. Four years following the book’s release, Argentinian filmmaker Juan José Campanella adapted it into a film called The Secret in Their Eyes. The movie earned critical acclaim receiving multiple awards in both Spain and Hollywood, including an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards. Now, only six years after the successful film’s release, comes the American remake, Secret in Their Eyes, from writer-director Billy Ray.

Julia Roberts in Secret in Their Eyes

Julia Roberts in Secret in Their Eyes

 Secret in Their Eyes tells the story of FBI investigators, Jess (Julia Roberts), Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and their supervisor Claire (Nicole Kidman), who are carefully watching a mosque in Los Angeles shortly after the attack on America on September 11. However, the three are ripped apart after they discover that Jess’s teenage daughter was brutally murdered and left in a dumpster near the mosque. Thirteen years later, after Ray left the Bureau, he returns to LA after finding a new lead that feels can finally close the case on the murder.

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Steve Jobs Movie Review & Film Summary

Steve Jobs is not the ordinary biopic, a movie that takes you through a person’s life, from beginning to end. No, the new Danny Boyle film just shows us portions of Steve’s life. The movie begins with Steve (Michael Fassbender) at the launch of the Macintosh in 1984, the middle of it takes place at the launch of NeXT Box in 1988, and finally the movie concludes with the reveal of the iMac in 1998. It is a specific portrait of a man in his most stressful times, the very man we use to represent imagination and knowledge.

Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Fassbender, and Kate Winslett in Steve Jobs

Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Fassbender, and Kate Winslett in Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is based on the authorized, self-titled biography of Jobs, written by Walter Isaacson. The book was written at the request of Jobs and was released just 19 days after his death. It was adapted by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin, the mastermind that brought the world The Social Network. Similar to that film, Sorkin is able to take scenes where there are conversations about computers and make them feel like a heist is going on. Jobs can be talking about a voice demo, and the scene will have you on edge. The dialogue is witty, sharp, and passionate, and it wouldn’t surprise me if this gets a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars.  

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Bridge of Spies Movie Review

Director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks have worked together on four films together if you include the new movie, Bridge of Spies. They collaborated on Catch Me If You Can, Saving Private Ryan, and The Terminal—all outstanding pieces of work. This team reminds me of one from some time ago, director Frank Capra, and actor Jimmy Stewart. A masterful storyteller and a damn good actor. Bridge of Spies is no different; it is another wonderful partnership that provides true art.

Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies

Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies

 Bridge of Spies tells the story of American insurance lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks), who is chosen to legally defend Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), a man accused of espionage during The Cold War. However, he quickly learns that though he was picked to show the world America was going to give Abel a fair trial, that the case might not be as impartial as he imagined. After a series of events, he is recruited by the CIA to negotiate the release of Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell), an American pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down in the Soviet Union.

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