This week we’re talking about Moonrise Kingdom, a Wes Anderson film not stated as a contender until its incredible run since its debut on Memorial Day Weekend. Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman make their big screen debuts in this film as two 12-year old kids in love, and they run away to be together. Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand star. The film might be able to nab a Best Picture or Director nomination, but it would be unlikely because of its competition. But how is it an Oscar Contender? Well, Wes Anderson, an indie filmmaker needs to prove himself to the Academy, and the film has a good cast, good story and really good ratings from critics and audiences (despite the 12-year olds have a Titanic love story with ALL of the aspects). Wes Anderson has only been nominated for 2 Oscars: Fantastic Mr. Fox (Animated Feature) and The Royal Tenenbaums (Original Screenplay with Owen Wilson) which leads you to wonder if Moonrise Kingdom will get an Original Screenplay nod as well. Anderson’s next project will be The Great Budapest Hotel, which will star Johnny Depp and Owen Wilson. Seems hotel movies are becoming more popular, as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel did so well, and we just learned Anderson is going to be making The Great Budapest Hotel.


This week we’re talking about The Dictator, a Sacha Baron Cohen film recently stated as a possible Oscar contender. But how? Baron Cohen only has one Oscar nomination under his belt for writing Borat, but his stint as the Station Inspector in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo might have earned some eyes from the Academy. Not to mention Baron Cohen will be in Oscar contender Les Miserables, which hits theaters December 14th. People are saying this film is funny, but nothing more, which proves it has no chance at a Best Picture or Screenplay nomination, but Baren Cohen has a shot for a Best Actor nomination, and the Costume Designer is probably going to get nominated for something as well. Also, The Dictator is a racist R-rated comedy about terrorists. Larry Charles, who directed Borat and Bruno directs. Charles’s next project is a foreign language film titled Pierre Pierre, set to debut in December 2013.Thanks for reading about the Buzz About Movies. If you want to see our 2013 Oscar Predictions, click here.


 This week we are talking about rom com/horror flick Dark Shadowsdone by duo team Tim Burton and Johnny  Depp. Depp and Burton have had hits: Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, Edward Scissorhands and had some flops: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow. It was a Tim Burton-Johnny Depp makeup thing until the trailer debuted and everyone went wild! Dark Shadows was a rom com! The reviews for the film were down and the film got (not the best) reception. But still, it can be an Oscar contender. WHY? Johnny Depp and Tim Burton and the fact that it is based off of a 1970’s soap opera starring Jonathan Frid. Tim Burton also reunited with Michelle Pfeiffer, who plays Elizabeth Collins Stoddard.

Helena Bonham Carter,is in the movie,and Chloe Mortez is in the movie! The film is about an imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins,who is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctionaldescendants are in need of his protection. We think it could be nominated for Best Actor (Depp), Best Director (Burton), or Supporting Actress (Bonham Carter, Eva Green or even possibly Chloe Moretz) Thanks for reading The Buzz About Movies and remember to check out our 2013 Oscar Predictions by clicking here.


This week we’re talking about The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. This film was slated as a small indie-film that came out the same day as The Avengers back in January, but however, people have changed their minds, as they have with Moonrise Kingdom.

The film got some good box-office numbers with an incredible per-screen average, and soon every theater in town wanted to show The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Plus, it has some real stars. Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Tom Wilkinson star, with Billy Nighy and The Last Airbender‘s Dev Patel co-starring as the manager of the hotel.

The film is about British retirees that travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

We think that this could get nominated for a Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay nominations. However, it could get nominations for Supporting Actress (for Maggie Smith and/or Judi Dench)

Thanks for checking out The Buzz About Movies. Next week we will be talking about Dark Shadows, a Depp/Burton rom-com that might be an Oscar hopeful.


This week we’re talking about Marvel’s The Avengers. It was slated as a contender since the very beginning, when January came upon us. Joss Whedon brought awesomeness to the superhero-genre and many (including us) say that is was better than The Dark Knight! Take that, Christopher Nolan!

The film has an all-star cast of: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg and Samuel L. Jackson! WHOA!

The story is adapted from the comics, and the movie has been praised by critics and audiences alike all over the globe.

We think this film could Adapted Screenplay and Picture nominations. Maybe even a Supporting Actor nod for Mark Ruffalo as Hulk or a directing nomination could be in order!

Next week we will be checking out The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Thanks for checking out this article on The Buzz About Movies.

If you want to see our 2013 Oscar predictions: click here!


This week we’re talking about The Hunger Games. It wasn’t slated as a contender until critics and audiences loved it when in debuted March 23rd. Even though Gary Ross quit the franchise, the film still roars on.

The film is directed by Gary Ross, and even though he wasn’t reviewed well, the actors were. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), John Hutcherson (Journey 2), Liam Hemsworth (Expendables 2), Elizabeth Banks (What to Expect When You’re Expecting), Woody Harrelson (Cheers) and singer Lenny Kravitz.

The story is adapted from author Suzanne Collins’ novel and is about the future, where young teens have to compete in a competition to the death. Katniss Everdeen’s sister is picked to go into the games, but Katniss volunteers to take her place, despite that probably means her death.

In January, it will enter the arena of award shows. The Hunger Games could possibly get a Best Actress nomination for Jennifer Lawrence for playing hero Katniss Everdeen, or a Supporting Actor nomination for Woody Harrelson for playing her drunk trainer, Haymitch.

Next week we’ll be covering The Avengers! Thanks for reading about The Buzz About Movies! If you want to link to my 2013 Oscar Predictions: click here.


Hello, so every week I will go through a new Oscar contender and in Oscar season I will ask you which movies you want to win as well as a Write-In section so you can speak up for the snubbed. But in the non-Oscar season, we will talk about contenders. Let’s start with Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

After getting a solid 68 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this film has been slated as an early Oscar contender. The film is directed by Lasse Hallstrom (who also did Chocolat). Hallstrom has been nominated for three Academy Awards (Best Director for The Cider House Rules and My Life as A Dog) and was also nominated for writing the screenplay for My Life as a Dog.

The movie features an all-star cast, starting with Ewan McGregor as a salmon specialist, Emily Blunt as Harriet Chetwode-Talbot and Kirsten Stewart Thomas as Patricia Maxwell, who works for a newspaper firm.

The story is simple: Harriet Chetwode Talbot (Blunt) gets a call from a Chief in Yemen (played by Amr Waked) to bring the sport of salmon fishing to the Yemen. Harriet then hires salmon specialist Dr. Alfred Jones (McGregor) to help with the project. While Alfred doesn’t think the project can work, he preservers. He also ends up falling in love with Harriet! Oscar bait!

The film could end up with a possible Best Picture nomination, and maybe some acting nominations for McGregor and Blunt. And possibly a directing nomination for Lasse Hallstrom. It may have debuted in March, but it could sure be something at the Academy Awards if the Academy takes it seriously.

Will this fare be swimming upstream at the Oscars, or will it drown? We’ll find out! Next week, we’ll be covering March blockbuster The Hunger Games. Does Katniss stand a chance? We’ll find out next week. Thanks for reading this article about The Buzz About Movies.

To see my 2013 Oscar predictions: click here


  1. Maggy Fulton

    June 9, 2012

    Loving the page Caden! Keep it up 🙂 Great points on Jennifer Lawrence’s performance, I hope she does get a nomination, she deserves it 😉 Looking forward to Oscars in depth with “The Avengers”:)


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