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10 Great Movies That Left The Oscars Empty-Handed

By Vitor Guima

Every year, many cinephiles, as soon as they learn the Oscar nods of the year, start cheering for their personal favorites until Oscar night arrives. However, many, many times, the movie chosen by most of the critics or the audience’s favorite ends up not winning Best Picture. Remember when Orson Welles’s “Citizen Kane” lost the award to John Ford’s “How Green Was My Valley”? Or when “Crash” took home the award instead of “Brokeback Mountain”? Or even when “The Thin Red Line” and “Saving Private Ryan” lost to “Shakespeare in Love”?

But there is something even worse than losing the Oscar for Best Picture, and that is when an amazing film does not take home any awards at all. In the cases of the aforementioned films, “Citizen Kane” won the Original Screenplay award; “Brokeback Mountain” the Best Director award for Ang Lee’s amazing work, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay Award and Best Original Score; and “Saving Private Ryan” won Steven Spielberg his second directing Oscar, as well as Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Effects. However, the masterpiece “The Thin Red Line” did not take home any statues. And cases like this are the ones we’re approaching in this article.

In this selection we chose only the movies that were nominated for Best Picture, among other categories, but ended up not taking home any of statues. So, here are 10 amazing films that were nominated at the Oscars but did not win any.

10. Hell or High Water (2016)

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At the 89th Oscars in 2017, “Hell or High Water”, written by Taylor Sheridan and directed by David Mackenzie, was nominated for Best Original Screenplay (Taylor Sheridan), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jeff Bridges), Best Editing (Jake Roberts) and → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema


By (Tony Costa)


The IMAGO Awards committee and the IMAGO Board are very proud of the Federation’s members that are participating in the 1st IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography.. Overall IMAGO has received 51 features, 18 documentaries and equally 18 TV drama episodes. These films are going to compete as the final 3 nominations in these 3 categories

▪ Best Cinematography for a Feature Film
▪ Best Cinematography for a Television Drama
▪ Best Cinematography for a Documentary Film
The final nominations will be announced shortly in readiness for the Gala Awards ceremony to be held on Saturday, 28th October 2017 at Hanasaari – The Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre in Helsinki, Finland. During the evening the winners will be announced along with 4 additional awards; The IMAGO Young Cinematographer of the Year supported by ARRI, along with the IMAGO Lifetime Achievement Award; IMAGO Extraordinary Contribution to the Art of Cinematography and finally the IMAGO Technical Achievement Award.

The Gala Awards presentation will be a great moment to recognise the Art of Cinematography and cinematographers. These represent in essence Awards from cinematographers to cinematographers, something we are all looking forward to with great enthusiasm. We encourage you to join us in Helsinki for these Awards which represent the very best of the best in the field of Cinematography, from around the globe.

The IMAGO Board and the Awards organising committee would like to thank and congratulate all our member Societies for their support by collecting the films and the respective permissions in order to guarantee the success of these IMAGO Awards for Cinematography.

We also take this opportunity to thank our Awards sponsors for their generosity and their overwhelming support, without them these Awards would not be possible.

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From:: Imago News

8 Reasons Why “Avatar” Is The Most Overrated Movie of The 21st Century (So Far)

By David Zou

When James Cameron’s Avatar was released at the end of 2009, audiences were smitten. With its high-tech 3D and its use of cutting-edge technology, Avatar was awesome to look at. It made $77 million in its first weekend of release and eventually made an astounding $760 million domestically (and $2.7 BILLION dollars worldwide). Critics were impressed as well: Avatar has a 83% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes (very good) and an aggregate score of 83 on Metacritic (even better). For reference, Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men has a score of 84 on Metacritic and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight earned an 82.

Avatar was so well-received that it quickly became the odds-on favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 2010 awards show. When one watches Avatar, it is immediately evident the amount of craft and vision that went into producing it. This is no surprise, coming from the man who helmed Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Abyss, Aliens, and Titanic (itself a Best Picture winner). James Cameron knows how to make gorgeous and nail-biting films that the public loves. To take anything away from him would be silly–a waste of time.

That being said, Avatar’s mind-boggling success had less to do with that masterful filmmaking and more to do with its blockbuster characteristics. At the 2010 Academy Awards, Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker took home the Best Picture prize (as well as Best Director for Bigelow) while Avatar took home statues for Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction (acknowledging the beauty and craft of the movie but not so much its resonance).

For most of 2010, Avatar was spoken of as one of the possible best films ever made. However, as the AMPAS recognized, Avatar is less an incredible picture and more a well-made, slick, → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema