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Oscar 2018 Winner Predictions Documentary

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Oscar 2018 Winner Predictions: Documentary

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Oscar 2018 Winner Predictions: Documentary

One of the few pleasures of this predictably long award season has been the sight of Agnès Varda—or, rather, cardboard cutouts of Agnès Varda—popping up here and there on our social media feeds. Earlier this month, the French filmmaking legend sent the cutouts to the Oscar nominees luncheon in lieu of not being able to attend. One cutout features Varda holding a cat, and in the most hilarious—or at least the most meta—moment from the luncheon, The Shape of Water’s Doug Jones was photographed trying to eat the feline. The cutouts are very much in the spirit of Varda and J.R.’s Faces Places, one of our favorite films of last year, and which our critic Clayton Dillard described as “a profound meditation on the compulsion some artists feel to make their work, and its completion, indistinguishable from the day-to-day actions and recollections of their own lives.”

Slant’s Top 25 Films of 2017

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Slant’s Top 25 Films of 2017

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Slant’s Top 25 Films of 2017

From Chuck Bowen’s introduction to Slant Magazine’s Top 25 Films of 2017: “Cinema is an art of collaborative effort that speaks implicitly and often explicitly of the values of community, which often seemed in short supply this year. We live in an age in which articles are written daily on the need for “checking out” of online culture, so that we may disconnect from the bombardment of grotesqueries that keep us in an emotional tailspin. Both coincidentally and by pop-cultural osmosis, many of the year’s best films ask how deeply we may be permitted to check out and how far we should risk and extend ourselves for the prospect of personal and social rehabilitation.” Click here to read the feature and see if your favorite films of the year made our list. And see below for a list of the films that just missed making it onto our list, followed by our contributors’ individual ballots.