27 Days of Oscar, Day 7: muddling through foreign film

This is going to be a quickie, y'all.

We are a quarter of the way through 27 Days of Oscar, and things are going quite well. I've managed to watch two more nominees for Best Foreign Film, Asghar Farhadi's fantastic "The Salesman" from Iran and the Swedish entry, "A Man Called Ove" from director Hannes Holm (also nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling). That leaves me with "Tanna" and "Land of Mine." I'm hoping to do some interviews with the filmmakers behind these films next week before I publish my thoughts on the category.

I'm also setting up interviews for the Best Documentary Feature category and will tackle those films next week also.

Tomorrow I'm going to go to Memphis to see "Allied" and "Moana." I'll definitely post some thoughts about those films on Friday morning.

In terms of the race in general, I'm feeling things have briefly died down from SAG. We have the DGA on Saturday and BAFTA next weekend. Don't expect BAFTA to shed any light on the Best Actor race because Denzel isn't nominated. We won't see Casey and Denzel matched up again until Oscar night. What was once a finite lock is now up in the air. BUT...BUT...remember last year when we all (ok, not everyone) gave up on "Spotlight" when "The Revenant" picked up some steam? And then when "Spotlight" won, we all (yes, not everyone) in retrospect saw how we had been duped by ourselves? I'm thinking it's Casey's to lose still.

While I continue to watch films, check out trailers for both "A Man Called Ove" and "The Salesman." 


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