Monday, January 22, 2018

THE 90TH OSCARS – THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES

  • The Shape Of Water, Dunkirk, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri lead the Oscars pack with thirteen, eight and seven nominations, respectively
  • Meryl Streep earns her record 21st Oscar nomination

Watch the nominations announcement video here:



OSCARS 2018: THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES


Best Motion Picture
Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Achievement In Direction
Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
Get Out – Jordan Peele
Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
The Shape of Water – Guillermo Del Toro

Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role
Sally Hawkins – The Shape Of Water
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Meryl Streep – The Post

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role
Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington – Roman J Israel, Esq

Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role
Mary J Blige – Mudbound
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role
Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins – The Shape Of Water
Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Adapted Screenplay
Call Me By Your Name – screenplay by James Ivory
The Disaster Artist – screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H Weber
Logan – screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; story by James Mangold
Molly's Game – written for the screen by Aaron Sorkin
Mudbound – screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay
The Big Sick – written by Emily V Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
Get Out – written by Jordan Peele
Lady Bird – written by Greta Gerwig
The Shape of Water – screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; story by Guillermo del Toro
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – written by Martin McDonagh

Cinematography
Blade Runner 2049 – Roger Deakins
Darkest Hour – Bruno Delbonnel
Dunkirk – Hoyte van Hoytema
Mudbound – Rachel Morrison
The Shape of Water – Dan Laustsen

Film Editing
Baby Driver – Paul Machliss & Jonathan Amos
Dunkirk – Lee Smith
I, Tonya – Tatiana S Riegel
The Shape of Water – Sidney Wolinsky
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Jon Gregory

Sound Editing
Baby Driver – Julian Slater
Blade Runner 2049 – Mark Mangini and Theo Green
Dunkirk – Richard King and Alex Gibson
The Shape of Water – Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce

Sound Mixing
Baby Driver – Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin and Mary H Ellis
Blade Runner 2049 – Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill and Mac Ruth
Dunkirk – Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker and Gary A Rizzo
The Shape of Water – Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern and Glen Gauthier
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Stuart Wilson

Original Score
Dunkirk – Hans Zimmer
Phantom Thread – Jonny Greenwood
The Shape of Water – Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – John Williams
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Carter Burwell

Original Song
‘Mighty River’ – Mudbound (Mary J Blige, Raphael Saadiq & Taura Stinson)
‘The Mystery of Love’ – Call Me By Your Name (Sufjan Stevens)
‘Remember Me’ – Coco (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez)
‘Stand Up for Something’ – Marshall (Common & Diane Warren)
‘This Is Me’ – The Greatest Showman (Benji Pasek & Justin Paul)

Costume Design
Beauty and the Beast – Jacqueline Durran
Darkest Hour – Jacqueline Durran
Phantom Thread – Mark Bridges
The Shape of Water – Luis Sequeira
Victoria and Abdul – Consolata Boyle

Make-Up And Hairstyling
Darkest Hour – Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski & Lucy Sibbick
Victoria and Abdul – Daniel Phillips & Lou Sheppard
Wonder – Arjen Tuiten

Production Design
Beauty and the Beast – production design by Sarah Greenwood; set decoration by Katie Spencer
Blade Runner 2049 – production design by Dennis Gassner; set decoration by Alessandra Querzola
Darkest Hour – production design by Sarah Greenwood; set decoration by Katie Spencer
Dunkirk – production design by Nathan Crowley; set decoration by Gary Fettis
The Shape of Water – production design by Paul Denham Austerberry; set decoration by Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin

Visual Effects
Blade Runner 2049 - John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert & Richard R Hoover
Guardian of the Galaxy Vol 2 - Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner & Dan Sudick
Kong: Skull Island - Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza & Mike Meinardus
Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan & Chris Corbould
War for Planet of the Apes - Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon & Joel Whist

Best Animated Feature
Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Best Documentary Feature
Abacus
Faces Places
Icarus
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

Animated Short
Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

Live Action Short
DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O'Clock
My Nephew Emmet
The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All of Us

Documentary Short
Edith + Eddie
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Heroin(e)
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

Best Foreign Language Film
A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
The Insult (Lebanon)
Loveless (Russia)
On Body and Soul (Hungary)
The Square (Sweden)



Saturday, January 20, 2018

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS 2018 – PREDICTIONS

While Kristen Bell prepares to take the stage as the first ever host of the SAG Awards, let’s take a look at the nominees, as I make my predictions

TELEVISION PREDICTIONS


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THE CROWN
GAME OF THRONES
THE HANDMAID’S TALE
STRANGER THINGS
THIS IS US

