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Where Has ‘The Reel Junkie’ Been?!

2014 was a year when ‘The Reel Junkie’ was noticeably absent, not just from the site, but also from Twitter and Facebook. We would like to apologize for this.


‘TRJ’ is run by two screenwriters, and for us 2014 was a big year. In fact, 80 percent of the year was spent living in Los Angeles really developing our skills, not just screenwriting skills, but also networking and sales. I expect that 2015 will also be incredibly exciting as we begin to make changes to The Reel Junkie.


2015 will see us branch into YouTube, and bring you video reviews, as well as written. This will envelop more of our time, but we hope that this will make the process of reading reviews and deciding on films a lot easier!


For now, we will begin to rebuild our database here, and we look forward to speaking with all of our subscribers!





The second part of our five part ‘Oscar Predictions’ series sees us analyse the nominees for Best Supporting Actress. If you have opinions then please do post them in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!




Lupita Nyong’o 12 Years A Slave: A newcomer, Nyong’o has received mass amounts of praise for both her acting and her style. She is fast becoming a favourite on the red carpet and has won herself a SAG Award, as well as a Producers Guild Award for her role as Patsy in Steve McQueen’s highly acclaimed tale of slavery. Looking at the lineup it seems Lupita’s closest competition might be Jennifer Lawrence who pipped her at the post for the Golden Globes. Given the Academy’s tendency to favor the newbie, Lupita might just be in with a shot here!

Sally Hawkins Blue Jasmine: This was a surprise nomination for the British actress, but certainly not an undeserved one. Supporting Cate Blanchett as Jasmine, Hawkins offers an excellent portrayal as Jasmine’s somewhat wayward sister who opens her home to accommodate her troubled kin. While the relative unknown created an extremely funny and refreshing character, her part was probably not impactful or consequential enough to warrant taking out this award. 

Jennifer LawrenceAmerican Hustle: It is no secret that the Academy likes Lawrence, giving her the Oscar last year for her role in Silver Lining’s Playbook. She has also recently just won the Golden Globe for her role as the clumsy yet cunning Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle. The film has received mass awards celebrating the cast which puts Lawrence in a good position. It seems that nobody can resist her at the moment!

Julia RobertsAugust: Osage County: If this category wasn’t so crowded we would say that Roberts is a total shoe in for this award. Unfortunately with all the hype surrounding films like American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave has left Roberts rather in the dark. Her performance was fantastic and almost even stronger than her Oscar winning portrayal of Erin Brockovich. Although she might actually be the most deserving for the statue, it seems the timing of this film is all wrong: she can never compete with some of the other nominees.

June SquibbNebraska: June Squibb is the oldest nominee this year and the 84 year old is thrilled. Applauded for playing the ‘too old to give a damn’ wife of Bruce Dern in the highly acclaimed ‘Nebraska’, Squibb provided a healthy dose of comic relief in this film. Squibb has been called ‘glorious’ for her portrayal of this role, but the release date of the film will really damage her chances. Nebraska was released in November of last year and was not highly viewed or recognized at the time – Squibb will likely lose out fo a film which has garnered more acclaim. 


It Should Be… Lupita Nyong’o

It Will Be… Lupita Nyong’o


NEXT POST: Best Supporting Actor