4 Critics Discuss Oscar Nominations at ‘Reel Montclair’ February 26

With the 90th Academy Awards only a week away — Sunday, March 4! — it’s time to brush up on the nominees with our friends at the Film Institute at Montclair State which has partnered with the New York Film Critic Series to present the second annual Reel Montclair: Academy Award Edition.

‘Reel Montclair’ will bring together four esteemed film critics to discuss Oscar-nominated films and performances on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Presentation Hall in the School of Communication and Media on the Montclair State campus.

Director of Programming for the Film Institute, Susan Skoog will moderate the panel of film critics to include longtime Star-Ledger film critic Stephen Whitty, Alison Bailes (Sirius,) Alissa Wilkinson (Vox) and Dwight Brown (NNPA, Essence, Hollywood Reporter).

(Find the full list of 2018 Academy Award nominations here. Click here to find out where to watch Academy Award-nominated films.)

Attendees should expect the evening to cover the seismic shifts in the industry in the last year, as well as a broader sense of inclusiveness in the nominees.

“It’s a year which saw some of Oscar’s youngest nominees, in Timothee Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan — and some of its oldest in Christopher Plummer and Agnes Varda,” said critic Stephen Whitty,who has been putting his critical skills to use here at NJNext.com, as well as with the New York Daily News and other outlets. “A year which includes a rare nomination for a female director, Greta Gerwig and a first ever for a female cinematographer, Rachel Morrison — yet is also overshadowed by the the ugliness of sexual scandals and pervasive abuse. A year in which ‘Get Out’ woke up audiences — and yet some films still struggle to really represent people of color. I’m looking forward to digging into all of that, along with who I hope will win (and who I think really will).”

Said Skoog, “Reel Montclair is a fun and exciting opportunity for our community of students and film lovers to have an informative and lively conversation about the best films from this very eventful year in Hollywood.” Producer of the New York Film Critics Series, Mark Ehrenkranz said, “We love collaborating with MSU. Our team relishes the opportunity to share resources and talk about great movies and the industry.”

Founded in the fall of 2014, the Film Institute at Montclair State is dedicated to the preservation, growth and enrichment of the art of film through research, education, professional development and community programming. Based within the College of the Arts at Montclair State University and supported by the School of Communication and Media, the Film Institute leverages the University’s rich resources in filmmaking and film scholarship together with the impressive array of film industry assets and opportunities in New York City, New Jersey and Los Angeles.

For more information about Reel Montclair: Academy Award Edition, visit here. 

About The New York Film Critics Series:

NYFCS takes place exclusively in theaters and is never available on TV or the Internet. The events, including interviews and interactive audience involvement, are HD Simulcast to 55 select major markets so that people throughout the country can enjoy up close and personal moments featuring major movie stars, producers, writers and directors in the comfort of their own neighborhood theater. On a monthly basis, audiences experience all of the excitement of live Q&A sessions hosted by Peter Travers. Each screening brings the energy and VIP nature of prestigious, NYC screenings to nationwide audiences. This is a comprehensive, industry-wide, turn-key marketing tool complete with robust media and in-theater assets to 400+ screens. NYFCS is dedicated to producing inspiring events in a collaborative environment and to nurturing the long-term success of movies. Featuring an energetic, creative, and experienced team, the NYFCS exhibits socially and culturally relevant films with live, world-class talent in the best independent theaters throughout the U.S.

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