Normally I would say that the Guild will repeat a STRANGER THINGS win, as they often tend to repeat winners. However, this year, THE HANDMAID’S TALE is extremely strong, and with fantastic performances by even the supporting cast. So I think that’s the ensemble that’ll win.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
BLACK-ISH
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
GLOW
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
VEEP

VEEP is still quite relevant talked about. Even though it’s quite possible that the Guild sticks with the ensemble that has won this for the last three years—ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK—I have a feeling they’ll finally award the stellar performances by the cast of VEEP.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, STRANGER THINGS
Claire Foy, THE CROWN
Laura Linney, OZARK
Elisabeth Moss, THE HANDMAID’S TALE
Robin Wright, HOUSE OF CARDS

Elisabeth Moss, for sure! The SAG were not so generous to her during the MAD MEN days, but I don’t think they’ll be able to overlook her devastating performance as a handmaid.  

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, OZARK
Sterling K. Brown, THIS IS US
Peter Dinklage, GAME OF THRONES
David Harbour, STRANGER THINGS
Bob Odenkirk, BETTER CALL SAUL

This is a tough one. There can’t be a repeat winner here, since none of these roles have won before. Since last year’s winning role was a supporting role (John Lithgow for THE CROWN), I wouldn’t rule even Harbour out this year. Brown has a winning streak going, but he hasn’t won an Actor for THIS before. Still, I think the odds are in his favor. I think it’ll be Brown.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
Alison Brie, GLOW
Jane Fonda, GRACE AND FRANKIE
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, VEEP
Lily Tomlin, GRACE AND FRANKIE

If this was the Globes, I would predict Alison Brie, but the SAG loves repeating winners, so I’m going with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I predict this because the buzz surrounding VEEP is still strong, while people have practically forgotten about ORANGE (Aduba has won this one twice before).  

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, BLACK-ISH
Aziz Ansari, MASTER OF NONE
Larry David, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
Sean Hayes, WILL & GRACE
William H. Macy, SHAMELESS
Marc Maron, GLOW

This category can go in any direction. One could say that Macy or Hayes could win, since they’ve both won multiple times before. David hasn’t won before, so he’s out. Ansari won the Globe, but he’s had bad press recently, so maybe he’s out too. Anderson could win, but I doubt it. Maron won’t. I think Hayes will win. He’s won thrice before for this role, and the SAG is probably just waiting to hand him more Actor statuettes for it (remember Alec Baldwin winning seven years straight?).

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Laura Dern, BIG LITTLE LIES
Nicole Kidman, BIG LITTLE LIES
Jessica Lange, FEUD: BETTE & JOAN
Susan Sarandon, FEUD: BETTE & JOAN
Reese Witherspoon, BIG LITTLE LIES

The Emmy and the Golden Globe went to her, and the Actor will go to Nicole Kidman too. I don’t think anyone predicts otherwise.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch, SHERLOCK
Jeff Daniels, GODLESS
Robert De Niro, THE WIZARD OF LIES
Geoffrey Rush, GENIUS
Alexander Skarsgård, BIG LITTLE LIES

It’s their year. BIG LITTLE LIES will win here. Yes, even though Skarsgård has a supporting role.  


MOTION PICTURE PREDICTIONS

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
Mudbound
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Steve Carell, Battle Of The Sexes
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS 2018 – ALL ABOUT THE WOMEN (IN BLACK)



The 75th Golden Globe Awards was far from a jubilee celebration. It was, in fact, quite low-key compared with previous editions of the show. Yes, it was fun and exciting, as ‘Hollywood’s biggest party’ often is, with table seating and booze flowing freely. However, from the word go, it was clear that they weren’t going to try and top the big musical opening of last year’s awards. Of course, it must’ve made a difference that there wasn’t any ‘Cinemascope’-worthy source material like last year’s La La Land. But none of that goes to say that host Seth Meyers was inadequate as emcee. He was in fact quite funny, and he did play well with the unfortunate source material he did have.

FOR THE WOMEN
The abuse in Hollywood informed Meyers’ turn as host, and he didn’t hold back when it came to calling people out on their disgusting behaviour. He even went so far as to say that in 20 years, when we see Harvey Weinstein in the ‘in memoriam’ section, he’ll end up being the first departed Hollywood personality to be booed. And people reacted. It was dark, but it was funny, and true, and Weinstein deserved every bit of being made into a nasty joke.

But everyone was aware that what’s been going on in Hollywood has been far worse than a nasty joke. And that’s why most of the attendees showed up in black, in support of the ‘Time’s up’ movement for the women. The support was overwhelming. While it’s good to see the most fashionable and timeless color in such abundance on the red carpet, it was also encouraging to see that people are not going to forget about this anytime soon. That a shift is taking place, and there will be change.

BY THE WOMEN
Meyers made digs at President Donald Trump too. He said that it had been implied that he had been somewhat responsible for Trump having run for president, by saying at some point that Trump wouldn’t be able to do it. Meyers went on, assuming that was true, and he just put it out there that Oprah wouldn’t be able to do it either. That went beyond reverse psychology when Oprah made an impassioned and powerful speech while accepting her Cecille B. DeMille award. It was deeply informed by the fact that she’s a woman, and a person of color. People would go on to call it her first campaign speech for 2020, and #Oprah2020 soon began trending. While people can speculate over whether she actually decides to run for president, and constantly hope that she does, all we can really do is wait and watch.

Meanwhile, material made by women won big. The Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon-produced BIG LITTLE LIES won four Globes, including best limited series. The Greta Gerwig directed Lady Bird won two awards, including best picture – musical or comedy. The Margaret Atwood-written story won two Globes, including best series – drama.

OF THE WOMEN
And that wasn’t the extent of it. The power of women was evident through all the big winners of the night. The best picture and series winners are all about women.

Best series – drama: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, a dark satire, portraying the disturbing and extreme disenfranchisement of women
Best series – comedy: THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, a story about a woman in the 50s who defies norms to do what makes her happy
Best limited series: BIG LITTLE LIES, about a group of women in a small town linked to each other by a secret that was a result of tragic abuse
Best motion picture – drama: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a story of a woman who holds local authorities accountable for not doing their job of solving her daughter’s murder
Best motion picture – musical or comedy: Lady Bird, a coming-of-age story of a teenage girl in Sacramento, California

Not only are all of these stories of women, there are some very strong and very relevant themes among them too.

If last year was all about proving that Hollywood isn’t ‘so white’, this year is certainly about proving that time is indeed up. It’s safe to say that this very necessary conversation will color the rest of this awards season as well. 

ALL THE WINNERS
Best Television Series, Drama
THE HANDMAID’S TALE
THIS IS US
THE CROWN
GAME OF THRONES
STRANGER THINGS

Best Television Series, Comedy
BLACK-ISH
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
MASTER OF NONE
SMILF
WILL & GRACE

Best Limited Series or Television Movie
BIG LITTLE LIES
FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
FARGO
TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL
THE SINNER

Best Actress, Limited Series or Television Movie
Nicole Kidman, BIG LITTLE LIES
Reese Witherspoon, BIG LITTLE LIES
Jessica Lange, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
Susan Sarandon, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
Jessica Biel, THE SINNER

Best Actor, Limited Series or Television Movie
Robert De Niro, THE WIZARD OF LIES
Kyle MacLachlan, TWIN PEAKS
Jude Law, THE YOUNG POPE
Ewan McGregor, FARGO
Geoffrey Rush, GENIUS

Best Actress, Television Series, Drama
Elisabeth Moss, THE HANDMAID’S TALE
Claire Foy, THE CROWN
Katherine Langford, 13 REASONS WHY
Maggie Gyllenhaal, THE DEUCE
Caitriona Balfe, OUTLANDER

Best Actor, Television Series, Drama
Freddie Highmore, THE GOOD DOCTOR
Sterling K. Brown, THIS IS US
Bob Odenkirk, BETTER CALL SAUL
Jason Bateman, OZARK
Liev Schreiber, RAY DONOVAN

Best Actress, Television Series, Comedy
Pamela Adlon, BETTER THINGS
Alison Brie, GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
Issa Rae, INSECURE
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

Best Actor, Television Series, Comedy
Anthony Anderson, BLACK-ISH
Aziz Ansari, MASTER OF NONE
Kevin Bacon, I LOVE DICK
William H. Macy, SHAMELESS
Eric McCormack, WILL & GRACE

Best Supporting Actress, Television Series
Laura Dern, BIG LITTLE LIES
Ann Dowd, THE HANDMAID’S TALE
Chrissy Metz, THIS IS US
Michelle Pfeiffer, THE WIZARD OF LIES
Shailene Woodley, BIG LITTLE LIES

Best Supporting Actor, Television Series
Christian Slater, MR. ROBOT
David Harbour, STRANGER THINGS
Alfred Molina, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
Alexander Skarsgård, BIG LITTLE LIES
David Thewlis, FARGO

Best Motion Picture, Drama
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
Call Me by Your Name
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Drama
Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Drama
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Tom Hanks, The Post
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Best Director, Motion Picture
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
The Shape of Water
Lady Bird
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Post
Molly’s Game

Best Foreign-Language Motion Picture
A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
In the Fade
Loveless
The Square

Best Animated Motion Picture
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Best Original Score, Motion Picture
Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
John Williams, The Post
Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
‘Home’, Ferdinand
‘Mighty River’, Mudboumd
‘Remember Me’, Coco
‘The Star’, The Star
‘This Is Me’, The Greatest Showman